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UN’s “sustainable” goal for renewable energy is sheer fantasy, if not utter madness

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The alleged purpose of the United Nations’ (“UN”) Sustainable Development Goal 7 (“SDG7”) is to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” The real impacts of its implementation couldn’t be more different. Renewable energy is neither renewable nor sustainable and the SDG7 energy transition is only making the problem of energy poverty worse.

As part of an Unlimited Hangout investigative series titled ‘Sustainable Slavery’, Iain Davis wrote an essay about the impossible energy transformation. Below is the abridged version of his essay. The abridged essay itself is lengthy so we have split it into two parts.  This is the first part.  We have used the same section titles, in the same order, as the original essay for ease of reference.  You can read Davis’ detailed, well-referenced and very informative essay HERE.


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SDG7 is one of the goals of Agenda 2030. The target date to achieve this goal is, as you might expect, 2030.  The stated aim of SDG7 is to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

UN documents are couched in fluffy rhetoric. This obscures the unpalatable aspects of “sustainable development.” We must look beyond what has been said to what is being done.

When we look more closely at the UN stakeholder partnership’s efforts to meet SDG7, we find that, far from addressing the problems that restrict access to energy resources, they are actually exacerbating these problems with their so-called sustainable development of energy. For, despite their claims, they make no real commitment to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

Affordable Energy?

There is some debate about the precise meaning of “sustainable development.” Many people point to the definition provided in the 1987 Brundtland Report: Our Common Future. But when we look at the effects of the alleged “sustainable development” policies enacted to date by the global political and corporate class, this concept of “sustainable development” amounts to some nice-sounding words, written in impressive-looking reports, and nothing more.

As economies around the world face the worrying impact of soaring energy prices, it appears that the UN is a long way from achieving SDG7. As things stand, the vast majority of people in developed nations can ill afford today’s energy prices. And the prospect of “affordable” energy coming within reach of people in developing nations appears to be extremely remote.

It is doubtful that simply introducing a higher proportion of renewable – green – energy into the existing grid infrastructure will do anything to reduce energy poverty. This is especially true in light of the fact that renewable energy has so far appeared to be both more expensive and less reliable than so-called “dirty energy.”

Globally, energy poverty could potentially be alleviated to a degree if the investment were made to construct modern and efficient micro power plants in the currently disconnected regions. A system of local, decentralised power generation would also redistribute economic growth and almost certainly reduce overall poverty and wealth inequality.

If affordable access to “clean energy” for all really is the objective of SDG7, as is claimed, then we should be witnessing significant efforts to decentralise generation and localise energy supplies. But that is not what’s happening. Instead, investment in energy distribution is predominantly being channelled into the development of the “smart grid.”

The International Energy Agency notes that nearly all investment in ensuring “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy” is being made in a handful of developed and rapidly growing economies. Investment in infrastructure projects, electric vehicles, renewable power generation and improved battery storage capacity has mainly been directed toward the US, Europe and, in particular, China.

Consumers in developed nations are also being forced to pay higher energy prices in order to accommodate the move toward alleged renewable energy. The people of Germany, for example, have paid an additional surcharge to fund its “energy transition” for years.

This impact of increasing energy prices is felt most acutely by the poorest and the vulnerable, especially retirees. There is no indication that these higher prices will decrease once the “energy transition” is complete.

Energy poverty is set to continue. “Sustainable development” efforts supposedly intended to reduce energy poverty are not only useless, they are actually worsening it.

Reliable Energy?

Presently, renewable energy is incapable of fully powering either manufacturing or any other “energy-intensive” industry in any country. European renewable energy manufacturers are temporarily closing or abandoning their production facilities because of increased energy prices.

The problem is, products made by European manufacturers of solar panels and wind turbines cannot generate the consistent energy intensity they need. They can’t even generate enough renewable energy to meaningfully subsidise the energy cost of their own production lines.

