Renewable power will take America's life-style again to earlier than the 18th century – that's Biden's power plan. – Are you completed with that?

The elephant in the room that politicians don't want to talk about is the fact that renewable energy can only generate electricity, not produce products for today's materialistic society.

Published on March 25, 2024 at America Out Loud NEWS

Ronald Stone is an engineer, senior policy advisor for energy literacy at the Heartland Institute and CFACT, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book “Clean Energy Exploitations.”

The power grid is expected to provide continuous, uninterrupted power regardless of the changing weather to support computers for hospitals, airports, offices, manufacturing, military sites and telemetry, all of which require continuous, uninterrupted power.

Yet policymakers continue to subsidize wind turbines and solar panels (with tax dollars) for electricity generation don't work most of the time.

I find it amusing that 23 states have set a goal of switching to 100 percent clean electricity by 2050.

Of the six power generation methods, wind and solar energy cannot compete with hydroelectric power, nuclear power, coal or natural gas:

  • Wind and solar occasionally generate electricity.
  • Hydropower, nuclear power, coal and natural gas produce continuous, uninterrupted electricity.

The elephant in the room that no policymaker wants to discuss is this:

  • Neither wind turbines nor solar panels can replace the supply chain for crude oil products that form the basis of our materialistic society, demanded by the 8 billion people on this planet.
  • Occasional electricity generated from wind and solar energy CANNOT support computers for hospitals, airports, offices, manufacturing, military sites and telemetry, all of which require continuous, uninterrupted power.

Interestingly, all components of wind turbines and solar modules are based on products made from fossil fuels. In a fossil-free society we will revert to the 19th century because there will be NO electricity. Just a few hundred years ago, life was short and hard for the common man!

Sarcastically or more realistically, these are some boomerang effects of a society without crude oil:

  1. Without oil, there would be a significant loss of billions of 8 billion people on this planet through hunger, disease and weather-related deaths due to food, medicine and product shortages, as well as a reduction in transportation infrastructure, all of which rely on the fossil fuel components!
  2. Without oil we would drastically reduce the number of homeless people because all of the homeless people's tents and sleeping bags are made from fossil fuels! The homeless have to live like the cavemen in a non-materialistic society like the one before 1800.
  3. Without oil, we would dramatically reduce the unfunded pension liabilities of those who retire early from the economy or start collecting Social Security in their mid-60s, and continue to collect pensions well into their 80s, as few people would live past 40!
  4. Without oil, fewer colleges would be required because there would be no need for doctors to run hospitals or engineers to develop infrastructure, all of which rely on components made from fossil fuels!

As a reminder to those aiming for net zero emissions, wind and solar power do different things than crude oil:

  • Wind turbines and solar panels don't work most of the time because they only generate electricity occasionally AND produce NOTHING for society because renewable energy cannot produce tires, insulation or fuel for commercial and military aircraft, commercial ships and the space program.
  • Wind and solar cannot produce any of the more than 6,000 products that exist in our materialistic world today.
  • Crude oil is almost never used to generate electricity, but when processed into petrochemicals, it is the basis for virtually every product in our materialistic society that did not exist before the 19th century.
  • We have become a very materialistic society over the last 200 years and the world population has grown from 1 to 8 billion because of all the products and different fuels for jets, ships, trucks, cars, military and the space program that does not did exist before the 19th century.
  • If world governments want to rid the Earth of crude oil consumption, what substitute source is there to make refrigerators, tires, asphalt, X-ray machines, iPhones, air conditioners and the other 6,000 products that CANNOT be made by wind and solar energy? ?
  • The use of crude oil is vital to the well-being of humanity for the foreseeable future. Striving for “net zero” by 2050 without first finding replacements for crude oil to support the supply chain of products now demanded by developed countries would be one of the most destructive developments in human history.
  • Without oil there would be nothing that needs electricity!! Everything that requires electricity to function is made with petrochemicals made from crude oil, from computers, iPhones, telemetry and HVAC equipment!!
  • Until a replacement for crude oil is found to produce products for society, the world cannot do without crude oil, which forms the basis of our materialistic “product” society.

We should be careful what we wish for. From the saying “You can't have your cake and eat it at the same time” tells us this:

  • You cannot rid the world of crude oil and continue to enjoy the products and transportation fuels currently made with petrochemicals made from crude oil.

The few wealthy countries of the United States of America, Germany, Britain and Australia represent about 6 percent of the world's population (515 million versus 8 billion) and are calling for societal changes to achieve net-zero emissions.

Germany, the first country to go “green” by switching electricity generation to renewable energy, now has electricity tariffs that are among the highest in the world and risks becoming an unaffordable, unrealizable disaster, according to the government's independent auditors.

Aside from the few wealthy countries that set environmental policies for the other 94 percent of the world's population, billions still struggle to meet their basic needs. The poorer people on the planet may never be able to enjoy the materialistic lifestyles of people in wealthier countries.

The few in the developed world have come a long way over the last few hundred years from the zero-emissions society that existed before the 19th century, when:

  • Before the 19th century, there were no heating, cooling, or irrigation products to prevent weather-related deaths and injuries.
  • Before the 19th century, life expectancy was around 40 years.
  • When people were born before the 19th century, they rarely traveled more than 100 miles from their place of birth.
  • Before the 19th century, there was no medical industry.
  • Before the 19th century, there were no electronics, computers or iPhones.
  • Before the 19th century, there was no transportation infrastructure.
  • There were no tires or asphalt to support transportation infrastructure.
  • Before the 19th century there were no airplanes and therefore no airports.
  • Before the 19th century, there were no cruise ships or merchant ships other than sailing ships.
  • Before the 19th century there were no military ships or aircraft.
  • There were no coal-fired power plants before the 19th century.
  • Before the 19th century, there were no natural gas-fired power plants.
  • Before the 19th century there were neither hydroelectric nor nuclear power plants.

At the recent climate summit in Dubai, which was attended by more than 70,000 people from around the world enjoying their materialistic lifestyles, as well as more than 600 emissions-producing private jets, the President of the United Nations Climate Change Conference said COP28Sultan Al Jaber stated that phasing out fossil fuels would not enable sustainable development “unless you want to take the world back to caves”, i.e. back to the time before 1800!

Ronald Stein PE

Ambassador for Energy and Infrastructure, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book “Clean Energy Exploitations,” policy advisor on energy literacy for the Heartland Institute and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and national TV commentator on energy and infrastructure with Rick Amato .

Ronald Stein, PE is an engineer, energy consultant, speaker, author of books and articles on energy literacy, environmental policy and human rights, and founder of PTS Advance, a California-based company.

Ron advocates that energy literacy begins with the knowledge that since wind turbines and solar panels cannot produce anything for the 8 billion people on this planet, renewable energy is just intermittent electricity generated from unreliable breezes and sunshine.


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