Does Biden’s $5B Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Plan Put Government Totally in Control of Charging Your Car?

Recently we received a link to a study on all electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (EVSEs) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The study was titled “Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers” done by David Rempel, Carleen Cullen, Mary Matteson Bryan and Gustavo Vianna Cezar from the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley. The study found,

“the cable was too short to reach the EV inlet for 4.9% of the EVSEs and 22.7% of EVSEs that were non-functioning were unresponsive or unavailable screens, payment system failures, charge initiation failures, network failures, or broken connectorsThis level of functionality appears to conflict with the 95 to 98% uptime reported by the EV service providers (EVSPs) who operate the EV charging stations.”

So, 27% of the EVSEs had serious enough issues that you could not charge your EV.

The Biden administration wants to create the ‘backbone of [a] national charging network’ for electric vehicles. The Biden administration has said it will make a $5 billion investment to build electric vehicle charging stations across the country by 2030 in a bid to ease U.S. dependence on gas-powered cars.

Biden has set a goal of a national network of 500,000 public charging stations in place by 2030, and administration officials say over 100,000 exist already.

However, this 100,000 EVSEs is not true. It is misinformation.

According to Satista.com as of January 13th, 2022 there are 46,290 fast charging stations (EVSEs) and 113,558 home charging outlets in the U.S.

California has a combined 41,300 public and private power outlets or 38% of those in the U.S.

PodPoint.com reports:

The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

  • A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point.
  • Most drivers top up charge rather than waiting for their battery to recharge from empty-to-full.
  • For many electric cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in ~35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger.
  • The bigger your car’s battery and the slower the charging point, the longer it takes to charge from empty to full.

QUESTION: How long will it take to charge an 18 wheeler and does it make sense to have these drivers sitting around drinking coffee waiting for their trucks to get charged? How much will this increase our costs for food and other manufactured products?

Will Biden’s Building EVSEs Kill Small Business?

Currently more than 95% of the 145,000 gas stations in the U.S. are privately owned and operated by members of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

According to Statista.com:

United States’ gasoline station sector recorded a gross output of approximately 101.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

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The U.S. automotive industry represented some 14.5 million light vehicle sales in 2020, with the majority having gasoline ICEs. Motor vehicle gasoline consumption had steadily increased through 2019, reaching over 146 billion gallons in that year. Motor gasoline is by far the energy source in highest demand in the U.S. transportation sector, dwarfing distillate fuel oil by over seven quadrillion British thermal units in 2020. Carbon dioxide emission levels of light-duty vehicles, the mode of transport projected to use the most energy in 2020, have lowered in the past few years. Pickup trucks, the vehicles with the steepest emission levels, went from emitting some 470 grams of CO2 per mile in 2017 to 460 grams per mile in 2020. Other vehicle types recorded similar drops.

The Association For Convenience & Fuel Retailing was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. Today it is an international trade association representing more than 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier company members.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reports:

The NACS, the association for convenience and fuel retailing, reports that there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. 127,588 of these stations are convenience stores selling fuel. The rest are gas-only stations, grocery stores selling fuel, marinas, etc.

According to the latest information, the refiners own less than 5% of the 145,000 retail stations. When a station bears a particular refiner’s brand, it does not mean that the refiner owns or operates the station. The vast majority of branded stations are owned and operated by independent retailers licensed to represent that brand. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than 60% of the retail stations in the US are owned by an individual or family that owns a single store. Through various branding agreements, approximately 36% of the retail stations in the US sell fuel under API members’ brands. See U.S. Service Station Outlets Summary.

QUESTION: Why do we need 500,000 EVSEs when we only need 145,000 gas stations to refuel the millions of cars, trucks, SUVs and 18 wheelers on the road today?

Why aren’t we using retail gas stations to create EVSEs? Given that it can take hours to charge your EV it would be convenient to have these charging stations co-located with convenience stores. Don’t you think?

API also noted “Many countries assess higher tax rates and use the revenue for their general fund budget. For example, ten countries in Europe, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom assess more than $3 in taxes on every gallon of gasoline, according to the Tax Foundation.”

At some point the government, now fully dependent on gasoline taxes to build and maintain our road and highway structure, will have to tax the heck out of EVSEs and home charging units. Don’t you think?

So, let’s look at California’s San Francisco Bay area charging stations. If according to the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley 27% of the EVSEs don’t work properly, what does that say if the government was the sole owner and operated 500,000 EVSEs? That might mean:

  1. Approximately 135,000 of these EVSEs would not be fully functional.
  2. Electric companies or EV manufacturers like Tesla, like refiners of gasoline and diesel, would no longer be able to partner with locally owned convenience stores or build independently owned EVSEs.
  3. The National Association of Convenience Stores would not own and operate the EVSEs.
  4. Many of the current gas stations would go out of business meaning you can’t refuel your car, truck, tractor, lawnmower, SUV, or 18 wheelers.
  5. The government would be in total control of the vast majority of charging stations nationwide, shutting out small business owners.

The Bottom Line

Whenever government gets into any business be it healthcare, public education or building and operating EVSEs they will find a way to screw things up.

For example there is a group called Pecan Street that gets grants for its “Centre for Race, Energy & Climate Justice.” Get it? Government and the private sector studying the links between race, energy and climate justice. Who would have thought? Hmmmmm.

Do we really want organizations like Pecan Street and the federal government using our tax dollars to create a national network of EVSEs to insure climate justice?

I think not. The private sector and open market can best deal with how we fuel or recharge our cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Get government out of the charging business or, like California, we will see it fail 27% of the time.

Put your trust in the private sector, not big government.

I can see a future that if you don’t get vaxxed-up you can’t get charged-up. Prove me wrong.

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Biden’s Secretary of Commerce: American children ‘having clothes comes second to the existential threat of climate change’

We have lived through a period that went from mankind cannot control the weather to environmental alarmists first warning about global cooling, then global warming and now the “existential threat” of climate change.

Now we learn from Biden’s Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo that American children having clothes comes second to dealing with the “existential threat” of climate change. Watch and listen:

When the climate cools during the winter children need coats, scarves and other clothes to keep them warm and protect them from the elements. When the climate warms in the summer children need clothes to keep them cool and protect them from sunburn and overheating.

Logic right? Wrong. The climate myth trumps logic.

On February 17th, 2021 USA Today’s Kerry Breen reported:

A winter storm that pummeled the state has set record-low temperatures in cities like San Antonio, Dallas and Corpus Christi, with some areas of the state seeing single-digit and below-zero temperatures. According to NBC News, the unprecedented cold put too much strain on the state’s electrical system, meaning that more than 3 million residents of the state are dealing with rolling power outages or total blackouts.

NBC News also reported that at least 25 people have died in “weather-related fatalities” since the weekend, with the “majority” of the deaths happening in Texas.

In an ABC News report published on Aug 23, 2021 titled “Don’t Waste Your Money: Clothing Shortage” John Matarese reported:

Shoppers are ready to restock their closets for the fall and winter. But many are asking, where’s all the clothing?

Kristin Sterling was trying to do some back-to-school shopping at TJ Maxx. “I’ve been looking for baby items, as well as for a teen, a school-age child,” Sterling said. But inside, she found a much smaller selection than she has seen before. “I’m finding that there’s not that much clothing,” Sterling said.

Shoppers across the country are finding half-empty clothing racks, and shoe shelves out of popular sizes at many stores. At a Burlington store, a third of the store is now closed off with a divider. High school sophomore Mia Dressel was looking for a homecoming dress with her grandmother, but… “All the dresses were really, really short, or really long,” Dressel said.

Read the full article.

In a December 2nd, 2021 Forbes article titled “Inflation is coming for your closet—the cost of clothing to jump next year, new report showsSophie Mellor reported:

Owing to supply-chain snarls, two-thirds of fashion executives said they are expecting to increase prices in 2022, with an average price increase of 3% across all clothing and apparel, this year’s State of Fashion 2022 report by the Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Co. found.

A worrying 15% of executives polled said they planned on increasing prices by more than 10% in 2022.

Inflation in fashion is caused by a combination of material shortages, transportation bottlenecks, and rising shipping costs straining supply and demand, according to the study, which surveyed more than 220 international fashion executives and experts.

