Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a thousand-page report on the future of renewable energy, which it defined as solar, hydro, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal and biomass. These energy sources, said the IPCC, generate about 13.8% of our energy and, if encouraged to grow, could eventually displace most fossil fuel use.
However this, while not technically a lie, assuming you accept their definitions, is deliberately dishonest
the great majority of this energy, 10.2% out of the 13.8% share, comes from biomass, mainly wood (often transformed into charcoal) and dung (note this is energy figures not electricity, burning dung is mainly confined to the 3rd world). Most of the rest is hydro; less than 0.5% of the world's energy comes from wind, tide, wave, solar and geothermal put together.- of which wind is 0.2%
then there is nuclear power. Uranium is not renewable, but plutonium is, in the sense that you can "breed"
What are the prospects for shale gas in the UK, and what are the risks of rapid depletion of shale gas resources?
What are the implications of large discoveries of shale gas around the world for UK energy and climate change policy, including investment in renewables?
What are the risks and hazards associated with drilling for shale gas?
How does the carbon footprint of shale gas compare to other fossil fuels?
Is there a case for calling a moratorium on shale gas exploration until the local pollution and global-environmental impacts are better understood?
The British government faces a public backlash against its green energy agenda as consumers are unwilling to spend more on power and gas bills to pay for investment in low-carbon forms of energy, a parliamentary committee warned on Monday.
"Our evidence points to the danger of a backlash against the government's green agenda if it means rising bills for consumers," the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee said in a report.
It urged the government and the energy industry to better engage with the public to explain underlying factors that create higher energy prices.