Donn’s Articles

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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
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…Economics of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 2… Part 1 explored how low the cost of a Li-Ion battery pack would have to be for a battery-powered vehicle (BEV) to be economically competitive with an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Part 1 determined that the cost of a Li-Ion battery pack would
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…Fixing the Rigged Market for Electricity… The simplest and best way to fix the rigged market for electricity is to return to the regulated market system still used by one-third of the country. See, The Market for Electricity is Rigged Assuming, for a moment, this isn’t possible, several steps will
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…Economics of Battery-Powered Vehicles… The future of Battery-Powered Vehicles (BEVs) depends on the cost of Li-Ion batteries and government subsidies and mandates. Cost information is difficult to obtain since most reports are by proponents of BEVs and tend to be biased. An example of biased reporting isBloomberg New Energy Finance,
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…Leading Indicator for BEVs?… We may be witnessing the birth of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) leading sales indicator. First quarter BEV sales as a percentage of all light vehicle sales, were 1.00%. This was less than the 1.4% achieved by BEVs for all of 2018.  Second quarter BEV sales
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…Tragedy in the making… A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article said that 88% of millennials believe climate change is happening, while 69% say it will impact them in their lifetimes. Of course, this result is entirely dependent on how the survey was conducted and doesn’t say anything about the
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…Germans Rebelling Against Wind Farms… Germans are rebelling against wind farms because of noise, loss of property values, and their negative aesthetic effect on the countryside. But most importantly, wind farms kill birds and bats. Signs such as this are springing up all over Germany. From Clean Energy Wire (CLEW):
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…Futile Paris Accord… The Paris Accord was supposed to cut CO2 emissions to avoid a climate catastrophe. Since its adoption in 2016, CO2 emissions have increased, rather than decreased. The International Energy Agency (IEA) issued its annual report on CO2 emissions which showed that CO2 emissions in 2018 increased by
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…Are PM2.5 Regulations Appropriate?… Turbomachinery magazine has demonstrated there is a need to revise the EPA regulations concerning ultra-small particulate matter defined as PM 2.5, or matter that is less than 2.5 micrometers in size. A particle that is 2.5 micrometers in size is 1/30 the diameter of a human
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…Arriving August 1, 2019… Energy: The Source of Prosperity Available from Amazon, $14.99 Energy: The Source of Prosperity, is the perfect response to the recent attacks on fossil fuels, capitalism and freedom. Is the Green New Deal promise genuine or a trap? Energy: The Source of Prosperity provides the engineering
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…World Bank Must Stop Loans for Fossil Fuel Projects… In its inquisition of any organization that defies the Paris Accord, the UNFCCC at COP 25 in Santiago, Chili, will require the World Bank to defend its actions and establish whether it has stopped loans to developing countries for constructing coal-fired
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…WSJ Joins Fake News Media… There was a time, not too long ago, that a reader of the Wall Street Journal could trust the news in the paper. Unfortunately, the WSJ has been drifting left over the past few years, and, based on the June 22-23 issue, has completed its
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…Steel, Cement, and CO2… In the drive to cut CO2 emissions, industrial emissions of CO2 represent a huge hurdle.  Important industrial processes, such as the making of steel and cement, produce large quantities of CO2. The steel industry accounts for 7% of worldwide CO2 emissions, while producing cement accounts for
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…The Great Lakes: An AGW Showpiece… The Great Lakes have been used by AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) extremists to create fear … the fear of devastating consequences from global warming and climate change. However, they have used the Great Lakes as Exhibit One for both extremes: First, for when there
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…A Hydrogen Fantasy… Europe may be becoming desperate in its efforts to cut CO2 emissions by 95%. So far, Europe has only reduced CO2 emissions by 22% since 1990, with emissions actually increasing slightly in 2018. The latest sign of desperation is the admission that it might not be possible
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…Another Study Proves Wind and Solar Cost More.. The evidence keeps mounting that renewables are more expensive than coal or natural gas for generating electricity. Which is in addition to wind and PV solar being unreliable and intermittent. Here is the headline from a recent study done by Sintef, one
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…Omaha Beach and Freedom… It was my great privilege to visit Omaha Beach with a group from the Young America’s Foundation, on the 66th anniversary of D-Day. Standing on the cliff at Pointe du Hoc with shell holes, gun emplacements and pillboxes behind me, I could look over the precipice
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…Bits and Bytes, and Energy Demand… Bits and bytes are not my speciality, however, they represent a trend that could affect demand for electricity. Data is composed of bits and bytes, and data acquisition, transmission, manipulation and storage are growing at fantastic rates. The growth rate for electricity demand since
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…Transport: The Missing Link in Decarbonization… The use of fossil fuels in transportation has not been addressed realistically, even in Germany. Germany has reduced CO2 emissions in its transport sector by only 0.6% since 1990, which is virtually nothing. There is great media coverage and publicity over battery powered vehicles
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…Why Does McKinsey Distort the Facts?… By distorting, I include ignoring valid information so as to arrive at a misleading conclusion. An excellent example of this was the recent McKinsey & Company article, Why, and how, utilities should start to manage climate-change risk. The article’s leading paragraph said:  “Extreme weather
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…Kigali Resurfaces… Kigali is an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will ban chemicals used as refrigerants which emit CO2 and, supposedly, have a large affect on climate change. These will replace chemicals currently used in air-conditioning and refrigeration that do not harm the Ozone layer… but do emit CO2.
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…Relevancy of Crisis in the Mideast… The novel Crisis in the Mideast describes a scenario where Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz, thereby cutting off 20% of the world’s oil supply. If Iran is unable to export oil, it could decide to retaliate by blocking the Strait of Hormuz: A
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…Germany is Failing… Germany has probably been the most aggressive country in the world in its efforts to cut CO2 emissions. Now it is admitting it won’t be able to achieve its targets. In June 2018, the Government conceded that the country is on course to widely miss its 2020
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…Beware the Message… The debate over energy, the green new deal and climate change has resulted in the art of obfuscation being advanced to new heights. Energy and science are inherently complicated, but the laws governing these activities are rigid. Laws, such as, energy can neither be created or destroyed,
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…Bloomberg is Trying to Scare You… The headline of the Bloomberg exposé was, U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change. The article’s only purpose had to be to scare people over nuclear power and climate change. The article couldn’t have been to inform people because Bloomberg withheld important
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…Battery-Powered Vehicle 1Q Results… Sales started slowly in 2019, but picked up in March. Sales of BEVs increased over the first quarter of last year, while the sale of PHEVs declined year over year. BEV sales, as a percentage of all light vehicle sales, were 1.02%. This was less than
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…Money Managers Colluding to Fix Markets… This is not the usual effort of companies conspiring to fix markets or prices. This is broader and potentially far more impactful. The effort is known as Climate Action 100 (CA100+), a group of money managers, investors, who have ganged up to force companies
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…AWEA Misinformation… A representative of the American Wind Energy Association wrote what amounted to an op-ed in Power Magazine, claiming that building more transmission lines would make the grid more efficient. While there was a grain of truth in the proposal, it masked the truth. The core of her argument
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…Hydrogen: Tomorrow’s Fuel of Choice?… Hydrogen is widely abundant, but mostly unavailable. Locked together with other atoms to form a multitude of substances, such as water, hydrogen must be separated from the compound it’s married to. This is the first problem with any proposal for a hydrogen economy. The second
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…Critical Reserve Margins… Are reserve margins for the grid a quaint idea from the past? One would think so, given how RTO/ISOs are approaching the question. Reserve margins are supposed to ensure there will be sufficient generating capacity even if demand suddenly and unexpectedly surges. This could happen during a