Donn’s Articles

Failure of Wind and Solar Energy Reserve Margins
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…Fixing ERCOT, the Texas Grid… The best, and possibly only way to fix ERCOT is to stop building wind and solar farms and build new baseload power plants instead. Some have suggested that ERCOT should merge with MISO or the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), or utilities to its west, i.e.,
Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (RTO/ISO)
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…FERC as Climate Enforcer… The House has proposed a new Act:  Climate Leadership and Environment Action for the Nation’s Future Act One of its provisions requires that all utilities be part of a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (RTO/ISO).  Today, two-thirds of the country are covered by
Special Report- Green Nightmare
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…Special Report, Green Nightmare for Americans… The preceding three articles have been edited and combined into a single special report. The report can be downloaded using this link https://bit.ly/33ekRH7  The report provides an accurate depiction of why it is foolhardy to attempt to eliminate fossil fuels. Use this link to
Power Problems
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…America! We Have a Problem – The Green Nightmare – Part 3: Summary and Conclusion… The purpose of these articles is not to prove it is impossible to replace fossil fuels. Obviously, there is ample area in the United States, and the rest of the world, to install required quantities
Power Problems
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…America! We Have a Problem – The Green Nightmare – Part 2: The Coal, Natural Gas and Supply Problems… This graphic depicts the current sources of electricity supply for the United States, and how much more electricity must be produced to achieve the administration’s climate objective. The essence of their
Electricity for BEVs and electrification of homes
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…America! We Have a Problem – The Green Nightmare – Part 1 the Nuclear Problem.. The President of the United States and radical environmentalists have said the United States must be carbon neutral, i.e., net zero emissions, by 2050. The essence of their plan is summarized here: Close all coal-fired
House No Plumbing Video
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…Wind and Solar Cost More… It’s obvious that storage increases the cost of wind and solar. Why are we being told wind and solar cost less? It’s obviously not true. Click to View Video . . .   (205) Like this:Like Loading...
Greening of Earth from NASA
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…CO2 is Greening Planet Earth… The NASA website explains: “From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April
ERCOT Chart of Reserve Margins Published December 2020
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…WSJ Joins Fake Media… Over the past several week the WSJ has published a number of articles promoting the policies of the left, such as the Green New Deal and catastrophic climate change.  These were in the news portion of the paper, and presumably the Editorial Pages would remain conservative.
Costs for integrating onto grid
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…Europe’s Climate Strategy is a Failure... As mentioned in earlier articles, Europe is failing to meet its climate objectives. European scientists and multidisciplinary experts have reached the same conclusion, Europe Can’t meet its climate objectives, and published their report: ROAD TO EU CLIMATE NEUTRALITY BY 2050, A Peer-Reviewed Publication for
Hourly net generation by energy source
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…Natural Gas Power Plants – Including Data from Texas… Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plants have an efficiency of 63%, which is very high. The best, most modern coal-fired power plants have an efficiency of 45%, which is higher than the 33% efficiency of most existing coal-fired power plants
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…Wind and Solar Realities… The Texas blackouts made everyone aware of the risks associated with wind and solar, as well as bad management by ERCOT. This video will describe two of the important shortcomings of wind and solar. These are the facts that exist today. This video explains two of
In Front of the Meter Solar Generation
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…WSJ CO2 Battery Agenda… The Wall Street Journal continues its support for leftist ideas. Its recent article on batteries, The Birth of the Super-Battery, extolls the virtues of batteries, while ignoring their deficiencies and limitations.  It’s a continuation of WSJ articles in support of leftist energy proposals for eliminating fossil
Percentage of Days above 95.0F (35.0C)
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…Temperature Records… There has been an unending stream of media reports about how the last few years have been the warmest on record. They gloss over that they are only referring to the last 150 years, because temperatures have been higher than today on several occasions over the past 10,000
Reserve Margin Composition
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…Media Launches Texas Counter Attack… Texas has suffered terrible consequences as the result of blackouts. The real reason for the blackouts is that wind and solar are unreliable and shouldn’t be included in reserve margins, but the advocates of wind and solar, with the media’s support, have tried to muddy
The Looming Energy Crisis
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…Texas and The Looming Energy Crisis... Texas is now experiencing the blackouts predicted by the book, The Looming Energy Crisis, Are Blackouts Inevitable. A new video, using the book as the source, explains why Texas is experiencing blackouts as cold weather and snow make wind and solar energy unworkable. Chapter
Project Costs of Generating Electricity
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…Distorting the Levelized Cost of Electricity… The levelized cost of electricity was, for decades, an honest method for comparing the cost of electricity generated by different methods. With the advent of wind and solar generation, there has been a continuing effort to demonstrate they are competitive with coal, natural gas
