China Well Ahead of the USA and Australia in a German Climate Policy League Table

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

In a league table prepared by the the German advocacy group Germanwatch, China scored 37/64, well ahead of the USA (55/64) and Australia (58/64).

Australia scores zero on climate policy in latest Climate Change Performance Index 

By Michael Doyle

Australia’s latest climate policies are failing to “take advantage of its potential” and rank last among nations in the latest Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).

Key points:

  • The CCPI is released every year and ranks countries in four categories
  • Overall, Australia was ranked as one of the worst-performing countries
  • Australia received a rating of “very low” in all four categories, the worst ranking

The annual rankings — published by German-based advocacy group Germanwatch — rank the performance of 63 nations and the European Union on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.

The performance index is measured by consulting experts in each country, according to the organisation, and evaluates each country’s progress working towards goals in the Paris Agreement.

Australia ranked 55th, overall, but was dead last in climate policy, the only country to receive no score in that category.

In its assessment, Australia received a “very low” rating across the board and was “trailing many developed economies”.

“The government does not have any policies on phasing out coal or gas, but CCUS [carbon capture, utilisation and storage] and hydrogen are being promoted as low-emissions technologies,” the report said.

“Even though the renewables electricity is growing, the experts believe that Australia has failed to take advantage of its potential, and other countries have outpaced it.”

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-10/australia-scores-zero-on-climate-policy-in-latest-report/100608026

The league table is available here.

China achieved a high ranking despite massive coal use, a rapidly expanding coal fleet, and efforts to accelerate the rate of coal use, such a recent order to coal mines to dig more coal as fast as possible, regardless of cost.

Perhaps greens are trying to signal we should all use more coal.

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Terry
November 9, 2021 10:06 pm

This is so ridiculous comments are unnecessary.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Terry
November 10, 2021 5:27 am

Australians ought to wear this like a Badge of Honor!

The only country to get a “zero” in a category. Bravo!

They pick on Australia because they can. Australia should tell them to go stuff it. And it looks like Australia pretty much has.

Now, if Australia could get rid of its petty dictators, they would be sitting pretty.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Terry
November 11, 2021 5:17 am

In a World where Boys declare themselves to be Girls (at the encouragement of those running our educa…ahh indoctrination systems) and the Government says “Make it so” and then looks the other way when boys molest girls in the “girls room”, then we can set aside necessity Terry. Words, ergo comments, have no meaning no matter the topic and Orwellian Newspeak has become the standard for our ever changing discourse.

The moral in this new postmodern reality: Be careful what you say today for tomorrow it is liable to get you cancelled. Literally.

Alexy Scherbakoff
November 9, 2021 10:18 pm

I think the Germans can go f@ck themselves. Actually, I think they already have.

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Lrp
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 9, 2021 11:12 pm

Them, and our ABC together

Forrest Gardener
Reply to  Lrp
November 10, 2021 12:55 am

Our ABC? Waddayamean our ABC? I’ve only ever heard discerning people refer to it as their ABC.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 10, 2021 8:38 am

“I think the Germans can go f@ck themselves. Actually, I think they already have.”

Yes they did, from 1939 to 1945. Paid a dear price for it.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
November 10, 2021 8:10 pm

I was referring to their current energy policy.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 9, 2021 10:51 pm

If the PRC is ranked against it’s 2015 commitments, and Australia is ranked against it’s 2015 commitments, and the Us is also ranked against its 2015 commitments, then the PRC will come out best, as it committed so little.

MJB
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 10, 2021 4:02 am

Yeah, but that straightforward analysis will never accompany this story.

DD More
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 10, 2021 1:25 pm

“And evaluates each country’s progress working towards goals in the Paris Agreement.”

What China did agreed to?

From the FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/11/fact-sheet-us-china-joint-announcement-climate-change-and-clean-energy-c

At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030.

