‘He’s Not Wrong’: Margaret Brennan Presses Buttigieg On Trump’s Stance Over Electric Vehicles Purchased

CBS host Margaret Brennan pressed Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on former President Donald Trump’s stance on the amount of electric vehicles (EVs) purchased, noting Sunday that Trump’s take wasn’t “wrong.”

Buttigieg appeared on “Face the Nation” to discuss President Joe Biden’s current push for the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S., as well as campaign strategies for climate change. Brennan questioned the Secretary of Transportation on Trump’s campaigning against electric vehicles, playing a clip of the former president calling out that, while millions have been spent on subsidizing electric cars, only a low number of purchases has resulted.

“I want to ask you about something that we hear quite a lot about on the campaign trail and that is electric cars, electric vehicles. Donald Trump repeatedly talks about President Biden’s decision to force the industry towards making 56% of car batteries electric by 2032, 13% hybrid,” Brennan stated before playing a clip of the former president. “He’s not wrong on the purchasing.”

“Oh, he’s wrong,” Buttigieg responded.

“He’s not. Of the 4 million vehicles purchased, 269,000 electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. market. It’s up like 2%,” Brennan stated.

“And every single year more Americans buy EVs than the year before. This is really important —” Buttigieg stated.

“But why aren’t we seeing it move more quickly —” Brennan jumped in.

“Every single year more Americans buy EVs than the year prior. There are two things that I think are needed for that to happen even more quickly. One is the price, which is why the Inflation Reduction Act acted to cut the price of an electric vehicle. The second is making sure we have the charging network we need across America. But I want to talk about the bigger point here, and I take this personally because I grew up in the industrial Midwest literally in the shadow of broken-down factories from car companies that did not survive into the turn of the century because they didn’t keep up with the times,” Buttigieg stated.

Brennan continued to push back on Buttigieg, stating “many of those autoworkers are concerned electric vehicles require fewer humans to manufacture,” to which Buttigieg responded that Biden was focused on making the “EV revolution” an “American-led” one.

“Because of these tariffs we’re talking about that President Biden says he’s going to roll out?” Brennan asked.

“Well, also just making sure we invest in America’s capacity. Making sure that we are on-shoring or friend-shoring the materials and the processing of what goes into these EVs — making sure that America masters these processes because, look, there’s no way that we’re going to get to the middle of this century with the technology that we counted on a century ago. Now there are, obviously, a lot of voices here in Washington who are interested in keeping the status quo,” Buttigieg stated.

“He says it’s going to be one of the first things he does, if he’s reelected,” Brennan responded.

“[Trump] would be happy to see Americans trapped with dirty and expensive fuels. The reality — and I know he’s made a lot of promises to the oil and gas CEOs about some of the favors that he believes his administration will deliver for them —” Buttigieg stated.

“But it obviously is resonating for him because he wouldn’t bring it up so frequently if there wasn’t some anxiety that he’s tapping into,” Brennan noted.

The Biden administration announced on May 14, 2024 that tariffs would be imposed on Chinese EVs. The move would quadruple levies to 100%, as well as raising certain rates for Chinese green energy and EV components such as minerals and batteries. The administration’s move follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision in late March 2024 to effectively require 67% of new models sold to be electric or hybrid by the end of 2032.

While recent data from Gallup shows the number of Americans who own electric vehicles has increased 4% from a year ago, fewer Americans are indicating they might consider buying an EV in the future. In 2023, 4% of Americans owned EVs, 12% stated they were “seriously considering buying” and 43% stated they “might consider in future” while 41% noted they would not be buying an EV, according to Gallup. Data from 2024. likewise, indicates that 7% currently own an EV, 9% are “seriously considering buying” and 35% “might consider in future” while 48% stated they would not buy one.

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— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

If You Only Have Time to Read Some Select Articles:

*** The Hunting of Sidney Powell (Parts 1 thru 5)

*** Attorney Dr. John Eastman Speaks Out About Far-Left Lawfare, Election Fraud and How to Win in 2024

*** Suspected Terrorists Illegally Entering U.S. Up Over 2,500% Under Biden From Trump Era

*** Short video: Tom Klingenstein on Trump

*** Dems are trying to remove the NC GOP candidate for K-12 Schools Superintendent from the ballot! Please help with a donation!

*** High School Teacher Who Focused on Critical Thinking Over Ideology Fired

*** To the Class of 2024: You Are All Diseased

*** Study: How Offshore Wind Drives Up Global Carbon Emissions

*** “All of the Above” — a VERY Bad Idea

*** Why ‘Cheap’ Wind & Solar Power Claims Never Stack Up

*** Wind Subsidies are Rising, but wind power production isn’t rising with them

*** Two New Studies Shed Light On Biden’s Green Energy Money Pit

*** The Green Energy Wall Can’t Arrive Quickly Enough

*** UK Government warns against solar projects on farmland

*** New York policymakers thaw on nuclear energy

*** Nuclear power takes off: meeting the growth in global electricity demand

*** Energy Sobriety In The Canadian Rockies: Natural Gas Is Here To Stay

*** Another Day, Another Mindless Attack on Fossil Energy Producers

*** What the media won’t tell you about the energy transition

*** Epstein: How EPA’s power plant rule will destroy our grid

*** Generating electricity from CO₂

*** Science Doesn’t Support Climate Activists’ Extreme Weather Claims

*** ‘Consumer Reports’ Jettisons Objectivity on Climate Change

*** Debunking the climate change hoax

*** Climate Panic May Finally Be Post-Peak

*** The Netherland’s U-Turn to Climate Sanity

*** How China Exploits America’s Climate Agenda

*** The Idea That a Scientific Theory Can Be ‘Falsified’ Is a Myth

*** DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud

*** The WHO’s Pandemic Treaty – This Will Affect You

*** Addiction and Connection (Rat Park)

*** The “Widespread” Misinformation Campaign on Voting Fraud

*** Study: 10% to 27% of Non-Citizens Are Illegally Registered to Vote

House Hearing Video: American Confidence in Elections: Preventing Noncitizen Voting and Other Foreign Interference *** Highlight video

*** VA Records Show ‘Non-Citizens’ Voting

*** The Big Three Election Integrity Issues for 2024

*** Some Observations about Beliefs – Part 1

*** Is Judicial Corruption A New Problem?

*** Crowd Roars at Jerry Seinfeld’s Message for ‘Woke’ Students

*** Woke Eats Woke

*** Meetn: A product superior to Zoom?

*** Good articles about religious freedom in K-12 schools

*** Harrison Butker’s Commencement Address

*** US Dept of Education: Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (2023)

*** COVID Lessons Learned: A Retrospective After Four Years

*** Breaking Down The New York Times’ Disgusting Plea for Vaccine Amnesty

*** NIH official finally admits taxpayers funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan — after years of denials

Secondary Education Related:

*** Report: The Key to Fixing the US Education System

*** Dems are trying to remove the NC GOP candidate for K-12 Schools Superintendent from the ballot! Please help with a donation!

*** High School Teacher Who Focused on Critical Thinking Over Ideology Fired

*** CO2 Coalition Learning Center (for K-12 students)

***California district to pay $360K after firing Christian teacher who opposed trans pronouns policy

Lawmakers Probing Antisemitism in K-12 Schools

Higher Education Related:

*** To the Class of 2024: You Are All Diseased

Illiberal Youth Threaten Freedom

Artificial Intelligence:

The EPA’s Emissions Rule Will Strangle AI in the Crib

Epstein: Tech giants’ self-made AI energy crisis

Greed Energy Economics:

*** Why ‘Cheap’ Wind & Solar Power Claims Never Stack Up

*** Wind Subsidies are Rising, but wind power production isn’t rising with them

Unreliables (General):

*** Two New Studies Shed Light On Biden’s Green Energy Money Pit

*** The Green Energy Wall Can’t Arrive Quickly Enough

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** Study: How Offshore Wind Drives Up Global Carbon Emissions

Offshore wind cumulative impact issue analysis

Short video: Save the Whales, Stop Turbines

Save the Whales: Kill Offshore Wind

Wind Energy — Other:

*** Taking the Wind Out of Climate Change (referencing 60± studies)

Solar Energy:

*** UK Government warns against solar projects on farmland

Nuclear Energy:

*** New York policymakers thaw on nuclear energy

*** Nuclear power takes off: meeting the growth in global electricity demand (Part 1)

*** Nuclear power takes off: the ongoing evolution of reactors (Part 2)

Nuclear power takes off: Back to Euratom? (Part 3)

Zero-emissions nuclear energy as part of a balanced mix of technologies

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Energy Sobriety In The Canadian Rockies: Natural Gas Is Here To Stay

*** Another Day, Another Mindless Attack on Fossil Energy Producers

Earth’s reserves of fossil fuel resources may start to dry up in the next 50 to 100 years

Winter Without Your Gasoline Car?

