Green Energy is Not Green  

“It’s green stupidity.”
-Viv Forbes

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Green Energy is Not Green  

by Viv Forbes with help from a few of his Peers
14 Sep 2020>

Solar energy is very dilute, so solar collectors usually cover huge areas of flat arable land, stealing farmland, starving wild herbs and grasses of life-giving sunlight thus creating “Solar Deserts”.

An expanding Solar Desert at Gannawarra in Victoria, Australia
Not so Green
Picture Credit ARENA


Wind turbines steal energy from winds which often bring moisture from the ocean. These walls of turbines then create rain shadows, producing more rain near the turbines and more droughts down-wind. Turbines work best along ridge lines where eagles also seek thermals, so birds and bats get chopped up by these wicked whirling scythes. They also annoy neighbours with noise and increase bushfire risk.

They even spread their wall of wind towers offshore, so that less wind and rain even reaches the shore. Not green at all.

A Wall of Whirling Scythes stealing energy from the Winds
Not so Green
Picture Credit Pixabay

Then we have the biofuels scandals. This is UN-promoted stupidity where forests are logged in America and shipped across the Atlantic to burn in a British power station; where native forests are cleared in Indonesia and Brazil to grow palm oil for bio-diesel; and where food grains are distilled to make ethanol fuel for motor vehicles.
Nothing green about any of this.

Now green dreamers want to use our precious water to manufacture hydrogen in a round-robin electrolytic process that consumes far more energy than it can ever produce.

Electrolysis consumes nine tonnes of water plus heaps of electricity to make one tonne of hydrogen. This processed water is not recovered until the hydrogen is burned (unlike water in steam turbines where most water is reused and any that escapes is recycled back to the atmosphere.)

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”
Terry Pratchett

Hydrogen is a low-energy explosive gas. Collecting, storing and exporting it will be a hazardous business and producing it will consume scads of Australian water and electricity to generate the latest trendy “green” fuel for Asia. Burning this fuel will release pure Australian water into polluted Asian skies. But the Australian tax payer is funding this hydrogen speculation with $70 million.

Green Energy isn’t green. It has a huge cost in rare metals; it creates toxic waste problems; solar panels create solar deserts; turbines chop birds and steal wind and rain from inland areas; the ethanol scam destroys forests and food crops; and now they want to steal fresh water and energy to export low-energy explosive hydrogen.

In contrast, coal is stored solar energy extracted from sunshine by ancient plants. Burning it releases its stockpile of energy for industry and its combustion products bring great benefits for the green world – water vapour, carbon dioxide plant food, and valuable plant micro-nutrients.

Why export our sunshine, wind and fresh water via hydrogen while leaving our abundant fossil sunshine locked underground as “politically stranded assets”?

All that is not green – it’s green stupidity.

Viv Forbes
Washpool Qld, Australia.

Further Reading

Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts of Green Energy:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/05/monumental-unsustainable-environmental-impacts/

Hydrogen Strategy to nowhere:
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/energy/hydrogen-strategy-to-nowhere%E2%80%A8/?utm_source=Energy+geopolitics&utm_campaign=fcbaa25021

Wind farms bring the Egyptian vulture to near-extinction in Andalusia:
ttp://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/an-extinction-in-progress.html

Why Wind Won’t work:
http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/why-wind-wont-work.pdf

The Environmental Cost of “Renewable” Energy:
https://carbon-sense.com/2”019/03/25/environmental-cost-of-renewable-energy/

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is set to gift $70 million to hydrogen speculators:
https://arena.gov.au/news/seven-shortlisted-for-70-million-hydrogen-funding-round/

Viv Forbes
Washpool Qld, Australia
14 September 2020

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