Quartz.com here presents an interesting chart which tells us the green energy revolution of the past 30 years has resulted in practically nothing. It’s been a flop. Fossil fuels are as wildly popular as ever.
Global fossil fuel use as a share of total energy has risen since James Hansen’s 1988 testimony. Chart: Quartz.com.
In the 1970s the big worry was that fossil fuels would soon run out, and so we should use them wisely. But in the 1980s the risk changed to one of an overheating planet, and so we should stop using them altogether.
Higher than 1988, when James Hansen testified
We can all recall a sweating James Hansen’s 1988 stage-crafted testimony before Congress warning that increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations would lead to spiraling global warming. And unless action was taken urgently, the ice caps would soon melt. Countries as a result mobilized 100s of billions of dollars to eliminate the use of these “dangerous, climate-killing” fossil fuels.
And for all that money, today you’d think that tremendous progress in reducing fossil fuels would be the result. You couldn’t be more wrong.
The sad truth is that after hundreds of billions spent and trillions committed, fossil fuel’s share of total energy consumption has in fact risen since Hansen’s doomsday testimony, see figure above.
Bringing the dead back to life
What may be a surprise to many is that whenever we burn fossil fuels, which originate primarily from ancient plants that died and was naturally sequestered in the earth eons ago, we are in fact taking this once live carbon and recirculating it back into the ecosystem. The result: More carbon-based life is getting produced today. The planet is greening. Today the Earth is teeming with more life than it has seen in millions of years.
That’s fundamental science. If you want the system to have more life, then add carbon to it. One way is to add old carbon that’s been locked away in the ground.
On the other hand if you want to limit life, then remove the carbon from the eco-system. Funny how the alarmists claim to be worried about life being under threat on earth, yet ironically are striving to remove its source.
January 12, 2018 at 10:33AM