Friday, 12 September 2014

Carbon Based Energy Works: Renewable Energy Doesn't

On Tuesday September 9 in Melbourne the Institute of Public Affairs HB McKay
Dinner presented the report: The energy of human flourishing: Liberty, Innovation and Progress delivered by Robert Bryce who is a Senior Fellow with the Manhattan Institute of New York.

 Robert Bryce is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute.

His first book Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego and the Death of Enron was named one of the best non-fiction books of the year by Publisher Weekly. His most recent book Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper was published in May 2014.

Terry McCrann, who thanked the Speaker at the Dinner,  has written a report for  the Herald Sun (link)

Shredding stupidity on renewable energy

ROBERT Bryce came to town and in 45 minutes of clinical, highly entertaining, fact-filled presentation, completely shredded the fantasies of so-called renewable energy. 
In summary, we use carbon-based energy — oil, gas and mostly coal — because it works. Renewable, whether wind or solar, does not. It’s ultimately as simple and undeniable as that. 
More to the point, the overwhelming majority of the earth’s population, which either has no access to electricity or very poor and limited access, is going to keep using more and more energy. That’s, more and more carbon-based energy, mostly coal. 
The entire developed world, the US, Japan, all of Europe and little ’ol Australia, could reduce its use of carbon-based energy to zero — obviously, it won’t; indeed, it would be lucky to knock off even 10 per cent anytime soon — and that would be swamped by the increase in the use of carbon-based energy by developing countries which aspire to our prosperity. 
That is to say, there is zero prospect of any global reduction in the use of coal and carbon-based energy in total; and so of the associated carbon dioxide emissions. Indeed, both coal use and CO2 emissions will continue to rise relentlessly. 
Read more, including PMs Rudd abd Gillard's "cognitive dissonance" and how barely 2% of world energy comes from renewables - HERE.

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