Professor: ‘Madness’ of fighting global warming will impoverish everyone

Cambridge University electrical engineering professor Dr. M.J. Kelly concluded in a peer-reviewed journal article that attempts to fight global warming with green energy will impoverish the world.

The Monday article found reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions enough to actually slow global warming in a measurable way simply isn’t possible without significantly reducing standards of living by plunging most of the world into poverty, destitution and starvation.

“Over the last 200 years, fossil fuels have provided the route out of Daily Caller  New Foundationgrinding poverty for many people in the world,” states the article. “This trend is certain to continue for at least the next 20 years based on the technologies of scale that are available today. A rapid decarbonization is simply impossible over the next 20 years unless the trend of a growing number who succeed to improve their lot is stalled by rich and middle class people downgrading their own standard of living.”

The article found current CO2 emissions aren’t falling rapidly enough to slow global warming largely because most public policy has focused exclusively on developing wind and solar power, which may actually increase emissions. Continued support for wind, solar and other forms of green energy like biofuel “represents total madness” as these energy systems don’t justify the massive costs of the subsidies required to support them.

Africanpoor“It is clear to me that every further step along the current pathway of deploying first-generation renewable energy is locking in immature and uneconomic systems at net loss to the world standard of living,” Kelly wrote in a press statement. “Humanity is owed a serious investigation of how we have gone so far with the decarbonization project without a serious challenge in terms of engineering reality.”

The article confirms previous criticism of environmental policies which state the total amount of energy created by solar and wind is relatively small, even though both systems have been heavily subsidized since at least the 1970s. In 2010, wind power alone received $5 billion in subsidies, swamping the $654 million oil and gas received. Solar and wind power get 326 and 69 times more in subsidies than coal, oil, and natural gas per amount of energy generated.

In 2015, solar and wind power accounted for only 0.6 and 4.7 percent of electricity generated in America, respectively, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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37 Comments
  1. Brin Jenkins

    Sums up the supply situation clearly. Every kw of wind energy should have instant backup supply for when the wind varies. If this is not so we get power cuts, this generation capacity is kept fully manned and idling 24/7. The oft quoted reduction in c02 production is imaginary, not accounting standby plant operation.

    Wind Turbines are designed 500% larger than the required output, power of the wind varies on a logarithmic base making load balancing an art form with 10% renewables, and at 50%, it’s impossible to maintain regular supplies. Essential consumers must have priority so all others will take the brunt of all cuts.

    Finally the mechanism for c02 being a warming cause has never been explained, the current theory reverses from c02 being a result of heat to being a cause which seems illogical.

    The fuel for these turbines may be free, but use of green electricity is confined to when it’s being produced, in short only justified by Micky Mouse Economics.

    • A well informed post, and this is what most media platforms leaves out.

      Dezember 6, 2014 German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out! Supply Often Less Than 2% Of Wintertime Demand

      My last post featured a commentary by renewable energy expert Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, who forcefully conveyed the folly of Germany’s mad rush into renewable energy, and the country’s hysterical obsession with its suicidal fast-track shutdown of its stable base-electric-power generation.

      http://notrickszone.com/2014/12/06/german-renewable-energy-keeps-blacking-out-supply-often-less-than-2-of-wintertime-demand/

        • CB

          “grid watch uk is a very good resource for those who enquire.”

          Good for what?

          Spreading misinformation?

          Is it wise to believe people you know are misleading you, Brin?

          Do you think that will work out well for you in the end?

          “Germany’s Grid: Renewables-Rich and Rock-Solid”

          spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/germanys-superstable-solarsoaked-grid

    • Dano2

      Finally the mechanism for c02 being a warming cause has never been explained,

      Actually it has been explained to you a dozen times, you are either being dishonest or lack capacity to grasp the explanation.

      Either way.

