Donn’s Articles

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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
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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