How Environmentalism Destroys Hope for the Poorest

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

There is a new white-paper out from The GWPF that illustrates the damage being done to people in poorer countries by environmentalists’ obsession with decarbonization in their imaginary quest to stave off global warming. As Dr. John Christy once said:

“Without energy, life is brutal and short”

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What Natural Disasters Should Teach Us

By Steven Lyazi Re-Blogged Frm http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Hurricanes, landslides and other disasters show Africans why we need fossil fuels

I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms. Buildings are stronger, people get warned in time to get out, and they have vehicles to get to safer places until the storms pass.

I also send my sincere sympathies to my fellow Ugandans who have been affected by terrible landslides in eastern Uganda, near Kenya. Natural disasters often strike us hard. Sometimes it is long droughts that dry up our crops and kill many cattle. This year it is torrential rains and landslides.

This time we were lucky. The collapsing hillsides destroyed three villages, but thankfully it was daytime and people were outside. They lost their homes, cattle and ripened crops, but not their families. A horrendous mudslide in the same mountainous area in 2010 buried 350 parents and children under 40 feet of mud and rock.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Affordable energy brings jobs, improved living standards and pursuit of happiness 

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For 16 years, in a scene out of pre-industrial America, Thabo Molubi and his partner made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld.” Lacking even a stream to turn a water wheel and machinery, they depended solely on hand and foot power. But then an electrical line reached the area.

The two installed lights, and power saws and drills. Their productivity increased fourfold. They hired local workers to make, sell and ship more tables and chairs, of better quality, at higher prices, to local and far away customers. Workers had more money to spend, thereby benefitting still more families.

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The War on Energy

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Economies the world over depend on cheap, dependable energy. If you made a list of countries according to their per capita use of energy, you would find that your list correlates very well with per capita GDP. GDP also is an indication of the wealth, the Standard of Living, of the people in the country.

Also in most countries the world over, there is a War on Energy. Now those waging the war would never describe it in those terms. They would say that they were trying to save the earth from the evil humans who use that cheap, dependable energy.

If it’s fossil fuels, then the claim is that CO2 will scorch the earth and kill all life on the planet, even though much evidence shows they are wrong. If it’s nuclear, the Energy Warriors say they want to save us from possible radioactive catastrophes, even though not a single American has ever died from a nuclear power plant. If it’s hydro – well they just don’t count hydro in what they consider to be pollution free, renewable, sustainable energy.

While they make their arguments in our name – to save all of humanity – the effects of their war, if it were successful, would be to push us back in time to when solar and wind energy were among the best available sources.

For solar, lenses & reflectors were used in ancient Greece to light torches, in Rome the first glass windows were used for the Emperor’s sun-room and eventually for communal bathhouses, and in the US, the Anasazi Indians built their dwellings facing the sun. It turns out that solar never was a best source of energy, except for niches like powering calculators.

Windmills were used in many places including Holland and Spain (remember the Man of La Mancha?). It was cheap and dependable for milling grain – when that was the only energy source available.

In a modern world Economy, dependable takes on a whole new meaning. Getting zero energy from a solar array at night and zero energy from a modern windmill if the wind is too weak or too strong, means that if you need the power during those times, your out of luck. Wind and solar thus are said to be non-dispatchable.

Fossil fuels, nuclear, and hydro are dispatchable – they are available whenever you need them. To be dispatchable, wind and solar require back up systems based on (you guessed it) fossil fuels, nuclear, or hydro. Using these as backups make them more costly to use than as the primary source. With alternative energy, I guess cost is no object.

Even without considering the costs of backup systems, the power you get out of wind and solar are much more expensive than fossils fuels, nuclear, and hydro. MUCH more expensive. Wind and solar systems have been killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats. And, did I mention, the energy is not available whenever you need it?

They are not cheap, and they are not dependable. And yet, the Global Warming Climate Change Alarmists insist that wind and solar must replace fossil fuels & nuclear to save the planet.

In much of the third world countries, preventing the people there from being able to use fossil fuels means they’ll continue to be poor, they will live in poor health due to cooking with wood and dung and not having clean water, and they will die much earlier than you or I.

But Gaia is more important.

In the US, most people rank Global Warming way down at the bottom of most lists of issues. To try to win over more people to their views, the Alarmists do a lot of bad stuff. They ignore overwhelming evidence that first temperatures rise, and then atmospheric CO2 goes up. They ignore natural variation in climate, even going so far as to say that the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period never happened.

They declare that “the Science is Settled” and conspire to keep opposing views from being published (ever hear of ClimateGate?). They phony up/adjust data, claim that the output from models are data, and call opposing researchers names – Denier!

They say that temperatures may rise because of Greenhouse Gas CO2 – or maybe it will fall. We may get floods – or maybe droughts. We may get much more extreme weather – but they ignore the lower numbers of hurricanes & tornadoes.

They’ve made a few predictions which have disproven their CO2 Global Warming Theory, but they refuse to own up to their predictions’ failures.

Their theories are wrong, yet they continue their War on Energy. That War on Energy is making Europe poorer. If we let it continue in the US, the War on Energy will wreck our Economy as well.

Ask your candidates for public office which side are they on in the War on Energy.