Energy

“Green energy” means subsidized energy, that’s not all – even if that is bad enough. The reason the “greens” are all in on that nonsense they call “green” energy is because it is a huge money making scheme for the few – that is all, got nothing to do with the climate. Climate is only the argument they use in order to justify forcing all of us to pay more taxes, CO2 fees and more for our electricity.
July 26, 2021:

Fake ‘Green’ Energy: So Much Spent On Wind & Solar For So Little Return

Wind and solar are not just costly they are entirely useless. Never in the field of energy generation has so much been spent, by so many, for so little return.

Forget the colossal and endless subsidies, forget the community division, forget the environmental destruction and landfills full of toxic blades and panels and start with the fact that wind and solar are simply incapable of delivering electricity as and when we need it.

On that score, we’ll hand over to John Hinderaker for a look at wind and solar power’s utterly pathetic performance in the USA.

At AmericanExperiment.org, my colleague Isaac Orr deals a double-barreled blow to the fantasy of “green” energy. First, after all of the hype surrounding wind and solar energy, where did Americans actually get their energy in 2020? This chart tells the story:

All “renewable” sources together account for only 12% of our energy consumption, but the details make the story even worse:

It is very interesting to note that burning wood, which is the oldest form of energy consumption in the country, is still producing more useful energy than solar power, despite the billions of dollars that have been spent propping up the industry.

What an utter failure.

Second, why does wind power supply so little electricity, despite the many billions that have been spent on it? The most basic reason is that 60% of the time, a given wind turbine produces nothing. The liberals’ response to this fact is to advocate massive overbuilding of capacity, on the theory that the wind must be blowing somewhere. Unfortunately, that isn’t true:

Advocates of wind turbines often argue that their unreliability can be offset by building even more wind turbines and transmission lines to distant areas because the wind is always blowing somewhere.

But last week, electricity generation from wind turbines was low throughout the entire 15 state power grid to which Minnesota belongs, the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO), even though electricity demand was very high. The graph below shows data from the United States Energy Information Administration for wind generation in the regional electric grid on an hourly basis from June 24, 2021, through July 5, 2021.

Full article ..

 

Offshore power ‘will fail without subsidies’

 

July 25, 2021:

‘Green’ Energy Delusions: Promise of All Wind & Solar Powered Future Is Pure Fantasy

July 19, 2021:

The lurking threat to solar power’s growth

Take off the blades, the engines and all of the oil and toxic pollutants, then leave the windmill steel towers for the birds to use for nests for a few years until the number of birds has bounced back, and then, before the steel towers gets too old and dangerous, tear it down.

Leave one, a really big one, in a museum for all the corrupt, ignorant “greens” to look at in bottomless SHAME for the rest of time!!:

Energy Transition: Germans Revolt Against Wind Power – As Power Prices Spiral Out of Control

Germany’s wind power transition has hit the wall: rural Germans are sick and tired of the noise, ruined landscapes and communities; and Germans of all persuasions are fed up with Europe’s highest power prices, which continue to rocket as a consequence of its so-called ‘renewable energy transition’ aka the ‘Energiewende’.

Thanks to massive subsidies and mandated targets, over 30,000 of these things have been speared into every last corner of Deutschland. But, as the team from Jo Nova explain below, the backlash against industrial wind power has brought the German wind industry to a shuddering halt.

Is this the future of wind all over the world?

The salad days of wind power in Germany are over. Bad news is rolling in from several directions. Twenty years of hope-n-subsidies has run aground. Profits are grinding down, and hardly any new towers are being erected. People are fighting back against the noise, the views, and the bird chopping. Conservationists might like the idea of wind, as long as it’s in someone else’s forest. Suddenly groups that oppose wind towers are gaining traction, and the red tape and legal battles have grown wings and settled on new developments like a bat plague. Full article ..

Take the electric motorway, then continue on the road to ruin

Despite OPEC price war and lockdowns, USA remained #1 in oil & gas production in 2020

July 18, 2021:

West’s Energy Transition Narrative Ignores The Reality in Asia

July 17, 2021:

Anti-Nuke Activists Afraid of Safe, Reliable & Affordable Nuclear Power

If you want people to toe the line, make them afraid. It’s worked a treat for the anti-economic progress crowd in their campaign against nuclear power. It’s the same insidious force that has millions of Australians constantly locked down, cowering under their quilts, thanks to the threat of a virus that’s on a par with the common cold for lethality in a country with first world and first-rate hospitals and healthcare.

Likewise with nuclear power. Long on emotion and short on evidence, the anti-nuke activist has been working up a frenzy of baseless fear for generations.

As Michael Shellenberger outlines in this interview with Chris Kenny, it’s time to engage our critical faculties and stop listening to those who would merrily deprive us all of safe, reliable and affordable nuclear power. Full article ..

California is planning floating wind farms offshore to boost its power supply – here’s how they work

July 16, 2021:

Another Summer of Discontent: Wind & Solar Obsession Leaves Californians Scrambling for Reliable Power

Big batteries could be bigger bombs than Beirut fertilizer

Fix The RFS!