Read the full article.

All of these things are happening now but worse. Biden’s build back better for Americans nothings built, nothings back and nothings better.

The Bottom Line

America depends on cheap and reliable power. America depends on its supply chain to deliver goods and services. America depends on our economy to provide what we need to live healthy and prosperous lives. That is now all at risk.

Biden’s green policies of eliminating fossil fuels and replacing oil, coal and natural power plants with solar and wind generators to stop the “existential threat” of climate change is destroying foundation of the economy.

From climate change to lockdown mandates we are seeing the long term impact on everything we Americans have come to depend on. Going to the supermarket or store or online and buying what we need and want is gradually going away. It’s becoming more and more common to see shortages and higher prices for essentials.

Biden’s policies are the root cause our supply chain to being disrupted.

3PL Central in its 2022 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry Report warned:

Disruptions to the supply chain aren’t over yet. It is predicted that supply chain issues facing the United States will continue into 2022citing demand as one of the top contributors. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which account for 40% of shipping containers entering the U.S., have already started operating 24/7 to relieve supply chain bottlenecks. But with labor shortages in both warehousing and transportation, are consumers looking at something similar—or more disruptive than—the 2020 toilet paper shortage?

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With a quickly shifting marketplace, many companies are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the intricacies of the supply chain. This has led to many businesses looking to outsource their logistics needs to third-party logistics warehouses and transportation providers. In 2021, users of 3PL services reported that 40% of their total logistics expenditures were related to outsourcing. Much of this growth can be directly correlated to the rise of the ecommerce industry. Considering this push of online sales, expectations for the global third-party logistics market are expected to be valued at $1.1 trillion over the next six years.

Biden and his administration have reset the priorities of America and Americans are now feeling the pinch. From Covid to Climate Change this administration has fundamentally transformed our economy from being robust, our supply chain from being dependable and our store shelves full to the polar opposite.

From baby formula, to clothing, to fuel prices to the cost of living Biden’s policies are NOT making America better, rather it is making America MUCH worse.

What is more important to you? Feeding and clothing your new born baby or climate change?

Bill Nye said,

“The less we do to address climate change now, the more regulation we will have in the future.” 

Under Biden we now have more and more regulations and mandates negatively impacting our economy in the name of climate change.

How’s that working out for you now?

Choose wisely on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 because you and your family’s long-term health, welfare and well being are at stake.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

Global Warming Was Going to Destroy Skiing, Then the Snow Fell

Vail, Colorado concluded its skiing season on May 1 a year after the Denver Post warned that “climate change is shrinking the Colorado ski season.”

It’s almost as if some higher power has made a point of mocking doomsday predictions by climate pagans who think the weather can be changed by raising taxes and driving Teslas.

But like a Gore-Tex parka, the climate consensus is impermeable to mere snowfall.

A week after Vail Mountain announced that it was extending its skiing season for “the longest continuous season in Vail Mountain history” just after 9 inches of snow fell in early March, a local news station wondered, “With warmer winters, what will happen to the ski industry?”

It may have to extend to June.

In February 2022, Denver broke weather records to hit the coldest temperature in 109 years. At a balmy -7 degrees, the latest outbreak of global warming plunged the city down to a low that had not been seen since 1899.

Still not done mocking Al Gore, March temperatures at Denver International Airport broke a new low with -3. The last time that happened was 1932. Or back before Gore Sr. had even graduated from law school to begin his family’s long slimy political career.

Talk about an inconvenient truth.

Even as activists and resort owners were crying to the media that the entire skiing industry was about to disappear because there would be no more snow, it snowed for the first 9 out of 10 weeks of the year. That was the most starting snow that there had been in 63 years.

“It’s supposed to snow in Denver — but maybe not quite like it has this year,” a local media outlet reluctantly conceded.

This is what happens when the weather makes a mockery of the climate consensus.

The climate must “hate science”.

So what’s a good lefty to do? Ask Facebook and Twitter to deplatform the sky? Fact check the winter? Denounce the disinformation on the slopes? Ask the UN to condemn the snowpack?

Just ignore the facts and continue lobbying to outlaw cars, home heating, and all life on earth.

“Climate change threatens the future of ski resorts,” Quartz warned in January.

“A business-as-usual path to a warming planet impacts industries beyond fossil fuels. At this point, there are about as many jobs in coal mining as there are jobs at snow-sports facilities. Coal miners, however, have an outsized influence in US politics,” it grumbled.

O, those mighty coal miners, and the poor oppressed ski resort owners who are furiously lobbying to destroy Appalachia to save Aspen.

The National Ski Areas Association had already demanded a “transition to an equitable clean energy economy” by taxing those filthy carbon emitters. Since all life on earth, except members of the NSAA, emit carbon, that would be bad news for you and me. And our survival.

The industry, which has almost as many minorities as a Burlington Communist Party meeting, also demanded “justice and equity” for “communities of color”.

Auden Schendler, the VP of “Sustainability” at the Aspen Skiing Company and board chair of Protect Our Winters, ranted to the New York Times, “The outdoor industry is bigger, wealthier, crazier and more influential than the N.R.A. We need CEOs and trade groups and leadership to wield that power ruthlessly.”

Protect Our Winters is fighting against domestic drilling so that Americans can pay $6 a gallon for gas. Eliminating car ownership by the poor and the middle class to protect Aspen is a hell of a platform. Almost as compelling as protecting the home values of Oprah and Jerry Seinfeld.

“Home values in mountain towns like Vail and Aspen are some of the highest in the nation, and those values are at risk. By 2050, home values near ski resorts could drop by at least 15 percent due to warmer winters,” CNBC warned during what turned out to be the 5th coldest winter in Colorado’s history.

Ignoring the science of reading thermometers, CNBC instead quoted a worried realtor who sells “multimillion dollar homes in the Vail area” who was deeply concerned about his “livelihood”.

“So we do certainly worry that we wouldn’t be able to sustain one or two or three consecutive years low snow volume due to climate change,” he complained. “And as far as the real estate business that I own and that I also am a broker within, what will happen? You know, where is my livelihood in the future, in three to four, five years?”

That was in 2019. Housing prices in Eagle County, where Vail is located, shot up 54% since 2019. Over February alone, there were $347 million in real estate transactions.

Would that things were as good in coal country as they are on slopes of the rich and famous.

The Left wants to economically destroy some of the poorest parts of the country in Appalachia to protect some of the wealthiest, like Vail and Aspen, from a crisis that isn’t even real.

Now that’s actual class warfare.

The good news is that snow, like Aspen real estate values, isn’t going anywhere. The bad news is that neither are the lies.

In 2000, an article in The Independent claimed that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”

Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia, was quoted as saying that in the United Kingdom, “within a few years winter snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event’”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he falsely claimed.

Dr. Viner has since become a lead author for the UN’s IPCC climate change reports, considered the official scientific consensus for governments, businesses, and unhinged climate lunatics.

Next time the media hypes an IPCC report about the end of all life on earth, go look at the snow.

Over the next decade, not only did British children still retain the lost knowledge of what snow is, but the UK was hammered with record snowfalls. Eight years later over 3,000 schools had to be closed and much of the country was shut down by the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.

Snow is still very much around, but the article has been removed from The Independent’s site.

In 2018, the isles were hit by the “heaviest snowfall in decades”. The New York Times described  “Mediterranean beaches blanketed in white”, “blizzards and ‘life threatening’ conditions in normally snowless areas of Britain”, and dozens of people dead in a “Siberian weather pattern.”

“It was like coming in from a ski resort,” one Briton trying to get to London described.

Instead of ski resorts looking like cities, cities are looking like ski resorts.

But two years later, the BBC and the Met Office falsely claimed that “snow will virtually disappear for much of the UK by the end of the century because of climate change.”

The Met Office’s Lizzie Kendon told the BBC that, “We’re saying by the end of the century much of the lying snow will have disappeared entirely.”

It’s not the snow that’s lying.

But like any good doomsayers and conspiracy theorists, the warmunists have learned to postpone the apocalypse to a distant future when everyone will be dead.

Meanwhile springtime in London was interrupted by a March snowstorm.