Down with Coal?

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

Biden’s plan to mandate electric vehicles in combat will greatly weaken and undermine the US military

Pedestrians may be twice as likely to be hit by electric/hybrid cars as gas vehicles

Misc Energy:

*** “All of the Above” — a VERY Bad Idea

*** What the media won’t tell you about the energy transition

*** Epstein: How EPA’s power plant rule will destroy our grid

*** Generating electricity from CO₂

*** Why Primary Energy is Still King!

The “All-the-Above” Energy Policy Reverses Human and Environmental Progress

A trillion here, a trillion there and soon you’re talking about real money

The Cashless Catastrophe

Questions the debate moderators need to ask Presidential Candidates about America’s energy plans

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:’

*** Science Doesn’t Support Climate Activists’ Extreme Weather Claims

*** ‘Consumer Reports’ Jettisons Objectivity on Climate Change

*** Debunking the climate change hoax

The Glory of God vs the Folly of Man in Climate

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Carbon Capture Doesn’t Work, So Why Are They Doing It?

Biden says US spending billions to make military vehicles ‘climate friendly’

Drowning in Sewage but Dumping Money into a Climate Rathole

Professor Slams Climate ‘Scientists’ Peddling Catastrophism

German Minister admits ruinous home heating ordinances were merely a “test” to determine “how far society is prepared to go in terms of climate protection”

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** Climate Panic May Finally Be Post-Peak

*** The Netherland’s U-Turn to Climate Sanity

*** How China Exploits America’s Climate Agenda

Vermont Passes Law Requiring Fossil Fuel Companies to Pay for Climate Doom

7 Reasons Why Christians Have No Reason to Worry About the Climate

How El Nino La Nina And The Sun Drive Climate Change!

US Election:

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

*** The “Widespread” Misinformation Campaign on Voting Fraud

*** Study: 10% to 27% of Non-Citizens Are Illegally Registered to Vote

House Hearing Video: American Confidence in Elections: Preventing Noncitizen Voting and Other Foreign Interference *** Highlight video

The ‘Super Chase’ Strategy That Conservative Activists Hope Will Win the 2024 Election

SAVE Act Would Restore Election Legitimacy

Progressive Groups Letter in Opposition to SAVE Act

John Eastman and Other Top Attorneys Speak at Virtual Conference on Lawfare

US Election — State Issues:

*** The Big Three Election Integrity Issues for 2024

*** VA Records Show ‘Non-Citizens’ Voting

Ohio purges ‘non-citizens’ from state voter rolls

Lawmakers Decry D.C.’s Non-Citizen Voting Training

Nevada Supreme Court endorses Voter ID Initiative

Marred By Lobbying Conflicts, Georgia Election Board Member Resigns

Misc US Politics:

*** The Hunting of Sidney Powell (Parts 1 thru 5)

*** Attorney Dr. John Eastman Speaks Out About Far-Left Lawfare, Election Fraud and How to Win in 2024

*** Suspected Terrorists Illegally Entering U.S. Up Over 2,500% Under Biden From Trump Era

*** Short video: Tom Klingenstein on Trump

Censorship:

Liberal billionaire George Soros has spent $80 million to ‘silence’ Americans, Media Research Center says

France Joins World War On Free Speech

Societally US:

*** Some Observations about Beliefs – Part 1

*** Is Judicial Corruption A New Problem?

*** Crowd Roars at Jerry Seinfeld’s Message for ‘Woke’ Students

*** Woke Eats Woke

*** Meetn: A product superior to Zoom?

Dissident Dialogues: Meredith Miller (Q&As #1–4)

US Politics and Socialism:

Environmentalism In America Is Dead

Biden is losing World War III

Religion Related:

*** Good articles about religious freedom in K-12 schools

*** Harrison Butker’s Commencement Address

*** US Dept of Education: Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (2023)

Catholic groups pummel HHS secretary after heated exchange with GOP rep on transgender surgeries

Science:

*** The Idea That a Scientific Theory Can Be ‘Falsified’ Is a Myth

*** DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud

To Address the Irreproducibility Crisis, Invest in Digital Archiving

Study highlights potentially cancerous toxins in vehicles

At Yale: Science Infected with DEI

Health:

*** The WHO’s Pandemic Treaty – This Will Affect You

*** Addiction and Connection (Rat Park)

Study: Fish oil supplements linked to greater first-time heart attack risk

One Health: Climate Vaccines Are Coming For The Cattle, Then For Humans

Globalists aiming to “peacefully” depopulate six billion people with mass euthanasia

Israel/Ukraine:

Pray for the safety of the Israeli people

Latest Developments in Israel

Biden Betrays Israel, Emboldens U.S. Enemies

Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation

Latest Developments in Ukraine

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** COVID Lessons Learned: A Retrospective After Four Years

*** Breaking Down The New York Times’ Disgusting Plea for Vaccine Amnesty

*** NIH official finally admits taxpayers funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan — after years of denials

Astrazeneca Caves: Pulls Recombinant GMO “Vaccines” Worldwide

Covid Mask Controversy Gets Personal

Dialogue with Mike Yeadon About Early Treatment


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Biden Regime’s EPA sent $50,000,000 to Climate Justice Alliance, which glorifies Oct. 7th massacre

The speaker is Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

“What does the “Palestinian” jihad have to do with the alleged climate crisis? Nothing whatsoever, except that both are part of the left’s agenda and both, if successful, will result in the advance of internationalist authoritarianism.”

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Biden’s Impeachable ‘Foreign Oil’ Policy

One long string of ‘quid-pro-quos’ that have led to international wars and terrorism.

Five years after Trump was impeached over accusations that he pressured Ukraine for political reasons, Biden is pressuring Ukraine for political reasons with no impeachment in sight.

Recent reports in the UK’s Telegraph and Financial Times suggest that Biden is demanding that Ukraine stop attacking Russia’s energy infrastructure because he’s afraid of the impact of high energy prices on the presidential election.

“Mr Biden reportedly raised concerns with Kyiv that the bid to damage Russia’s oil production capacity could have repercussions for his re-election campaign,” The Telegraph reported.

“Nothing terrifies a sitting American president more than a surge in pump prices during an election year,” The Financial Times quoted a former White House energy adviser as saying.

Similar reports have started to appear in other European media outlets including Politico.

Whatever one thinks of the Russia-Ukraine War, Joe Biden’s re-election prospects are an illegitimate and impeachable reason to be conducting a war or any foreign policy.

And this is not a unique event.

Many suspect that Biden’s turn against Israel was driven by a threat to his election prospects from Hamas supporting voters in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as radical leftists in his party.

And this is part of a pattern that has weakened America.

Biden emptied the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) ahead of the midterms to buy support for his party in the middle of the Russia-Ukraine war and ahead of what would become the Hamas war. Those actions left America vulnerable and potentially changed the course of both wars.

The decision to empty the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was not done for national reasons, but personal political ones, and while politicians routinely bribe voters with public money, this particular bribe could end up losing several wars while sending America into an energy crisis.

Biden’s obsession with the impact of oil prices on his time in office led him to provide sanctions relief to Iran even while suppressing domestic energy production. By propping up energy production in enemy nations like Iran and Russia, Biden was able to give his leftist environmentalist base what it wanted, crushing domestic energy production, while ensuring what he thought would be a cheap supply abroad that he could always rely on for elections.

But the Saudis responded to Biden’s sellout on Iran by goosing energy prices, and Russia and Iran took the influx of cash and used it to launch their own wars with disastrous results.

Biden’s support for Ukraine was premised on protecting the flow of Russian oil and gas. Russians and Ukrainians could die in large numbers on both sides, but energy prices couldn’t spiral too far out of control because that might actually affect Biden’s reelection campaign. But as Ukraine struggled on the battlefield, Russia’s energy infrastructure became an easy and obvious target, and Biden’s obvious political agenda became more easily apparent.

Now the European press is talking about it even if it’s still too explosive for the American media.

Democrats widely support both the Ukraine war and ending oil production which when taken together lead to high energy prices. Unable to find a way to combine low domestic production, low energy prices and the Russia-Ukraine war, Biden turned to an easier target: Israel.

Unlike Ukraine, Israel is less popular with Biden’s base. And the Biden administration may be hoping that forcing an end to Israel’s campaign against Hamas will also convince Iran to step down its regional attacks, including by the Houthis in Yemen, and simplify the process of talking the Iranians and even the Saudis into a nuclear deal that will lower energy prices.

Biden has already been negotiating to trade the Saudis nuclear capability for cheap oil.

The Wall Street Journal reported last year that “Saudi Arabia has told the White House it would be willing to boost oil production early next year if crude prices are high”.

