Donn’s Articles

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…Net-zero Carbon and the Electric Grid… Chapter 2 of Net-zero Carbon, The Climate Policy Destroying America, provides a glimpse into how climate policies endanger our electric grid. While Chapter 2 of Net-zero Carbon is an essential introduction to the issue of how net-zero carbon policies are sacrificing reliability, everyone can
Bucket trucks 2 for Hurricanes
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…Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 2… All eyes will turn to restoring electricity to customers after a hurricane. Before the hurricane strikes, electric utilities will have mobilized their equipment and personnel to be ready to restore power as soon as the storm has passed. The primary piece of equipment
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…Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 1… Is charging battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) merely a nuisance? Or is it something more serious? Here is a scenario that needs to be considered:  Evacuations ahead of hurricanes Every year the states along the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast are threatened
Net-Zero Carbon
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…Climate Policies Put Lives in Danger… The new book Net-zero Carbon, The Climate Policy Destroying America, establishes why net-zero carbon policies harm Americans. Here is an overview of the book, Net-zero Carbon: Net-zero Carbon reveals how net-zero climate policies endanger the lives of Americans while increasing the cost of energy,
CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels and cement production
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…China’s Role in Climate Change… The real issue, however, is: Can China be trusted? China has committed to being carbon neutral by 2060. Can the world rely on this commitment? Or, does China have a different agenda? Richard Lindzen’s recent article in Tablet highlighted several important facts.  This chart from
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…A Remarkable American Story... It’s rare that a story transcends time, in this case for a lifetime, and yet is still relevant today, especially in this holiday season. The story begins shortly after WWII when the Soviet Union closed all land routes, roads and rail, into Berlin.  Only the air
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…Climate Model Hubris… The Wall Street Journal, in its section The Future of Everything, published a full page analysis concerning the problem of too much data. The lead paragraph said: “Scientists are scrambling to store and analyze a surge of meticulous measurements of the planet. These efforts will inform policy
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…Banks Agree: No more Coal-fired Power Plants… COP26 has reached an agreement that will condemn millions of people in poor, developing countries to live in poverty and die an early death. These are mostly non-white people, and since race seems to be of primary importance to elite Europeans and Americans,
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…How to Tax ICEs... Government bureaucrats will go to any length to impose their ideology on Americans. Here is a new proposal that’s intended to encourage, i.e., force, Americans to buy battery-powered vehicles (BEVs). Some cities have already established zones where people driving an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle are charged
Net-Zero Carbon
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…Carbon Border Tax… COP 26 at Glasgow, introduced a carbon border tax to the public, though Germany and the EU have been promoting it for the past year or so. The stated reason for a carbon border tax is to eliminate carbon leakage. Carbon leakage is where a company stops
Map Europe wind speed
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…Wind Turbines Need Wind… This may seem to be a truism, but the speed of the wind is critical to how much electricity a wind turbine generates. Europe is finding this out the hard way. Texas learned this past winter that the wind needs to blow rather robustly … but
Whose Money is it, Antway
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…Whose Money is it, Anyway?… According to many people, the world needs to invest $4 trillion a year to transition to a carbon-free economy.  The WSJ article said that $4 trillion is not a large sum. It quotes the CEO of the Bank of America, Brian Moynihan, who said: “If
Grohnde nuclear power plant
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…Germany Opposes Nuclear Power for Everyone… Germany has been working studiously at COP 26, at Glasgow, to have nuclear excluded from any sustainable investment made by any country. Here is a quote, taken from CLEW (Clean Energy Wire) that affirms Germany’s position on nuclear. “Germany will work towards an exclusion
In Front of the Meter Solar Generation
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…Lazard Wind and Solar Costs, Part 2… Part 1 provided a review of Lazard’s methodology for determining LCOEs for land-based wind turbine and solar installations. Conclusions—including new information If an undefined “resource availability” is used to calculate LCOEs, the resulting LCOEs can’t be compared with a traditionally derived levelized cost
CAISO Duck Curve Extended Renwables
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…Lazard Wind and Solar Costs, Part 1… The media consistently cites Lazard to claim that wind and solar cost less than electricity from natural gas combined cycle (NGCC), coal-fired and nuclear power plants. In 2017, my article published a review of Lazard’s methodology, using the limited information they provided. This
Parkinson's Law
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…Dangerous Bureaucracies… One of the first actions taken by Jack Welch when he became CEO, was to cut back the bureaucracy at Fairfield, GE’s headquarters. He saved, in today’s dollars, at least $50 million in annual payroll, exclusive of benefits, etc. More importantly, he eliminated a drag on productivity and
NG Power Plant
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…Vaunted Energiewende is Failing… Germany has claimed that energiewende will replace all fossil fuels with renewables. Billions have been spent on renewables, yet we now have the CEO of a major German power producer (RWE) saying that Germany must add natural gas power plants. CEO Markus Krebber said:  “We still underestimate
Gas 4
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…More Unreported Hidden Costs… The fact that wind and solar are more costly than coal-fired, natural gas, and nuclear power plants is easy to explain: They need backup or storage which automatically increases the cost of wind and solar. What’s not usually recognized is that wind and solar also increases
Africa NG Unsanctioned
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…Net-zero Carbon is Harming the Poor in Africa… People question whether net-zero policies are harming the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. They also question whether the actions of Medical Societies, highlighted in an earlier article, are causing harm to the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. Proof can be seen in this chart
