Green Energy Kills

May 11, 2016

Why Green Energy Means No Energy

Alex Epstein 

as published by Forbes

Here are some basic facts about energy and human well-being.

• There are 7 billion people in the world who need cheap, plentiful, reliable energy to flourish.

• Some three billion have virtually no energy by our standards. Over a billion have no electricity whatsoever.

• In the history of energy technology, only three methods of energy have proven able to produce cheap, plentiful, reliable energy on any significant scale. These are hydrocarbon (fossil fuel), nuclear and hydroelectric power—with hydrocarbon being the most scalable and versatile (e.g., it provides virtually all our liquid transportation fuel).

• Two of those methods—nuclear and hydro—are not carbon-based and therefore are the obvious choices to champion to the extent you are concerned with reducing CO2 emissions.

• The biggest opponent by far of both of these technologies is the green movement—the movement that claims to care the most deeply about reducing CO2 emissions.

• That movement keeps insisting, against all evidence, that their anti-fossil, anti-nuclear, anti-hydro stance is not a problem because solar and wind, unreliable, parasitical sources of energy that increase costs wherever they are significantly deployed, will somehow save the day.

Why does the green movement oppose every practical form of energy?

There is only one answer that can explain this. Greens oppose every practical form of energy not out of love for the non-existent virtues of solar and wind energy, but because they believe practical energy is inherently immoral.

It’s in their philosophical DNA.

To “be green” means to minimize our impact on nature. In the green philosophy, the standard of value, the metric by which we measure good and bad is human nonimpact—does an action make our environment more or less altered by humans?

If we take that idea seriously, then practical energy is not a good thing.

Energy is “the capacity to do work,” that is, the capacity to alter the placement of matter in nature from where it is to where we want it to be—to impact it. The fundamental use of energy is to power the machines that transform our environment to meet our needs.

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If an unaltered, untransformed environment is our standard of value, then nothing could be worse than cheap, plentiful, reliable energy. A consistent advocate of green energy therefore would oppose fossil fuels under any circumstances—if they created no waste, including no CO2, if they were even cheaper, if they would last practically forever, if there were no resource-depletion concerns.

Could this really be true? Yes, in fact history proved it true in the late 1980s.

For many decades, the ultimate energy fantasy has been what’s called nuclear fusion. Conventional nuclear power is called nuclear fission, which unleashes power through the decay of heavy atoms such as uranium. Nuclear fusion unleashes far more power through fusion of two light atoms, hydrogen for example. Fusion is what the sun uses for energy. But all human attempts at fusion so far have been inefficient—they take in more energy than they produce. But if it could be made to work, it would be the cheapest, cleanest, most plentiful energy source ever created. It would be like the problem-free fossil fuels I said the Green leaders would oppose.

In the late 1980s, some reports that fusion was close to commercial reality got quite a bit of press. Reporters interviewed some of the world’s environmental thought leaders to ask them what they thought of fusion—testing how they felt not about energy’s human-harming risks and wastes, but its pure transformative power. What did they say?

Read the full article HERE 

Reposted by  5/11/16

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