If Green Energy Is So Great, Why Aren’t We Using It?



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Green energy is getting better and cheaper, yet we still largely rely on fossil fuels. Why haven’t we switched to solar and wind energy yet?

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40 thoughts on “If Green Energy Is So Great, Why Aren’t We Using It?

  1. We represent over 20,000 wind turbine professionals in the industry and from all of us to you that you for making this video. In some cases we find ourselves defending our occupation and trying to explain the overall impact. I have shared this on our channels. I would love to discuss this with you on our podcast some time. Great work.

  2. The real issue is the livestock industry. Animal agriculture produces 51 percent of greenhouse gases and is responsible for 40 percent of rainforest destruction. Fossil fuels are bad, but aren't even close to the level of environmental damage as the meat and dairy industry are.

  3. Ultimately no amount of austerity will make a difference if we don't get our numbers down from the asinine Billions (with a B!) Into the reasonable millions (like less than 100 million). One child per person folks. Time to be responsible and close your legs.

  4. Because the "free market" doesn't deem it profitable so there's not a lot of investment. The market is great only if there's profit involved, but when there is none, it fails to provide. The current coal tech is cheaper to run. Green energy needs lots of capital and investments, right now it is too costly for individual firms to undertake the initiative and also mining companies lobbying governments.

  5. Awesome video!! i'd suggest putting the numbers big on the screen so the audience can get the point on the enormous differences between those industries. It's like im hearing the numbers but not the importance of them.

  6. Real science should be included in your basic rant against coal & gas. Solar Flares & Solar Storms have more influence on earth's temperatures. Great real.

  7. More reasonable than most unreliables fan boys, I give you that. Pretty much the only reason fossil fuels get subsidies is getting them up and running provides enormous net benefits. You get a huge bang for your buck. With wind and solar we are still looking at never never land. What's needed with them is yet to be discovered affordable storage and a rebuilt grid (bloody expensive). Climate change is gradual and despite what the green zealots would have you believe is complex and definitely not settled. Thus far the best bet is use your cleanest fossil fuel generation and/or nuke or hydro, AND double the research budget on "green" energy breakthroughs. Affordable energy affects every part of our civilisation. It underpins the fact that we live in the greatest explosion of knowledge and wellbeing in human history. Pushing unaffordable energy onto society through politically correct fascism and fanaticism will kill and impoverish millions. With the cleanest current affordable energy and expanding clean energy research budgets we can affordably adapt to any gradual changes in climate. It is energy poor nations who find it hard to recover from natural disasters!!!

  8. The reality is that solar and wind are not a great way of producing electricity, in fact they are poor. Unstable, unrealiable and unpredictable, part time power plants. People say that batteries will be the saviour of renewables but seriously underestimate the capcity required to make up for the stability and demand response that thermal stations provide. In other words, lots of huge batteries which will come at an eye watering cost, and are simply unaffordable even as their prices are dropping. Their life is relatively short, so regular complete replacement wiill be required. There is no alternative to thermal stations in the mid term.
    The only alternative that could be viable but needs more investment and research is nuclear generation.

  9. The oil 🛢 will be used until it runs out as the greed of everyone that makes money from it us more important to them then the health of the planet 🌏. The people that have the oil money will always be able to avoid the effects of climate change because they will buy a big castle upon a hill and watch all the poor people die around it and they will be ignoring the fact that their future great grandchildren will likely die of dehydration along with all other life on earth. BECAUSE MONEY GO FIGURE!

  10. Ironically for Democrats, oil drilling kills for fewer animals than green energy does.

    Windmills decapitate thousands of birds every year and solar panels reflect concentrated doses of sunlight that literally fry thousands more, alive, mid-flight!

  11. Like we're really gonna save the biosphere with diffuse and intermittent sources.
    Seeker failed to mention that since solar has a capacity factor of only about 20%, we'd have to build 5x for it to be on par with FFs. You know, the inverse of capacity factor!_ Plus storage, plus extra for the inefficiency of that storage, I mean, come on, DO THE MATH!
    Solution: molten salt nuclear (and renewables)!

  12. Unfortunately , the Renewable Energy industry is full of half truths and lies. Wind & Solar is "intermittent energy" that has to have additional means to maintain continuity of supply for the National Grid. Intermittent is not "Base Load Power", it requires some other Generating or Storage to cover for when the power output is low – at night, no wind or storms.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    COST of the necessary ""back-up"" System , whether it be Generators OR Batteries must be added to Green Technology,
    (primary cost) of Renewable technology "plus" back-up (secondary cost) OVERALL makes Green Energy too expensive.
    The real cost of Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper but it is the most unreliable and more of it ,,, does not help.

  13. Because cuntservaturds control all our laws/governments. Conservatism = antiscience = antiAmerican = antitechnology =
    pure selfishness & greed & hypocrisy = Holocaust-denier = AGW-denier = antivaxxar = flat-earther = chemtrailertrash.
    Exterminate all conservatives: problem solved.

  14. to keep it short and concise, renewable energy does not and cannot work to provide the power we need. And it is a lot more costly. This cost drives away essential heavy industry and relocates it elsewhere abroad to the detriment of jobs and wealth creation.

  15. If Liberals are so for this, they should power their own house with wind and solar alone. Also dont use fossil fuel cars and air plane. Stop cheating.

  16. When Plato wrote "The Republic" he warned us then about the answer to your question, In fact he was predicting that Republics would fail, Because, to acquire power, men who would place their own interest over the best interest of the Republic would be willing to do what no man of principle would.

  17. Because our representatives are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry. The majority of them are called Teapublicons. And both parties are hell bent to keep Progressives out.

  18. Coal plants in Australia are shutting down because they are not profitable. Solar and wind makes more profit. We have storage sorted out too with hydro and Tesla batteries.

  19. This is so deceptive… you used the subsidy data from 2003 for coal. Guess what happened in 2003… "the invasion of Iraq" for which the us needed more energy. Science doesn't need deception. So don't taint it with ideology.

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  21. I thought the world used to be hotter though before the ice age, We have bigger insects because it was hotter, maybe we are still catching up to returning back to normal. Maybe its still too cold.

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