And in April, Denver recorded the coldest temperature since 1953, of only 10 degrees.

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U.S. Faces Electricity Shortages Heading Into Summer, as Grid Operators Warn of Limits of Green Energy

Evidence shows America’s power grid is increasingly unreliable and struggling to keep up with energy demand.


With more than 25 years of executive experience in the utility industry, people tend to listen when MISO CEO John Bear talks about energy.

And the message he’s sending about electricity shortages as Americans head into summer is clear.

“I am concerned about it,” Bear told The Wall Street Journal in an article exploring why power-grid operators are worried that electricity supplies may struggle to keep up with rising energy demands.

Bear is not some lone prophet foretelling doom.

From California to Texas to the Midwest, the Journal spoke to grid operators warning that conditions are ripe for outages, as plants pivot to new renewable energy sources.

These concerns are not unfounded. Evidence shows America’s power grid is increasingly unreliable and struggling to keep up with demand, and operators are bracing for rolling blackouts that could be arriving as soon as this year during heat waves and cold snaps.

Politicians and policy wonks often speak of “quitting” fossil fuels, as if they are a filthy habit or a narcotic like crack. But the reality is humans could not survive without coal, natural gas, and oil.

Despite their impressive growth, renewable energy sources—solar, wind, hydro and biomass combined—account for just 20 percent of US utility-scale electricity generation.

Fossil fuels, on the other hand, provide 61 percent of utility-scale electricity generation in the country. They heat and cool our homes, run our appliances, and feed the Teslas we drive.

While there is a great deal of excitement around the potential of renewable energy, one cannot simply replace a coal plant with a wind or solar farm and expect things will go just fine. These are intermittent energy sources, for one, but their construction and expansion has also been hit with delays for a variety of reasons, including inflation and supply chain bottlenecks.

“Every market around the world is trying to deal with the same issue,” Brad Jones, interim chief executive of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, told the Journal. “We’re all trying to find ways to utilize as much of our renewable resources as possible…and at the same time make sure that we have enough dispatchable generation to manage reliability.”

The shift from filthy coal to clean energy has not always been smooth.

Last year, for example, Hawaiian officials were stunned to learn the coal plant they had killed had been replaced with a massive battery powered by oil, which one public official described as “going from cigarettes to crack.

It’s true that fossil fuels come with tradeoffs. They can be messy and they emit greenhouse gasses. But the idea that “green” energies do not come with similar environmental tradeoffs is simply not true.

That electric car your neighbor just bought probably isn’t as green as he thinks. It takes tens of thousands of pounds of CO2 emissions to produce those fancy Tesla batteries, research shows.

Jason Hickel, an economic anthropologist, argues that renewable energy has the potential to be just as destructive to the environment as fossil fuels. While the phrase “clean energy” might conjure up images of beaming sunshine, rainbows, and gales of wind, the reality is far different.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Hickel noted the transition to renewable energy sources exacts a serious toll on the environment; it requires massive amounts of energy, not to mention the extraction of minerals and metals at great environmental and social costs.

A little-noticed World Bank study examined just the amount of material it would take to get to a “zero emission” economy.

“[The] results are staggering,” Hicekl noted, extrapolating using some basic arithmetic, “34 million metric tons of copper, 40 million tons of lead, 50 million tons of zinc, 162 million tons of aluminum, and no less than 4.8 billion tons of iron.”

It’s easy, of course, not to think about such matters, just like it’s easy to not think about the fact that there’s a good chance the lithium-ion battery powering your EV was made with cobalt mined by a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the vast majority of the world’s cobalt is mined.

These are unpleasant realities, but they are realities nevertheless, and they remind us of an important economic adage popularized by economist Thomas Sowell: there are no solutions, there are only trade offs. (In economics, this idea is sometimes expressed as opportunity cost. It’s the idea that you must sacrifice something to obtain a product or service or experience, even if it’s simply your time or attention.)

When it comes to fossil fuels, many Americans tend to ignore their benefits and focus on their costs. When it comes to green energy, however, many of the same people do the opposite; they focus on the benefits and ignore the costs.

To be fair, in some ways it’s easy to forget just how fortunate we are to have fossil fuels. They are provided to us on a daily basis through the invisible miracle of the market, which sees them provided in seemingly infinite amounts, often (though not always) at relatively little cost.

If John Bear’s concerns prove founded, however, Americans may soon get a rather rude reminder this summer about the importance of fossil fuels.

“As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal resource,” Bear told the Journal.

This is good advice. Let’s hope the right people hear it.

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Fuel Prices Hit Record Highs After Biden Promised To Lower Costs

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. shot up to a new all-time record Tuesday, less than two months after President Joe Biden guaranteed lower prices.

The average pump price nationwide surged to $4.37 per gallon early Tuesday, the highest since March, according to AAA data. In February, Biden said he would “work like the devil” to bring prices down and in March, he promised gasoline would decline between 10-35 cents per gallon after he announced a historic release of U.S. emergency oil stocks.

President Joe Biden ordered a 50-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve release in November, a 30-million-barrel release on March 1 and a 180-million-barrel release on March 31 to combat rising gasoline prices. Energy prices worldwide have skyrocketed in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“There’s little, if any, good news about fuel prices heading into summer, and the problem could become worse should we see an above average hurricane season, which could knock out refinery capacity at a time we badly need it as refined product inventories continue to plummet,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at research firm GasBuddy, said in a statement Tuesday.

Biden has also attempted to lower prices at the pump by temporarily scrapping an environmental regulation prohibiting the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol. Experts and meat industry groups slammed the rule change, saying it would drive already-high food costs up.

But the Biden administration has dragged its feet on opening up domestic oil and gas drilling in light of surging consumer prices. The Department of the Interior has yet to hold a single onshore lease sale and chose not to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a 2021 offshore lease sale was illegal.

“There is no doubt the White House is hoping that Americans simply become numb to yet another disastrous result of their energy failures, but the pain at the pump is too real and everyone intrinsically understands that Joe Biden is to blame,” Power the Future executive director Daniel Turner said in a statement.

“President Biden is now a two-time record holder for the highest gas prices, the most oil drained from the strategic reserve and re-injecting the term ‘inflation’ back into the national lexicon for the first time since the 1970s. This type of failure doesn’t happen by accident,” he continued. “The President’s green ideology is a man-made disaster and we’re all paying the price.”

Meanwhile, total oil production in the U.S. has declined for three consecutive months even as administration officials have argued it is at historic highs.

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Climate True Believers Should Doubt Their Faith

Beyond the Left’s climate change chants lie big problems, big enough to destroy the faith of any climate change true believer who accidentally pays attention to reality.

We can start with exploding electric buses. Two caught fire in France, one exploded.  Not a pretty picture – public buses engulfed in flames.  You can add to that electric scooter fires in India, where a dealer said, “Lithium has a natural affinity for fires.’’  Do tell.  Makes me want to close my climate change hymnal.  In my area, a big school board is requiring electric school buses for transporting kids.  Hmm….

While I’m on the subject of electric vehicles, where are you going to put all those old dead batteries?  It’s a huge issue nobody’s talking about.  And what are you going to say to the six-year-olds who mine the cobalt that goes into the batteries? Nobody wants to talk about the child labor problem, either.

Ask a climate true believer where the power comes from to run electric vehicles and you are likely to get a blank stare.  The fact is it comes from the electrical grid, but utilities are warning the addition of solar and wind energy to the grid has not kept pace with the retirement of fossil fuel plants.   They warn of price hikes and electricity shortages, even rolling brownouts ahead.  With the prospect of energy supplies becoming unreliable, businesses are rethinking whether they want to be in Illinois where these problems, arising from state green energy mandates, are already in sight.   State lawmakers are looking for ways to ease the mandates, which is surely a mortal sin in the High Church of Climatology.

Another feature of Climatology is animal sacrifice.  “(W)ind turbines have been annihilating eagles for decades,” and there’s no way around it if you want those blades to keep spinning.  One wind company acknowledged 150 eagles have died at its wind farms in the last 10 years, and just paid the government $35 million in fines and restitution.  A new government study documents that wind and solar facilities have reduced the bird population of California.

