Prince William’s Earthshot prize won’t save the planet

Posted: December 4, 2022 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Energy, net zero, opinion
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The Prince promotes a goal of ‘a stable climate’, which has never existed before except in someone’s imagination. Net zero fantasy rumbles on.
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I hate to pour cold water on the Prince of Wales’ big night out in Boston on Friday, where he hosted the Earthshot Prize for climate change solutions, says Ross Clark @ The Spectator.

William needs all the help he can get to distract attention from his brother and sister-in-law as they continue their crazed attack on the royal family.
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If we are going to have a prize which genuinely helps get us close to net zero emissions by 2050, an affordable means of carbon capture is certainly one thing you would hope would be among the five winners.

The other four would be:

** An affordable means of energy storage, without which an energy grid based on intermittent renewables like wind and solar simply isn’t going to work.

The problem is that at present all the available technology – pumped storage, hydrogen electrolysis and lithium batteries – cost, MWh for MWh, several times as much to store energy as it costs to generate it in the first place.

** Commercially-competitive steel made using hydrogen, rather than coal, as a reducing agent. Without this, we are not going to be able to eliminate the 10 per cent or so of global carbon emissions which emanate from steel manufacturing.

** Commercially-competitive cement which does not produce carbon dioxide as part of the chemical process – and which is currently responsible for 7 per cent of global emissions.

** An affordable means of flying 50 miles without burning fossil fuels. Forget electric planes – batteries are a couple of magnitudes too heavy to enable transatlantic flight. There are potential solutions involving synthetic fuels but, as ever, the problem is cost.

If we cannot solve those problems, we are not going to get anywhere near net zero carbon emissions. Unlike the moon landing, our ambitions will crash and burn before they even reach low-altitude orbit.

Full article here.

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  2. ivan says:

    I don’t suppose we should blame him for following in his father’s footsteps although I would have thought his wife would have kept him grounded. Maybe it is just a way of pandering to the unhinged part of the population.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Zero carbon obsessions would be the best policy.

  4. cognog2 says:

    All I ask of Prince William is that he ensures that whatever investment suggested is RIGOROUSLY analysed to determine that it FULLY complies with the Thermodynamic laws and does NOT contain dubious loopholes involving legal or accountancy verbiage enabling the greedy to take advantage over the rest of us.
    IMO, if he does this properly he will be very hard put to find somewhere to put his, or someone else’s money.

  5. catweazle666 says:

    When I were a lad we actually used to have these really cheap, efficient, convenient stores of energy.

    They were called “coal heaps”…

  6. JB says:

    “at present all the available technology – pumped storage, hydrogen electrolysis and lithium batteries – cost, MWh for MWh, several times as much to store energy as it costs to generate it”

    And so it will always be. Direct conversion simply cannot be surpassed for efficiency. Additional steps to convert energy will always be complex and increase costs.

    The Earth has granted humanity the simplest, continuous forms of energy that recycles easily aiding life. The rest is for us to maintain that harmony.

  7. Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. says:

    The BIGEST problem facing humanity right now is not “climate change”, but the insane war (with dire economic consequences) waged on a life-giving gas, CO2, which is also an essential byproduct of all organisms on Earth. This war is based on a superstitious 19th-Century belief that this benign trace gas controls Earth’s climate. It does not do so even in the slightest according to geological records!

    The psychosis of perceiving CO2 as a villan to society and an enemy of the environment runs profoundly deep in the Western World, and has clouded the minds of every body including Royalty. This does not speak highly about our collective intelligence as a species, for there is no other life form on Earth that has declared a war on itself by trying to remove a life-supporting resource from the Environment such as atmospheric CO2, which is at the base of the food chain.

  8. saighdear says:

    Here we go again ! (? ) as Ivan said ‘… Maybe it is just a way of pandering to the unhinged part of the population’ Hmm why pander to THEM ? Is he related somehow to the Greetin Bairn? Why not pander ( altho’ I don’t like the term, nor want to be pandered to, ) to the Intelligent people for a change.
    Too many Know-alls / loudmouths ( Open your mouth WHEN you have something useful to say: NOT just because you may have a right to be heard) who basically know NOTHING about even Simple Physics ( encompassing, then, both Maths and Mechanics, at the least) seem to have the BIG SAY in what should be done. I seldom read the rubbish provided by these sorts, anymore. Do I want to unlearn what I’ve spent years learning, teaching and observing ? When there are 10k Jobs in Jeopardy, I don’t expect to see a sudden load on the Post Office or ISPs or a queue to get there. However, when the Wind is shut down, we insist on sending MORE windNILLS out to do something. The Heron doesn’t get his Pals to come hang arouond the pond either. Talk about Bird-Brained.

