COP 27 Has No Backup Plan to Replace Products from Oil


The U.N. COP27 conference was held in Egypt and attracted the global elites and more than four hundred private jets. All attendees recognize that the climate change is occurring, like it has for four billion years, but it seems that most lacked basic energy literacy that starts with the knowledge that renewable energy is only intermittent electricity generated from unreliable breezes and sunshine, as wind turbines and solar panels that cannot manufacture anything for the 8 billion on this planet.

The indisputable unpleasant facts are that renewables, like wind turbines and solar panels, CANNOT manufacture any of the oil derivatives that are the basis of the thousands of products that are the foundation of societies and economies around the world.

Fossil fuel products were the reasons the world populated from 1 to 8 billion in less than two hundred years. As much as world leaders wish to rid the world of emissions from fossil fuels, the world has yet to identify the replacement for the oil derivatives that are the basis of more than 6,000 products and fuels for our various transportation infrastructures.

p>COP attendees should also know that crude oil is useless unless it can be manufactured into something usable like the fuels for the heavy-weight and long-range transportation infrastructures of ships and jets and the derivatives that make the more than 6,000 products and fuels that have made our lives more comfortable.

  • Today we have 50,000 heavy-weight and long-range merchant ships that are moving products throughout the world.
  • Today we have 50,000 heavy-weight and long-range jets used by commercial airlines, private usage, and the military.

The World Economic Forum (WEF), the UN and their Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and banks that promote ESG, are an extremely dangerous precedent as the eight billion people on this planet never voted to give governments this sort of control over the products demanded by the eight billion on this planet.

COP27 attendees wishing to achieve zero emissions at virtually any cost, will face major supply chain issues of those exotic materials like lithium, cobalt, copper, zinc, and silicon, as well as the challenge of affordability. In addition, the availability and affordability of electricity from breezes and sunshine, and the ethical challenges from the mining of exotic materials that are exploiting folks in poorer countries, just for the elites to drive an EV.

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Ron Stein is an engineer who, drawing upon 25 years of project management and business development experience, launched PTS Advance in 1995. He is an author, engineer, and energy expert who writes frequently on issues of energy and economics.

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