Donn’s Articles

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…Clean Energy Promotion… One wonders whether the Wall Street Journal is being paid to publish reports on energy issues that are merely propaganda for clean energy. The latest example was the Alternative Energy special section on November 14. It promoted: Solar panels that “look good”  The need for more EV
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…Germany Addresses Critical Materials… Germany’s economy and climate ministry (BMWK) Issued a report showing that Germany was very dependent on critical materials, more so than previously thought. An article, referring to the report, in Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) said: According to the report, Germany imports 39 of the 46 most
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…Editors and Obvious Misinformation… Editors should be able to prevent publishing obvious errors.  Even though the left has turned words upside down Orwellian style, the left certainly can’t claim that an error is not an error. A recent article made the following claim: “Clean energy investments are rising as many sustainable
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…Is America at a Crossroads?… Will America have to choose between environmental issues, such as endangered species and air pollution, or mining for critical minerals? While the media has focused on minerals for batteries and clean energy, there are other minerals critical to America’s economy that are being imported …
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…WSJ Promoting BEVs… The Off Duty section of the Wall Street Journal devoted nearly two pages to the article Should I Buy An EV Now? It covered topics such as:  Why do I want an electric vehicle? What’s wrong with internal combustion? I do want an EV, but shouldn’t I
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…Blackouts Threaten New England, Again… It was only a few years ago, the winter of 2018, that New England was spared from dangerous blackouts by storing oil at key natural gas power plants. Natural gas power plants can burn oil as well as natural gas.  In January 2018, oil saved
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…Novel Grid Battery Introduced… A revolutionary new battery design was recently announced that used basic materials, i.e., iron and water, where the battery can store electricity for as long as 100 hours rather than only a few hours with Lithium-ion batteries.  The Form air-battery is also far less costly than
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…The Answer is Simple… America’s New Energy Crisis, blared the WSJ headline.  The headline was followed by a plethora of jumbled explanations of why the United States is suffering an energy shortage not seen since the 1970s. At the end of the article, the WSJ concludes; “No one knows what
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…Can Battery-Powered Vehicles Compete?… My April 26 article showed that the best all-around vehicle was the ICE, and that a plug-in hybrid was a viable alternative, but that battery powered vehicles (BEVs) just didn’t add up. It referenced another article showing that the cost of lithium-ion batteries would have to
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…Destroying Energy Security, Part 3… This is the last of three articles examining the potential effects of incorporating climate change and sustainability measurements in audited financial statements. Note that the SEC’s current proposals are restricted to climate change, while international organizations also include sustainability measurements. While many groups, such as
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…Destroying Energy Security, Part 2… These three articles examine the potential effects of incorporating climate change and sustainability measurements in audited financial statements. Note that the SEC’s current proposals are restricted to climate change, while international organizations also include sustainability measurements. While many groups, such as Climate Action 100+, are
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…Destroying Energy Security, Part 1… These three articles examine the potential effects of incorporating climate change and sustainability measurements in audited financial statements. Note that the SEC’s current proposals are restricted to climate change, while international organizations also include sustainability measurements. While many groups, such as Climate Action 100+, are
During WWII, America was the Arsenal of Democracy
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…The Politics of Energy, Part 2… Part 1 made it clear the United States has the energy resources needed to counter its enemies and support its allies. America’s abundant resources are also among the least costly in the world. “The lower the cost of energy, the greater its effect on
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...The Politics of Energy, Part 1… The United States is blessed with abundant energy resources and can be energy independent if it chooses.  How should the United States use its energy resources in the face of very real threats to its survival? For example, people who have adopted the view
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…China’s Coal-fired Power Plants Dominate… The current US administration and its allies are hell-bent on eliminating America’s CO2 emissions, no matter the consequences, because of a perceived climate threat. A few examples include: Coal-fired power plants are being closed and rules are in place preventing the building of new High
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…Europe’s Rendezvous with Destiny… Europe’s obsession with eliminating fossil fuels has led it to the brink of disaster. By relying on Russian energy to avoid developing its own, Europe has placed itself at Russia’s mercy. This strategic dependency is now abundantly clear as Russia throttles back on shipments of natural
