Alternative Energy Can’t Replace Hydrocarbons

Posted: February 18, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, Energy
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Climate obsessives need to admit that ‘jerking around with renewables’, as Bill Gates put it, is never going to work in the modern world – whether they like it or not.

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By Larry Bell ~

As we all recognize, access to clean and reliable energy is fundamentally important to countless aspects of our lives, our social and economic communities, and our long-term abilities to live in healthy balance with natural ecosystems.

So, this being the case, can we expect a new so-called “clean energy revolution” — primarily referring to wind and solar — to replace the “dirty old” hydrocarbon industries?

For example, like what happened when hydrocarbon-fueled internal combustion horsepower disrupted buggy whip businesses of the early 1900s — and when flip-phone makers lost out at the dawn of Apple’s iPhone?

Don’t count on such reality-challenged notions regarding hydrocarbon obsolescence occurring anytime soon.

No current energy technology on the immediate horizon has a game-changing potential anywhere nearly analogous to the truly revolutionary invention of the transistor or internet.

Nor, for that matter, has any so-called “alternative” energy source or invention supplanted…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Net-zero carbon emissions target ‘is absurd and would kill off industries’: Alan Jones

    Sky News [Australia] host Alan Jones says “the most dangerous enemy in our country today are those on the conservative side of politics who want to appease the authors of this latest economic suicide note, net-zero carbon dioxide emissions”.

    Mr Jones said a policy agenda of net-zero carbon emissions would “kill off” a number of industries in Australia through the implementation of an “absurd ideology”.

    “Ideology rules the roost, but ideology doesn’t always provide jobs”.

  2. Phoenix44 says:

    The danger is the state mandating change when the better alternative does not and probably will not exist. Markets successfully transitioned us from horses to cars, to gas and electricity usage from candles and coal, to transistors and mobile phones and the Internet and hundreds of other examples, often despite the state. If there are better alternatives, we use them. But this headlong rush to ban what not only works but is fundamentally to our current economy, without viable alternatives is beyond comprehension. It will definitely cause immediate misery and impoverishment against some posdible issues some time far in the future. Whatever happened to the Precautionary Principle?

  3. tom0mason says:

    and the cost …
    UK offshore wind decommissioning costs already at £4bn

  4. gallopingcamel says:

    Roy Spencer gave a brilliant presentation last week that included the Ivanpah boondoggle:

    His presentation has a striking chart (slide 19) showing how renewables raise electricity prices:

    Click to access Spencer-Pasadena-Feb-2020-pdf-slideshow.pdf