Before he left office, climate true believer Bill de Blasio signed a bill banning natural gas in new construction in New York City.  I’m sure he felt the climate gods were smiling down on him when he did so.  The idea was to reduce emissions by requiring electric heat and electric stoves, but there’s just one problem:   Most of New York City’s electricity comes from natural gas.  It takes twice as many fossil fuels to run an electric stove as a gas stove.  Oops.  Hope those climate commandments weren’t on stone tablets.

Another problem is the apostates in China who are saying one thing, but doing another.  China will tell you it aims for carbon neutrality, but it’s increasing coal production by 300 million tons this year, sending coal usage up more than 12 percent from two years ago.

That ought to shock the faithful.  I wonder when they’ll wake up to the true mission of their church and what their Jim Jones’s really have in store for them.  The point of Climatology is not to save the planet.  It’s to reduce your energy use to lower your standard of living.  The high priests want you poor, immobile, and malnourished so you will be easier to control.  All the while they are telling you to atone for raping Mother Earth, they are focused on amassing wealth and power for themselves.  Being a true believer is one thing.  Being a sucker is another.  If it were me, I’d stop going to church and putting money in the collection plate until John Kerry and Leonardo DiCaprio get rid of their private jets.

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— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

Ukraine:

*** Germany will support Russian oil embargo after significantly reducing dependence: report

*** Tracking sanctions against Russia

Why farming & food supplies could be in MAJOR danger

Ukraine: from the horse’s mouth

Ukraine — What You Can Do:

*** Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

*** A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation

COVID-19 — Repeated Important Information:

My webpage (C19Science.info) with dozens of Science-based COVID-19 reports

*** World Council of Health: Early COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

*** COVID-19: What You Need To Know (Physicians for Informed Consent)

*** If you have received a COVID-19 injection, here’s how to Detox

*** Place Your US Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Therapies — Paxlovid:

*** Study: Pfizer’s Covid-19 pill didn’t meaningfully reduce illness in exposed adults

*** COVID-19 cases that return after Paxlovid antiviral treatment puzzle doctors

*** Pfizer’s COVID treatment Paxlovid fails to prevent infection of household members

*** Pfizer’s Paxlovid can be very dangerous, be warned: could cause severe or life-threatening interactions with widely used medications, including statins, blood thinners and some antidepressants

FDA contradicts Pfizer’s advice on 2nd course of Paxlovid

COVID-19 Therapies — Ivermectin:

*** Tennessee Makes Ivermectin Available Without Prescription

*** Fraudulent Trial on Ivermectin Published by the World’s Top Medical Journal

*** Preventable Deaths and Vitamin D3

COVID-19 — Injections:

*** Study: Innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations

*** World’s most influential Medical Journal questions Pandemic Policy and Safety of COVID Injections

*** New UK govt data shows the COVID injections kill more people than they save

*** Pfizer documents: Over 1,200 people died during Pfizer vaccine trials

Did Moderna Trial Data Predict ‘Pandemic of the Vaccinated?’

Evidence The Triple Vaxxed Are Developing AIDS

Denmark will stop promoting COVID vaccinations on May 15, 2022

Study: Increased emergency cardiovascular events among under-40 population in Israel during vaccine rollout and third COVID-19 wave

Does the World Still Need New Covid-19 Vaccines?

COVID-19 — Injection Mandates:

*** Fiction Disguised as Science to Promote Hatred

*** Call for retraction of paper regarding COVID vaccinated vs unvaccinated

30 percent of pilots may be unfit to fly due to COVID jab injuries: Dr. McCullough

Vaccinated Suffering 5X to 25X More Risk Of Heart Inflammation Than Unvaccinated

Dept. of Defense Study Shows Pregnant Female Soldiers Are Experiencing “Absolutely Catastrophic Rate of Abnormalities and Fetal Problems”

Movie Trailer: PANDAMNED

COVID-19 — Masks:

*** 8 Mistakes That Keep Even Smart People Masked

*** Lockdowns, Masks Destroyed The Mental Health Of Massive Number Of Children

How Health Freedom Defense Fund Vanquished Technocrat Mask Tyranny

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

*** Officials Manipulated COVID Data to Exaggerate Crisis, Mathematician Tells RFK, Jr

Study: Only 29% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients fully well one year on

Bill Gates says COVID is a ‘disease mainly of the elderly’ with ‘low fatality rate’

What’s Killing People If There is No Coronavirus? Acidosis and Red Blood Cell Transmutation

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** Dr. Scott W. Atlas: An American Hero

*** The death throes of the ‘Public Health expert’

*** Short Trailer: COVID Revealed

*** CDC and FDA ‘altered’ Covid guidance and even ‘suppressed’ findings while under political pressure

Therapy Knows No Geographical Boundaries

The WHO’s proposed ‘Pandemic Treaty’ is a huge threat to the Freedom of ordinary, hardworking people

Urgent – my video call with the WHO

Will Biden’s New COVID Czar Protect The World Or Big Pharma?

Studies prove that most politicians and experts handled COVID terribly

Book: United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim to a Mass Delusional Psychosis

Greed Energy Economics:

*** Wind Power’s ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Threatens Climate Fight

*** Putin ‘colluded’ with green movements

Short video: Renewable Energy — The Biggest Scam We All Fell For

Green Nightmares

Delaying tactics by wind industry will cost consumers hundreds of millions

Video: The Great Renewable Energy Con

Low-cost power pledge is blown away by the wily wind developers

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Analyzing bird population declines due to renewable power sources in California

Offshore wind: The leading birdwatching group doesn’t object to wind farms that will kill birds

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** Latest Offshore Wind Project Paid to Switch Off 25% of the Time

Conservation groups call for federal review of offshore wind impact on ecosystems

Right whale defenders question energy industry donations

Jacobs Launches Effort to Prevent Wind Turbines in Great Lakes

Wind Energy — Onshore:

*** Numbers Game: Smashing The Wind & Solar Power Storage Myth With Arithmetic

*** Wind Projects Rejections Across U.S. Now Total 328

*** A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous Fantasy

NY State Thruway Authority loses lawsuit over non-functioning wind turbines

Solar Energy:

*** Greenwashing in the Solar Energy Industry? Here’s How to Spot It

*** Study: On-Grid Solar PV versus Diesel Electricity Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Economics and GHG Emissions

Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey (Note #3!)

Elon Musk: ‘We should not shut down nuclear power plants, we should reopen the ones that we’ve shut down’

They’re Paneling Paradise to Put Up Solar — a Lot

Nuclear Energy — California:

California promised to close its last nuclear plant. Now Newsom is reconsidering

Experts Weigh in on Seismic Safety at Diablo Canyon in Letter to Newsom

Possible extension for California’s last nuclear plant draws cheers from supporters, jeers from opponents

Nuclear Energy — Other:

*** Who’s Afraid of Nuclear Power?

*** Germany’s Nuclear Fumble

*** Boris Johnson says the UK will build one new nuclear plant a year

MIT Spinoff Raises $1.8 Billion From ‘Largest Ever’ Private Investment In Industry

One year ago, New York made a fateful and fallacious decision to pull the plug on a reliable, zero-emission power source

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Some Fallacies Attendant Upon the Biden Resumption of Fossil Leasing

*** China ignores climate pledges, tops list in building new coal plants

*** Europe Needs Natural Gas And America Could Help—If We Could Get Out Of Our Own Way

How Many Of The World’s 8 Million Will Survive Without Fossil Fuels?

Russia’s war is turbocharging the world’s demand for coal

Global coal-fired power at record levels

Climate Colonialists Disrupt African Pipeline, Perpetuate Poverty

China promotes coal-burning again as energy security becomes top priority

New Yorkers Deserve a Choice of Gas Heat or Electrification

Misc Energy:

*** The People Promising Us “Net Zero” Have No Clue About Energy Storage

Electric Bus Catches Fire After Battery Explosion

Study: Americans Don’t Want Electric Vehicles

A Lesson Being Ignored: Fuel Switching = Energy Reliability

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Trump’s Climate Challenge to the GOP

*** FERC’s Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Policy Cannot Pass a Cost-Benefit Test

*** Study: Asia’s coastal cities sinking faster than sea level-rise

*** Report: Osman et al. 2021: a flawed Nature paleoclimate paper?

Biden: “In the U.S. military every vehicle is going to be climate friendly. Every vehicle.”

