Running The World Off Renewable Energy

Relying on solar energy seems like a really good idea, if you don’t need electricity at night, on cloudy days, or during the winter.

Of course, we could manufacture hundreds of billions of environmentally destructive batteries. Just make sure to charge your electric car at night, when the sun isn’t shining – to save the world.

Then you can describe your electric car as “coal fired.”

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30 Responses to Running The World Off Renewable Energy

  1. Gator says:

    I prefer to use natural forms of energy storage that have the added benefit of feeding plants. Real solar storage, with a kick!

  2. Don B says:

    OT –
    In the days before the climate gathering in Poland, The Denver Post is just one of the media members who are all-in as activists. From this morning’s alarmist climate change article:

    “This map shows the difference between 1986-2016 average temperature and 1901-60 average temperature.”

    Why not include the temperatures in the 1961-1985 period? Do you suppose it is because that period contained the global cooling scare, and showing the accurate data would hurt the preferred message?

  3. Johansen says:

    Tesla is headed down the financial drain hole, and G.M. just discontinued the Volt. Are we even going to be able to *buy* electric cars in the future?

    • Squidly says:

      The electric car lost the battle almost 100 years ago.

    • griff says:

      I suggest you look at the Chinese, Indian and European investment in electric vehicles and the multiple nations with 100% new cars being electric as a target before 2050.

      Outside the US, now lagging behind the world in technological progress, its all heading toward all electric

      • spike55 says:

        “as a target”


        You drink every bit of idiot kool-aide they feed you, don’t you griffool. !!

        China, India will use them for inner city short trips, great idea for the reduction of their REAL pollution problems…

        …. POWERED BY COAL. !!!

      • Gator says:

        Ms Griff loves the Chinese! She is so excited to see a superpower abuse Africans through forced labor, that she can hardly contain herself. The thought of poor brown people being forced into unsafe Chinese mines is like porn to her, knowing that not only will more poor brown people die, but they will suffer even more before they do.

        Well, at least Ms Griff is consistent.

      • rah says:

        “Outside the US, now lagging behind the world in technological progress, its all heading toward all electric”

        LOL! The US economy is going gangbusters while the EU nations economies generally languish and China is looking into the abyss of a deep recession or worse. And Griff calls that progress.

      • MGJ says:

        You are confusing ‘investment’ with ‘boondoggle’:

        ‘a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation. ‘

      • Kellerman says:

        “Tesla” is a political movement coming from none other than the law books of the UN, which dictate that all nations must adopt grid-dependent transportation. Tesla is part of this plan, because grid dependence will soon not be an option, enforced by Trump’s requirement that by 2020 (13 months from now) no one can travel or fly without National biometric ID. This will be followed by digital currency, which will be tied to the U.S. National ID, so no one can go off grid. E-cars are already 100% tracked and traced 24/7, including up to 62 sensors and cameras which sense, see and listen to the occupants. Teslas also send instant geo / gps / ID data when plugged in, and the car can be remotely shut off, or driven involuntarily somewhere. There will be no one off-grid in high tech societies, though most 3rd world regions will continue in freedom.

        Just like the new blue-light, cancer-causing light bulbs and monitors and TVs were suddenly rolled out worldwide, so also the switch to environmentally dirty e-transport will be rolled out suddenly when ready. 300,000 brand new VW diesels rotting in the U.S. desert show the power behind this socialist law from the socialist UN, whose current chief is/was head of the global communist party, Karl Marx’ Third International. Electricity is already being beamed to numerous cities over long distances via Nicolai Tesla towers and various towers, which are visible if you are alert while travelling (see “Viziv”). Gas cars will be phased out because they are off grid, and can be run on tap water, as 1,000s are learning now, split into hydrogen “in place” using only the car’s existing 12-volt battery and a tank of water, and zero emissions / zero oil cartel / zero cost. In communism, independence from the Cartel is not allowed. It is heart-breaking to see this technology being controlled out by the wrong people – who love destruction and hate a free and happy humanity.

        P.S. – Tesla is a classic mafia “front” shop to launder money into their real secret business, which is a remote control brain interface! See Musk on youtube for details. Sorry about the facts, I don’t like them either. But the alternative is: to have an agenda.

    • -B- says:

      The Volt actually made sense conceptually. It was a series hybrid. It ran the gasoline engine at ideal rpm/load to charge the batteries and power the electric motors. As a result the car did not have the major downsides of typical electrics other than cost.

