Valentines Day here in Cheyenne, Wyoming shattered all records. Our maximum temperature of -7F (-22C) was twelve degrees colder than the previous record from 1990, forty-six degrees colder than average for the date, and seventy-one degrees below the record high in 1924. The maximum temperature was colder than the previous record minimum. It was the coldest day on record this late in the winter.

During the record cold last week, electricity generated by wind and solar dropped to essentially zero in Northern Colorado. They were almost completely reliant on electricity from coal fired power plants and electricity purchased from other providers. But the Platte River Authority remains undaunted and says they are shooting for 100% wind and solar by 2030.  0+0=100.

PRPA: Cold snap accentuates importance of energy networks – Loveland Reporter-Herald

I drove to their primary coal and solar plant at Rawhide to photograph it on February 15.  The solar panels were covered with snow and the only thing keeping Northern Colorado from freezing in the dark was burning coal, which they plan to shut down by 2030.

Reliance on wind power killed lots of people in Texas this week, and that seems to be the plan for Colorado as well.

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Other countries have figured this out and are trying to reverse the disaster they created.

Germany’s ‘Green’ Energy Failure: Germany turns back to ‘dirty’ coal and natural gas as millions of its solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice  | Tech News | Startups News

Mexico was once a climate leader – now it’s betting big on coal | Mexico | The Guardian

China’s new coal power plant capacity in 2020 more than three times rest of world’s: study | Reuters

But the Biden administration appears determined to freeze as many people as possible and destroy the United States.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

via Real Climate Science

Posted on February 22, 2021 by tonyheller

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February 22, 2021 at 05:06PM