What's Wrong with Wind and Solar?

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Are wind, solar, and batteries the magical solutions to all our energy needs? Or do they come with too high a price? Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, analyzes the true cost - both economic and environmental - of so-called green energy.
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Script:
Have you ever heard of "unobtanium"?
It's the magical energy mineral found on the planet Pandora in the movie, Avatar. It's a fantasy in a science fiction script. But environmentalists think they've found it here on earth in the form of wind and solar power.
They think all the energy we need can be supplied by building enough wind and solar farms; and enough batteries.
The simple truth is that we can't. Nor should we want to-not if our goal is to be good stewards of the planet.
To understand why, consider some simple physics realities that aren't being talked about.
All sources of energy have limits that can't be exceeded. The maximum rate at which the sun's photons can be converted to electrons is about 33%. Our best solar technology is at 26% efficiency. For wind, the maximum capture is 60%. Our best machines are at 45%.
So, we're pretty close to wind and solar limits. Despite PR claims about big gains coming, there just aren't any possible. And wind and solar only work when the wind blows and the sun shines. But we need energy all the time. The solution we're told is to use batteries. Again, physics and chemistry make this very hard to do.
Consider the world's biggest battery factory, the one Tesla built in Nevada. It would take 500 years for that factory to make enough batteries to store just one day's worth of America's electricity needs. This helps explain why wind and solar currently still supply less than 3% of the world's energy, after 20 years and billions of dollars in subsidies.
Putting aside the economics, if your motive is to protect the environment, you might want to rethink wind, solar, and batteries because, like all machines, they're built from nonrenewable materials.
Consider some sobering numbers:
A single electric-car battery weighs about half a ton. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving, and processing more than 250 tons of earth somewhere on the planet.
Building a single 100 Megawatt wind farm, which can power 75,000 homes requires some 30,000 tons of iron ore and 50,000 tons of concrete, as well as 900 tons of non-recyclable plastics for the huge blades. To get the same power from solar, the amount of cement, steel, and glass needed is 150% greater.
Then there are the other minerals needed, including elements known as rare earth metals. With current plans, the world will need an incredible 200 to 2,000 percent increase in mining for elements such as cobalt, lithium, and dysprosium, to name just a few.
Where's all this stuff going to come from? Massive new mining operations. Almost none of it in America, some imported from places hostile to America, and some in places we all want to protect.
Australia's Institute for a Sustainable Future cautions that a global "gold" rush for energy materials will take miners into "…remote wilderness areas [that] have maintained high biodiversity because they haven't yet been disturbed."
And who is doing the mining? Let's just say that they're not all going to be union workers with union protections.
Amnesty International paints a disturbing picture: "The… marketing of state-of-the-art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks."
And then the mining itself requires massive amounts of conventional energy, as do the energy-intensive industrial processes needed to refine the materials and then build the wind, solar, and battery hardware.
Then there's the waste. Wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries have a relatively short life; about twenty years. Conventional energy machines, like gas turbines, last twice as long.
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Guillaume Fortina
Guillaume Fortina 4 цагийн өмнө
EDIT: I thought this guy may be paid by oil companies to produce such deceitful content... seeing the end of the video (he praises hydrocarbons as 'cleaner') made it clear to me: THIS GUY IS PAID BY SOME OIL LOBBIES to produce this crap. What are this guy's credentials? I'm not a trained expert on the matter, but I can point out multiple flaws to his analysis. For instance: Lithium is the 3rd most common element in Earth's crust. And ocean waters atre full of it. Currently it is being mined (note that its mining process is much less damaging to the environment than many other minerals, and hydrocarbons). Scientists are working very hard at developing techniques to extract it from sea water. So in a few years, this will be a non-issue with no impact on the environment. Another example of his flawed argumentation: it would take 500 Tesla Nevada factories to produce enough batteries to store 1 day of the US's electricity needs. First, there are already hundreds of battery factories across the world, they'd just need to be converted to the advanced technology Tesla developed (and you can count on Elon & Tesla to use the pile of cash they have to build many of the factories needed). Most importantly, you don't need to store 100% of the US's daily electricity's needs to be stored, since for 8-12 hours a day, the energy would be consumed directly and not need storing. A third example: Tesla has developed a cobalt-free battery recipe (no more child-labor in Congo). And they have also developed a new technique to extract Lithium (mined in Nevada on top of that, so yes, there would be some of these mining operations in the US) without using excessive energy or harsh chemicals. Again, this pseudo-expert doesn't mention any of that.
Skiz
Skiz 4 цагийн өмнө
The perfect energy source is still nuclear fusion. It's literally the thing that powers the sun.
Jane Lovelle
Jane Lovelle 11 цагийн өмнө
Uh oh spaghetti o's. Looks like big fossil fuel industries have funneled more money into a youtube channel that pushes conservative agendas so that republican voters can vote in more republican legislators to enable fossil fuel companies to destroy the planet for a quick buck. I agree that solar and wind are terrible, but thorium nuclear reactors are probably the most straightforward answer to our climate crisis.
