There’s been a lot of talk about energy security lately, as gas prices fluctuate and the smell of ESG is in the air. No one could be against shoring up energy supply into the future, but there’s something a bit strange about the way governments want to shut down fossil fuel use and transition to “green” energy. Abandoning reliable sources of energy for fickle ones seems foolhardy, but what would we know? We’re not “climate scientists”.
Did you see the wild image of this wind turbine in Oklahoma last week? It folded in half due to high winds. Yikes! These huge machines cause noise pollution, freeze over and seem to catch fire more than they should but a report in Herald Scotland from 2020 claimed that 14 million trees have been cleared there to make space for wind farms. Here’s something else we learned this week – solar panels are not very efficient when they are working in higher temperatures.
We don’t suspect that devotees of the climate agenda will pull back any time soon. It has been known for some time that the computer modelling used to make climate policies is inaccurate and the folks pushing for change sometimes have sketchy motives. White House climate policy overseer, Jane Lubchenco has been sanctioned and banned by the National Academy of Sciences for junk research.
But all this climate woe is not going to waste. CNN reported that a conglomerate of billionaires is making the most of a bad situation. Ice in Greenland is receding due to warmer atmosphere, exposing land rich in cobalt and nickel. These two metals are vital for the production of many high-tech goods. Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates are financing mining exploration in the country.
While we’re talking about climate, keep your eyes open for “meat tax”. Fast Company got excited at the idea of raising the price of burgers and other meat products. But as we’ve written before, meat production is likely not the boogeyman climate alarmists wish it to be.