The EU Commission came up with a so-called “plan,” REPowerEU, to address the problem of energy supply chain disruption that the Commission claims was caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Such a claim is disingenuous. It is much more likely that the significant reduction and potential severing of energy supplies from Russia is predominantly the result of the EU’s participation in the US-led sanctions regime imposed upon the Russian government. And even beyond the effects of those sanctions, the heightened level of disruption to European energy supplies is largely the result of a deliberate EU policy commitment.

Yet the risk of halting Russia’s traditional energy supply to Europe is nothing compared to the risk of transitioning to supposedly “reliable” renewable energy. The European energy problem predates the war in Ukraine. Thus far, the rush to transition to renewable energy has been fraught with difficulties.

For example, the German government’s pursuit of its Energiewende (energy transition) policy has both significantly increased the cost of energy to the German consumer and undermined the country’s energy security. The recent Russian supply issues have exacerbated an existing problem.

Currently, the renewable energy share of Germany’s domestic energy mix is said to be 31% of total energy consumed. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources are unreliable. Energiewende has left the German populace facing grid instability and Germany currently struggles to generate sufficient energy in the winter.

In order to meet the country’s basic energy needs, the German government had to reopen, at considerable additional expense, the coal-fired power plants it had previously closed. One effect of the re-emerging German demand for coal was that the energy company RWE dismantled its wind farm near the town of Lutzerath in order to expand its Garzweiler coal mine.

Other aspects of Energiewende policy make no sense either.  Amazingly, last April, the “Easter Package” of reforms committed Germany to move toward 80% renewable power generation by 2030. However, , in March 2021 – a year before and nearly a year before the Russian military campaign in Ukraine – the German Federal Court of Auditors issued a report warning of the dangers of continuing the “energy transition.”

The March 2021 report urged the German government to recognise that the pursuit of alleged “sustainable development” was not only increasing the cost of energy for the poorest German households and small-to-medium-size German businesses but was also endangering the country’s ability to generate the reliable power it needs to function.

The Green Hydrogen Conundrum

One of the German politicians’ “Easter Package” solutions to the very “green” energy insecurity it has created is to step up the use of biomass power plants. This means diverting agricultural food production to primary energy production during a global food crisis.

Scientists at Imperial College London (“ICL”) have produced the models to assure European Union and UK policy makers that there is plenty of “sustainable biomass potential availability in the European Union.”

Biomass is supposedly a “green” primary energy source. But the calculations that this supposition is based upon fail to account for the energy cost of growing the agricultural crops (corn, soybeans, sugar cane, etc.) and of harvesting, transporting and ultimately converting the crops into a usable biofuel. When these energy costs are added, biomass energy has a greater “carbon footprint” than the equivalent fossil fuel.

In ICL’s computer models, the “renewable” low-carbon hydrogen is used to fuel “advanced bio-fuel thermochemical conversion technologies” to convert the harvested biomass into a biofuel from which to power Europe’s entire transport network.

Which poses a conundrum.

ICL appears to be suggesting that the electricity generated by wind and solar can produce enough “renewable hydrogen” to manufacture the biofuel that will provide Germany, the UK and the rest of Europe with the fuel needed to power all cars, vans and lorries.

Why not just use the electricity generated by wind and solar to charge electric vehicles (“EVs”) directly and avoid starvation (caused by the transfer of crops from food to fuel) as well as the cutting down of trees needlessly?

The Energy Density Problem

The first problem is lack of energy density. Energy density is “the amount of energy that can be stored in a given system, substance, or region of space.” While biofuels, especially biodiesel, are among the most energy-dense forms of supposedly “green” energy sources, they are not as energy dense as fossil fuel alternatives.

Hydrogen is an energy-dense source, but solar, wind and other forms of “renewable” electricity generation have extremely low energy density. It is doubtful that sufficient “renewable hydrogen” could be produced to provide the energy required for the thermochemical conversion of biofuels on anything like the scale needed.

In order to meet just the current demands for hydrogen, using nothing but “green hydrogen,” there would need to be a two-hundredfold increase in “renewable energy” devoted solely to its production.

