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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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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Leonidas Mitsis
Leonidas Mitsis 4 цагийн өмнө
Someone have stocks of exxon
J Willy
J Willy 4 цагийн өмнө
Thorium! Thorium! Thorium! Why, oh why, are we not throwing everything we have into Thorium (LFTR)? Oh yeah, I forgot...
Luminece Purplefog
Luminece Purplefog 17 цагийн өмнө
Need a correction, among the five elements listed as rare earth elements, only one is.
Marinelli Bros Podcast
Marinelli Bros Podcast 18 цагийн өмнө
Nuclear, hydro, and some of these.
John Foltz
John Foltz 18 цагийн өмнө
Wind turban blades wear out and have to be replaced, but the blades themselves can't be recycled, and have to be landfilled. Plus wind turbans kill birds and bats.
SandJ Gaez
SandJ Gaez 21 цагийн өмнө
If climate change was _really_ going to devastate the world, they-(re)progressives, the elites, and environmental groups-would be announcing new 10 Nuclear power plants a day, let alone not shutting them down.
Commie Virginian Mapper
Commie Virginian Mapper Өдрийн өмнө
Didn’t expect anything else from a channel funded by fracking billionaires
Geoffrey Wallace
Geoffrey Wallace Өдрийн өмнө
Well Mr Mills, I like the economic rationalism, missing from the argument for so long. I should point out that solar recently achieved 37% efficiency and much higher efficiency from concentrator solar cells. You might argue that this achievement is working on the margins. Your university may be more constructive. The 2 biggest polluters on rhe planet are shipping and aviation. Why can't all the brains concentrate to eliminate one of these biggies? Thorium used as a shipping propulsion method could consume all the worlds nuclear waste as a by product. Instead of telling the horrible truth about the inefficient technologies that are being driven so hard, why not concentrate on something the world will thank you for. Also remember that modern ships last about 20+ years, and this is coincidently the same as one fuel cycle for thorium reactors. Thanks for the video.
Fred Schmitt
Fred Schmitt Өдрийн өмнө
I can't even tell the number of wrong assumptions in this video, 'cause there are so many. So why does Prager U do that? It appears that the fight against alternative sources of energy (more precisely: ways to turn existing energy into eletricity) is as much powered by ideology as what all the neo marxist movements (Antifa, Dems, BLM, etc.) keep pushing down our throats. This leaves a huge dent in an otherwise spotlessly good reputation.
pturnbough Өдрийн өмнө
Wow so many educated souls. Would da thunk
Scizor80 Өдрийн өмнө
Normally, I enjoy PragerU vids, but this video is intellectually dishonest, e.g. solar cells have a max efficiency of 33%. That example is only for a specific type of solar cell, mono crystalline silicon. Also, the video glosses over too many things, e.g., different types of energy storage and energy storages’ purpose. P.S. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Electrical Engineering.
Scizor80 Өдрийн өмнө
@MyLittleDashie 7 they are very far right, so I take there videos with a grain of salt. It’s interesting to here their point of view and reasoning for things. Also, typically they at least talk about topics that are more political left vs right instead of just straight lying or not understanding science/technology
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 Өдрийн өмнө
"Normally, I enjoy PragerU vids, but this video is intellectually dishonest" Good god, you've only just noticed? I hate to break it to you, but *all* of their videos are intellectually dishonest, not just the one's you have the credentials to recognise.
Gal Phy
Gal Phy 2 өдрийн өмнө
Nanti america semua pake kipas angin wkwk...
Shadow Banned
Shadow Banned 2 өдрийн өмнө
Solar is a brilliant power source........in the summer......Not so great when you really need the power....in the winter.