This was not just a Saudi proposal, but an explicit request from the Biden administration.

“Two top White House officials, Brett McGurk and Amos Hochstein, flew late last month to Saudi Arabia, where they emphasized that soaring petroleum prices would make it harder to win support in Washington, the officials said,” the Journal reported.

Biden had previously demanded that the Saudis postpone a production cut ahead of the midterms. The Wall Street Journal had reported that, “the one-month delay requested by Washington would have meant a production cut made in the days before the election, too late to have much effect on consumers’ wallets ahead of the vote.”

And Biden had even tried to bribe the Saudis with a fortune in taxpayer money, promising to “buy oil on the market to replenish Washington’s strategic stockpiles if the price of Brent, the main international benchmark, fell to $75 a barrel”.

“There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done,” Biden had threatened Saudi Arabia on CNN for failing to go along with his demand for election day oil price rigging.

Biden’s foreign policy of bribing enemies is unnecessary because he has a simple and straightforward way to lower oil prices: restart domestic production.

Instead, Biden broke the law and illegally tried to block domestic energy production. When that failed, his administration deliberately sabotaged oil and gas lease auctions. After putting a former eco-terrorist in charge of the Bureau of Land Management, he tried to restrict offshore drilling to only three sites and his administration was then sued by the energy industry for using “every tool at its disposal” to stop drilling.

How do we square Biden’s militant campaign against domestic drilling with his obsession with low energy prices abroad? There’s no environmental argument for such an incoherent policy.

Biden isn’t acting out of any consistent set of political principles, but personal election needs.

“I can guarantee you if I am president, there will be no offshore drilling,” Biden promised during his presidential campaign. His leftist backers demand an end to domestic energy production.

And yet he also knows that if energy prices are high, American voters will turn on him.

Biden sold out the American energy industry to win over environmentalists and then sold out our national security to get cheap oil. Rather than just a single ‘quid-pro-quo’, Biden’s foreign policy has been one long string of ‘quid-pro-quos’ that have led to international wars and terrorism.

Once Biden had given away our best leverage in the energy market, domestic production, Iran, Russia, the Saudis and other players used that to their advantage to create the crisis we’re in.

This mess is not simply the result of “misguided idealism”, “incompetence” “naivete” or any of the other excuses used to downwardly define this foreign policy deviancy, but the personal political calculations of a corrupt and greedy president who wanted to lie to everyone.

Biden thought that he could trick, appease and use everyone all at the same time. That he could have his energy cake and eat it too. Instead, Americans are stuck with high energy prices, low reserves and two wars that are not likely to end any time soon. All of this happened because the man who wanted to be president lacked the courage to tell his party that they couldn’t have it all.

The Biden presidential campaign was a contradictory mess. It promised Democrats that they could have a version of Obama who would appeal to older white moderate Democrats. It claimed that two incompatible versions of the party could be fused together uniting traditional Democrats and leftist socialists in one man who would combine the best of FDR and JFK.

Biden’s hypocritical corrupt energy policy shows how he tried to make that work and the price that America and the world are paying for it.

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Carbon Capture Doesn’t Work, So Why Are They Doing It?

This is yet again another VERY bad idea…

BY: REBECCA TERRELL

Rebecca Terrell is an editor of the New American magazine and has written about unscientific foolishness for a long time. As such, I am honored for her to write this Critical Thinking Substack commentary.


Carbon dioxide harvesting is the Establishment’s latest eco-darling initiative and a big part of the Biden administration’s net-zero fantasies. The 2021 Infrastructure Bill included a mind-blowing $12 billion in carbon capture technology funding and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act increased government subsidies for capturing CO2 from $50 to $85 per metric ton.

“Carbon capture and storage” (CCS) aims to trap CO2 as it is produced by refineries and power plants. “Carbon dioxide removal” (CDR) involves large machines that extract COdirectly from the atmosphere. The trapped gas is liquified and transmitted at extremely high pressure to underground reservoirs. Sometimes it is used to extract oil and gas from deep, otherwise-depleted wells, in a process known as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

Around 5,000 miles of CO2 pipeline already exist in this country, but experts estimate that up to 65,000 miles will be added if Biden’s government’s plans are realized.

Of course, all these exorbitant expenditures are based on the lie that CO2 is a pollutant, when carbon dioxide is actually the “gas of life,” as plants require it to survive, and as we rely on plants to survive. Every 8th grader knows this.

But here’s an interesting twist about CCS and CDR. Even environmentalists are against it as a “false solution”! As radical an activist as Al Gore calls it “nonsense.”

Why? Because it doesn’t work, plus it is net carbon additive!

Take, for example, a CDR module from the Swiss manufacturer Climeworks AG. Its energy consumption is approximately 2,650 kilowatt-hours per metric ton captured. In order to generate that amount of electricity, a coal power plant emits 2.4 metric tons of CO2. That’s a net add of 1.4 metric tons. In the case of natural gas plants, the net add is approximately 0.5 metric tons.

And though it is rare that you can make such an absolute statement as this, every single carbon capture project in existence today has missed its forecasted CCS goals. Every. Single. One.

At this point, the critical thinker in you is probably asking, “If the technology doesn’t work, and if it adds carbon instead of removing it from the atmosphere, why are they using it?”

It’s part of the ongoing global land-grab masked behind the virtue-signalling “Save Mother Earth” narrative. We’ve seen the same in regard to wind and solar projects, which gobble up otherwise arable land for wasteful “renewable” energy sources that could not compete in the level playing field of a free market, but depend upon hefty government subsidies for their very existence.

This global land grab has been in the works for years. The Action Plan from the 1976 UN Conference on Human Settlements spelled it out in clear words:

Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlement, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership … contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes… Public control of land use is therefore indispensable to its protection as an asset and the achievement of the long-term objectives of human settlement policies and strategies.

These dystopian ideals have been built into most major UN declarations and conventions, most notably Agenda 21, which then-President George H.W. Bush signed us to at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Brazil. Its latest update is known as Agenda 2030. The goals are best summed up in the World Economic Forum’s video, “8 Predictions for the World in 2030,” which promises that we modern feudal serfs will “own nothing” and “be happy.”

Owning nothing would most certainly not make me happy, and I hazard a guess it would not tickle your fancy either. The solution? Fight tooth and nail against these encroachments on our God-given rights. Educate yourself, your family and friends, and especially public officials within your reach.

Learn that code words such as “sustainability,” “carbon footprint,” and “renewable” really mean slavery to ever-increasing government overreach. It’s easier than you think to expose the plot to steal our rights, when you can point to the proof playing out in your own backyard.

©2024. John Droz, Jr. All rights reserved.

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Young adults losing the climate faith in the U.S. and only one third of voters think the IPCC experts are right

Good news: despite 2023 being the hottest year since Homo Erectus, there was a 17% fall in the number of 18 to 34-year-olds who call “Climate change”  a very serious problem. Even though there were hottest-ever-headlines month after month, the punters lost the faith.

No one is cracking champagne because 50% of young adults still tell pollsters they think it is a “very serious problem”. But when all is said and done, at least half the generation that was drip-fed the dogma since kindergarten can not only see through the catastrophism but they are brave enough to tell a pollster that, too.

For the most part, after a few hot El Nino years, “climate fear” is back where it was in 2016 or so. Most people still want the government to solve the weather with someone else’s money. But where younger people were once much more enthusiastic about a Big Government fix than older people were, now that gap is almost closed. What was a 21% difference between those age groups is now only 2%. That’s a whopping fall in faith in the government to do something useful, or probably, a recognition that whatever the government does will cost too much.

Looks like young adults are learning to be cynical adults faster?

The Monmouth University group polled 804 people in late April:

Climate Change Concerns Dip:  Younger adults express less urgency than in prior polls

The percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 who see climate change as a very serious problem has fallen by 17 points in the past three years (50%, down from 67% in 2021), compared with smaller declines among those who are 35 to 54 years old (44%, down from 48%) and those age 55 and older (44%, down from 54%).

Click here to the infographic: American Attitudes on Climate Change by Age.

But what does “a very serious problem” even mean?

Anyone can say, “It’s serious,” but only 1 in 6 people can even be bothered pretending to a pollster that climate change influences their vote:

A Monmouth poll released last month found only 15% of voters view climate change as a determinative issue in how they will vote in the 2024 presidential election, ranking far lower than inflation, immigration, and abortion.

People used to lie to pollsters and say they cared and it would affect their vote, but now most don’t even pretend. In 2019, in the UK, two-thirds of people agreed climate was the biggest issue facing humankind. The Guardian writers were sure that climate change would determine how most of the voters would vote, but the party promising to give them better weather lost in a landslide.

In 2015, when nearly half of US voters said climate was a “very serious problem”, other surveys showed only 3% ranked climate change as the most important issue.