In political spin talk, China will grow CO2 at the rate they want till 2030, then will increase the mix of non-fossil fuel (think nuclear power, thorium reactors & hydro growth of 3X the size of the Gorges Dam). Their planned growth doesn’t need what the West considers ‘renewables’. If you actually look at China Power future growth plan, Paris & Obama gave away the store to get exactly what China was planning to do anyway.

According to statistical data issued by CEC, In 2014, Hydro + Nuc = 19.23% + 2.28% = 21.51% They are already over the 20 percent

November 9, 2021 11:05 pm

There we are, to improve our ranking in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). we should be using much more coal and should have stayed well away from the COP26 in Glasgow just like China.

Abolition Man
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
November 10, 2021 5:19 am

nicholas,
I believe that China is actually pursuing the “all of the above” policy that President Trump espoused! Not only did they ignore the COP26 woketard festival, but they are building coal and nuclear power plants as fast as they can!
The ChiComs aren’t stupid enough to believe in the CAGW fairytale, but rather seem to believe that a period of cooling is imminent, and the best way to prepare for it is to develop as much as possible! They’re happy to support Western elites that wish to commit economic suicide by curtailing fossil fuel use, but they aren’t foolish enough to do the same.
China has a history of the masses rising up to overthrow dynasties that allow widespread pestilence and famine. Without cheap energy their people will likely revolt, and the CCP can not afford to appear too weak when many nations are looking at them as the disseminator of the ChiCom-19 virus through their US financed, bioweapons programs!

spock
November 9, 2021 11:12 pm

Please read these books, the two best books debunking climate change crap. Click the links to download a free copy. Please share with your family and friends.

The moral case for fossil fuels
http://library.lol/main/95AC3FC1E1D3768A2FF58A9556284B4E

Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom
http://library.lol/main/62F19352A7FD8FA7830C90D187094289

Martin Pinder
Reply to  spock
November 10, 2021 3:31 am

I have not read the first one, but I can certainly recommend the second. Beautifully demolishes loads of ‘greenie’ narratives.

Abolition Man
Reply to  spock
November 10, 2021 5:33 am

spock,
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to read Jim Steele’s “Landscapes and Cycles,” if you haven’t already! It gives a good, professorial look into many of the alarmist climate hoaxes, while explaining the actual science and data in clear and easily understood rebuttals! His series of videos on YouTube are also much the same, high quality, classroom-like lectures! I’d also recommend Michael Shellenberger’s “Apocalypse Never” for family and friends that are open to the possibility that things aren’t as bad as the purveyors of propaganda claim!

Unfortunately, Dr. Moore put a blurb from President Trump on the back cover of his book, so 35-40% of the public is going to immediately throw it out, if not burn it, as the TDS is strong in them! But if you black that out they might get a real awakening from reading it!

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Craig from Oz
November 9, 2021 11:24 pm

Wait, are high numbers good or bad?

We got zero for policy, but ranked 58? How do we get to 64? Do we need to knock down a few bird mulchers?

newt2u
Reply to  Craig from Oz
November 9, 2021 11:47 pm

Craig, these are rankings, i.e. you came 58th out of 64. Try harder next time!

Also can not understand the anti-chinese rhetoric on this forum from people who have seem to have no knowledge of the situation in China.

SxyxS
Reply to  newt2u
November 10, 2021 1:51 am

What kind of anti chinese rhetoric???
China gets super prefenterial treatment in every single discipline by the billionaires,It’s MSM ,the billionaires minions (= woke),NGO’ and the shit mentioned in this article.
They can put hundreds of thousands of muslims in concentration camps
while you are not even allowed to criticise them in your own countries
when they rape your women and children.
And worse:Neither are these chinese muslim far more criminal then the average as the muslims are in europe or set thousands of cars on fire(as in France)
they are no invaders as those in europe but are there since forever.

