David Solway, at PJ Media, ably dissects the gradual but inescapable failure of greenism. It seems that the traditional sources of electrical power (deemed evil by the
progressives reactionaries) are the most reliable, least disruptive and most economical ones, whereas the so called green, alternative sources are the exact opposite.
The key problem is energy density: how much energy can you get per unit of source, whether this is a lump of coal, a quart of oil or, say, one minute of 30 MPH wind.
(Additional problems are efficient storage of electrical energy and efficient transmission of energy from distant sources such as wind farms and solar installations. Both are insoluble problems using existing technology, but that’s another story.)
Nor is the headlong rush to force alternative energy production on the world particularly humane. To quote Fiona Kobusingye, coordinator of the Congress of Racial Equality Uganda, who has denounced the attempt to impose energy restrictions on African nations in the name of fighting global warming. “These policies kill,” she writes. As for the combustible Al Gore, he “uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year.” Her conclusion: “Telling Africans they can’t have electricity—except what can be produced with some wind turbines or little solar panels—is immoral. It is a crime against humanity.”
The type of energy future that is being forced on us by the Obama administration in the name of saving the planet is being seriously questioned and even discarded in many places, Europe being a prime example. One hopes that the Obamites will see the light sooner rather than later, before the tanking U.S. economy has passed a point of no return.
Figure the odds…