Wiping out 80% of our energy would bring widespread chaos, poverty, misery, disease and death

Psuedo-renewable energy is in reality an unprecedented economic and political power grab.___________

“I recently suggested that those who claim fossil fuels and greenhouse gases are causing dangerous climate change have the burden of proving their case,” says Paul Driessen. “Not with allegations, computer models, headlines, mob rule and demands for instant sentencing. With solid, irrefutable evidence.”

“This week I argue that those who demand we replace fossil fuels with “renewable” energy likewise have the burden of proving that wind, solar and biofuel energy can actually replace our fossil fuels. That wind, solar and biofuel energy actually is clean, green, affordable, renewable and sustainable.

“Thus far, they have offered no real-world evidence whatsoever. And there is no way they can. The wind and sun may be free, green, renewable and sustainable. But the massive amounts of energy, land and raw materials required to harness and utilize that pseudo-renewable energy certainly are not.”

Saved by pseudo-renewable energy?

Climate alarmists must prove expensive, weather-dependent energy is green and sustainable

Paul Driessen

The IPCC says it’s still possible to limit planetary warming to an additional 0.5 degrees C (0.9 F) “above pre-industrial levels” – but only if global CO2 emissions are halved by 2030 and zeroed out by 2050.

So climate alarmists intend to carbon-tax, legislate and regulate our energy, factories, livelihoods, living standards, liberties and lives to the max. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal would eliminate and replace US fossil fuels by 2030. It’s an unprecedented economic and political power grab.

We went to war with King George over far less serious abuses and usurpations. And yet today we seem to have few Patrick Henrys or other stalwart, principled leaders willing to defy this insanity.

Those accusing someone of a crime must prove his guilt; the accused need not prove his innocence. But not only are alarmists bringing what amount to criminal charges against fossil fuels; wiping out the fuels that provide over 80% of our energy would bring widespread chaos, poverty, misery, disease and death.

As I said just days ago, those who claim fossil fuels and greenhouse gases are causing dangerous global warming and climate change have the burden of proving their case. Not with allegations, computer models, headlines, mob rule and demands for instant sentencing. With solid, irrefutable evidence.

Those who intend to use climate change accusations to disrupt and destroy modern energy systems and industrialized economies likewise have the burden of proving that wind, solar and biofuel energy can actually replace fossil fuels. That they are actually clean, green, affordable, renewable and sustainable.

Thus far, they have offered no real-world evidence whatsoever. And there is no way they can do so.

Fossil fuels are compact and dense. Small land and raw material impacts provide bountiful, affordable, reliable energy. America and the world have enough of these fuels to last at least a century at current rates of consumption – by which time human ingenuity will almost undoubtedly provide workable alternatives.

By contrast, wind, solar and biofuel energy is dispersed, weather-dependent, expensive and land-intensive. Every industrial wind facility, solar installation and biofuel plantation requires far more land – and far more raw materials – than their energy-generation-equivalent fossil fuel counterparts. Add in backup fossil fuel generators or massive battery arrays, and those impacts become astronomical.

The costs would be insane

To eliminate our fossil fuel energy – and replace it with these pseudo-renewable systems – we would have to remove tens of billions of tons of rock, to extract billions of tons of ores, to create millions of tons of metals, concrete and other materials, to manufacture and install millions of wind turbines and solar panels, and grow billions of barrels of biofuels. Vast acreage of croplands, wildlife habitats and scenic areas would be torn apart, covered with mining debris and blanketed with “renewable” energy facilities.

Moreover, as long as anti-mining radicals have effective control of US courts, legislatures and regulatory agencies, America’s deposits of rare earth and other strategic metals and materials will remain off limits. As Ned Mamula and Ann Bridges point out in Groundbreaking! America’s new quest for minerals independence, that would leave the USA 50-100% dependent on often unfriendly foreign sources for the “next era” energy systems that we have repeatedly been promised are “just around the corner.”

Nations will descend into deprivation, disease, starvation, anarchy and war

The same well-funded groups also battle mining by Western companies all over the world. That means global raw material supplies will be rapidly depleted … utopian green energy dreams will never become reality … and nations will descend into deprivation, disease, starvation, anarchy and war.

To put it simply, so that even Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Al Gore and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can understand this energy reality: The wind and sun may be free, green, renewable and sustainable. But the energy, land and materials required to harness and utilize that energy certainly are not.

Wind and solar systems also break down faster and must be replaced earlier and more often than coal, gas or nuclear power plants – which have operational life spans of 30-50 years, and generate power about 95% of the time. Wind energy proponents claim turbines last half that long: 20-25 years. They don’t.

A 2018 UK analysis of 3,000 onshore wind turbines found that they generate electricity efficiently for just 12-15 years (and maybe 25-30% of the time) – generating more than twice as much electricity in their first year than when they are barely 15 years old. So wind turbine raw materials depletion and land use impacts are far higher than advocates have admitted. These realities are no better for solar installations.

The cost of wind and solar electricity is far higher than advocates admit

All of this also means the cost of wind and solar electricity is far higher than their advocates admit. Those costs may be partially hidden by taxpayer subsidies. But they are real, and punitive.

Electricity prices in US states that rely heavily on coal, gas, nuclear or hydroelectric generation hover around 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. In California, Connecticut, New York and other states that oppose these sources and impose hefty “green” energy mandates and feed-in tariffs, prices are almost twice as high. In Germany and Denmark, families must pay four times as much: 35-37 cents per kWh!

Try to run a factory, hospital, school, business, home, city or country on electricity priced at those rates. Imagine trying to do so when fossil fuels are driven into oblivion – by the same “environmentalists” who detest and want to eliminate nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.

