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An Interlude While I’m not publishing articles on energy issues during the COVID-19 crisis, you may be interested in one of my books to pass the time. The current issue of the USNI Proceedings magazine discussed the Navy’s lack of mine warfare capability. The use of mines was a pivotal
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…Another Threat Eliminated… For years, activists have claimed that increased warming will unleash overwhelming amounts of methane from the tundra. They have said it will be the tipping point from which there is no recovery. It is, supposedly, the ultimate existential threat from global warming. Now, a new study from
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…The Death of Nuclear Power… This headline from an article in EnergyPostEU suggests a dismantling of nuclear power, and its death by the end of this century: “200 – 400 Nuclear reactors to be decommissioned by 2040” The death of nuclear can be attributed to environmentalists and activists who sowed
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…Bureaucratic Blight… Parkinson’s Law, published in 1957, may be the best book ever written about bureaucracies. Parkinson’s Law is best known for its whimsical, but truthful, law on work: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” The book begins by describing how the number of
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…Nothing to Fear from CO2… Over the past few months, several highly qualified scientists have announced that CO2 is not an existential threat to mankind. In December of last year, Dr. William Happer unveiled data demonstrating there would be little temperature change as the result of a doubling of atmospheric
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…Climate Hysteria and Flooding in the Great Lakes… Once again, the Great Lakes are cited as proof of climate change. This time because of high water levels. A few years ago, it was because of low water levels. One article from the National Geographic a few years ago was titled,
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…Gravity Storage of Electricity… The granddaddy of gravity storage is Pumped Storage, where water is pumped to a higher elevation, using electricity that’s not needed to meet demand, where the water is stored and then released to flow downhill, through generators to generate electricity when electricity is needed to meet
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…Oil Stocks are the New Tobacco?… “Oil stocks are the new tobacco, in ‘death knell phase,’” said Jim Cramer on his TV show. While this article in no way attempts to make stock market predictions, it can point out why Cramer is wrong. Cramer is too close to those who
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…5G and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles… Virtually all autonomous vehicle efforts have relied on the mapping of roads, to allow vehicles to know where they are located, coupled with cameras, radar, LIDAR and GPS. The mapping of roads, including the location of stop signs, pedestrian crossings and other vital
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…How the Media Misleads Americans… Never a day goes by without observing how the media and some politicians try to mislead the American public. Recently, T&D World, located in New York City, published an article referring to the Grid as “The Internet of Electricity.” While it’s true that the Grid
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…Gambling With Freedom… Climate change hysteria could force Americans to gamble with their freedom. If we embrace the fear mongering associated with climate change, we will opt for regulations with their accompanying bureaucracies that are always associated with government regulations.  Bureaucracies are the bane of freedom. Refer back to the
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…BEV Report Card for 2019… In many respects, sales of battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) were a disappointment in 2019, while future prospects, especially in Europe, seem brighter. Stock prices shouldn’t be confused with progress. US BEV sales increased by only one percent, an extremely disappointing increase given all the media hype.
