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Kunstler: Yakking with Chris Nelder about Energy Transition

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Chris Nelder is a Manager in the Mobility practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he heads the EV-grid Integration team. Chris has written about energy and investing for more than a decade. He is the author two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, SmartPlanet, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In his spare time, he hosts the Energy Transition Show podcast. He enjoys bantering with other energy geeks on Twitter at @chrisnelder.

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13 Comments on "Kunstler: Yakking with Chris Nelder about Energy Transition"

  1. dave thompson on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:02 pm 

    This conversation is a whole lotta speculation and very little substance. Nelder talks about reaching 10% renewables as the tipping point, world wide we are at 1% renewables after 20 years, humans have a long way to go.

  2. Boat on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:18 pm 

    Not true Dave. Hydro is considered a renewable. If you talk green energy you would add nuclear to the mix. Now the world is close to 20 percent non FF. Which is how energy should be described IMO. FF or non FF energy. Batteries are neither green or a FF but negate the need for some energy. Non FF category.

  3. MASTERMIND on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:32 pm 

    Why does kunt play that lame ass music at the start of his podcast? Jesus Christ he longs for the good old days…LOL

  4. MASTERMIND on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:37 pm 

    I stopped listening when I heard this bozo was a renewable idiot.

    Renewable energy ‘simply won’t work’: Top Google engineers

    Bill Gates: We need global ‘energy miracles’

    Solar and Wind produced less than one percent of total world energy in 2016 – IEA WEO 2017

    UC Davis Peer Reviewed Study: It Will Take 131 Years to Replace Oil with Alternatives
    (Malyshkina, 2010)

    University of Chicago Peer Reviewed Study: predicts world economy unlikely to stop relying on fossil fuels (Covert, 2016)

    Shortage of resources for renewable energy and food production (Rhodes 2011)

    Top scientists show why powering US using 100 percent renewable energy is a delusional fantasy

    Why sustainable power is unsustainable

    Renewable energy mix played role in SA blackout, third AEMO report confirms

    At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system

    Desert sun in Qatar too hot for solar panels to work

    Air Pollution Casts Shadow over Solar Energy Production

    Germany’s Expensive Gamble on Renewable Energy

    Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables

    The Curse of Energy Efficiency (Jevon’s Paradox)

    IEA Sees No Peak Oil Demand ‘Any Time Soon’

  5. MASTERMIND on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:38 pm 

    This dude is a fruit cake who doesn’t know shit about energy! The cost of batteries and solar and wind, could drop to zero. And it wouldn’t matter because they are worthless.

  6. dave thompson on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 10:39 pm 

    Boat,I do not see nukes as being “green” after you add in all of the FF inputs to build them and decommissioning costs to shut them down what do you end up with in the way of green?
    Yes Hydro might be considered “green” but the problem is that the sites that can be utilized, have all been taken with environmental issues that have been ignored such as methane release from standing reservoirs and destruction of fisheries.
    Wind and solar are the “green” alternatives I am referring to and they stand at about 1-2% worldwide and holding. Even with extensive build out of facilities in some regions wind and solar are no where near enough to say humans are “transitioning to green tech” saving our collective hides.

  7. makati1 on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 11:03 pm 

    “…. Hydro is considered a renewable.”

    Only until the glaciers feeding the rivers melt or the rainfall turns to desert. Coming soon to a hydro near you.

  8. Boat on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 11:39 pm 


    Your talking to clog types about saving the hide. Renewables only work if they save money. Texas had wind, lots of it. Up to 18 percent with coal plants shutting down. The world doesn’t have Texas wind so I don’t expect the same results unless tech keeps advancing.

  9. Boat on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 11:42 pm 


    I think most hydro will outlive you. You may be right if you believe in reincarnation.

  10. dave thompson on Mon, 16th Apr 2018 11:54 pm 

    Boat you are right about costs in terms of monetary gains and loss. But the real long term biophysical costs over the long term are rarely if ever addressed in our capitalistic deception of reality.

  11. makati1 on Tue, 17th Apr 2018 12:41 am 

    Boat, I expect another 20 years, if I am lucky. I will likely see many hydro systems fail for many reasons. Just like any other claim to being ‘renewable’ they ALL require FFs to continue to exist. And a financial system to support them. Both are going away fast.

  12. Theedrich on Wed, 18th Apr 2018 3:43 am 

    The U.S.-Yid tactic: make 20 mill Yemenis die.  For the sake of U.S.-Zionist “interests,” of course.  Mere collateral damage in the anti-Iran proxy war as we help the Saudis preserve our access to their oil, according to the pact which Franklin Delano Roosevelt set up with the original King Saud in February 1945 right after Frankie had slaughtered a quarter of a million civilians in Dresden.  In the words of the immortal Madeleine Albright, “We think it’s worth it.”

    While the U.S. anti-Trump media obsesses over the full-service porno activities of an aging slut starlet with Donald Trump a decade ago, or the “mission accomplished” in Syria by rocketing a Damascus research institution over some possible use of gas, the five-year-old Yankee-assisted genosuide in Yemen gets virtually no mention.  Our paraplegic Congress holds hearings on the issue, as it does on the exploding narcotics pandemic, but similarly, nothing is or will be done.  Because the only thing that matters is bribes from oligarchs, lobbyists and “money-bundlers” working behind the scenes.

    Due to the fact that the U.S., emerging during the utopia-fancying Enlightenment, had virtually no natural enemies on its borders, America has always been dysfunctional.  But in the first century and a half, that did not matter, because we were isolated from reality.  We could pretend to be the chosen people of the Kike god, Yahweh, and murder to our hearts’ content with His approval.

    Now, however, the oceanic barriers have shrunken, and annihilation can be half an hour away at most.

    But that still does not change the infantile Yankee mindset.  We are still sending young men to remote places to die, or to return with suicide-inducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties.  Yet today achieving nothing but stalemate in return.

    Oh, granted:  the “greatest nation on earth,” by threatening to end all life on earth, is now forcing North Korea to come to the bargaining table to surrender its nuclear weapons.  The Pentagon feels so impowered.  Yes, the Imperium Americanum will have finally achieved peace on a subjugated earth.  Just like in a cemetery.

  13. MASTERMIND on Wed, 18th Apr 2018 5:10 am 

    World trade system in danger of being torn apart, warns IMF

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