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Biden’s Energy Transition Based on “Unobtainium” Fantasy
Engineers and scientists use the word unobtainium to refer to energy sources that cost almost nothing, have a long life, are 100% reliable, have zero environmental impact, and are ethically produced. President Joe Biden and his environmental activist allies want us to believe that wind and solar power satisfy such criteria. But, as Mark P. Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York City, explains, unobtainium is actually just:
“the magical energy mineral found on the planet Pandora in the movie, Avatar. It’s a fantasy in a science fiction script. But environmentalists think they’ve found it here on earth in the form of wind and solar power. They think all the energy we need can be supplied by building enough wind and solar farms; and enough batteries.
“The simple truth is that we can’t. Nor should we want to—not if our goal is to be good stewards of the planet.”
In reality, wind and solar power facilities are expensive, short-lived, unreliable, and arguably the least environmentally friendly energy sources on the planet. To top it off, human rights abuses galore are found throughout the supply chain of these machines. Listen to our discussion with Mark Mills in this week’s episode to learn why this is the case.
Besides his work at the Manhattan Institute, Mark is also a faculty fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and a strategic partner with the energy-tech venture fund Montrose Lane.
Mark served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan and subsequently provided science and technology policy counsel to a variety of private-sector firms and the Department of Energy and U.S. research laboratories.
In 2016, Mark was named “Energy Writer of the Year” by the American Energy Society. He has testified before Congress numerous times and briefed state public-service commissions and legislators.
“Unobtanium” works fine in the movies. But we don’t live in movies. We live in the real world.”
References relevant to this show:
- “Unobtanium,” Prager University video by Mark Mills
- Books written by Mark P. Mills:
- The Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and a Roaring 2020s (Encounter Books, 2021),
- Digital Cathedrals (2020)
- Work in the Age of Robots (2018)
- Mills earlier coauthored (with Peter Huber) The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy (Basic Books, 2005).
- “The Energy Transition to Net-Zero Emissions is an Evil Joke of Greedy Globalists,“ by Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris, May 18, 2022, America Out Loud
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