Donn’s Articles

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…New Greenhouse Gas Bill – A Hidden Value-Added Tax on Carbon… (This is a repost of an article that was erased from the website by accident. It is the third of four articles that will be republished.) The House recently passed a new Bill targeting greenhouse gasses and climate change.
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…Hydrogen, WSJ Spin… The Wall Street Journal just published an article on Hydrogen where half the page was taken up with a propaganda-like illustration worthy of Pravda. It begins with the statement: “In a world shifting away from fossil fuels, major energy companies are making a grab for the rising
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…No Gasoline Cars after 2035… (This is a repost of an article that was erased from the website by accident. A total of four articles will be republished over the next several weeks due to their being erased.) Senator Merkley introduced a Bill, the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020, to
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…Fusion Soon, Maybe… (This is a repost of an article that was erased from the website by accident. A total of four articles will be republished over the next several weeks due to their being erased.) Recent work at MIT and its spin-off subsidiary, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, has resulted in
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…Amazon’s Net-Zero Emissions… Amazon has been criticized for delivering millions of packages to customers each year, which resulted in increased CO2 emissions from delivery trucks. Specifically, its been reported that emissions increased 15% in 2019 over the prior year. To placate its critics, Amazon announced it will establish an investment
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…Winners and Losers If Fracking is Stopped… Generally speaking, Saudi Arabia and Russia are winners, while Americans are losers. Let’s examine the specifics. Oil A fracked well’s production declines rapidly. By the end of two years, the well is only producing at around 20% of what it produced originally. However,
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…The Limits of Solar Power… There are two types of solar power, Photo Voltaic (PV) Solar, and Concentrating Solar. Additionally, there are three types of concentrating solar: Tower; Trough; and Parabolic. Solar is fundamentally not suitable for use in the United States, partly because it is unreliable. Actually, solar is
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…FERC Ruling Underscores importance of The Looming Energy Crisis… The recent FERC ruling against the NYISO underscores what has been established in the book The Looming Energy Crisis, Are Blackouts Inevitable? Can Americans count on having a reliable supply of electricity? In essence, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled against
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…Clean Energy Facts… Of all the mineral resources we use, e.g., lithium, silver, iron-ore, etc., producing and transporting oil and natural gas is done very efficiently while producing a minimum of environmental damage. While there is an occasional oil spill, even a 4,000-gallon spill garners headlines. A 4,000 gallon spill
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…Pipeline Cancellations Harm Americans… The activists are winning in their efforts to prevent pipelines from being built. In all probability, they will now begin to have pipelines shut down and removed. Their motivation is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, but their efforts really harm all Americans. Here is
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…Europe’s Hydrogen Fantasy An Admission of Failure… An appendix in The Looming Energy Crisis provides an overview of Europe’s hydrogen strategy. Two additional considerations need to be examined. Hydrogen storage Cost of energy The physical properties of hydrogen compared with natural gas may have an effect on where hydrogen can
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…Atlantic Magazine Deceives Americans… The Atlantic published an article, Who Killed The Supergrid? that accused the Trump administration of killing the proposed Super electric grid. As in other Atlantic magazine stories, the actual facts are interesting.  The crux of the article is that Aaron Bloom, a representative of NREL, presented
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…Saving Nuclear Power... The media has reported that nuclear power can’t compete against natural gas. But this is not the reason nuclear power plants are being forced from the grid. A few years ago, there were 104 nuclear power plants in operation in the United States. Now there are about
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…About The Looming Energy Crisis… My new book, The Looming Energy Crisis, establishes how rigged auctions are allowing wind and solar to be added to the grid, while forcing the removal of natural gas and coal-fired power plants, as well as nuclear plants, from the grid. In many ways, this
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…Blackouts are Happening Now… There is little we can do to prevent storms, such as hurricanes, from causing blackouts, except, possibly, to put more distribution and transmission lines underground. The fact is, we can’t yet control the weather. But there is no excuse for a blackout to occur when there
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…Indefensible Climate Fear… Climate activists are constantly claiming that humanity is threatened by catastrophic climate change. What is truly indefensible is how these activists are harming our children. Even a supporter of the climate change CO2 hypothesis, Bjorn Lomborg, has said the false claims are having a devastatingly harmful effect
