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Bankrupting the entire USA

“The ignorance and gullibility that embraces the Green New Deal is appalling.” “The left side of the political fence wants to get us all into a Marxist state.”
– Sara
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Bankrupting the entire USA

Sara

Everything is wrong with the Green New Deal and its offshoots, including loss of foodstuffs that we take for granted and a massive loss of resources that contribute to biofuels, e.g., corn, wheat and soybeans. They aren’t raised solely for the food industry. There is far more to it than that.

Furthermore, in regard to charging stations for EV vehicles, here is a link (below) to the network of available charging stations, which has been in place for a while now. It is called plugshare dot com. https://www.plugshare.com/

It starts with a map of the USA and as you enlarge it, you will see the very wide network of charging stations available IN EVERY STATE IN THE USA.

The ignorance and gullibility that embraces the GND is appalling. During the first debate, Biden said it would take “only $100 trillion” to make it work, which is far more than even AOC had proposed, and she finally ratcheted that down to “over a period of at least 20 years”, because she got so much backlash for her proposal. Essentially, he’s talking about bankrupting the entire USA.

Solar and wind power work fine on an individual household basis. I learned that long ago in Mother Earth News. They are NOT feasible on an industrial basis. That is being proven repeatedly in Europe, especially now in Germany where Merkel as had to approve returning to mining coal (destroying the Black Forest while she’s at it) because her numbskulled mismanagement of the power grid in Germany killed off an embarrassingly large population group, all ages, all income levels.

The Greenbeaners or ecohippies or whatever you want to call them are brainwashed into thinking that the Earth itself is being destroyed, but will not give up their electronic junk, which can only be produced by destroying the areas where the minerals required to produce that junk are mined. That is not a joke, you can find info on it anywhere online.

Biden is so brain-dead (and I dislike saying mean things about anyone, frankly) that he will say anything he’s told to say, even if he’s incorrect. It’s easy enough to look up a reference to a real source for whatever he says. He is 99% incorrect, the majority of the time.

But yes, the left side of the political fence wants to get us all into a Marxist state, which they’ve been trying to do since the 1920s when the NKVD recruited Ernest Hemingway to write columns for their USA publications, and he was naive enough to do it.

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 because it went bankrupt trying to annex Afghanistan and Gorbachev had to close the Politburo and send everyone home because, as he said, ‘We’re broke. We can’t do this any more. We are bankrupt” (not direct quotes, but I did watch it happen on TV). When are those lessons going to be learned by these dimwitted doofuses who want everything their way?

Well, the answer is “Never”, because they likely have never heard of any of that part of history, and know only the crap they are taught in school these days. They have never had a hungry day, lived through a bitterly cold winter with little to no heat, or had to do with the inconvenience of no electricity (other than that caused by a storm), so no electric lights or computers or charging the iPhone – none of that.

If you want to know how to cook when you don’t have electric power, try the Townsends videos on 18th century cooking and home construction. His instructions are worth your time.

Please keep this in front of people. It is never, ever too late.

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October 6, 2020 at 03:36PM

Old Boris Was Right: Wind Power Is Expensive, Unreliable & Risks Blackouts

Old Boris was right. Wind cannot provide reliable energy, causes substantial broader grid costs and risks blackouts.

Back in 2013, a London mayor by the name of Boris Johnson declared wind farms could not “pull the skin off a rice pudding”.

Today, a Prime Minister by the name of Boris Johnson used his Conservative Party conference speech to claim that “offshore wind will be powering every home in the country” by the end of the decade. Johnson assured us this would be “cheaper than coal, cheaper than gas”.

Sadly, however, Old Boris was right. The capital and operating costs of wind remain extremely high. Wind cannot provide reliable energy, causes substantial broader grid costs and risks blackouts.

We are now continuously told by green activists that renewable energy no longer needs to be subsidised. Followed shortly by demands for subsidies for construction and prices. Just today, Johnson committed £160 million to upgrade ports and factories to build turbines. In March, the Government removed restrictions, imposed by David Cameron, on onshore wind farms accessing subsidies. The total subsidies for renewable energy are over £10 billion annually, and growing year-on-year.

