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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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, production, imports, exports, and net imports, 1950-2020
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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 Exports from Russia
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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
Clean Technologies and Fossil Fuels
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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,
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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 over Puerto Rico 2-7-2022 SAC
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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
GE-Hitachi BWRX- 300 MW nuclear power plant
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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
US Electricity Consumption STATISTA
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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 energy (wind & solar)technologies have more complicated mineral requirements than fossil fuels
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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
European Union Imports of Russian Natural Gas 2019
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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
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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. . . . (140) Like this:Like Loading...

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