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Greta Thunberg is right, COP26 is all just blah, blah, blah

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Love her or loathe her it’s hard to deny that the climate activist isn’t right about the ongoing talking shop called the COP26. Just as we have seen in previous conferences politicians will promise the Earth yet, in reality, very little will actually become reality.

What did Thunberg say?

Addressing protestors in Glasgow’s Festival Park she criticised the much-vaunted and publicised COP26 conference saying that it was nothing more than a “blah blah blah” of world leaders saying a lot and delivering little.

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“Change is not going to come from inside there- that is not leadership, this is leadership. We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet. No more exploitation. No more blah blah blah. No more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there.

"Inside Cop they are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously. Pretending to take the present seriously of the people who are being affected already today by the climate crisis,” she said.

It’s all politics

The climate debate has now descended into a political battleground with every political party in the UK trying to snatch up voters concerned over the environment.

A sceptical person might think that in reality, they don’t really care all that much, how can they when the Conservatives changed the planning rules and promised to build hundreds of thousands of new homes across swathes of the country.

And then there are the countless businesses all cashing in on the green frenzy. Companies that continue to exploit the planet’s resources and perpetuate the destruction of nature.

It could even be called hypocrisy of the highest degree, especially when the public is told that they will have their living standards massively impacted. Planned bans on gas boilers, bans on new petrol and diesel cars and many of the other announcements made in recent years will result in the poorest being hit the hardest.

Hypocrisy

If you need any further evidence of this then just look at the blatant hypocrisy taking place at the COP26 itself. The public is told to reduce their carbon footprint by travelling less, yet the thousands of delegates attending the conference flew or drove there.

Over 400 private jets landed in Scotland so that the rich and powerful can mingle and decide the future of the rest of us. Celebrities, business tycoons and politicians are all planning and scheming on how to exploit the masses whilst they continue to get richer and take even more power for themselves.

Simply put, the measures being suggested by these politicians will not tackle the real threats to our planet.

Instead of obsessing over carbon and duping the public into believing that only their leaders and governments can save the world (the sheer audacity of this belief is staggering, especially after the disastrous way these same leaders completely botched the Covid 19 pandemic), they should be focusing on removing plastics from our land and oceans, improving current reliable technology, and making them cleaner and more efficient.

The very fact that they keep banging on about technologies that are either massively expensive to the average person or not even proven to work just proves that it's all about making money not protecting the environment.

Wind farms, solar farms and Evs will all result in massive environmental damage and loss of wildlife. Immense amounts of land are required for solar farms and as numerous instances have shown they’ve been built on forests and destroyed animal habitats. Wind turbines themselves are pollutants with their environmentally damaging materials being buried in landfill once discarded not to mention the huge threat to birds and bats.

Evs require precious resources and rare elements. In a World Bank report, it predicted that nearly 40% of the Earth’s landmass will have to be utilised for mining in order to meet demand. All these ‘solutions’ are massively harmful and not only threaten wildlife and the environment but our energy security as well.

Just like the previous climate conferences before it, Cop 26 will prove to be nothing more than just another talking shop or as Greta said just more blah blah blah.

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Matt Chester on Nov 3, 2021

The very fact that they keep banging on about technologies that are either massively expensive to the average person or not even proven to work just proves that it's all about making money not protecting the environment.

I think this is also about wanting splashy takeaways-- when the real solutions aren't as sexy and when they may require policies that they'd see pushback on, it's better to hold up the shiny toy that will maybe solve all our problems!

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Paul Hobcraft on Nov 3, 2021

Not sure it is about splashy takeaways but postering. Do we know what new technologies really will work at scale, who is covering the risks? The pushback is everywhere. China is a bad boy on not "turning up" at COP26 but having announcements that you don't need to adhere too, like Methane is worse.

The Chinese do not have the massive constraints of the US of converting Rhetoric into Policy but are grappling with a really serious short term energy crisis. They need coal, at present lots of it, that is bad but if we chose to read their plans for peaking by 2030 and their journey to 2060 it might forgive me, have more substance and determination than a YO-YO policy going on in the USA

 

As for Blah, blah, blah. Try getting your head around all that is interrelated on managing this energy transition with conflicting advice, massive lobbying pressures, entrenched views and livelihood all at stake.

No I have lost my magic wand of Blah, blah, blah dust.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 3, 2021

 

"And then there are the countless businesses all cashing in on the green frenzy. Companies that continue to exploit the planet’s resources and perpetuate the destruction of nature."

I notice a cross-generational kinship developing between Gen-Zers and Boomers - we have more in common than many think we do.

