If you are busy, and who’s knot?, you probably believe what you are told about a 100% renewable energy future. (See green lines on chart here) I am not telling you how smart I am. I’m telling you the truth.
To get a really big picture about our green energy prospects, you should get to know 4-5 very influential energy scientists, who have spent their wholes lives thinking about this. I only recently retired so I can think about this. But, here’s what I know.
William Rees, the carbon footprint guy. Cities vacuum 200 times their size in water, trees and land, and use 500 times their size in waste disposal. As ecologies collapse, people race to the cities while 75% of the infrastructure we need does not exist. The fastest growing mega cities are in the most danger.
Peter McKay, the energy footprint guy. He’s the guy who said things like, Korea doesn’t have enough land for 100% renewable energy. Peter explains how much corn and soy field you see on the side of the road you need to burn vegetable oil in your car.
Vaclav Smil, the energy transition guy. He says we’re still burning wood like we always have, but now we’re clear cutting trees, shipping them to Europe, burning them for electricity, while paying ourselves tax bucks to do it by calling it green energy. When I say ourselves, I don’t mean you and me. Smil says energy transitions take several decades, and just a few.
Kevin Anderson, the carbon energy guy. Kevin says people who make $100,000 per year have to reduce their energy use 10% per year for 50 years. Kevin says we need new arable land the size of India to pull enough carbon from the air to make any difference. If we got 30% of our energy from algae, we would need enough land the size of Argentina.
George Monbiot, the soil loss guy. George says we need to produce new soil at twice the rate we are losing it for 30 years to survive, and we are sucking groundwater several times faster than replacing it under that same earth. Our food crops are so poisonous, they’re killing birds, bees and rivers.
Ozzie Zehner, the Green Illusions guy. Ozzy explains how a plastic bag company cut down 5 acres of trees to build solar panels for tax breaks on making plastic bags. He opened my eyes to wind, solar, EV and energy storage issues. No vertical garden paradise with lithium self-flying cars.
Ugo Bardi, the mineral peak guy. Ugo explains why there’s no good substitute for copper, and the diminishing returns for energy recycling and extractive ore grade mining. He predicts dates when critical ores are below break even points. I suspect the mineral waste we ship to China and Africa is exactly what we need to save earth.
Lester Brown, the World On The Edge guy. I think he said the 3 signs of collapse are 1) food prices 2) censorship 3) failed states. But, I know we’re here now.
And me, the… I always like to smoke a joint and combine our energy dilemma with our ecological cascading collapse… guy. You are considered too stupid to know this by the liberal fake media who fiercely censors any discussion of it, which is the 2nd of 3 signs of collapse. Did you know Kamala Harris refused early prison release efforts because a declining prison labor pool is bad for profits?
We are going to run out of human agriculture, water and sperm in 50 years. In 25 years vertebrate and insect extinctions will exceed their break even limits and enter into an irreversible, unstoppable, cascading, runaway mass extinction event that will be 100 times faster than the dinosaur event, which took 13,000 years.
Over the next 30 years we are going to build ginormous mega cities. Cities suck in resources and spit out poison. They won’t have enough food and water, but they’ll have plenty of giant floods and storms. Our food looks big and health, but it’s poisonous and minerally depleted.
Our plan is to build millions of self-driving cars, 5G IOT AI ROBOTS and lithium everything, including flying cars. This will require shit tons of new minerals. We are also gonna kill every Arab in the world for the black oil we pretend we aren’t using, while literally fighting Nazis. It’s too ridiculous to be credulous.
Don’t forget to see my last post as I go off my rocker more than once a day.
Note: Today’s collapse daily links disappeared off word press again, 3rd time, including drafts. Maybe I don’t understand how WordPress works? Perhaps this was the link that triggered another deletion by them.
Here is the video that TRIGGERED me in all this at 5:50. I might watch the rest later.