Real Economics blog – technologically literate, historically informed, politically progressive…

That is how the Real Economics blog describes itself on its title banner.  It goes on to explain to those who stumble across the blog that it ‘is about the economic and technological facts every Progressive needs to know–the neglected stories of the real economy’.

Like most immodest and self-regarding progressive sites in actual fact it is a complete pile of utter bollocks.

Being ‘progressive’ the author, Jonathan Larson, gravitates today to the German publication Spiegel as an authorative source for ‘news’ and impartial ‘commentary’ about energy and environment.  There Larson discovered a lead story: Poland wages war on efforts to save the climate and has unquestioningly used it as the basis of a blog post he titles Polish coal-aholics. Very witty, no?  His lengthy cut and paste job is preceded by his incisive observation and commentary thus:

It is abundantly clear that the Poles have ample historical reasons to hate all things German.  But just because the Germans believe burning coal is a disaster for the environment does not make it untrue—no matter what you believe about about German thought processes.

One more time.  The reason that Peak Oil and climate change are not being meaningfully addressed is because they are problems of applied science—Producer Class problems.  It doesn’t matter IF Al Gore is fat or is a mega energy hypocrite, climate change is still a fact beyond rational debate.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the Germans who want you to phase out coal-fired plants, it’s still a good idea.  There is nothing quite so strange as hearing political arguments being used to try to discredit hard science—it’s like children debating adults.

We really must work on this problem.

In the meantime, I would like someone to explain to me how the people of NW Denmark just went ahead and built a remarkably sustainable infrastructure while less than 500 miles away, a country actually chooses to invest in the most dirty lifestyle imaginable with no “reason” for doing it except to make a statement about an historical outrage.

If Larson – writer, inventor, builder and history buff that he is – had an ounce of the technological literacy or informed historic knowledge he claims, he would have spared himself the humiliation he deserves to have heaped on him for relying on Spiegel to provide balanced material about energy policy and environmentalism, upon which he based his anti-Polish rant.

I would like Larson to explain to me how he can write an ad hominem attack on the Poles for their desire to continue using coal, citing their apparent hatred of the Germans as their rationale, yet completely ignore the fact Germany is leading the dash for coal in Europe.  The chronically deluded and ill-informed Larson doesn’t mention it because Spiegel makes no reference to Germany’s coal rush in the article, let alone any explanation about why Germany is doing so as its renewables revolution collapses into costly abject failure.

So here’s some technological literacy and historic information for Larson to take onboard before someone sues him for misrepresentation in his blog title… As of the end of 2012 Germany has plans to build more than two dozen (that’s more than 24 if you didn’t know, Larson) coal fired power stations.  These are in addition to the eight stations that were fired up in the last couple of years that we have referenced previously.

So where is the formidably-informed Larson’s criticism of the Germans?  Is Germany’s dash for coal without reason?  Perhaps they are only doing it to make a statement about historical outrages they committed?  More likely though they are doing it to address their economic reality, a topic something Larson clearly remains in stunning ignorance of.

One of the labels applied to Larson’s blog post is ‘Abject Stupidity’.  With no sense of the delicious irony he served up, how right he is.

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8 Responses to “Real Economics blog – technologically literate, historically informed, politically progressive…”


  1. 1 tux1952 24/12/2012 at 12:28 am

    Sorry, just got in from the local, flashed through your posting and come to the conclusion that the guy’s a f**king idiot…must get out more…and where’s the corkscrew… Happy Christmas

  2. 2 Edward. 24/12/2012 at 12:47 am

    Without baseload, provided by nuclear electric generation, the Germans are in deep pooh.
    Their renewable generation is melting the grid and the outages are causing industry to relocate away from the Fatherland, not all is well in the Ruhr and Rheinische heartlands.
    Some info here.

  3. 3 Edward. 24/12/2012 at 12:49 am

    Oh and about Larson – tux 1952 is spot on!

    Happy xmas AM!

  4. 4 james higham 24/12/2012 at 8:26 am

    Like most immodest and self-regarding progressive sites in actual fact it is a complete pile of utter bollocks.

    Love your turn of phrase. Merry Christmas too.

  5. 5 giant bee 24/12/2012 at 9:20 am

    hilariously misinformed idiot.. Or does he do it on purpose? I suspect both. Anyway, Merry Xmas to you and all your readers Mr Mind.

  6. 6 The Gray Monk 24/12/2012 at 1:43 pm

    I live in Germany, and Der Spiegel is not regarded as the most authoritive source here. Like Guardian it has its agenda and sticks to it regardless of the facts.

    And I concur with you and those who have commented here, this guy is misinformed and technologically illiterate – but he may well be what passes for “progressive” these days …

  7. 7 mikemUK 24/12/2012 at 11:17 pm

    I read an item within the last 3 weeks (I think on GWPF site) about how Poland and other countries ‘interconnected’ to Germany’s national grid are being forced to introduce “surge protection” to protect their own national grids from the dreaded northern German windfarms.

    Apparently when these birdchoppers kick off in favourable conditions and having no proper means for their power distribution within Germany itself, their output is simply bunged into the system at large, threatening to overload whole national grids in neighbouring countries.

    So much for erratic renewables, German or otherwise.

  8. 8 Brian H 27/12/2012 at 6:03 am

    “climate change is still a fact beyond rational debate.” That phrasing alone fingers him as a nutbar without hope of redemption. The code words expand/translate into a claim that Anthropogenic climate change is certain, ruinous, and avoidable. None of those adjectives actually apply. In any degree whatsoever.


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