What are the important forms of energy production? Oil, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, and Hydroelectric. There is no shortage of the hydrocarbons and nuclear fuels, but hydroelectric power depends upon rain and snowfalls, which can vary significantly year on year, and decade on decade.
Wind and solar provide miniscule amounts of useful power, generally at the wrong times and at exorbitant costs, causing significant energy and resource wastage, and destabilising power grids.
More on different forms of energy production:
… on average, electricity from new wind resources is nearly four times more expensive than from existing nuclear and nearly three times more expensive than from existing coal. These are dramatic increases in the cost of generating electricity. This means that the premature closures of existing plants will unavoidably increase electricity rates for American families. ___ http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/what-is-the-true-cost-of-electricity/
Wasteful, costly, unreliable, and damaging green energy is being touted as a way to save the Earth from the climate apocalypse, AKA catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW). But does the world really need saving from its own climate? Probably not. Certainly the scientific evidence does not back up the climate apocalypse camp.
Fortunately, there is plenty of reliable oil, coal, gas, and nuclear energy available at affordable costs — if CAGW morons such as Obama are not allowed by more rational people to continue down their current irrational policy paths of making reliable energy unaffordable.
Oil, gas, and coal surpluses and low to moderate prices bolster the idea that we are not running out of reliable energy. And it is low oil & gas prices that are making many of the petro-states very nervous.
Venezuela’s socialist economy is the world’s worst, according to the IMF. Its economy will contract by 10% and it will suffer an inflation rate of 159% this year alone, thanks to reasonable oil prices, and Venezuela’s insane socialist government policies.
Other oil producers, such as Russia, also have economies that are hurting — and are being forced to dip into their “rainy day funds” to survive.
Russia’s rainy day funds and hard currency reserves are sinking dangerously low, and the Russian people are hurting.
According to the Russian daily business newspaper RBK, the only type of business which is on the rise in the Russian economy these days is pawnshops: an alarming sign as pawnshop business traditionally thrives during crises, explains Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, which published the research findings. __ http://rbth.co.uk/international/2015/10/08/is_russias_economy_sinking_or_swimming_49913.html
Certainly the ongoing slump of the Chinese economy offers few hopes for a sustained oil price rebound any time soon. Russia’s economy will just have to “suck it up” for now.
Thanks to a popular Norwegian TV show, ordinary Norwegians are beginning to fear a Russian invasion of Norway, perhaps to bolster Russia’s fading economy and demographic crisis.
Russia’s economy is certainly in no condition to continue invading countries, but rational thinking has never proved an obstacle to Putin’s decision-making in the past.
Russia is no superpower. But Putin & Co. certainly know how to make an exciting movie about being one.
First we take Damascus, and then we take…Baghdad? Kabul? Never mind the details. Russia is back and it’s on the march.
On October 6, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko said Russia would consider expanding its air campaign to Iraq if asked. __ http://www.rferl.org/content/superpower-for-a-week/27293337.html
Another country Putin is eyeing closely, is Belarus. If Belarus refuses to permit Russia to build a new airbase inside its borders, Putin may have another invasion to plan:
Belarusian authorities have had an increasingly difficult time trying to convince Moscow to give up on the idea of an airbase on Belarusian territory.
… Belarus has succeeded in staying neutral and even hosting conflict resolution negotiations. But the Russian airbase can easily undermine such efforts. Therefore, Minsk is now likely to eschew signing the agreement for as long as possible and, at the same time, to procure modern jets and equipment for its air forces. __ EurasiaDailyMonitor
Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland have a great deal in common with each other, and with the Baltic states and Finland. Those seven nations should form an alliance with each other and NATO, to bolster defences against further invasions by Russia.
Russia is no longer a superpower, but it wishes the rest of the world to continue thinking of her as a great power. Thus the grand militaristic theatrics of long distance bomber fly-byes of European and Anglospheric nations, and the wild and crazy Syrian campaign.
It all comes down to keeping the lights on and maintaining the engines of industry. Oil, gas, coal, and nuclear can provide safe, affordable, reliable, high-quality power. Wind and solar cannot.
Much of Europe, California, and other poorly led jurisdictions are betting their economic futures on unreliable, poor-quality energy sources. They may be making what they feel is the righteous choice, but such suicidal decisions will have abysmal repercussions for their economies and people. Such poor choices provide a huge boost to the petro-state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the rest.
Judging by such leadership in Europe and the Anglosphere, we’re going to need a lot more guillotines! 😉
China, India, and Russia are corrupt to the core. Any relatively intelligent observer would have anticipated stagnation — in practical terms — for those rotten states.
China and India depend massively on coal just to barely keep their heads above water. Economic “growth” is often contrived, illusionary, and wrapped in multiple levels of corruption.
China rose rapidly based upon massive foreign investment into China’s export economy. Now, China’s economy is based upon shadow investments, ghost cities, and bubbles within bubbles. China’s vaunted military technology is mostly stolen from Russia, the US, Ukraine, and others with more advanced development, to this point.
Russia leaks more oil from pipelines onto the landscape every year than 10 of the Deepwater Horizon spills. It infrastructure is falling apart.