Green New Deal ideologies, fantasies and realities

“Your life, living standards, country and planet will take a big hit under the Green New Deal,” writes Paul Driessen. Electricity costs would double, triple, quadruple – or much worse.
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“We’re now barely a week away from a Biden Administration that is focused like a laser on “dangerous manmade climate change” and replacing fossil fuels with “clean, renewable, sustainable” Green New Deal energy,” says Paul Driessen. “There are major, fundamental problems inherent in these ideologies and plans. Indeed they are little more than fantasies – and it is critical that we have open, robust, nationwide debates on every aspect of them … NOW, not years from now.”

“But instead, Big Media and Big Tech are conspiring with Democrats, Greens, the Deep State and other authoritarian elements to shut down any and all discussion by anyone who does not support their climate and energy agendas. Anger and frustration are building among the increasingly disenfranchised. Our future is troubling indeed.”

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Green New Deal ideologies, fantasies and realities

Your life, living standards, country and planet will take a big hit under the Green New Deal

Paul Driessen

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, AOC, the Democrat Party and US environmentalists are committed to making climate change, the Green New Deal, and replacement of fossil fuels with wind, solar, battery and biofuel power the centerpiece of their foreign and domestic policies.

They claim the transition would be easy, affordable, ecological, sustainable and painless. That’s ideology and fantasy, not reality.

Wind and sunshine are certainly clean and renewable. Harnessing them to power America is not.

The GND would hit American families, jobs, living standards and environmental quality hard. Western states would feel the brunt, because their fossil fuel rents, royalties, jobs and tax receipts would disappear, as drilling, fracking and coal mining on federal lands are closed down. Their open spaces, scenic vistas, wildlife habitats and wildlife would be desecrated by wind turbines, solar panels and transmission lines to serve distant urban voting blocs that dictate energy and land use decisions far beyond city lines.

Coal, oil, natural gas and petroleum liquids still provide 80% of US energy. In 2018, they generated 2.7 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity – which would have to be replaced under an all-encompassing Green New Deal costing tens of trillions of dollars.

Another 2.7 billion MWh worth of natural gas powered factories, emergency power systems, and furnaces, ovens, stoves and hot water heaters in restaurants, homes and other buildings. Cars, trucks, buses, semi-trailers, tractors and other vehicles consumed the equivalent of yet another 2 billion MWh.

Altogether, that’s 7.4 billion megawatt-hours per year that the GND would have to replace! On top of that we’d need at least another 150 million MWh of wind and solar generating capacity to charge batteries over and over to maintain just one week of nationwide backup power, to avoid blackouts.

The more we try to do so, the more we’d have to put turbines and panels in low quality wind and solar sites, where they’d generate electricity only 15-20% of the year, 80-85% below “nameplate capacity.”

Of course, we could replace all this fossil fuel energy with nuclear power. But radical greens inside and outside the soon-to-be Biden Administration detest and oppose nuclear as much as they do fossil fuels.

Would require the greatest expansion of mining and manufacturing in human history

That means this transformation to an all-electric nation would require millions of onshore wind turbines, thousands of offshore turbines, billions of solar panels, millions of vehicle battery modules, billions of backup energy storage battery modules, thousands of miles of new transmission lines, millions of charging stations, tens of billions of tons of concrete, steel, copper, plastic, cobalt, rare earth elements and countless other materials – and digging up hundreds of billions of tons of overburden and ores!

If the United States and world could summon the will to mine, process and smelt enough metals and minerals – and manufacture, transport and install all those turbines, panels, batteries and transmission lines – the GND would require the greatest expansion of mining and manufacturing in human history.

But radical greens inside and outside of the Biden Administration detest and oppose US mining and manufacturing almost as much as they despise fossil fuels. That means we would have to go overseas for these essential metals and minerals – primarily to China and Russia, which have them within their boundaries or under their control in various African, Asian and Latin American nations.

They also have no reservation or hesitation about digging them up and processing them – without regard for child, slave or forced labor, workplace safety, air and water pollution, mined land reclamation or any other standards that we insist on in America. And it’s highly unlikely that Team Biden would demand that those countries implement such standards – or that it would refuse to import the metals, minerals and finished “green” technologies unless China, Russia and their foreign subsidiaries abide by our rules and regulations. The entire GND (and much more) would collapse without those unethical raw materials.

Moreover, nearly all this mining, processing and manufacturing would require gasoline, diesel, natural gas and coal in those foreign countries, because those operations cannot be conducted with wind, solar and battery power. The fossil fuel use and emissions would take place outside the United States, but would not go away. Indeed they would likely double or triple. The carbon dioxide emissions would increase global atmospheric levels and, Team Biden insists, worsen climate chaos and extreme weather.

