Joris van Dorp explains why he can sometimes appear hyperbolic

Source: Energy Collective September 15, 2014

Hi Mark,

Yes, I can appear hyperbolic, but I’ve joined the energy debate for most of my adult life. The first few years I was very nuanced, but this did not help. Then, when the subsidy racket started on large scale, I become a little more pointed. And since Fukushima, which allowed the anti-nuclear propagandists to kill nuclear power in many countries, I have decided that clarity is far more important than nuance. I call BS whenever I see it, and I do not attempt to soften my message. We need to put our foot down, or nothing will change. Anti-nuclearists need to feel hounded. They need to understand that they will be held to account sooner or later. That is why I call fraud when I see fraud, even though many might find the use of words like ‘fraud’ to be uncivilised or too heavyhanded. I don’t believe it is. It’s a matter of life and death now.

30% wind/solar would be the limit above which the costs for curtailment/storage start rising exponentially. Even before reaching 30%, profile costs start soaring already. Details can be found in the presentation and underlying report that I linked above.

Solar and wind power should only be installed along with a budget for funding their entire integration costs, and this total cost must be born entirely by the owner of the installations. This is the opposite of what is happening today. Today solar and wind power are financed almost completely by the public (and disproporitonately the poor, who pay the most relative to their income!), while the benefits are funneled into the pockets of the well-healed owners. This is a recipe for failure on multiple levels: environmental, social and financial. It’s a disgrace. It needs to be stopped immediately. See Spain as an example of how stopping this anti-social subsidy racket can be done quick and hard.

Environmental and economic constraints demand the building of cheap, clean energy. Solar and wind power have no role to play because they cannot deliver what is demanded, not now and not in the future. They only serve to complicate the task at hand, increase the cost of energy and magnify social inequality. Cui bono? Follow the money.

I recommend that you follow Joris van Dorp or his RSS feed. I can guarantee that you will learn something every day about the real-world of power generation.

3 thoughts on “Joris van Dorp explains why he can sometimes appear hyperbolic

  1. Preach it, Joris.

    The utility of wind and solar generated electricity is nothing but a sweet, sweet lie, and the sooner the public is disabused of that grand delusion, the better.

    The “renewable” energy interests are the boy who cried wolf, over and over and over, and for some reason the towns people refuse to wise up. Wind and solar don’t work and won’t work in a reliable, affordable electricity grid.

    The only difference between the boy’s lies and wind and solar promoters’ lies is that the wolf eventually showed up in the fable. The wolf can never show up in the wind and solar story because it’s a chimera, not a wolf.

  2. Thanks Jeff. You’re doing an excellent job of “preaching it”.

    Out here in the wilds of the South Pacific I somehow managed to be unaware of the good works of Harvard’s Joseph Lassiter. And in his Oct 2013 “Response to Readers” (on his essay which said sensible things about nuclear and fracking) Joe wrote

    Finally, if you have the time, you might look at the online Forbes comments section as well as the HBS Working Knowledge comments section at the bottom of the article. The exchange between Forbes commenters ‘daviddelosangeles’ and Jeff Walther is well worth reading, as is the discussion among Walter, Mohammed Athari, and Paxus Calta. Also, Robert Hargraves dropped by and mentioned his book, THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal, which I found to be a useful compendium of energy information of all kinds.

    I’ve not yet had time to track down your commentary there. Our Internet connection is 1/4 of dialup when it works.

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