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Dense Energy: True Green (time to get realistic)

By Viv Forbes -- April 22, 2016

“The so called ‘green’ energy sources usually lauded on Earth Day have a heavy toll on the environment to produce piddling amounts of unreliable and costly energy. Both wind and solar energy are so dilute that large areas of land must be sterilised by roads, transmission lines and construction sites to collect significant energy. Already many wind towers have been abandoned and others are being de-commissioned because of high maintenance costs or poor energy production.”

It was petroleum that provided the kerosene that replaced whale oil in lamps and greatly reduced the slaughter of whales.

Coal saved the forests that were being cut down for smelters, forges, charcoal, heaters and stoves. Steel made with coke then replaced wood for mine props, bridges and tall buildings. As steam engines and iron ships replaced wooden wind-jammers in world navies and merchant fleets, the forests expanded.

Coal gas and clean coal cured the smogs of London and Pittsburgh. Piped gas for home heating and street lighting and the even better “clean-coal-by-wire” (coal powered electricity) worked wonders to reduce air pollution in “The Big Smoke”.

Petrol driven cars and trucks removed horse manure from the big cities, and tractors reduced the amount of land required to grow food for those cities.

Nuclear power from the ‘greens’ viewpoint is the ultimate “green energy” – enormous amounts of clean energy generated on a tiny footprint, by minute quantities of fuel, with little effect on air or water quality. Its only disadvantage is that, unlike coal and gas, it does not recycle the gases of life to the atmosphere.

Naturally there are risks in every human endeavor but modern energy sources kill far fewer people and wildlife than were once lost in timber getting, horse breaking, wind-jammers, sulky capsize, air pollution and city wildfires. And to believe that man can tweak the climate with carbon taxes is non-sense.

In contrast, the so called “green” energy sources usually lauded on Earth Day have a heavy toll on the environment to produce piddling amounts of unreliable and costly energy.

Both wind and solar energy are so dilute that large areas of land must be sterilised by roads, transmission lines and construction sites to collect significant energy. Already many wind towers have been abandoned and others are being de-commissioned because of high maintenance costs or poor energy production.

Roof-top solar is a joke as a reliable supplier of energy for most of humanity. In most installations of wind and solar power, the facilities would not be built without subsidies and other political props, and it is doubtful that the green-power turbines and panels will generate enough useful energy over their limited life to recover the energy needed for their raw materials, manufacture, construction, roads, power lines, earth works, maintenance and decommissioning.

Green energy as it is thought of today is not environmentally friendly.

Where big wind/solar facilities are constructed, many native birds and bats are sliced by whirling swords, or singed and fried by concentrated solar heat rays. Blinded by their obsession with blaming fossil fuels for everything, greens pretend that this unnecessary slaughter of wildlife is not occurring.

Without carbon and nuclear fuels, Earth would be raped for fuel and food by destitute people trying to eke out a living without the greatest boon to modern living – cheap reliable energy. As Alex Epstein, from the Centre for Industrial Progress says eloquently, fossil fuels are the greenest energy”.

This Earth Day, let’s put the Earth first and cronyism and political power second.

5 Comments


    • rbradley  

      Off-grid solar (and to a far lesser extent, wind) is a free market energy and should grow through voluntary government-neutral exchanges. On-grid solar and wind are creatures of special government favor, which has been huge and is responsible for their growth. Growth will quickly reverse if and when the Production Tax Credit and other special favors cease.

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  1. Martin Kral  

    Written in my style – story telling format without all those numbers. This is perfect as an editorial in the local papers where we have to educate the public about efficient energy sources.

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  2. Stan Jakuba  

    Please re-read : https://www.masterresource.org/renewable-energy-projections/renewable-energies-the-mirage-of-mass/
    Or at least look at the two graphs there. The amount of renewable energy is pitiful and the growth trend is declining.
    When reading performance data on any renewable energy source published in mass media, the numbers are mostly three to five times too large for they conveniently confuse name-plate data with the actual production measured over a span of several years. The above reference gives you 20 years data and 24 GW for 2015 – the highest ever from wind and solar. Consider the significance on the overall energy cons. of 3260 GW.

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