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


If renewable energy is so awesome why haven’t
we pulled the plug on fossil fuels yet? Hey there light bulbs, Julian here for DNews. If you watch this channel regularly, you’d
know that climate change is a serious looming problem. In case you don’t watch often, I’ll catch
you up real fast: we’re burning too many fossil fuels, releasing too much carbon dioxide
into the atmosphere, raising the planet’s average temperature. As it goes up we see melting ice caps, sea
level rise, changes in rainfall patterns, the works. If burning fossil fuels is at the root of
the problem, why haven’t we kicked the dirty habit yet? You won’t be surprised to learn it’s complicated. Firstly, there’s the fact that power sources
like coal and natural gas are so entrenched. Edison built the first practical coal plant
in the United States in 1882. By 1961, coal was the major source of electricity. Americans haven’t really been able to get
off coal since. We have scaled it back; it generated 53% of
our power in 2000 but just 34% in 2015. But the ground coal gave up was taken over
by another fossil fuel: natural gas. New extraction techniques like fracking made
it cheaper, helping it take over some of coal’s load and about 32% of our energy needs. While these sources are at the root of the
greenhouse gas problem, they do have certain advantages over renewables. Namely they can ramp up output to meet demand. Solar and wind can’t do that; you only get
energy when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing so we have to build capacitors
and batteries to store energy for when we need more. Otherwise we’ll have to have some fossil
fuels or nuclear plants to meet demand. If renewables are going to pick up the torch
from fossil fuels completely, we’re going to have to invest a lot of money. Happily as technology advances, investing
in renewables is looking more and more attractive. We’re getting to the point that building
and running new wind or solar facilities will be competitive with coal and natural gas plants
over their lifetime. They’re more expensive up front, but their
fuel costs $0, so they become more reasonable over time. The United States Department of Energy estimates
that a natural gas plant entering service in 2018 will cost about $50 per Megawatt hour
of electricity generated, while a wind farm will cost around $58. Photovoltaics are more expensive, at nearly
$81 per megawatt hour. That will translate to a higher electricity
bill, but a study from 2012 found most Americans would accept an increase of up to $199 to
their annual electricity bill if it meant going all renewable. Still, renewables will need a bit of help
by way of tax credits and subsidies to be truly competitive. While that may sound unfair, keep in mind
that coal received over a billion dollars in subsidies in 2013, while natural gas and
petroleum received 2.3 billion. Fossil fuels also have hidden costs associated
with them; because of the health issues like chronic bronchitis, asthma, and premature
mortality caused by dirty air. The National Research Council reported in
2010 that natural gas was responsible for 740 million dollars in expenses per year. And coal? That was 62 Billion. With a B. This was before the cost of impacts from climate
change were factored in, which makes these energy sources even more expensive. The bottom line is, investing in renewables
may be expensive and difficult now, but it’ll pay off big time in the long run. And if we save the planet as we know it that’s
a nice bonus to. If you think climate change won’t cost money
you may change your tune if your house becomes a swimming pool. To find out what’s going to be underwater,
check out Tara’s video here. And we were all about the US in this video
but there are some places that run entirely on renewables already! Check out Seeker daily’s vid on that here. So are you on board the renewable hype train
or are you stopped at fossil fuel station? Let us know why in the comments, subscribe
for more and I will see you next time on DNews.

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  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. It's too expensive. The solar panels and wind turbines themselves aren't so expensive but if you want too have only green energy, you have to have sufficient energy storage or backup. And that's the expensive part. Also you need voltage control, so more on load tap changer transformers or similar devices are needed. You need to bring the electricity from places where it's windy to load centers, so you need more power lines etc.

  13. Look at Germany for example. Since they started to implement solar and wind, actual energy share on the electricity bill is only around 20 %, the rest are taxes, renewables surcharges and grid fees and the only reason why their power system didn't fall apart a few times is because they are interconnected to the rest of continental Europe.

  14. This idiot is working for the RothChilds. He is full of shit. Do not believe anything he says. We’ve had cars that run off of water for many many decades. The son of a bitch is working for the deep state.