When prophecy fails: John Kerry moves the goal post and re-sets doomsday clock

Study: Climate Change & Cold Weather Extremes an Overlooked Issue in The Present Climate Debate

Climate Change Fanatics, Not Fossil Fuels, Threaten Nature

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** The Many Benefits of Rising Atmospheric CO2 — An Introduction

*** Report: No Evidence of a Climate Crisis

Study: Exact Calculations of Climate Sensitivities Reveal the True Cause of Recent Warming

Ridding the world of climate misinformation and saving a trillion dollars per year

La Niña could enter rare third straight year. Here’s what that means.

President Biden’s Climate Ambitions Are All But Dead

Scientists say to eat bugs to slow global warming

Woods Hole: Are We on the Brink of a ‘New Little Ice Age?’

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

*** Forensic Examination Proves Vote Manipulation and Illegal Destruction of Records on Dominion Voting Machines

*** Ranked Choice Voting is a Scam

*** YouTube Bans Video Featuring Conservative Expert on Voter Fraud

*** Election Integrity Dead: Killed in Court

*** Video: 2000 Mules

2000 Mules” Full of Must-See Surprises

Primer: The Biden Administration’s Attempt to Subvert Our Elections

Short Video: America UnCanceled with Matt and Mercedes Schlapp

FGA Ffiles lawsuit against Biden Admin Demanding Answers on Exec Order 14019

Princeton investigating Sam Wang for research misconduct, toxic workplace issues

Nonprofits and Foundations Likely to Come Under Fire as Senate Committee Explores ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

Report: The Carter-Baker Commission 16 Years Later — Voting By Mail

US Election — State Issues:

Heritage’s Election Integrity Take Action Page (by State — with more to come)

*** The NY Courts Blew Up the Democrats’ Redistricting Plans

*** Gov DeSantis Signs SB524 Making Ballot Harvesting a Felony

MAGA Candidates Chosen at Michigan GOP Convention

Why Tennessee’s New Residency Requirement for Congressional Candidates Is Blatantly Unconstitutional

Pathetic New York pols fail again to deliver gerrymander-free maps

Biden FEC pick claimed Georgia voting machines ‘switched’ votes from Abrams to Kemp in 2018

FGA Applauds the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Defending the Constitutionality of Florida’s Election Integrity Law

US Politics and Socialism:

*** Short video: Sheila Nazarian — I Am Proof the American Dream Is Alive

*** American Dream Of Home Ownership Turns To Dust

Weaponizing the Current Thing: Biden’s Ministry of Truth & its origins

Levin: Democrat Party is out to destroy Trump

Dirty Tricks: Gmail Sends up to 66% Of Conservative Email Straight to Spam Folders

Short video: China’s Social Credit System

Italy Announces Dystopian Social Credit System; Compliant Citizens Will Be Rewarded for “Good Behavior”

The Body Snatchers: The NWO’s Eugenics Agenda

Ministry of Misinformation: Freedom is Slavery!

Senators Effort to Defund Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board”

Disinformation Panels, Control over Social Media Content and Now DOJ Environmental Justice, it is all One Long Continuum

Other US Politics and Related:

*** The Countless Failures of Big Bureaucracy

*** The Irrational, Misguided Discourse Surrounding Supreme Court Controversies Such as Roe v. Wade

*** An Attack on the Independence of the Supreme Court

*** Ode To Patrick Henry: We’re Still Fighting to Protect Our Liberty Today

*** Five Signals of Government Disinformation

Kamala Harris Is Not Legally Qualified For Office, And That Matters Now More Than Ever

Leftists Aren’t Losers

Religion Related:

*** American Churches are Killing Christianity

*** What A Small Price to Pay

Amazon Targets Conservative Children’s Book About Gender Identity

Education Related:

Why I’m suing my kids’ school district

Brainwashing 101: Lawmakers approve $2 million in funding to expand climate education in Maine schools

7th Grade Science Should Not Include Climate Indoctrination

Rescuing “Virtue and Talents” Amidst the War on Tests

Science and Misc Matters:

*** Mass Formation Psychosis

*** The Future of Substack

*** Short video: From Bachelorette Contestant to Target of the Woke Mob

*** Ideas on mute? Study: Remote meetings dampen brainstorming

Conservative Twitter Users Are Seeing Radical Changes Overnight


 

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ABSURD: AG Merritt Garland’s New Office of ‘Environmental Justice’ yet another Marxist attack on science and free speech

My God, just when I thought it can’t get any worse, the Department of In-Justice and its Chief Arbiter, Marxist Merritt Garland announces a new Federal Agency the “Office of Environmental Justice.”  This is yet another Marxist frontal assault on science and freedom of speech. Watch:

The Office of Environmental Justice,

“[W]ill seek to redress health risks from climate change faced by minorities and low-income people in the United States.”

Another draconian measure designed to force and enforce their Climate Change Agenda. I’ll bet it will also create more Federal Agents with unchecked arrest power as well.   If you think we have bad inflation roaring at 8.5% just wait until this ridiculous agency kicks in and causes costs of everything to soar.

Biden DOJ Announces New ‘Office of Environmental Justice’

“Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change”

Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice is launching the Office of Environmental Justice. It speaks volumes about the priorities of this administration.

There are so many major problems in the country right now, and this is their concern.

It’s likely that this is just to remind the left how committed Biden is to fighting climate change. And of course to politicize the language around the topic and criminalize dissent.

Breanne Deppisch reports at the Washington Examiner:

DOJ launches new Office of Environmental Justice

The Justice Department is launching a new Office of Environmental Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday, which will seek to redress health risks from climate change faced by minorities and low-income people in the United States.

You can guess where this is going.

Read full article.

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NEWSMAX TV to Broadcast Climate Hustle 2

It is finally arriving. Grab the popcorn, gather your family. It will be a Mother’s Day to climatologically remember! The climate change debate is set to be rocked as CFACT’s skeptical film, Climate Hustle 2: The Rise of the Climate Monarchy, hosted by actor Kevin Sorbo, is set for it’s global broadcast release on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

The Newsmax network reaches 75 million cable homes and on streaming and digital media including on Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Haystack News, Fubo TV, Sling TV, DirectTV and Vidgo, and more.

The film is the sequel to the smash hit Climate Hustle which was released in 2016 in 400 theatres nationwide and in Canada. The film torches Hollywood hypocrisy, climate financial corruption, media bias, kids’ classroom indoctrination, political correctness, and pulls back the curtain on the massive global warming establishment.

Climate Hustle 2 pulls no punches and goes right to the heart of the Green New Deal and the UN Paris climate pact and exposes the motives behind the climate agenda. The film features prominent scientists, and policy experts who explain how the agenda to control the climate is about controlling YOU.

Tune in this Sunday, May 8 at 8PM ET, to Newsmax TV on cable, satellite, Dish, or stream online at Newsmaxtv.com.

It is a film Al Gore, AOC, and the United Nations DO NOT want you to see.

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PODCAST: GOP Grassroots demand bold action and Europe needs natural gas America could help

GUESTS AND TOPICS

JEFF CROUERE

Jeff Crouere is the host of, “Ringside Politics,” which airs weekdays on WGSO 990-AM in New Orleans. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.net.

TOPIC: GOP Grassroots demand bold action.

ADAM A MILLSAP

Adam A. Millsap is a Senior Fellow for economic opportunity issues at Stand Together. Adam writes about state and local policy, urban development, population trends, and labor markets. His writings have appeared in national outlets such as USA Today, US News and World Report, Real Clear Policy, and The Hill, as well as regional outlets such as the Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Sun, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Orange County Register, among others. Adam is the author of Dayton: The Rise, Decline, and Transition of an Industrial City.

TOPIC: Europe Needs Natural Gas And America Could Help

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Biden Revoked Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda. Now It’s Coming Back To Haunt Him

President Joe Biden’s decision to reverse a series of Trump administration energy policies have harmed American consumers amid the Ukraine crisis, former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said.