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…IPCC Summary Report, Part 2… It’s clear from Part 1 that: The SMP is prepared by politicians and can reflect their views rather than those of the scientists, and The politicians can override the scientists to make the Assessment Report conform to the SPM. The CO2 Coalition Amicus Curiae brief
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…IPCC Summary Report, Part 1… The IPCC issues its Summary Report for Policy Makers (SPM) after it issues its Assessment Reports.  The Assessment reports are prepared by Scientists, while the Summary for Policy Makers is prepared by politicians. Purportedly, the SPM reflects the science of the Assessment Report. However, the
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…The Why, of Why Blackouts?… There is a looming threat of blackouts this summer. The Wall Street Journal reported: “Last week the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned that two-thirds of the U.S. could experience blackouts this summer. Welcome to the ‘green energy transition.’” The primary reason for blackouts
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…Net-Zero Reality Conclusions… (This is the last of five articles, using published data and simple logic, to demonstrate net-zero carbon is unattainable with wind, solar or nuclear, or a combination of these methods for power generation.) Three alternative methods for achieving net-zero carbon by 2050 have been evaluated, and it’s
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…Net-zero, Reality Check #4… Neither wind, nuclear or PV solar, can achieve net-zero carbon, but could a combination of the three achieve net-zero carbon by 2050? Nuclear Status Unfortunately, nuclear will probably not be able to add additional new generating capacity before 2050. Two new units in Georgia will likely
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…Net-zero Reality Check #3… (This is the third of five articles, using published data and simple logic, to demonstrate net-zero carbon is unattainable by 2050 with wind, solar or nuclear, or a combination of these methods for power generation.) Climate change scaremongers insist we eliminate the use of fossil fuels.
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…Net-zero Reality Check #2… (This is the second of five articles, using published data and simple logic, to demonstrate net-zero carbon is unattainable by 2050 with wind, solar or nuclear, or a combination of these methods for power generation.) Climate change scaremongers insist we eliminate the use of fossil fuels.
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…Net-Zero Carbon Reality Check #1… (This is the first of four articles, using published data and simple logic, to demonstrate net-zero carbon is unattainable by 2050 with wind, solar or nuclear, or a combination of these methods for power generation.) Climate change scaremongers insist we eliminate the use of fossil
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…Malicious Claims of Sea Level Rise... One of the more malicious claims made by climate alarmists concerns sea level rise, misleadingly dramatized on the September, 2013 cover of the National Geographic magazine. More recently, NOAA published an article claiming that sea level rise in the next 30 years would equal
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…Best Car Technology… Battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) are currently the darling of the media and proponents of net-zero carbon policies. But widespread adoption of BEVs have serious consequences, not the least of which is that BEVs require the use of rare, hard-to-mine and costly materials primarily available from China. Then there
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…US Military: A Recipe for Disaster… Leaders must define the mission, stick to it, and avoid any deviation from it. CEOs have the luxury of being able to go WOKE, because, for the most part, in the short term, it only hurts profitability. Military leaders don’t have the same luxury,
LNG Approved Export Terminals not completed till date
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…America’s LNG Export Potential… The current status of natural gas production, consumption and exports is in a state of flux brought about by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  How much LNG has the United States exported, and can the US play a leading role going forward? The US produced 34,149
Global Carbon Footprint map showing country wise status
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…Americans are the Villains… Americans are the villains enabling climate change. A new study, Impacts of poverty alleviation on national and global carbon emissions, was summarized as follows:  “Wealth and income are disproportionately distributed among the global population. … Consumption patterns and consumption-based carbon footprints, result in carbon inequality. Due
The screen capture of an Energy Lift Vault
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…How Europe Dithers… While Europe fiddled with climate related renewable energy projects, it allowed itself to become dependent on Russian energy. In spite of all that has happened with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it appears as though Europe is still focused on battling climate change and eliminating fossil fuels.  For
History of hurricanes over the last 120 years
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…SEC Promotes Net Zero… The SEC is preparing to issue rules requiring corporations “to provide certain climate-related information in their registration statements and annual reports [that have] a material impact on its business, results of operations, or financial condition.”  It would also requires disclosure of a registrant’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Recent Population Growth Rate Estimates 2015
