Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links! And welcome to the first Monday of 2022 – may this year be a little more sane than the previous two.
Mind you that’s setting the bar pretty low.
Junk Science’s Steve Malloy has an interesting bit on the Top Ten Under-reported Climate Flops of 2021. Go read it all. Excerpt:
The year 2021 may go down in history as the year that foretold the end of the climate idiocy movement — although the movement is unlikely to take the hint. This year witnessed the follies, failures and lies of climate idiocy laid bare for all to see — that is, if the media had actually reported them.
So here are the 10 biggest failures of the climate movement in 2021. The only reason the climate movement survives past these flops is because the mainstream media keeps it afloat by failing to honestly report the news.
1. European wind failure causes disastrous global energy crisis. As Europe has closed its coal plants in a rush to embrace wind turbines over the past 20 years, 2021 witnessed a decrease in wind and the ensuing failure of European wind turbines. With fewer coal plants to fall back on, Europe was forced to rely on natural gas plants, causing natural gas prices to skyrocket and a global energy crisis. Some of the outcomes: energy company failures, manufacturing and fertilizer plant shutdowns, projected increase from 50 million to 80 million in the number of Europeans living in energy poverty and a greater reliance on Vladimir Putin’s goodwill for supplies of natural gas. Plus, emissions have increased. The media has been largely silent on the ongoing energy crisis and emissions backfire, especially with respect to its origins in green policies.
Relying on Vladimir Putin’s goodwill, what little there is of it, seems like an unwise (at best) strategy. Especially when EU nations are decommissioning their best supplies of actually clean, viable energy – nuclear power plants.
Technological societies, as pointed out by Micheal Shellenberger in his book Apocalypse Never, can only grow and expand those technologies if they have cheap, reliable energy. Advancing technology relies on advancing energy density at the sources. Nuclear power supplies that energy density. Wind and solar do not. Much of the problems with the various “green” energy plans is that they decrease energy density, not to mention reliability.
The flops described in this article pretty much all point to this same failure – a failure for which, by the way, the “green” elites like John Kerry and Al Gore will not be paying the price, but folks like you and I will.