xIAMDAVEx 2 өдрийн өмнө
Christopher Cameron
Christopher Cameron 2 өдрийн өмнө
Use scholar.google.com/ to access the primary source of scientific and engineering research, rather than MNpost, Facebook or any other internet source, including news outlets. You might search, for example, for "Australian Institute for Sustainable Futures” that was references in the video, and you will discover that it has not published a single peer-review study. The ‘professors' there have no formal academic association. There are many good studies on the total energy budget of renewables, farming, and oil extraction & production and renewable energy is entirely doable. Costa Rica has produced 95% of its electricity from hydro, geothermal, solar and wind over the past four years and will be at 100% in 2021. Last October, wind power generated 98% of Scotland’s electricity needs. Uruguay is now almost 100% powered by renewables. I was in Berlin last winter and saw some of the innovations that make them a leader in Europe. These countries are motivated to do it because they are oil poor. The narrator, professor Mark Mills from “Manhatten Institute for Prager University” is not a professor and Prager University is not a university. Mr. Mills has not published a single paper on the topic on which he speaks, or at all. From Wikipedia -"Prager University, is an American non-profit organization that creates videos on various political, economic, and philosophical topics from an American conservative or right-wing perspective. “ Contrary to Mr. Mills claim, I can find no reference in the science and engineering literature establishing limits on wind and solar, presumably because nobody can predict the efficiencies of rapidly developing technologies. In the past 10 years, solar in particular has seen 3 waves of innovation on photon capture and reducing the carbon footprint in production & manufacturing. I spend a good deal of effort on teaching my university students how to access the primary sources of information, and in recent times, with ‘Fake News’ and politicians who choose to disregard sound science and engineering evidence - more important than ever.
s l
s l 3 өдрийн өмнө
Most useless video ever
Random Workings
Random Workings 3 өдрийн өмнө
Why’s that?
You decide
You decide 3 өдрийн өмнө
Yes, exactly correct, so true, every green/renewables proponent needs to see this, what an excellently presented video. Sadly I expect it to be censored/removed by MNpost for non compliance and disinformation, so I hope it gets uploaded to Bitchute, although at the moment the burning of the library focus is on quelling the torrent of WuFlu and "great reset" exposés. We now live in a world of lies, an information war rages like never before on many fronts. Suffice to say, the sheep will always be slaughtered. This "renewables lie" is just another testament to the unbounded folly of mankind, led by the unfettered greed of Big Money and Big Business, the sheer brilliance of a well designed mass psychological operation by Big Global, adopted and enforced by Big Government with their alarmist propaganda, resulting in unquestioning ovine belief and compliance in their new religions. The acceptance of self harm and vandalism to us and our world seems to be blindly accepted, with the myth of "saving the planet" given precedence at all cost. Places like California now have rolling blackouts due to this idiotic quest for "unobtanium", and what a great term BTW. We now have the perfect proof that on a national scale wind/solar is an epic fail, and still we are sold this lie and still we buy it. Watch Planet of the Humans by Michael Moore, you'll find it on Bitchute, this a great exposé of the climate/renewables lie, it exposes some of the players and sheds light on the destruction of virgin forests for the creation of "biomass", which now falls under the banner of renewables, what joke. Biomass pellets/products are burned in thermal(coal fired) power stations, this is not a "clean" energy source, and it results in heavy particulate and CO2 emissions, the very thing that the climate gods espouse are destroying the planet. What utter hypocrisy! It would be interesting to follow the money, that is, the vested interests, in the hindering of thorium research. It's quite clear that Big Oil is against it for obvious reasons, the Green fraternity would without a doubt be unthinkingly against it based on ideology alone, Big Global could never accept it as they would lose their big climate change alarmism stick, the very tool they are about to unleash on us, along with the WuFlu hoax, to justify further subjugation, totalitarian control, the centralisation of power, and the justification for their global technocracy dictatorship (read WEF Klaus Schwab), also documented in the UN's Agenda 21 -"Sustainable Development Goals for the 21st Century". I'm sure most ovines will learn of the plan after it's too late, if in fact they ever do, for their digital enslavement, one of the results of the "great reset" and the implementation (currently being implemented, as in RIGHT NOW) of their brave new world by the WEF/BIS/IMF/UN et al, this includes but is not limited to a social credits score, cashless programmable CBDC (central bank digital currency, appears to XRP Ripple), along with the digital health pass, mandated vaccine, digital transaction surveillance and physical 5G camera surveillance. All of this will be blindly accepted, in fact even demanded by the ovines in exchange for their safety, the handing over of private ownership of assets, and for the UBI, the opium of the masses. Not one single word of warning from Orwell in his 1984 has been overlooked to rewrite this timeless classic and convert it into a manual for domination. All the wolf needs to control the ovines is fear, we can see how well it works, climate alarm is alive and well, and now we have a simple fraudulently used PCR process that enables them to propagate the next wave of fear with the WuFlu sickness, the greatest crime ever committed against humanity. Welcome sheep, to your perpetual digital enslavement, don't say we didn't warn you, I invite you to research for yourself, learn that totalitarianism across the world is rife, that many major cities around the world have now fallen, learn that abject poverty is rapidly growing and that food shortages are also rapidly rising. Understand that this apocalyptic scene is enabling the implementation of their great reset under the cover of covid, the scapegoat for the failure of the central banking cartel. Those that orchestrate this will stop at nothing, they are psychopaths with no conscience. If you have a pulse and a useful brain and a desire to object to this future, learn all you can, educate like minded people, unite with like minded people and become a united voice that screams a resounding, unrelenting NO to every MP and representative of every government and civil body that you can, before it's too late. Maybe Mark Twain was right, "It's easier to fool someone than to convince them that they've been fooled" If only science could discover a way of switching off the ovine gene. We have a few hundred wolves and 7 billion sheep, they have now perfected the recipe for total control of humanity, God help us if we do nothing. DO SOMETHING!
