Battery Technology Can’t Save Solar Power, Electric Cars

Battery inefficiency is one of the many drawbacks of ‘green’ energy. Batteries have been a problem for centuries. They have never performed all that well, even with today’s advanced technology.

This does not refer to old-fashioned car batteries, computer batteries, flashlight batteries or the battery in your cell phone which all work well storing small amounts of power under controlled conditions.

This inefficiency refers to the large-capacity batteries that must absorb and then disperse large amounts of electricity repeatedly every single day, as the batteries for solar panels would need to do or as the batteries in electric cars need to do.

The theory is this: Batteries don’t work well because electricity is a ‘dynamic’ type of energy. Electricity does not “store” well like gasoline in a tank.

Electricity needs to keep flowing as it does flow through the wires after it is generated in power plants. It flows directly from the power plant to an endpoint where it is consumed in a refrigerator, light bulb, electric motor, etc. It is never “stored” anywhere in a battery. Now The Daily Caller has reported:

Exorbitant battery storage costs prevent rooftop solar installations from paying for themselves in the long run, making home energy storage an impractical use for average consumers in the foreseeable future, a new study determined.

As the renewable energy industry continues to draw more interest from environmentally conscious consumers, battery storage technology is becoming more sought after as a means to harness energy for future consumption. For example, solar panel batteries can store excess energy captured during the daytime and use that energy to keep the lights on after the sun goes down. Consumers are encouraged to purchase solar panels with promises that, in the long run, they will save money on monthly electrical bills.

However, a study released Monday by the Global Warming Policy Foundation revealed that battery storage is simply too costly to provide long-term financial benefit.

This manifests itself in many ways not only in solar panels but also in electric cars. For instance:

*Electric cars have limited driving range, some as little as 40 miles. They then require many hours to charge up versus a few minutes at the gas pump. This limits their value in everyday use.

*One of the Tesla Motors electric cars is reported to have a 1,300 lb. battery for a longer driving range of close to 300 miles. This is a huge amount of dead weight that has to be hauled around every mile that the car travels.

A gasoline engine for the same-sized car weighs 350 lbs. Add another 50 lbs. average for gasoline in the tank and the extra 900 lbs. for the battery is a massive drag on the car’s efficiency and wastes a large amount of energy.

*Electric cars are extremely inefficient in their basic operation. calculates that an electric car uses 2 to 4 times as much energy as a gasoline-powered car to cover the same distance.

This happens since electricity is a highly “refined” energy resource and it is an established fact of physics that ‘it consumes energy to refine energy’.

*In frigid climates estimates that an electric car can use up to 8 times as much energy as a gasoline car since a battery can lose half of its power in very cold weather.

All of this extra energy consumption is obviously bad for the environment and negates any advantage of electric cars.

*The manufacture of batteries, particularly the new lithium batteries, is bad for the environment.

*These high-capacity batteries can fail from improper charging and are expensive to replace. The green’ media never discuss this issue or any other shortcomings of electric cars.

Here is something else that ‘greenies’ don’t want you to know about:

Solar panels become less efficient over time, and they eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Solar panels contain many toxic elements. They also operate less efficiently in extremely hot places like sunny Arizona where ‘greenies’ have claimed that they are most useful. The fact is that virtually all machines, from solar panels to automobile engines, work better under cool conditions.

We should halt the endless taxpayer subsidies of solar energy and electric cars and battery technology. If they can work efficiently after further experimentation then they can certainly be sold in the free market without subsidies.

‘Greenie’ Commits Bizarre Suicide

Fox News reports:

A “green” activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights … committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in a grisly act of protest against the ecological destruction of the Earth.

David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

… “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result,” Buckel wrote in his note, which he also sent to the New York Times. “My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.” … Passers-by were horrified to see Buckel’s burned remains.

This is crazy. This guy obviously had many problems besides his ‘green’ concerns. For this guy to kill himself in such a gruesome way and to leave his body exposed for all to see, including possibly children on a Saturday morning at the park, is really horrific. It makes you wonder what kind of person this was to begin with.

Environmentalism indeed has a long history of attracting zealots. The Unabomber wrote a manifesto that sounded like Al Gore’s book Earth In the Balance.

James Lee was an eco-terrorist who in 2010 was shot by police at the Discovery Channel headquarters after taking hostages and leaving rambling messages protesting overpopulation and the need to stop humans from breeding “any more disgusting human babies.”

And now we have Buckel and millions of others. We know how radical these people can be, even our neighbors, with their fringe ideas and end-of-the-world rhetoric. Some even become violent and destroy property.

In fact our so-called ‘fossil fuels’ have been the greatest gift to mankind of all. The use of oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power has vastly increased our standard of living and our happiness and well-being, eliminating much of the backbreaking toil that was needed to survive for centuries.

But the ‘greenies’ never consider this reality. They only focus on the negative.

Just look at how these ‘green’ militants dress up in these weird protest costumes and use lies and “junk science” and emotion to make their case, and have convinced tens of millions of people that we must fear every speck of pollution.

This has been going on since the 1960s. remembers being frightened by many of the ‘green’ scare stories from the first ‘earth day’ in 1970. And if you want to see how laughable these dire predictions were, look at the list at the end of this commentary. grew up in the 1950s and 1960s when everything was polluted – the land, the air, the rivers. During those decades there was more toxic pollution in the United States than in any other place or time in the history of the world. And that pollution was concentrated in major population centers which were centers of economic activity, like the city that grew up in. grew up in a house with lead paint inside and out. grew up in a town that was polluted by nearby factories. Our air was polluted with lead from leaded gasoline burned in thousands of local cars. Paper factories dumped various colored waste into the rivers. grew up in a house where the basement had heating pipes that were wrapped in crumbling, exposed asbestos insulation.

We Baby Boomers should all have been dead long ago, according to extremist ‘green’ rhetoric. Yet our Baby Boom generation remembers happy youths and is living some of the longest and most prosperous lives ever.

Now the Snowflake Generation, the children of the militant ‘green’ Baby Boomers, is totally frightened about every micron of pollution. This adds to their inability to enjoy life, which is what environmentalists want – to instill fear and make people angry and emotional about their very survival. This is what creates people like David Buckel.

And just to remind you about the fraud from the enviro movement at the highest levels here is a doomsday list from top eco-leaders. Every one of these predictions made on the first so-called “earth day” in 1970 has been proven spectacularly and laughably wrong (thanks to for this list):

1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
9. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
11. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
13. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

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