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AEP’s Renewable Fantasy

September 17, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Ambrose Evans-Pritchard really does write some drivel at times. Take this example from his latest article on Hinkley Point, which I highlighted earlier:


It is much the same story across the nexus of clean energy technologies. The US and China were shocked by the energy crisis in 2007-2008, fearing a threat to national security. Each has since launched a massive push for alternative home-grown sources of power and fuel, and for ways to cut use.

There is no doubt that the oil price spike then led to a re-think of energy policies. But what have the two countries actually done since?


We all know that Obama has done his utmost to shut down the US coal industry and restrict development of oil and gas fields. Nobody would seriously argue that these actions will enhance national energy security. On the contrary, they will only serve to increase reliance on foreign sources of energy, not to mention Chinese solar panels.




As for China, whilst wind and solar power have increased by 47 Mtoe since 2008:




Consumption of fossil fuels has jumped by 601 Mtoe.





There is no doubt that the Chinese Government is extremely concerned about energy security, as they have realised just how important it is to their economy. That is why China is building new coal power stations and opening new coal mines.

That is why they are developing new oil and gas fields, and doing deals with Russia including the building of oil pipelines.

That is also why they spent $73 billion in three years, buying up overseas oil and gas assets.   


It is a pity that Obama, AEP, or, seemingly, anybody else in Western governments has not realised how important energy is to our economies. If they had, they would not be clinging to AEP’s renewable fantasy.

  1. sarastro92 permalink
    September 17, 2016 6:33 pm

    No matter how many times it;’s documented that the Chinese are vastly expanding their fossil fuel energy base for decades to come, the Green Malthusian elites in the West will pretend that the rest of the world is solidly behind their plans for economic suicide.

  2. Billy Liar permalink
    September 17, 2016 6:38 pm

    I can’t remember where I saw it but I believe China has bought a sizeable chunk of Australian coal production (~400M tons/annum) for the next 20 years.

  3. TinyCO2 permalink
    September 17, 2016 6:53 pm

    It is a curious hole in western politics that they are so naive about how important energy is. It’s not even a recent void. I’d blame politicians but it doesn’t seem like the National Grid are advising any common sense either. Is it now so full of PR people and directors from non engineering backgrounds? The goof over black start stations suggests they don’t understand their own business.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      September 17, 2016 9:11 pm

      “The goof over black start stations suggests they don’t understand their own business.”

      Which goof…..what did I miss ??

  4. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 17, 2016 7:06 pm

    In the USA the Obama Administration and other like minded folks have tried to prevent expansion of energy use. They have massively wasted time and money: Together with the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, the Navy has launched a project to invest up to half a billion dollars in biofuel refineries. Cost per gallon is 4x or more than from oil.
    The private sector upended the attempt by Obama to force skyrocketing prices for energy.

    Ambrose E-P. shows strong confirmation bias and just makes things up.

  5. September 17, 2016 8:09 pm

    AEP should stick to economics.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      September 17, 2016 10:11 pm

      He shows no sign of understanding energy economics. Are you sure? These days, he is used as a counter-indicator on economic forecasting too.

  6. CheshireRed permalink
    September 17, 2016 9:09 pm

    AEP’s renewables obsession is surprising as a genuine breakthrough moment appears years away, if ever. Storage isn’t close to being viable, CCS isn’t close to being viable and without subsidies renewables aren’t even viable either. Gas was the obvious choice yet it appears the UK is set to flunk that as well. What an expensive cul-de-sac we’ve been driven into.

  7. September 17, 2016 10:04 pm

    Yesterdays Telegraph : Britain is now free to frack and slash energy bills : BJØRN LOMBORG

    “Britain will not longer have to cooperate with overzealous regulations on shale gas extraction”
    “It has not just reduced American emissions three-times more than all European solar and wind has managed, but it has also given the US an economic advantage from cheaper energy worth some £200 billion per year.”
    “unrealistic expectations for renewables. They remain very costly and provide little energy. This year, Britain will spend £4.7 billion on subsidies for renewables, yet wind and solar provide just 1.7 per cent (He means of ALL energy not just electricity) – and all renewables just 6.3 per cent – of UK energy. Moreover, wind and solar will need subsidies for decades to come”
    (hit the vote button)

  8. NeilC permalink
    September 18, 2016 6:28 am

    Whilst the rest of the world build hundreds of new coal fired power stations, including China, India, and Germany, we in the UK close all of our cheap reliable electricity generation stations. Madness.

    • September 18, 2016 11:10 am

      Some art student could make a collage proportionately showing the actual output of solar/wind built in 2016, vs the output of conventionals/coal built in 2016

  9. Gerry, England permalink
    September 18, 2016 10:09 am

    The irony of the Russia-China deal is that it is a result of the sanctions applied to Russia resulting from the civil war the EU and US ignited in Ukraine.

  10. September 18, 2016 11:14 am

    Here’s an analogy :
    The Mad Green/Lefties : “100% Carbon Free electricity is the way to go ”

    The Mad Green/Lefties : “Trump’s Wall what a mad impossibility !”

    (They are clueless about 1.7% figure for electricity generated by wind/solar..and that actual US/Mex wall is actually more than 1.7% ALREADY constructed ..all Trump has to do is start filling in the gaps)

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