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…Nuclear Power and Climate Hysteria… The Washington Examiner recently published an article, Nuclear energy is critical to the goal of reaching zero greenhouse gas emissions. They also said, it was an iffy bet. But, it’s not just iffy … it’s virtually an impossible dream. While I enthusiastically support nuclear power
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…Germany Continues to Destroy its Economy… Germany’s GDP grew by 0.6% in 2019, the weakest economic growth since 2013. But growth in the previous two years had also been anemic at 1.5% and 2.2% in 2018 and 2017 respectively. Now Germany is about to eviscerate its car industry, its main
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…Have You Heard of MOPR?… The minimum offer price rule (MOPR) is symbolic of a struggle that’s going on behind the scenes where Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) are surreptitiously forcing the use of wind and solar onto the grid. It’s hidden from the public because it’s part of a complex
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…Another Bogus News Story on Energy… Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline: Billions of Dollars Up in Smoke. The article went on to chastise energy companies for flaring natural gas rather than capturing it for use. It claimed that the energy companies should pay a
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…It’s Time to Protect the Grid… The sun may be a greater threat to the grid than Iran or North Korea. “It began around 6:30 in the evening on August 28. An aurora spread across the northern sky as far south as Cuba. The greatest intensity in color was at
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…Why There is Good News Now… In 2006, when Al Gore released his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, not too many people were aware that global warming might be a threat to mankind.  It’s understandable that many people found the movie’s storyline to be credible, and, though terribly flawed, the movie
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…Good News for Humanity, Part 2… In a prior article, Dr. Happer established that doubling CO2 from 400 ppm to 800 ppm would have virtually no effect on the Earth’s temperatures. He showed a second diagram at the Madrid press conference that demonstrated the same conclusion for Methane gas. It
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…Good News for Humanity, Part 1… Every newspaper and TV News Broadcast should have heralded the most important news story from Madrid in December. This diagram puts to rest the idea that CO2 is a threat to mankind. The top curve is the theoretical heat loss from the Earth into
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…Madness Radiates from Europe… The Madness of Crowds was on full display when the UNFCCC’s COP 25 ended in Madrid. The Madness of Crowds, by Mackay, describes previous events in history where crowds seemed to gravitate to some unlikely and typically insane idea, such as in the Tulip Mania, the
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…A Modern Story of Hope… In 1948, after enduring years of war, people prayed for peace ever after, as expressed by this popular wartime song: There’ll be bluebirds over The white cliffs of Dover Tomorrow Just you wait and see There’ll be love and laughter And peace ever after Tomorrow
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…Economic Impact of CO2 Policies… Shouldn’t economists begin to evaluate the impact of CO2 climate policies? Most attention is given to trade conflicts, especially between the US and China, with stock market swings attributed to the latest trade news. But economic charts seem to point elsewhere. The first two charts
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…New Danish Hurricane Study Faulted… The University of Copenhagen announced a new study that, quoting from its website:  “Surveyed the most destructive hurricanes on the south and east coast of the USA, using new calculation methods that show, unequivocally, a connection between climate change and the most destructive hurricanes.” Roger
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…Debunking Phony Hurricane Myth… Radical environmentalists continue to claim that CO2 emissions cause climate change and bring more severe storms. Every year, the facts prove them wrong. Storms are not getting more severe or more frequent. And the media is negligent by regurgitating the propaganda produced by AGW fanatics, like
Diagram of fracking operation. Diagram source not known.
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…The Next Shale Oil Battle… Over the past several years, shale oil production has ballooned as the result of fracking. Today, shale oil represents about half of the crude oil produced by the United States. Shale oil production, as well as natural gas production, uses a lot of fresh water,
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…Why COP 25?… This Month, December, the UNFCCC will be holding COP 25 at Madrid, Spain, and the United States will send a delegation to the meeting headed by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat. There will also be some others, such as Speaker Pelosi, who will be attending the meeting. But why
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…New York State’s Plan Uses 63% Unreliable Sources… New York State’s Climate and Community Protection Act calls for 100 percent zero-emissions electricity (including hydropower and nuclear) by 2040. It also targets a greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reductions of 85 percent by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels). The accompanying figure is a
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…Oil Companies Keep Exploring… With the EU clamoring for the end of fossil fuels, one wonders why the search continues for new oil discoveries. Here is the latest report on how the search for oil is progressing this year. So far in 2019, 7.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe)
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…EU Deceit… The EU has the temerity to compliment itself while using misleading graphics to show it has achieved large increases in the use of renewables. But take a close look at the graphic from EUROSTAT, distributed by Clean Energy Wire (CLEW), and it’s clear that very little progress has
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…Battery-Powered Vehicle Status… The major headlines from the latest sales report are: Sales of PHEVs continued their decline in the third quarter. Sales of BEVs also declined in the third quarter, but so did all light vehicle sales. YTD sales of BEVs continued at less than 1.5% of light vehicle
