Plausible Viability

Do you remember in the old days when politicians and elites would demand something called “plausible deniability” which was really just a fancy way of saying “cover my ass.” Plausible deniability sounded way more cool and sophisticated, plus it sounded magical, like Abracadabra! Poof! Problem’s gone! I love the good ol’ days, when fighting was clean and sex was dirty, and if you don’t know what that means, ask your dad, or maybe his dad.

The one thing I love about the cresting tide of civilization is our unending hyper-imaginative use of language to say awful things like, “dirty shit”, all while using metaphors of such vivid beauty that you actually forget what the fuck you’re talking about.

Which would you prefer to  say, “renewable energy” or, “dirty shit”?

I grew up with a slightly younger sister and I essentially spent my teen years stealthily grossing her out at the dinner table. Now, I live with a nurse, and there’s not much more challenging than grossing a nurse out. I go to mind-bending extremes for the same effect that once was so easy so long ago. It’s like being a junkie, you know where it’s taking you, but you’re not going to stop now. It’s the same today, except now I have to say “dirty shit” instead of “renewable energy” just to make everyone understand, there is no renewable energy. It’s a lie.

Sure, you can get free energy as long as the wind blows and the sun shines, but you just can’t get an endless supply of as much as you could ever want. This is true for the very simple reason that renewable energy takes more resources to produce less energy than oil, gas and coal.

You will often hear Americans say electric grid power is 30% of total U.S. energy use, but this is only because they use more energy per capita than nearly everyone else in the world. For the world as a whole, electric grid production is only 20% of total world energy demand.

Devil In The Detail

Let’s say you wanted to close a 1 mega-watt coal plant. You cannot close that 1 mega-watt coal plant with a 1 mega-watt solar panel, simply because the sun is gone for half the day, and some days it gets cloudy, so the panels can’t provide you all the power you need, and still charge your batteries quick enough to make up for not working all the time. In fact,  you would need of 10 mega-watts solar or wind power to effectively close that 1 mega-watt fossil fuel plant forever, just so that it doesn’t have to keep running on standby power, which is the ability to fire up quickly when it’s cloudy and windless. This means we need 10 times the rated amount of electricity we use now to close all the fossil fuel plants in the world.

Some will say, so what? Why does it matter?

It matters a great deal because we will need to use massively more resources to provide 100% of total world energy demand with intermittent power. If you buy a 100 watt solar panel to light up your 100 watt light bulb 24 hours per day, you gonna be some sorry after you figure out you still need 9 more solar panels to keep that light going.

We need 10 times more solar or wind power than all the fossil fuel grid power we use now just to stop 20% of emissions. To make it easy to remember:

We need 1,000% more intermittent energy than all the fossil fuel electricity we burn now just to stop 20% of emissions. Put in oven, bake and reduce until:

We need 1,000% more energy to stop 20% of emissions.

Some claim that high powered DC voltage smart grids can do it more efficiently, but there are drawbacks that would put all of the nation’s energy security risks into one basket, just due to systemic weather damage alone. If a tornado hit a power line in the Midwest, the whole continental US would be at risk power interruption. This means more fossil power plants have to stay on standby than we would ideally need to make a difference. A smart grid infrastructure mega-project for the U.S. would take decades and trillions of dollars to build out. Batteries and smart-grids mean the massive economic throughput of hundreds of millions of tons of resources per year. Everywhere you look it’s a green energy bonanza!

Most of earth’s trees have been cut down in the last 50 years. Are we doomed to just repeat history? Yep, we sure are.  The U.S.A. is the number one supplier of wood that northern Europe burns to make the electricity they call “renewable energy”. Canada is second! Yeah! We’re #2! Oh, sorry.

All the millions of dead spruce-worm trees from the Rockies, and all the trees grown in the south-eastern U.S.A. are being cut down and turned into wood pellets, that are shipped by freighter to Northern Europe, for them to burn to provide over 50% of their renewable electricity.

They are burning trees that take hundreds of years to grow in less than an hour all while telling us that burning trees from all over the world is called, “renewable energy”.

They also import palm oil to burn in their diesel cars and lie about emissions.

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool mother nature.

You can read all about it here!

Suggested search terms: european wood pellet imports

Dirt From The Past

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50% of total world energy demand is used to house humanity.
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3 thoughts on “Plausible Viability

  1. Tom says:

    It’s hard to convince those whose lives tacitly depend on the easy energy they’ve always experienced (except briefly during temporary outages). Most of the “civilized” world takes fossil fuel use and electricity for granted and assume it’ll always be there – because that’s the way it’s always been for them.

    When I lost electrical power in the depths of winter one year, without back up sources of heat (like my gas fire place that I’d not turned on the pilot light) and no water from my electric well pump I about went over the edge into the realization that
    THIS MIGHT BE IT! All the doom I’d seen “approaching” was suddenly that which I was living for the foreseeable future.

    You do what you can, HOPING it comes back on sometime: Cooking whatever you have on the barbecue grill (while you still have fuel for that), eating a lot of stuff cold, using the water on hand sparingly. No flushing toilets, no showers, you can’t clean anything so you don’t change clothes very often. Suddenly all kinds of experiences one isn’t ready for – like the fact that you can’t stand YOUR OWN smell, let alone anyone else; being in the cold and dark MOST of the time; battling the tendency to get depressed while also fighting all the other flashing red lights of wild imagination, sensory deprivation, being very careful and thoughtful about EVERY MOVE you make (mostly to conserve energy), having a pet relying on me (we kept each other warm and he never complained, calmed me down and showed me – emulate animals when in the natural state – how to keep on keepin’ on), no communication for DAYS, etc. – all crash into your fevered mind at the same time! You’re dealin’ with freakin’ SURVIVAL! Life’s always been so easy .. .but . .. is this IT?

    Then the lights came back on (and it was less than a week, but felt like forever)
    and that was the biggest wake up call you can get, short of surviving a hurricane physically, but shaken to your core with the implications of how this all ends.

    You’re doin’ a great job here Robert. Congratulations on keepin’ your shit together enough to dedicate yourself to this project.

    See you around.

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  2. michele/montreal says:

    Robert: Did I understand that you are in British Columbia? Can you get in touch?
    (hi tom :): I wonder when such an event will last long enough for humans to start to die en masse. Will it be this year? Or the next?)

    It seems there is more than one kind of eternity…

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