Thursday, August 18, 2011

Green-on-Green fighting

Holy cow, NASA's Jim Hanson - probably the guy who started the whole ZOMG-Thermageddon!!1!! thing, has come out slamming renewable power as balderdash, and saying that belief that we can get significant amounts of power from renewable sources is like believing in the Tooth Fairy:
Can renewable energies provide all of society’s energy needs in the foreseeable future? It is conceivable in a few places, such as New Zealand and Norway. But suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.
This is like the Pope saying that all those sacraments are a bunch of puffed up nonsense.  But his critique of the early Friends Of The Earth claims that we could get essentially all our power from renewables by, well, now is simply withering:
Indeed, it [reliance on soft renewables] is much less than worthless. If you drink the kool-aid represented in the right part of Fig. 7 [Amory Lovins' soft renewables fantasy], you are a big part of the problem. The problem is that, by drinking the kool-aid, you are also pouring it down the throats of my dear grandchildren and yours. The tragedy in doing so is much greater than that of Jim Jones’ gullible followers, who forced their children to drink his kool-aid. All life will bear the consequences.
That's like the Pope saying that those danged priests are imperiling your Immortal Soul.  Wow.

Just wow.

Look, it's one thing for someone like me to say this sort of thing.  After all, my Denier cred is well established:
And so let me say that I'm proud to be a leading Internet purveyor of flat-earth, tool-of-the-energy-industry, republic [sic] talking point, reading-but-not-comprehending, trooling [sic], paid-oil-company-hack BS! Sold more Rumors than Fleetwood Mac, I have ...
When the Big Guns of the Climate Science Establishment start training their fire on Greenpeace and Friends Of The Earth, you know that the world just got a whole lot more interesting.



SiGraybeard said...

I'm gonna fix some popcorn. They might end up in a fist fight.

In your best David Attenborough voice..."Here we see the two alpha green lords dueling for dominance, for only one can be the true alpha male of the green pack. They begin by insulting each other's data, invoking charges of 'belief in the tooth fairy' and other legends. You can see Dr. Hansen doing the ritualistic dance, splaying his tail feathers and strutting while simultaneously throwing poo..."

Quizikle said...

Ah-h-h, things look to be getting ready to get interesting.

As my work puts me in the position of being a Protestant working for the Vatican, it should be interesting to see how "change" and "debate" ($$$) appears from the inside.

I think I have a good place to stand in out of the line of fire.


Southern Belle said...

IF and I mean IF this picks up steam (not likely with the MSM) this guy will end up being attacked and smeared. They will try and ruin his life.

Eagle said...

Cue the IPCC faithful's attacks on Jim Hansen as a heretical anti-Gaia destroyer of the Earth (as well as the unicorns who were JUST ABOUT to plug themselves into the power grid to give us all the free energy we ever needed) in 3... 2... 1...

kx59 said...

Did I miss something? Hanson dissing renewable energy? Exactly when did hell freeze over?