Broadly speaking, renewables, such as solar and wind, produce electricity between 10% and 30% of their functional lifespan. This unstable power fluctuation from renewables regularly results in some regions—the State of California, for example— having to shut down solar capacity at peak times. In the case of California, it has to pay other states to disperse its excess energy through their grids in order to avoid overloading its own.

Just as in Germany, these problems with inconsistent power, combined with the investment subsidies, have seen the cost of energy to Californian consumers increase dramatically.

The Energy Storage Problem

The second problem, which arises only when it is sunny or the wind speed is perfect, is how to store any resultant energy surplus.

Uncontrollable surges in energy use caused blackouts and the loss of essential air conditioning during the height of the Californian summer in 2020. To manage this kind of peak surge on a global scale would require that the power grids in every nation on earth be completely rebuilt.

Just as in California, the German grid cannot cope with the power surges from the wind and solar farms, which, during these surges, are often shut down as a precaution.

Granted, if the surges could be stored in some way, this would be a big step toward addressing the unreliability of renewables. Unfortunately, sufficient storage is impossible with current technology, especially given current lack of available resources. Thus, without a significant increase in nuclear power generation, the proposed world of reliable renewable energy is a ridiculous pipe dream.

The Disposable Waste Problem

The third problem is the disposal of waste from renewables: Much of the waste isn’t actually “renewable.” So-called renewables produce 300 times more waste than a comparable nuclear plant in order to generate the same amount of energy. Moreover, renewables require more than 400 times as much land as nuclear plants do to achieve the equivalent output.

With a 20-to-30-year lifespan, many of the solar panels that were first installed in the early 2000s now need to be destroyed. Dedicated solar panel recycling plants can extract the valuable elements, such as the silver and copper they contain, but most of the material is burned in cement ovens. This is an incredibly energy intensive process. Additional energy will be required to incinerate the estimated 78 million metric tonnes of solar panels by 2050.

Solar panels cannot be safely discarded in landfills, as they contain dangerous levels of lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals.

The Insufficient Resources Problem

As if all these problems weren’t insurmountable enough, there is yet a far more significant obstacle to overcome. Namely this: As far as anyone knows, there are nowhere near enough resources on the planet to construct the proposed “sustainable” energy infrastructure.

the UK government, which  became the first government in the world to commit to a “net zero” policy on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in mid-2019, has announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and a switch to a 100% EV fleet.

Professor Richard Herrington authored a letter to the UK parliamentary Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that outlined the resources necessary to convert just the UK’s existing car and road haulage fleet to EVs. Herrington’s team of research scientists calculated the rare earth metals and other metals plus the further resources and energy requirements that would have to be secured to implement the UK government’s plan:

To replace all UK-based vehicles today with electric vehicles [. . .] would take [. . .] just under two times the total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and 12% of the world’s copper production. [. . .] [It] will require the UK to annually import the equivalent of the entire annual cobalt needs of European industry. [. . .]

If this analysis is extrapolated to the currently projected estimate of two billion cars worldwide [. . .] annual production would have to increase for neodymium and dysprosium by 70%, whilst cobalt output would need to increase at least three and a half times. [. . .]

The energy demand for extracting and processing the metals is almost 4 times the total annual UK electrical output. [. . .] There are serious implications for the electrical power generation in the UK needed to recharge these vehicles. Using figures published for current EVs [. . .] this will demand a 20% increase in UK generated electricity.

Herrington’s calculations specifically took no account of the additional energy required to manufacture the solar panels and the wind and hydroelectric turbines that would be needed to generate the necessary additional 20% of total UK energy production simply to charge the UK’s proposed fleet of EVs.

When US scientists conducted a critical review of global decarbonization scenarios to ascertain the feasibility of achieving SDG7, they looked beyond the transformation of transport and included the total demand for energy needed for every other aspect of our lives.

If the planet genuinely commits to this proposed SDG7 energy transformation, the energy intensity and density problem inherent in renewables means that humanity will need to generate more energy, by orders of magnitude, on a global scale.

It is sheer fantasy – if not utter madness – to imagine that the world currently possesses either the technology or the resources to generate the energy it needs from “renewable energy sources.” Yet governments around the world are hell-bent upon implementing this apparently suicidal mission.