King Leonidas 52
King Leonidas 52 13 цагийн өмнө
Very misleading
Lawrence McLean
Lawrence McLean Өдрийн өмнө
I suspect that this video is disingenuous. Nevertheless, it is true what is being said. I have come up with an expression: "unrealized goal". The purpose for creating this expression is to make aware a different perspective on a goal. The word "unrealized" primarily means something not aware of. It can also be used as a synonym for a task that is not yet complete. In my expression "unrealized goal", the meaning "unrealized" is primarily something not aware of. An example of an unrealized goal deals with filling the fuel tank of your car. The normal reason, the goal that you are aware of is: to enable you to go places in your car. The "unrealized goal" of putting fuel in your car is to burn all of the fuel that you buy. From the perspective of the person putting fuel in the car, the unrealized goal seams pointless and silly. Nevertheless, from the perspective of the companies that supply the fuel, the goal that matters to them is the unrealized goal, they do not care where you go, as long as you consume their product. This is not hyperbole, metaphor or exaggeration; the "unrealized goal" of human economic growth (which includes population growth) is to destroy the living planet as quickly as possible. Switching to renewable energy is not going to significantly affect that unrealized goal.
Fawkes Sutherland
Fawkes Sutherland Өдрийн өмнө
These renewable problems only occur because we don't put enough money into researching how to make renewables more efficient. much to people's dismay, we will run out of fossil fuels at some point we will have to rely on renewables.
Roland Yamel
Roland Yamel Өдрийн өмнө
We should use these new GEH chips for power generation instead of batteries, wind, solar, or even oil and nuclear. This innovation is way better. mnpost.info/zone/hc6ar9ujm5x6fII/video www.ntsinnovations.com/
squiggy18
squiggy18 2 өдрийн өмнө
1:48 4:22 hmm 🤔
Jeremy Hontalba
Jeremy Hontalba 2 өдрийн өмнө
Renewable alternatives are not the best solution but they are a solution non the less, given enough time and research they will be better. If we don't start working on some better alternatives and just stick to the usual course of doing business and maintaining the status quo we will inevitably end up in a soylent green scenario. Maybe not in 2022 but inevitably
John 14:24
John 14:24 2 өдрийн өмнө
m.mnpost.info/zone/jtfSbNOSp86KY5Q/video
Hugo Barros
Hugo Barros 2 өдрийн өмнө
95 of a battery is recycled. The materials for wind turbines are recyclable (now even the blades are). Sorry but this video is missing a lot of info. What about transport of the oil... Refinement. Not to mention you also need to build oil or coil power stations, just as you have to build wind or solar power plants. And in its entirety live, a oil/coil power plant is burning highly polluting material... Lol just Google for research papers and you will see that wind and solar are much better for environment and cheaper in the long run... And solar is made almost entirely of silica. Which is not hurtfull for environment...
EDCHRIS Hanopol
EDCHRIS Hanopol 3 өдрийн өмнө
Geothermal is the solution in the Philippines!
jburdman7
jburdman7 3 өдрийн өмнө
So what is the PITIFUL efficiency of conventional generation? You magically left that out. Blah blah efficiency means nothing, it is $/W. You can't even manage to use the proper metrics! Battery plants are being built at an amazing clip. Both Tesla and Lishen are building battery manufacturing capacity which will EACH equal the current total battery production on EARTH. Batteries are made of primarily RECYCLABLE cobalt, iron and manganese. "Almost inexhaustible supply of hydrocarbons"?! Ahhahhahahaahahah! I suppose earth is a hollow ball of oil ! lol This is a pathetic hit piece and I'm not even what you'd consider as a greenie... just a tech nerd.
Andrei Koto
Andrei Koto 4 өдрийн өмнө
Nuclear power is the way to go, and saying it's dangerous is ignorance. First of all, safety measures on newer generation of reactors prevent meltdowns completely, they are way better than 1st generation reactors from 50's. Secondly, if setbacks in internal combustion engine industry prevented people from building cars, we would be riding horses today. "Green" energy is only viable today because it is subsidized as hell, and while it can be very good for some areas, in general the whole power grid cannot rely on it.
Jachin Rivers
Jachin Rivers 4 өдрийн өмнө
There's a lot of glossed over details, and vague comparisons in this video. Inexhaustible hydrocarbons? Comparing plastic waste to silicon (glass)? What about the issue of carbon emissions? This video spits in the face of intelligence.
Graham Thwaite
Graham Thwaite 5 өдрийн өмнө
Geothermal!! To get geothermal to work all we have to do is to be able to drill deep enough and hot enough. Once the hole is drilled then you just get free green energy. If we (the world) had put as much money into geothermal as we have into fusion I am sure by now we would have geothermal plants producing green electricity 24 7. I am not talking about the easy geothermal but we should exploit that a lot more. I am talking about the difficult stuff 3 miles down 5 miles down. The engineering challenge in exploiting this resource seams like child's play in comparison to fusion and you would get your green electricity much quicker than fusion. The final win is infrastructure ones you have drilled your whole that equipment can go off and do some work somewhere else. You are only have a steam turbine. Lets say fusion will work by 2050 a fusion reactor is a massive infrastructure project it ties up a huge amount of stuff. The biggest problem with solar is when/if it is going to generate it gives you 50% of the energy for that day in the central 2 hours and 80% in the central 4 hours and obviously doesn't do much in winter. How do you use that amount of energy when you are generating 1000 times more than what we are generating now? You have to store day to night energy but then that storage medium isn't going to be used in winter as your solar cell will be producing 75% less electricity. How is this a useful energy source?
