UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
Everything indicates that in 2030 the countries of the world will produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas as they can burn,” – said in a recently published report of the UN Environment Program.
Forecasts of peak oil production were far from reality. Moreover, consumption will continue to grow according to the latest calculations by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Environmental indicators are also worrisome: according to the Energy Information Administration, CO2 emissions in America increased by 2.7% in 2018 (the first time since 2014). The increase was due to “higher emissions from natural gas production, with emissions from the use of coal falling by 4%.”
Meanwhile, an increase in the use of renewable energy sources in the USA – from solar to wind power plants – contributes to an increase in atmospheric emissions, since solar panels and wind turbines are an unstable and unpredictable source of energy, which is why consumers need a constant supply of electricity from fossil fuels fuel (coal and natural gas) power plants, writes The National Interest, an American energy expert Todd Royal.
Fossil fuel production will exceed the level set by the Paris climate agreement. Growth in economic welfare in China, India, Africa, and the United States will stimulate increased fossil fuel production, thereby hampering the achievement of the main goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
This analysis is based on the energy policies of the eight largest fossil fuel producers in the world: Australia, Canada, Russia, the United States, China, India, Indonesia and Norway. These eight countries account for 60% of global fossil fuel production.
IEA chief Fatih Birol recently said that “the US is responsible for much of the growth in global oil supplies.” The boom in the exploration and production of oil shale in America, which began during the Obama administration, will continue to influence the world market and world geopolitics.
However, regional politicians tend to create more problems than solutions by switching to renewable energy sources and limiting the use of fossil fuels. The New Green Course of the USA and Europe (proposal by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN International Climate Conference in Poland on December 11, 2008) is based on erroneous scientific data and does not meet the requirements of the economy and society.
The use of renewable energy sources, as it does not seem strange, damages the environment from “millions of poisonous blades of wind turbines sent to the landfill,” and also leads to serious power outages in Australia, the UK and New York, says well-known ecologist Michael Schellenberger.
Leading US presidential candidates for the Democratic Party openly declare their intention to abandon fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources, despite the dire consequences for the economy.
While betting on solar and wind energy, the American left refuses to admit that electricity is not an autonomous source of energy. In addition, renewable energy sources can hardly be called reliable because of their intermittence and weather dependence. Natural gas and nuclear power are two proven ways to reduce emissions in the air and stably receive electricity.
From Berkeley (California) to Brooklyn (Massachusetts), local lawmakers have introduced various bans on natural gas, which has become a serious economic challenge for each region. For example, Massachusetts’s electricity needs are 50% met by natural gas, and the state is currently facing a shortage of natural gas due to a ban on the construction of new pipelines. As a result, Massachusetts has to import 12% of natural gas from Russia.
Last fall, five hundred scientists in the field of atmospheric science, known as Friends of Science, sent a letter to the UN Secretary General stating that there was no “climate emergency” and called for a “new people-friendly climate policy.”
The Greens, fiercely fighting against the available electricity, economic growth and six thousand products made from hydrocarbons, do not give a clear answer to one main question: how will the world become better and safer after completely replacing fossil fuels with solar power plants, wind turbines and electric cars?
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