Physicist Lists 10 Reasons the Energy Transition Is a Complete Failure

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A recent paper by physicist Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute exposes the absurdity of full electrification as it fails on every level. Even as it fails, the hardcore Left will not abandon the ideology. 

In these circumstances, policymakers are beginning to grasp the enormous difficulty of replacing even a mere 10% share of global hydrocarbons—the share supplied by Russia—never mind the impossibility of trying to replace all of society’s use of hydrocarbons with solar, wind, and battery (SWB) technologies.

Two decades of aspirational policies and trillions of dollars in spending, most of it on SWB tech, have not yielded an “energy transition” that eliminates hydrocarbons.

Regardless of climate-inspired motivations, it is a dangerous delusion to believe that spending yet more, and more quickly, will do so.

The lessons of the recent decade make it clear that SWB technologies cannot be surged in times of need, are neither inherently “clean” nor even independent of hydrocarbons, and are not cheap.

Mr. Mills is hoping for a reality reset. He listed the truths at the end of the paper which provides a summary. You can read the details here.

He Pointed to Ten Truths

Mr. Mills presented ten truths that show the impossibility of “accelerating” an energy transition that would eliminate the use of hydrocarbons. They also show the consequences of mandating the adoption of wind, solar, and battery technologies at a faster pace than would naturally occur.

1. ENERGY TRANSFORMATIONS ARE SLOW

Growth in Global Energy Supplies

2. ECONOMIC GROWTH CREATES DEMAND FOR MORE ENERGY

Per Capita Wealth vs. per Capita Energy Use

3. SHALE TECHNOLOGY IS HISTORY’S BIGGEST ENERGY REVOLUTION

Growth of Shale Energy vs. Wind+Solar 2005–20, Compared with Saudi Arabia Oil 1965–80

4. GREEN ENERGY ISN’T CARBON-FREE

Miles Driven Before an EV Emits Less CO2 than a Diesel Car

5. ENERGY TECH CAN’T EMULATE THE DIGITAL TECH PERFORMANCE CURVE

Lithium Battery Performance Progress

The target performance for batteries—and even the (still pre-commercial) aspiration for super-density lithium-metal chemistry—still doesn’t come close to matching gasoline.

6. ENERGY TRANSITION HARDWARE RADICALLY INCREASES THE DEMAND FOR MINERALS

Mineral Demands for Solar, Wind, and EV to Replace Hydrocarbon Machines

7. ENERGY TRANSITION POLICIES ARE INFLATIONARY

Energy Sector Share of Mineral Demands for All Purposes

8. GREEN ENERGY ISN’T CHEAP

Costs of Wind, Solar, and Battery Hardware

9. CHINA IS THE OPEC OF GREEN ENERGY MINERALS

Sources of Key Energy Transition Minerals

10. MARKETS AND CONSUMERS WANT RELIABLY CHEAP ENERGY

Share of Economies Consumed by Acquiring Fuel and Food

The pathetic EV movement.

Correction: we mistakenly referred to Mr. Mills as Dr. Mills. He he has not ever said he is Dr. Mills.


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