In fact, most wind, solar and battery mining, processing and manufacturing already take place overseas, under few or nonexistent workplace safety, fair wage, child labor and environmental laws. Some 40,000 Congolese children labor alongside their parents, for a couple dollars a day, while exposed constantly to toxic, radioactive mud, dust, water and air, to meet today’s cobalt needs. Imagine the GND toll.

Replacing oil and gas for petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and plastics would require importing those feed stocks, as well – or planting millions of acres in canola, soybean and other biofuel crops. The water, fertilizer, pesticide, tractor, harvester, processing and transportation requirements would be astronomical.

All that work, and all those industrial facilities, would impact hundreds of millions of acres of scenic areas, food crop lands and wildlife habitats. Raptors, other birds, bats, and forest, grassland and desert dwellers would suffer substantial losses or be driven into extinction.

Most of those impacts would also occur in Midwestern and Western America, far from the voting centers and suspicious voting patterns that put Team Biden in office. But as they say, out of sight, out of mind – in someone else’s backyards.

The GND would also mean ripping out perfectly good natural gas appliances, replacing them with electric models, installing rapid charging systems for vehicles, and upgrading household, neighborhood and national electrical systems to handle the extra loads – costing more trillions of dollars.

Electricity costs would double, triple, quadruple – or much worse

Families, factories, hospitals, schools and businesses accustomed to paying 7-11¢ per kilowatt-hour for electricity would pay 14-22¢ per kWh, as they already do in “green” US states – or even the 35¢ that families now pay in Germany. Once they use more than some arbitrary “maximum baseline” amount of electricity per month, they will pay closer to 45¢ per kWh, as families already do in California.

How companies will survive, how many jobs will disappear, how many families will join the ranks of those who must choose between heating and eating – is anyone’s guess.

GND technologies are nearly 100% dependent on metals and minerals from China, Russia, Ukraine, and Chinese companies in Africa and Latin America. Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop underscore concerns that America’s foreign, defense and domestic policies would be held hostage, while certain well-connected politicians, families and wind, solar, battery and biofuel companies get rich.

All these issues require open, robust debate – which too many schools and universities, news and social media outlets, corporate and political leaders, and Antifa thugs and arsonists continue to censor and cancel. That censorship and silencing must end before any votes or other actions are taken on any Green New Deal. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening.

Big Media and Big Tech are conspiring with Democrats, Greens and other authoritarian elements to shut down any and all discussion by anyone who does not support their agendas. Others are moving to persecute and prosecute President Trump and anyone associated with his administration and policies.

As anger and frustration build among the increasingly disenfranchised, America and the world could be heading into a frightening future indeed.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books, reports and articles on energy, environmental, climate and human rights issues.

 

 


20 thoughts on “Green New Deal ideologies, fantasies and realities”

  1. I am hardly a scientist or expert on any of this – but it absolutely makes sense – common sense that if we take away that which we have, we will need to replace it with that which we don’t have. Meaning we start from square one. Environmentalists complain, mostly silently, about the tens of thousands of birds and other flying creatures that are killed by wind turbines now. Imagine the decimation of those populations when you necessarily increase the number of wind turbines ten or twenty fold as will be needed.

  2. “They also have no reservation or hesitation about digging them up and processing them – without regard for child, slave or forced labor, workplace safety, air and water pollution, mined land reclamation or any other standards that we insist on in America.”

    Rather a sweeping generalisation that!! Slave and forced labour is rife in America by virtue of the way the labour market works. It might not be quite the same as in some third world countries but it is slave and forced labour never-the-less, just with the option of either accepting a pittance as a wage or the alternative starvation. In addition to that there are many instances of land pollution in the US. Perhaps he should look closer at home first before make statements such as that.

    Despite that he is correct that a fully ‘green’ energy system is unsustainable and none of the current ‘green’ energy systems are actually ‘green’ when all elements of production, transportataion and implementation of the technology are taken in to account.

  3. I am a long time reader of this site, first time commenting.

    With all that is taking place, I am leery that you will be targeted by the Big Tech purge that is taking place. We all know dissenting opinions are not welcome.

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    It would be awful to see all your wonderful work being destroyed or your purpose derailed.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. Why did the Russian winter chain all of Eurasia?

    This winter is significantly different from the previous one. Cold snowy weather is observed throughout the hemisphere. Even Spain and Japan are covered with snow. 30 degree frosts hit Europe.
    What are these processes associated with? And why is this winter fundamentally different from the last?