E V 3 өдрийн өмнө
People often says; oil won’t last forever! I says; Neither lithium. Plus you need to oil to finish your batteries and solar panels, wind mills ... 🙄🤣😂
ERRORhxc13 4 өдрийн өмнө
Advances in carbon capture should be the goal. Hydrocarbons aren't going away. We'll always need them for something. Even wind turbines need oil for lubricant. And even if we switched completely to nuclear + renewables today, there's still all of the CO2 in the air we've already put there. The technology exists. Funding, public awareness, and political leadership are holding us back.
BlckCloud73 4 өдрийн өмнө
For me, the desire to develop solar power isn't based on environmental issues, but rather my wallet. Eventually, solar technology will advance enough to efficiently power a home, in which time I will no longer have to fork out my hard earned money to an energy company that raises and lowers my power bill at will.
southerndeth 4 өдрийн өмнө
I thought for sure this was a condom commercial.
Mister Snow
Mister Snow 4 өдрийн өмнө
I see a lot of experts nitpicking about the percentages however no one touched on where the materials are going to come from. Instead of digging into the earth for just oil, you're talking about many different materials. Plus he has a point about where those materials can be found and how much the mining industry would need to expand. Unless you find a bunch in space or something...I do wonder why nuclear energy isn't used more. That's some technology I would like to see expounded upon.
HingleMcCringleBerry 4 өдрийн өмнө
Lol every pump jack makin 240 bbls a day? What.... Video is far too oversimplified. Doesn't go into the infrastructure required for oil/gas. The drilling, frac'ing, flow back, ESPs, gas lift, co2 flooding, etc... 🤷‍♂️ What would I know. Definitely don't work in the industry 😐
george quirk
george quirk 5 өдрийн өмнө
Everyone in America needs to see this short video. Great job Prager U.
Ben Scriven
Ben Scriven 5 өдрийн өмнө
To paraphrase Elon Musk: Fossil fuels will run out. If climate change isn't real (the belief of 3% of scientists), the WORST case scenario is we developed renewable energy 100 years before we had to anyway. Why take the risk?
The communist Owl
The communist Owl 5 өдрийн өмнө
1:34 this is a genuine lie, they provide over 10% and 500 years to make enough batteries to store a day of the US's power? I'm pretty sure you just pulled that number out of your ass
ROKlJH UI 5 өдрийн өмнө
Perhaps he is right,.. perhaps we should just give up , sell our soul to oil companies, and kill the whole world.
Kieran Palmer
Kieran Palmer 5 өдрийн өмнө
God this video is a joke
Kieran Palmer
Kieran Palmer 5 өдрийн өмнө
LOLLLLLL what a joke. I wonder who financed this joke of a video big ol moron oil I’d bet
Abdulmajid Nasir
Abdulmajid Nasir 5 өдрийн өмнө
Prager University is actually funded by donations from large oil corparations
1960shakey 5 өдрийн өмнө
From the comments here, there are a bunch of “smart” people that believe alternative renewable energy should replace hydrocarbons.... Hmmm, good luck taking off in jetliner full of batteries.... Or smelting that steel with wind turbines. Or cultivating the crops to feed the masses..... Whats going on here is CONTROL! Limiting travel, regulating temperatures in your homes, DESTROYING the farming industry, including the cattle and pork industry. Sheep will still be prominent, since they will be the slaves with the boot of the “smart” intellectual Elites on their necks.....
Arindom Chakraborty
Arindom Chakraborty 5 өдрийн өмнө
The arabs are getting poorer. Burn more oil, damn it.
