- THE NATIONAL INTEREST - Apr 4, 2021 -
The weather and climate are dynamic and ever-changing. Thus, this hysteria is a giant ploy to deprive people of freedom and liberty instead of providing them with affordable and flexible energy.
China is cu ntly building more coal-fired power plants than the entire U.S. fleet. On Joe Biden’s first day in office, he canceled the Keystone Pipeline to assuage environmentalists who helped get him controversially elected. This means nothing for carbon outputs or emissions since the amount of coal being spewed by China plus what’s under construction is equal to or greater than twenty Keystone Pipeline projects. Add Asia, India, Poland, Germany, Japan, and coal-user behemoth—India—into the coal-for-electricity-mix, and canceling western pipelines, decarbonizing, or promising an all-electric transportation future means nothing to lower emissions.
Faux solutions such as hydrogen gas, which is attempting to defy physics, thermodynamics, and economics “would make hydrogen gas produced using heavily subsidized wind and solar the most expensive energy in human history,” says Professor Ian Plimer, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies.
What the entire climate change, global warming, renewables over fossil fuels and electrify society movement is really about is one thing—money—clean energy is now worth trillions of taxpayer dollars. Government-sponsored science and economic growth at its worst picking clean energy over fossil fuels and internal combustion engine vehicles. These are disastrous energy policies.
The existential threat narrative of global warming only solved by destroying global economies by switching to intermittent, expensive renewables over reliable fossil fuels is foolish according to Dr. Steve Koonin, a physicist who served as Undersecretary for Energy during President Barack Obama’s first term.
It’s particularly painful because climate doomsday scenarios are all historically wrong. Climate panic is simply unfounded hysteria. The weather and climate are dynamic and ever-changing. Seemingly, it’s a giant ploy to deprive people of their freedom and liberty rather than provide them with abundant, affordable, reliable, scalable, and flexible energy and electricity resources and policies.
Now without passion, emotion, or ideology clouding sound energy and electricity practices let’s soberly assess basic facts about clean energy transitions. The entire U.S. electric grid(s) or any electric grid attempting to eliminate fossil fuels and nuclear will need a brand-new grid that will cost trillions to finance and decades to build. For example, “annual spending by U.S. utilities on transmission has increased from $9.1 billion in 2000 to $40 billion in 2019.” That is a fraction of what will be needed for a clean energy move to renewables and batteries over always-performing fossil fuels and nuclear for energy to electricity.
Currently, electrical grids cannot handle only renewables during severe weather, fluctuating loads, and intermittent energy delivered to any grid, anywhere-at-any-time under current electricity technologies.