If you think they look bad now …
Renewable energy. It’s such a pithy term, and quite typical of progressives who love to change language to suit their agenda. Rape is now called sexual assault which means that if I run my hand down a girl’s arm I can be treated legally as if I had thrown my leg over her against her will. The power of language. Another example – there aren’t two sexes anymore, now it’s gender. Which means we have 53 different types of gender! What would be obviously crazy using the correct language becomes meaningless once words are distorted.
Which brings us back to renewable energy. If it was just called energy it would be languishing where it belongs – nowhere. But call it “renewable” energy and it suddenly becomes this magic unicorn that all the progressives go nuts over. Some moron on my Facebook feed the other day was proudly proclaiming that Norway has announced that it will ban petrol vehicles from 2025. This is the country whose entire economy depends on oil. Take away the black goop from Norway and they’ll be at the same level as the illiterate African peasants currently invading their country. Of course, the fact that plastic is made from oil always seems to pass these imbeciles by as they post these utterances on their plastic i-piece-of-overpriced-shit.
Renewable energy. First of all let’s get the economics straight. Over at my internet home-away-from-home, Catallaxy Files has come up with a nice explanation of how wind energy is economically unfeasible.
Wind can, as the lobbyists maintain, in fact have a short term depressing effect on price – imagine what happens to the overall price of hamburgers if the government comes along with subsidised product that doubles the available quantities. But eventually the price has to be reflected in the costs. These are $120 per MWh for wind compared with $40 per MWh for coal. And that does not include the premium costs wind must incur in transmission and in back-up required as a result of its inherent unreliability.
As Alan Moran goes on to say, they cannot claim anymore that wind energy is an infant industry requiring government assistance to help it compete.
That is because wind is unreliable and subject to natural supply not consumer demand so that it tends to be available at times when it is, relatively speaking, not needed.
How about a nice windless hot summer night? Where do the renewable energy ming-bats think that the power to light the streets and drive their air conditioning units is going to come from? Magical unicorns? The state that I live in, Victoriastan, has just announced that it intends to be 100% renewable energy by 2050. With Australia’s largest heavy industry sector I can only think that the politicians would like to travel back in time to 1781. Or perhaps they just want to hear the docile purr of thousands of home diesel generators chugging away every night as people try to source energy from somewhere. That was Kampala in Uganda for me back in the late 90s. I’ve lived in a country with intermittent power supplies. There’s a term for it – the third fucking world.
Now Denmark has decided to cancel all wind farm builds made in 2012.
The cancellation of the coastal wind turbines will save the country around 7 billion Krones ($1 billion). And when the new offshore wind farm will be constructed from 2025 onwards there will be ample budgets then.
Take it from me, there will be no coastal wind farm built in 2025 as there will be no ample budgets. Renewable energy is just too uneconomical and one of the great advantages Western civilization has had is its abundant reserves of cheap energy. That cheap energy is why you enjoy the current lifestyle that you have. You don’t have your lifestyle in spite of cheap energy you have it because of cheap energy.
When the human race succumbs to categorical stupidity on this sort of scale it is usually resigned to text books where bored students can briefly ponder on historical bouts of madness. But this episode won’t have the luxury of being hidden in textbooks. It will be there for all the world to see. Evident in the thousands upon thousands of giant wind turbines, abandoned and rusting and decaying into the earth and sea in some of the most visually spectacular areas of our planet.
The reason is because the companies who built them will be all bankrupt, collapsing the day after the evaporation of the massive government subsidies required. And the cost of their removal will be so prohibitive that they will stand there for many decades – silent sentinels to remind future generations of just how stupid we can be.
On reflection, perhaps that is a good thing.