Zed Zed
Zed Zed 5 өдрийн өмнө
They should add at the credits : "This video is sponsored by SHELL and other lobbys in fuel energy in order to protect their interests for making money"
Harris Golden
Harris Golden 6 өдрийн өмнө
It's time to go back to the Hunter-Gatherer stage. Plant fruits and vegetables all over the place. No work, just walking around, eating, socializing with clean water and clear skies.
Epicman69 6 өдрийн өмнө
thought used : 0 good faith : 0 Sources cited : 0 !
SO E 6 өдрийн өмнө
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M G LaMar
M G LaMar 6 өдрийн өмнө
Shall we end this debate and switch to the "Hydrogen Economy"?
Bran Hugh
Bran Hugh 6 өдрийн өмнө
The guys who appear on this show just to chat absolute garbage either have sold their soul for a quick buck or they’re just stupid and/or in denial
Sm Tx
Sm Tx 6 өдрийн өмнө
Never thought I'd see the day to witness someone shitting out of their mouths...
Oscar Charles
Oscar Charles 6 өдрийн өмнө
The sources on this video link to other sources made by this channel, not scientific journal articles. Not sure you trust any of it
Kasper Aldrin
Kasper Aldrin 6 өдрийн өмнө
Yea, lets continue invest in oil, that'll work just fine...ARHHH! Fire, Tsunami, Earthquake, Extinction of the last non-human life-form....fire!
Harman Badesha
Harman Badesha 6 өдрийн өмнө
Big Long
Big Long 6 өдрийн өмнө
Good overview on renewable energy. I am still long on renewable energy because from what I have seen so far people as a group are not logical creatures. They will go after what they deem favorable. And I think renewable energy has a great near term future.
MrZe0x 6 өдрийн өмнө
I'm baffled this educated smart man didn't mention Nuclear Energy at all. The best option of all in modern society imo.
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 Өдрийн өмнө
I'm not. Do you want to know why? Because PragerU are funded by petrochemical and fracking billionaires. The purpose of this video isn't to inform people. It's oil advertising in the form of a smear campaign to keep those billionaires in their mansions for as long as possible before the world burns. Spoiler: PragerU is a morally bankrupt propaganda machine.
MrZe0x 5 өдрийн өмнө
​@Ed Courtney Well historically Nuclear Energy is the most Stable and possibly the most Safe option especially with the newest technology compared to the other options. Im not advocating just for the Nuclear energy option. I think the best way forward is to use all the different Energy creation options together.
Ed Courtney
Ed Courtney 5 өдрийн өмнө
Just like Fukushima
Jos Yoman
Jos Yoman 6 өдрийн өмнө
Can someone tell the idiot democRATS this
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 Өдрийн өмнө
PragerU are funded by oil billionaires. They are being paid to spread misinformation, to slow the move away from fossil fuels as much as possible. But manufacturing misinformation for the sake of personal profit is nothing new for CONservatives (see? I can do idiotic puns as well, see how stupid you sound?)
Acidic Jello
Acidic Jello 6 өдрийн өмнө
Keep in mind PragerU is backed by fossil fuel money. I study renewable energy, and all of these issues are the focus of a whole body of scientists who’s job it is to make renewable energy increasingly compatible with our economic and environmental goals. There has been so much progress recently and that’s not going to stop. Fossil fuels, or “hydrocarbons” as the video puts it, have passed the peak of their technology and have nothing left to contribute to the growth of the economy and certainly not the health of the environment. Even if they were “limitless”, our atmosphere is not a limitless dump.
Sir Willy Peckerson
Sir Willy Peckerson 3 өдрийн өмнө
@Acidic Jello Also because electric cars for instance aren't actually better yet when it comes to the carbon footprint that everyone is so concerned about. At least not any of the affordable cars (and those are only affordable to middle income families). Problem for a lot of people who can't or don't want to purchase new cars but only buy used ones is that used electric cars can get really expensive if your used battery needs replacing. As for now, electric cars is purely a luxury market
Acidic Jello
Acidic Jello 3 өдрийн өмнө
@Sir Willy Peckerson We certainly can’t replace them over night because our country’s infrastructure is built around them. But we have to replace them on a time scale that is reasonable for the economy and the environment, and that’s exactly what is happening all over the world.