World Jet Fuel Consumption
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…Can Biofuels Replace Jet Fuel?… Part of the net-zero carbon agenda is to eliminate jet fuels made from fossil fuels. Here is a chart of jet fuel consumption through 2010. The pandemic has made projections uncertain, but this chart provides a starting point for making assumptions about the use of
US Energy consumption 1950 -2019 EIA
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…Energy Independence… It’s not always easy to illustrate the effect of energy independence, but this chart from the EIA helps to do so. The chart shows that, beginning around 1970, we started to import energy. It also shows how these imports kept increasing until around 2005. The widening gap between
Holocene Temperatures during the past 11,000 years
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…Myopic Vision… Ask anyone today about the location of Henderson field and you will likely receive a blank stare, even though it was the pivotal location of a decisive six-month-long battle in the early days of WWII. It’s only natural for people to think in terms of the past decade
HYBRIT fossil free steel process Schematic
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…Hydrogen for Steel… The Wall Street Journal had this headline: Car Makers Shift Toward Eco-Friendly Steel While it’s true European car makers are starting to use steel made by using hydrogen rather than from blast furnaces, why is it Eco-friendly? And why would the WSJ promote the concept of Eco-Friendly
Methane Emissions from Agriculture 2009 EIA
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…Methane Fee Affects American… Congress is about to impose a fee on methane emissions that will, essentially, raise the price of nearly everything.  Natural gas is nearly pure methane, so any company producing natural gas who is affected by this legislation will have to increase their prices to cover the
NASA satellite image of Africa where electricity is not readily available
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…Medical Journals Condemn the Poor… Medical Journals ask for action to prevent climate change caused by greenhouse gases.  The New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal and The Lancet, among medical 220 journals, claimed: “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the
Share of energy source in gross German power production in first half 2021 from CLEW
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…Europe’s Fossil Fuel Shortage… Europe, with all its efforts to cut the use of fossil fuels, may be about to learn why fossil fuels are important. This is especially true for Germany, which has been the epicenter of Green, Climate Change, net-zero carbon policies. The prices for natural gas and
Global NG prices dislocate 2019-2021
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…America’s Resource Abundance… The United States is blessed with an abundance of fossil fuels, i.e., natural gas, oil and coal, providing it with a huge economic advantage. Meanwhile, this administration is doing all it can to destroy this advantage, and relegate the United States to a position of weakness among
Wall Street Journal Ad
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…Feeding The Crocodile… Winston Churchill, while looking at the world around him, with countries trying to avoid the oncoming disaster, said: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes
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…A day that will  live in infamy… Remembering those who have fallen and those who were left behind. Is the sun rising or setting? There will be no article this week. . . . (135) Like this:Like Loading...
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…California Orchestrates Disaster… California, in the face of considerable skepticism, continues to go down the road to grid disaster. It recently issued a multi agency report, 2021 SB 100 Joint Agency Report Achieving 100 Percent Clean Electricity in California: An Initial Assessment. The report claims California will be able to
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…Micro Nuclear Power… Will the next step in nuclear power be micro-nuclear power plants? These are to be rated 1.5 MW, which compares with today’s operating nuclear power plants rated around 1,025 MW. It had been thought that modular reactors, rated around 300 MW, or less, would be the type of
Record of Flooding Danube
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…German Floods and Climate Change... Recent floods in Germany, with considerable loss of life, are tragic. Politicians, environmentalists, and the media, all condemned CO2 induced climate change as the cause of flooding. Any objective person, however, would recognize that this claim was preposterous. While traveling in Germany along the Danube,
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…US Strategic Minerals Deficiencies... According to the latest report on supply chains, issued June of this year, i.e., The Whitehouse, 100-Day Reviews under Executive Order 14017, three minerals used in Lithium-ion batteries represent a strategic threat to the United States. Class-1 Nickel Cobalt Lithium  This chart, taken from the IEA’s
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…Hot Rocks Resurrected… A writer for the WSJ interviewed a professor at the University of Texas, and then wrote a glowing article about the prospect of unlimited supplies of electricity from, what is referred to, as enhanced geothermal systems, better known as hot rocks. There are, of course, variations on
Heller Sample
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…Another Voice… This posting will introduce Tony Heller, if you are not already familiar with him. Use this link to access his video: http:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkU9FzTuqqA  I have  found his videos to be accurate, though I have read criticisms by those promoting climate change. He has been criticized by DeSmog, as have
Modern Underway Replenishment from USN
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…Essential US Navy Petroleum Supplies… A recent article in USNI’s Proceedings Magazine, featured the lack of availability of petroleum products from the United States west coast. It highlighted that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and most refineries were along the Gulf coast, far removed from the western Pacific where any conflict
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…Objective Analysis of Wind Energy… In response to a question about why I seemed to denigrate wind energy, I responded as follows. Unless noted, these comments apply to land-based, not off-shore wind, Wind provides very little electricity for the investment The capacity factor (CF) for most of the wind turbines
Left scale: Exajoules (EJ). From, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Source: Bithas and Kalimeris, 2016, Figure 2.1, p. 8. Biofuels (blue), are predominantly wood.