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    It always amazed me that these clowns keep nattering on about reducing human CO2 to zero. First off that is not possible if you mean all CO2 we produce. Secondly, we produce something like 3.5% to maybe 4% of all contributions to the atmosphere. Mother Nature creates all the rest. Somehow reducing CO2 production by some 4% is supposed to stop any further climate warming. At this point I ROFLMAO. And yet… the pols, rent seekers, and power mongers continue this farce while picking our pockets with virtually zero push back from the general public, aka the sheeple.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Making food containers from seaweed rather than plastic – as one of this year’s five winners is doing – is all very worthy and will go down very well on an organic market in the Cotswolds, but help give us a stable climate by 2030? Another winner of the prize this year is making flat-packed greenhouses for Indian smallholders – a variation on what B&Q has been doing for decades

    Toytown trivia.

  11. trevor collins says:

    about time this bloke got a proper job!!

  12. oldbrew says:

    Global Warming? Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover At 56-Year High

    SATURDAY, DEC 03, 2022

  13. MrGrimNasty says:

    The chance of winning seemed to increase if the applicant mentioned indigenous or climate change.
    The indigenous coastal rangers messing about with drones beat a rainforest replanting project.
    The people making ‘plastic’ out of seaweed – where would the vast amount of seaweed required to seriously up production to a global scale come from? Farm it, oh sure. That jarred with the scheme to plant seaweed forests!
    The most risible winner was the ‘greenhouses’, to pictures of flood and fire Armageddon, they claimed their insect mesh/fleece covered frames could make crops reliable in the face of climate change. Love to see how they stop flood and fire. Gardeners and small scale growers have been using this stuff for years to reduce pests etc.
    It was just another deluded celebrity night out on the town. Earthshot? More like a quick pee in the ocean.

  14. dennisambler says:
    Christiana Figueres, who has been a Member of The Earthshot Prize Council since 2020, will take the position of the Chair of the Board. She is the co-founder of Global Optimism and former UN Climate Chief responsible for the delivery of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.

    David Fein will hold the position of Vice Chair. He is Special Counsel at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and has a long history of working with The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation as Chair of The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife Financial Taskforce.

    ‘Tokunboh Ishamael will become a Founding Trustee, and joins us with a background as the co-founder and Managing Director of Alitheia Capital, a pioneer ESG and Impact Investing Fund Management firm.

    These three extraordinary individuals will work alongside future board members to bring independent, diverse and expert perspectives to guide and oversee The Earthshot Prize.

    “We shall help to provide speed and scale to the solutions which are already underway, while opening new space for additional groundbreaking concepts and determined action. This is no time to recede, this is the time to courageously proceed with vision and conviction.” Christiana Figueres, Chair of The Earthshot Prize

    Conviction would be good…

  15. dennisambler says:

    I wonder how this will play with the Mauna Loa CO2 data?
    Due to the eruption of the Mauna Loa Volcano, updates for Mauna Loa data have been suspended as of Nov. 29.

    [reply]: NOAA is working on it…


  16. cognog2 says:


    Thanks. If true then it says it all; for Christiana Figueres is an avowed COMMUNIST; dead set on destroying the Capitalist system.
    Her fingers are well into the UN and its communist acolytes such as the IPCC etc.
    What better than to ladle on the benign cream of Charity to calm the conservative? minds.
    Prince William really does need to start thinking rationally.

  17. oldbrew says:

    How green is Prince William’s Earthshot Prize?
    5 December 2022
    Presenters and other attendees of the US ceremony had to fly to join the event

    The organisers of the ceremony of Prince William’s environmental awards have received fierce criticism over the sustainability credentials of the event.

    This year, the Earthshot Prize was held in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US and the roster of celebrities who joined the ceremony included, among others, David Beckham, Ellie Goulding and Rami Malek.

    Given its sustainability message, viewers and campaigners have slammed the event – they said that presenters and attendees had to take flights to attend the ceremony. At the same time, recipients stayed home to receive their awards virtually.
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    The US is a big place 🤓

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