More Green dreams shattered

Posted by: Phineas on January 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Two posts at Watts Up With That bring news that that ought to turn the Gaea-cultists’ sweet dreams into nightmares. First, a study from Civitas in the UK demolishes any idea that wind-power is a practical, economic alternate energy source:

The focus on wind-power, driven by the renewables targets, is preventing Britain from effectively reducing CO2 emissions, while crippling energy users with additional costs, according to a new Civitas report. The report finds that wind-power is unreliable and requires back-up power stations to be available in order to maintain a consistent electricity supply to households and businesses. This means that energy users pay twice: once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy sector continues to rely on. Contrary to the implied message of the Government’s approach, the analysis shows that wind-power is not a low-cost way of reducing emissions.

(Full report here (PDF))

They have to pay lip-service to the idea of reducing CO2 emissions, even though there’s no credible evidence of a man-caused greenhouse effect from CO2, because of the success the Green Statists in and outside of government have had in demonizing a gas that’s essentially plant food. The key takeaways, though, are these: because of the unreliability of wind, conventional power stations have to be kept running on standby to handle those times when the turbines aren’t running, either because there’s no wind, or the wind is blowing too fast. That means costs to the consumer skyrocket, as UK residents are finding out. (And we will, too, if Obama and the Eco-lobby in the US have their way.)

But wait, there’s more! It turns out that wind-turbines actually increase the use of CO2 -spewing fossil fuels:

In a comprehensive quantitative analysis of CO2 emissions and wind-power, Dutch physicist C. le Pair has recently shown that deploying wind turbines on “normal windy days” in the Netherlands actually increased fuel (gas) consumption, rather than saving it, when compared to electricity generation with modern high-efficiency gas turbines. Ironically and paradoxically the use of wind farms therefore actually increased CO2 emissions, compared with using efficient gas-fired combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) at full power. [p. 30]


Second, you know all those fears of “ocean acidification,” the Green Left’s latest environmental bogeyman? Turns out it’s another …say it after me… natural process:

It turns out that far from being a stable pH, spots all over the world are constantly changing. One spot in the ocean varied by an astonishing 1.4 pH units regularly. All our human emissions are projected by models to change the world’s oceans by about 0.3 pH units over the next 90 years, and that’s referred to as “catastrophic”, yet we now know that fish and some calcifying critters adapt naturally to changes far larger than that every year, sometimes in just a month, and in extreme cases, in just a day.

Data was collected by 15 individual SeaFET sensors in seven types of marine habitats. Four sites were fairly stable (1, which includes the open ocean, and also sites 2,3,4) but most of the rest were highly variable (esp site 15 near Italy and 14 near Mexico) . On a monthly scale the pH varies by 0.024 to 1.430 pH units.

The authors draw two conclusions: (1) most non-open ocean sites vary a lot, and (2) and some spots vary so much they reach the “extreme” pH’s forecast for the doomsday future scenarios on a daily (a daily!) basis.

pH varies widely and often, yet life adapts and prospers, in a process that’s gone on for hundreds of millions, if not billions of years. No need to invoke the Demon Man and his evil capitalism to frighten people into obedience and submission to a bunch of liberty and economy-killing transnational bureaucracies.

Though I’m sure they’ll try, anyway.

Keep dreaming, cultists.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “More Green dreams shattered”


  1. sinz54 says:

    Here in America, we are fortunate to have tall mountain ranges where it stays windy much of the year.

    But you guessed it, environmentalists are opposed to building windmills on “pristine” mountainsides too.

    For example, a project to build windmills on the mountains of Vermont (which are pretty windy much of the time), is being opposed by the lefty environmentalists there.

  2. Michael Teuber says:

    Keep dreaming, cultists

    Cthulhu Fhtagn!

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Here in West Texas those wind generators are everywhere and are nothing but a racket. Landowners rake in huge monthly fees for having them on their property. The pure and simple fact of the matter is you cannot run a car off a windmill; that is why the majority of Chevy Volts are unsold, in addition to being a fire hazard.

  4. redgypsy says:

    Just proves how wonderful it is when folks think SHOULD WORK instead of WHAT REALLY WORKS.

  5. Carlos says:

    @redgypsy: like most of us have been sayin’ all along, results don’t matter a whit to libs/lefties/statists, it’s the intention that counts. Besides, it gives those myopic creators of disasters more to do, tryin’ to clean up the messes they themselves create and which are generally worse than the original perceived problem.

    @Michael Teuber: what is this? “Cthulhu Fhtagn!” I know I’m not up much on the language of the net, but that one’s a wonder!

  6. Phineas says:

    @Michael Teuber: what is this? “Cthulhu Fhtagn!” I know I’m not up much on the language of the net, but that one’s a wonder!

    Heh. It’s the cry of the cultists of Great Cthulhu, an interstellar entity that lies sleeping somewhere under the Pacific. he appears in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, a marvelous Pulp Horror writer of the 1920s and 1930s, most notably in “The Call of Cthulhu.” Many roleplaying, computer, and board games have been based off Lovecraft’s stories.

    Funny thing is, a friend and I often argue that the Obama administration is some sort of plot by these and other cultists. When you read the stories, it sort of makes sense. ;)

  7. Carlos says:

    Well, heck, no wonder it didn’t make sense. I thought it was a letter string signifying something important!

    And it still doesn’t make a lick o’ sense. Wish Gaiea (or however ya spell the darned word) would grab up all her believers and deliver them to some world where they didn’t have to work and everything was just peachy-keen, like they say it will be when they rule this world…