      As to buying cars in the future the end goal IMO is to eliminate the private passenger automobile for regular people.

    • arn says:

      I was really surprised to see that the spot is “real”

    • Disillusioned says:

      That was funny.

    • neal s says:

      That youtube is a roughly 2 minute “commercial” about a Mercedes Benz AA class vehicle which supposedly runs off of 9648 AA batteries. Very well done and funny. This could be 67 cells in series with 144 of these strings in parallel giving about 100 volts and if you drew an amp from each string would give about 14 kilowatts.

  4. Here in southeastern Michigan,
    DTE energy uses about 65% coal
    to generate electric power.

    So if you charge your car’s batteries here,
    you are driving a “coal car”,
    or a “two-thirds coal car”,
    to be more precise.

  5. Robertv says:

    Don’t they want to ban High-capacity magazines ?

  6. Renee says:

    Just make sure to unplug your electric car during a lightning storm.

  7. griff says:

    Of course it isn’t just solar… it is solar, wind, tidal, hydro, micro hydro, anaerobic generation from waste or sewage gas, demand response and domestic and grid scale batteries, plus HVDC connectivity over long distance to other grids. There are multiple other storage possibilities: compressed air, hydrogen, rail cars, etc.

    Long term storage research is now under way too:

    • Robertv says:

      No wonder the poor no longer can afford electricity. Only the rich can eat cake these days. Eliminating poverty by killing the poor. griff is just an old school brown shirt nazi.

    • spike55 says:


      griffool off on yet another hallucinogenic toadstool trip !!

      It DOESN’T EXIST griffool.. WAKE UP !!!

      We already have the best long term energy storage available..
      COAL and NUCLEAR !!

      Demand response???? TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICITY, griffool.

    • GCsquared says:

      “It” would “kill coal” if it were cheaper, but the situation is quite the opposite. Development and implementation of this marvelously expensive technology will be upon the backs of the average person, who, at the end of the day, will also wind up paying increased profit margins to the elites that control these facilities. Who loses, who benefits, THAT deserves a closer look.

      The “benefit” of reducing CO2 is invoked to trump everything, but the proposition that turning down the CO2 will actually significantly affect, much less improve, the climate, is debatable, as Tony’s data repeatedly shows. There’s too much noise in the terrestrial temperature “signal”, and too much variation. Get back to me once the models have explained the cold at the end of the Roman Empire, the Dalton minimum, the Little Ice Age; then do the same thing for the warm times of the Roman Empire and the Medieval Warming. And tell me why the prosperity of those warm times was such a bad thing. Anyway, solar explanations, incomplete as they are, come closest.

      Tucker Carlson’s Ship of Fools hits the nail on the head: explanations and policies of the elites (supported by rightards and libertards), are befouled by corruption and/or incompetence, and we should be demanding justification. As if we could.

  8. rah says:

    There is nothing “green” about batteries.
    The majority of lithium comes from a mining operations in Australia and the desert of North Chili. These open pit or strip mining operations have all the environmental problems of coal mining plus some. The huge operation in Chili is draining the aquifer under one of the driest deserts on earth there by negatively impacting native flora and fauna.

    Another main component of modern batteries is cobalt. The majority of cobalt used for batteries comes from deep pit mines in the Congo. The Chinese own those mines. There are no environmental controls and safety measures for the miners are non existent. Played out mine holes are just abandoned and people die falling into them every year.

  9. rah says:

    Was at my parents house yesterday. They just got a Generac electric generator installed. Runs off NG when the power goes out as it did for a most of day two weeks ago during an ice storm. I wonder if the “greens” ever think about why a combustion engine generator is used for all of these residential and industrial emergency electrical generation systems instead of batteries?

    • Gamecock says:

      Individual generation of electricity is the future. The Left is doing their dangdest to kill centralized production.

      • -B- says:

        I am approximately 99.999% sure that if someone invented an affordable zero point energy device that would power every home and automobile individually it would be politically banned from the market the next day.

        Individual energy production outside central control will not be tolerated.

  10. rah says:

    Great post from Paul Homewood linked to German documentary on the impact of Lithium and cobalt mining. A look into the world Griff and her kind promote. The video is over 28 minutes long but worth every second.

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