Deloitte Insights and Climate Reality are Greenwashing the Public on Renewables and Climate Change says Friends of Science in New Report

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Deloitte Insights and Climate Reality are greenwashing the public on renewables and climate change says Friends of Science in a new report entitled “In the Dark on Renewables.” The claim that wind and solar or geothermal have reached price and performance parity with conventional coal or natural gas generation or that 100% renewable is possible is not supported by the math or evidence according to the Friends.

Deloitte Insights and Climate Reality have recently issued reports making claims that renewables – especially wind and solar – are as cheap and as reliable as conventional coal-fired or natural-gas-fired power.  We demonstrate that these claims are not va

In the Dark on Renewables

“In the Dark on Renewables” report does a full Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis, providing specific examples and explaining why taxpayers face daunting costs for power with the addition of so-called ‘free’ wind, solar and geothermal to the power grid.

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Deloitte Insights and Climate Reality are greenwashing the public on renewables and climate change, says Friends of Science Society, in a new report entitled “In the Dark on Renewables” published Nov. 18, 2018. This rebuttal report responds to Deloitte Insights’ Sept. 13, 2018 publication “Global Renewable Energy Trends” that claimed solar and wind had moved from “mainstream to preferred,” a claim that Friends of Science disputes, showing that wind and solar make up only 3.6% of the world's primary energy mix.

Likewise, Climate Reality’s eBook “How Renewables Work: A Practical Guide to Solar, Wind and Geothermal,” released in Sept. 2018, is disputed by Friends of Science analysis as being a case of “half a truth is a whole lie” – quoting the late J.A. Halkema, MSEE, formerly of Brown Boveri, Netherlands.

“In the Dark on Renewables” report does a full Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis, providing specific examples and explaining why taxpayers face daunting costs for power with the addition of so-called ‘free’ wind, solar and geothermal to the power grid.

Renewable energy is promoted as a solution for global warming and climate change. Governments have accepted this claim with no further due diligence to see if wind and solar substantially reduce carbon dioxide or are 'free' says Friends of Science. They clearly demonstrate in the report that wind and solar do not address climate change, nor are they 'free'. Misinformed government policies and subsidies drive wind and solar, not performance.

Since wind and solar require 24/7 conventional back-up, typically by natural gas plants, there is little reduction in carbon dioxide once the erratic nature of wind is factored in, as it causes natural gas plants to operate inefficiently, increasing emissions.

Despite ~40 years of taxpayer subsidized wind and solar, globally, emissions continue to rise, as documented in “The Composition of Global Emissions,” a report by Robert Lyman, issued Nov. 17, 2018, summarizing recent reports by BP and the IEA.

The claim that wind and solar are “low carbon” is not supported by the fact that they cannot operate at industrial scale on the grid without conventional back-up. Google engineers tried for years, with an unlimited budget, to optimize renewables performance and price, but did not succeed. They found wind and solar would not address climate change, as reported by Fox News, Nov. 25, 2014.

Friends of Science Society says that since 2003, scientists have known that carbon dioxide from industrial emissions is not the main driver of climate change. The evidence does not support the faulty climate change premise of industrial carbon dioxide reduction, upon which the commercial push for renewables is based.

Much of the climate catastrophe hype and demarketing of affordable, reliable coal and conventional power, has reportedly been fueled by billionaire investors in renewables who are pushing global cap and trade by funding proxy Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs), as reported by Matthew Nisbet (2018) in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. Wind and solar generate trade-able Renewable Energy Certificates.

Friends of Science Society also invites the public to read “Faulty Premises = Poor Public Policy on Climate,” rebutting the UN Climate Panel’s IPCC SR15 report.

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Friends of Science Society is an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens who are celebrating its 16th year of offering climate science insights. After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).

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