When The Wind Stops Blowing

The house of cards built on sunshine and breezes reveals its foundations are built on sand.  This is the reality that the “green revolution” will not acknowledge publicly, although many of them know the limits of power density and intermittency will not be overcome in the near or distant future.  Alternative energy success is not what they want nor will the numbers add up to anything meaningful for our fossil fueled civilization.

Read this story, (behind a paywall for WSJ) and/or watch and listen to Vaclav Smil, who has been writing about the reality of energy for decades. Unfortunately his books are not written for easy public consumption, and his accent and rapid speech challenge the casual viewer/listener. His character is perhaps best illustrated with the simple fact that he has no cell phone.  Enjoy.

Updated: September 19, 2021 — 6:40 pm