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…Who are the 11,000 Scientists?… A recent Washington Post Headline said: “More than 11,000 Scientists From Around the World Declare a Climate Emergency” When going to the source of the article, which was the Alliance of World Scientists, to get the list of 11,000 scientists I got this message. “Signatures
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…Is PG&E The Scape Goat? Part 2. … Energy is locked up in any energized electric wire or circuit, and the amount of energy depends on the voltage, with higher voltages resulting in the release of greater amounts of energy when wires are shorted or circuits are grounded. Whenever an
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…Is PG&E The Scape Goat? Part 1.… Addressing this question poses the risk of oversimplification. However, these two articles will address some of the facts ignored  by the media. Devastating wildfires have been plaguing California for the past year or two. The Camp Fire killed 85 people and destroyed the
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…Wind Turbines and Land Fills… There are approximately 60,576 wind turbines in the USA according to the latest data mapped by Berkeley Laboratory. In searching the map, I identified approximately 1,250 turbines rated 3 MW or higher and possibly as many as 2,500 units that were less than 1 MW
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…The Incredible, Amazing Duck… The Duck Curve was born in California, when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) needed to explain how the addition of renewables affected the grid. A quick explanation of the anatomy of the Duck Curve: The topmost line is the hour by hour electric load before
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…Video Demonstrates How to Distort Information… I am traveling this week, and won’t be publishing my usual article. In its place, I’m suggesting you watch a video that is extremely interesting. It demonstrates how climate extremists publish misleading information. In this example, it uses charts published by US Government, i.e.,
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…Hot Cars and Hot Water Heaters… Battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) go fast, while hot water heaters don’t move: So what’s the commonality? An article by the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), offered the wisdom, “If the 60 million hot water heaters in the US can balance the grid, why can’t BEVs?” The
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…Solar Power Can Increase Air Pollution… Duke Energy has determined that solar power on the grid results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), and that it’s possible solar power will also increase carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The data, provided by Duke Energy, showed that when solar power usage increased
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…Germany Pursuing Hydrogen Solution… The previous article established how much new power generation capacity would be needed in the United States to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen. See, The Hydrogen Dream  It showed that, at a minimum, over 1,000,000 MW of new generating capacity will have to be built in
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…The Hydrogen Dream… There has suddenly been the realization it will be impossible to decarbonize the world without using hydrogen. Steel cannot be produced without using hydrogen to replace coal, while limestone gives off CO2 when producing cement. Natural gas is actually methane that is a greenhouse gas, so it
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…Fracking has Benefitted Everyone… The recent attack on Abqaiq would probably have seen $100+ oil if it hadn’t been for fracking and the resulting growth in oil production in the United States. The 7 mm bbl/day of extra oil produced by fracking in the United States (12.2 mm bbl/day in
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…Examining Market Structure for Electricity… When they were formed twenty years ago, RTO/ISOs were supposed to develop competitive markets for electricity that resulted in the lowest possible price for electricity for consumers in the regions covered by RTO/ISOs. As shown in an earlier article, the RTO/ISO auctions are structured to
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…Climate Change Infects Healthcare… How best to cut back on such things as anesthesia? That is the question now being raised by climate alarmists. Healthcare Without Harm, another NGO, has published a new report: “Healthcare Climate Footprint Report” The report says: “If Healthcare was a country, it would be the
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…An Evaluation of Misleading Media Stories… Today we confront an abundance of fake news, so it’s worthwhile examining some of the stories to see how they mislead readers. And, equally important, to establish the motive behind the fake stories. Two similar articles will be examined: One by Mining Magazine, the
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…From Boycotting to Blacklisting… The previous article showed how most media ignore factual information about CO2 and its affect on climate change, or global warming. This has resulted in many Americans not having a complete picture of atmospheric CO2 and its affect on climate change or global warming. Now, there
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..Why Americans Remain in the Dark about CO2… An International Conference on Climate Change was held in Washington DC on July 25. Over 300 people were in attendance, the vast majority of whom were scientists and engineers. Did you read about the conference in your newspaper? Speakers included Nir Shaviv
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…Website Update… Since early August the website stopped notifying subscribers when a new article was published. Because of this, I held back publishing more articles until the website was fixed. Here are the articles you may have missed: Let’s be Clear About Subsidies UN Emergency Climate Action Summit Economics of
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…Let’s be Clear About Subsidies… Environmental groups frequently claim that fossil fuels get more subsidies than do renewables, but the claim is misleading. There are fundamentally three different types of subsidies. Government payments or credits for a product or service: This could be in the form of a grant, a
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…UN Emergency Climate Action Summit… UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host a special 2019 Climate Action Summit on September 23, to meet the climate challenge. Panic is setting in as evidence mounts that CO2 is not the primary cause of climate change, and as more and more people begin to