Irish Mina
Irish Mina 5 өдрийн өмнө
People demonizing renewable energy are demons :/
Mike Bowen
Mike Bowen 6 өдрийн өмнө
The whole video was interesting until the end when the OIL drill appeared. Of course, an oilman/investor will say anything and everything against a disruptor of oil. Ask yourself this question? How many oil wells have been drilled, which destroyed the bio-diversity of the area over the past 100 years? What has oil drilling cost the planet over the same amount of time? Comparing the cost of an oil well producing 10 barrels of oil to a wind turbine or solar panel or the cost of a battery to store said energy is pointless because the cost of all three technologies is rapidly dropping, which is what happened to oil drills (over time). If one is going to compare cost, then rather show what 10 barrels of oil cost to produce 90 years ago versus storing the energy in a battery today. Also saying all the equipment needed to produce solar panels, wind turbines and batteries has to be dug out the ground, well the same is true for oil drilling. The oil doesn't magically pump itself out of the ground. The equipment needed to make the drill platform, all the piping spread out over the land and under the sea, all add up to a lot of manufacturing and where are those materials coming from? The question really is, which energy source is cleaner and which energy source costs less over time? Also most importantly, which source will run out at some point?
Coy Cooper
Coy Cooper 6 өдрийн өмнө
A battery does NOT weigh 1/2 a ton. Is this some kind of test to see if people still have cognitive ability? Or is it just straight up false information. There are so many flaws in this report, I have to ask? Has Prager been taken over by nefarious interests? Everyone knows that energy storage aka battery technology has been suppressed.
12th Man
12th Man 7 өдрийн өмнө
Eventually, we might use fusion energy!
L. B.
L. B. 7 өдрийн өмнө
he is selectively leaving out a lot of information. Batteries aren’t the solution to the storage problem, flywheels and heated salt are a few solutions. Also there is always a huge upfront cost, imagine a video like this 100yrs ago about the cost of going to gas from horses.
Ashley Silva
Ashley Silva 7 өдрийн өмнө
mnpost.info/zone/hJPRmd_Ij92oiXo/video
Rowdy
Rowdy 7 өдрийн өмнө
Let’s think of the wasted electricity first. Do we really need all this consumption?
SRDGA
SRDGA 8 өдрийн өмнө
I believe I read that the environmental ROI for electric cars is approximately 15 years. Five years later, according the video, new batteries are required. My take - make cars much lighter using carbon fiber, graphene, etc, and get an easy 100MpG. Besides, who is driving these days anyway?
Ashley Silva
Ashley Silva 8 өдрийн өмнө
I am amazed at the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) that you are spreading. You have absolutely no knowledge about this subject. Is Prager being paid by Big Oil like so many other companies to spread FUD. This is actually embarrassing that you would put out such garbage. You have lost all credibility you had with many people.
Leonardo Bertotti
Leonardo Bertotti 8 өдрийн өмнө
If we researched torium-based nuvlear energy, we could produce way more energy than uranium based ones with waste that degrates daster, with the only "downside" that torium cannot be used as a bomb.
JoelDS
JoelDS 8 өдрийн өмнө
I think the video here is correct overall. The US cannot rely on batteries for 100% of it's energy needs, impossible. But this renewable scheme is based on the "climate change' scenario that does not exist. Water vapor is by far the largest greenhouse gas in the atmosphere; that and the fact that earth's temperatures are not a straight line via CO2 going back millions of years. To me, both nuclear and fossil fuels are the practical reality for this country for a long time to come. Extra CO2 in the air just means greening of the planet, nothing else. Planet did just fine at 4,000 PPM CO2 millions of years ago. We are just transferring CO2 from the ground into the air, plus any variations in off-gasing out of the oceans. Right now, we are at about 230 PPM CO2 above the minimum level needed to sustain life here.
Ceeday Boi
Ceeday Boi 9 өдрийн өмнө
"Brought to you by the Koch Brothers"
The Russian Bot, Inc.
The Russian Bot, Inc. 11 өдрийн өмнө
Solar isn't for everyone. It's not going to solve the worlds problems. But my 9kW of solar is lowering my electric bill to almost nothing. And I bought my panels cheap, and DIY installation. I'm not here to solve the worlds problems. But I do like what I got.
ygg drasil
ygg drasil 12 өдрийн өмнө
4:24 We might have an inexhaustible supply of hydrocarbons, but the planet's ecosystems have a limited ability to support human life once you stick the product of said hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.
ygg drasil
ygg drasil 12 өдрийн өмнө
Dude mentions batteries but only one type of batteries. Nothing about liquid metal, flow or any other kind. Dude makes no mention of multiple other energy storage options either. This ladies and gentlemen is what is known as cherry picking to suit your argument. Mentions rare earths and then mentions lithium which is not rare. Nor is silicon or graphite or nickel.
george davidson
george davidson 12 өдрийн өмнө
C02 does not cause global warming The climate emergency is all a hoax and a massive lie
0570965
0570965 12 өдрийн өмнө
What options are there out there?