If a twenty-something really believed the Antarctic ice cap was about to melt, wouldn’t it rate as a voting issue?

So let’s be clear, year after year, we see the same results. The voters don’t want to spend money on climate change and won’t change their vote, but the politicians act as though their career depends upon it, and the public is “demanding action”.

After years of surveys like this, we know the politicians know the voters don’t care, but they go and force climate action on the voters anyway. Who are they really working for? Their donors? The people who give them “jobs” after they leave office, or the people who employ their children now? Or are they working to appease “the media” — cowed into submission because someone might call them a denier if they don’t grovel before the Climate Demi-God?

Last year, a survey showed more then half of the US are wondering the same question and agree that the people who really “run” the country are not known to voters.

Fully 92% of Democrat voters say they think climate change is real. (What else could they say; they’d be excommunicated from friends and family if they said anything else.) Only 51% of Republicans tell pollsters they think climate change is real. But imagine how fast that would plummet if skeptical professors were interviewed on TV, and half of Republican politicians spoke for half the Republican voters?

Only a third of voters agree with the UN Experts that climate change is mainly a human-driven thing

Despite the UN experts being 97% certain, only one-third of voters completely agree with them. That’s really quite astounding.

Public opinion remains mixed on the degree to which human behavior contributes to change in the climate. Just over one-third (34%) say climate change is caused mainly by human activity, while 31% say human activity and natural changes in the environment play equal roles. Another 7% put climate change down mainly to natural causes, with the remainder saying climate change is not happening (23%) or are not sure if it is happening (4%). Just over half of Americans (51%) say there is still time to prevent the worst effects of climate change, while just 17% say it is too late.

After thirty years of scientific and media purity, only one-third think climate change is “mostly human”. Another third thinks the UN must be exaggerating, and the last third knows the UN is wrong.

AUTHOR

Joanne Nova

REFERENCES

The Monmouth University poll, Climate Change Concerns Dip, May 6th, 2024

CFACT Monthly Climate Fact Check

RELATED ARTICLE: POLL: 47% of Voters Believe the American Republic Has Fallen

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Red States Slap California, Biden Admin With Lawsuits To Halt Electric Truck Push

Large coalitions of red states are suing regulators in Washington, D.C., and California over rules designed to effectively require increases in electric vehicle (EV) adoption.

Nebraska is leading a 24-state coalition in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently-finalized emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and a 17-state coalition suing the state of California in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California over its Advanced Clean Fleet rules. Both regulations would increase the number of heavy-duty EVs on the road, a development that could cause serious disruptions and cost increases across the U.S. economy, as supply chain and trucking sector experts have previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“California and an unaccountable EPA are trying to transform our national trucking industry and supply chain infrastructure. This effort—coming at a time of heightened inflation and with an already-strained electrical grid—will devastate the trucking and logistics industry, raise prices for customers, and impact untold number of jobs across Nebraska and the country,” Republican Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers said in a statement. “Neither California nor the EPA has the constitutional power to dictate these nationwide rules to Americans. I am proud to lead our efforts to stop these unconstitutional attempts to remake our economy and am grateful to our sister states for joining our coalitions.”

Heavy Duty Complaint by Nick Pope on Scribd

ACF Complaint by Nick Pope on Scribd

While specifics vary depending on the type of heavy-duty vehicle, EPA’s emissions standards will effectively mandate that EVs make up 60% of new urban delivery trucks and 25% of long-haul tractors sold by 2032, according to The Wall Street Journal. The agency has also pushed aggressive emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles that will similarly force an increase in EVs’ share of new car sales over the next decade.

California’s Advanced Clean Fleet rules, meanwhile, will require that 100% of trucks sold in the state will be zero-emissions models starting in 2036, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). While not federal, the California rules are of importance to other states because there are numerous other states who follow California’s emissions standards, which can be tighter than those required by the EPA and other federal agencies.

Critics fear that this dynamic will effectively enable California to set national policies and nudge manufacturers in the direction of EVs at a greater rate and scale than the Biden administration is pursuing.

Trucking industry and supply chain experts have previously told the DCNF that both regulations threaten to cause serious problems for the country’s supply chains and wider economy given that the technology for electric and zero-emissions trucks is simply not yet ready to be mandated at scale, among other issues.

Neither CARB nor the EPA responded immediately to requests for comment.

AUTHOR

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— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

If You Only Have Time to Read Some Select Articles:

*** Iran Mullahs Speeding Up Nuclear Weapons Program: Anyone Interested?

*** FL Bill awaiting DeSantis’ OK would end years of renewable energy policies

*** A green embargo by China will trigger a financial crisis that will implode our economy!

*** What Energy Transition?

*** NOAA Permits Wind Energy Operators to Harass and Kill Whales

*** Short Video: 1241 Wind Turbines Planned to Fence in the New Jersey Coast

*** Pile Driving Noise Survey: Technical Report

*** Study: ’Wake effect’ could drain 38% of offshore wind power

*** Once Unthinkable Nuclear Plant Revival Is a Reality in US Shift

*** ‘Gambling With The Grid’: New Data Highlights Achilles’ Heel Of One Of Biden’s Favorite Green Power Sources

*** The Looming Electrical Power Shortage

*** The H (in Hydrogen) Stands For Hype

*** University Researchers turn CO2 into sustainable power

*** Nuclear energy continues to help power N.Y. grid as renewables lag

*** Scandal over Nuclear Phase-Out in Germany: What We Know

*** Storm destroys the world’s largest floating Solar Panel Farm

*** German solar industry collapsing: unable to make solar panels from solar power

*** President Trump Did Not Incite the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

*** Trump’s Authority as President Was Curtailed Ahead of Jan. 6, Says Former Military Official

*** Trump’s NY Prosecution Is a Bogus Case by a Bogus Prosecutor

*** Tulsi Gabbard on How to Save America from Washington Elite

*** Dr. Walter Daugherity Reveals How 35,000 Illegal Votes Were Added to Democrat Totals in AZ Election

*** More Than 200,000 People On North Carolina Voter Rolls ‘Missing’ ID Numbers

*** College campus protests have a K-12 beginning

*** Florida Bans ‘Indoctrination’ In Teacher-Training Programs

*** Educators Quizzed by Congress: Many Words Said, Few Solutions Offered

*** ‘Equity’ Grading Is the Latest Educational Fad Destined To Fail

*** Defund College — It may be the only way to save America

*** Climate Ideology Ignores Science, Threatens Humanity

*** Study: Fossil Fuels and Greenhouse Gases Climate Science

*** EPA’s Deceptive Climate Regulations Won’t Stand in Court

*** Climate “Reparations” Numbers Are Rigged

*** Video: The cloud thermostat is the dominant climate controlling mechanism – Dr John F Clauser

*** Short Video: Testing the CO2 Hypothesis

*** Short video: Jordan Peterson on climate

*** Judith Curry: Climate Uncertainty and Risk

*** The John Eastman Story: Haunted or Hallowed? – Most Definitely Hunted

*** How today’s antiwar protests stack up against major student movements in history

*** US Set to Regress from Modernity

*** ‘A step back in time’: America’s Catholic Church sees an immense shift toward the old ways

*** Unscientific American: Science journalism surrenders to progressive ideology

*** Stop the WHO Power Grab!

*** Found: the dial in the brain that controls the immune system

*** Don’t Let WHO Rule U.S. Healthcare

***‘One Health’ Is A Cult Based On Gaia Worship, Wicca, Neo-Paganism

*** Why Canadians Aren’t Reacting — The Strategy Used upon Canadians to Facilitate their Complete Takeover

Secondary Education Related:

*** Report: The Key to Fixing the US Education System

*** College campus protests have a K-12 beginning

*** Florida Bans ‘Indoctrination’ In Teacher-Training Programs

*** Educators Quizzed by Congress: Many Words Said, Few Solutions Offered

*** ‘Equity’ Grading Is the Latest Educational Fad Destined To Fail

My husband and I quit our teaching jobs to start our own school – we’re challenging the ‘lies’ our kids learn

The Committee That Felled University Presidents Turns Its Focus to High Schools

An interesting resource: Behavior at School

NY school spending of $30,000± led all US by record margin

Cultural Accountability: A Modest Proposal to Rebalance the Politics of K–12 Education

Higher Education Related:

*** Defund College — It may be the only way to save America

Why Must Social Workers Believe in Leftist Shibboleths?

