A question popped into my head as I was reading/watching this article and video … “who’s the ‘climate denier’ now?”
This video from the host of the Discovery Channel show, “Dirty Jobs” is a few years old, but it is worth posting it every once in a while.
Mike’s words serve as an excellent reminder for all of us that we are blessed by a rich and abundant, affordable, reliable supply of electricity, as well as the minerals, metals, and many of the chemicals and other products that make our health, wealth, and well-being possible. All of those things are provided for us by miners; men and women who work long hours pulling the coal, metals, and minerals out of the ground, treating and shipping them and then turning them into useful products that improve our lives.
There was an interesting article published in The Hill yesterday, which quotes EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on the issue of election-based changes in the Senate. Her comments indicate an overweening sense of confidence that public and presidential support will be more than sufficient to stop any attempts to limit EPA actions by the newly elected Republican majority in the Senate and the returning majority in the House.
Can’t speak highly enough about this book and Alex Epstein’s other work. There is a solid moral case to be made for the use of fossil fuels and Alex’s book does a good job outlining that case.
Buy the book. Read the book. Tell others about the book AND talk to people about the value of fossil fuels to humanity.
A recently completed NERA Economic Consulting review of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan indicates that the costs of complying with the rule will dwarf those associated with the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (which was expected to cost the U.S. economy over $10 billion annually).
Highlights of the new study include,
- Electricity rates are forecast to increase by “double-digits” in 43 states
- Peak year increases in 14 of those states could exceed 20%
- $366 billion to $479 billion in compliance costs from 2017-2031
- $41 billion to $73 billion in average annual compliance costs
Solar energy can’t even handle an anti-fossil fuels blow up toy.
This protest presents the world with a powerfully ironic statement on what happens when you expect renewables (even with battery backup) to provide reliable power.
The video is funny and sad at the same time. Funny for the obvious reason that the solar-powered protest went a teensy bit flaccid. Sad that these protestors don’t appear to see the obvious irony and parallels to our larger energy system.
As in real life, when renewable energy can’t keep up with demand, you have to plug into a reliable, fossil-fueled energy source.
In what appears to be a direct contradiction to the intent of the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy and this administration’s claims to be the “most transparent administration in history,” a memo presented at a “closed-door” July 24th Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting informed members of the advisory board they are not allowed to speak to media or Congress without EPA permission.
That “don’t talk” memo was presented at a closed-door July 24, 2014, portion of EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, and it was not publicly disclosed at the time. Standard SAB procedure follows federal law in requiring publication of materials distributed to SAB members in advance of a meeting.
“I am the walrus, Goo goo g’joob …”
Sadly, more and more climate-related discussion and the policies resulting from those discussions resemble the songs in “The Magical Mystery Tour.”
Proof of that came with the publications of a frightening media release from the World Wildlife Fund and a report from NOAA. Both of these publications have encouraged a rush of media comment and articles, that argue climate change and retreating Arctic ice are unnaturally stressing walrus populations, thereby forcing them to “haul out” (or congregate) in massive groups on ice-free beaches. Ominous statements infect the articles and paint a bleak and foreboding picture for these ostensibly (climactically) oppressed pinnipeds.
Here’s one more article pointing out the high and unintended costs of the EPA’s pending GHG regulations.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog describes (from a variety of reports) how prices across the nation could increase by 6%-7%, or even as much as 12%. They also note that overall consumer costs will increase, electricity rates will increase, and electric reliability will decrease, leaving residents and businesses in the dark and potentially stopping a budding American manufacturing renaissance.
Most people just don’t know that Germany, the darling of the European renewables industry, is in the middle of a massive build-up of its coal-fueled generation fleet. Some, as this WSJ author does, might call it a “coal binge.”
Berlin’s “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power generation and growing.