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…A Quiz for getting through the Fog… A friend stopped by the other day. He wanted to talk, and was obviously upset.  He began by saying he was frustrated by people who wouldn’t discuss climate change, especially young members of his family. It was as though they were catatonic. Their
HYBRIT System
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…Making Climate Friendly Steel… Producing steel and cement result in large CO2 emissions. The steel industry accounts for 7% of worldwide CO2 emissions, while producing cement accounts for 5%. Can steel be climate friendly? Currently, there are two predominant methods for producing steel. The first uses a basic oxygen furnace
HR 2454
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…Homeowners Beware of Climate Change Regulations… The UK’s Climate Change Committee published its “Sixth Carbon Budget” that included energy efficiency requirements for homes. These requirements included: “A proposal that the sale of properties be banned from 2028 unless they score at least a grade C in an energy performance certificate
Space based power and opportunity for strategic security
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…Solar Power from Space… The EU has resurrected an old idea to try to resuscitate its efforts to eliminate fossil fuels. Interestingly, the National Security Space Office issued a report in October 2007 that proposed Space Based Solar Power (SBSP), using satellites. The report said: “Place very large solar arrays
World Rare Earth Mining Production
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…Rare Earth Elements and America’s Security… Rare earths are vital to the manufacture of critical new products, especially those products required for emerging technologies and national defense. Neodymium, for example, is used in powerful permanent magnets needed for hybrid cars and electric vehicles, as well as for wind turbines.  Rare
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…Climate Activists Target ESG… Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are used to measure whether a corporation is being environmentally and climate friendly. Climate activists are targeting ESG as a means for forcing companies to meet ESG criteria of their liking, and to deny companies, deemed not ESG worthy, the
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…Climate Action Paradox… Europe has proven that it’s impossible to eliminate the use of fossil fuels without hydrogen and has published a manifesto for transitioning its economy to hydrogen.  The paper is available on the internet: “50% hydrogen for Europe a Manifesto”. While Europe, and perhaps other developed countries, may
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…Buying a House Without Plumbing… A house without plumbing and cooking facilities costs a lot less than a house with all the necessary features. It’s analogous to building wind and solar power plants, where many of the costs aren’t included. A house without all the needed facilities may look like
During daylight hours, the Sun heats the Earth.
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…Dr Happer Explains Effects of CO2… PowerForUSA has referenced the Happer and Wijngaarden paper, Dependence of Earth’s Thermal Radiation on Five Most Abundant Greenhouse Gases, in several articles. Questions about the paper demand a fuller explanation, and Dr. Happer, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Princeton University, has now released a more
Dr. Happer’s chart showing effect on temperature with a doubling of atmospheric CO2.
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…Message for all Americans… Two facts are of vital importance for all Americans to understand as we enter 2021. Scientists have established that the five most abundant greenhouse gasses will not significantly increase temperatures if they double from current levels. Even if greenhouse gasses were threats, it’s impossible to eliminate
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…Why The “Ice Trust” Matters Today… In 1899, the American Ice Company, with important investors from Tammany Hall, was formed from its predecessor, the Consolidated Ice Company. The objective was to create a monopoly so that the price of ice could be raised. Governor Teddy Roosevelt fought the people from
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…Mexico: Renewables Should Pay for Backup… Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) Director Manuel Bartlett, has called for renewables, wind and solar, to pay for the backup they need. He recognizes that wind and solar are getting a free ride by not paying for the support they need to ensure grid
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…Dangerous Proposal… A left wing think tank, Energy Innovation, recently proposed that the Southeastern states adopt an RTO/ISO structure for determining which source of electricity to use on the electric grid, for determining whether wind and solar should be used for reserve capacity.  Energy Innovation used computer models to support
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…Hydrogen Powered Planes… Europe has proven it’s impossible to eliminate the use of fossil fuels without hydrogen. While Hydrogen is an excellent energy carrier, it’s not readily available and must be extracted from some other compound. Green hydrogen is produced using electricity generated by wind and solar to split water
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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
Reserve Margin Composition from The Looming Crisis
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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
Reserve Margin Composition from The Looming Crisis
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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
Reserve Margin Composition from The Looming Crisis
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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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