John Okeeffe
John Okeeffe 13 өдрийн өмнө
Good video, but you took covid-relief money you didn't need.
Michael Haas
Michael Haas 14 өдрийн өмнө
The only issue I’d raise is that you compared battery energy to fossil fuel energy at the end. Batteries can be charged and discharged many times, while a barrel of oil is used once.
Muhammad Azamuddin bin Azlan
Muhammad Azamuddin bin Azlan 14 өдрийн өмнө
why those he look angry?
John Caldwell
John Caldwell 14 өдрийн өмнө
Perhaps one day people will realise that energy will always come at a price, one day perhaps. The choices should be based on which are the least bad.
Brian Mwaura
Brian Mwaura 14 өдрийн өмнө
We use hydropower,Geothermal and wind in Kenya
Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez 15 өдрийн өмнө
This is why republicans always look dumb.. Im a republican btw, but even if climate change is not real, it is extremely stupid to depend on fossil fuels and keep delaying our transition to renewables
TheZarcFiles
TheZarcFiles 15 өдрийн өмнө
Nuclear. The best option that wimps are too scared of to even consider
Storytelling by Noblesse
Storytelling by Noblesse 15 өдрийн өмнө
mnpost.info/zone/oLTZiLazrZSLoIY/video
Farooq Yu
Farooq Yu 16 өдрийн өмнө
I'm still amazed at how a 40 year old calculator is instantly powered by my desk lamp.
Paul Rozinski
Paul Rozinski 16 өдрийн өмнө
I’ve been saying the exact same thing for over 3 years now and the only response I got was “ pessimist”!!! Thank you Prager
Filipe Gonçalves
Filipe Gonçalves 16 өдрийн өмнө
Renewables (hydro + wind + solar + geothermal) + batteries (daily energy buffer) + hydrogen (seasonal energy buffer) could it be a all around solution?
Gershom Maes
Gershom Maes 19 өдрийн өмнө
Using a source for power eventually depletes the source (1st law of thermodynamics). I asked a physics prof: given a generator powered by the ocean's waves, what source would be depleted? The next day he had an interesting answer for me: he believed the moon's distance from the earth would be reduced just the tiiiiiniest bit by this process. What source is expended, just the tiiiiiniest bit, by wind turbines?
austin lew
austin lew 19 өдрийн өмнө
Could anyone source the statistics he’s claiming like the “500 years to produce enough batteries to produce enough batteries to power USA for 1 day?”
Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency 20 өдрийн өмнө
Curious question : Why conservatives love nuclear ? Isn't it about freedom and individualism ? Wind turbine and solar panel can be used for private use and helps a lot if something happen in central grid (ex : war, military intrusion, authoritarian goverment, riot, etc). Meanwhile nuclear power is controlled by goverment or private business that have unknown / shadow credibility.
Fedora Film Productions
Fedora Film Productions 20 өдрийн өмнө
Ah yes this coming from the company sponsored by gas corporations
Nick Schroeder
Nick Schroeder 21 өдрийн өмнө
By reflecting away 30% of the ISR the atmospheric albedo cools the earth much like that reflective panel behind a car's windshield. For the greenhouse effect to perform as advertised "extra" energy must radiate upwards from the surface. Because of the non-radiative heat transfer processes of the contiguous atmospheric molecules such ideal BB upwelling "extra" energy does not exist. Backed by an experimental demonstration, the gold standard of classical science. www.linkedin.com/posts/nicholas-schroeder-55934820_climatechange-greenhouse-co2-activity-6749812735246254080-bc6K There is no "extra" energy for the GHGs to "trap" and "back" radiate and no greenhouse warming. With no greenhouse effect what CO2 does or does not do, where it comes from or where it goes and its climate sensitivity value becomes moot. Equally moot are temperatures, ice caps, glaciers, polar bears, sea levels, hurricanes, nuclear power, solar minimums, CH4, ….
sam yes
sam yes 22 өдрийн өмнө
Sorry but why are we trusting people talking about green energy who are funded by billionaires?
Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia 22 өдрийн өмнө
I was a "solar energy believer", then as a farmer received 70k Federal grant for solar energy. Just 20kwh a day of production... Its a fraud
Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia 20 өдрийн өмнө
@Just SomeGuy To say that solar energy is not viable does not mean that everything in the oil industry is fine. Both can be wrong without one being the alternative to the other. Possibly the latest technology in nuclear power is less harmfull than both. The truth is that in 10 years I am going to have 5,000 pounds of lead waste in my basement. All to save $ 100 dollars of electricity per month, only 50% of my consumption.
Just SomeGuy
Just SomeGuy 20 өдрийн өмнө
What was the fraud? Does your Federal Grant concerns include the trillions of dollars the US taxpayer spends subsidizing the oil industry? You're concerned for a farmer that now makes energy from sunshine vs. an armada of US military personnel escorting tankers from the Mideast?
