China Retreats from Green Abyss, Re-Embraces Coal Power

China Retreats from Green Abyss, Re-Embraces Coal Power, by Al Fin.

China is facing the reality that “green energy” cannot be relied upon by a nation that wants to be taken seriously as an industrial powerhouse. Japan, Germany, and Canada’s Ontario province are likewise backing away from ruinous mandates and subsidies to unreliable green energy. …

Many of China’s wind and solar farms are not even plugged into the grid, and capacity factors are extraordinarily poor — even by green standards. …

In the European Union, investment in green energy dropped by half after government subsidies were reduced. Germany is likewise cutting green subsidies and boosting more reliable gas and coal power plants. Similar moves away from “green” are happening in Japan, and even in the UK. …

With Canada’s Ontario moving to cancel its green energy contracts, and the US Trump administration slowly stepping back from Obama’s expensive and unreliable wind and solar mandates, much of the world is expressing uncertainty over the wisdom of following the green energy crusaders over the cliff of perpetual blackouts. Without a reliable, affordable, high quality, abundant source of electric power, there is no advanced civilisation — and the carrying capacity of the planet suddenly drops by 80%. …

The entire corrupt scam of unreliable/exorbitantly expensive grid-scale green energy is gradually being exposed as unaffordable and economically damaging to modern national infrastructure. …

Wind turbines last only about 20 years at best, and solar arrays may last 30 years if owners are lucky. But disposing of these junkheaps-in-the-making will be very expensive. Many shadowy owners will skip the country, leaving taxpayers to clean up their expensive, wasteful mess.