But somehow ,no matter how much the chinese violate every single “value” of the crazy woke ,be it muslims,Tibetans, climate,co2 ,human rights,Taiwan,
systematic colonization in africa,
social credit system,mass surveillance,concentration camps (oh wait,social credit system,surveillance,concentration camps are integral part of marxism and woke fascism,therefore no reason to complain )
nothing happens.
No protests,no call for sanctions and boycotts(other countries have been bombed and destroyed for much less).No crying Hollywood pedos,politicians ,billionaires and activists.

Why- because the billionaires want it that way and the billionaires perfect minion (hippiewoke 2.0 =)goes along with it.

China is being treated far too good,not just by woke standards.

Abolition Man
Reply to  newt2u
November 10, 2021 5:03 am

newt2u,
The rhetoric isn’t anti-Chinese, it’s anti-Chinese Communist Party!
If you can’t tell the difference between the hardworking, but horribly oppressed, people of China; and the international crime cartel that enslaves, tortures, and murders them under the guise of Marxism; then you are part of the problem!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 10, 2021 5:33 am

“The rhetoric isn’t anti-Chinese, it’s anti-Chinese Communist Party!”

There you go!

The Chinese Communist Party deserves all the criticism it gets on this forum.

We don’t blame the Chinese people since they have no say in what their communist leadership does, but we do blame the communist leadership for their numerous crimes against humanity.

MarkW
Reply to  newt2u
November 10, 2021 5:55 am

Care to actually refute any of this so called “anti-chinese” rhetoric?
Or are you going to be one of those people who don’t believe we are allowed to discuss any negative aspects of China?

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  newt2u
November 10, 2021 1:09 pm

You could have saved time and stopped at “can not understand”

HotScot
Reply to  Craig from Oz
November 9, 2021 11:50 pm

By all accounts, if you dig up coal, but don’t burn it, you’re blamed for it’s emissions. It’s called double dipping as the Chinese are also blamed for burning the coal they buy from Australia.

No wonder the climate predictions are wrong if the loonies are doubling up on CO2 in the atmosphere.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  HotScot
November 10, 2021 1:10 am

Australian coal exported and burnt overseas is counted as Australian emissions in Australia.

HotScot
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 10, 2021 9:35 am

That’s what I said.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 10, 2021 1:00 pm

Apparently it’s only the emissions involved in mining and transporting it which are counted against Australia. The emissions from using it (either thermal or metallurgical coal) are counted at the point of use.
I don’t know which party the international shipping is allocated to – perhaps even the country of registration of the vessel

Megs
Reply to  HotScot
November 10, 2021 5:50 pm

The Chinese wouldn’t be able to manufacture renewables without our coal. They’re necessary ‘ingredients’ as well as fuelling the furnaces! No one has actually reduced their emissions, they’ve simply exported them to China.

Chris Hanley
November 10, 2021 12:01 am

As senior journalist Chris Mitchell wrote in Monday’s Australian newspaper in an article headlined: ‘ABC Backs the Other Guy, Again’ (apropos Morrison vs Macron) that the predominately Left/Green journalists at the taxpayer-funded ABC ‘just can’t resist stories claiming Australia’s international reputation is being harmed’.

LdB
Reply to  Chris Hanley
November 10, 2021 9:00 pm

I saw polling that when Morrison took on Macron his popularity went up everywhere except inner city suburbs. Current the idiots at COP26 think there will be a COP27 November next year and they will somehow pressure countries like Australia, China and Russia to do more. With an election next year this would be really amusing as an election issue that is very unpopular.

fretslider
November 10, 2021 12:11 am

Damp squib game

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 12:13 am

Australia scores zero? What are you Aussies doing ? Feeding coal to infants?

In other green insanities we hear from the UK’s deranged national broadcaster that if we carry on as at present we may interrupt the cycle of ice ages regularly covering Europe and North America – with the implication that this would be a bad thing.

And most amusingly, that there are not enough qualified engineers willing to work on electric vehicles and keep them serviced – 35,000 too few apparently. Does that matter when despite endless exhortations most people don’t want the wretched contraption?