Martin Jowsey
Martin Jowsey 22 өдрийн өмнө
So it's not possible to recycle used panels, turbines and batteries?
Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez 23 өдрийн өмнө
On the other hand, sit and wait for a solar panel, charge your car battery, go where you want to go and when you return it is still not at 10%
Hermie Toledo
Hermie Toledo 23 өдрийн өмнө
200% correct... very useful and helpful to reset the mind of the leftest ...
Ian Murray
Ian Murray 23 өдрийн өмнө
For more up to date information see: www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/02/dogger-banks-giant-turbines-herald-a-wind-of-change-in-uk-industry?CMP=share_btn_tw
Ian Murray
Ian Murray 23 өдрийн өмнө
Denis Prager is a person not a university, he is not a scientist and has no science qualifications at all. Src. www.desmogblog.com/dennis-prager
Ian Murray
Ian Murray 23 өдрийн өмнө
Video dated Sept 2020 - amazing that BIG-OIL is still finding this CRAP. The reality is that wind, solar & batteries are cheaper to build & run than coal, oil, gas or nuclear even with the subsidies they are still getting, so the energy companies are building wind farms, solar arrays and battery storage and all without any need for subsides and my electricity supplier is charging me less per kWh as a result. Meanwhile, Japan has switched off all their nuclear after finding out the real cost of nuclear power.
Lloyd Sumpter
Lloyd Sumpter 24 өдрийн өмнө
Nuclear is definitely the Way To Go. Not so much existing plants, but Molten-Salt Thorium Reactors, or even fusion reactors. There needs to be more research done on these rather than the knee-jerk reaction of "but nuclear plants are DANGEROUS!" So is a 5 hundred GWh battery!
Lloyd Sumpter
Lloyd Sumpter 24 өдрийн өмнө
Batteries are NOT the Answer. Here in BC, we use large hydroelectric reservoirs to store energy: when the wind is blowing and/or the sun is shining, we slow down the hydro generators and let the water build up. When they're not blowing or shining, we run the water through the turbines and generate power. There are several other ways to store large amounts of energy, all better than "batteries".
Victoria Ward
Victoria Ward 24 өдрийн өмнө
2 million views?
Adelino Morte
Adelino Morte 24 өдрийн өмнө
IN GERMANY THERE ARE CITIES SINKING AS THE OLDER COAL MINES ARE COLAPSING. HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED DUE TO WORK IN COAL MINES , HOW MANY TONS OF STEEL ARE USED IN THE OIL INDUSTRY. PEOPLE WAKE UP THERE IS MARKET FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY, WE ALL KNOW THAT CONVERTING ENERGY INTO A FORM USABLE FOR HUMAN KIND IS NOT A CLEAN AND CHEAP BUSINESS. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEIS THE SOLUTION AND THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT IS GREEDINESS ....
Some Internet Guy
Some Internet Guy 24 өдрийн өмнө
Solar, hydroelectric, and nuclear are the future of electricity if we care about a realistic solution. Using one of them wouldn't and won't work, but together it could potentially completly out-phase older coal/crude oil electrical production methods.
Some Internet Guy
Some Internet Guy 24 өдрийн өмнө
Forgot to mention geothermal, it isn’t available everywhere in the world but where it is available it can completely or almost completely replace other methods.
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin 24 өдрийн өмнө
The movie has not mentioned that the petroleum would one day be depleted.
Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore 24 өдрийн өмнө
If they want to slow new carbon going into the atmosphere, then there's a company in BC Canada called Carbon Engineering, they are carbon Capture Company that has a process of capturing carbon and using hydrogen & Clean Hydro electricity they create a fuel from the carbon, that works in internal combustion engines without any modifications. And only expels the carbon that was already captured to make it, and it has a higher octane rating than regular gas, they can make a diesel version and are working on a jet fuel as well Google carbon engineering Air to fuel or go here carbonengineering.com/air-to-fuels/
Egon Pax
Egon Pax 24 өдрийн өмнө
But for a few votes, money and power the next attempt by politicians will work.....rinse and repeat that and eventually ask why we empower idiots like democrats or Greta.
SlimeShooter XD
SlimeShooter XD 26 өдрийн өмнө
are you being paid to say this?
fllavour
fllavour 26 өдрийн өмнө
No 9% comes from solar and wind out of 28% that comes from renewables. The guy talks like only solar and wind will power the whole world while we already have 28% renewable energy, hydro power, geothermal, biomass etc. Its all about applying what method works best in what type of area and countries. Solar and wind will be and are the most growing renewables. Each hour the sun hits the earth with a years worth of our global energy consumption. He’s basically declining that trying to harvest the sun is not an substainable option while the sun is the biggest power source we have. We been pumping oil for years and he tells how efficent we become at using it. No shit sherlock, imagine how efficient we will be at solar, wind and energy storage after we been doing it for 200 years. Already we been rapidly increased in efficienty and power cost and that will continue. And there’s no science fiction about it.