Sir Willy Peckerson
Sir Willy Peckerson 3 өдрийн өмнө
Doesn't make them generally wrong though. The thing is that gas is the most reliable energy source there is in the world, it's cheap, and vehicles running on gasoline are still getting more efficient as well. It will take a long time until it can be completely replaced.
D Jordan
D Jordan 7 өдрийн өмнө
Solar power is actually a great solution on a small scale. A home with a modest solar power system can have a significant savings on utility costs and even carbon output if you factor it out over 10 to 15 years. To say nothing of the fact that with a decent battery system and prudent use of electrical power during a power outage you can have lights and basic amenities without a backup generator. But as this video says solar and wind are not practical on large scale’s. Maybe they will be someday but not today. Today the single best technology for large scale power generation is nuclear. It is sheer stupidity to allow fear of that to prohibit us from exploring the only real clean power
J Carter
J Carter 7 өдрийн өмнө
the latest studies all seem to contest your information tho.... solar and wind have become highly competitive compared to solar even when adjusted for storage costs. See the levelized Lazard report for the past few years, or maybe IRENA or the LCOE for both the UK and USA or the Jacobs group Australia study 2017
clint brunke
clint brunke 7 өдрийн өмнө
First off his facts are way off and he trys pointing out issues with protecting the environment but what do they use currently for energy oh right stuff that hurts the environment to dig up and then also hurts it with it's output.
Gimps Unlimited
Gimps Unlimited 7 өдрийн өмнө
2 more points: Solar/Wind farms kills tons of wild life and take up HUGE amount of real estate. Both which are never brought up by the MSM. Green Peace and its ilk will force a dam or nuclear plant to be abandoned. Yet when the solar farms cooks eagles and other flying birds and those huge wind turbines maim and produce massive noise pollution that destroy flying creatures, not a peep from them. Telling, isn't it?
Co0lBeans69 5 өдрийн өмнө
@Abdulmajid Nasir tbf windturbines do kill alot of birds
Abdulmajid Nasir
Abdulmajid Nasir 5 өдрийн өмнө
Slowly rotating shiny wind turbines and solar farms. Truly the greatest threat to the birds
Co0lBeans69 6 өдрийн өмнө
But when oil is spilled in lakes killing the wildlife there's isn't a peep from you, when factories are set up releasing pollution into cities leading to high rates of cancers and diseases there isn't a peep from you. When fossil fuels leading to the cause of rising sea temps which in turns kills corals reefs which then in turn kills aquatic wildlife there isn't a peep from you. I can keep going, its very unfortunate that birds are killed by things such as wind farms but its so much better than anything fossil fuels are doing.
Mike Mallery
Mike Mallery 7 өдрийн өмнө
And can we get rid of Diesel engines that need def? The engines use a lot more fuel. The production of plastic, paper, and def have to create more pollution than what def saves
Lógica 8 өдрийн өмнө
OMG this Video has so many misinformation, that is why old man like this one has to quit politics, i don't care if you are democrat or republican, the U.S and the world need politicians that understand the new technology that is coming.
Chuck baranoski
Chuck baranoski 8 өдрийн өмнө
SMH. Thanks for educating me!
Connor Snowberger
Connor Snowberger 8 өдрийн өмнө
Coming from the company that is backed by the fossil fuel industry.
Abraham Mena
Abraham Mena 8 өдрийн өмнө
So, the switch to cleaner energy sources is too hard so let's not do it and convince ourselves that its good.
LordSpud 9 өдрийн өмнө
Why would you site a source from over 30 years ago when the technology we have now and scientific instruments are monumentally better? It's been proven time and time again global warming is real and caused solely by humans. Mass agriculture leads to large amounts of methane, which leads to greenhouse effects on the Earth, which leads to global heating, which leads to permafrost with tons and tons of more methane thawing, which in turn causes a viscous cycle we've already started. And this is only mentioning agricultures' impact on global warming, fossil fuels is a whole other book.
구본성 9 өдрийн өмнө
Battery is not main solution for energy storage. I think, 'Pumping up power generation' is main solution and battery is sub solution. Anyway, R.E. is very expensive.
dacoelec 9 өдрийн өмнө
Are you expecting liberals to think logically? Good luck.
Brucey 9 өдрийн өмнө
Horatio Holloway
Horatio Holloway 9 өдрийн өмнө
Isn’t pragerU owned by oil owning billionaires?
