The French must go to the end of their action and their reflection, without taboos, asking the President to show the evidence justifying the necessity of this energy transition led to forced march.
By Michel Gay.
The bill of energy transition will climb in France in the coming years and it will pay well in one way or another.
The bill will climb ...
Emmanuel Macron announced on November 27, 2018 the tripling of the number of wind turbines, the multiplication by five of photovoltaic electricity, and the will to invest " EUR 7 to 8 billion Per year in renewable energies.
The French have narrowly avoided the rise in the carbon tax on fuels, but they will be strangled by other bills that will climb from year to year ...
The additional cost of the CSPE contribution on the electricity bill already represents 154 euros per year on average for each French household in order to mainly finance the producers of wind and photovoltaic electricity.
An independent study by the association Save the Climate believes that reducing the share of nuclear power from 75% to 50% in the French electricity mix could cost up to 850 euros each year to every French household.
All taxes paid by the consumer / taxpayer through ecological taxation already reaches 50 billion euros per year.
There is the CSPE (Contribution to the public electricity service, the TURPE (tariff of use of public electricity networks) on its electricity bill, the TICPE on fuels, the TICGN on gas, and 'other…
The rise in electricity prices will degrade the competitiveness of French companies, whereas, thanks to nuclear energy, it was until now rather a strong point.
These considerable expenses of the French will not even have an influence on their CO2 emissions. It must be remembered, however, that CO2 is not a pollutant. It is even a food of the vegetation, via photosynthesis, with the water and the minerals that it draws in the ground. Without CO2 there would be no life on Earth.
In addition, virtually all equipment related to renewable energy will be imported (including China and Germany) because the French industry has not been able to create a wind turbine manufacturing sector and has seen disappearing that of the production of cells PV.
So why not maintain and strengthen the current system that provides a reliable and cheap electricity supply with low greenhouse gas emissions in France? Electricity is twice as cheap for individuals, and its production emits five times less CO2 per kilowatt hour than in Germany
The strange scenarios of RTE
The five futuristic scenarios of RTE plan to partially replace the nuclear (whose production is controllable) intermittent renewable energies, such as wind and photovoltaic, the production of which is fatal according to the climatic conditions.
Strangely, these scenarios provided by RTE do not guarantee that electricity generation will be sufficient at all times to meet the demand. At times, it will lack a power of about 20 gigawatts (20 nuclear reactors) to avoid the general collapse of the power grid (black-out), without this seeming to shock the boss of this public company.
In addition, the Foundation for Research on Public Administration and Public Policy (IFRAP) emphasized the lack of economic evaluation of these scenarios, the costs of which would be 40% to 80% higher than in the current situation.
Each country must first make sure to meet the demand by its own means and not systematically rely on neighboring countries that may be lacking in case of need.
Where is the emergency?
The Paris Climate Agreement signed at COP21 in 2015 allows major CO2 emitters (China, India and emerging countries) to continue to increase their emissions until 2030, with a non-binding commitment to start then decrease ... maybe.
France weighs only 1% of CO2 emissions worldwide. His efforts will be insignificant and completely engulfed by this increase.
The urgency would rather be to clean up the public accounts by stopping to squander tens of billions of euros in the stalemate of wind and photovoltaic renewable energies. This virtuous policy would then make it possible to finance an energy transition towards nuclear electricity, which will prevail in the face of the unavoidable depletion of fossil resources during this century (smart enough to predict when).
A necessary debate on the "consensus"
This theory of global warming, which is so successful (rightly or wrongly), has allowed, until today, to set up lucrative financial circuits of subsidies between "friends and rascals" at a record level ...
Not wanting to endorse the label of disgraceful polluters, some French say they share the need for energy transition.
However, the energy policy of the government, now defined by the vicious law of energy transition for green growth of August 2015 (LTECV), will impoverish them.
The French must go to the end of their action and their reflection, without taboo, asking the President to show the evidence justifying the need for this energetic transition forced to march towards renewable energies, especially wind and photovoltaic, with their purse!
MEPs can propose and vote another ecological transition law that will be necessary to gradually move away from fossil fuels by replacing them with carbon-free electricity. But it should be based not on the increase of renewable energies, but on the development of nuclear electricity.
This would not be the only way to restore the prosperity of our economy and the purchasing power of the French, but it would be a good start not to impoverish them.
Abundant, available, and cheap energy is the foundation of a dynamic economic activity.