…Remarkable Truths about Renewables…
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Planet of the Humans, a video, by Michael Moore, is a remarkable compilation of facts about renewables.
He tells the dismal story about renewables with videos, which I have been trying to tell using words alone. Videos are far more powerful.
Videos of places and things I knew about and had pictures of, but that I hadn’t been able to visit and video myself.
Moore is an anti-capitalist. But he also exposes himself as anti-human, with the same message that Paul Ehrlich had in his book The Population Bomb and that the Club of Rome had with its Limits to Growth.
They all claimed there are too many people and not enough resources to sustain the Earth’s growing population.
Moore is wrong about this Malthusian proposition.
First, population growth will eventually plateau when undeveloped countries, where populations have been growing rapidly, become richer. History has shown that rich countries have replacement rates that result in stable or declining populations.
Second, there are sufficient fossil fuels on Earth to sustain growth, in some cases for hundreds of years, and in other cases thousands of years.
- There is at least enough coal on Earth to last for 400 years.
- There is enough oil on Earth to last for at least 1,000 years.
- And there is enough natural gas on Earth to last for at least 2,000 years.
With respect to coal, there is probably enough to last hundreds of years longer when Lignite and other soft coals are included. In addition, reserves are based on coal that’s easy to mine, while there is more coal that’s currently uneconomical to mine.
Peak oil has been a mistaken concept for decades. The arctic hasn’t been explored, and many years of potential supply are located there. In addition, we are finding huge new oil resources every year in deep water areas that have only recently begun to be explored.
Potential supplies of natural gas can be more easily quantified. Fracking has opened up supplies of natural gas around the world that weren’t even dreamed of a few decades ago.
There are also huge supplies of natural gas locked up in methane hydrates lying on the outer continental shelf around the world. The US government has identified 51,338 trillion-cubic-feet of natural gas lying on the outer continental shelf of the US lower 48 states, and this is twenty times the current US reserves of natural gas.
While Moore exposes the dismal truth about renewables, he also lays bare his antihuman philosophy.
Moore wants people to be deprived of the goods that make life livable and that can even save their lives. For example, MRIs and CT scans are made from materials that require the use of fossil fuels.
While Moore is wrong on whether we will run out of fossil fuels any time soon, his video makes it clear that renewables cannot, and should not, be used in any misbegotten attempt to replace fossil fuels.
Here is the link to the video: https://bit.ly/2KmUa9F
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