Freek Kunz
Freek Kunz 9 өдрийн өмнө
Could you publish the sources you used for this video?
TO 9 өдрийн өмнө
Well done. Some of the most clear and understandable information available. I had often thought about the cost of mining materials, making the products and their operation, compared to the time necessary for a "brake-even" in costs. That does not account for environmental damage, from mining to final disposal.
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 Өдрийн өмнө
Information tends to be pretty understandable when you remove all nuance, and anything that might actually contradict what you're saying. Understandable doesn't mean accurate though.
oystla 9 өдрийн өмнө
Was this a propaganda video form EXXON Mobile? Facts: 1. Tesla will now build Batteries without Cobolt or rare earth materials. And Tesla is in the start of planning TWH battery factories. Yes Plural. And TWh, which is a very different scale than present factories anywhere. 2. Solar and wind now supply more than 10% of global electricity. And in a few years, more than yearly nuclear 3. Wind only use a few Months to break even on Energy, i.e. To generate tye same amount as was used in making the turbine. 4. Solar and wind now supply the cheapest electricity globally. And that is what we want - CHEAP electricity. Fracking oil needs 50 USD pr. Barrel to break even on Cost. That is not Cheap.
Jan Joynt
Jan Joynt 9 өдрийн өмнө
Totally agree, but couldn't put the words together like he does..........
Jesper Storinggaard
Jesper Storinggaard 9 өдрийн өмнө
Just something worth mentioning, electric batteries would be idiotic. But water resevior batteries are already in use. So that'd solve that problem. Also we know that at some point, there'll be no more oil and natural gas. So we gotta figure out -something- to replace it
Cesare Garagnani
Cesare Garagnani 10 өдрийн өмнө
I feel like hydrogen is the way to go, it will take time but we can go electric while waiting. The important thing is to not use oil or coal, just not.
Conor Bryce
Conor Bryce 10 өдрийн өмнө
This video decided to single out lithium ion batteries as it's reason why batteries are bad but failed to acknowledge the solution which makes up over 95% of the world's grid energy storage today - hydropower. This video is clearly cherry picking the data that will make hydrocarbons look better and renewables look worse. It is not representative of the science and should not be taken seriously. Even if they gave their references (which they didn't) they would have only have used privately or less accredited studies. I am very disappointed.
Conor Bryce
Conor Bryce 10 өдрийн өмнө
I'm usually a fan of PragerU but they have really let me down this time. A lot of the information is this video is either straight up incorrect or it is vastly misleading. It seems the reliance of fossil fuels is being perpetuated by the wealthy oil tycoons who are using fear mongering and shady scientific practices to keep the public at their whim. I study in the field of environmental engineering and it pains me to see this propaganda. That being said I have noticed a lot of people in the comments praising nuclear and based on my own independent research it does seem to be the best option for now. I believe that the worldwide bans and decommissioning of nuclear power plants is one of the greatest mistakes of modern civilization and it should definitely be reconsidered.
MrWafflePrince 10 өдрийн өмнө
Iceland, Swedan, Gemrany, Denmark... etc are now fully committing to 100% renewable energy. And when you bring up batteries I think you don't actually understand how the grid works. Even before renewable energy was a thing we used hydroelectric plants as a form of battery to store the excess energy produced by coal, nuclear, etc. If you are lecturing about this you should know they pump water using the excess energy up the plant to store it as kinetic energy. Then when they need more electricity you let it drain and use the turbines in the hydroelectric plant. PragerUs commitment to defending unethical corporations really shows.
Peter Schliemann
Peter Schliemann 10 өдрийн өмнө
Easy to argue for one solution over another when you only mention the downsides of the solution you are not in favor of
John Koval
John Koval 10 өдрийн өмнө
A lot of comments saying things about half-truths, etc., mainly from people who don't really know, but all you green idealists out there do need a reality check.
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 Өдрийн өмнө
You know these guys are literally funded by fracking billionaires, the Wilks brothers, right? You think maybe they have a financial incentive to lie to you and pretend that fossil fuels are the best, and renewable energy is the worst? Think maybe there's a reason they only focus on a very limited number of types of renewable energy (the ones they can come up with downsides for), and completely ignored things like geothermal, or hydroelectric? Think maybe there's a reason they ignored the existence of physical batteries like Dinorwig Power Station, in favour of pretending the *only* way to store energy is in conventional batteries? And you think other people need a reality check? I hate to tell you this, but it's you who's bought into their fantasy, so here's a reality check for you: PragerU is a propaganda machine, not an educational channel.