Walter Pate
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 12:57 am

Come on, everyone wants a rolling toxic waste site in their garage….

Abolition Man
Reply to  Walter Pate
November 10, 2021 4:57 am

Walter,
Don’t forget explosively inflammable! We wouldn’t want the fires warming alarmist hearts to go unnoticed!

Megs
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 10, 2021 6:06 pm

We’re up to around 150 sq km of wind and solar existing, approved and in negotiation. Amongst the mix is 63 7MW wind turbines each at 280m high. A number of large scale, 400MW plus solar, and three backup BESS. These batteries will be 200MW, 441MW and 500MW. Makes the Hornsdale batteries look like a tonka toy. This is only what’s happening near our town, there’s plenty more happening in nearby towns too. Massive grass fires are not uncommon here so the thought of having all those batteries just a few kilometres from town is quite frightening to be honest.

Australia’s not doing enough? What they are doing is going on prime agricultural land. Australia’s land mass, 7.692 million sq km. Only 6% of this land is arable land. Still, we really need to fight hard to reduce our 0.04% total ‘global’ CO2 emissions.

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MarkW
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 5:59 am

There was a time when people did give small doses of charcoal to children. I forget what it was supposed to treat.

MarkW
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 6:00 am

What special qualifications are needed to work on electric vehicles. I thought half the selling point was that they are so much simpler than ICE vehicles.

Mr.
Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2021 8:25 am

Beat me to it.
What are EV service people supposed to do other than replace tyres and brake pads?

MarkW
Reply to  Mr.
November 10, 2021 10:13 am

The only thing I can think of is special training for dealing with the high voltages involved. However that training shouldn’t take more than half a day or so.
I’ve dealt with much higher voltages and the only training I got was my boss telling me to be careful.

Mr.
Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2021 2:32 pm

And wear one of those hi-vis vests of course?

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 11:43 am

A slight comment from someone who speaks a different version of English. Folks who work on cars are mechanics, and folks who spend 4 years of more studying maths, physics and various aspects of how things work, then apply that knowledge to designing and developing new things are engineers. I know, because I are one.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 10, 2021 11:44 am

Arrrgh – “4years or more”, not 4 years of more”.

Chuck no longer in Houston
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 10, 2021 1:29 pm

I started my career as a mechanic and technician in the Navy as an Electricians Mate. Afterwards, went back to college and got the engineering degree. I was miles ahead of my classmates at that point.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 10, 2021 1:47 pm

Perfectly fair point, but the word engineer was used in the news report. I have nothing but immense respect for engineers. They make the world we live in work.

H.R.
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 10, 2021 6:59 pm

Who operates the locomotives on the railroads? Engineers!

My dad was an engineer. When I was a kid, I thought he went to work every day and ran a train. Only later did I find out that he was not “that kind” of engineer.

I admit I was disappointed when I found out.

M Courtney
November 10, 2021 12:14 am

There are 4 stages of Action on Climate Change and they are different.

A) Reached Net Zero. No-one’s done that as it is impossible with current technology.

B) Spending resources to reach Net Zero. We in the UK are doing this. It can’t work with current technology and requires everyone else to do it too.

C) Promising to spend resources to reach Net Zero at a later date. China and many other are doing this. Of course, as China showed over Hong Kong, they can always change their mind before it comes to opening the purse-strings.

D) Just ignoring it. No-one does that as it costs the same as C, economically, with a bigger diplomatic cost.

There is a difference. Not all countries are being equally sensible.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  M Courtney
November 10, 2021 1:11 am

Net zero is an accounting trick. It has no meaning in reality.

fretslider
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 10, 2021 1:52 am

How does one offset exhaling?

John Dawson
Reply to  fretslider
November 10, 2021 2:29 am

You commit suicide.