Bernhardt, who led the Department of Interior (DOI) between 2019-2021, said Biden’s energy policies reflect activism rather than a coherent strategy to ensure low prices and sufficient supply for Americans. Fossil fuel industry groups and Republican lawmakers have repeatedly blamed the Biden administration for rising energy prices slamming consumers in recent weeks.

The average price of gasoline ticked up to $4.19 a gallon on Monday, remaining near its all-time high of more than $4.30 per gallon set in April, according to Energy Information Administration data.

“As a candidate, President Biden was very, very clear that he had a different energy vision than the vision of energy independence — even energy dominance — that Trump had,” Bernhardt told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

“President Biden campaigned with a very different vision,” he continued. “His vision, I think to say fairly, would be a vision of climate activism over energy independence or energy dominance.”

Bernhardt added that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has filled the DOI with “some of the most activist folks that could have possibly been chosen.” He said the agency is largely crafting energy policies based upon Biden’s directives.

Shortly after taking office in January 2021, Biden issued a series of climate-related executive orders, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit and issuing a moratorium on new federal oil and gas leasing, following up on a campaign promise to “get rid of fossil fuels.” The Biden administration has yet to hold an onshore lease sale even after a federal court ruled the moratorium was illegal.

Haaland revoked a dozen key Trump administration energy policies in compliance with Biden’s executive orders in an April 2021 secretarial order. The DOI’s “American Energy Independence,” “Supporting and Improving the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Federal Solid Mineral Leasing Program” and “Executive Committee for Expedited Permitting” were among the policies reversed.

“I’m hopeful that these steps will help make clear that we, as a Department, have a mandate to act,” Haaland said at the time.

But Bernhardt pointed to both the lack of drilling and decline in applications for permit to drill (APD) issued by the Biden administration.

“If you look at the number of APDs issued in December 2020 and then compare that to December of 2021, you will see a nearly 80% reduction in APDs issued even though over 4,000 APD requests,” Bernhardt told the DCNF. “And if you look at the length of time it currently takes to do the processing of APDs and let’s say you looked at it between fiscal year 20 and fiscal year 21, you will see a lengthening.”

The U.S. increased domestic oil production during the Trump administration from 8.9 million barrels of oil per day to nearly 13 million barrels of oil per day between 2016-2019, according to Energy Information Administration data. The nation became a net exporter of total energy in 2019 — factoring in oil, coal and natural gas trade — for the first time in nearly eight decades.

The U.S., though, is projected to return to net oil importer status under the Biden administration in 2022. Production has decreased since November to about 11.3 million barrels a day.

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THOMAS CATENACCI

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While Americans Can’t Afford Gas, Biden Slashes Drilling

It’s not Putin’s price hike, it’s Biden’s. And he insists on reminding us of that every few days.

The Biden administration on Monday reversed a Trump administration plan that would have allowed the government to lease more than two-thirds of the country’s largest swath of public land to oil and gas drilling.

The Bureau of Land Management’s decision will shrink the amount of land available for lease in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska…

The decision returns to an Obama administration plan that allows fossil fuel extraction in up to 52% of the reserve, compared to the Trump administration’s effort to open up 82% of the land to drilling.

Nationally gas prices continue to rise, despite increased production, hitting an average of $4.13. Of course, where I live, people would wait on line for an hour to get $4.13 gas and consider $5.13 a mouthwatering bargain.

But that’s what happens when you put enviros in charge of a city, a state, or a country.

While Biden and his lackeys advise Americans to buy $55,000 electric cars, they fly jet planes everywhere and then keep blocking efforts to make America energy independent.

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The Climate Change Doomsday Cult: ‘The end of private car ownership and of meat-eating’

Watch: Morano on TV explains how climate agenda is pushing ‘the end of private car ownership’ & end of meat-eating:

Tipping Point with Kara McKinney on One America News – OAN – Broadcast April 26, 2022

Morano: “The whole climate agenda stripped bare is literally a self-immolation of your national security and your economic security.”

Morano on Buttigieg floating ‘monthly transportation payment’ that ‘covers everything’ to replace monthly car payments: “What Buttigieg is actually up to with this monthly transportation payment that covers everything instead of a car payment — to replace your car payment — it is part of the plan…you’re going to be funding the end of not just the internal combustion engine but the end of private car ownership, which literally, group after group and the climate agenda is saying has to come to an end. Private car ownership has been called 20th-century outdated thinking.

Morano on: Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets: “What Ireland is doing is literally by getting rid of their livestock is what the World Economic Forum, the Davos crowd, what Bill Gates are seeking…They want us to stop eating meat. They want us to eat insectsweeds, and fake meat burgers. This is actually the goal of Bill Gates, who is now going to have huge sway as America’s largest farm owner to do this.

Morano: They want to cripple national economies. What is Europe now except energy crippled in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression? They’re almost helpless because they shut down their own energy and now we have them shutting down their own food supply. This is bonkers Kara. A to Z bonkers! I don’t know how else to use another word to describe what’s happening globally now because of the climate agenda.”

Selected Highlights:

Morano on Buttigieg floating ‘monthly transportation payment’ that ‘covers everything’ to replace monthly car payments“What Buttigieg is actually up to with this monthly transportation payment that covers everything instead of a car payment — to replace your car payment — it is part of the plan. And I can show you the Irish Times. I can show you multiple reports, the UK government reports, academic reports, the UK transport Secretary, all calling essentially for the end of private car ownership… you’re going to be funding the end of not just the internal combustion engine but the end of private car ownership, which literally, group after group and the climate agenda is saying has to come to an end. Private car ownership has been called 20th-century outdated thinking.

Morano on: Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets“What Ireland is doing is literally by getting rid of their livestock is what the World Economic Forum, the Davos crowd, what Bill Gates are seeking. Bill Gates, according to NBC News, is now America’s biggest farm ownerChina buying up U.S. farmland is probably a close second. They’re now trying to get a land monopoly by buying American farmland. What is the goal of the climate agenda? They want us to stop eating meat. They want us to eat insectsweeds, and fake meat burgers. This is actually the goal of Bill Gates, who is now going to have huge sway as America’s largest farm owner to do this.

So what’s happening is you’re seeing in Ireland, the actual blueprint, they want us to shut down domestic energy, agriculture and then we can rely on essentially 30 ingredients of processed fake food vegetable oil-based ‘meat’, which by the way, the World Economic Forum has said you can get a 3d printer and print several pounds of ‘fake meat a minute with these new printers. So this is very funny, but it’s a very serious agenda.

They want to cripple national economies. What is Europe now except energy crippled in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression? They’re almost helpless because they shut down their own energy and now we have them shutting down their own food supply. This is bonkers Kara. A to Z bonkers! I don’t know how else to use another word to describe what’s happening globally now because of the climate agenda.”

Rough Transcript:

Kara McKinney, host of Tipping Point on OAN asks about man who set himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court: see: Climate Activist Sets Himself On Fire

Marc Morano:  Well, this is actually it’s a much bigger part of the agenda. This is not just Pete Buttigieg virtue signaling. The whole climate agenda stripped bare is literally a self-immolation of your national security and your economic security. And that’s what we’re seeing firsthand.

The World Bank just came out today and said we are enduring the greatest shock to energy since the 1970s. And this is very much in large part due to Pete Buttigieg and this climate agenda. Now what he’s doing here is very telling. At Climate Depot, I have the whole background of what Buttigieg is actually up to with this monthly transportation payment that covers everything instead of a car payment — to replace your car payment — it is part of the plan.

And I can show you the Irish Times. I can show you multiple reports, the UK government reports, academic reports, the UK transport Secretary, all calling essentially for the end of private car ownership.

See below: 

Irish Times: Future of people driving around country in private cars is ‘fantasy built on cheap oil’

Climate lockdown: ‘It’s Time To Ban The Sale Of Pickup Trucks’ – ‘Shift away from relying on private vehicles entirely’

Business Insider mag: ‘Electric vehicles won’t save us — we need to get rid of cars completely’

May 2021: Climate lockdowns!? New International Energy Agency’s ‘Net-Zero’ report urges A shift away from private car use’

Climate Lockdowns: British Medical Journal Study Calls For ‘Substantially fewer journeys by car

Gates, Soros funded Professor: Prepare for the Coming ‘Climate Lockdowns’ – ‘Govts would limit private-vehicle use’

Flashback: Dem presidential candidate Andrew Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership – Suggests ‘constant roving fleet of electric cars’– “We might not own our own cars.”