Glory333 10 өдрийн өмнө
Tesla isn't the only company making solar batteries, there are enormous amounts of minerals in space, moon, Mars in fact they are currently devising machines to mine asteroids
tapas panigrahi
tapas panigrahi 10 өдрийн өмнө
And oil is not infinite.
tapas panigrahi
tapas panigrahi 10 өдрийн өмнө
Hmmm, I agree with your views but Amnesty international is the worst agency to trust. It's a corrupt organisation.
ericopp1 10 өдрийн өмнө
Is funny how much of this video can be discredited by what was presented in Tesla's battery day investor meeting
Wilson Hitchings
Wilson Hitchings 11 өдрийн өмнө
The entire PragerU staff should do two things: 1) visit Chernobyl and Fukishima, and talk about "unobtanium", then 2) visit Los Angeles and see that the air is clean and breathable after all the fossil fuels have been limited. It might make them think...
cmilkau 11 өдрийн өмнө
Even with the theoretical limits, there is more than enough energy for everyone. But even the theoretical limits can be circumvented. A carbon coating for solar cells has been developed that absorbs and reemits solar radiation in a more favourable (narrower) spectrum, harvesting 70% of influx in just an early prototype, while the reseaches consider 90% possible with some modifications. More traditional multilayer solar cells able to harvst a broader soectrum are already on the market, but lab prototypes also harvest above 40%. The "theoretical limit" they base their entire video on isn't going to hold up. It's based on single layer polycrystalline cells of the 90s. As for wind, the rotor tower tech is reaching its end of life already, although possible replacements (vertical turbines, kites) are are not quite ready yet to step in. The biggest lie is that this would be about "environmentalism". It's not about saving butterflies, people, it's about saving our way of life. We have to act strongly to prevent a much harsher world in coming decades, but of course, what would white haired old everyesterdays with heavy stocks in yestertech care about that?
lee macdonald
lee macdonald 11 өдрийн өмнө
Watching on an oil production platform in the north sea👍
Eric Herbert
Eric Herbert 11 өдрийн өмнө
paid by fossil fuels
That’s pretty radical
That’s pretty radical 11 өдрийн өмнө
I think Nuclear is the solution, but only temporarily while we improve the efficiency, cost, and cleanliness of our other renewable options. As the other green energy sources improve, I think we should faze out the Nuclear. We’ll run out of Uranium eventually anyways.
Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart 11 өдрийн өмнө
It is so sad to see the most prominent voices against bad ideas like full transition to solar and wind, use that position to promote something so ridiculous as indefinite use of fossil fuels. Obviously nuclear is the answer for the near future, how this is even a debate is incomprehensible. If PragerU countered bad ideas with good ones we might get somewhere, but presenting a worse idea as the alternative is just counter productive. You are damaging anti-leftist efforts by presenting garbage solutions like indefinite use of fossil fuels as the counter argument.
Marshall Pratt
Marshall Pratt 11 өдрийн өмнө
Well this makes the solution sound easy, the best way to fix climate change induced by excess burning of hydrocarbons? Burn more hydrocarbons! Brilliant! I wish we thought of that earlier... Also, I'm not sure which "environmentalists" have ever claimed that massive industrialization of any type is good for the environment. Just have to choose what poison you want to build your widgets from.
muttr 11 өдрийн өмнө
we are $crewed
jim mayors
jim mayors 11 өдрийн өмнө
My electrick company is "planting" a new solar farm near its oil burning plant in Parrish Florida. They are literally knocking down acres and acres of hardwood forests near a creek so make room for the solar panel array. We are in desparate search to find the thought-to-be-extinct ivory billed woodpecker who once lived in these very habitats.... Destroying the ecology to be Eco-friendly! Wow, the irony!
Central Plumbing
Central Plumbing 11 өдрийн өмнө
Your grandchildren will be really proud of you sir.
Spin Mouth
Spin Mouth 11 өдрийн өмнө
The world can't agree on solutions. Why renewables can’t save the planet. mnpost.info/zone/g5PfeLGyfdOIaqg/video What's Wrong with Wind and Solar? mnpost.info/zone/h9fWp7ela5qBnXo/video Is Nuclear Energy the solution? mnpost.info/zone/r8C7hNSnnrekbag/video
Brandon Mcmullan
Brandon Mcmullan 12 өдрийн өмнө
Mentioned one factory but more will be built to justify demand.
natan ravel
natan ravel 12 өдрийн өмнө
Basic chemistry: Co2 is a acid gas.
