Renewables? Future Imperfect

China Tops World In Total Installed Solar PV, Passes Germany

NEA: China Now World’s Largest Solar PV Market, With 43.2 GW Of Installed CapacityPhoto credit: sustainnovate.ae – Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Headquarters Photovoltaics

This is all good and laudable, for now.  But let’s look ahead forty, thirty, maybe even twenty five years, when all of this infrastructure begins to break down, becomes less efficient, or the region in which it is installed becomes barely liveable due to climate change.  What then?

With the mining of fossil fuels banned, unaffordable, or their remaining deposits just plain unobtainable by that time, and the necessary rare earths laying untouchable in the ground, how is this technology going to be repaired, replaced or expanded?

Answer:  It isn’t.

The same could be said for all so-called ‘renewables’.  Their continued operation, maintenance and expansion is totally reliant on the current fossil fuel based energy system which they are unrealistically trying to replace.  Nothing will replace the loss of oil based manufacturing, agriculture, transport and energy production.  Nothing.  Please don’t waffle on about a nuclear solution.  That avenue of progress is just so disgustingly obnoxious that it doesn’t merit even a mention, but I am sure its adherents will not simply just lie down and roll over.

Renewables.  They are a one-generation flash in the pan, stop-gap, temporary, partial solution to energy production.  Eventually the world is going to have to, not by choice but by necessity, power down to pre-industrial levels and sources of energy use and pre-industrial technology (which is actually not as bad as it at first sounds).  The warning is there staring us right in the face.  We use this short, one generation of time, to assist us to accomplish this move to a new less technology based future, or we suddenly find ourselves sitting on our behinds in the dust and wondering how it came to this.  The sudden cultural shock would be the death of many of us.  Our choice.

I would wager, if I were a gambling man, that we blow it.  Our track record illustrates that we do not have the collective genetic predisposition to do anything else.

 

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