Unvarnished Truth About Wind and Solar

When dyed-in-the-wool supporters of so-called clean energy say it’s time to stop wasting money on wind and solar, it’s time to stop tax payer funded subsidies.

Two Google scientists, Ross Koningstein and David Fork, were put to work by Google in 2007 to establish how renewables, such as wind and solar, could replace fossil fuels.

They were enthusiastic supporters of Google’s move, known as RE<C, which was to develop renewable energy that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants.

Koningstein and Fork admitted in an IEEE Spectrum article last November that it couldn’t be done.

They finally admit what thousands of engineers and scientists already knew: It’s impossible to cut CO2 emissions enough, using wind and solar, to prevent a climate catastrophe, assuming CO2 is the culprit.

And, these Google scientists also admit there is no currently available technology that can cut CO2 emissions by the amount needed to bring atmospheric CO2 levels down to below 350 ppm.

Now, Bill Gates, a huge financial backer of wind and solar projects, has changed his mind and admitted that wind and solar can’t stop climate change.

Bill Gates 2015 Meeting with UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Photo by Russell Watkins/DFID
Bill Gates 2015 Meeting with UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Photo by Russell Watkins/DFID

In a recent Financial Times (FT) interview, he said, “Today’s renewable-energy technologies aren’t a viable solution for reducing CO2 levels, and governments should divert their green subsidies into R&D aimed at better answers.”

He went on to say, quoting from the FT, “The cost of using current renewables such as solar panels and wind farms to produce all or most power would be beyond astronomical.”

While Gates intends to invest in R&D, he lambasted the prospects of battery technology, as it stands today.

He said, “There’s no battery technology that’s even close to allowing us to take all of our energy from renewables.” (Emphasis added.)

We now have important former supporters of wind and solar saying that wind and solar can’t replace fossil fuels, and that subsidies for wind and solar should be stopped.

While Musk and his acolytes, and the wind and solar lobbies (such as AWEA and SEIA) press for more subsidies for new wind and solar installations, and for more storage, those who have studied the issues are saying these subsidies should be stopped.

It appears as though we now have American tax payers footing the bill to support a political agenda that can’t stop climate change, even if CO2 is the cause.

When Google engineers and Bill Gates say that wind and solar can’t stop climate change, it’s time to side with the thousands of engineers and scientists who have already reached that conclusion, and stop the subsidies for wind, solar, battery and storage installations.

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