Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM

Posted: October 25, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, ideology, opinion, propaganda
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Ever tighter control of human lifestyles seems to be the latest battle cry of climate propagandists. Meanwhile, wind and solar power always seem to need vast subsidies despite supposedly ‘plummeting costs’. Where’s the affordability, even if any of the advocated ideas made sense in terms of the climate, which they don’t? Millions of tons of toxic and other industrial waste will be produced in vain attempts to change the weather.
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Boris Johnson’s techno-optimism ignores the need for big societal changes, experts warn.

Can we fix climate change with the “silver bullet” of technology? asks BBC News.

The prime minister seems to think so.

Clean technologies like offshore wind, carbon capture and solar power are clearly a huge part of any solution: witness the plummeting costs of offshore wind and solar.

But the prime minister stands accused of techno-optimism, because he appears to ignore other key factors in reducing emissions.

In a “green” speech due soon he’ll pledge his faith in offshore wind power, solar, carbon capture, hydrogen, clean cars and zero emission planes.

Experts say tackling climate change needs action right across society and the economy – with a host of new incentives, laws, rules, bans, appliance standards, taxes and institutional innovations.

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Comments
  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    As there is no harmful climate change at present, proven by record wheat harvests, we need do nothing.

  2. spetzer86 says:

    If you were viewing this as a long-range plan, the first step must be limiting travel. Covid went a long way for international travel. Removing ICE will reduce the range people can wander around their own country, especially when the grids are running super lean. Wonder what step 2 is?

  3. ivan says:

    We must remember that BoJo is only thinking with his little head on all things ‘green’ – if he doesn’t obey she cuts him off.

    This in not the way important decisions for the country should be decided.

  4. Curious George says:

    plummeting costs = rising subsidies. Obvious.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Experts say tackling climate change needs action right across society and the economy – with a host of new incentives, laws, rules, bans, appliance standards, taxes and institutional innovations.

    Which ‘experts’ might those be? Apart from the ones with a direct or indirect financial interest in promoting such matters, that is.

    ‘a host of new incentives, laws, rules, bans, appliance standards, taxes’ – under cover of climate theories that don’t work in reality? No thanks.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Other quotes (‘experts say’) in the BBC article…

    Cars: “The harsh reality is that we have to find ways to limit the number of cars and the amount that we drive them”

    Aviation: “We need a major rollout of radical new technologies”
    – – –
    Other points…

    Carbon (dioxide) capture: Two decades ago it was touted as a climate saviour, but it’s very expensive and has never taken off.

    Harrabin comments: ‘Well, a long list of policies requires government attention, including: standards for new homes; green recovery; food production; planning rules; peat; heat and buildings; meat eating; infrastructure statement; road building; carbon dioxide in soil; medium-term emissions targets; tree planting; energy storage; industrial strategy; appliance standards; and the comprehensive spending review.’
    = = =
    In climate terms this is all totally pointless.

  7. Graeme No.3 says:

    oldbrew:
    Is this enthusiasm for tree planting just for them being burnt when they grow?
    30% of the forest in Borneo was burnt to make way for oil palms (for biodiesel). Bad luck for the environment and all who lived in it.**
    Now that diesel cars are verboten, will they burn the oil palms? 2 lots of burning with 1 of storage as the trees regrow (if the soil isn’t too degraded) doesn’t add up to a saving of CO2 in my arithmetic.

    ** Give to “Save the Oreng Utans” victims of Green policies. After all they are more intelligent than the average Greenie.

  8. oldbrew says:

    The explosive problem of ‘zombie’ batteries
    41 minutes ago

    Lithium-ion batteries, which power mobile phones, tablets and toothbrushes, can be extremely volatile if damaged. CCTV footage taken at several recycling centres shows explosions sending flames and debris shooting across sorting areas.
    . . .
    “An electric vehicle will burn for much longer than an internal combustion vehicle. They give off potentially explosive and toxic fumes. They can reignite hours, days or weeks after the incident,” says Prof Christensen.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54634802

    Marvellous 😬

  9. Phil Salmon says:

    The best transport is no transport.
    The best electricity is no electricity.
    This is the real green agenda.
    They know that non-fossil alternatives are inadequate and it’s a feature not a bug.
    That’s also why nuclear also will be shut out since it is the one alternative to fossil energy that would actually work as France has shown for more than half a century.
    Low energy feudalism with peasants (us) licked to the land is where our elites are herding us.

  10. hunterson7 says:

    Climate change is magical thinking and so is immune to technology.

  11. hunterson7 says:

    Thanks.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Tradable Energy Quotas

    1. TEQs (Tradable Energy Quotas) is an electronic energy rationing system designed to be implemented at the national scale.

    2. There are two reasons why such a scheme may be needed:

    Climate change: to guarantee achieving national carbon reduction targets.

    Energy supply: to maintain a fair distribution of fuel and electricity during shortages.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wi.ki/Tradable_Energy_Quotas#Overview_of_how_the_scheme_would_work
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    ‘during shortages’ – which the UK doesn’t have, up to now.

    The idea has been around since at least the early 2000s…

    Domestic Tradable Quotas (Carbon Emissions) Bill

    This is the text of the Domestic Tradable Quotas (Carbon Emissions) Bill, as ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 7th July 2004.
    https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200304/cmbills/136/2004136.htm

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