Thunberg, like veteran climate scientist James Hansen, recognize that after 26 years of climate conferences, of setting goals and failing to meet them, the last thing we need is a 27th. They recognize there's no way we can buy our way out of this mess, that expecting private solutions to solve public problems has always been a recipe for disaster.

Only determined, unilateral U.S. leadership will make a difference in the fight against climate change. The rest of the world is not blind to the fact Americans have bought their high standard of living at the expense of the environment, and it's payback time. When we set an example of leaving a better world for our grandkids, other countries will follow - but without an example from the country best-equipped to set one, it's all downhill from here.

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Paul Hobcraft on Nov 3, 2021

Bob,

Payback time for Americans? Firstly on prime time TV we will watch whole nations slowly sinking and being wiped off the map under the sea, whole Mega-Cities going underwater, vast tracks of land turning to dust and dessert, major rivers drying up but what a minute- will I still get my beef, my cheap steel and my smartphone at the prices I have been used too. Oh, hang on America, like Europe will quickly follow, the downhill all the way. So unilateral US leadership, now that is fantasy TV- switch the channel

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 3, 2021

"So unilateral US leadership, now that is fantasy TV- switch the channel..."

Maybe, although I'm not quite that cynical. In Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inaugural address he spoke in terms eerily relevant to our current predicament:

"I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days."

"Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men...They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish."

American leadership has saved us during another time of existential peril. I prefer to think it's possible again.

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Jim Stack on Nov 3, 2021

Hey Greta, Let's just have everyone ride a bicycle. I do and leave my Tesla model Y in my garage most of the time. 

Greta I disagree with your statement =EVs require precious resources and rare elements. In a World Bank report, it predicted that nearly 40% of the Earth’s landmass will have to be utilized for mining in order to meet demand. All these ‘solutions’ are massively harmful and not only threaten wildlife and the environment but our energy security as well.

   You might want to see how Tesla has reduced or eliminated the COBALT in their batteries. They and others are now recycling all Lithium batteries and reusing the material at a 98% rate. They only buy their raw material from sustainable mining operations. It is not perfect but they are doing more than any others. They also have factories in China and Germany so they can make where they sell. 

   Tesla is always improving. Their same battery cells are used for homes and the GRID. Their new Cyber truck won't dent. They truck can also supply power to a work site or home instead of a polluting little gas generator. Many more innovations are coming too. 

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 3, 2021

"Hey Greta, Let's just have everyone ride a bicycle. I do and leave my Tesla model Y in my garage most of the time."

Hey Jim, nice to know you would "have" everyone ride a bicycle. I would guess that precious few of the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants care what you would "have" them do, however - that they'd like a $60,000 Tesla in their garage, or even a garage, but they can't afford either.

Would you "have" them ride a bicycle to a hospital, too, should they need to get to one quickly? To reduce their carbon footprint, maybe you could "have" ambulance drivers in poorer countries ride tandem bicycles instead - "have" the patient hop on the back of a bike...?

"Hypocrisy

If you need any further evidence of this then just look at the blatant hypocrisy taking place at the COP26 itself. The public is told to reduce their carbon footprint by travelling less, yet the thousands of delegates attending the conference flew or drove there."

"Look at the blatant hypocrisy taking place at COP26?" Unnecessary, there's plenty of it right here on EnergyCentral.

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Mark Goldes on Nov 5, 2021

Autonomous, 24/7, generators without moving parts are emerging in a few nations. Last year US Patent 10,770,937 was issued and paralleled in all 153 nations in the Patent Convention Treaty. Anyone can reproduce a patented invention for research purposes. Electrical engineers and universities might be wise to do so - as these generators reflect Open Source Physics - which will disrupt 100 years of textbook dogma.

Alfred Hubbard built a few such generators a Century ago and publicly demonstrated one driving an 18' electric boat on a lake in Seattle. Next, he converted a car into an EV. No batteries were involved.

The firm in Mass. that holds the mentioned Patent is marketing autonomous generators to vertical farms, cell phone tower power & drones. The video on their website suggest it can be used with future EVs.

A modern version of Hubbard's generator is under development. It will initially provide 5 kW 24/7 in a cubic foot. Portable power is an obvious market. Next they will offer an alternative to solar roofs. Larger units will power EVs.

Wise utilities will urge bi-directional charging stations to they can purchase power. Such EVs will provide a new source of income.

And replace fossil fuels much faster than current technology. Modern versions of the Hubbard are expected to scale to 100 kW. Modules of that size can be combined to produce as much power as desired. See: aesopinstitute.org to learn more. A vicious dishonest Troll divert access to the site. Persevere. Autonomous generators open a new world to utilities and power professionals. A Pitch Deck is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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