As Universities Falter, Grifters Prosper

Artificial Intelligence:

Bill Gates wants to use AI for genetically modifying beef cows to “save the planet”

ChatGPT Pushing Propaganda and Parroting Lies about COVID-19 Injections

Greed Energy Economics:

Biden’s Green-Energy Price Shock

Economic Reality vs. Fraudulent Fantasy

Unreliables (General):

*** FL Bill awaiting DeSantis’ OK would end years of renewable energy policies

*** What Energy Transition?

*** A green embargo by China will trigger a financial crisis that will implode the US economy!

NY County towns file lawsuit against N.Y. over solar, wind farm tax methods

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** NOAA Permits Wind Energy Operators to Harass and Kill Whales

*** Short Video: 1241 Wind Turbines Planned to Fence in the New Jersey Coast

*** Pile Driving Noise Survey: Technical Report

*** Study: ’Wake effect’ could drain 38% of offshore wind power

Offshore wind is gearing up to bulldoze the ocean

Dominion Energy wind project construction delayed by injunction issued by federal judge

British government to allow oil and gas exploration at sites intended for offshore wind

Wind Energy — Other:

*** Taking the Wind Out of Climate Change (referencing 60± studies)

*** Once Unthinkable Nuclear Plant Revival Is a Reality in US Shift

*** ‘Gambling With The Grid’: New Data Highlights Achilles’ Heel Of One Of Biden’s Favorite Green Power Sources

Solar Energy:

*** Storm destroys the world’s largest floating Solar Panel Farm

*** German solar industry collapsing: unable to make solar panels from solar power

Why is solar panel manufacturing impossible without coal?

Yes, Aratina Solar Project Will Down Iconic Joshua Trees in Southern California

Nuclear Energy:

*** Nuclear energy continues to help power N.Y. grid as renewables lag

*** Scandal over Nuclear Phase-Out in Germany: What We Know

Fossil Fuel Energy:

Why Germany Is Choosing Natural Gas Over Nuclear Power

Epstein: The fossil fuel industry should defend itself against Congressional smears

Asia Embraces Coal as the U.S. Rejects It

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

From EVs to Wind Turbines, China is Winning the Clean-Energy War

The electric car carnage has only just begun

Misc Energy:

*** The Looming Electrical Power Shortage

*** The H (in Hydrogen) Stands For Hype

*** University Researchers turn CO2 into sustainable power

The carbon capture con

All-Electric Storage…for triple current US demand and consumption

People Found Dead After Discovering Free Renewable Energy

More on the Biden Administration net zero freight sector plans

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Climate Ideology Ignores Science, Threatens Humanity

*** Study: Fossil Fuels and Greenhouse Gases Climate Science

*** EPA’s Deceptive Climate Regulations Won’t Stand in Court

*** Climate “Reparations” Numbers Are Rigged

Scientific Report Pours Cold Water on Major Talking Point of Climate Activists

34 Years of Flawed, Failed & Grossly Misrepresented Global Sea Level Rise Speculation

Climate Watch: Climate Catastrophes?

Biden’s Climate Emergency: Green Policies On Steroids?

Economists’ Advocacy for a Carbon Tax Is Misguided

Why the PROVE IT Act would result in carbon taxes

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** Video: The cloud thermostat is the dominant climate controlling mechanism – Dr John F Clauser

*** Short Video: Testing the CO2 Hypothesis

*** Short video: Jordan Peterson on climate

*** Judith Curry: Climate Uncertainty and Risk

The climate cult reacts as its political position begins to slip

New NEPA Rules Prioritize Climate, Communities

Biden Admin Locks In Regulations Targeting Appliance Owned By ‘Almost Every US Household’

Gov. Gavin Newsom will Fiddle his Way to Rome While California Incinerates

The Cost of EPA’s Senseless CO2 Capture

US Election:

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

A Bill to Ensure Fair Representation for American Citizens

Documents shed light on Biden White House meeting on voter registration with left-wing activist

Don’t let Big Tech influence the elections yet again this year

Liberals have a foreign influence hypocrisy problem

The Left’s Phony ‘Fake Electors’ Crusade Ramps Up As 2024 Election Draws Closer

‘Election Interference’: Bragg Case Gag Order Puts Unprecedented Limitations On Trump Campaign

US Election — State Issues:

*** Dr. Walter Daugherity Reveals How 35,000 Illegal Votes Were Added to Democrat Totals in AZ Election

*** More Than 200,000 People On North Carolina Voter Rolls ‘Missing’ ID Numbers

In Arizona, election workers trained with deepfakes to prepare for 2024

Voter GA Reports 1.7 Million 2020 Election Ballot Images Were Destroyed in Georgia

Misc US Politics:

*** President Trump Did Not Incite the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

*** Trump’s NY Prosecution Is a Bogus Case by a Bogus Prosecutor

*** Trump’s Authority as President Was Curtailed Ahead of Jan. 6, Says Former Military Official

*** Tulsi Gabbard on How to Save America from Washington Elite

Barack Obama, 21st-Century Schizoid Man

New Bombshell Evidence Emerges: Was Trump Set Up in Classified Docs Saga?

Censorship US:

*** The John Eastman Story: Haunted or Hallowed? – Most Definitely Hunted

TikTok’s new election integrity plan is a Trojan horse for censorship

European Politicians Declare War On Text Message Privacy

Societally US:

*** How today’s antiwar protests stack up against major student movements in history

*** US Set to Regress from Modernity

State Attorneys General Join Parents Defending Education, Independent Women’s Forum, in Landmark Lawsuit Against Biden’s Illegal Title IX Rewrite

Mounting Evidence Is Pointing To A Nightmare Scenario For The US Economy

Is it White Privilege to be Married? (Part 1)

The People Setting America on Fire

Is The Economic System Being Destroyed On Purpose?

Globalism:

*** Stop the WHO Power Grab!

Religion Related:

*** ‘A step back in time’: America’s Catholic Church sees an immense shift toward the old ways

Science:

*** Unscientific American: Science journalism surrenders to progressive ideology

Health:

*** Found: the dial in the brain that controls the immune system

*** Don’t Let WHO Rule U.S. Healthcare

***‘One Health’ Is A Cult Based On Gaia Worship, Wicca, Neo-Paganism

*** Why Canadians Aren’t Reacting — The Strategy Used upon Canadians to Facilitate their Complete Takeover

Study: Fluorescent nanoparticles present in Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola…

International/Israel/Ukraine:

*** Iran Mullahs Speeding Up Nuclear Weapons Program: Anyone Interested?

Russian troops enter U.S. base in Niger, order Americans out

What 10 Years of U.S. Meddling in Ukraine Have Wrought

Pray for the safety of the Israeli people

Latest Developments in Israel

Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation

Latest Developments in Ukraine

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** Epidemic Of Prion Disease Emerging After SARS-CoV-2 And mRNA Jabs

*** Medical Coder reports on what happened during COVID

Arizona GOP declared covid injections “biological weapons”


 

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Wind Turbine Related Radiation: Wind Energy is NOT Free, Clean, or Green

This is the last in a recent series I’ve posted about radiation and some of our energy sources. It started with a commentary arguing that there are good reasons to categorize Nuclear power as a “renewable” source of electrical energy. Next was Nuclear Power Radiation — Part 1 (which outlined radiation from normal nuclear power operations, waste, and misc.). Then there was Nuclear Power Radiation — Part 2 which briefly covered the rest of the well-known nuclear radiation possibilities…

Here I will give a quickie overview of a radiation source that most people have never heard about. Lobbyists and other politically correct parties paint industrial wind energy as “free, clean, and green.” Although none of that is true, this deceptiveness is dismissed as marketing puffery. With no consequences for lying, is it any wonder that we are drowning in dishonesty?

A major eye-opener is that wind turbine manufacture results in horrific environmental degradation (also see here and here). A lot of this happens in China so it is conveniently out of sight. But wait, the same organizations who are promoting wind energy also strongly push the one-world (“we’re all in this together”) ideology — so they should be very concerned about what happens in China too, right?

Let’s look at one particular matter: Rare Earth Elements (REEs). In addition to significant air and water pollution, the processing of REEs (30+ steps) results in a large amount of radioactive waste. Yes, you read that correctly.

How much radioactive waste per turbine? My understanding is the following:

Fact 1: Each wind turbine is reported to have several thousands of pounds of REEs (i.e., typically 2000± pounds per MW — and today’s turbines are 4+MW).

Fact 2: A US Army analyst reports (reference page 16) that for every ton of REE, there can be about a ton of radioactive waste!

Once we have absorbed the significance of these numbers, an interesting question arises: how does the quantity of radioactive waste produced by a 1 GW nuclear facility compare to the quantity of radioactive waste produced by the manufacture of wind turbines that would result in an equivalent amount of annual electricity? Let’s look at it by weight.

The key wind energy assumptions are:

a) An optimistic capacity factor of 33% is assumed.

b) There are 2000± pounds of REEs per face value wind turbine MW.

c) Every ton of REE results in about a ton of radioactive waste.

d) Since some of the reported waste includes water, we’ll generously assume that about 50%± of the weight is due to H2O.

