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“POLITICALLY STRANDED ASSETS”

by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club, ©2020

(Sep. 9, 2020) — To download this article with all illustrations click:
https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/not-so-green.pdf

Solar energy is very dilute, so solar collectors usually cover huge areas of flat arable land, stealing farmland, starving wild herbs and grasses of sunlight and creating “Solar Deserts”.

A Solar Desert expanding at Gannawarra in Victoria, Australia (Picture Credit ARENA)

Not so Green

Wind turbines steal energy from winds which often bring moisture from the ocean. These walls of turbines then create rain shadows, producing more rain near the turbines and more droughts down-wind. Turbines work best along ridge lines where eagles also seek thermals, so birds and bats get chopped up by these whirling scythes. They also annoy neighbours with noise and increase bushfire risk.

They even spread their wall of wind towers offshore, so that less wind and rain even reaches the shore. Not green at all.

Wall of Wind Towers stealing energy from the Winds (Picture Credit Pixabay)

Not so Green

Now green dreamers want to use our precious water to manufacture hydrogen in a round-robin electrolytic process that consumes far more energy than it can ever produce.

Electrolysis consumes nine tonnes of water plus heaps of electricity to make one tonne of hydrogen. This processed water is not recovered until the hydrogen is burned (unlike water in steam turbines where most water is reused and some escapes to the atmosphere via cooling towers.)

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”
Terry Pratchett

Hydrogen is a low-energy explosive gas. Collecting, storing and exporting it will be a hazardous business and producing it will consume scads of Australian water and electricity to generate trendy “green” fuel for Asia. Burning this fuel will release pure Australian water into polluted Asian skies. But the Australian Government is funding hydrogen speculation with $70 million.

Green Energy isn’t green. It has a huge cost in rare metals; it creates toxic waste problems; solar panels create solar deserts; turbines chop birds and steal wind and rain from inland areas; and now they want to steal fresh water and energy to export low-energy explosive hydrogen.

In contrast, coal is fossil sunshine. Burning it releases new energy for industry and its combustion products bring great benefits for the green world – water vapour, carbon dioxide plant food, and valuable plant micro-nutrients.

Why export our sunshine, wind and fresh water via hydrogen while leaving our abundant fossil sunshine locked underground as “politically stranded assets”?

All that is not green – it’s green stupidity.

Viv Forbes
Washpool Qld, Australia.


Further Reading

Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts of Green Energy:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/05/monumental-unsustainable-environmental-impacts/

Hydrogen Strategy to nowhere:
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/energy/hydrogen-strategy-to-nowhere%E2%80%A8/?utm_source=Energy+geopolitics&utm_campaign=fcbaa25021ttp://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/an-extinction-in-progress.html

Wind farms bring the Egyptian vulture to near-extinction in Andalusia:
ttp://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/an-extinction-in-progress.html

Why Wind Won’t work:
http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/why-wind-wont-work.pdf


The Environmental Cost of “Renewable” Energy:
https://carbon-sense.com/2”019/03/25/environmental-cost-of-renewable-energy/


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is set to gift $70 million to hydrogen speculators:
https://arena.gov.au/news/seven-shortlisted-for-70-million-hydrogen-funding-round/

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