      Best,

      D

  2. April 22, 2016 Get politics out of climate debate: Opposing view

    Science has taken a back seat at the United Nations. On this Earth Day 2016, there is a great deal of frenzy about how our Earth is going to become uninhabitable, as the civilized activities of man allegedly trigger unstoppable global warming and climate change.

    http://usat.ly/1SwHOsS

  3. topperj

    This is the goal. Bring the West down, particularly, and make everyone impoverished. That way, we’re more easily controlled.

  4. odin2

    Maurice Strong was an billionaire elitist who helped organize the IPCC, and was the Secretary General of the 1992 Rio Conference (sometimes called the Earth Summit). Here is a quote from Strong:

    “ISN’T THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PLANET THAT THE INDUSTRIALIZED CIVILIZATIONS COLLAPSE? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

    Maurice Strong
Head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
[ Emphasis mine].

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Maurice_Strong

      • CB

        “Dishonest quote-mine”

        Should that come as a surprise on a site like this?

        I wonder if they realise broadcasting the same dishonest talking points on multiple propaganda outlets simultaneously alerts the public that there really is a conspiracy to mislead going on…

        “CFACT has received over $4.1 million in funds from Donor’s Trust and Donor’s Capital Fund between 2002-2011, plus an additional $582,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2012”

        http://www.desmogblog.com/committee-constructive-tomorrow

        “Cost of not acting on climate change $44 trillion”

        http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/18/cost-of-not-acting-on-climate-change-44-trillion-citi.html

        • TraceSkipper

          1 billion people live without energy and they endure (for a little while) pain and hardship unimaginable to people like you. Why dont you drop your cell phone in the trash and give your car keys to a stranger and go join them. Please and thank-you.

          • CB

            “1 billion people live without energy”

            Oh, I know!

            You’re so very concerned about those poor people without energy… but it’s fake concern, isn’t it?

            I would be fine with helping poor countries install renewable energy that won’t crash the climate they depend on for survival!

            Would you?

            Plant type LCOE ($/MWh)
            Conventional Coal $95.10
            Advanced Nuclear $95.20
            Geothermal $47.80
            Biomass $100.50
            Wind $73.60
            Solar PV $125.30
            Hydroelectric $83.50

            http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/electricity_generation.cfm

            • TraceSkipper

              So are you saying that solar power can run an entire city of 10 million? Or a country of 1 billion? Why dont you f-off with your crap.

              • CB

                “Where do you expect the energy to build the “renewable energy” to come from?”

                Why would it matter where the seed energy came from if the system is self-sustaining?

                “Energy payback estimates for rooftop PV systems are 4, 3, 2, and 1 years: 4 years for systems using current multicrystalline-silicon PV modules, 3 years for current thin-film modules, 2 years for anticipated multicrystalline modules, and 1 year for anticipated thin-film modules”

                http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.pdf

                • BigWaveDave

                  You have to build all of the junk you claim will be self sustaining, don’t you? What are you going to use for energy needed to build them? For examples, how are you going to process your silicon, or make steel?

  5. Dano2

    So well-known global warming denier writes an opinion piece. And the sun rose in the east.

    best,

    D

  6. Dano2

    Professor: ‘Madness’ of fighting global warming will impoverish everyone

    Cost of not acting on climate change $44 trillion: Citi

    Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 7:05 AM ET

    Up to $44 trillion could be going up in smoke if the world does not act on climate change, according to the latest piece of research from U.S. banking giant Citigroup.

    The report – Energy Darwinism II: Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth — has forecast that spending on energy will hit around $200 trillion in the next 25 years.

    …the central case we have in the report is that the costs in terms of lost (gross domestic product) GDP from not acting on climate change can be $44 trillion dollars by the time we get to 2060.”

    “So it’s not a sort of a zero sum game, there is a cost to not doing this, and although there is a cost to acting, what we’re trying to do is to actually weigh up the different costs here.”

    Best,

    D

  7. countrycentral

    No need for impoverishment. The timeframe we have available for adjustment to renewable resources is more than enough if we start making a change now. Nations will have time to adjust the economy towards renewable resources and in fact this will enrich many countries with more accessible and affordable energy. https://ourcarbonfootprintblog.wordpress.com/

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