So, the radioactive waste for a 3 GW wind facility:

3000 MW x 2000 REE/MW x 1 Waste/REE x .5 =

3,000,000± pounds of radioactive waste

How does this compare to a nuclear facility? 

There are two methods for processing nuclear fuel (typically uranium). In the U.S., the fuel is used once (i.e., is a single pass). In the rest of the world, the fuel is used a second time, which substantially reduces the amount of resulting waste.

The key nuclear assumptions are:

a) A 1 GW Nuclear facility has 27± tonnes/year (about 60,000 pounds/year) of used uranium.

b) If reprocessed, only 3% of this is radioactive waste (60,000 x 3% = 1,800). [See this for a good explanation of radioactive waste, and for items a & b.]

c) Twenty years of nuclear power generation is used as that is a very generous expected life of a wind turbine.

d) The reactor is a Light Water Reactor (LWR) [i.e., a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), or a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)].

The single-pass radioactive waste figures for a 1 GW nuclear facility:

—>  60,000± pounds per year. Therefore the twenty-year total of nuclear radioactive waste would be 60,000± x 20 = 1,200,000± pounds of radioactive waste

The double-pass radioactive waste figures for a 1 GW nuclear facility:

—> 1,800± pounds per year. Therefore the twenty-year total of nuclear radioactive waste would be 1,800± x 20 = 36,000± pounds of radioactive waste

Compare these to the figure above: 3,000,000± pounds of radioactive waste for an equivalent amount of electricity produced by wind energy, over twenty years.

The amazing conclusion is that over the lifetime of a wind project (20 years), wind energy produces more radioactive waste per MWH than a nuclear facility!

So we’ve lifted another wind energy rock, and have found a very disturbing industry secret. The few others who have looked into this have labeled it as the 800-pound Gorilla In The Room. Another good piece is from IER: Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret: Toxic Lakes and Radioactive Waste.

One more peek under another rock… It’s bad enough to largely rely on Communist China for unneeded materials, but it’s even worse when this investigation concluded that the Chinese rare earth industry is “dominated by criminal gangs.” In other words, much of every dollar spent on rare earths for wind turbines goes into things like fentanyl production — which is then sent to the US to kill its citizens…

So… the next time that a wind marketer feeds you the “wind is green” sales pitch, say Not so fast!

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What has Global Warming got to do with the War against Hamas?

In early April, an offshoot of the Just Stop Oil eco-activist group calling themselves Youth Demand descended upon the London HQ of the UK Labour Party and sprayed it all over with red paint. Its occupants had “blood on their hands”, they said. Apparently, the Labour Party, who are highly likely to form the next British Government come the General Election due later this year, were “threatening to continue [committing] genocide” once they were in office.

I didn’t realise they were committing it already.

What on earth was the Labour Party doing? For one thing, said Youth Demand, by failing to demand an immediate end to fossil fuel drilling across the nation, Labour was allegedly helping “kill hundreds of millions” thanks to climate change. But, equally, by failing to promise to call time on UK arms sales to Israel, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet was likewise facilitating the “mass murder” of innocent civilians (and equally innocent Hamas terrorists, no doubt) over in Gaza.

This conflation of environmentalism with the Israel-Gaza war does seem a rather strange campaigning tactic as the two issues have precisely nothing to do with one another. To link the two in only raises the danger of putting off people from supporting one of your causes by virtue of them not supporting the other one. It’s like a march upon Whitehall to demand the Government not only legalise cannabis immediately, and at the same time bring back hanging.

Some people may support Net Zero but also support Israel. Some people may support Hamas, but regard global warming as a hoax (I think in particular of Piers Corbyn, the crankish brother of former Far-Left Labour Party leader Jeremy). To risk splitting public support like this makes little political sense. Why not separate the two issues of Gaza and climate, as they should be?

How green is my Jordan Valley?

Ever since Hamas’ pogrom against Israel last October 7, Greens across the West have been having a similar heated debate. The movement’s current chief global figurehead, Greta Thunberg, everyone’s favourite Swedish apocalypse goblin, has been much criticised for engaging in needless stunts conflating environmentalism and Zionism.

The controversy has been particularly strong in Germany, where Green leaders from Greta’s own movement, the Fridays for Future school-strike organisation, felt compelled to put out a statement distancing themselves from her views, and reiterating their support for Israel’s right to exist. For obvious historical reasons, the accusation of anti-Semitism is one most mainstream figures in Germany are careful to avoid …

The November 18th edition of Germany’s leading news weekly, Der Spiegel, ran a lengthy article criticising Thunberg’s apparent Hamas-wards turn, accusing her of creating a “potential schism” within the Green movement. This investigation featured interviews with other young climate activists who had suddenly begun talking much more about saving the Gazans than saving the whales.

One 22-year-old Finnish activist featured, Ida Korhonen, openly admitted she had only really heard of the Israel-Palestine conflict a few weeks beforehand, boasting she got all of her information about the issue “from social networks, from Amnesty [International] and from Palestinian journalists on the scene.” What had such completely unbiased sources allowed Ida to discover? That Green activists “shouldn’t be talking about ourselves [i.e., our main actual cause of environmentalism] anymore, but only about Palestine … War against people is also always war against nature … There can be no [climate] justice without an end to the genocide against the Palestinians.”

What a Greta big fool

Greta Thunberg evidently agreed. In the immediate aftermath of Hamas’ October 7 attacks on Israel, she too had become an instant expert on the whole issue, posting tweets standing alongside fellow juvenile activists holding signs saying performatively progressive things like ‘STAND WITH GAZA’, ‘FREE PALESTINE’ and ‘CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!’ (as well as posing with a supposedly ‘anti-Semitic octopus’ cuddly toy, but that’s another story).

As a result of such provocation, the Israeli Education Ministry dropped all mention of the fallen child saint from their national curriculum for schools: I would question why she had ever been on it in the first place.

Yet, as so often, still Greta refused to shut up. In December, together with three other equally insufferable-sounding Swedish Fridays for Future activists, she penned an op-ed in the UK’s leading left-wing newspaper The Guardian, entitled ‘We won’t stop speaking out about Gaza’s suffering – there is no climate justice without human rights’.

Here, she took her critics to task for saying that, by talking about this new and separate issue, she was only damaging their wider original cause, cautioning that “Silence is complicity. You cannot be neutral in an unfolding genocide.”

Greta’s rationale here ran as follows:

“Despite these horrors [the alleged ‘genocide’ being perpetrated by Israel in the region], some have chosen to focus the public debate on attempts to delegitimise statements about Gaza made by young people in the climate justice movement. Contrary to what many have claimed, Fridays for Future has not ‘been radicalised’ or ‘become political’. We have always been political, because we have always been a movement for justice. Standing in solidarity with Palestinians and all affected civilians has never been in question for us. Advocating for climate justice fundamentally comes from a place of caring about people and their human rights. That means speaking up when people suffer, are forced to flee their homes or are killed – regardless of the cause.”

As if to ram home just how woke she now was, Thunberg ended her piece by ritually citing her pronouns (“she/her”, in case you were wondering – hardly surprising, as she is a female).

Clueless in Gaza

Had Greta gone fully intersectional? Evidently so, and the whole fact was clearly rubbing some people up the wrong way.

In November, after Thunberg had invited a kaffiyeh-wearing Palestinian woman onto the stage at a climate-rally she was holding in Amsterdam, she was interrupted by a male audience member who snatched her microphone and informed her, quite reasonably, that “I’ve come here for a climate demonstration, not a political view” about a wholly irrelevant issue in the Middle East. Greta took little notice, however, seizing the microphone back before leading the crowd in a chant of the rather bizarre-sounding slogan “No climate justice on occupied land!”

What do such slogans even mean? How on earth can you have “No climate justice” for humanity so long as Israel continues to rule the roost in the Holy Land? What has global warming – or indeed the ever-pressing issue of one’s sacred pronouns – got to do with a never-ending round of ethno-religious warfare in Gaza?

Nothing, really. Nothing at all.

But that didn’t stop Greta & Co trying to lump it all in together by making an extremely spurious argument to the effect that, by daring to defend themselves against Hamas’ original attack by bombing the terrorists right back, the Israelis were massively adding to the supposedly planet-killing problem of global warming by virtue of selfishly using rockets and missiles which emitted large amounts of CO₂ from their exhausts (as if there are any other kind; did the Greens really expect the Israelis to throw their ordnance by hand, or else hurl them all from slings, David vs Goliath-style?).

But the poor quality of the logic hardly matters, as the rationale underlying such overblown conflations of climate and anti-Zionism, of pronouns and warfare, is that of so-called ‘intersectionality’, the idea that, by adding up all the causes of the world’s supposed ‘oppressed’ people together, they will gain trade union-style strength in numbers, and become unbeatable (see my deeply sceptical explanatory article on the subject here).