So what Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg is brainstorming here, with his Star Trek references and everything else, he’s coming up with a plan that people are going to pay into this system and if you’re a good steward, you ride your bike a lot, you take the public transit, wear your mask and do all the things right, you’re going to get benefits — you’re going to get lower payments, you might even get dividends. (See: Buttigieg floats ‘monthly transportation payment’ that ‘covers everything’ to replace monthly car payments)

The whole gist of this is you’re going to be funding solar, wind, electric cars, you’re gonna be funding the end of not just the internal combustion engine but the end of private car ownership, which literally, group after group and the climate agenda is saying has to come to an end. Private car ownership has been called 20th-century outdated thinking.

Owning a car is outdated ’20th-century thinking’ & we must move to ‘shared mobility’ to cut carbon emissions, UK transport minister says

Kara McKinney: And also looking at the Supreme Court situation where that man, sadly tragically set himself on fire. Those injuries ended up being fatal and it breaks my heart and I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that people still work themselves up into that sort of a frenzy, even when we’ve seen It’s been decades now this point of doomsday predictions that have never come true. And also at the same time, the world’s biggest climate hysterics. They’re the ones who are all living on the oceans. They all own beachfront properties. They all have multimillion-dollar mansions on the very same property that they say will be underwater in a couple of years. And so I can’t take any of those people seriously and yet sadly, we still see people getting really worked up about it. Why do you think we still see such almost a religious seal about this?

Marc Morano: Well, a couple of things. First of all, you’re absolutely right. It’s a very bad image for people like President Obama and John Kerry and Al Gore to have seaside homes, multiple homes, doing everything they preach against and they’re obviously not worried about sea-level rise.

But this is very sad. The man who committed suicide in front of the Supreme Court was a climate activist and on his Facebook page, he had referred people to this online climate course he had taken with none other than Climategate professor and former UN scientist, Michael Mann. This is one of the media’s favorite go-to scientists. This was who influenced the man who killed himself.

See: Report: Climate Activist Sets Himself On Fire After Taking Michael Mann Climate Course &

Climate activist who set himself on fire at Supreme Court ‘edited a link to an online course’ taught by Climategate prof. Michael Mann

It doesn’t end there because what they’ve done is — in The Hill newspaper — a professor from the University of Nebraska in Omaha is saying get ready to see more climate terrorism responding to the man who killed himself. ‘The increasing infuriation of climate activists is warranted.’

Professor in The Hill: ‘Get ready to see more climate terrorism’ – ‘The increasing infuriation of climate activists is warranted’

So what they’ve done is they’ve literally got people convinced that the government isn’t doing enough and that we’re all going to die in some climate, emergency, or catastrophe, and that they need to do everything possible. As you mentioned, the Buddhist monks in Vietnam who self-immolated in protest. Climate activists want to draw attention, and now they’re willing to do this too.

Remember the whole climate movement — they couldn’t convince adults —  Gallup polling showed no real change in concern among adults since the late 1980s. But they went after kids because kids are a lot more gullible, and easy to scare and that’s why kids now are having psychological problems. The mainstream media loves to highlight all the teenagers and preteens with psychological problems because of their fear of climate change.

Kara McKinney: And now making matters worse, speaking of eco-terrorism, I mean, look who we have now heading up the Bureau of Land Management, a woman who herself was involved with eco-terrorism back in the 1990s. But also Northern Ireland, it seems they have to get rid of animals hundreds of 1000s perhaps make them disappear as if this was or China disappearing scientists and COVID.

It kind of reminds me of the Green New Deal with AOC. The first original copy we got of it was the same thing they need to get rid of cows because of their flatulence. This doesn’t sound very green to me. See: Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets – ‘Farming sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050’)

Marc Morano:  This is where you mentioned self-immolating their economy. The original Green New Deal actually used the words ‘farting cows’ in the original green New Deal release that they sent out and then they quickly like pulled it and tried to change it.

But here’s the thing, what Ireland is doing is literally by getting rid of their livestock is what the World Economic Forum, the Davos crowd, what Bill Gates are seeking. Bill Gates, according to NBC News, is now America’s biggest farm ownerChina buying up U.S. farmland is probably a close second. They’re now trying to get a land monopoly by buying American farmland. What is the goal of the climate agenda? They want us to stop eating meat. They want us to eat insectsweeds, and fake meat burgers. This is actually the goal of Bill Gates, who is now going to have huge sway as America’s largest farm owner to do this.

So what’s happening is you’re seeing in Ireland, the actual blueprint, they want us to shut down domestic energy, agriculture and then we can rely on essentially 30 ingredients of processed fake food vegetable oil-based ‘meat’, which by the way, the World Economic Forum has said you can get a 3d printer and print several pounds of ‘fake meat a minute with these new printers. So this is very funny, but it’s a very serious Marcagenda.

They want to cripple national economies. What is Europe now except energy crippled in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression? They’re almost helpless because they shut down their own energy and now we have them shutting down their own food supply. This is bonkers Kara. A to Z bonkers! I don’t know how else to use another word to describe what’s happening globally now because of the climate agenda.

Kara McKinney: I’m right there with you. Buttigieg, we’re talking about flying cars in the future. And I’m thinking No, it’s just gonna be living in the pod eating the bugs as you were saying it’s gonna mess the future.

Marc Morano: We don’t have a Jetson’s future. We have a Flintstone future within candles in the foot-powered cars. That’s where we’re headed.

Kara McKinney: Exactly. That’s exactly where we hare headed with all this green craziness. Marc, thanks so much for joining us tonight.

©Marc Morano, Climate Depot. All rights reserved.

Elon Musk: ‘We should not shut down nuclear power plants, we should reopen the ones that we’ve shut down’

Elon Musk did a broad interview (below) that was published on IsraelUnwired.com’s website by discussed during the interview the need for nuclear energy and re-opening any nuclear plants that have been shut down.

Watch:

We fully agree with Elon.

In our column America’s Energy Future: Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear we wrote:

America’s energy future is not in solar and wind power. Rather our energy needs are best met by oil, natural gas and nuclear power.

Let’s look at the current numbers to see where Americans get their energy from.

Here is a chart showing how much U.S. energy is produced by coal and coal byproducts.

ENERGY SOURCE BILLION KWH SHARE OF TOTAL
Coal 899 21.8%
Petroleum (total) 19 0.5%
Petroleum liquids 11 0.3%
Petroleum coke 7 0.2%

Here is a chart on how much of our energy is produced by solar and wind.

NOTE: hydropower is classified as a renewable. 1. Take away hydropower and wind and solar only account for 12.5% share. 2. When the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing, solar and wind fail to produce power:

ENERGY SOURCE BILLION KWH SHARE OF TOTAL
Renewables (total) 792 19.8%
Wind 338 8.4%
Hydropower 291 7.3%
Solar (total) 91 2.3%

 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration 80.9% of our total energy needs are met by oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric and nuclear power.

ENERGY SOURCE BILLION KWH SHARE OF TOTAL
Total – all sources 4,116
Fossil fuels (total) 2,504 60.8%
Natural gas 1,575 38.3%
Coal 899 21.8%
Petroleum (total) 19 0.5%
Petroleum liquids 11 0.3%
Petroleum coke 7 0.2%
Other gases3 11 0.3%
Nuclear 778 18.9%
Renewables (total) 826 20.1%
Wind 380 9.2%
Hydropower 260 6.3%
Solar (total) 115 2.8%
Photovoltaic 112 2.8%
Solar thermal 3 0.1%
Biomass (total) 55 1.3%
Wood 37 0.9%
Landfill gas 10 0.2%
Municipal solid waste (biogenic) 6 0.2%
Other biomass waste 2 0.1%
Geothermal 16 0.4%
Pumped storage hydropower4 -5 -0.1%
Other sources5 12 0.3%

America’s Future is Nuclear

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) there are, as of December 31, 2020, 94 nuclear reactors operating at 56 nuclear power plants in 28 states. Thirty-two of the plants have two reactors, and three plants have three reactors. Nuclear power plants have supplied about 20% of total annual U.S. electricity since 1990.

