The "green-economy" is also impossible:
The human race, [SAUL] Griffith has estimated, currently consumes energy at an average rate of approximately six-teen trillion watts, or sixteen terawatts — the equivalent of a hundred and sixty billion hundred-watt light bulbs burning all the time.SO... WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE PUSHING THE "GREEN ECONOMY"!?!?!
Capping greenhouse gas at a level that climatologists hope may be consistent with a global temperature increase of only two degrees Celsius would necessitate replacing all but three of those sixteen terawatts with energy generated from a combination of the most promising renewable and non-carbon-based sources: photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, biofuels, geothermal, and nuclear fission.
And doing that, Griffith said, would require building the equivalent of all the following:
- a hundred square me tres of new solar cells,
- fifty square metres of new solar-thermal reflectors,
- and one Olympic swimming pool’s volume of genetically engineered algae (for biofuels) every second for the next twenty-five years;
Such a construction program, he told me, is at least theoretically achievable, but the practicalities are daunting. The design, approval, and construction of nuclear power plants in the United States typically takes years, and fewer than three dozen new plants are being built or planned.
- one three-hundred-foot-diameter wind turbine every five minutes;
- one hundred-megawatt geothermal-powered steam turbine every eight hours;
- and one three-gigawatt nuclear power plant every week.
“Right now, everyone sees climate change as a problem in the domain of scientists and engineers,” Griffith told me. “But it’s not enough to say that we need some nerds to invent a new energy source and some other nerds to figure out a carbon-sequestration technology—and you should be skeptical about either of those things actually happening.
There are a lot of ideas out there, but nothing nearly as radical as the green-tech hype. We’ve been working on energy, as a society, for a few thousand years, and especially for the last two hundred years, so we’ve already turned over most of the stones.”
Such considerations help explain Griffith’s focus on ways in which affluent societies can make dramatic reductions in energy use without reducing their perceived quality of life—a challenge that involves wrestling with human nature as well as physics.
He once tried to determine at what point in history his ancestors would have been consuming energy at a rate that he believes would be sustainable by humanity today, and calculated that, even in 1800, Americans used energy (mostly by burning New England forests) at a rate close to double that of the average global citizen in 2010.
Realizations like that one are partly responsible for the note of pessimism that enters his voice when he talks about these issues — a change from his M.I.T. days.
He said, “In the past, friends have told me, ‘You’re like the manic-depressive without the depressive — you’re just always happy and manic.’ So they’re all a little worried about me at the moment, because when I talk about these things I sound a little less than optimistic.”
Shortly after we first met, Griffith told me, “I know very few environmentalists whose heads aren’t firmly up their ass. They are bold-facedly hypocritical, and I don’t think the environmentalism movement as we’ve known it is tenable or will survive.
Al Gore has done a huge amount to help this cause, but he is the No. 1 environmental hypocrite.
His house alone uses more energy than an average person uses in all aspects of life, and he flies prodigiously. I don’t think we can buy the argument anymore that you get special dispensation just because what you’re doing is worthwhile.”
Griffith includes himself in this condemnation. He said, “Right now, the main thing I’m working on is trying to invent my way out of my own hypocrisy.”
SIMPLE: THEY'RE LEFTISTS (OR THEY'RE THE DUPES OF LEFTISTS).
AND LEFTISTS ARE USING THE "GREEN ECONOMY" TO ACHIEVE LONG-HELD GOALS:
- SHACKLING THE FREE MARKET AND INDUSTRY TO THE STATE,
- AND REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
WHAT DO LEFTISM, KYOTO, SADDAM AND THE UN HAVE IN COMMON? A CORRUPT PINKO NAMED MAURICE STRONG - and he ain't alone!FOX/ROSSETT - (hat tip Glenn):Officially, Strong cut his ties to the U.N. Secretariat almost two years ago, as federal investigators homed in on the discovery that back in 1997, while serving as a top adviser to then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he took a check for almost $1 million that was bankrolled by Saddam Hussein’s U.N.-sanctioned regime. The check was delivered by a South Korean businessman, Tongsun Park, who was convicted last summer in New York Federal Court of conspiring to bribe U.N. officials on behalf of Baghdad. Strong denied any wrongdoing and said he would step aside from his U.N. envoy post until the matter was cleared up.Man-made global warming is a sham perpetrated by leftists in order to construct a global tax-attack against industrialism, modernism, free trade and the free market. Like all leftist schemes it is really about their elitism and their bossiness and their covetousness. WE MUSTN'T LET THEM USE THE MSM TO CRANK UP HYSTERIA IN ORDER TO MAKE THEIR SCHEMES LAW.
Since then, Strong has receded, as he often does, into the shadows. He is currently spending most of his time in China. His name flickered recently through the speaker lineup for a gala dinner for clean technologies in San Francisco, but the organizers say he then canceled because “he has so much going on” in China.
China is a special place for Strong, a self-declared, life-long socialist. It is the burial place of a woman said to be one of his relatives, the famous pro-communist American journalist Anna Louise Strong, a vociferous supporter of Lenin and Stalin until the mid-‘30s, and a strong booster of Mao Zedong’s China. Maurice Strong’s presence in Beijing, however, raises awkward questions: For one thing, China, while one of the world’s biggest producers of industrial pollution, has been profiting from the trading of carbon emissions credits – thanks to heavily politicized U.N.-backed environmental deals engineered by Strong in the 1990s.
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WE CAN STOP THEM THIS NOVEMBER; VOTE GOP!
(MORE ON SAUL GRIFFITH HERE.)