So, supposedly, black people, homosexuals, feminists, the disabled and the mentally ill are all natural allies. Even people you may not have previously expected to be on the same side, like, say, Islamic terrorists and transgenderists, are supposedly united as natural allies against cisgender Western imperialism, along the basic logic that ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’.

Such thinking seems deeply misguided to me. All too often, ‘intersectionality’ is just a ridiculous and self-defeating process which will only end up alienating as many potential supporters from a cause they might otherwise support, as it will attracting any new ones to it. I’m sure we’ve all seen cases of ostensibly worthwhile charities, like Save the Children, whose campaigns we may until recently have been sympathetic towards, who have suddenly gone right to the bottom of our future donation lists because they suddenly became less concerned with actually Saving the Children, and more bothered about chemically castrating them along rainbow activist lines instead, or lecturing us all on the ins-and-outs of utter irrelevancies like Critical Race Theory.

In an open letter to Greta Thunberg, some irritated Israeli climate activists expressed similar sentiments:

“Due to her position, when Greta addresses a different topic superficially and dismissively, it inevitably weakens the validity of her climate-related positions. People from all walks of life might think that the shallowness she displayed on the other issue could cast doubt on the seriousness and depth of her climate activism. Those with vested interests could exploit this to portray climate activists as unserious and lacking depth. Therefore, even without addressing the ethical and moral implications she ignored, Greta is no longer a role model for us in the climate change context.”

Whilst I personally might be rather glad to see the whole overexaggerated climate-cult undermined in this wholly needless way, can today’s intersectional Greens really not see that, by promoting the causes of Hamas and Palestine, they might alienate many of their natural supporters likewise? If you were a Jew living in a Western city like London or New York today, scarred as they are by weekly anti-Semitic pro-Hamas hate-marches, what would you feel more threatened by? Islamism, or a hypothetical two degree raise in the Earth’s overall global temperature by 2100? Any pious young eco-intersectionalist who suddenly came along outside a synagogue rattling her tin to save the Palestinians rather than the pandas would surely be immediately told where they could shove their donation-box.

Why can’t intersectional idiots like Greta Thunberg just let their own main ideas and causes stand or fall on their own individual merit? Perhaps it is because, all too often, they don’t actually have very much genuine individual merit to speak of?


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Nuclear Power Radiation — Part 2

Recently, I posted a commentary arguing that there are good reasons to categorize Nuclear power as a “renewable” source of electrical energy, followed by another post: Nuclear Power Radiation — Part 1. That outlined radiation from normal nuclear power operations, waste, and misc. This Part 2 will briefly cover the rest of the well-known nuclear radiation possibilities…

1 – Nuclear Power Accidents

US nuclear power facilities are built to be extraordinarily safe. Even when there are accidents, there are backup systems — and often backups to the backups. The most familiar nuclear accident to us is the Three Mile Island problem in 1957. This summary states it well:

“A cooling malfunction caused part of the core to melt in a reactor, resulting in a limited off-site release of radioactivity over a multi-state area. Doses off-site were less than normal background radiation.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined the accident “led to no deaths or injuries to plant workers or members of the nearby community.”

Considering the consequences, the rhetoric about this event seems out of proportion.

2 – Nuclear Power Man-Made Disasters

The most famous case here was in Chernobyl (Ukraine: 1986). What is rarely covered by mainstream media (surprise!) is: a) there are no other nuclear reactors in the world that have the Chernobyl design, and b) the reactor failure was reportedly caused purposefully — i.e., it was not an accident.

The truth of what happened may be as evasive as the full story of the Kennedy assassination. My understanding (from reliable sources), was that there was a dispute within the facility between two groups (let’s say engineers and administrators). The issue reportedly was who was really in charge? Each group tried to “prove” to the other that they were in control — and in the process they purposefully shut off several safety mechanisms. The 100% predictable result was a catastrophic failure.

This is a reasonable account about this disaster (which soft-pedals the dispute part). Despite all the alarmism, the official total is only 45± deaths:

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has concluded that: a) two Chernobyl plant workers died due to the explosion on the night of the accident, b) 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation syndrome, and c) there have been 15 fatalities from thyroid cancer. Other than those 45± deaths, “there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation exposure 20 years after the accident.”

3 – Nuclear Power Natural Disasters

The classic case here is Fukushima (Japan: 2011). Again, my understanding (from reliable sources) is not what has generally been reported. The two indisputable facts are: a) Japan was hit by a tsunami, generated by a record undersea earthquake, and b) the tsunami was so large that it flooded the diesel backup power units (sitting on the ground), that were there to properly shut down the core in an emergency.

The part that I heard was that Japanese officials had been advised prior to this event, that to be extra safe, they should elevate the backup diesel generators off the ground. That had not been done. If it had been there very likely would have been no nuclear power failure. That said, considering that there never had been anything remotely like that tsunami, their delay is understandable.

Let’s keep things in perspective: a) there were about 20,000 deaths due to the tsunami, and b) less than ten fatalities due to the nuclear power plant failures. Here is a reasonably balanced discussion of the Fukushima nuclear disasters

Takeaway

Regretfully, what the mainstream media reports on any nuclear facility problem, is not an objective, factual explanation, but rather an alarmist exaggeration of reality. In other words, once again political science is trying to take over Real Science.

Considering that there are some 435 operating nuclear power facilities (worldwide), and almost all are operating basically 24/7/365, the safety of nuclear power is exceptionally good. Worldwide, over the last 60± years, less than 100 people have died from a nuclear power plant failure.

By comparison, there have been WAY more deaths related to industrial wind turbines! (See this table, where the good people tabulating the data stopped keeping track in 2012, due to the huge increase in workload.)

Another perspective is that 40,000± people die annually from US car accidents, that would roughly translate to 2 million deaths over the same 60± year period.

This is yet another example of why having critically thinking citizens is the best defense against dishonest and ignorant purveyors of information. Remember that fear is the primary tool used to control people…

©2024. John Droz, Jr. All rights reserved.


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Election-Integrity.infomultiple major reports on the election integrity issue.

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Nuclear Power Radiation — Part 1

Recently, I posted a commentary arguing that there are good reasons to categorize Nuclear power as a “renewable” source of electrical energy.

One reader said OK, but what about the radiation problem? My answer is what radiation problem? I’ll break down this technical matter into two parts, and try to keep it understandable to non-scientists.

Part 1 will outline radiation from normal nuclear power operations, waste, and misc.

Part 2 will discuss radiation from nuclear power: a) accidents, b) man-made disasters, and c) natural disasters.

The short answer is that the nuclear power radiation issue is a manufactured concern by scientifically ignorant and/or dishonest people. Consider the following…

1 – Nuclear Power Normal Operations

The whole business of radiation harm has been wildly exaggerated by self-serving parties, taking advantage of a technically challenged American public. When radiation concern is expressed about a nearby nuclear facility, we need to keep things in perspective. Living near an operating nuclear facility exposes neighbors to minuscule radiation, particularly when compared to other sources.

Here is EPA information.

The reality is that we are bombarded with radiation continually from the sun, ground, flying, food, medical procedures (e.g., dental x-rays), etc.

For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has posted this food comparison.

2 – Nuclear Power Waste = Reprocessable Fuel

If we are so concerned about nuclear radiation, why are we purposefully generating considerably more radioactive waste than there needs to be?

Fact 1 is that nuclear waste is actually re-usable fuel. Fact 2 is that the US is the only country in the world (TY President Carter) that prohibits US nuclear facilities from reprocessing nuclear waste. Fact 3 is that if nuclear fuel was reprocessed, we would end up having much less nuclear waste. Therefore, if we are so concerned about radioactive nuclear waste, why have we made it illegal for it to be reduced???

3 – Nuclear Power Radioactive Waste Storage

An enormous amount of scientific research went into selecting the Yucca Mountain (Nevada) site for storing nuclear waste, and then designing it to be extraordinarily safe. For example, nuclear waste there would be stored roughly 1000 feet below ground. For example, the closest that people live to Yucca Mountain is about 30 miles.

However, this was politically derailed by uneducated alarmists.

The net effect of their actions is that all current radioactive waste in some 93 US nuclear facilities is stored on-site, and above groundIn what universe are 93 different storage sites, above ground, and relatively near populations, a safer alternative???

4 – Low Dose Radiation is Beneficial

Again, the scientific truth has not been publicized by the media. Consider this study. It says: “Health impacts of low-dose ionizing radiation are significant in important fields such as X-ray imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear power, and others. However, all existing and potential applications are currently challenged by public concerns and regulatory restrictions. We aimed to assess the validity of the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) model of radiation damage, which is the basis of current regulation, and to assess the justification for this regulation… LNT has not been proven to be true… so there is little doubt that the present regulatory burden should be reduced.”

