You have to give credit to the Green NGOs in that they are much more upfront about their goals than most of the Global Governments. Greenies want to stop development of all fossil fuel sources and they would like to see the nuclear industry dismantled and no new nukes built. The Obama Administration is not quite that ambitious, at least for now, although there is not much difference in their objectives. Examples of goals the Administration have announced are: kill coal, minimize (and in some cases prevent any) use of Federal lands for accessing the mineral resources and raise the price of gasoline and electricity.
Who is it that will feel the most pain, if this cabal is successful? It will be the poorest among us, of course. They justify their actions by saying that the Earth will really, really, really go to hell if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels. And besides they add, we will have wind and solar farms takeover the job of supplying power. Wind and solar farms are not ready for prime time and who knows if they will ever be. The experience around the world demonstrates that when and if these renewables do replace fossil fuels, the power supplied will be more costly than that supplied by fossil fuels. No help for the poor here.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) posted data from BP forecast’s of energy demand and energy sources by 2030.
“In the developed world, energy consumption will barely tick up. Just 0.3 percent per year, in fact, until 2030. That would actually be a decline in per capita terms. Again, almost all of the growth in energy consumption is in non-OECD countries.
And where will the world get its energy? If BP is right, fossil fuels will still dominate the energy mix. Renewables will be the fastest growing sources of energy, but given the relatively tiny piece of the pie they make up today, they’ll still be far from dominant. No other energy sources will see the scale of consumption growth that coal and natural gas will, in absolute terms.”
(Definitions:OECD,click here & for toe=tonne of oil equivalent)
The IMF has issued a report that tells how the world is under-pricing fossil fuels. They say the price would be much higher if we include the social values associated with fossil fuel use. Yes, they admit, it would make energy sources more costly. But the monies from the taxes they proposed to put on the developed nations, most particularly the US, could be given to these poor people that would otherwise be made even poorer. If you were alive during the last half of the 20th century and so far in the 21st, you are undoubtedly aware that moneys sent to poor countries to stave off mass starvation, for example, never seems to get into the hands of those for which it is intended. The Swiss bank accounts of the non-elected rulers of those countries grow large instead. Telling us once again that the old adage of it is better teach a person how to fish than have the government supply that person with fish, is right on. (More on the IMF report later.)
So now we get to the title of this posting. Its a video of a TED speech by Hans Rosling titled “The Magic Washing Machine” that illustrates how the Greens drive to deprive the poorest the use of energy is just wrong.