Energiewende! A Fantastically Silly Global Phenomena

 

Lol, I get a kick out of this……  I used the German slogan for the energy transition pushed by the greens because … well it looks cool, and much of push has come from and been embraced by Europe, though, clearly not exclusively. 

All around the globe the green nuts have pushed for renewables.  And, they’ve gained massive investments.  Europe has adopted a subsidy approach.  Countries like the U.S. and Australia have taken to punishing traditional electric generation sources, most specifically, coal. 

As Europe has found out, the more one adopts renewables, the more one relies on the traditional sources of energy generation.  Now, Europe is in a slightly different position than the U.S.  In the U.S., we’ve recently found so much natural gas, that we can easily and cheaply back up our silly wind and solar energy with gas generation.  Europe gets much of their gas from Russia.  But, Russia isn’t always friendly with their gas.  In the past, they’ve attempted to use Europe’s dependence on their gas to coerce Europe in diplomatic issues. 

So, any idjit can guess what happens next.  But, in case some green nut or Obama supporter gets lost and finds themselves on this page, I’ll try to type slow so they can understand.  Countries like the U.S. and Australia have punished coal energy generation.  So, this leaves a whole bunch of black and brown soft rocks laying about in and on our ground.  Domestic demand has fizzled, so these silly rocks aren’t worth that much.  But, other places around the world seem to enjoy these rocks for some peculiar reason. 

So, the result is that the places around the world buy these rocks from the countries who doesn’t want to use them anymore.  Australia’s coal seems to go to China, the U.S.’ goes to Europe.

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Europe. The Netherlands (11 million short tons) and United Kingdom (7 million short tons) ranked in the top 10 destinations for both U.S. metallurgical coal exports and steam coal exports. Germany (5 million short tons), France (4 million short tons), and Belgium (3 million short tons) ranked among the top 10 U.S. steam coal destinations, while Italy (6 million short tons) and Ukraine (5 million short tons) ranked among the top 10 U.S. metallurgical coal destinations.

Read more here.  We also see that even though Australia is exporting coal to Asian countries, the U.S. exports have even picked up in that area as well. 

So, I wonder if we can get some Leftist economic guru to contemplate the meaning of this.  We should also bring in a green nut to consult.  I’m betting neither one will be able to comprehend any of this. 

When one considers what is necessary to mine and then transport all of this coal over seas, much of it only to be burnt in an electric generation coal plant, an accounting of what was gained by all of this stupidity is in order.  I’m wondering if some industrious person has the time to demonstrate how much atmospheric CO2 was increased by the leftarded advocacy?  It isn’t that I care about atmospheric CO2, but I’d love to use it to laugh at them.  OTOH, if some leftist Obama supporter get’s hold of this information, we’d likely see some headline like “COAL COMPANIES OFF SHORING COAL TO CHINA!!!!  Bain rumored have bought stock in company that buys stock in coal companies which export coal!!!”

A note, back about 5-6 years ago, coal was thought to only be economical for electric generation in the U.S. if the transport of coal wasn’t some great distance.  Some places could use it to generate electricity at 2¢/kWh. 

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17 Responses to Energiewende! A Fantastically Silly Global Phenomena

  1. leftinbrooklyn says:

    Renewable energy propaganda = parents telling their children that ‘these presents are from Santa.’

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    “Bain rumored have bought stock in company that buys stock in coal companies which export coal”

    Sounds like they know how to make money. Simple: Germany shutting down nuclear power, Russia being aggressive over gas, green-caused inhibition of coal mine development = demand up, supply down, price up, profit up. If Mr Obama could do this sort of thing the US might not have a trillion dollar deficit.

    BTW what with this wimpy 110 million short tons a year? Our little town exported 114 million metric tonnes all by ourselves last year.

    I was once on a flight from Brisbane to Newcastle, short hop in a turboprop plane. The guy in the seat next to me mentioned he was a retired USN frigate Captain. He said he’d never been to Newcastle before, so I said to him “so you haven’t seen our fleet?” Fleet? I said “look out the other side of the aircraft”. He did so…and I swear his eyes widened. At that time the enormous coal bulk carriers were having trouble with insufficient capacity, and were lined up waiting to get in the port. Over 50 of them, scattered all over the ocean as far as you could see.

    • suyts says:

      Lol, yeh this exporting coal business is something new to us. We used to have a use for it here. I was reading somewhere that it was expected to double and then double again and continue to do so if things don’t change abroad.

      Like we’ve observed, if they don’t want nukes and gas isn’t a good option, well, we’ve got plenty of those black rocks just laying about.

  3. jimash1 says:

    Does it mean that the solar and wind programs in Europe and Asia are a pack of lies, invisibly supported by coal ?

    • suyts says:

      Lol, yes. Everyone is running from nuclear. As Bruce noted, Australia has been exporting coal like no tomorrow for several years now. And, now that the U.S. has an over abundance of it, new markets are emerging…… all over Europe. It’s more hilarious irony to laugh at the green nuts about. Their advocacy has caused an increase in CO2 emissions. Stupid watermelons.

    • Bruce says:

      Its even worse now. Not only did they have to burn the same amount of coal anyway because of the inefficiencies forced by renewables, but now they’ve run out of money and can’t afford to subsidise their own coal mining. So the Spanish miners were all out protesting subsidy cuts on Thursday.

      • suyts says:

        Lol, yeh, I was going to write a post on that, but got distracted. These people are funny. They don’t understand the concept of being broke.

        Germany is slated to have about 17-19 new coal plants come on line in the next 3-4 years.

  4. leftinbrooklyn says:

    So, we’ll do our little unicorn & rainbows journey into renewables. It will fail in the most horribly expensive ways. And then we’ll have to rush to get back on to coal. Which will by then be horribly more expensive, due to higher demand. Awesome.

    • suyts says:

      Well, that and you get the added bonus of destroyed economies and human suffering along the way….. so, there’s that…..

      • Me says:

        leftinbrooklyn, sees what Me sees, they want more for less, and why they are sending more big money to the mellons than the skeptics here. But we all see the mellons claiming skeptics are funded by big something evil or another don’t we…..

  5. leftinbrooklyn says:

    yeah, awesome +1…

  6. DirkH says:

    Hi James, couldn’t comment earlier due to some technicalities; you describe the situation in Europe very appropriately. It is really complete madness, there is NO critical reporting about this in German Old Media – they are so busy describing the symptoms of EU economic collapse that they don’t have time for the causes (energy scarcity, massive capital misallocation).

    Socialist tendencies get stronger all the time; now the Berlin DIW (institute for economic research) has suggested forcing rich people to loan part of their fortune to the state for no interest and with a promise of maybe paying it back some day. German word for this is Zwangsanleihe, historically there were at least 2 precedents for financing some war efforts. At least in one of these cases a bit of hyperinflation pulverized the promise of payback.

    I knew that the DIW were not the sharpest tools in the box but I think I can file them under socialists now. Oh, the German left parties are DROOLING about the idea.

    So NOBODY is talking about CO2 or Global Warming here, only a few meteorologists who say June was 4 degrees colder than the long term average but that has nothing to do with Global Warming and doesn’t disprove it (they obviously wanna keep their jobs).

    • suyts says:

      Thanks, I wondered where you got off to. There on really only two questions to ask. Will the world stop this madness before it’s too late? Or, will this continue and the world leaders move us over the edge into economic oblivion?

      In Germany’s case, I’m sorry it has taken such a turn. That will lead to the largest wealth exit that country has seen for quite some time.

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