Here is a good short video on this that most people will understand.

5 – Wind Energy and Radioactive Waste

A relatively unpublicized wind energy fact is that an enormous amount of environmental pollution is generated in processing the substantial amounts of rare earth metals needed for wind turbines. Most of this is done in China, so it is hidden from view. But the main proponents of wind energy are all about saving the planet, so why wouldn’t they care about environmental destruction in every country?

Surprisingly, a large amount of radioactive waste is also a by-product. An interesting calculation concludes that over a twenty-year period (the supposed life of wind turbines), there is likely more radioactive waste resulting from wind turbine manufacture, than there is in an equivalent amount of nuclear power generated!

Since this involves some technical calculations, I’ll save them for another commentary: Wind Energy and Radioactive Waste.

Takeaway

The clear message above is that the nuclear radiation scare is largely a boogeyman generated by anti-Americans who would like us to shoot ourselves in the foot.

This situation also exposes the hypocrisy of climate alarmists who say things like we are on the verge of global climate catastrophe, so we need to do everything possible to avert this — yet they are opposed to a major, proven CO2 free operating energy source! This is yet another example of what happens when political science replaces Real Science.

©2024. John Droz, Jr. All rights reserved.


Here are other materials by this scientist that you might find interesting:

Check out the Archives of this Critical Thinking substack.

WiseEnergy.orgdiscusses the Science (or lack thereof) behind our energy options.

C19Science.infocovers the lack of genuine Science behind our COVID-19 policies.

Election-Integrity.infomultiple major reports on the election integrity issue.

Media Balance Newsletter: a free, twice-a-month newsletter that covers what the mainstream media does not do, on issues from COVID to climate, elections to education, renewables to religion, etc. Here are the Newsletter’s 2023 Archives. Please send me an email to get your free copy. When emailing me, please make sure to include your full name and the state where you live. (Of course, you can cancel the Media Balance Newsletter at any time – but why would you?

Biden Admin Locks In Regulations Targeting Appliance Owned By ‘Almost Every US Household’

The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized regulations Tuesday for a popular appliance that will push the market toward adopting heat pump technology.

The DOE’s final energy efficiency regulations for water heaters will apply to common electrical water heaters and significantly increase the share of those models that use heat pumpsaccording to the agency. The DOE has spearheaded the Biden administration’s efforts to push rules and regulations targeting appliances ranging from pool pump motors and lightbulbs to furnaces and portable generators.

“Almost every U.S. household has a water heater, and for too long outdated energy efficiency standards have led to higher utility bills for families,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a statement about the new rules. “The Biden-Harris Administration is continuing to put American consumers first with new, effective rules—supported by industry—that save both energy and money.”

The new standards will lead to more than 50% of all newly-manufactured electric water heaters to use heat pump technology, a massive increase from the 3% seen in the market today, according to the DOE. Compliance with the new rules will be required starting in 2029.

The DOE’s new rules will require a “moderate” increase in the efficiency of gas-fired water heaters, the agency said. The DOE is still working on its efficiency standards for gas-powered water heaters, which are not included in Tuesday’s rulemaking action.

The agency says that the regulations will save Americans a combined $124 billion on energy bills over the next three decades and reduce emissions by an equivalent amount to the emissions generated by 43 million homes in one year. While the DOE considers models with heat pumps to be an important part of decarbonizing America’s building stock, those particular models tend to cost about $1,000 more up front than some alternatives and do not work as well in cold climates, according to Forbes.

The DOE did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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Elon Musk May Have Just Dealt A Blow To Biden’s EV Agenda

Tesla laid off a large portion of a key team in its electric vehicle (EV) charger division on Monday, a move that could pose problems for President Joe Biden’s broad EV agenda.

The company reportedly laid off nearly all of its employees working on the company’s “Superchargers,” which charge EVs quicker than other Tesla products and figured to play a major role in the nationwide public EV charging system envisioned by the Biden administration, according to E&E News. Tesla — which has benefitted from generous government subsidies for years — appears to be pivoting away from that aspect of its business; the layoffs could spell trouble for the already-struggling industry at a pivotal moment.

The Supercharger is considered one of the best chargers available because it can recharge EVs quickly and reliably, which cannot always be said of competitors’ products, according to E&E News. Other automobile companies, including Ford, saw the promise of Tesla’s Supercharger and made deals to have their EVs be able to access Tesla’s Supercharger infrastructure.

“There’s no buttons to push, there’s no screens, there’s no credit card swiper all of that is done through processing through software inside of your car,” Matt Teske, CEO of Chargeway, an EV-charging software platform, told the DCNF regarding Tesla’s Supercharger network. “And so they just really made the transition from driving a gas car to driving an electric car very simple for anyone to use and operate.”

Other charging networks and auto manufacturers now have an opportunity to grow after relying heavily on Tesla’s innovations and the Supercharger “gold standard,” Teske added. While the layoffs threaten to introduce uncertainty into the EV market, those growth opportunities and the existence of other charging networks do not mean that the layoffs will impact the Biden administration’s distribution of funds to build a national network.

These advantages and superior engineering contributed to the Supercharger fueling the fastest-growing charging network in the U.S., as Tesla’s 6,200 charging plazas nationwide are the most of any of its competitors, according to E&E News.

The Biden administration is spending billions of dollars to subsidize the creation of a national network for EV charging infrastructure, which remains concentrated mostly in densely-populated, coastal regions of the U.S., according to the Department of Energy (DOE). However, these efforts have yet to yield significant results, as only a small number of charging stations have been built with those funds since Biden enacted the bipartisan infrastructure package in 2021.

Concerns about charger availability and reliability continue to spook consumers. Accordingly, building out the national network will be a crucial part of bringing the American auto industry into compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently-finalized tailpipe emissions regulations — which some have characterized as a de facto “EV mandate” — over the next decade or so.

However, the fresh uncertainty in the EV charging space figures to complicate things for the state government agencies that are ultimately responsible for distributing the Biden subsidies to developers, according to E&E News.

Tesla has already accessed federal subsidies for EV chargers, with more expected, according to E&E News. Other automakers could still use the Tesla charging technology in the future, but they will likely have to do so without the advantage of Tesla’s intimate knowledge about how to maintain the infrastructure.

Tesla, the DOE and the White House did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

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It’s coal to the rescue as wind and solar fail to keep German lights on

In Germany they call it the “Energiewende,” meaning energy transition, and it doesn’t work.

Germans have been forced to come to grips with sober energy reality after binging on more than half a trillion Euros of so-called “alternative” energy, such as wind turbines and solar panels.  This dramatically increased the price of electricity and created a serious risk of blackouts.

Germany actually just announced plans to reactivate coal plants to provide reserve power and lower the risk of blackouts during the coming winter and years to come.

Bloomberg reports that:

Germany’s coal phase-out plans face a potential setback after the energy regulator predicted the country will need a lot more fossil-fuel power plants on standby to help keep the lights on in the coming years.

The need for so-called reserve capacity to cover shortfalls in wind and solar generation during the 2026/27 winter period is set to reach 9.2 gigawatts, double the amount put aside for the last heating season, the regulator said Tuesday. That’s even more than the 8.3 gigawatts of mainly coal-fired backup deployed in 2022, when Russia curbed pipelined natural gas supplies to Europe.

The solution the German government is pursuing is no solution at all — offsets!

Reuters reports that German  “coal-fired power plans will be reactivated and the government will make proposals by summer next year on how to offset increased carbon dioxide these plants will generate this winter.”

Germany will purchase some kind of offset certificates that will have no meaningful impact on the fact that German coal plants burn brown lignite, which is the dirtiest and least efficient variety of coal.  It is far inferior to the cleaner-burning hard black anthracite mined in America.

The German energy economy has fallen victim to conflicting Green ideologies.

As Germany invested a fortune in wind and solar which are unable to meet its energy needs, it simultaneously shut down clean, safe, functioning nuclear plants that were already paid for.

Germany provides a powerful energy lesson in what not to do.

Will America learn in time?

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Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president. Widely heralded as a leader in the free market environmental, think tank community in Washington, D.C., Rucker is a frequent guest on radio talk shows, written extensively in numerous publications, and has appeared in such media outlets as Fox News, OANN, Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hill, among many others. Rucker is also the co-producer of the award-winning film “Climate Hustle,” which was the #1 box-office film in America during its one night showing in 2016, as well as the acclaimed “Climate Hustle 2” staring Hollywood actor Kevin Sorbo released in 2020. As an accredited observer to the United Nations, Rucker has also led CFACT delegations to some 30 major UN conferences, including those in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kyoto, Bonn, Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro, and Warsaw, to name a few.

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