A Cure For Climate Depression

I take all this… stuff… seriously. Perhaps too seriously. Some things infuriate me, some just depress me. It’s easier to deal with anger than sadness.

I’m a little down right now. James Hansen, in my view, just made a blatant attempt to turn the climate conversation back two decades with what seems like the flimsiest of science papers. And I don’t want to go through the last decade of argumentation again.

The climate blogosphere seems close to moribund. The blogs on each side that I followed faithfully have either retired or slowed to a crawl–or gotten stuck in a rut. As for commenters, on most blogs (although not so much here… so far…) if I see the commenter’s name or pseudonym, I pretty much know what they’re going to write before I read it.

So, when the dog bites, when the bee stings…

Today there are some 437 nuclear power reactors operating in 31 countries plus Taiwan, with a combined capacity of over 380 GWe. In 2014 these provided 2411 billion kWh, over 11% of the world’s electricity.

Over 60 power reactors are currently being constructed in 13 countries plus Taiwan (see Table below), notably China, South Korea, UAE and Russia.”

Solar deployment worldwide was 59GW in 2015, according to provisional figures released by analyst firm GTM Research.”

Powered by an astonishing 30,500 MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%.”

New and authoritative figures from the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2015 indicate some 37 GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2014, increasing total global capacity by 3.6%. Globally, total installed hydropower broke 1,055 GW while worldwide hydro generation – which naturally varies each year with hydrological conditions – was estimated at 3,900 TWh in 2014, an increase of more than 3% on 2013 figures.”

We’ll get there. Despite the b.s and doubletalk, we’ll get there.

This is for Fernando. Visit his blog and you’ll see why.

Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with

3 responses to “A Cure For Climate Depression

  1. The energy generation stats are interesting. The relevance to climate is tenuous. Your point about the status quo is sadly true. I am concerned that Fabius Maximus has called it right. The pigeon reference is funny. I guess we are all in rut on this tired issue. The fanatics are winning.

  2. IMO, the fundamental problem is that the debate is really about proposed solutions, not the problem. The likes of Bill McKibben or Naomi Klein have hammers running around looking for nails. Hence the preposterous fixation with insisting on absolute certainty about scientific hypotheses that have thin basis in theory and even less basis in data. The insistence that 97% of scientists agree on a proposal that is neither clearly stated nor testable has absolutely nothing to do with science and everything to do with politics.

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