M Courtney
Reply to  John Dawson
November 10, 2021 4:13 am

That’s mitigation.
Offsetting would be murder.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  John Dawson
November 10, 2021 10:46 am

Purification accelerates CO2 emissions. Suicide is NOT the answer.

MarkW
Reply to  fretslider
November 10, 2021 6:03 am

Eating?

DD More
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 10, 2021 1:37 pm

Pat – “It has no meaning in reality.”

And Net-0, has No Affect on Reality.

Forrest Gardener
November 10, 2021 12:52 am

I’ll claim the ranking as a badge of honour for my nation. After all in a race to economic suicide last place is where you want to be.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
November 10, 2021 1:06 am

This

Dennis
November 10, 2021 1:10 am

That hat should contain a Bat.

Wuhan species.

bonbon
November 10, 2021 1:34 am

Curiously germanwatch, an NGO,
https://germanwatch.org/en/15057
got all involved with Soros when his operations were thrown out of Hungary, and moved to Berlin.

Dennis
Reply to  bonbon
November 10, 2021 1:39 am

“I think we are dealing with an octopus …. advertising as news. It’s skilfully done. The methods of seducing the media, the ingenuity of the spin has reached the point where we, as a general public, have never been lied to by such sophisticated means as now.”

John le Carre – to Paul Sheehan author of The Electronic Whorehouse.

Reply to  bonbon
November 10, 2021 1:46 am

In a league table prepared by the the German advocacy group Germanwatch, China scored 37/64, well ahead of the USA (55/64) and Australia (58/64).

Tom Abbott
Reply to  zee raja
November 10, 2021 5:40 am

And?

bonbon
Reply to  bonbon
November 10, 2021 1:57 am

Seems to be a part of Transparency International, of Prince Philip and World Bank execs.
So a CO2 index, a corruption index, and whatnot. No elected government has a chance…

griff
November 10, 2021 1:56 am

china appears to have scored higher on the basis of the amount of renewable energy it actually has, and on having a detailed climate policiy (even though it doesn’t seem to be doing much to implement it)

Instructive to read the detailed USA assessment, especially in comparison with that of the UK.

Dennis
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 2:07 am

Are you aware of the stockpiling in China, oil supplies, coal and other fuels for military purposes and domestic because they are sceptics and understand that there is a new cooling underway?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 2:17 am

You have heard the phrase smoke and mirrors and Chinese handshakes?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 5:41 am

I saw something the other day claiming Germany was building ships for the Chicom military.

Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 5:45 am

griffter,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, hah! Your comedy routine is really improving! Did you get new writers?
Please keep up the effort; your comments are almost always enough for a good laugh, and the responses they elicit constantly take my ongoing education to higher level!

MarkW
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 6:15 am

So it doesn’t matter that China has doubled the amount of CO2 it produces, so long as it claims it is also adding renewable energy.

LdB
Reply to  griff
November 10, 2021 4:44 pm

So Griff being such an advanced nation in your view has the UK stopped dumping effluent into the oceans yet or is the great pooh debacle still ongoing?
#StoolBritannia

I see they finally took carbon credits off Drax another great UK advanced idea.

I really don’t think the UK has much any country would want to follow or do to be that “advanced” 🙂

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Sean
November 10, 2021 2:58 am

I though CCP stood for Chinese Communist Party. Perhaps the I stands for international? Whatever it means the ranking says more about the rankers than the ranked and seem to be a figure of merit for paying lip service to a cult.

mikee
November 10, 2021 3:30 am

The NGO behind this report about Australia is Germanwatch. Reading through some of their publications the name George Soros and The Open Society surfaces fairly regularly. The Open Society may be a source for Germanwatch funding. China gets off very lightly!!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  mikee
November 10, 2021 5:42 am

Yeah, George is only interested in destroying Western Society.

Dennis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 10, 2021 5:49 pm

SSoros?

FrankH
November 10, 2021 3:36 am

CCP I? Really?

