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Green Energy vs. Reality September 7, 2021

Posted by geoff in News.
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Amid all the administration-caused economic, immigration, and foreign policy crises that currently confront us, people with no sense of perspective keep yelling about the “emergency” that is climate change. So one might ask, what’s the problem here? Why don’t we just use that green energy stuff and solve the problem? One quick Green New Deal and we can move on!

Well, here’s why:

US_ElectricityGeneration1990-2019

This is a graph of electricity generation from 1990 – 2019 (sorry for the tiny font – blame the IEA). See that little purple band just above wind? That’s solar power. And that little dark purple stripe on top of solar? That’s geothermal.

Compare those small percentages to coal (blue on top), natural gas (green), nuclear (orange), and hydroelectric (whatever that color is just below nuclear).

So, while it’s clear that solar and wind electricity generation grew a lot over the 15 years from 2004 to 2019, it’s just as clear that despite all the hullabaloo and government money, they’re nowhere near ready to take over from the traditional sources of electricity, particularly by 2030 as the Green New Deal demands.

Right now the green sources of energy supply about 10% of our electricity needs, and, as we saw in Texas earlier this year, there are some weaknesses in those technologies which require smarter infrastructure to resolve.

I’m all for alternative, cleaner, sources of energy, but I’m not for unrealistic hype, wasteful & premature subsidies, and irresponsible economic disruption.

Which is where Al Gore, Jeb Bush, AOC et al., are headed.

Comments»

1. Retired Geezer - September 8, 2021

It’s SCIENCE, Bitches!
Thanks geoff

2. Bunk Strutts - September 8, 2021

Got this link from an Epoch Times story and I haven’t read it because it’s time for my nap.
https://judithcurry.com/2021/08/18/the-ipccs-attribution-methodology-is-fundamentally-flawed/


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