by Charles Rotter at wattsupwiththat.com
The stunning 37% plunge in Siemens Energy’s stock value should serve as a reality check for climate change alarmists. The cause, an escalating crisis in their wind turbine division, shows us that massive resources are being poured into a sector that is, in many ways, still uncertain and unproven. Instead of funneling resources towards potentially flawed green technology to tackle a problem that might not even exist, we should be focusing on optimizing reliable and efficient energy sources that have served us well for centuries, and a greater reliance on nuclear to provide base-load power.
The problem at Siemens Energy arose from a “substantial increase in failure rates of wind turbine components,” leading to a significant technical review and repair process expected to cost upwards of 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion). This is not just a company-specific problem but one that underlines the broader challenges facing the renewable energy sector.
The scale of these costs serves as a stark reminder of the vast amounts of money currently being funneled into green energy technology. While it might be considered commendable to explore new ways to generate power, it becomes problematic when the resources allocated towards these efforts are massively disproportionate to the measurable benefits they deliver, as well as proving to be unsustainable without massive government subsidies.
A significant portion of these investments is driven by the perceived need to combat climate change. However, there’s considerable debate around the magnitude and urgency of this issue. Is it truly necessary to disrupt entire sectors of the economy, invest trillions of dollars, and place our faith in unproven technologies to address a problem whose severity is far from unanimously agreed upon?
Siemens Energy’s troubles highlight the potential pitfalls of this approach. Despite enormous investments in wind energy, the technology is still prone to significant failures, leading to massive unforeseen costs. This raises questions about the overall effectiveness of this green transition and the wisdom of prioritizing these technologies over traditional energy sources.
Focusing on optimizing our existing energy infrastructure could lead to more immediate and cost-effective results. For example, improving the efficiency of traditional power plants, modernizing the electricity grid, and expanding nuclear power could all contribute to cleaner, more reliable energy without the risks and uncertainty associated with renewable technology.