Is the CCP marking its own homework?

Abolition Man
Reply to  FrankH
November 10, 2021 5:47 am

FrankH,
No, they’re just bribing the TA that does the grading!

Russell
November 10, 2021 3:50 am

“Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool for tracking the climate protection performance of 60 countries and the EU.”
Well there’s another word “independent” that has lost all original meaning. If any of these folks are not totally dependent on the climate gravy train they should highlight them in the report appendix. I cannot check some because they are non-English and, of course, that is by design and my ignorance at fault. Not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Quilter 52
November 10, 2021 3:53 am

What a joke. Those idiots have no knowledge of the circumstances and ignorant that Australia was one of the few countries that met their Kyoto agreements and made inroads on Paris while the pontificating Germans did near nothing except tell everyone else what to do.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Quilter 52
November 10, 2021 4:49 am

“Germans did near nothing except tell everyone else what to do”. Sounds familiar!!!

MarkW
Reply to  Alan the Brit
November 10, 2021 6:18 am

Sounds like pretty much every liberal I have ever met.

Mr.
Reply to  Quilter 52
November 10, 2021 8:45 am

I note also that now the CoP keystone cops are pushing the idea of funding developing countries to stop cutting down their forests.

Ex Conservative Aussie Prime Minister John Howard proposed funding Indonesian farmers to the tune of half a billion a year from Australia’s foreign aid, paying them to not clear land for palm oil plantations.

The catch was that Howard wanted these payments to go directly from Aussie Treasury to Indonesian farmers, not via the UN or Indonesian government.
And to be counted as part of Australia’s emissions reduction efforts.

Of course this proposal was rejected by all the usual international circus performers, but not the farmers.
So predictable.

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Dave Andrews
Reply to  Quilter 52
November 10, 2021 9:28 am

Yes.

The pontificating Germans are going to keep their coal powered stations going to 2038 and aren’t averse to calling on Polish lignite burning plants when needed nor Russian gas. Other than that they are right on message!

Barry James
November 10, 2021 4:41 am

Well how about that! Scomo must be doing something right after all. There is hope for us still.

Laertes
November 10, 2021 4:45 am

That’s because the CCPI index measures communism (like the CCCP).
From WIkipedia: “CCCP (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик) is a Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)“.

Otherwise I see zero sense in this. China will INCREASE CO2 emissions up until 2030, and it already is the most emitting country on Earth. They aim for “net zero” at 2060, 10 years after Western economies freeze to death in winter.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Laertes
November 10, 2021 5:50 am

Laertes,
Actually, I believe that China’s goal is to attain “net zero” just as soon as Hell freezes over; or the next glacial onset begins; whichever comes first!

willem post
November 10, 2021 5:09 am

EXCERPT from:

WIND AND SOLAR TO PROVIDE 30 PERCENT OF FUTURE NEW ENGLAND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-and-solar-provide-50-percent-of-future-new-england

Energy systems analysts of Denmark, Ireland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, etc., have known for decades, that if you have a significant percentage of (wind + solar) on your grid, you better have available:
 
– An adequate capacity, MW, of other power plants to counteract any variations of (wind + solar), 24/7/365, year after year.
– High-capacity connections to nearby grids
– An adequate capacity of energy storage, such as:

1) Pumped hydro storage
2) Hydro plants with reservoir storage
3) Grid-scale battery systems

The more presence of variable (wind + solar) on the NE grid, the more the other generators have to vary their outputs, which causes these other generators to be less efficient (more wear and tear, more Btu/kWh, more CO2/kWh).
Owners in countries with much wind and solar get compensated for their losses.
Those compensations are charged to the general public, not to the Owners of wind and solar systems, as part of the political (subsidy + cost shifting) regimen, to make wind and solar extra good.
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/high-costs-of-wind-solar-and-battery-systems

RE folks often advocate:
 
1) Electricity must be 100% renewable, or zero carbon, or carbon neutral by 2050
2) Getting rid of the remaining nuclear plants as soon as their licenses expire, or sooner
3) Getting rid of natural gas, coal, oil, propane to reduce CO2 to fight climate change
4) Adding biomass power plants (burning trees), because the combustion CO2 of biomass is “renewable”.

