Environmentalists and some Democrats widely hailed Jacobson’s paper, with politicians like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and activist celebrities like Mark Ruffalo citing it. However, even a green energy CEO says that powering everything in modern civilization can rely solely on solar and wind power is a “hoax.”
Alex Epstein on Fox News July 9, 2017: 'Sometimes in the world there are very destructive fads that many world leaders accept. In the 20th century we had socialism. Today we have climate catastrophism which sacrifices billions of peoples' access to affordable energy to this ideal of some perfect mythical unchanged climate.'
'I think Trump had an obligation to stand up both for Americans, but also for 3 billion energy poor people throughout the world...I think it should be called the Paris Poverty Plan, because all it really does is it makes energy more expensive.'
'If you look throughout history, a lot of movements like control over the individual. In the 20th Century it was collectivism, particularly socialism, and today there is this idea that human beings left free are going to ruin the planet. So a lot of people like the idea that their power is somehow necessary for the planet and for humanity'
'In general you have this tendency to only look at the negatives of things that people don't like, like fossil fuels. And then to only look at the positives that they do like solar and wind which are called renewables but should be called unreliables.'
Gore: "We have had tremendous benefits from our reliance on fossil fuels. Poverty has declined, living standards have increased and we still depend on them for more than 80% of world's energy," Gore opened his talk stating. But then he added, "Must we change?"
The escapades of South Australia, the world’s renewable crash test dummy, regularly appears in WUWT. But for people suffering blackouts, surging electricity costs, economic hardship, and inane political excuses for their ongoing misery, South Australia’s botched energy policies are no laughing matter...Instead the South Australian government persist with hideously expensive, unstable, and untested solutions, with using their people as guinea pigs to see what breaks first – the South Australian electric grid, or the South Australian people’s patience with their blundering politicians...I think from Al Gore’s words of endorsement we can reasonably conclude that South Australia’s nightmare electrical grid problems are Gore’s template for the entire world.