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Time for Solar Energy and Wind Farm Supporters to Stop Living in the Stone Age

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 20, 2013 @ 7:48 pm In The Point | 21 Comments

Sometimes environmentalists get a bit confused and they can be forgiven for that. It can’t be easy living in perpetual ignorance while shivering every time the volcano god rumbles and Al Gore forewarns another warm winter unless a few virginal carbon credits are sacrificed.

Mr Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, accused Conservatives of attempting to “destroy” the UK’s renewables industry.

The Daily Telegraph last month disclosed that officials in Mr Davey’s energy department have attempted to block a report commissioned by Mr Paterson on the impact of wind farms on the countryside.

Government sources claimed that Mr Davey was concerned that the report, which will also examine how turbines affect house prices, would not “fit with Lib Dem ideology on wind farms”.

In his speech to the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, Mr Davey said that he is being forced to fight “battles” with Mr Paterson over wind turbines.

“Take the battles I fight over wind power,” Mr Davey said. “Owen Paterson would cull wind turbines faster than he can cull badgers.

“But we have prevented the stone age wing of the Conservative Party from destroying our leading renewables industry.”

However, Mr Davey said that it is wrong to suggest that fracking “answers all Britain’s energy problems”.

Windmills have been around for over 2000 years. Wind turbines have been around since 1887. They’re not exactly a groundbreaking technology.

Fracking on the other hand dates back to 1947 and 1949. That’s generations later making it the more advanced tech. And if the Lib Dems really want to break out of the stone age… why not go nuclear?

Nuclear power plants are a truly modern technology. They’re more modern than solar cells which date back to 1888. Funny how the eco-left seems obsessed with 1880 technology while neglecting the wonders of modern technology. They seem to be the ones in the stone age.

Consider the heyday of the wind turbine.

Around the time of World War I, American windmill makers were producing 100,000 farm windmills each year, mostly for water-pumping. By the 1930s, wind generators for electricity were common on farms, mostly in the United States where distribution systems had not yet been installed.

In the fall of 1941, the first megawatt-class wind turbine was synchronized to a utility grid in Vermont. The Smith-Putnam wind turbine only ran for 1,100 hours before suffering a critical failure. The unit was not repaired because of shortage of materials during the war.

Or the heyday of solar energy

Commercially, solar power made its debut in the late 1800’s. After black boxes started dotting the rooftops of Baltimore, Charles Kemp patented the first solar water heating system. The original systems were basic: the back boxes held water that were heated throughout the day. Kemp combined this style with the scientific principle of a hot box and the Climax was born.

Known as the simple batch system, the Climax cost $25 and would save homeowners around $9 a year. Sales to wealthier Marylanders supported the business originally, but Kemp would later move to the sun-rich grounds of California. By 1900, the Kemp had sold over 1,600 systems.

By 1909, William Bailey transformed the solar heating system, fixing one of the major flaws of the Climax. Since Kemp’s system was entirely housed outside, it meant hot water was only possible during sunlight. The water would cool off as soon as the sun sank below the horizon.

Called the Day and Night, William Bailey invented and patented a thermosyphon system, which kept the heating component outside to reach the sun, but stored the heated water inside so it would retain heat. Bailey also targeted sunny California to sell his solar energy system, and soon put Kemp out of business. The Day and Night sold over 4000 units from 1909 through 1918.

As production of the solar thermosyphon system prospered during the 1920’s, economics soon made the solar heat irrelevant. With the discovery of large amounts of natural gas in California, the cost to heat water plummeted and solar energy systems could no longer compete for business. Bailey did invent a gas version of the Day and Night that flourished in Florida, but the mass production of electricity made the new system obsolete as well.

We’ve done wind and solar already. They don’t work too well. Solar is great if you’re sending a satellite into space outside the atmosphere. If you want to power a modern home, it doesn’t work unless you raise the price of electricity so sharply that solar suddenly becomes competitive.

And that’s the environmentalist tactic.

Instead of making better energy technologies, they generate electric poverty and make their old inefficient systems competitive by making energy into a luxury good.

Meanwhile they keep misrepresenting “renewables” as advanced energy technologies. They’re only advanced if you’re living in 1891. Time for environmentalists to join the modern world where truly modern technologies like nuclear energy and fracking revolutionize the way we live and make it possible for the poor to heat their homes without sinking into electric poverty the way they do under the eco-frauds of the UK and Germany.


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