Closing Down “Dirty” Fossil Plants
 
Influential RE folks, using rules, regulations, and targets, forced utilities to become imprudent regarding reliability of production under all weather conditions. 
 
Accordingly, the UK, Texas and California had been closing down fossil plants, and building out wind and solar systems. Utilities took actions that greatly underestimated the risk to electricity production of too much weather-dependent wind and solar. All three had rolling blackouts, and 100% blackouts, that lasted several days, during weather events, similar to what had occurred in the past.

1) The UK, due to long periods with minimal wind in the UK and nearby countries.
2) Texas, due to a rare frost adversely affecting the outputs of gas plants and wind turbines
3) California, due to high electricity demand during a US Southwest heat wave.
 
The minds of RE folks, who often have no technical education, get infected by the “wishful thinking” syndrome.
However, after some reflection of the physical realities of energy systems, that syndrome would immediately reveal themselves as irrational. 

However, because of group-think, and peer-pressure, and livelihood security, too few people dare speak out in opposition, and if they do, are squashed as heretics.

UN Nuclear Chief Sees Atomic Energy Role in Climate Fight
 
Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, sees near-zero-CO2 nuclear playing a key role regarding the world’s energy needs and CO2 reduction.
RE folks have demonized nuclear, because of accidents and nuclear waste processing and storage.
https://www.mymotherlode.com/news/science/2083337/un-nuclear-chief-sees-atomic-energy-role-in-climate-fight.html
 
Japan: Japan, with minimal domestic fossil fuel sources, adopted a new energy policy on October 22, 2021, that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching “carbon neutrality” in 2050.
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2021-10-22/japan-oks-plan-to-push-clean-energy-nuclear-to-cut-carbon

Vermont: Folks with RE business interests, financed a scare-mongering campaign for several years, to close down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, to “make room” on the grid for their own expensive, highly subsidized wind and solar electricity. See URL
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/high-costs-of-wind-solar-and-battery-systems

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, after producing at about 100% of design output for 500 days, would have a shut-down for a few weeks to refuel, then would produce at 100% of design output for another 500 days.

The plant had proven itself highly reliable for decades, with an annual capacity factor of over 90%. In fact, the entire US nuclear sector has an annual capacity factor of over 90%, which proves it is highly reliable.

Russia: Russia plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants and on-shore installations, based on Russian-made small modular reactors (SMRs). These units will be available for deployment to hard-to-reach areas of Russia’s North and Far-East, as well as for export. Such power plants could be used all over the world, instead of CO2-emitting fossil plants.

A Russian-built floating nuclear power plant is equipped with two KLT-40S reactor systems, each with a capacity of 35 MW, similar to those used on icebreakers. It is 144 m long and 30 m wide, and has a displacement of 21,000 metric ton. 

The project was started in May 2009. Reactors were installed in 2013. Since December 2019, the ship has been anchored at a dock in the City of Pevek, in northern Siberia, to provide electricity to power the ship and the entire town. 

Low-pressure steam exiting the low-pressure end of the steam turbine is used to produce hot water for domestic hot water and for building heating. The hot water is pumped, via underground piping, to a large number of nearby buildings, i.e., a near-zero-CO2, highly efficient (about 65%), DHW/district heating system.

https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/russia-tests-nuclear-powered-showers-siberia
https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-connects-floating-plant-to-grid
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akademik_Lomonosov

Joseph Zorzin
November 10, 2021 5:10 am

How about a table of nations with the most dependable/reliable energy?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 10, 2021 5:47 am

I bet China wouldn’t be on the top of that table.

