Today being Boxing Day observed or maybe later, Eli brings the gift of ethical behavior to his coal tarred friends who remain not in this century but the one passed a hundred years ago, who demand the rest of us remember the poors by giving them the Gift (german usage) of coal.
Yet this is a tactic which reality has passed by, as solar and wind costs rapidly descend today to roughly the price of gas and below.
Oil and gas woes are driven less by renewables than by a mismatch of too much supply and too little demand. But with renewable energy expanding at record rates and with more efficient cars—including all-electric vehicles—siphoning off oil profits at the margins, the fossil-fuel insolvency zone is only going to get more crowded, according to BNEF. Natural gas will still be needed for when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing, but even that will change as utility-scale batteries grow cheaper.Eli has quite enjoyed pointing out to the smug and self satisfied that you really have to hate the poor to condemn them to using expensive and unreliable coal and oil for power and heating. In the poorest regions coal and oil are unreliable because supply chains are fragile and transportation expensive. In the developed world fossil fuels are unreliable because of political game playing, as Europe which depends on Russia for gas often finds out
As a tactic crocodile tears for the poor depended on those of us who understand the threat of climate change, or indeed anything, having some regard for the less well off and offering a hand because of the costs. Of course, if one says well, we can help the poor, those in denial say, not us boss. Today with solar and wind costing less than fossil fuels the situation has changed for the less expensive renewables
As Tom Peterson put it, we are in a modern age
Eli has pointed out telephone poles cost money and so do fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are an evil habit that drains the wallets of the poor. In isolated villages lighting is provided by kerosene lamps, and kerosene costs money, a significant amount for billions of poor villagers in Africa and Asia and Latin America@EthonRaptor @WhoIsRyanShaw @AlexEpstein Civilization depends on good communication too but I don't hear calls for more telephone landlines.— Thomas Peterson (@tomcarlpeterson) December 26, 2016
The situation with coal is even worse. Dirtier, heavier to carry and leaving a poisonous ash behind, to demand that the poor use coal to satisfy the political wishes of the fat and happy deniers of human progress in the developed world is, well what you expect from the fat and happy deniers of human progress in the developed world.
Given the short payback time (8 months and falling) microloans, donations and real charity not fake politically driven croc tears can contribute to lighting the remaining dark corners of the world.