Despite these hard facts, the rhetoric must say otherwise, for national governments and intergovernmental bodies never dare tell the truth about what they are really up to.

Policy platforms like REPowerEU and Energiewende, combined with the EU’s ongoing sanctions regime, will increase the mortality risk for the poorest and most vulnerable Europeans. Yet no one seems to care about this.

Part 2 is a synopsis of the second half of Iain Davis’ essay which has sections covering: the duplicitous global carbon market; profiteering from manufactured scarcity; carbon pricing, a bizarre economic model; and, the carbon offset charade.   

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Islander
Islander
20 days ago

From today’s BBC News under the headline:

“Net zero: UK is falling behind on race to net zero, warns review.”

Sources in the renewable energy sector told the BBC it was vital for the review’s recommendations to be “taken forward immediately”, adding: “The government needs to take the same kind of agile and empowered approach as was used for developing the coronavirus vaccine.” (Emphasis mine).

Chilling, or what?

This “review” is a recently published document by Tory MP Chris Skidmore calling for 25 actions by 2025.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Islander
19 days ago

Skidmore wants to phase out gas cookers. The same is going on the USA (sign of a global plot). This article cuts through the deception –

“What Is The US “Gas Stove Ban” Really About?”

“What we’re seeing here looks to be your classic bait-and-switch. Having established a “problem”, the powers that be suggest a solution they have no intention of ever carrying out (the more unreasonable the better).

When this measure is inevitably rejected by the public, the government will then proceed to suggest – or pay an NGO to suggest to them – a “compromise” measure.

The compromise is no compromise at all, of course, but actually what they wanted to do from the beginning. Nevertheless, the whole process is sold in the media as a victory for whichever party happens to be in opposition, and cited as evidence that “the system works”.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-us-gas-stove-ban-really-about

Dave Owen
Dave Owen
20 days ago

There is always another turmoil to contend with.
We are told about fossil fuel, yet there has been a natural oil spill in the desert somewhere I read about.
Oil is made in the center of the earth by nature, coal is oil that never made it to the surface.
We are told just what the elite want us to believe.

Mark Deacon
Mark Deacon
Reply to  Dave Owen
19 days ago

Both are still condensed solar enenrgy collected by plants that are not replaceable through renenwables down too the length of time too collect the solar enenrgy.

Dave Owen
Dave Owen
Reply to  Mark Deacon
18 days ago

Hi Mark Deacon,
I do see a slight problem with your explanation.
Having worked down the coal mines for 20 years.
I was asked to take a university trained scientist, to look for fossils.
After two weeks, being his assistant and guide, neither of us found any fossils.
Though we did find some coal 65 foot thick, which had to be left, because of technical issues.

Mordecai
Mordecai
20 days ago

To argue with them an exercise in futility, the goats who bleat ‘ But~but Climate Change ‘ are far too bought into this religion to accept the needed deprogramming. Therefore preaching to the choir while enlightening is not the catharsis sought.
What can we do? ‘Gault Gulch’s ‘ spring to mind.

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Splish_Splash
Splish_Splash
20 days ago

IT IS UTTER AND TOTAL MADNESS!

Augustus
Augustus
20 days ago

A great U.S. Vice President, who by-the-way invented the information super highway, warned us twenty years ago that snow would no longer exist and the sea coast cities would be under water. Others warned us without the Paris accords and the Kyoto protocol the world would be doomed. We would all burn up. Scientists from around the world agreed, after being paid handsomely and given prestigious jobs at think tanks and universities, that global warming is real and the largest crisis the world has faced. To combat this worldwide dilemma would take a whole lotta money. Billions and billions of cash would be needed to cool our climate down and save humanity. Eliminating fossil fuels, cow farts and humans(except illegal aliens) would be a good start. Green industries, such as Solyndra, were financially backed by taxpayer confiscations to create solutions to the global threat. A little retarded Swedish girl chastised us for ruining the world, while all the boomers had a tear in their eye and racked with guilt. Now we are at the point where we are being urged to drink urine and eat bugs to save the planet.
P.T. Barnum was right, a sucker is born every minute.

biggrump
biggrump
20 days ago

Tried and trusted way to increase fear and help control the sheeple!

