Thursday, May 7, 2020

Green Will Not Eliminate Coal or Oil


The idea that coal, a dirty fuel, can be eliminated as an energy source and replaced by for example wind energy, is false as wind energy requires turbines, which require oil which requires servicing monthly, which requires roads to the ridges where windmills and turbines are located, which requires cutting down trees, which requires energy, which requires trucks, which requires oil and gasoline and btw all require some  require electric energy which require a coal fired plant near the bottom of the hills wherever you find windmills. Hence we will never stop mining and using coal.

The doc essentially makes a feature-length argument that green energy isn't what it's cracked up to be, and that its supposed heroes are made of clay. The problems, we're informed, are legion, and widespread perceptions about green solutions are sadly misinformed. You may feel good about yourself if you drive an electric car, but don't forget that it's recharged by energy from a power company that uses coal or natural gas. And that the battery was manufactured by a company using fossil fuels. Solar panels are great, but they mostly don't last more than a decade or so. Renewable energy sources such as wind turbines are intermittent, leading to power outages unless they're backed up by power generated by fossil fuels. Indeed, there are no business entities running one hundred percent on solar and wind alone. The film touches on some or all of this. Astounding that


The world will never stop producing oil because gasoline is only 19.4 gallons of each 42 gallon barrel and the rest is used and required to make some 1,600 other products used by man including edibles btw. Refineries of course are just big boilers used to heat the oil to various temperature levels to obtain the various products at each higher degree of heat. Gasoline would be heated to a sludge to be disposed of if no one ever used gasoline ever again but rigs would just keep on increasing in number and production in ever growing amounts because of the need for all the other products required by the world which are made from oil.

One 42 gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like those in this partial list (144) of 1,600 products made from Petroleum:

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