Chicom authorities are saying to expect electricity shortages in China into 2022. How far into, is anyone’s guess.

MarkW
November 10, 2021 5:15 am

Here’s an example of how professional organizations become captured by activists and start ignoring science in favor of wokeness.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/american-medical-association-health-equity-guide-critical-race-theory

The “guide” also denigrates such concepts as meritocracy, individualism and the free market.

One example of the “guidance” given by the document:

The guide says doctors should not say “Low-income people have the highest level of coronary artery disease in the United States.”

Instead, it says, doctors should phrase the same idea like this: “People underpaid and forced into poverty as a result of banking policies, real estate developers gentrifying neighborhoods, and corporations weakening the power of labor movements, among others, have the highest level of coronary artery disease.”

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2021 5:49 am

Good God! The American Medical Association is putting out this crap! Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 10, 2021 10:31 am

What scares me is the role these guys have in the licensing of doctors.

I was reading an article yesterday, I can’t find it now. Some professor was declaring that grading is racist and indicative of a white supremacist mindset. He wanted students to be graded solely on how much effort they put into their assignments.

mikee
Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2021 6:34 pm

Meritocracy is the only honest way to be assessed. Feeling good about a subject does not solve problems when faced with a life and death scenario. Meritocracy in my later post-graduate defence studies saved my bacon on a couple of occasions when solving ballistics problems.

ResourceGuy
November 10, 2021 5:37 am

Come to think of it, how much engineering and tool sales from the U.S. and EU went into the coal mines and coal thermal plants? How much work from ABB and others went into China coal?

bluecat57
November 10, 2021 5:40 am

Wat? GMTA Terry.

Rob_Dawg
November 10, 2021 7:29 am

Good thing there wasn’t a “reforestation/deforestation” metric. The US would do much better and Brazil would plummet to the bottom.

Jeff Alberts
November 10, 2021 8:25 am

Don’t even know, or care, what a league table is.

Dennis S
November 10, 2021 9:12 am

Clearly the Leagues ideology is closest to Communist China than to western countries, so they ignore Chinas actual climate and environmental record.

ResourceGuy
November 10, 2021 9:38 am

Up is down again, got that.

Neo
November 10, 2021 10:12 am

I assume that the ranking inversely determines the potential for infusing cash into the process.

John Kelly
November 10, 2021 10:19 am

Well done Australia. But of course this ranking is all political.

bonbon
November 10, 2021 12:19 pm

A lot of comments here seem to originate with the US Epoch Times anti-China mouthpiece.

Here is the Epoch Times Falun Gong gathering in Nov 28 2015 Taipei, Taiwan :

“The Law Wheel Turns Unceasingly” formed by 6,300 Falun Gong practitioners on November 28.¨

The Law of the Wheel whispers the ¨Fourth Turning¨ mysticism ricocheting all over the web.
Deja Vu, anyone?

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Andy Pattullo
November 10, 2021 1:12 pm

Germanwatch would be yet another organization deserving of the rewards of failed evolution. The gene pool for political environmentalists is barely deep enough to dampen your socks.

Lark
November 10, 2021 1:27 pm

Because China is already completely Communist?

Dennis
Reply to  Lark
November 10, 2021 5:51 pm

Only members of the CCP, please do not blame the people generally, they have no choice or real freedom.

ATheoK
November 12, 2021 9:48 am

The annual rankings — published by German-based advocacy group Germanwatch — rank the performance of 63 nations and the European Union on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.”

Mode model idiocy.
Instead of measuring the end product where success is actually determined, these fools built their metrics around assumed process changes.

“Assumed process changes” are mostly talking points because most of the process changes they purport to measure actually fail at their assumed purpose, i.e., reduce CO₂.

Considered from a more enlightened point of view, e.g., damage to humans, damaged land area, damage to birds and bats, inability to consistently deliver energy to the public; Germany achieves all of these negatives without any real benefit.

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