  15. The only reason fossil fuel industry gets away with Heynis crimes against humanity is because the American people are too freaking ignorant and sorry to simply speak the truth. There are cures for all diseases and zero point energy devices and they’ve been there for more than 100 years.

  16. because is not rentable!!.. yes is amazing clean energy BUT! ofers only 2% rentability. is a SHIT. not working for industry!!..nuclear atomic is future.

  17. You lost me at tax credits and subsidies. Renewables will make when they are worth the money. Stealing from me to give rich people fancy cars and solar panels on their roofs is bullshit.

  18. Because green energy neither profitable nor stable enough to replenish our needs. You cannot imagine any big industry factory which would work exclusively on green energy – it's just impossible. The best option is, we must destroy some place and build a dam somewhere in order to use the energy of falling water. Of course it will totally wreck up local ecosystem, but everything comes with a price.

  19. America is too big and uses too much energy, and renewable is too expensive. Also we only have 17 years before things get bad. This is a herculean task, and one I don't think we're up to. Were we a country that didn't have a massive debt, and also a country that didn't require the low skill jobs fossil fuels bring, we might be able to pull it off.

  20. I came across a NEW breakthrough energy solution that looks to be the holy-grail. It solves all these issues without any environmental impact. Worth looking into. The energy company is called H2IL with a stack of videos proving the technology. I think their technology enables a scale-able power supply 24/7, flexible with demands and not dependent on environment. They recently made the comment to the effect of $0.03c/Kw for electricity. Energy companies are going to love this one!

  21. Solution: stop worrying about costs and just do it. Take money out of the equation. End capitalism. Big oil won't let it happen.

  22. Solar is already subsidized through taxes in my country. I'm subsidizing my neighbors who have solar on their roofs. That stinks.

  23. Why is it whenever they talk about CO2 being pumped into the air they still show factory smoke stacks pumping out white "smoke", I don't know for sure in the states but in Canada our CO2 scrubbers take 99% of CO2 created out of smoke stacks and whats left is mostly just water vapor and less CO2 than someone breathing, coming out as a white cloud. Solar panels and wind turbines are very very inefficient solar panels hardly covert any solar power into actual energy we can use, just look at the issues Germany had that they had to find other sources of energy still. More "efficient" solar farms take up huge amounts of land space that could otherwise be used, they also absorb more solar heat into that area which can contribute to rising temperatures.

    Wind farms are one of the biggest jokes, most farms that are created actually stop themselves from working since you can only have up to 4 turbines within relative proximity to one another after that they cancel the others out. The area where you get the most use from them is near the water however this doesn't work as seen by Fukushima who is currently going be to removing their turbines, wind turbines require such finite wind conditions to work that its incredibly useless, not enough wind and just a little too much and they have to be turned off, which turning off a wind turbine costs a continual amount of energy to be fed in to keep it off. As well as the huge costs to maintain wind turbines is why Fukushima is opting out of keeping them. So the water doesn't work what about land. Well you have to go in land quite a lot and clear out huge amounts of land from forests and other things that may interfere with its operation, so for this green source of energy many places have to deforest entire areas to put in working turbines. One of the larger issues besides the fact wind turbines kill millions of bird species year they also pose a huge danger to a large area, when a wind turbine breaks down from one of many different ways it can there is not much that can be done about it. The cost to take apart/dismantle the turbine is a huge amount of money and very dangerous, so most often when one is decommissioned it just sits there and breaks down more; once you add a bit of wind to the equation or just too much wind or something going wrong to a fully working turbine you have a large scale issue because while it breaks and falls apart its throwing huge amounts of heavily metal oil and potentially fire for miles around, as seen in the case of a women who lived 20 miles away from a wind farm had a flaming piece of debris from the turbine come crashing thru her house and caused apart of the building to collapse on impact as well as set fire to the entire building.

    Hydro dams are the best of eco power systems except for them drastically effecting fish species, if not implemented or regulated correctly it also effects plants and animals as seen from the dam in Africa that caused the desert to expand exponentially for a time due to the new regulated water flow to the land. Dams also require you to flood an entire area behind the dam to have proper flow thru the dam, other than that they are pretty dam good.

