Biden v. Newsom, sort of
See also, for examples from energy industry and Mojave Desert local perspectives:
Let me be honest. I don't just oppose moving to solar and wind power because it's inconsistent and not practical. I also just think these wind turbines and solar panels are so ugly covering the land. Further, the wind turbines kill thousands of birds every year.
I still think it's amusing that they imagine they'll be able to build the necessary infrastructure in time. Remind me how that California railway system is going? The managerial state has created the regulatory infrastructure that prevents the managerial state from being able to achieve its stated goals and it is all very funny to me.
Coward politicians set far-off goals, knowing they'll be long gone by the time the effects are being felt.
Wind turbines kill scores of millions of birds and bats every year worldwide, but also trillions of insects (in 2021 Germany alone, maintenance people scraped 1200 tons of insects off their turbine blades). As you point out, the engineering of these products, wind and solar, precludes them ever being anything but boutique energy suppliers. However, as you know, this isn't about energy or the environment. As the late, great Vaclav Havel, who grew up under communism and later president of the Czech Republic observed, the environmentalists are the new communists. And you are correct, increasingly, the socialist ideas of the leftist elites, who don't have to live with their decisions, run headlong into the leftist working/middle class who do. It's like putting the Stalinists vs the Trotskyites. How did that work out for the Soviet Union?
"Mom? Where does electricity come from?" "From the socket in the wall, son. Where else?" "But how does it get there?" "I don't know. Wires, I guess?"
As a native Californian, and San Franciscan, who appreciates the geographic blessing of this place, I'm finding it ever more intolerable to be here. Where can you go to get the same natural quality of life (e.g., moderate climate, beautiful terrain, abundant food) without the fascist progressive policies?
To hell with the crazy Californians, again. They've had Nevada water, now they want our land to pollute for solar, taking miles of high desert and destroying the life there. The BLM, may it rot, has always had it out for ranchers. That land they say they've identified is ranchland, not to mention valuable minerals as well. Ranchers do good for our people and they do good for our land, but they are always under attack from this paperwork-based insanity.
What they won't tell you is; when the size of the solar farm reaches 20% of the total area of the land available for usage, it triggers a feedback loop of HEAT.
Heat is waste. What happens and where does it go?:
What happens when heat is released in the atmosphere?
Polar regions warm more than the tropics, increasing sea ice loss in the Arctic, accelerating warming, as melting sea ice exposes dark water which absorbs much more solar energy.
I’ve flown over those massive mirror farms in the desert. Really horrific compared to the footprint of a small nuclear plant. Plus the nuke plants look like boobs. Lol
Now the left hand does not even know what the left hand is doing. Comes from having badly decayed hippocampi, perhaps.
On point again, Chris. Liberals don’t actually care about the details. We’re all supposed to live in the pod and eat the bugs anyways. Pod is just a fancy new word for gulag. But the Sam Harris’s of the world won’t find that out until their in one and they’ll still be cursing Trump.
There is a way out of this dilemma: fewer people means less demand for electricity. And funny enough, a lot of the same folks who crusade for "green energy" and environmental protections, as well as so many other leftist wet dreams like mass vaccination and sterlization via "gender reassignment," also have made public declarations about there being too many people. Just reading the tea leaves, I think their socialist utopia involves some steep reductions in the number of those they see as "useless people" (to borrow a term from comrade Yuval Harari).
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you are free to ignore reality all you like. Reality never ignores you.
What's interesting to me about the supposed 'green energy' transition is how neither progressive enthusiasts nor conservative sceptics ever discuss the systems/complexity side of the issue. There's some interesting work on the fringes of this oversimplified debate suggesting there isn't the energy (and consequently, eventually the money) to even achieve it. This inconvenient work is completely overlooked.
You see this driving west from El Centro on Highway 8 as you ascend the pacific range. Windmill blight. Parenthetically, SDGE massively jacked up utility rates in the last couple of months. And while they encourage you to go solar, the utilities in Cali are taking away the financial incentive of selling power back to the grid, along with some other carve outs. They want you to go solar, but not too solar because that puts the utility companies into a less profitable mode. And remember lithium car batteries are an unmitigated environmental and human disaster (child labor in the Congo) and solar panels are forever. There’s no such thing as sustainable clean energy. It’s a big fat lie.