A great article from Terry Etam that exposes the realities of the current global growth eco-warriors and climate alarmists, or as Mr Etam so eloquently calls them, energy illiterates, ignore, as well as outright fail to recognize their failed doom and gloom, end of the world prophecies if we don’t end fossil fuel use now, that the majority of the world is simply not buying it.
Global infrastructure progress to increase the quality and way of life of the expanding population shows the demand for sustainable energy from fossil fuels trumps solar and wind as they build their economies.
I paraphrased the best six paragraphs below from the article, but it is worth reading in it’s entirety.
It is critically important to understand also that these expenditures as mentioned in India are not “like ours”, that is, huge expenditures we incur to optimize or refurbish or strengthen our existing standard of living.
These infrastructure investments are being incurred so that billions of people can catch up to living like us. These are not wealthy societies extravagantly building frivolities like Disneyland or casinos – they’ll get to that in a few years; these projects are infrastructure required to try to keep up with the world’s demand for basic services like roads, rail networks, hospitals, and data infrastructure (if you include telecommunications as a basic service, which is arguably true). It is beside the point if governments can afford them (they can’t), but that their populations demand them.
Now consider the scale of these developments, and the almost indescribable requirement for resources. An Indian industry-tracking site pegs the country’s infrastructure requirements through 2022 at over US$770 billion in order to “have sustainable development in the country.”
And by sustainable, they are not talking renewables; they are talking about life.
Renewables are part of the equation; India, like many nations, is trying its hardest to go green. Massive solar and wind initiatives are underway, as is significant spending on Green Energy Corridors. But despite pushing these initiatives as fast as possible, coal-fired power generation capacity is expected to double by 2040. There simply is no other way to keep up the pace of development than to use massive amounts of fossil fuels.
That won’t stop the parade of energy illiterates from filling the airwaves with unrealistic/impossible renewable energy demands, or protesting a globally-insignificant pipeline like TMX, or (with the coming arrival of Extinction Rebellion in Canada) gluing themselves to buildings and annoying everyone in dubious efforts to pointlessly publicize the most widely-publicized phenomenon in decades.
These activists have no plan and no clue how to fix anything, other than to mouth unworkable platitudes and impede any progress that they deem unworthy.
Energy illiterates have swarmed the stage and grabbed the mic, and will fight like cornered badgers before giving it up. They will do massive damage and inflict staggering inefficiencies on our industries, because they control the media and any politician to the left of Donald Trump, and we will have to suffer through that.
It is worth noting though that the focus on emissions and climate is forcing an examination of every step of the value chain, and worthwhile optimizations are being expected. Wiser voices in the crowd are starting to turn the discussion to where it should be – on how to improve the processes related to the fuels we cannot live without, as opposed to pretending we can live without them.
Countless initiatives are underway in every facet of industry to reduce emissions and shrink environmental footprints. All good news, but not enough for the terrorized act-first/think-later crowd.
We can expect over the next few years to see a few things: continued massive improvements in industrial emissions-shrinking initiatives, continued growth in demand for ever more energy (both renewable and not), continued pointless fear-based hysteria (pointless because it is focused on fighting rather than solving), and elected officials hopelessly trying to run in two directions at once by trying to pacify activists while keeping economies running.