Idol Hanz
Idol Hanz 26 өдрийн өмнө
I want to show this guy my EV, electric roof and power walls. The electricity had to come from somewhere.
Just SomeGuy
Just SomeGuy 25 өдрийн өмнө
And none of your sources of energy cause pollution, need an aircraft carrier to protect a trade route or run out of energy at night. Good on you!
Idol Hanz
Idol Hanz 26 өдрийн өмнө
26% efficiency...close to limits? No.
Robin Graham
Robin Graham 26 өдрийн өмнө
Not only do you want to destroy the planet for your own personal profit, but you want us to give you a “Tax deductible donation” The greed of people is incredible. The difference between you and me is that when the human race is extinct, you will have been rich for a very short time.
Jeff Bransky
Jeff Bransky 26 өдрийн өмнө
Let’s all jump in for clean oil! LOL Let’s forget about all the pollution caused by oil exploration and accidents, refining oil, transporting oil, and burning oil. 50¢ for gas? When’s the last time you paid 59¢ for gas?
Europa Europa
Europa Europa 27 өдрийн өмнө
Solar panels make excellent heat islands. Touch a solar panel at mid day and get a scalding burn much like from a blow torch. The idea is to lessen the heat foot print, not exponentially increase it with solar.
Jesse Bucio
Jesse Bucio 27 өдрийн өмнө
We should start investing in asteroid mining
Fredashay Klavierstein
Fredashay Klavierstein 27 өдрийн өмнө
I think we should use squirrels on treadmills as our energy source :-p
Thomas Keown
Thomas Keown 25 өдрийн өмнө
Or congress members on treadmills.
SecondLifeDesigner
SecondLifeDesigner 28 өдрийн өмнө
As usual PregerU mixes truth with lies. Yes pretty much everything they said about the negatives with solar and wind are true. The biggest lie comes at about 4:20. Hydrocarbons are not almost inexhaustible. The word's supply of hydrocarbons AKA fossil fuels are finite and as they become harder and harder to extract the environmental costs become greater and greater. Those pristine wildernesses he is so worried about mining destroying will eventually be destroyed through drilling and mining for fossil fuels. As usual PregerU backs what the 1% owns and controls. In this case the fossil fuel industry.
Andrew Cutler
Andrew Cutler 29 өдрийн өмнө
I get what he's saying about TODAY'S limits on these sources, but... We couldn't fly - until somebody figured out how we could. We couldn't split the atom - until somebody figured out how we could. We couldn't.... ad infinitum. I'm not saying that we should go "all in" on today's tech; I'm just saying keep the research labs funded, & let them see if they can make a "breakthrough" or two that expands the limits of what we currently believe to be possible.
Thinking Tech
Thinking Tech Сарын өмнө
Energy is neither created nor destroyed. There is no clean solution you fools. Only capitalism
ErgoAlt
ErgoAlt Сарын өмнө
'Today's offshore wind market doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential - with high-quality resources available in most major markets, offshore wind has the potential to generate more than 420 000 TWh per year worldwide. This is more than 18 times global electricity demand today.' www.iea.org/reports/offshore-wind-outlook-2019 Get the facts, not propaganda founded and funded by fracking billionaires.
Muhammad Usama
Muhammad Usama Сарын өмнө
You don't need batteries if you store energy in the form of heat. You would only need insulation that has become really effective with nano-coatings. So most electrical energy needed for heating purposes can be avoided. A number of power plants use mirrors to generate steam that runs a turbine, mirrors have a very long life and we don't have to mine and refine fuels for the heat taken by turbines.
No Hope In The Pope
No Hope In The Pope Сарын өмнө
TRUTH!
Gordon Howell
Gordon Howell Сарын өмнө
Fascinating that he says that PV modules have a "relatively-short life of about 20 years"... funny thing that their performance warranty is 25 years, some manufacturers are providing 30-year warranties and the industry is working on 40-year warranties, and these warranties are for the PV modules to be working at least 80% as good as new at 25 years -- and with a 12-year payback, why would anyone want to throw out a PV module that has long paid for itself and is working at only 20% less annual energy generation !!! In 100 years we expect that PV modules would be 1/2 as good as new. It's always fun to see how desperate it is that old-fossil industries are getting as they see solar and wind move in to position to outcompete them at their own game. It will be great to see their investors rush to dump their stranded assets.
Gordon Howell
Gordon Howell Сарын өмнө
what a bunch of crap -- Lithium, Cobalt, Copper and Iridium are not rare earth metals.
David Arango
David Arango Сарын өмнө
THE BEST CHOICE IS GOING NUCLEAR THAN DESTROY THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
Cam O'Shaughnessy
Cam O'Shaughnessy Сарын өмнө
Let’s take a fairly intelligent guy who loves to invest his money in technologies which improve oil and gas pipeline and put him in front of a camera. I’m sure the kids these days will eat it up.