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…Harm Caused by Net Zero Carbon Policy… It’s the policy of the current administration to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. But, is net “zero carbon”, i.e., net zero CO2, good for the United States and all Americans? Or is the United States committing economic suicide by adopting a zero
International Energy Agency (IEA) establishes the three top countries in extracting and processing the minerals needed to transition to a zero carbon economy
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…Should America’s Future Rely on BEVs? Part 2… In Part 1, we saw that hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and internal combustion powered vehicles (ICEs) produced no more CO2 emissions than battery powered vehicles (BEVs), unless the source of electricity for charging BEVs came from renewables. BEVs, to meet a politically
comparison of CO2 emission
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…Should America’s Future Rely on BEVs? Part 1… A recent article, Norway an EV role model? published by EnergyPostEU, highlighted information that caught my attention, because it showed that battery powered vehicles (BEVs) may not be the best choice for Americans. After all, Americans are being asked to invest trillions
Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (RTO/ISO)
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…TX and CA: Canaries in the Coal Mine… Independent system operators in Texas, i.e, ERCOT, and California, i.e., CAISO, have both recently issued warnings that increased demand for electricity could cause blackouts. Texas experienced devastating blackouts in February, while California experienced blackouts last year. Both are now blaming heat waves
Hydrogen color spectrum
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…Hydrogen’s Spectrum of Colors… When hydrogen was initially seen as a way to achieve net zero carbon, a short list of colors was established to distinguish the various methods for generating hydrogen. Grey indicated the hydrogen was made from natural gas using steam methane reforming (SMR), while green was to
Planck & Schwarzchild Curves
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…Proof: CO2 is Not a Threat… Americans have been lied to about CO2 being an existential threat to mankind. See, Americans Have Been Lied To  Here is scientific proof that CO2 is not a threat. First, Dr. John Cristy, in his Congressional testimony, used the following chart to demonstrate that
Minerals Used in Clean Energy from IEA
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…Americans Have Been Lied To… There is no climate crisis, but there is a political crisis. Lie after lie has been crammed down the throats of Americans by climate alarmists and leftist politicians, supported by the media. Their objective is to turn America into a Socialist country. That’s not an
Hindenburg Fire
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…Revisiting Hydrogen and the Hindenburg… It has long been believed that the doping on the skin of the Hindenburg is what created the flash fire and destruction of the air-ship. A recent report on hydrogen by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has re-established that it was the fast burning
Central Arizona Project photo
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…Water Required to Produce Hydrogen… Here is additional information about Hydrogen and Climate Change. The special report explained that hydrogen is to be made using electrolysis, but didn’t establish how much water would be required each year for making all the hydrogen the United States would need to replace natural
Sunspot Cycles
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…Back to Basics… When studying energy, a good place to start is with the sun. It is, after all, the source of our energy. Just a rudimentary understanding of the sun can shed light on all the events related to energy on Earth.  The sun, for example, affects our weather.
special report: hydrogen and climate change
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…Special Report on Hydrogen… While other companies and organizations are charging over $1,000 to attend their conferences on Hydrogen, this free report will allow Americans to obtain 99% of the information they need to understand hydrogen and its role in efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions. Europe has already established a
Climate Justice photo
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…Beware of Attacks on Freedom… Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, RI, has said that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), should be used against climate deniers. He said, “[Conduct a] RICO investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change,
Paving Roads with Plastic
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…Technology Solves Problems, Not Governments… For decades, there has been publicity about how plastics are befouling our oceans.  I’ve seen trash floating in areas where you might least expect it, such as Bali, a tourist haven with an image of a pristine environment. Plastics are pernicious because they are not

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