Go renewable and wreck the planet! German government signs another suicide note

UPDATES.  Windwatch. At the evening peak last night wind was delivering 10% of demand.  From 3am to breakfast it was down to 5%.

Jo Nova reports that hardly anyone who travels by air bothers to buy a carbon offset. Shame!

Tony Thomas, our mole in Melbourne, reports on the antics of  Extinction Unlimited in the asylum at the University of Melbourne. File under “You could not make it up.”

A spirited rejoinder to the people who like to say there is no planet B so we had better be careful with the planet we  have. As I have posted in the past, the alarmists ignore the human and environmental devastation that “carbon mitigation” policies inflict and hyperventilate about hypothetical futures based on zombie science, fake news and well-falsified projections.

We don’t have a Planet B. And they don’t really have a Plan B. They just assume and expect that this monumental transformation will simply happen. Wind, solar, battery and biofuel technologies represent the natural evolution toward previously unimaginable energy sources – and they will become more efficient over time. Trust us, they say.

Ask them for details, and their responses range from evasive to delusional, disingenuous – and outrage that you would dare ask. The truth is, they don’t have a clue. They’ve never really thought about it. It’s never occurred to them that these technologies require raw materials that have to be dug out of the ground, which means mining, which they vigorously oppose (except by dictators in faraway countries).

They’re lawyers, lawmakers, enforcers. But most have never been in a mine, oilfield or factory, probably not even on a farm. They think dinner comes from a grocery store, electricity from a wall socket, and they can just pass laws requiring that the new energy materialize as needed. And it will happen Presto!

It’s similar to the way they handle climate change. Their models, reports and headlines bear little or no resemblance to the real world outside our windows – on temperatureshurricanestornadoes, sea levels, crops or polar bears. But the crisis is real, the science is settled, and anyone who disagrees is a denier.

The German Parliament has finally passed a new Climate Protection Law to get back on track with the green energy transition and reduce emissions by 55% from the 1990 level by 2o3o. Good luck with that after falling far short of the 2020 target. And good luck with keeping the lights on when the last nuclear power plants close in 2023.

Maybe deindustrialization will do it. Well it is (sort of) working for South Australia.

The German wind industry is going down the drain, just when the government wants more windmills.

No objective observer will disagree that the wind industry overall appears to be struggling. Enercon, the Mercedes Benz of turbine makers, has just announced 3,000 redundancies in its home town of Magdeburg, and admitted to a $220m loss in 2018, with worse to come in 2019 (“Thousands to lose jobs as German wind crisis hits Enercon” 11.11.2019).

Indeed, in a measure quite incredible for a flagship German firm, Enercon has explained that it can no longer afford to make wind turbine blades in Germany, and will perforce attempt to preserve its viability by manufacturing overseas, presumably in locations with lower energy costs.

And don’t mention the auto industry!

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26 Responses to Go renewable and wreck the planet! German government signs another suicide note

  1. Nob

    The future is not sustainable without fossil fuels.

  2. MatrixTransform

    20 years ago worked at the bleeding edge of solar dev.
    joked at the time about destroying a squillion bucks worth of triple junction cells in a concentrator test rig
    where are we now.
    same old silicon on yr roof
    framed in Aluminium
    hoiked up there by subsidy

  3. Rex Mango

    My global world view re the environment is based on watching well known tv series by David Attenborough in the 1980’s called Life on Earth. Near end of final episode (used to be Sunday nights on ABC) he looks into camera and says that in the 24 hour clock of the Earth’s existence, Homo Sapiens arrived at 15 seconds to midnight. With that tiny timeframe in mind for our short stay, I have been always comforted in the knowledge that we can not damage the joint in the slightest, no matter what we do.

  4. Nob

    In the 90s I looked at getting jobs in UK wind sector.

    Most valuable skill was writing grant applications.

  5. MatrixTransform

    and then Zefram Cochrane invented the Warp Drive … and it didn’t matter any more

  6. RobK

    So much wasted effort. One day they will wake up, I hope.

  7. classical_hero

    Traitors within are more destructive than enemies without.

  8. Jannie

    Its makes it hard to compete, even with the EU captive market.

    German Labour costs are 4 x higher than Chinese Labour costs. German Electric Power costs 3 X American costs.

  9. Herodotus

    The BBC are salivating at the prospect of yet another gorbal warming conference, this time in Madrid.
    They’ll be there to report and their main theme will be “what young people are doing to combat climate change”.
    Sicko media using kids again.

  10. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    shitholeification

  11. Their models, reports and headlines bear little or no resemblance to the real world outside our windows …

    That describes our BOM.

    China and India look to be the manufacturing giants of the 21st century with reliable and cheap electricity through coal, gas and possibly nuclear. The US may still be in the game. The rest of the world will be enjoying plentiful Green jobs ie, doing SFA and living in poverty.