Middle classes are already fleeing California’s and New York’s oppressive taxes, regulations, high energy and housing prices, job destruction, and predominantly Democrat politicians who blame every problem on manmade climate change. Just wait until their states go “100% renewable energy” by 2030 or so.

Meanwhile, more rational countries in Asia, Africa and elsewhere are building coal- and gas-fired generating units by the thousands, to power modern, industrialized societies and lift billions more people out of poverty. That means global emissions of plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide will continue to increase – even if climate alarmists succeed with their power plays in the USA, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. It means a number of Asian and African countries could soon outpace many of today’s industrial and economic powerhouses.

As to biofuels, how are farmers going to grow enough corn, soybeans, sugar cane and switchgrass to replace the petroleum that radical greens want kept in the ground, if they don’t have modern equipment and fertilizers – which eco-fanatics also despise? Farmers may have to get human “fertilizer” from sewage treatment plants, since many “environmentalists” also demand that we stop raising cows, pigs and chickens … which means farmers won’t even be able to get enough animal manure.

One of the latest climate scare stories claims that our warming planet will soon drive many insect species to extinction. What are people going to eat, if they can’t even find bugs to dine on?

All these are more reasons why the United States we must formally exit the Paris climate treaty by subjecting it to a two-thirds Senate “advice and consent” vote that would most assuredly fail. They are more reasons why we must revisit and reverse the EPA carbon dioxide “Endangerment Finding.”

Climate alarmists’ increasingly shrill claims … their refusal to engage climate and energy realists in debate … their escalating efforts to silence us – are proof that they are getting desperate. We need to continue ramping up our efforts – and cajole, embarrass and harangue politicians to show some spine, intestinal fortitude and intelligence, by standing up to the forces of climate dictatorship and darkness.

What can the average person do? Speak out. Write letters to editors, legislators, corporate executives and President Trump. Attend town meetings, press briefings, committee hearings and other events. Ask tough questions. Demand evidence to back up alarmist assertions. Above all, bombard politicians, climate activists and media talking heads with the F-word they most detest and fear: Facts.

Your future, your children’s future, your country’s future, our planet’s future – depend on it.

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

11 thoughts on “Wiping out 80% of our energy would bring widespread chaos, poverty, misery, disease and death”

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  2. In my mind it boils down to empiricism vs rationalism.
    Empirical evidence vs intuition.
    Data vs feelings.
    In a nut shell, classical liberal vs misguided leftist.
    Data does not matter in the face of feelings.

    • “Data vs feelings”
      Of course! -25 feels like +16. See it’s getting warmer and warmer every day. At this rate next week we will go to the beech…………in Aruba :-))

  3. Well done article as usual from this author. Showing the utter uselessness of so-called renewables.

    I will add, FOSSIL FUELS…The ONLY fossil fuel is COAL!
    ALL others are DECLARED fossil fuels. Oil was declared fossil in origin in around 1892. (in the USA).
    Oil is NOT a fossil fuel.
    PROOF (Oil is obtained at depths around upto 40,000ft below the surface well below ANY fossil deposits. The chemistry of chemical potentials, fails to give ANY mechanism to make high potential hydrocarbons from LOWer potential organic compounds. ie. Breaking thermodynamic laws of chemical reactions. NATURAL GAS: is found on OTHER bodies in the solar system and in interplanetry nebula! Hardly fossil in origin there!

    BUT, the big oil WANTs you to think oil is fossil and limited in supply. It suits their agenda as well as supporting ‘climate change’

  4. I agree. How can wind energy replace fossil fuel powered electricity power stations?

    The UK is 94500 square miles. On a cold , frosty winter’s day , the UK can use 60000 MW.
    A 400 ft wind turbine has an installed capacity of 2 MW, but only generates 25 per cent of this on average……hence 0.5 MW.
    Therefore , to power the UK on a very cold winter’s day…. from wind …without fossil fuel power stations or nuclear….. would need 120,000 x 400 ft wind turbines……..BUT THE UK IS ONLY 94500 SQUARE MILES IN AREA……and over 50000 square miles is in ENGLAND , which has over 54 MILLION population of the 64 million in the UK [ There could well be a million unregistered illegal immigrants by now !!].
    So ENGLAND needs MOST of the electricity,[ by far compared to Scotland, N Ireland and Wales ] but of course it is highly built up, with cities galore. The population density in England is over a 1000 per square mile.
    SO WHERE DO YOU PUT 120,000 x gigantic 400 ft wind turbines??

    Of course, the killer argument is that on a COLD FROSTY DAY when the 60000 MW is really needed……..THERE IS NO WIND !!
    So , under an anticyclone, WIND TURBINES ARE USELESS !!
    When they are needed MOST, they don’t produce much electricity at all !
    On top of all this, INNUMERATE, NON-TECHNICAL politicians like Michael Gove M.P want to cease UK production of diesel and petrol [gasoline] cars in favour of ELECTRIC POWERED CARS.
    There are over 20 million cars on our roads. Imagine the massive amount of EXTRA ELECTRICITY on top of 60000 MW that would be needed by 20 million electric cars!?

    Where is the LOGIC and COMMONSENSE??

  5. He left out the time factor: there is no way to replace 80% in the time left on their doomsday clock. Moreover, such a massive buildup so fast would greatly increase prices, just as bio-fuels are increasing food prices

  6. “The IPCC says it’s still possible to limit planetary warming to an additional 0.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels”. Pre-industrial= Little Ice Age. During the L.I.A. there were very few weather stations and those mostly in cold regions. Impossible to quantify global temperatures then, as weather stations not representative of the globe. Since then the number of weather stations increased substantially and mostly in warmer regions. Comparing apples with bananas. And 0.5C is hardly worth getting exited about. My thermometer is only calibrated in full degrees. How quantitative are Mann’s proxy temperatures (tree rings)?

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