Today: 21.Apr.2021

The American Interest: Germany’s much-ballyhooed green energy transition—its energiewende—has run up quite a tab, and policymakers are having trouble figuring out who is actually going to pay for the policies. In an attempt to kick-start fledgling renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, Berlin guaranteed producers locked-in, long-term, above-market rates called feed-in tariffs. To their credit, this plan of pushing technologies of dubious merit at any cost worked, perhaps too well

Published in Germany

Amory Lovins, long time anti-nuclear power advocate: As the Italian proverb says, arithmetic is not an opinion. So let’s do the math. Renewables and efficiency cost less than operating many nuclear plants. That's right, arithmetic is not an opinion, but garbage numbers and unsound assumptions into the arithmetic leads to worthless numbers out. Same for computer models for climate science. "Efficiency," code for using less energy, obviously costs less than producing energy. The public listens to what they want to hear. So his article, celebrating the agreement with Friends of the Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council to close the last operating nuclear power plant in California will be music to anti-nuclear power advocates and a sad tragedy for most of humanity and the environment. Lovins talks about "carbon" not carbon dioxide. Carbon is diamonds. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, oderless gas that is essential for all life! So he wants to do the math!!

Published in USA

Euan Mearns, geologist: It is important to recall that well over $1,700,000,000,000 ($1.7 trillion) has been spent on installing wind and solar devices in recent years with the sole objective of reducing global CO2 emissions. It transpires that since 1995 low carbon energy sources (nuclear, hydro and other renewables) share of global energy consumption has not changed at all. New renewables have not even replaced lost nuclear generating capacity since 1999. ZERO CO2 has been abated and the world has done zilch to prepare itself for the expected declines (escalating costs) of fossil fuels in the decades ahead. If this is not total policy failure, what is?

Published in UK

Ferruccio Ferroni, Dipl. Ing. ETH, Theo Schaub, Dipl. Ing. In der Schweiz ist der Begriff Nachhaltigkeit in der Bundesverfassung, Art. 73 wie folgt umschrieben: „Bund und Kantone streben ein auf Dauer ausgewogenes Verhältnis zwischen der Natur und ihrer Erneuerungsfähigkeit einerseits und ihrer Beanspruchung durch den Menschen anderseits an.“ Auf die Prozesse der Energieumwandlung angewandt heisst dies nichts anderes, als dass man der Natur nicht mehr Energie entnehmen soll, als man nach der Umwandlung gewinnt. Bei einer Nutzenergie von 2300 kWh/m2 und einem Erzeugungsaufwand von 3000 kWh/m2 ergibt sich klar eine negative Energiebilanz.

Published in Switzerland