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…Inflation and Rule of 70… With inflation raising its ugly head, it’s helpful to use the rule of 70 to estimate the effect of inflation on our lives. Many people are aware of the rule of 70, but some are not. This will remind people about the rule, and, perhaps, make
US Petroleum consumption and production from 1950 to 2020
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…Clarifying Oil Information… News reports abound with data on oil production, oil imports and oil exports, yet much of the data seems to be contradictory. For example, the best article yet on why the US isn’t producing more oil was by Paul Tice in The WSJ on March 16, and
Crude Oil Imports from Russia in million barrels per day
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…Replacing Russian Energy… The Russian invasion of the Ukraine has thrust Russia’s energy strategy to the forefront. Which is more strategically important, oil or natural gas? In terms of dollars, oil and natural gas have about the same economic value. Here is a direct BTU/$ comparison: Oil = 58,250 BTU/$ NG
Wind Solar Material Capability Analysis
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…Reliability is Everything… A recent Wall Street Journal article, The Power Struggle, raised the importance of grid reliability, but claimed that electric grid failures were caused by climate change. The claim that climate risk is undermining grid reliability is an illusion. The WSJ article correctly diagnosed the danger of  blackouts,
Windmills spread across the ocean surface
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…EU Doubling Down on Net-zero… Initial communications indicate that the EU, and especially Germany, will double down on their efforts to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050, in-spite of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. Here is a quotation from a February 22 article from Clean Energy Wire (CLEW), two days prior
Space debris captured over Puerto Rico
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…Sun is Responsible Again… Once again, the sun has reached out and touched the Earth. As many as forty low-earth orbiting satellites are falling to Earth after their launch. There have been numerous well-documented examples of how the sun has affected the Earth, and this latest example should bring people’s
A panoramic view of an industrial unit and offices
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…Restoring Nuclear Power in US... The two reasons why nuclear power is dying in the United States are: Fear High Initial Cost As shown in an earlier article, Excess Generating Capacity, existing nuclear power plants can provide electricity competitively. But, can new nuclear power plants also be competitive? That’s a
Distribution of lighting by sector EIA
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…Electricity Consumption Will Grow Again… (For the record: Articles published in January of 2018, i.e., four years ago, foresaw the reason why consumption of electricity was flat and accurately predicted when growth would resume. See note for link to these articles.) Today, consumption of electricity in the US has been unchanged
Total electricity end user consumption in United States
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…Excess Generating Capacity… Consumption of electricity has remained constant for at least the past ten years, 2010 through 2020. This raises two questions: Why has the US been adding new generation capacity when consumption has remained constant? Why has consumption remained steady while population has increased? The second question will
Clean technologies have more complicated requirements
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…Clean Energy Dirtier Than Imagined… The effect of wind power on birds and bats is already well-publicized but is being swept under the rug. This article will explain why using wind and PV solar for generating electricity will cause greater harm to the environment than will using nuclear, natural gas
Natural gas imports from Russia by EU countries
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…EU’s Self Inflicted Wound… EU’s natural gas storage is at 40% of capacity, the lowest in years. As a result, LNG is being imported at the highest price ever, at over $30 per Million BTU, with shipments being diverted from Asia. EU envoys visit Qatar to beg for more gas.
ERCOT Winter Reserve Margin Table
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…Texas Remains in Peril… It has been one year since the devastating blackouts in Texas, so it’s time to examine whether Texas is in danger of repeating the disaster. Winterization Winterization was one of the issues raised as a cause of the blackouts.  The adequacy of winterization plans for natural
Two books that address the Energy crisis issue
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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
Evacuation in progress at Tampa before a hurricane
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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
Front Cover of Net Zero Carbon book by Doon Dears
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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,
Annual global total emissions of Carbon Dioxide
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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
Planes delivering essential supplies to Berlin during WWII
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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
Sunspot areas in equal area latitude strips over time
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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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