For as much of my life as I can remember, people have been preaching that we are running out of oil and we needed alternatives. I first remember seeing the term "peak oil" invoked in the second 1970s gas crisis, when OPEC was deliberately raising the price of their product to gouge us. When we started making motions to develop our own resources - rather than just talking about it - the price of oil came down. A lesson for today? It seems every 10 or 15 years or so, someone else announces we're at peak oil and the world will soon be ending.
Environmentalists and other idiots are always screaming how we need green energy or renewable energy; both terms are code. What they mean is they want to return the world to some idealized pre-industrial state that never existed. They want fewer people, and some have fantasized about killing up to 98% of humanity. It's not just about magical unicorn farts to power everything.
Enter Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Institute with a great review article "Four Dirty Secrets About Clean Energy". This is a well thought out piece, and worth the time to read.
- Dirty Secret #1: If “clean energy” were actually cheaper than fossil fuels, it wouldn’t need a policy.
- Dirty Secret #2: Clean energy advocates want to force us to use solar, wind, and biofuels, even though there is no evidence these can power modern civilization.
- Dirty Secret #3: There are promising carbon-free energy sources--hydroelectric and nuclear--but “clean energy” policies oppose them as not “green” enough.
- Dirty Secret #4: The environmentalists behind clean energy policy are anti-energy.