BluDeuce
BluDeuce Сарын өмнө
Renewable energy is nothing but bad for the environment no country in the world would be run by Renewable energy Not Russia, Not Japan, and not even any Country in Europe Germany, Poland, and France would never rely on just wind and solar to power there country
Will Johns
Will Johns 23 өдрийн өмнө
@BluDeuce place the reactors in the safest places. Scientists don’t just place very expensive nuclear power plants willy nilly. There will be a lot of thought put into it. Let’s just say that the scientists would have enough brain cells to know not to put a power plant on top of the San Andreas Fault.
BluDeuce
BluDeuce 23 өдрийн өмнө
​@Will Johns ok but what about afetey measures like what if a earthquake happens in california one of the power plants there are affected there or for any other state that has earthquakes? im pretty sure a nuclear meltdown can be caused by a earthquake
Will Johns
Will Johns 23 өдрийн өмнө
@BluDeuce technology improves year upon year. Nuclear energy has been safer than ever. Chernobyl was caused by human error. Fukushima was caused by a tsunami (albeit they should have positioned the reactor further in-land) and many more cases are preventable and would not have happened in this day and age. Furthermore, fossil fuel mining is not without casualties. Fracking can cause minor earthquakes which causes injuries and damages property. Mining for coal and such is very dangerous, however. I should know, since my Grandfather died in a gas explosion in a coal mine.
BluDeuce
BluDeuce 24 өдрийн өмнө
@Will Johns Nuclear energy can also be dangerous there have been several Powerplant Disasters and i dont mean just Chernobyl
Will Johns
Will Johns 24 өдрийн өмнө
@BluDeuce Yes, just surviving on renewable energy would be out of reach for most countries, so that’s why we should also implement nuclear energy. But you’re just denying science at this point??
andrew Hoard
andrew Hoard Сарын өмнө
I am a fan of Prager but the problem is there are three technologies that were not discussed 1 of which are his common sense enough in two that are more obscure but are just as effective: geothermal technology can generate all the electricity we need. Cold fusion is another one and yes it does work from refined heavy water and industry has kiboshed this technology. If cold fusion was a myth why does Israel want Iran barred from refining heavy water? The last one is 0 point energy field electrical generation created by Nikola Tesla. Tesla stated back in the early part of the 20th century that fossil fuels are no longer needed he has solved the world's energy crisis but JPMorgan refused to adapt to the technology.
ふゆ
ふゆ Сарын өмнө
We should read an original data and report. His conclusion is against this report in spite of using this. www.irena.org/publications/2016/Jun/End-of-life-management-Solar-Photovoltaic-Panels
Kothuru Koushik
Kothuru Koushik Сарын өмнө
100% true information thank you sir
dim_107
dim_107 Сарын өмнө
Lol are you joking?
S D
S D Сарын өмнө
Eurasian grid
Steve Gates
Steve Gates Сарын өмнө
I'm afraid this commentary is misleading in so many ways - comparing apples with oranges, ignoring recyclability of renewables and batteries, other types of storage such as pumped hydro/air and hydrogen, and the fact that renewables are the cheapest form of energy on the planet, and the biggest issue with fossil fuels is that it is cooking the planet and we have to get off them. The claim about large amounts of mining needed for renewables, is dwarfed by the mining we presently do for all our other needs, so this is a moot point.
C G
C G Сарын өмнө
I am saving these videos for in about 15 years to show my children how dangerous these corporate think tanks like PragerU are and why you should never trust a source that is funded by corporations and billionaires.
Gershom Maes
Gershom Maes 15 өдрийн өмнө
Hi @Larry Whited and C G - I'm really genuinely interested to hear why this video seems so ridiculous to you! Your perspective is useful to have in these comments!
Hugo Zierth
Hugo Zierth 18 өдрийн өмнө
So, refute it.
Gershom Maes
Gershom Maes 18 өдрийн өмнө
@Larry Whited I'd genuinely be interested to hear what makes this video seem to you like it was delivered by a magical green bunny - please elaborate!
Larry Whited
Larry Whited 19 өдрийн өмнө
Please, please, please save videos such as this one. You and your children can then all have a good laugh at how foolish you were to believe the magical Green bunny.
Gershom Maes
Gershom Maes 19 өдрийн өмнө
Hi C G, respectfully, I wish your comment had more substance! If you could outline some specifics of how this video is misleading or disingenuous, that would be a great contribution to me, and to this comment section :)
TRUTH DIRECTIVE
TRUTH DIRECTIVE Сарын өмнө
That's why Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab And George Soros want to annihilate about 99% of humanity with the fake vaccines. That way they will have all the energy they will ever need and no pesky plebs to crowd the planet.
Maverick
Maverick Сарын өмнө
Everyone seems to ignore the fact that batteries contain toxic chemicals. What will you do with the batteries when they inevitably wear down?
