Friday Jan 27, 2023

Bitcoin Songsheet: Wind And Solar Are The Altcoins Of Energy – Bitcoin Magazine


Wind and solar are altcoins.

They are unreliable, costly and make as much sense as LUNA. “Green” energy takes up too much real estate for the energy they provide but they grow through propaganda and subsidization like preferred pronouns on Facebook. Despite claims of being renewable, they require resources from the earth like everything else and have a finite lifespan. They are ridiculously inefficient and if governments stopped subsidizing them, they would not survive. But through fiat money, these boondoggles continue their rent-seeking existence like a gender studies professor at a mid-tier university.

If you’re reading this column, you already know where I’m coming from and my opinion is probably not surprising. But like the degeneracy of Hollywood, wind and solar are much worse than you think.

Few People Understand Energy

Energy is like money, which people think they understand, but really don’t. The average person uses a lot of energy day to day, whether it’s the electricity to power their computers, gasoline to power their cars or natural gas to heat their homes. Like money, usage gives people the illusion that they understand it. But this is like thinking you can run a semiconductor manufacturer because you use a phone.

Furthermore, the government is actively deceiving the public about how both money and energy work. They assert the U.S. dollar is the same now, in the past and forever more, just like they assert that solar and wind are the same as coal and oil but cleaner. There’s little to no discussion of the downsides of the schemes they favor, like inflation from rampant money printing or the unreliability of “green” energy. They’re like altcoiners who change topics when you point out that the founder of their altcoin is a serial scammer or that the incentives of their system will result in a death spiral. Like a procrastinating teenager, they believe that not thinking about something will make it go away.

The downsides of green energy are enormous. Wind and solar are unreliable, take up too much real estate and are only good for electricity. They ignore the role of fossil fuels for heating and transportation, which are much less efficient using electricity. The upside is relatively modest: lower emissions of CO2. The public perception is that green energy is good and more expensive on the front end but pays off over time. This is far from the truth and the perception speaks to the effective propaganda that comes from the government. The nightly news plays like an infomercial. Think of all the benefits! Buy now! Similarly, we’ll regret paying for these wastes of money years later when it doesn’t save us money and takes up a lot of space.

Similarly, the downsides of fossil fuels are exaggerated and the upsides completely ignored. The environmentalist claims are not lies, per se, but omission of key facts. After decades of fiat subsidization, wind and solar supplies a scant 3% of the world’s energy, all in electricity. They cause more power outages because they only generate electricity when it’s sunny or windy. In addition, removing petroleum would remove lots of other goods and services in the economy. They ignore possible downsides more than an altcoin founder.

Energy From First Principles

To really understand energy, we need to go back to first principles. What is energy? What is it used for?

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