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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
Hydrogen Periodic Table
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…The Hydrogen Hustle… Hydrogen is suddenly center stage in the climate debate, and is capturing a disproportionate number of media headlines.  Hydrogen is being offered as the solution for eliminating CO2 emissions. For example, hydrogen is critical for eliminating CO2 emissions from the production of steel, and for reducing CO2
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 . . .   (249) 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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