Saturday, 28 September 2019

"Wind and sunshine are free, renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly. However, the lands and raw materials required for technologies to *harness* this widely dispersed, intermittent, weather-dependent energy to benefit humanity absolutely are not. In fact, their environmental impacts are monumental." #QotD


"Wind and sunshine are free, renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly. However, the lands and raw materials required for technologies to harness this widely dispersed, intermittent, weather-dependent energy to benefit humanity absolutely are not. In fact, their environmental impacts are monumental...
    "So let’s suppose we blanket the United States with enough industrial-scale wind and solar facilities to replace the 3.9 billion megawatt-hours Americans used in 2018 – and we manufacture and install enough king-sized batteries to store sufficient electricity for seven straight windless or sunless days.
    "We would need something on the order of one billion 100-kilowatt-hour, 1,000-pound lithium and cobalt-based battery packs – similar to what Tesla uses in its electric vehicles. (This does not include the extra battery storage required to charge up the cars, trucks and buses we are supposed to replace with EVs.) ...
    "This would require prodigious amounts of iron, copper, rare earth metals, concrete and other raw materials. And every one of these batteries, turbines and panels would have to be replaced far more often than coal, gas, nuclear or hydroelectric power plants... Disposing of just the worn out solar panels that the UN wants erected around the world by 2050 ... could result in two times the tonnage of the United States’ total plastic waste in 2017! ...
    "So another icy cold reality is this: All this 'free, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly, ethical' energy would require the biggest expansion in mining the world has ever seen. But when was the last time any environmentalist supported opening a single mine? ...
    "Which brings us to the dirtiest pseudo-renewable, pseudo-sustainable energy secret of all – the one these folks absolutely do not want to talk about: slave and child labour... Green New Dealers demand sustainable, ethical, human rights-based coffee, sneakers, T-shirts, handbags and diamonds. Absolutely no child labour, sweat shop, or toxic, polluted workplace conditions allowed. But they have little or nothing to say about the Chinese, Russian and other companies that run the horrid operations that provide their wind turbines, solar panels, smart grids – and batteries for their cell phones, Teslas, laptops and backup electrical power.
    "I’ve never seen them make ethical wind turbines, solar panels and batteries an issue...
    "As Milton Friedman said, there is no free lunch. Wind, solar, biofuel and battery power are not free, clean, green, renewable or sustainable. America must not let delusion, dishonesty and ideology drive public policies that will determine our future jobs, prosperity, living standards, freedoms and civilization.
    "What Green New Dealers are talking about has nothing to do with stopping dangerous manmade climate change – or with real sustainability, resource conservation or environmental protection. It has everything to do with increasingly socialist, largely taxpayer-financed activists, politicians, regulators and crony capitalists controlling people’s lives; dictating our energy use, economic growth, job opportunities and living standards; and getting richer, more powerful and more privileged in the process."

          ~ Paul Driessen, from his post 'More Buckets of Icy-Cold Energy Reality'
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1 comment:

  1. Well, look at this.

    Free market capitalism at work. Shade for customers' cars, less reliance on the grid, increased stability in power prices.

    Win. Win. Win.

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