  12. Mother Lode

    There is no planet B. So you must surrender yourself to my more catastrophic scenario which you do not find credible and dismiss the scenario you have arrived at as wrong.

    They really think this is an argument.

  13. We don’t have a Planet B.

    There is a planet B and an infinite number of others. But if we choose de-industrialise and return to the caves from whence we came, we’ll never get to them.

  14. Mother Lode

    Jo Nova reports that hardly anyone who travels by air bothers to buy a carbon offset. Shame!

    It is the truth of AGW. At a gross level everybody sees the moral warm-fuzzies of living in a society engaged in a great virtuous project, but at the individual level they see why, at each instance, they should be spared the cost.

    If left to choice all those ‘nothings’ add up to…nothing.

    So they must use coercion and force to pay for it – and then lie, telling people that they personally are coming out ahead and other people are paying.

  15. Jo Nova reports that hardly anyone who travels by air bothers to buy a carbon offset.

    It’s actually more than that. All those who proclaim that we should return to the caves from whence we came, do nothing themselves to lead the way. They always expect someone else make the sacrifices first.

  16. Nob

    Mother Lode
    #3246052, posted on November 27, 2019 at 7:48 am
    Jo Nova reports that hardly anyone who travels by air bothers to buy a carbon offset. Shame!

    It is the truth of AGW

    Where would the money go anyway?
    The answers are always vague.

    I think they can spin this as being because people who would pay the offset follow their consciences and don’t fly.
    I’ll tell you who does pay though. Oil companies and gas companies. Those villains.
    Still vague on who actually gets the money though.

    Currently enjoying a sizzling 8° morning in SW Vic at friends. ABC radio on all day in the kitchen.

    Burbling away yesterday about how “climate change” is the fastest rising concern in some survey that they were also quite vague about.

    A box ticker, I presume, with topics chosen by …?

    Not a big deal for most respondents it seems, just “fastest rising”.

    But happily reported that it was top concern among young people.

  17. Currently enjoying a sizzling 8° morning in SW Vic at friends.

    Same in SE Vic. Their ABC news site is broken and only delivering mobile results. Over $1 billion a year and they can’t even run a website.

  18. struth

    When we see any of these western wrecking socialists, anywhere, protest against the Chinese, even if it’s only out the front of their local Chinese embassy, or Chicom owned business, then, then we can say that they are truly insane, and not just socialists at war with the west and using climate nonsense as a weapon.

    So far we hear such an absolute silence regarding China on this issue, it’s laughable.

  19. Mark M

    abc breakfast is reporting some systems down after a seasonal storm in Sydney.

    Seems Gaia cares not how green you are.

  20. thefrollickingmole

    and will perforce attempt to preserve its viability by manufacturing overseas, presumably in locations with lower energy costs.

    But wind is free.
    And will always lead to lower power costs.

    You must be a wrecker to have written that, to dent the holy mantra of “renewables is cheaper”.

  21. Roger

    Jo Nova reports that hardly anyone who travels by air bothers to buy a carbon offset.

    To save the planet it will havew to be made compulsory then.

    Politicians, of course, will have theirs paid for by the tax payer.

  22. Cynic of Ayr

    Enercon has explained that it can no longer afford to make wind turbine blades in Germany, and will perforce attempt to preserve its viability by manufacturing overseas, presumably in locations with lower energy costs.
    And the irony completely escapes them.
    “We are shifting our factories that make renewable energy machines to countries that burn coal, because we cannot afford to pay for the power from our own machines.”
    If one takes that as a given, they will never be able to afford the power from their own machines.
    Do any of these people realise the stupidity of their own statements?

  23. I_am_not_a_robot

    So-called carbon offsets are a con.
    Even if the money collected is not misappropriated or outright purloined, unless the carbon from CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels is sequestered back into the Earth where it came from permanently they are not a ‘solution’ — assuming there is a problem needing a solution.

  24. Dr Fred Lenin

    The globalists will be able to bask in the warm glow of social justice when they are sitting in a dark cold house waiting 9for the sun to rise so they can see to cook breakfast. Just think of the total regret they will have for reducingthemselves to penury in the name of a fraudulent agenda . Meanwhile in Asia people will be partying in floodlights , eating hot food from electric stoves and air con to keep them happy,with never a thought for the rest of the self impoverished world .
    Abolish Career Politicians .

  25. The globalists will be able to bask in the warm glow of social justice when they are sitting in a dark cold house waiting 9for the sun to rise so they can see to cook breakfast.

    Not so. The globalists will have retirement homes in Asia, living very well while the western world struggles in darkness. Never forget that the people that push for these things will always have No 1 as a priority and an escape plan no matter what happens.

  26. John A

    bemused #3246085, posted on November 27, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Currently enjoying a sizzling 8° morning in SW Vic at friends.

    Same in SE Vic. Their ABC news site is broken and only delivering mobile results. Over $1 billion a year and they can’t even run a website.

    No, because over $1billion a year, they can’t run a website.

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