Has anybody with a functioning brain actually thought out any of the financial and environmental details and ramifications of net zero? Apparently not. From Craig Rucker at americanthinker.com:
Senate Budget Committee chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) cites “the climate crisis” at almost every opportunity. President Biden calls it a greater threat than nuclear war. They and their allies champion “carbon-free” electricity generation by 2035 and nearly fossil fuel–free energy by 2050.
Achieving “net zero” carbon dioxide emissions will be painless, they assure us. Costs will be so low that you’ll need a magnifying glass to see them. Governments merely have to enact mandates and provide subsidies, and the transformation to “clean” energy will just happen. Almost like in a fairy tale.
Here in the real world, however, we would need literally millions of weather-dependent wind turbines, billions of equally unreliable solar panels, millions of half-ton battery modules for vehicles, billions more modules to back up intermittent electricity generation, millions of transformers, and tens of thousands of miles of new transmission lines.
All these technologies must be manufactured from metals, minerals, and petroleum extracted from the Earth, via mining on scales unprecedented in human history.
The dollar costs alone — just for a U.S. transformation — are almost incomprehensible.
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It makes more sense to build solar farms near to the equator feeding an equatorial transmission grid (Still at enormous cost). Each user is fed with power from the solar farms which are 8 hours behind it.
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