According to climate alarmists around the world, so-called “green” energy is mankind’s best hope in preventing the planet from becoming uninhabitable in the long term.
As the United Nation proclaimed: “Cheap electricity from renewable sources could provide 65 percent of the world’s total electricity supply by 2030. It could decarbonize 90 percent of the power sector by 2050, massively cutting carbon emissions and helping to mitigate climate change.”
Taking a look at more immediate concerns, however, makes it clear that the rush to implement alternative forms of energy is causing power shortages that are putting lives at risk worldwide — particularly during the cold winter months.
Amid a heat wave last year, California officials were forced to begin rationing electricity, and the situation is even direr in countries throughout the European Union where green energy is already widely replacing traditional power sources.
In the United Kingdom, authorities are paying some residents to avoid using electricity in a bid to make up for the energy shortfall.
Not only is energy much scarcer, but it is also becoming unaffordable for many Europeans. While this winter has been relatively mild, a particularly cold snap could lead to widespread devastation in especially hard-hit countries like Germany.
The International Energy Agency attempted to put a positive spin on the situation with its latest Electricity Market Report, forecasting that “renewables and nuclear” energy sources “are expected to meet on average more than 90% of the additional electricity demand over the next three years” but acknowledged that variables could derail that prediction.
From droughts to harsh winter weather, unforeseen impacts on the green energy grid could exacerbate the current situation.
“Power systems faced challenges in multiple regions in 2022 due to extreme weather events,” the agency conceded. “A historic drought in Europe resulted in low hydropower output, putting increased pressure on dispatchable capacities amid record-low nuclear generation in France. In the United States, winter storms caused widespread power outages.”
As The Heartland Institute President James Taylor argued in an op-ed late last year, the United States is currently on the same trajectory as European nations struggling to meet energy demands.
“If energy policymakers don’t stop soon, they risk turning the United States into a European ‘green’ energy nightmare,” he wrote. “That’s the last thing Americans want or deserve. Congressional leaders on both sides of the political aisle should take heed of the clear European warning signs before it’s too late and American citizens are left in the dark.”