    The indicators of such processes are the negative indices of oscillations in the Arctic and North Atlantic.

    … Sudden stratospheric warming allows for relatively good weather forecast over the medium term. In the next 7 to 10 days, the Russian winter will not slow down.

    -The analysis is very interesting!

    https://www.gismeteo.ru/news/weather/pochemu-russkaya-zima-skovala-vsju-evraziju/

  5. We shall see how they cope with the soon coming mega-ice. I’m sure all of their “alternative energies” just won’t do the job and billions will die. Fact is we are in an ice age and for the past 12k years we’ve experienced a warming period BUT that warming period is ending and the ice will soon return. The ignorance of the majority of the human race is beyond astounding!

  6. It is quite likely that liberal greens are the cultural-biological descendants of hunter-gatherers whose survival was very closely tied to nature. Their mindsets correlate survival with nature and tribe, not with technology and economies.

  7. The scariest part for me is that they are trying already to push gasoline and diesel engines out for those stupid fully electric cars! Those long road trips we can now take will someday be a distant memory as you’ll have a vehicle that will go 200 miles tops, if you’re lucky. There might be some improvement but I doubt if an fully electric vehicle will ever be able to go much beyond 300 or 400 miles. That means you’ll have to stay overnight somewhere to recharge your car. The places available to recharge will lag far behind the technology so good luck with that.

  8. already the cost of living is strongly rising, here in the Netherlands. Especial the cost of food, health insurance, local taxation like parkingmeters are used to create income voor the city. Not to speak bout the way government is mandating her authority against covid, using scientifical explantions not being aware that is about scientifical opinions.

  9. I am hoping Biden does just that, talk nothing but green energy. Why? I am sick and tired, I really am, seriously sick, more sick than I have ever been before in my life, of a virus I didn’t even catch!
    Biden can get as green as he blinking well likes. As long as the lockdown can be lifted and I can get back to my beloved pub then I’m happy.
    Rant over.

  10. lol aussies are already paying 25 to 32c a kwh for our power!! thanks to green scams screwing up our grid stability and greentards blowing up coalpower plants asap without regard to reliability(not) of the options they rave up. and recent rise in my cheapest power supplier rose to 1.23 a DAY
    thanks to the wobbly grid and smart meter control over our lives!
    my supply charge is damn near the cost of the power I use per day

  11. It’s about profit, mega-billions of dollars lining the pockets of corporations, politicians, etc. …. nothing to do with environment or what’s good for the people. In the end it’s “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss” from a 70’s Who song called ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ … yet fooled again we are …. LOL!!!

  12. Before the Socialist Greenies and the Great Global Warming Fraud, in Australia, we had electricity that was about (Australian) $5 per kilowatt-hour. This is about 1/3rd of what the US has at 2019. Now, thanks to the Socialist Greenies and the Global Warmists, we have an electricity price between (Australian) $40 to $50 per kilowatt-hour, or around ten times the price we had before. Our manufacturing is nearly dead, thanks to the prohibitive cost of energy (electricity being the main cost).

    So do not be surprised when, thanks to Joe Biden’s Green New Deal + the Paris Climate Discords, (not if) your electricity price ends up at around ten times of what it was in 2019 (that is the US average electricity price ends up around US$150 per kilowatt-hour). At that point, you will not have an economy.
    Exactly as the Socialist Greens want.

  13. I view it as mostly yak-yak-yak. Talk is easy, but has no practicality. When the actual costs associated with this whoop-de-doo idea are calculated, it WILL be impossible to impose on people all at once. It will, in fact, take quite a while.
    The Audubon Society has been tracking how many birds and bats are being killed off by wind turbines and solar farms, and it’s in the millions. Take away that form of protection (they eat disease-carrying bugs) and you open the door to diseases that WERE under control.
    And the solar farm/wind turbine farm people just do NOT care.
    I’m inclined to want to sue the pants off the wind/solar dorks for damaging the environment, but it won’t stop them. They will have to be put out of business, however, and most of that “power” creation will go to cities, not to local areas. Unlike nuclear plants, wind and solar are impractical.
    But that’s just my viewpoint.

  14. The cost of windpower to the Western United States is not just in the form of increased energy costs and unemployment. Virtually all of the water delivered west of the continental divide is carried by the westerlies as atmospheric moisture from the Pacific Ocean. Further attentuation by wind turnines of the heretofore geostrophic westerlies will intensify the drought conditions in the Western United States. This is likely to end in a legal battle between stranded wind assets and stranded water rights. I am confident that water rights along with environmental water requirements will prevails. The United States should travel no further down this path towards blackouts.

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