Lots of figures and numbers included at the link, which sum up the rosy scenario painted by the IPCC's best case study. It still adds up to keeping poor brown people in their place:
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued teasers ahead of an upcoming report into renewable energy.
The IPCC says that "close to 80 per cent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century". However this is derived from the most optimistic possible scenario for renewables, and even then it requires most of the human race to remain in miserable poverty.
I guess that one defense for the environmentalists is that "math is hard", but that can't be right - after all, we're continually being told that these folks are quite simply the Smartest Kids In Class, and that we knuckle dragging rednecks are idjits and should sit down, shut up, and do what our Betters tell us. So they must understand these figures:
Unfortunately the entire rest of the human race has to share the remaining third of the global energy supply (and most of this goes to the relatively small numbers in the remaining industrialised nations). This means that the vast bulk of the human race use very little energy at all: half a billion in sub-Saharan Africa alone have no access even to intermittent grid electricity, for instance.
All those billions of people, reasonably enough, would like to have light at night, heat when it's cold, cooling when it's hot. They'd like to have functioning transport, safe food storage and cooking, hot baths or showers, laundered clothes. They'd like a decent proportion of jobs outside the subsistence farming sector, and a highly energy-intensive health industry along US or European lines. They'd probably even enjoy a few comparatively unimportant fripperies like some IT equipment and the odd jet flight.
And never mind that renewables cost three to five times as much as conventional power sources. Hey Third Worlders - living in squalor and seeing your babies die because you didn't have the power to boil the water is surely a small price to pay so that millions of environmentalists can feel good about themselves! It's a trifle, really.
Unfortunately for the IPCC report, seven billion people each using as much energy as two-thirds of a present-day European will need supplies of 770 exajoules, not 407 as the IPCC assumes. In a more realistic scenario where the human population continues to climb, energy demand in the industrialised nations continues to rise instead of falling enormously and (hopefully) the world's poor start to get a taste of the good life, supplies in the zettajoule (1000 exajoule) range will be required within decades.
Bearing in mind that the headlining IPCC figure of a possible maximum 314 exajoules from renewables in 2050 will have been massaged upward by every possible means – the other, lower-output scenarios are much more likely – we can see that renewables will be doing well to furnish 20 per cent of world energy supplies by the middle of this century.
Just don't get uppity. Remember your place.
Sherlock Holmes said that once you remove all the impossibles from the equation, whatever remains - no matter how improbable - must be the answer.
The Intellectual Left tells us that they are Smart, and worship at the Church of Smart. Smart uber alles - it cannot be that they simply are ignorant (or stupid), so it must be impossible that they don't know these figures.
The Intellectual Left tells us that they are Caring, so ever much more caring than us cold heartless libertarian types who eat babies for breakfast and chortle when Grandma opens her evening can of cat food. So it's impossible that they simply don't care that Third World babies will be condemned to a life that is nasty, brutish, and short because the environmental policies require that.
No, eliminate the impossibles, and the only thing left - improbably as it may seem - is that environmentalists think that this is the Way Things Should Be, with their SWPL selves at the top and the grubby wogs kept down. It's the natural order of things, old boy. Can't have the bloody darkies expecting clean water; next thing, they'll want hospitals or something. Bloody great bother all around. Why down at the
Can every environmentalist please just shut up right now? At least a century ago your type had the decency to at least mouth platitudes about the White Man's Burden. You can't even do that.