    Best option that isn't a "eco friendly" power generation is CADU nuclear reactors, because unlike the traditional nuclear reactor Canadas reactors basically run off of dirt for the amount of material it uses and how radioactive it is and can not melt down since we have to keep them warm not cool them down. They don't produce much radioactive waste and are quite efficient for the amount they do use, unlike traditional reactors which do have a huge power out put but are very radio active, dangerous, wasteful, and produce a huge amount of radioactive waste which they can't use but we take dilute and use it perfectly fine. CANDU reactors have so little radiation that its a common site to see the people in around the reactor chambers cleaning etc are not wearing hazmat suits since there arn't really any radiation readings. The most that comes out of CANDU reactors besides power is clouds of white "smoke" which is actually just clouds of water vapor.

  24. A. … because the usa is owned by Saudi Arabia, has to suck Saudi nads or no money for the bankrupt usa, and additionally the coal and oil industry in the usa bribes american child-molesters and halfwits… aka 'american politicians'.
    You're welcome.

  25. What you said is true, but the real solution lies in electrical energy storage. That will smooth out the intermittency of wind and even solar, and provide power through the night. It's the perfect solution for allowing baseload plants to continuously run at their most efficient output and, handle peaks in demand. It will also absorb spikes in output from wind farms during wind storms. It will also eliminate curtailment of wind turbines, which reduces their operating costs. The technologies that interest me the most are batteries (other than lithium) flywheel, and capacitors. Where weight and bulk aren't much of a concern for stationary applications, availability, cost, and longevity are. Save lithium for density critical applications like electric vehicles. Lithium and cobalt are too rare to squander on stationary energy storage. With this, renewable energy can expand to meet the growing demand without further expansion of fossil generation, and can pick up the slack from the decommissioning of old coal plants.

  26. Gen 4 Nuclear, Molten salt Reactors, Sea water extraction of Uranium, Fusion ITER, Polywell,. The Nuclear Elephant in the room can fix Climate change but don't mention the N word. We will jump through all manner of hoops trying to get Renewable's to work and bankrupt ourselves trying. They only half work now because of Natural gas which is a lousy solution

  27. Check with Germany, they've installed tons of solar and wind. Turns out they're now actually producing more CO2 than they did before all those renewables? Go figure?

  28. because you have to go bankrupt for the initial investment, and look at the BILLIONS oblow-me threw away to "green" energy co. solyndra was just one

  29. The reason why they haven't pulled the plug yet because climate change is not real I'm 62 years old if climate change was so bad we would pull the plug back in the sixties and seventies get a grip and study your history

  30. Even if the fossil fuel industry runs everything with there power and money, we can still all of us come together and protect this earth from any harm.

  31. Guys just stop using fossil fuels and switch to green energy. Its not like renewable energy sources generate 11% of the US's electricity and the only way to switch is through massive taxation and crippling of the economy right? Just switch bro.

  32. This has lots of misinformation. 1 wind turbine = 16,000 solar panels and this video says they cost lots of $$ upfront but none afterward. 1:46 This is a lie. Wind turbines break, catch fire and need to have their blades replaced constantly as they hit and kill birds and get torn apart by high winds.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVHzfUWul2Y
    Also the reason why we need fossil fuels is because like this video mentioned wind and solar don't always provide energy at their full capacity. In fact Wind Turbines only produce 25% of their expected output as the winds aren't going at all times.

    But more importantly climate change is not as controllable as environmentalist has LIED to us to believe.

    CO2 is the man gas they say we need to cut out in order to stop climate change. Yet all scientist concede that CO2 is only a small amount of the total greenhouse gases that causes climate change. Water Vapor makes up 80-95% of the total greenhouse gases, with CO2 only being about 4% of the total. On top of this man's contribution to the CO2 total is only about 3-4%, which means cutting all human CO2 contributions (including breathing) would not do squat to the greenhouse gas total.

  33. Only around 300 nuclear reactors are needed to produce enough clean and carbon-free electricity to cover all the electricity needs of the USA. Doing this, electricity would be cheap, supply reliable and the power grid would be kept stable. As opposed to that hundreds of thousands of wind turbines or billions of solar panels and who knows how much energy storage would be needed.

