Media makes mountain out of anthill

Media makes mountain out of anthill

PE Bias Grade : B+

By: Allen Nitschelm on September 3, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Solar and wind majority of new power generated
Date 09/02/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page C9 )
Syndicated From Bloomberg News
Journalist Unsigned Bloomberg News
Article Summary

For the first time, more new power generation is from solar and wind than other sources.

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The Climate Change narrative that the Left runs with often has misleading or false information, sometimes to scare people into wanting to take action, other times to reassure them that action being taken is effective. Most reasonable people who believe in climate-change think that the steps we are taking, or could take, will reverse the damage and “save the planet.” But this is false.

For whatever combination of reasons, the earth seems to be in a warming trend and humanity’s best response is to make long-term plans to deal with any negative changes. Scare tactics and impending doom are meant to frighten people so much that they take action at the ballot box. Yes, cynic that I am, this is about political control. Socialists want voters to elect them so they can take over the economy and prevent climate change–and capitalism, and personal freedom, and gun rights–and implement the rest of the Left’s agenda.

Today’s article throws some numbers without context to readers and proclaims, falsely, that increases in new solar and wind projects are leading to a “seismic shift in how nations get their electricity.”

Let’s look at the numbers presented and compare them to “how nations get their electricity.”

New solar installations added 119 gigawatts (1 billion watts), which is 45 percent of all new capacity. Wind turbines added another approx. 23 percent, or say 60 gigawatts. So this totals around 180 gigawatts of new power from these two sources.

But the chart showing energy generation by source, in the terawatt scale (a trillion watts), shows solar and wind to be miniscule compared to that generated by the four other broad categories, which are fossil fuels, renewable, hydro-electric, and nuclear. Fossil fuels are at 15,000 terawatts, which if I am comparing the scales accurately, is about 75,000 times greater than the new wind and solar coming online.

So wind and solar may be “up and coming” based on new sources, but they have a long way to go to become “how nations get their electricity.”

And this underscores one of the foolish assertions of the Climate Left, which is that we can eliminate fossil fuels and somehow get by with just wind and solar.


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