The biggest flaw in wind and solar – and the reason why they cannot provide energy for every home as Boris has promised – is that they only provide intermittent electricity. This creates substantial and complicated grid balancing costs, to ensure supply precisely meets demand.

When the sun stops shining and the wind stops blowing, we need backup coal, gas or nuclear. This means funding the cost of maintaining equivalent backup capacity. (Despite improvements, batteries remain far too low capacity and expensive to make up for the intermittency of solar and wind.)

On the other hand, when the wind is blowing too strong and the sun shines too bright, or there isn’t much energy demand, we have to pay tens of millions of constraint payments to wind and solar operators for them to stop producing to prevent overloading the network. There are also substantial network costs for connecting renewables. Together, this makes the electricity grid fragile and more expensive to operate.

It is true that guaranteed strike prices for new renewable energy projects have declined. For example, new offshore wind has decreased from around £114/MWh in 2014 to £40/MWh in 2019. But, importantly, as found by John Constable and Professor Gordon Hughes: the actual capital and operating costs of wind have both increased over recent decades. There is a risk that operating costs will grow at existing wind farms because of rising maintenance costs. The more remote and experimental, like taller turbines or the floating wind farms proposed by the Prime Minister, the higher the operating cost.

The divergence between the actual costs of wind and the current prices is creating a trap. The new wind projects are providing a mirage of cost effectiveness. But once locked into energy sector planning, the struggling companies are likely to come back later demanding bailouts – either in the form of three to four times higher power prices or direct taxpayer subsidies. One way or another, we will all be paying for excessive faith in renewable energy.

It is a similar story for the hydrogen hype promoted by the Prime Minister. David Cebon, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cambridge, has warned that hydrogen would be “detrimental to the UK’s economy, its energy security and its decarbonisation commitments”. That’s because it takes more energy, and therefore more carbon emissions, to produce than is created. Hydrogen would either require dramatic amounts of carbon emissions from converted natural gas (“blue hydrogen”) or consume six times as much energy than it produces (“green hydrogen”). In either case, it’s all very expensive and not great for the environment.

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October 6, 2020 at 01:31PM

Which choice makes sense?

Trump: Close the borders to avoid pandemic; Dems: Lock yourselves inside your homes.

Trump: Build a wall to stop trafficking; Dems: Only around my house.

Trump: Open businesses; Dems: Only I can get my hair done, my freezer has lots of ice cream.

Trump: Protect people against riots; Dems: Defund the police and pay for my private security.

Trump: People have freedoms; Dems: Only if they are rioting.

Thanks to Adoni for this insight

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October 6, 2020 at 01:00PM

The oceans pump a vast amount of CO2 into the atmosphere

“Consider the Lake Nyos effect,” suggests reader Richard Cooper.

According to Wikipedia, Lake Nyos  is a crater lake in Cameroon about 315 km (196 mi) northwest of Yaoundé, the capital. Nyos is a deep lake high on the flank of an inactive volcano. A volcanic dam impounds the lake waters.

A pocket of magma lies beneath the lake and leaks carbon dioxide (CO2) into the water, changing it into carbonic acid. Nyos is one of only three lakes known to be saturated with carbon dioxide in this way, and therefore prone to limnic eruptions (the others being Lake Monoun, also in Cameroon, and Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda).

In 1986, possibly as the result of a landslide, Lake Nyos suddenly emitted a large cloud of CO2, which suffocated 1,746 people[3] and 3,500 livestock in nearby towns and villages.[4][5]

“If there are vast pools of CO2-saturated seawater under the oceans they must “vent” from time to time and produce a vast release of CO2 into the atmosphere,” says Richard. “Indeed there have been reports of huge areas of sea effervescing – bad luck to any ship nearby. Perhaps this explains some marine disappearances.”

Makes sense to me. And considering that there are more than three million underwater volcanoes, their CO2 discharge must be immense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Nyos

Thanks to Richard Cooper for this link

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October 6, 2020 at 12:46PM