  34. Pound-for-pound you'll never find another natural resource like oil that employs so many and can be used for so much plastic concrete most of the paints in the world countless construction materials urethane styrofoam coffee cups all those items I just named all have one thing in common they all in one way are connected to oil

  35. Intermittency is an intractable deficiency for wind/solar. Since they frequently generate ZERO electricity, they require 100% backup by reliable fossil fuel, nuclear or hydro power.

  36. c'mon. we are talking about gigawatts of energy. It is funny to consider solar and wind or other form of renewable energy, even all combined, as a RELIABLE source of energy since again we need gigawatts of it. Well, to my mind renewables are fit for not big local communities whereas megapolis and industrial zones need either nuclear or fusion energy.

  37. Wall street is making money out of our fears about global warming, CO2 emissions, ozone layers and so forth while we sit here and discuss it. make your own research.

  38. Because renewables being cheap doesn’t mean that replacing existing power plants that are already built is cheap. When building new facilities then renewables is highly competitive now.

  39. Easy answer – The big donors and the American public who believe the mass media stations working for the big donors.

  40. We will never stop useing fossil fuels every retrograde plastic rubber paint and most petroleum based products are made from fossil fuels one volcano errupts it does 20,000 years worth of damage based on current C02 pollution standards

  41. If a windmill falls down its going to require diesel powered heavy equipment to put it up again. Although passenger vehicles and motorcycles can run on solar but what about construction equipment, city buses, semi trucks? Fossil fuels are still needed for those.

  42. Yes you oversimplified the issue and are biased starting the video claiming that climate change is real as if that's true.
    There is no first world country run running in renewal… because they can't. Ask the Germans… they tried and didn't work for shit. Also believing in climate change is a luxury of first world's leftists. Nobody can't tell China and India to go away from fossil because they can't!!!!

    So yeah this is monumentally out of context… thumbs down.

  43. The countries that run on a lot of oil will not want to change this. Also just happens to be the powerful countries such as the the US, RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, ETC.

  44. The moment you said renewable energy cost zero dollar. You just lost me. Nothing is free in economic.

  45. "raising the average temperature of the globe" – the global temperature has actually dropped, polar ice caps have increased, ocean shorelines have been super stable and not rising.

    So your entire argument that climate change is even A THING is a big fat lie. you're what's now called a climate hysteric. but, please, go on with your video. you're kinda cute #nohomo

  46. It's not complicated it's quite simple. The fossil fuel industry is a $700Trillion Industry. like you said in this society as a whole we are entrenched in it. That's because those cartels want to keep control over the infrastructure and us… checkout, RT The World According To Jessie Dr. Steven Greer interview

  47. We dont have a climate crisis to begin with yet. Grand solar minimum going on we could be heading to a colder climate.

  48. humanity is coming to an end: soil, water, transportation fuels,…it's all over. make your peace and stop the lies. go with some damned dignity.

  49. Are you a renewable energy salesman who wants the chains cut from your
    feet that keep you from going stellar with your sales? Its not you,
    its the industry that holds you back! I am a scientist and an
    electrician, and I can show you how to put your foot to the floor and
    red line your sales tach! Come see what has been missed by the
    renewable industry!

    https://vimeo.com/352381580

  50. Only one small issue with this video, solar and wind cannot come close to powering Society. In addition, they are far from a green, renewable technology.

    The climate change denying conservatives are nuts but the environmentalists who believe solar and wind are more than a small percentage of our future energy needs are delusional.

    IFR and LFTR. Meltdown proof technologies that utilize most of the energy in the fuel whilst producing 1/100 the amount of waste(not that there is much waste from the current technology.

    As a final note, the fossil fuel industry loves solar and wind. Together they are changing the future(think Venus).

  51. Yea until they can make wind and solar at least 35 times better than it is today we can not rely on them. Also nuclear power has zero emissions. And the reason we don’t use that is because it’s cheap and the powers at be don’t want that.

  52. LOL WHY ??/
    DUMB QUESTION!
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