Sunday, December 23, 2018

The New Green Deal

If the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate 
Change is to be believed, humanity has just over a decade to get 
carbon emissions under control before catastrophic climate change 
impacts become unavoidable. 
The Republican Party generally ignores or denies that problem. But the 
Democratic Party claims to accept and understand it. 
It is odd, then, that Democrats do not have a plan to address climate change. 
Their last big plan — the American Clean Energy and Security Act — 
passed the House in 2009 but went on to die an unceremonious death 
before reaching the Senate floor. Since then, there’s been nothing to 
replace it. 
Plenty of Democratic politicians support policies that would reduce 
climate pollution — renewable energy tax credits, fuel economy 
standards, and the like — but those policies do not add up to a 
comprehensive solution, certainly nothing like what the 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests is 
Young activists, who will be forced to live with the ravages of 
climate change, find this upsetting. So they have proposed a plan of 
their own. It’s called the Green New Deal (GND) — a term purposefully 
reminiscent of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal in the 
1930s — 


TSE said...

As for the Environment - when fossil fuels are phased out - which will
simply happen by depletion - an enormous die-off of humanity will

Unintended consequences of good intentions.

Industrial Civilization was a mistake - and will result in extinction.
But then again - the Universe is infinite and does not care one bit
for the final destination of Mankind.

These children do not realize the consequences which will occur if their demands are met - to include a much lower standard of living....

OH! to be Young and Dumb again - and full of c...

TSE said...

Almost everyone seems to believe that our energy problems are primarily oil-related. Electricity will save us.

I recently gave a talk to a group of IEEE electricity researchers (primarily engineers) about the current energy situation and how welcoming it is for new technologies. Needless to say, this group did not come with the standard mindset. They wanted to understand what the electricity situation really is. They are very aware that intermittent renewables, including wind and solar, present many challenges. They didn’t come with the preconceived notion that oil is the problem and electricity will save us.

It wasn’t until I sat down and looked at the electricity situation that I realized how worrying it really is. Intermittent wind and solar cannot stand on their own. They also cannot scale up to the necessary level in the required time period. Instead, the way they are added to the grid artificially depresses wholesale electricity prices, driving other forms of generation out of business. While intermittent wind and solar may sound sustainable, the way that they are added to the electric grid tends to push the overall electrical system toward collapse. They act like parasites on the system.