July 15, 2021:

Universal Self Harm: Rejecting Nuclear Power Poses Real Extinction Threat

July 10, 2021:

Intermittent Wind & Solar Power No Match For Around-the-Clock Nuclear Power

By stopthesethings.com

Part-time power is worse than having no power at all: our industrial heartbeat and the timing of daily chores hasn’t been dictated by the weather for more than a century. Harnessing thermal power set us on the road to the modern, ordered and (largely) civil society we presently enjoy. For a refresher course Google up “Industrial Revolution”, “steam engine”, “James Watt” and “George Stephenson”.

The obsession amongst our political betters with unreliable wind and solar threatens to undo that Revolution; it’s almost like they’re out to de-industrialise and destroy us.

Coal sat the heart of the steam age, but the fuels used to boil water under pressure went on to include oil and gas.

Then, after physicists began to grapple with and master forces at a nuclear level, uranium and its enriched derivatives did away with the need for any combustible fuel, at all.

450 clean, safe and reliable nuclear reactors are quietly delivering baseload power in 32 countries around the world, with a dozen countries building another 60 reactors among them and another dozen or so countries considering doing the same.

There is one glaringly ludicrous exception: Australia.

Australia, despite holding the world’s largest uranium reserves and, despite its shifting policy of limiting the number of mines and states that have banned them, is the world’s third-largest uranium exporter, banned nuclear power generation back in 1998 and has never had a nuclear power plant.

Full article at Stop These Things
July 8, 2021:

Solar’s Toxic Legacy: When the Panels Wear Out, Who Cleans Up the ‘Green’ Energy Mess?

By stopthesethings.com

Because solar panels can’t be economically recycled, millions upon millions of them are headed for landfill. Around the globe, countless millions of panels have already reached their use by dates. Over the next decade millions of tonnes of them are headed for the dump.

Each panel is a veritable toxic cocktail of gallium arsenide, tellurium, silver, crystalline silicon, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals. As the stuff leeches into the water table, it’s not difficult to imagine the effect on water supplies, the environment and human health.

But, as Collister Johnson details below, it’s not as if either the rent-seekers behind the solar scam, or the relevant responsible authorities that run cover for them, could care less.

In March 2019, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors granted sPower, a Utah-based developer of industrial solar facilities, a Special Use Permit (SUP) to construct a 6,300-acre solar factory on land lying just outside Fredericksburg. The vote was 5-2, with only Supervisors David Ross and Paul Trampe voting against it.

This massive facility—dubbed the “Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center”—is one of the largest in the U.S., and by far the largest such facility east of the Mississippi River. When it is finished, it will contain over 1.5 million solar panels, each weighing about 40 pounds, and all of them containing toxic chemicals, such as cadmium telluride, copper sellenide, and lead.

The action of the board was puzzling for many reasons. Just over one month before, the Spotsylvania County Planning Commission had voted against the application by a 5-2 margin, yet the Board of Supervisors overturned that finding by a 5-2 vote.

Furthermore, the Board of Supervisors took no expert testimony or held evidentiary hearings to justify such an enormous facility. Nor did it take any testimony addressing the issue of the removal of the solar panels once they have outlived their useful lives (called “decommissioning”), which for panels of this type is usually 15-20 years.

Full article at Stop These Things
July 2, 2021:

USA Energy Trends

By Paul Homewood – Not A Lot Of People Know That

Joe Biden has pledged to totally decarbonise the US electricity system by 2035, and to cut emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. But how does this stack up against what has actually been happening since 2005?

 

Let’s start by looking at emissions of carbon dioxide .. Full article.

July 1, 2021:

As US and Europe push climate policies, Middle East and Russian state oil producers stand to benefit

June 30, 2021:

UK To Exit Coal Power By 2024

June 29, 2021:

The Dawn Of A New Era For US Shale

June 28, 2021:

Investors are backing uranium for reliable emission-free electricity

June 25, 2021:

Reliability Addiction: Despite Wind & Solar Surge, Europe’s Still Hooked on Coal

Germany’s efforts to ditch coal-fired power for good, is a little like St Augustine’s prayer asking his Lord to make him chaste, but just not yet.

Back in April, a week after it forced the shutdown of 11 coal-fired power plants, it was forced to reopen them to avoid mass blackouts.

Germany legislated a ban on coal-fired power plants, but the underlying chaos that is wind and solar power generation quickly brought them back to reality. And, apparently, those that forced those plants into energy exile are themselves being forced to welcome coal-fired power back again, with open arms.

Going from ridiculous to high farce, the anti-carbon dioxide gas squad in Europe has managed to reinvigorate the demand for coal, yet again.

Here’s the team from Jo Nova with another dose of irony from renewables-obsessed Europe. Full article …

June 24, 2021:

Can The Middle East Survive Without Oil?

Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa’s energy future

June 23, 2021:

Offshore Wind “Virtually Subsidy Free”- Justin Rowlatt

Why Everything They Said About Solar Was Wrong-Michael Shellenberger

June 22, 2021:

With Its Power Grid On The Verge Of Failure, California Begs Residents To Change Their EV Charging Routines

June 21, 2021:

Spreading Scourge: Wind Turbine Blades Shedding Toxic Plastics During Operation

There’s a landfill legacy being created by wind turbine blades, with the First World cynically using the Third World as its dumping ground: ‘Green’ Energy’s Poisonous Legacy: Millions of Toxic Turbine Blades Destined for African Landfills

Thousands of 45-70m blades (weighing between 10 to 25 tonnes) are being ground up and mixed with concrete used in the bases of other turbines erected later or simply dumped in landfill. Which should worry locals: the plastics in the blades are highly toxic, and contain Bisphenol A, which is so dangerous to health that the European Union and Canada have banned it.

But, it’s not just the ticking time bomb created by the millions of wind turbine blades that will end up buried around the world, there’s also a more immediate threat posed by these things. As wind turbine blades erode during operation, the toxins within the epoxy compounds they shed are finding their way into the oceans and our drinking water. Full story …

June 20, 2021:

The Looming Oil Shock

June 19, 2021:

Megadrought Could Force California’s Lake Oroville Hydroelectric Power Plant To Shut Down

By Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

One of California’s most critical hydroelectric plants is at risk of closing for the first time in five decades as water levels continue to sink.

A megadrought and scorching heat, both worsened by La Nina weather effects, have depleted some of the water supply at Northern California’s Lake Oroville. The lake’s current water levels are hoovering around 700 feet above sea level, but if 640 feet is breached, then officials “will likely be forced to close the Edward Hyatt Power Plant for the first time since it opened in 1967,” California Energy Commission spokesperson Lindsay Buckley told CNN.

The lake’s record low is 646 feet, and the state’s Department of Water Resources expects that level to be observed in August.

Earlier this month, at least 130 houseboats were evacuated from the lake as water levels continued to drop. As a result, any lower and boat ramps would be inaccessible.

Further, if the Hyatt plant closes, hydroelectric generation for the state’s grid would be affected. At full capacity, the plant can power up to 800,000 homes. Full article …

Costly climate policies will harm energy-starved Africa

By Adam Houser – CFact

In 1985, Michael Jackson and other American musicians tried to channel a spirit of global unity by releasing a collaborative song titled “We Are the World.” The purpose was noble, namely to raise funds for Africa which was going through a severe famine at the time.

Today, famine, disease, and lack of electricity still persist in the developing world, especially sub-Saharan Africa. But the spirit of unity once touted by Western elites has changed somewhat – and not for the better. Rather than rally the world together to help the least fortunate grow food or build, today’s elites call for so-called “climate action” and “sustainability” – whether those of African nations agree or not.

In prior years, much of the developing world was given a pass when it came to pursuing the trendy renewable energy policies of the West.  This was because they were expensive and burdensome for nations with struggling economies. Now, it seems being given a “pass” on joining the climate-bandwagon may no longer be an option. Full article …

June 18, 2021:

Want to Know Why Wind Power is Causing Blackout in Britain? (It’s called “the Weather”)

No country has ever powered itself entirely with wind and solar power; no country ever will. In Britain, the threat of blackouts now looms every time the wind drops off, thanks to an overreliance on unreliable wind power.

Back in August 2019 we reported on a mass blackout that struck Britain, when an offshore wind farm decided to down tools: Blackout Nation: Wind Power Output Collapse Leaves Millions of Brits Totally Powerless

To say that Britain’s once reliable power grid is under threat, is mastery in understatement. And, as Paul Homewood reports, things can only get worse from here. Full story …

The California And Texas Greenouts: Renewables Show Again Why They Aren’t Reliable

Why Was $66 Billion Spent On Renewables Before The Texas Blackouts?

June 17, 2021:

Texas to divest from oil & gas divestors… And trolling North Face

Deadly Serious: During Extreme Weather Unreliable Wind & Solar Threaten Life & Limb

There’s nothing funny about being frozen to death in the dark. More than half of the 200 Texans who died during the mass blackouts that struck the midwest during February this year died of hypothermia, thanks to a lack of power. In all some 4.5 million households were left freezing in the dark when solar panels were carpeted in inches of snow and ice; wind turbines froze solid; and breathless, frigid weather all led to total collapses in wind and solar output across central USA.

Robert Bradley takes a look at the causes and consequences of the perfectly avoidable carnage. Full story …

Federal judge overturns Biden’s oil & gas leasing ban

By Adam Houser – CFact

Federal judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana reversed the Biden Administration’s move to temporarily suspend oil and gas lease permits on federal lands and waters. The ban was said to stay in place until a review could be taken by the Department of the Interior.

As reported by NBC News:

The Interior Department said it would “comply with the decision,” signaling that lease sales to drill in Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico will likely resume — at least for now.

During Biden’s first days in office, his Interior Department paused new leases while reviewing the program to decide whether extracting oil and gas from federal lands and waters should continue in the future, as the president seeks to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels. The Interior Department has held a public forum on the issue and said that an interim report on the future of the program would be coming over the summer.

The suit was brought by 13 attorneys general from around the nation, led by Jef Landry of Louisiana.

Full story …

Ending Hydraulic Fracturing Will Sabotage America as Energy Prices Soar