By Paul Quigg, columnist
The entire climate change debate is a mass of fabrications and falsehoods which are allowed to persist as the truth. These problems are the sacred cows of various interests as they exploit the “Green” energy movement and sow fear concerning a warming future. These fabrications are so ingrained in the public discourse that exposing them is extremely difficult. I will briefly explore two of these and I think it will be obvious to you how compelling their narrative is.
First, there is no such thing as electrical energy. We are constantly told that electrical energy will be a major contributor to our fight to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Electricity makes almost no contribution to reducing emissions. An electrical engine is slightly more efficient than an internal combustion engine, but that is about it. Electric cars, electric this, electric that, and it is all a sham. Billions are invested in this effort, and it has catapulted Elon Musk to be considered the most wealthy individual in the world. Absolutely crazy.
Electricity is a distribution system that moves energy from the point of its production to its point of use. This electrical distribution system should not be criticized as it has revolutionized our lives in many ways, but it is not going to add any significant contribution to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
Second, is the biomass contribution as a renewable energy source. Biomass is certainly a renewable source, but it is also the most carbon-intensive fuel there is. Biomass is basically trash and municipalities burn it with gusto in huge incinerators, which produce steam to make electricity. Why are we fooling ourselves by thinking we are moving toward a less warm future when we allow such fabrications to persist? Special interests have taken over the narrative and fed us feel-good stories of their wonderful products.
The consequence of fabrications is the continued exponential growth of carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere. For over 30 years we have been calling for strong efforts to reduce emissions with a 10-year window to a tipping point after which it will be too late to avoid a catastrophic warming future. The call for action has continued, and the tipping point has been extended to the next 10 years in order to give us some hope for the future.
I have been closely following the environmental movement since the late 1960s as they continuously predicted the end of the world in the not-too-distant future. As we are all aware, global human progress has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years as billions have been lifted from abject poverty. This progress has not discouraged the climate activists one bit, and they proclaim we have just 10 years to turn the world around. After over 50 years of activists predicting impending doom, I have grown tired and skeptical of their constant drumbeat.
Mr. Quigg, a University of Virginia graduate and resident of Luray, has practiced architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1962. As a lifelong environmentalist, in the 70’s he was appalled at the polluted air and water and has dedicated much of his time since in studying and commenting on the environment. He has been published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.