Pato Santisteban
Pato Santisteban 12 өдрийн өмнө
So... What do you propose?
Grace Donnelly
Grace Donnelly 12 өдрийн өмнө
The idea that we have an "almost inexhaustible" supply of hydrocarbons is just wrong. It's generally agreed that we will run out of fossil fuels within the next 70 years. So, no, it's not at all sustainable. Once you burn it, it's gone.
Grace Donnelly
Grace Donnelly 9 өдрийн өмнө
@Bob Crow it's a whole separate debate whether fracking should even be considered a viable option as an energy sourcing method. I'm wonderingly where you get that statistic of "1000s of years"?
Bob Crow
Bob Crow 9 өдрийн өмнө
There's no agreement about that at all. Fracking and shale have made the US energy independent. The "old" prediction was we had enough known sources of fossil fuel to last for 200 years. Now, more like 1000s+.
Don Amoore
Don Amoore 12 өдрийн өмнө
For GS why can't this common sense be understood by the concerned and deluded eco warriors
Gorge Button
Gorge Button 12 өдрийн өмнө
Let’s look at the facts. Hydrocarbons are the biggest effects on climate change. Safe nuclear is the only option for clear energy. I see it in the comments but look up thorium. It is the answer to safe nuclear power
cmilkau 11 өдрийн өмнө
If there was "the answer", it would be happening already. There are people whose career depends on reputation completely, and you can be vertain they're going to jump on everything that is a safe bet in a global crisis.
Jeremy Hofmann
Jeremy Hofmann 12 өдрийн өмнө
So yeah, we should totally trust a person who owns a venture fund dedicated to software for the oil & gas and shale industries on this topic.
Karman Bassi
Karman Bassi 12 өдрийн өмнө
facts are still facts
David LeJeune
David LeJeune 13 өдрийн өмнө
I think we need to set up a Monsters Inc system except we’re capturing the screams of libs instead of children.
lecker Toastbrot
lecker Toastbrot 13 өдрийн өмнө
Yeah, they have flaws but burning oil is not the "magical" solution you said it is. But I dont think it is worth arguing because no one is gonna change there view.
Co0lBeans69 6 өдрийн өмнө
@Bob Crow what battle between fossil fuel cars and electric cars happened 100 years ago? From what I know electric cars are fairly recent thing and can already be seen to be better than fossil fuel cars in literally every single way except for cost, through further innovations electric cars will become the norm
Bob Crow
Bob Crow 9 өдрийн өмнө
@cmilkau One can root like a sports team for whatever they want, but real science wins over politicized consensus. The battle between electric cars and holistically superior fossil fueled cars was won 100 years ago as evidenced by the vast majority of cars on our roads and in our parking lots today.
cmilkau 11 өдрийн өмнө
It helps to show in numbers. We need to show this is just the opinion of a few rich yesterdays trying to save their fortunes and not the general consensus. This won't convince the yesterdays, but many people, probably a majority gravitates to what they think is the consensus. And there are young people who are still trying to find their opinions. Don't give up reiterating the truth. There will always be more lies than truth, it is important to hold it up.
eji 13 өдрийн өмнө
Tesla just made a new better recycled battery look it up
Jason Fred
Jason Fred 13 өдрийн өмнө
Thanos was right
Jithin Jose
Jithin Jose 13 өдрийн өмнө
Such a biased video
Brandon Philips
Brandon Philips 13 өдрийн өмнө
What about the green house gas exhaust? Is it not waste because it just magically goes into the atmosphere. Talk about magical thinking.
ReCoil Gamers
ReCoil Gamers 13 өдрийн өмнө
fkn bs video. so batteries require materials to make eh? so how does oil get outta the ground.... on its fkn own? and what about the rigs to mine it... theyre made from air are they? not to mention the straight up bs about 500 years to make enough batteries for a day and the appeal to heartfelt issues about ids mining. pp-l might wanna look into who funded this video
Szabolcs Berta
Szabolcs Berta 13 өдрийн өмнө
We should use up all the warheads as fuel to save the planet!!
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