News that Greta Thunberg is visiting Alberta ought to be welcomed by all Canadians.
The teenaged Swedish environmentalist has targeted world consideration on the climate change debate like by no means earlier than. In order she excursions our province, what higher time for a real test than to have a look at a rustic that’s furthest forward in already adapting steps that Greta is advocating.
That nation is Germany. And it’s not a fair sight.
Germany’s largest news magazine Der Spiegel printed an article on May 3 of this year entitled “A Botched Job in Germany.” The quilt confirmed damaged wind generators and half-completed transition towers in opposition to a darkish silhouette of Berlin.
Germany’s renewable power transition, Energiewende, is a bust. After spending and committing a complete of US$580 billion to it from 2000 to 2025.
Last year Germany admitted it needed to delay its section-out of coal and wouldn’t meet its 2020 greenhouse fuel emissions discount dedication. Solely eight percent of the transmission strains wanted to assist this new method to power Germany have been constructed.
Opposition to renewables is rising as a result of electrical energy costs rising to the purpose they’re now among the many highest on this planet. Wind vitality tasks in Germany at the moment are dealing with the identical opposition that pipelines are right here in Canada.
The most important downside with utilizing wind and solar energy on a big scale is that physics simply doesn’t work. They want an excessive amount of land and tools to provide ample quantities of electrical energy.
Solar farms take 450 occasions of extra land than nuclear energy crops to provide an identical quantity of electrical energy. Wind farms take 700 occasions of extra land than pure fuel wells.
The quantity of metallic required to construct these websites is large, requiring new mines. Wind farms are killing lots of endangered birds.
No quantity of promoting or spin can change the poor physics of useful resource-intensive and land-intensive renewables.