‘Green’ energy needs a 2nd look

Aug 22, 2013


German problems with the new "green" energy illustrates some of the basic faults and hidden costs with this evolving scam (Economist, June 15, 2013).

“The trouble is that most wind and solar power is generated a long way from the parts of the country where the nuclear power plants are to be shut-off.  Germany needs more than 4000 km of new transmission lines."

“A second problem is that… renewable energy is intermittent. The wind does not blow, sun does not shine.  Bulk electricity storage is still in its infancy (the ball park cost for energy storage would triple or quadruple the cost of green energy)… so Germany still needs back-up capacity of conventional generation power. If the state includes massive subsides to construct natural gas power plants, 40 percent efficient, available to be turned on/off  on/off  on/off at the whim of the wind, only then can natural gas generation fill this roll, a NON competitive position.  Aging coal power plants with low variable costs can complete."

The result is a web of grotesque distortions. On sunny days, Germany pushes its excess power on to the European grid at a loss. On cloudy days, Germany relies ever more on brown coal.

Last year, its CO2 emissions rose. The cost of this mess is passed on to electricity users. Household fuel bills have gone up by 25 percent over the past three years, to 40 percent -50 percent above the EU average.






Local greens create, in the minds of your readers, a  production that is convenient, seductive and easy to recite.

This then is the content of environmental discourse.  Solar cells have come to define what it means to be an environmentalist.

Every simplistic news article, green letter to the editor, protest, congressional hearing and bumper sticker creates another occasion for the visibility of solar, wind and other green productions to increase.

Do they ever cite any of the limitations of solar or wind?  Rather, greens chant objectives without reflecting upon the numerous consequences of such.

This is an articulated promise the greens adopt and repeat, however, it is an empty promise.

As the planet continues to cool now, those who argued that the science is "settled" look increasingly desperate.  Consider all this, regarding any green promise.

Steven Keeler


Comments (3)
Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | Aug 27, 2013 09:51

Yet more evidence of Mr. Keeler’s global cooling in today’s Guardian:

“Last month, Greenland had its warmest day since records began in the late 1950s, with the weather station at Maniitsoq (Sugar Loaf) on the south-western coast registering 78.6F (26C) on the afternoon of 30 July, the Danish Meteorological Institute reported.

“And on 11-12 July last year, gusts of warm air caused melting on virtually the entire surface of the ice sheet. The meltwater pouring off the glaciers washed out the main bridge at the town of Kangerlussuaq, the hub for scientists studying the Greenland ice sheet. All this is straining the ice sheet in various locations.”


Posted by: steven d keeler | Sep 01, 2013 12:51


On August 1, I reported Greenland had logged its warmest summer temperature on record on July 30.  A news release from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) served as the basis for the report.

The DMI now says the record may not be legitimate, because artificial heat sources near the observing station may have contaminated the temperature sensor.


Once again, the local greens push the "agenda", rather than the truth !

Posted by: steven d keeler | Sep 01, 2013 12:54

The Greenland ice sheet is melting from below, caused by a high heat flow from the mantle into the lithosphere. This influence is very variable spatially and has its origin in an exceptionally thin lithosphere. Consequently, there is an increased heat flow from the mantle and a complex interplay between this geothermal heating and the Greenland ice sheet. The international research initiative IceGeoHeat led by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences establishes in the current online issue of Nature Geoscience (Vol 6, August 11, 2013) that this effect cannot be neglected when modeling the ice sheet as part of a climate study.

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