America has not built any new nuclear power plants since 1990.

The EIA notes:

The United States generates more nuclear power than any other country

In 2019, 31 countries had commercial nuclear power plants, and in 14 of the countries, nuclear energy supplied at least 20% of their total annual electricity generation. The United States had the largest nuclear electricity generation capacity and generated more nuclear electricity than any other country. France, with the second-largest nuclear electricity generation capacity and second-highest nuclear electricity generation, had the largest share—about 70%—of total annual electricity generation from nuclear energy.

Nuclear energy is clean, efficient and reliable. It is also carbon free.

If America, like France, made the wise decision to begin building nuclear power plants to meet 100% of our power we would need to build an additional 500, plus or minus, nuclear power plants.

This national initiative would allow the United States to then use its oil and natural gas resources to fuel our cars, SUVs, trucks, trains, airplanes and other gasoline and diesel driven equipment, such as generators, and become energy independent.

We could also export all of our coal for use by other nations to meet their energy needs.

American consumers will continue to buy new and used vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Thus we as a nation must maintain and expand our ability to produce our own oil via on and off-shore drilling and fracking.

As more consumers go to all electric vehicles (EVs) and the charging stations needed to keep them running, whether in the home or on the road, the strain on our electric grid will increase.

We need more, not less, cheap and reliable power to fuel our economy, our communities and our nation.

Not to provide cheap and reliable power will lead to what we are seeing now, war in Ukraine.

The Bottom Line

America’s power lies in its ability to provide power to the engines of our current and future economic growth.

Starving America of power, makes America powerless. Starving our citizens of cheap and reliable power is a direct threat to our fiscal and national security.

To be powerful America needs powerful sources of energy. Nuclear, oil (for gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels) and natural gas are the best and most accessible means to energy independence.

Energy independence translates into life, liberty and the pursuit of our collective happiness.

Without cheap and reliable power sources the lights in that city on the hill will most certainly go out – for everyone.

Powerup America.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

Biden’s Wind-Solar-Powered U.S. Economy is a Dangerous Myth

In a Gatestone Institute column titled “A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous FantasyFrancis Menton wrote:

When President Biden and other advocates of wind and solar generation speak, they appear to believe that the challenge posed is just a matter of currently having too much fossil fuel generation and not enough wind and solar; and therefore, accomplishing the transition to “net zero” will be a simple matter of building sufficient wind and solar facilities and having those facilities replace the current ones that use the fossil fuels.

They are completely wrong about that.

The proposed transition to “net zero” via wind and solar power is not only not easy, but is a total fantasy. It likely cannot occur at all without dramatically undermining our economy, lifestyle and security, and it certainly cannot occur at anything remotely approaching reasonable cost. At some point, the ongoing forced transition… will crash and burn.

[I]t doesn’t matter whether you build a million wind turbines and solar panels, or a billion, or a trillion. On a calm night, they will still produce nothing, and will require full back-up from some other source.

If you propose a predominantly wind/solar electricity system, where fossil fuel back-up is banned, you must, repeat must, address the question of energy storage. Without fossil fuel back-up, and with nuclear and hydro constrained, storage is the only remaining option. How much will be needed? How much will it cost? How long will the energy need to remain in storage before it is used?

There should be highly-detailed engineering studies of how the transition can be accomplished…. But the opposite is the case. At the current time, the government is paying little to no significant attention to the energy storage problem. There is no detailed engineering plan of how to accomplish the transition. There are no detailed government-supported studies of how much storage will be needed, or of what technology can accomplish the job, or of cost.

It gets worse:…. Ken Gregory calculated the cost of such a system as well over $100 trillion, before even getting to the question of whether battery technology exists that can store such amounts of energy for months on end and then discharge the energy over additional months. And even at that enormous cost, that calculation only applied to current levels of electricity consumption…. For purposes of comparison, the entire U.S. GDP is currently around $22 trillion per year.

In other words: we have a hundred-trillion-or-so dollar effort that under presidential directive must be fully up and running by 2035, with everybody’s light and heat and everything else dependent on success, and not only don’t we have any feasibility study or demonstration project, but we haven’t started the basic research yet, and the building where the basic research is to be conducted won’t be ready until 2025.

Meanwhile the country heads down a government-directed and coerced path of massively building wind turbines and solar panels, while forcing the closure of fully-functioning power plants burning coal, oil and natural gas. It is only a question of time before somewhere the system ceases to work…. [I]t is easy to see how the consequences could be dire. Will millions be left without heat in the dead of winter, in which case many will likely die? Will a fully-electrified transportation system get knocked out, stranding millions without ability to get to work? Will our military capabilities get disabled and enable some sort of attack?

No sane, let alone competent, government would ever be headed down this path.

Net-Zero is a Dangerous Myth

The (CFACT) echoed Mr. Menton in an article titled “Net-Zero and ESG are Worsening the Energy Crisis – and Weakening the West” by Rupert Darwall who wrote:

The day after President Biden announced that the United States would ban imports of Russian oil and gas, a group of eleven powerful European investment funds that includes Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, outlined plans to force Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, to cut its lending to oil and gas companies. The juxtaposition of these two events dramatizes the fundamental disunity of the West. At the same time as the Biden administration is sanctioning Russian oil and gas producers, Western investors are sanctioning Western ones. Under the banner of ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing, the West’s capital is being deployed to create an artificial shortage of oil and gas produced by its companies and reward non-Western oil and gas producers such as Russia and Iran with higher prices. In doing so, the West is undermining its own security interests.

Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, energy markets were already extremely tight. In the past, high oil and gas prices stimulated a supply-side response leading to increased output and to prices falling back. This relationship has broken down. According to analysts at JP Morgan, capital spending by S&P Global 1200 energy companies peaked in 2015 at just over $400 billion and shrank to around $120 billion last year – less than half its previous trough of $250 billion in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, even though global demand is now around 15% higher than it was then.

[ … ]

Over the past decade and throughout the pandemic, investors could earn higher returns elsewhere, such as in tech – but with soaring prices, that assumption doesn’t hold any longer. In remarks to oil executives at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston last week, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm pointed the finger at Wall Street. “Your investors are demanding climate action,” she told an audience filled with executives of energy firms. To ESG investors, climate action means deliberately starving oil and gas producers of capital for non-financial reasons, leading to under-investment and rising prices.

[ … ]

The IEA’s net zero scenario for 2050 relies heavily on “ever-cheaper” wind and solar. Nuclear barely gets a look in, and the IEA magically solves the intermittency problem of wind and solar by not mentioning the word “intermittency” once in the report’s 224 pages. By ignoring the inherent limitations of weather-dependent electricity generation, the IEA gave its imprimatur to a green fantasy of near 100% renewable electricity generation, with fossil fuels playing an insignificant role in keeping the electrical grid stable and the lights on. This fiction was necessary to justify the report’s most quoted passage. “Beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development,” it said of its net zero pathway, meaning that “the focus for oil and gas producers switches entirely to output – emissions reductions – from the operation of existing assets.”

The Bottom Line

This is a real “Let Them Eat Cake” moment for Transportation Department top dog Pete Buttigieg, as most Americans can’t afford electric cars and the infrastructure isn’t there for them in all parts of the country, but Buttigieg here reveals the Biden agenda.

He doesn’t care about skyrocketing gas prices because he wants to drive internal combustion engines out of existence anyway.

It’s part of the Green New Deal plan. The suffering he will cause by doing so is of little moment to Biden and Buttigieg; they won’t experience it. Neither will EPA top dog Michael Regan, who makes the plan clear.

In a column titled “Wind and Solar Power are the Welfare Dependents of the Energy World” CFACT reported:

[T]he wind and solar power industries each receive such enormous taxpayer subsidies that all other energy industries combined do not receive as much taxpayer pork as either wind or solar power alone. According to the U.S. Energy Information administration, the net subsidies for coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power combined amount to only 1/9th of the amount of federal renewable energy subsidies (see Table 3: https://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/subsidy/pdf/subsidy.pdf).

Zero-emissions is a dangerous myth and is unattainable as is going all solar and wind for our energy needs.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.