The Greenie Myth of Renewables By James Reed

     Greenies are anti-coal and oil in part because they believe that techno-industrial civilisation can kick over with renewables. This is their ultimate faith, since only a minority of environmentalists accept that industrial civilisation should be abandoned. However, renewables cannot power the modern world, as the utter failure of renewables as a replacement energy source in Germany shows:
  https://www.technocracy.news/renewables-were-never-meant-to-power-modern-civilization/
  https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-failure-on-the-road-to-a-renewable-future-a-1266586.html

“The so-called Energiewende, the shift away from nuclear in favor of renewables, the greatest political project undertaken here since Germany's reunification, is facing failure. In the eight years since Fukushima, none of Germany's leaders in Berlin have fully thrown themselves into the project, not least the chancellor. Lawmakers have introduced laws, decrees and guidelines, but there is nobody to coordinate the Energiewende, much less speed it up. And all of them are terrified of resistance from the voters, whenever a wind turbine needs to be erected or a new high-voltage transmission line needs to be laid out. Analysts from McKinsey have been following the Energiewende since 2012, and their latest report is damning. Germany, it says, "is far from meeting the targets it set for itself." Germany's Federal Court of Auditors is even more forthright about the failures. The shift to renewables, the federal auditors say, has cost at least 160 billion euros in the last five years. Meanwhile, the expenditures "are in extreme disproportion to the results," Federal Court of Auditors President Kay Scheller said last fall, although his assessment went largely unheard in the political arena. Scheller is even concerned that voters could soon lose all faith in the government because of this massive failure.

     If Germany failed with this idealistic project, there is no reason to believe that other countries will succeed with the renewable dream. Thus, it must be hydro-carbons, or no modern world at all.

 

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