Monday, 23 November 2020

The lie of renewable energy

 An excellent resource

Green Fraud


Loki's Revenge

Renewable energy production will exacerbate mining threats to biodiversity

– Nature 2020

The social and environmental complexities of extracting energy transition metals
– Nature 2020

The number of active renewable energy facilities within important conservation lands could increase by 42% over the next 8 years
– BBC 2020

The quest for renewable energy could wreak havoc on wildlife

– Mic 2020

UN carbon offset talks erode human rights safeguards
– Climate Home News 2019


How Rare-Earth Mining Has Devastated China’s Environment
– Earth Org 2020

Critical minerals are vital for renewable energy. We must learn to mine them responsibly
– The Conversation 2020

The True Cost Of The Global Energy Transition
– Oil Price 2020




Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled
– Bloomberg 2020

By 2050, there will be 78 million metric tons of solar panel waste, generating 6 million metric tons of new solar panel waste annually Standard electronics recycling won’t cut it for solar panels
– Wired 2020

  • While technically possible to recycle most of the panel, it’s not profitable

Clean Energy: The Biggest Lie Of 2020
– Seeking Alpha 2020

The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future
– World Bank 2017
– To get 50% of global energy from renewables requires:
– 100% more silver
– 920% more indium
– 2,700% more lithium
– Lithium requires 500,000 gallons of water to produce a single ton

Mineral production to soar as demand for clean energy increases
– World Bank 2020

  • Production of minerals, such as graphite, lithium and cobalt, could increase by nearly 500% by 2050
  • These projections do not include the associated infrastructure
  • Because of the material intensity of low-carbon techs, any shortages in mineral supply wil impact the speed and scale of deployment

‘Astronomical’ rare earth demand growth forecast
– Engineering News 2020

  • The value of global magnet rare earth oxide consumption will rise five-fold by 2030. The rate of demand growth for magnet rare earths would soon reach “escape velocity” – a point in yearly demand growth where it is so great that it is simply implausible for the already-lagging supply-side to catch up and keep up.

Review of critical metal dynamics to 2050 for 48 elements
– Science Direct 2020

  • Super excellent charts

Energy Transition: The Conflict Implications for Mineral-Rich, Fragile States
– Springer 2020

Conflict minerals regulation does not cover major technology companies
– Computer Weekly 2020

Future availability of non-renewable metal resources and the influence of environmental, social, and governance conflicts on metal production
– Nature 2020

Fossil fuels remained 80% of global energy for over 25 years 
– Climate Change News 2019

2% of global energy is solar and wind
– IEA 2020

4% of energy is renewable
– WSJ BP 2019

Greenhouse gases went up 45% in 30 years
– NOAA 2020

66% of people will live in water stressed areas by 2025 
– Nat Geo 2020

Water Stress Threatens Near 50% of World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity
– WRI 2017

Emissions must fall 50% in 10 years to stay under 1.5 C 
– Sci Am 2019

Emissions must fall 50% in 10 years to stay under 1.5 C
– Insurance Journal 2019

By 2030 we’ll have 120% more fossil fuel than needed to stay under 1.5 C 
– UN 2019

15% of global energy will be renewable by 2040 
– IEA 2019

15% of global energy will be renewable by 2040 
– WSJ BP 2019

Energy demand to increase 50% by 2050 
– EIA 2019

50% of electricity will be renewable by 2050 
– EIA 2019

( but )

28% of global energy will be electricity by 2050
– IEA 2019

  • 2018 : 18% of global energy is electricity
  • 2040 : 24% of global energy is electricity
  • 2050 : 28% of global energy is electricity

Vaclav Smil says energy transitions take at least 75 years
– Energy Skeptic 2018

51 Reasons why wind power cannot replace fossil fuels
– Energy Skeptic 2019

Amazon tree farms take 30 years to recoup 10% of Amazon tree loss
– Science Daily 2020

Europe burns 80% of the world’s wood pellets for “renewable” electricity
– Science Alert 2018

no trees = no air
– PNAS 2015

Europe burns 80% of its recycled plastic and paper for electricity
– Nat Geo 2018

Cars and trucks burn almost 50% of palm oil shipped to Europe
– Ecologistas en Acción 2016

10 years of China’s air pollution reductions raised global north 0.1 degrees Celsius
– Science Daily 2020

10 Top Biofuel Crops
– How Stuff Works undated

Up to 75% of carbon offsets are fraud
– ProPublica 2019

UN-backed climate fund faces wave of abuse allegations
– FT 2020

Dams produce more methane than rice plantations and biomass burning
– Guardian 2016

Dams Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream
– Ecowatch 2019

Dams harm estuary wetlands
– Science Advances 2019

Upstream dams are destroying the birthplace of civilisation
– DW 2020

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