Wind Turbines

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Re: Wind Turbines

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:37 pm

Witness wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:58 am
New offshore windfarms push UK renewables to record

Green energy provided almost a third of electricity between July and September

Major new offshore windfarms connecting to the grid pushed renewables to 33.1% of electricity generation across the quarter, up from 30% the year before.
Real progress! :WooHoo:

Or is it really?

Did the increase in energy production by renewables translate into an equivalent reduction in the burning of fossil fuels?
Global carbon emissions reached an all-time high in 2018, an extraordinary watermark in Earth’s history that underscores the need for faster and stronger action to address accelerating climate change, according to dozens of scientists.
No doubt all Trump's fault for pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement.
A report released yesterday by a consortium of researchers known as the Global Carbon Project finds that global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are likely to have increased by about 2.7 percent in 2018, after a 1.6 percent increase in 2017.

The rise comes after a three-year period in which emissions remained mostly flat—providing hope to some climate activists that global carbon emissions had reached their peak. The increases in 2017 and 2018 seem to suggest otherwise.
So I am now just starting to get a little bit skeptical of stories like this.

Yes, it may be true that the wind farms are producing more electricity than last year, but is all of the electricity being produced displacing the burning of fossil fuels that would otherwise produce the same electricity? :notsure:
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