From “more solar” to “stop with the solar” in 5 short years – how climate activism’s inner political demon is destroying environmental progress
Holy crap, what a difference five years can make. Way back in late 2014, the energy world was a different place. OPEC, or at least their dominant voice Saudi Arabia, had just pulled the rug out from under oil prices, sending them crashing through the floor. OPEC’s move was an attempt to derail the US shale boom and prevent it from possibly going global – at the time, there was much speculation that the US’ shale basins were the first of many that would be soon developed around the world. So OPEC engineered a price crash by refusing to cut production, which the market did not expect; previously, OPEC moderated or raised prices, but seldom allowed them to crash. At any rate, it appeared that the world was being manipulated in an ever more oscillating fashion by OPEC, and that the best plan to deal with their shenanigans was to increase the renewables component and begin the long arduous task of moving away from oil’s dominance.
It is almost surreal to go back and read energy commentary then, like it was from a different era of innocence and calm, before the climate wars. Fed up with OPEC’s machinations, I noted that solar was on the rise and that it was going to be a necessary component of the world’s future energy mix. As anyone involved in the search for petroleum knows, the search for petroleum gets harder every year. With the exception of the US shale boom, there really haven’t been any major discoveries for many decades, and any discoveries at all are in the remotest of places – the world has been explored quite thoroughly for hydrocarbons. Guyana made the news recently as being home to a major new oil development; they almost stand alone in the last decade in that category. It seemed inevitable that we would need massive new energy sources sooner rather than later.
Any long-time reader might then be wondering what sort of crackhead would now be calling for a slowdown of solar installations a scant five years after calling for more of them. What could have happened in five measly years to cause a reasonably-close-to-sane student of energy markets to reverse positions in such a drastic way?
Well, there’s this: “Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism”. Or this: “To Save Humanity and Planet, Says Climate Activist, ‘We Must Go Straight to the Heart of Capitalism and Overthrow It‘. You get the picture.
Trojan-horse anarchists and political activists have hijacked the environmental movement, and are using it as a tool to achieve their goals of…whatever it is that folks that want to overthrow capitalism want. It’s hard to comprehend what they want; markets have been resoundingly proven to work best. Even the likes of Elizabeth Warren say so, and she’s a far cry from a poster child for capitalism.
Now, we have the problem where eco-anarchists have taken control of economic development agendas, including a relentless focus on solar/wind installations here there and everywhere, long before the power grid is ready for them. We know where this is heading; the formidable economists of the former Soviet Union showed us in spectacularly descending fashion what poorly designed government policy can do to an economic system. And that’s if we’re lucky. At least we’d have a government in control.
Here in Canada, we’re teetering on the edge. Governments have empowered radicals by ensuring them that whatever they want to do to prevent climate change is more or less ok, because it’s an emergency. So now we have railroad blockades across the country, and the once-mighty RCMP, in full riot gear, won’t even tackle the miserable little bands of activists masquerading as Indigenous peoples’ supporters. The police showed up in riot gear, gave protesters a deadline to take down the barricades, then slunk away when the protesters refused. Who gained power in that exchange?
If our government keeps appeasing eco-anarchists, they will only become more emboldened. The rest of us soon will be begging for a potato like USSR’ers did not so long ago, when our economy collapses (not hyperbole – trains are rather important). They are not interested in climate saving solutions; if they were they would embrace nuclear power and carbon capture/storage. But they don’t. They are willing to halt the economy for political reasons. That is why we need to slow the pace of development of wind and solar until the world’s electrical grids are ready for them. No matter what the doomsayers say about the planet ending in a decade if we don’t abandon hydrocarbons, that statistic wouldn’t matter even if that was true – if we abandon hydrocarbons too soon we won’t have any economies to worry about, and if we’re around at all to watch what the temperature does, our thermometers will be of the stone age variety and it will be unclear whether the world has warmed, cooled, or stayed the same.
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