Continue to Supply Over 80% of World’s Energy Needs
Every year since 1971, more than 80% of all our energy has come from fossil fuels. That’s still true today, which is surprising for two reasons. Most nuclear power plants came online between 1971 and 1990, and most renewable energy farms were built in the last 10 years. We’ve added so many more non-fossil-fuel energy sources in the past 45 years, and yet it doesn’t seem to be at all reflected in the chart. __ https://qz.com/1144207/the-worlds-astonishing-dependence-on-fossil-fuels-hasnt-changed-in-40-years/
… [OPEC] says fossil fuels will remain the main energy source decades from now. The organization’s annual World Oil Outlook published Tuesday says renewables are projected to record the fastest growth but their share of total energy supply is still anticipated to remain below 5.5 percent by 2040. __ quoted in Energy Matters
The world cannot survive without its fossil fuels, despite 50 + years of the constant “renewables are taking over” drumbeat. The belated realisation by Deutschland’s Green party that it has been drumming out of time, is giving lefty-greens around the world a big headache.
After the latest round of exploratory talks between the parties, the Greens said they were ready to admit that their goal of a ban on combustion engines by 2030 was unrealistic. “It is clear to me that we will not be able to enforce a ban on internal combustion engines by 2030,” the Greens’ co-leader Cem Özdemir told Stuttgarter Zeitung. The Greens are also prepared to modify their demand that the 20 most polluting coal-fired power plants in Germany should be shut by 2020. __ Euan Mearns
The Prussians already face a looming exodus of heavy industry due to high costs and poor reliability of power. Germany would freeze and go into a recession without its coal plants and its grid connections with other nations who utilise massive nuclear and hydroelectric resources. Germany’s green hypocrisy has resulted in consumer power costs that rank near the highest levels in an already power-costly Europe.
It is clear what Germany needs to do — move back to nuclear power for both heat and electricity needs. Without fully facing this reality, Germany will continue to lose out to its industrial competitors in China and North America.
China, for example, has no qualms about expanding its own nuclear power fleet. The dragon is rapidly building up dozens of nuclear reactors for electric power, and is now considering building nuclear plants that would produce heat exclusively.
… nineteen reactors totaling 19.9 GW are under construction in China, accounting for more than a third of all nuclear projects under construction worldwide. The country plans a total of 58 GW of new nuclear by 2024, with China expected to surpass the United States as the country with the most nuclear electricity generating capacity by 2032. __ http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2017/11/eia-forecasts-nuclear-growth-in-china-decline-in-the-united-states.html quoted by Euan Mearns
Japan is working hard to re-start its nuclear power plants, and France is moving to turn back its earlier plans to retire its own nuclear reactor contingent.
Enough Hydrocarbons to Run the World for Centuries Longer
As we have pointed out many times — both here and at the late Al Fin Energy blog — this planet holds enough oil, gas, coal, bitumens, kerogens, gas hydrates, and other hydrocarbons to power the planet for centuries yet. But there is no need to tap into all of that combustible fossil fuel energy, when the wise development of advanced nuclear fission and nuclear fusion could power humans both on-planet and off-planet for many millenia.
Impoverished political ideologies — particularly on the left — have retarded the development of progressive, affordable, efficient, and reliable forms of energy and power for several decades now. As a result, humans are still forced to use primitive hydrocarbons for the bulk of their energy needs — and will continue to do so for decades more, until the slow-witted political human brain realises that nuclear power is the only way to power large human populations into the future.
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