If you saw today’s Collapse Daily, you may well know I’ve been triggered yet again by the media insanity of the U.K.
Britain is going to outlaw wood stoves, yet they get 50% of their “renewable” electricity by burning trees. That’s bad enough, but they’re going to build electric cars that will be powered by burning trees. If that doesn’t sound totally fucking crazy to you, then you’re not trying hard enough.
But wait, it gets better. Nobody likes driving while not texting. The average person is responsible for 1.5 Terra bytes of information per day, as corporations require ever more data, to pry ever more deeper, into your personal life. By 2020 your car will cause 4.5 Terra bytes of data traffic per day. A self-driving electric car will cause 1.5 Terra bytes of data traffic per second. These cars won’t drive themselves, they need 5G.
5G is not 4G’s big brother, 5G is 4G on steroids, speed work outs and muscle oil injections. 5G is like taking 4 iPhones and taping them to your head. Goodbye impulse control, hello brain cancer.
France gets 80% of its electricity from nuclear power. They are going to outlaw combustion engines, close nuclear plants and run everything on solar and wind, or so they would have you believe. If you believe that, you may as well take to smoking heroin and coke, if you find any anymore.
Kevin Anderson says we have a 5% chance of staying under 2° C.
Veerabhadran Ramanathan says we have a 5% chance of 3° C rise by 2050.
Ram says at 4° C it will be too hot for 70% of 10 billion people to survive outside.
Scientific American says we have a 50% chance of 4° C rise by 2100.
I think we have a 40% chance of by 2050.
None of these numbers are related to our overall reality.
They’re bullshit, entrails, hopeful projections based on math.
Life is way more species interactive than climate projections.
Anything can now change 10 X faster than ever before.
Now imagine 2-7 things changing 10X faster than ever before, all at once.
That’s the key to catastrophic cascading species collapse.
Scientists will tell you climate heating, mass extinctions and magnetic pole flips are slow.
This is not true. They can also be very fast.
It doesn’t matter if you live to 100, the last thing you’ll say is, “But, I’m not ready yet!”
We will run out of water and food before we 100% stop burning coal, oil and gas.
20% of our total energy use is for grid electricity. 80% of energy use is for everything else, including the steel towers and cables that make up the grid. It takes decades to build American sized grids. We can’t depend on reliable water for our power plants. Floods are damaging plants on the coasts and droughts are hurting inland plants.
Vaclav Smil says 100% energy transitions take several decades at least.
James Hansen says we will have multi-meter sea level rise per decade by like 2050.
James Hansen says we will have never-seen-by-humans-before mega storms by 2050.
Putting wind turbines in front of a bunch of once-in-a-million year storms is stupid.
Disabuse yourself of any rosey notions of success.
The war of ideas does not fight for itself.
If we don’t power down now, we won’t power up in the future.
We are not going to give up self-driving electric cars.
By 2050, the coasts, deserts and plains will not be safe.
Move north upland.
Silence is deadly, not golden.