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Renewables outstripping infrastructure

Disused coal power

Renewable energy is increasingly incompatible with our energy infrastructure and our economy; and the situation is getting critical. It is common knowledge that renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, tidal, etc.) are not “firm.”  But firm is exactly how our economy needs energy.  In a just-in-time economy, it is extremely difficult …

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Why are greens so brown?

Green-brown deforestation

One reason for why so many people still do not believe climate change is real is that people who identify as “greens” behave as if they are also in denial. This manifests in two ways.  First, there is so-called “Al Gore syndrome” – the practice of flying around the world …

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The greenwash is beginning to peel

Greenwash

The amount of electricity we will be able to generate from wind power is going to be a lot less than we bargained for; and ironically, climate change is to blame.  That’s the conclusion of new research published in Nature Geoscience. Wind strength in the northern hemisphere depends upon the …

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Technologies ‘green energy’ won’t be powering

Bitcoin mine

Hidden in the small print of any credible plan to run the global economy on renewable energy will be at least one of three big assumptions: The economy of the future will be far more energy-efficient than it is today. That is, we will be using a lot less energy …

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Green boom coming to an end

Green Energy profits

A dramatic fall in the cost of green energy technology has eaten into the profitability of green energy companies.  According to By Anna Hirtenstein at Bloomberg Businessweek: “Green technology such as solar panels and wind turbines are increasingly mass-produced, so basic supply-and-demand economics dictate that they get cheaper. There’s also …

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The early end of British coal

Wind and coal

In its heyday, the British coal industry produced more than 280 million tons a year.  Today, what remains produces less than 9 million tons – less than was produced at the height of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.  Since then, demand has fallen steadily as industrial users either closed or used …

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Science ‘v’ Economics criticisms work both ways

Fish counter

These days it is almost a given that economics is not grounded in reality.  As the old joke has it: Q: What do you call an economist who makes a prediction? A: Wrong. The failure of thousands of extremely well-paid economists to see the 2008 crash coming did irrevocable harm …

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