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…Attacking the Grid… When did the left begin attacking our electric grid? Answering that question requires going back in history to Marx and Engles, and then, to when their theory was transformed from theory to practice in the 1917, Russian revolution. Many Americans on the left in the 1930s were
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…The EIA is Misleading Americans… The Energy Information Administration is deliberately misleading Americans. They are doing this by manipulating the data and using false estimates to make misleading projections. The EIA is composed of unelected bureaucrats who have a political agenda that favor the elites and not the ordinary American
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…The Phony War Against Fossil Fuels… Citigroup has projected that climate change would cost the world economy $44 trillion in gross domestic product by 2060. This type of estimate is based on such things as rising sea levels and increased storms and wildfires. Ceres, an activist group, claims that the
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…It’s Time to Abandon Wind Power… Adding more wind turbines to the grid merely replaces lower cost methods for generating electricity. Every new wind turbine built this year is totally unnecessary.  The consumption of electricity is forecast to decline in 2020. Actually the growth rate for electricity consumption for the
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…Don’t ignore Coal… Don’t ignore coal. Other countries aren’t. In fact, the new high efficiency low emission (HELE), ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants are being built in China, Japan, India, and elsewhere. These power plants operate at very high temperatures and pressures, with an efficiency of 45% HHV. This compares with
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…Ford’s Phony Promise… Ford Motor Co. announced on June 24, that:  Ford would become wholly carbon neutral within 30 years. This is obviously a phony and misleading promise. Of what material will they make their cars? Pixie dust? The last time I looked, Ford used steel and plastics in the
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…Fear of Climate Change is Bad for America… Over the past twenty years, climate change has become an obsession that has metamorphosed into a supposed existential threat to humanity. The sooner we accept that climate change is natural, and that CO2, and greenhouse gasses in general, are not having a
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…Don’t Waste the COVID-19 Crisis… On cue, environmental groups are proposing recovery packages that are, “Climate friendly”. Here is a quick look at one such proposal from Oxford University’s, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.  Their motto: “Getting the world to net zero emissions and achieving sustainable development” Their four
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…Change How You Live… Already, the left is using the COCID-19 crisis as the basis for forcing Americans to forego their former standard of living to accommodate climate change. Here’s the title to an article published in EnergyPost.EU: “Behavior Change: COVID-19 lockdown kicks open the door to a net-zero pathway”
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…Germany Evaluates Fuel Cell Cars… Daimler Benz recently announced they are abandoning their development program for fuel cell powered cars, saying that battery powered cars were more efficient. Daimler’s fuel cell division will become part of a joint venture with Volvo, which plans on developing a fuel cell truck. It’s
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…A Look at COVID-19 Data… Like many people, I have kept the data on the number of COVID-19 cases for each state and the county in which I live. My focus has been on the number of new cases. My purpose was to evaluate whether the number of cases were
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…One More To Go… New York State has just shutdown the second of three nuclear reactors at Indian Point along the Hudson River, 36 miles above New York City. The third and last nuclear reactor at Indian Point is scheduled to be shut down next year. This is a travesty
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…On China… While in grammar school, a new boy was introduced to my class, as Chou Chu Chi. He was a refugee whose family had escaped from China ahead of the Japanese, and they were now living in New York City as refugee guests of the United States. Chou Chu
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…Analyzing GE’s Annual Report… A look at what the GE annual report says about the wind turbine business. Annual reports very often have important data in them that can be used for analysis. The GE 2019 report is no different, though GE used to be very careful to omit data
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…Remarkable Truths about Renewables… (As the country reopens from the Coronavirus, and begins to focus on other important issues, we will resume publishing articles on energy issues. We’ll start with one each week, and perhaps a second on some other timely and important issue. We hope everyone has remained safe
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…Interim Article – Travel May Never Be the Same… For the past twelve years, I have taken a cruise nearly every year. They have all been interesting adventures, involving travel in most areas of the world. There’s obviously been a lot of air travel, nearly all of which, while tiresome,
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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