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Amid Energy Crisis, the Green Delusion Collides With Reality… Here’s What Happens Next

Posted by M. C. on October 26, 2022

It’s not complicated.

When it comes to reliable baseload power, most of humanity has only three choices:

by Nick Giambruno

That’s how much the additional electricity consumption per household would be if the average US home adopted electric vehicles.

Congressman Thomas Massie—an electrical engineer—revealed this information while discussing with Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, President Biden’s plan to have 50% of cars sold in the US be electric by 2030.

The current and future grid in most places will not be able to support each home running 25 refrigerators—not even close. Just look at California, where the grid is already buckling under the existing load.

Massie claims, correctly, in my view, that the notion of widespread adoption of electric vehicles anytime soon is a dangerous fantasy based on political science, not sound engineering.

Nevertheless, Western governments are falling over themselves to shun hydrocarbons—especially of Russian origin—and promote so-called “green” technologies like electric vehicles and supposed renewables such as wind and solar, which are better termed as unreliables.

Here’s the big problem, though…

Wind and solar power might be useful in specific situations. Still, it’s ridiculous to think they can provide reliable base load power for an advanced industrial economy even as they are now—never mind when every household is running 25 refrigerators.

It’s not complicated.

When it comes to reliable baseload power, most of humanity has only three choices:

1) hydrocarbons—coal, oil, and gas

2) nuclear power

3) abandon modern civilization for a pre-industrial standard of living.

Aside from friendly aliens delivering a new magical energy technology, there are no other alternatives for most places.

So, with Western governments intent on going green, sanctioning Russia, and shunning hydrocarbons, it boils down to a simple choice.

They can either embrace nuclear energy—which has zero carbon emissions—or give up reliable electricity.

I suspect it won’t be long—perhaps sometime this winter—before Western governments turn to nuclear energy in a big way. There are indications they are already doing that.

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One Response to “Amid Energy Crisis, the Green Delusion Collides With Reality… Here’s What Happens Next”

  1. Eric said

    Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay .

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