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Al Gore’s call to produce all of electricity from “carbon-free by 2018 flouts technological, and political reality.

Let’s with the politics. Congress has been able to bring to pass a renewable portfolio (RPS) requiring investor-owned (IOUs) to obtain 10 percent of all the they sell from sources like wind, and geothermal energy. So Gore a 100-percent RPS applicable not just to but also to rural cooperatives and owned utilities. Pie in the sky does not begin to cover it.

The economics are sillier. Maybe Gore is that “enough solar falls on the surface of the earth 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the world’s energy needs for a year,” and that “ wind power blows the Midwest corridor every day to meet 100 percent of U.S. demand.” But that tells us about how economical — or — it is to collect and harness energies like wind and or to transmit electricity from collectors in, say, Phoenix, to consumers in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Energy Information Administration forecasts that under policies, which include state-level RPS programs and a multitude of and state subsidies and tax breaks, power will grow 0.6 percent of total generation in to 2.4 percent in 2030, geothermal grow from 0.4 percent to 0.6 and biomass (both dedicated and co-fired with coal) grow from 1 percent to 3.2 Solar power’s contribution is to remain so miniscule by 2030 EIA does not even assign a See EIA’s Annual Energy 2008 . p. 70.

In all, EIA projects non-hydro renewable sources supply only 6.8 percent of all electric power by 2030. One renewables are nowhere near on to meet Gore’s goal is “In general, renewable is expected to remain more than the generation it would that is, its avoided cost” [ . p. 71].

More importantly, a whole new electric supply in ten years would not only a bloody fortune, it would require scrapping hundreds of of dollars of capital assets before the end of their useful It is hard to imagine a more misuse of public and private

Even the Washington Post it. “Half the nation’s electricity from coal plants, and of them have expected lives beyond 10 years; them would require capital investment and throw of big energy firms into Moreover, solar and wind manufacturers would be hard-pressed to enough wind turbines and panels to meet Gore’s in a decade. Most major makers already have of more than a year for that will meet a small portion of U.S. needs.”

Finally, Gore’s ignores the inherent limitations of and solar power. Wind and are intermittent energy sources. cells generate electricity when the sun shines. Wind generate electricity only wind blows. Yet homes and need electric power 24 a day, 365 days a year. is why wind and solar power are to provide base load Even as supplemental peaking their value is limited. In for example, peak demand is on hot summer days, but often it is hot precisely because the wind blowing.

As you’d expect, Gore’s rationale for terminating carbon-based is the “climate crisis,” which, he “is getting a lot worse.” For Gore says that Jakobshaven glacier, one of Greenland’s is moving at a faster rate ever before, losing 20 tons of ice every day.” But why is alarming?

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Presumably, Gore to the doomsday scenario he presented in An Truth . in which “moulins” vertical water tunnels from surface ice melt bore down to the bedrock and the Greenland ice sheet, causing of it to break off and slide into the But, as I explained in a previous Gore had to misconstrue a 2002 in Science magazine to make the of sudden, catastrophic sea level seem plausible, and a recent in Science concluded that main outlet glaciers, Jakaobshaven Isbrae, are “relatively to “basal lubrication” by moulins. to Gore’s fantasy, moulins no threat to civilization.

Gore also says seem to be more tornadoes in living memory.” Not exactly a testable proposition. In An Inconvenient (p. 87), Gore is a bit more claiming that, “in the all-time record for tornadoes in the States was broken.” In fact, frequency has not increased; rather, the of smaller tornadoes has increased. If we the tornadoes that have detectable for many decades F-3 or greater), there is actually a downward trend since Consider this figure the National Climate Data :

Gore claims that his Plan will not only the planet but also lower prices and enable us to create at home with billions of that we currently “send. to countries to buy nearly 70 percent of the oil we use day.” Well, you can fool of the people some of the time. But I bet few outside of Berkeley or Hollywood that scrapping 70 percent of our supply system and replacing it more costly, under-performing will lower energy or that building windmills have any effect on gasoline or OPEC revenues.

Unsurprisingly, Gore compares his Plan to the Apollo Project. President John F. Kennedy our nation to land a man on the moon and him back safely in 10 years, people doubted we could that goal. But 8 years and 2 later, Neil Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the surface of the Gore implies that all we to achieve carbon-free electricity in ten is a similar level of commitment. is the thinking of a child — or the of a demagogue, take your

Electric supply systems to meet market tests consumer satisfaction and investor There was no market test for the Project, because its goal was not but geopolitical — to beat the in the Cold War space race. might as well say that if we can put a man on the then we can also cure eradicate poverty, and end war — all in ten

Planet Gore readers owe Al a big thank you. The scale of project would make the Pharoahs blush, and executing his would require a literal Czar. Never before has the warming movement’s ambition to and dictate and commandeer been so on display. Never before has the flight from reality more open to public

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