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Renewable energy forecast a minor contributor to global energy demand through 2040 (and beyond)

“A new report forecasts that coal, oil and gas will still contribute about 85 per cent of primary energy supply by 2040, compared with 90 per cent today, jeopardising efforts to contain the worst impacts of climate change.” click here

Global abandonment of fossil fuel plants…a pipe dream

The Los Angeles Times cavalierly suggests based upon a UCI study published in the journal Nature that the world needs to retire its fossil fuel plants to meet the Paris Agreement’s politically driven schemes requiring the pipe dream of global abandonment of fossil energy. click here

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels

“Wind energy…expansion…worldwide… should not be promoted at any price.”

“The German Wildlife Foundation regards wind energy as an important contributor to the energy mix of the future. Its further expansion in Germany, Europe and also worldwide, however, should not be promoted at any price. For Germany, at least for the construction of wind turbines in the forest, we demand a moratorium. This would allow us to reconsider the future course of action and, on the basis of scientific findings and national and European na- ture conservation laws, to adopt a far-sighted course in line with the precautionary principle that is enshrined in environmental policy.” click here

What are the actual costs of wind power?

“By including the cost of government subsidies and other unseen costs of wind power, it is easy to conclude that the cost of wind energy is much higher than many studies estimate. Before the enactment of more policies and mandates that bolster the no-longer-infant wind industry, the actual costs of wind power to American taxpayers should be calculated. This will ensure that future policy decisions are based on comparisons of the actual costs and benefits of wind power.” click here

How frequently do wind turbines fail?

“Risk arises from a wind turbine when it experiences a failure of one of its subsystems, or in the event a full system catastrophic event where the whole tower and rotor system is lost. Component failures can occur due to normal wear of components, abnormal wear due to overload or quality issues, operator error, or due to force majeure events such as lightning, earthquakes, floods, etc. Most components are fail-safe and as such their failure does not result in a dangerous situation or a cascade of multiple failures, but some exceptions are possible.” click here

Expansion of wind and solar energy results in greater dependency on fossil fuels

“While it may seem counterintuitive, the expansion of wind and solar energy necessarily leads to the preservation and eventual growth in fossil fuel energy generation. This “paradox” hasn’t gone unnoticed. As good business practice, fossil fuel companies are now actively advocating for and investing in wind and solar technologies.” click here