Malcolm Kantzler
Malcolm Kantzler Сарын өмнө
Off the top of my head, with little research, and after viewing once, Mr. Mills’ presentation ( mnpost.info/zone/h9fWp7ela5qBnXo/video ) starts out with a false premise, that wind, solar and batteries are the solution for ALL of our energy needs. They are not. They are a supplemental source, and the numbers that Mills gives for maximum efficiency obtainable by those sources are completely subjective and speculative, as are the numbers on limits of efficiency obtainable by technological advances in those areas. We are still in a comparative Moore’s Law with the production gains in green technologies. The other areas are hydro, geothermal, and nuclear (fission-with proper regulation and science-based supervision, and fusion). Mills also fails to note the vast contribution to greenhouse gases that are imposed by the failure to limit polluting sources by regulation, which requires no new technologies, and to really protect natural environments that either scrub or counter CO2 atmospheric emissions. While Mills provides a comparative statement for the production of oil by an oil well vs. the equivalent of a wind turbine, his statement for the reserve of fossil resources is an estimate, and not all will ever be obtainable, while wind and solar (and in the future, fusion) is known to be unlimited and has no contribution to warming as it produces, while all carbon-based production methods do, a fact Mills conveniently omits, as well as omitting the estimated amounts of CO2 and methane those processes put into the atmosphere (which is pretty hefty) by comparison. As to waste generated by the materials that make up solar panels and wind farms, there is no limit to the number of holes in the ground that can be dug in which to bury them, and technology can find ways to recycle. Again, the key is regulation to ensure proper disposal is carried out. Of course, the overriding truth not mentioned by Mills is that greenhouse emissions MUST be curtailed to avert climactic disaster, and it must be done regardless of cost, and there is no longer any time to waste in starting to make significant reductions, and that can only mean the reduction of fossil-fuel burning that continues to put methane and CO2 into the atmosphere. Mr. Mills does not want to acknowledge that there is no trade-off for failing to reduce fossil-fuel production and use when the sustainability of our only world’s environment is at stake. His objective is to put forth an argument to achieve a continuation of industry profits, disguised in a slick presentation of false equivalencies that attempts to make current fossil-fuel use appear as the least harmful and most expedient path to solving the climate dilemma. While Mills and others of the conservative right nay-say and build walls of lies to hold back the green future, others are making it happen, like M.I.T. Prof. Donald Sadoway, who has created a water battery which solves the problem of storage for solar- and wind-power systems ( mnpost.info/zone/lq-0fZnOrpirnYY/video ). And problems are being confronted like this in every phase of environmental challenge, while Mills and other Republicans just continue to compound the problems. Of course, money talks, and a look at some of the $1 million-plus sources of Mr. Mills’ Manhattan Institute funding speaks to a biased and climate-denial perspective of industry players, including: the Olin Industry chemical and munitions manufacturing firms; the Bradley Charitable Foundation, supporting “American Exceptionalism;” The William Simon Foundation, created by the namesake, who was a strong advocate of laissez-faire capitalism, an investment banking executive who was Treasury Secretary in the Nixon and Ford administrations; and among others, Charles and David Koch Family Foundations, whose names speak for themselves. And the video’s production company, PragerU, or Prager University, is, to quote Wikipedia, “an American media company that creates videos on various political, economic, and philosophical topics from an American conservative or right-wing perspective. The organization was co-founded by Allen Estrin and talk-show host and writer Dennis Prager.”
Rick
Rick Сарын өмнө
Our stupid politicians are raving about wind and solar and they have no idea what their talking about.....
Harco van Hees
Harco van Hees Сарын өмнө
You may be right that solar and wind cost more and have impact on polution. So does oil and cole, but oil and cole have also their flaws. Think of the oil-polution in the seas, the polution of the Nigerian delta, the unequal benefits of oil to oil-handlers and sheiks (and not to the poor people of Venezuela, Nigeria or Iraq. And worst... it has to be burned so we can heat or houses, drive in cars with combustion engine and polute the world and inflicts the Health of many citizens in large cities like New York, LA, New Delhi, Peking and so on. WORST THING... we run out of oil and gas, so we have to do something. Solar and wind are free and have no polution when using it. You don’ t inform right !
Raghvendra Sharma
Raghvendra Sharma Сарын өмнө
This video is a lie... Go watch ASAP Science's video on lies about renewable energy.
Brandon Lamrock
Brandon Lamrock Сарын өмнө
Wow, I can’t believe people actually listen to these charlatans.
Pedro Rey
Pedro Rey Сарын өмнө
I'm a mechanical engeneer, so I really studied this subjects. This video contains a lot (really, a LOT) of misinformation. The most obvius, is that we all know that replacing fosil fuels is not gona be only solar and wind energy. We are going to use hidroelectric, biomass, geothermic, nuclear and so on. Also, we are going to use intelegent electrics networks so we won't need to store all the energy in bateries because the most of it is going to be used at the same time is generated. To finish, his argument ir that solar and wind energy are close to their limits. Even whit the limits he told (for solar this limit is FALSE), the possible improvement it's really big but for fossil fuels based energy we are trully close to the teorical limit, so he call that clean energys can't improve when the energy that really can't improve it's fossil. And for last, all fossil fuels can be partialy reaplaced by biomass based fuels like bioetanol, biodiesel, etc whit really little change inthe actual turbines and engines. I have really a lot of arguments I didn't said, because it's so overwhelmingly better change our energy matrix that it's really easy to found arguments if you a curius enough.
DaB
DaB Сарын өмнө
Oh dear please don't speak the truth, it will have the environmentalist up in arms....
dim_107
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