The United Nations is asking for an finish to silicon photo voltaic modules and wind generators – watts with that?
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t Breitbart; Guterres actually called for an end to coal, but since metallurgical coal is an integral part of the processes used to refine silicon and iron ore, Guterres has effectively called for an end to the construction of solar panels and wind turbines.
The Secretary General urges countries to end their “deadly reliance” on coal
End a “deadly addiction”
Mr Guterres underlined measures in three areas to end what he called “deadly reliance on coal”.
He urged countries to cancel all coal projects in the pipeline, particularly the 37 members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who are urged to do so by 2030.
The UN chief also appealed for an end to international funding for coal and for greater support for developing countries in the transition to renewable energies.
“I also urge all multilateral and public banks – as well as investors in commercial banks or pension funds – to shift their investments now into the new renewable energy economy,” he added.
Read more: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/03/1086132
There are ongoing attempts to find methods of refining iron ore that do not use coal, such as replacing carbon with hydrogen. However, these methods are still experimental. Refining iron ore with hydrogen is particularly problematic; Any hydrogen contamination of the end product creates a brittle, mechanically unstable steel.
And of course, steel itself is an alloy of iron and carbon.
I think it is possible that UN Secretary-General Guterres has no idea that coal has uses other than burning for energy.
Guterres also called for an “alignment” of public and private funds, whatever that means.