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  biggrump
20 days ago

As expected, the MSM is pushing the Skidmore report which is out today.

“The review, carried out by Tory MP Chris Skidmore and published on Friday, urges the Government to phase out gas boilers by 2033, rather than 2035.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11631131/New-gas-boilers-banned-decade-report-say-UK-net-zero-target.html

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  biggrump
19 days ago

This article cuts through the deception –

“What Is The US “Gas Stove Ban” Really About?”

“What we’re seeing here looks to be your classic bait-and-switch. Having established a “problem”, the powers that be suggest a solution they have no intention of ever carrying out (the more unreasonable the better).

When this measure is inevitably rejected by the public, the government will then proceed to suggest – or pay an NGO to suggest to them – a “compromise” measure.

The compromise is no compromise at all, of course, but actually what they wanted to do from the beginning. Nevertheless, the whole process is sold in the media as a victory for whichever party happens to be in opposition, and cited as evidence that “the system works”.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-us-gas-stove-ban-really-about

Ian
Ian
20 days ago

All energy goals become achievable once the population is decimated, now if only we had a vaccine to……doh !! Governments know what’s coming, their energy plans cater for half a billion or so, if the cold kills a few on the way, so be it.

Greeboz6
Greeboz6
20 days ago

The UN/Globalist/Left Wing scams are becoming increasingly disconnected from reality and approach insane. The terrifying part is that so many people are willing to enter into this fantasy world where the psychopath Marx who refused to work & support his family is considered an economic genius & capable of designing when several of his children were driven to suicide. And that is the mere beginning of their illogical claims that are being used to enslave humanity..

Augustus
Augustus
Reply to  Greeboz6
20 days ago

They are all cut from the same cloth.

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  Greeboz6
19 days ago

This article cuts through the deception –

“What Is The US “Gas Stove Ban” Really About?”

“What we’re seeing here looks to be your classic bait-and-switch. Having established a “problem”, the powers that be suggest a solution they have no intention of ever carrying out (the more unreasonable the better).

When this measure is inevitably rejected by the public, the government will then proceed to suggest – or pay an NGO to suggest to them – a “compromise” measure.

The compromise is no compromise at all, of course, but actually what they wanted to do from the beginning. Nevertheless, the whole process is sold in the media as a victory for whichever party happens to be in opposition, and cited as evidence that “the system works”.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-us-gas-stove-ban-really-about

BillW
BillW
20 days ago

Interesting discussion. Everyone appears to be missing out on a very important fact that the Elites have been talking about extensively, depopulation.

None of the said agenda items will be successful at current populations. Using modeling programs, one could undoubtedly calculate where the population might have to be in order to become self-sustaining. I’m sure that’s how the number needs to be in the range of 90% of the current population needs to disappear for this to be possible.

Is it starting to make sense why there is nobody questioning the dramatic rise in unexplained deaths in the past two years? Has anyone ever questioned why Bill Gates believes a good vaccine program would REDUCE GLOBAL POPULATION!!!!

If you think what’s happening now is bad, wait, the worst is yet to come. Peace out.

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Mark Deacon
Mark Deacon
19 days ago

Not possible to live on just renewables.

The sun shines, plants collect the solar energy for days on end then die.
Over a long period of time this congeals or gets compressed into oil and coal. So the fossil fuel is a concentrated form of solar energy that is collected over the lifetime of the vegetation.

Any quantity of coal, oil or gas being consumed is the energy stored for far longer than a day … more like years. So you would have to switch over so much more land mass than we curently have allocated to solar to replace fossil fuels and the global habitat is destroyed.

Too many people on the planet is the biggest issue and only by culling the population do you reduce the level of energy need.

Oh but wait …. /S

chrisirish67
chrisirish67
18 days ago

the urge to suddenly deny what worked for decades is by definition insanity

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