A Tesla Model 3’s CO2 emissions is equal to 1.4 years of driving a Gas-powered Sedan

A friend sent us some information about the CO2 emissions of all electric vehicles (EVs) compared to the CO2 emissions of a gasoline powered internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

We wanted to see which type of vehicle emitted the most CO2, you know that greenhouse gas that the EPA wants to eliminate.

First, we wanted to know if CO2 was really harmful or not. Here’s what we found.

Kevin Mooney in his column “Group Defends Carbon Dioxide as ‘Elixir of Life’ in Climate Change Debate” wrote,

Forget everything government officials, many media outlets, and “activist scientists” have warned about the damaging effects of carbon dioxide, because in reality there’s no cause for alarm, a group called the CO2 Coalition urges…“Atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant, it is in fact the very elixir of life,” Craig Idso, a science adviser to the CO2 Coalition, said during a panel discussion at CPAC exploring the benefits attached to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

So the more CO2 the better right?

Well for you lovers of Tesla EVs you will be happy to learn that your EV emits more CO2 than an internal combustion engine gasoline powered vehicle.

POLITIFACT reported:

Full electric vehicles require a large lithium-ion battery to store energy and power the motor that propels the car, according to Insider. The lithium-ion battery packs in an electric car are chemically similar to the ones found in cell phones and laptops.

Because they require a mix of metals that need to be extracted and refined, lithium-ion batteries take more energy to produce than the common lead-acid batteries used in gasoline cars to help start the engine.

How much CO2 is emitted in the production depends on where the lithium-ion battery is made — or specifically, how the electricity powering the factory is generated — according to Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research think tank.

Producing a 75 kilowatt-hour battery for a Tesla Model 3, considered on the larger end of batteries for electric vehicles, would result in the emission of 4,500 kilograms of CO2 if it was made at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada. That’s the emissions equivalent to driving a gas-powered sedan for 1.4 years, at a yearly average distance of 12,000 miles, Hausfather said.

If the battery were made in Asia, manufacturing it would produce 7,500 kg of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of driving a gasoline-powered sedan for 2.4 years… Hausfather said the larger emission amount in Asia can be attributed to its “higher carbon electricity mix.” The continent relies more on coal for energy production, while Tesla’s Nevada factory uses some solar energy.

The EPA on its website states, “A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This number can vary based on a vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and the number of miles driven per year. ”

This is also good. Why?

Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore testified before the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on February 25, 2014. During his statement for the record Dr. Moore said:

There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.

So there you have it. Drive your ICE or EV as much as you like and you won’t impact the climate in any way.

Good news indeed.

P.S. John Casey, author and former NASA rocket scientist, has taught us three absolutes about the climate:

  1. The climate changes.
  2. The changes are cyclical.
  3. There is nothing mankind can do to change these natural cycles.

As John notes the only thing that mankind can do is prepare for these changes using good science and the best climate prediction tools to warn us of the coming changes.

End of story. Let the real science begin!

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The Environmental Downside of Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle requires six times the mineral inputs of a comparable internal combustion engine vehicle, according to the International Energy Agency.


At one time, “Saving the Environment” and “Fighting Climate Change” were synonymous. That is no longer true. The quest for Clean Energy through electric vehicles (EVs) epitomizes “the end justifies the means.”

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), an electric vehicle requires six times the mineral inputs of a comparable internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE). EV batteries are very heavy and are made with some exotic, expensive, toxic, and flammable materials.

The primary metals in EV batteries include Nickel, Lithium, Cobalt, Copper and Rare Earth metals (Neodymium and Dysprosium). The mining of these materials, their use in manufacturing and their ultimate disposal all present significant environmental challenges. Ninety percent of the ICE lead-acid batteries are recycled while only five percent of the EV lithium-ion batteries are.

Oil has been so demonized that we tend to overlook some of its positive traits as a power source relative to the battery power of EVs. The power for an internal combustion engine, oil, is a homogeneous commodity found abundantly around the world (especially in our own backyard). In 2019, the four top oil producing nations were the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. In contrast, the power for EVs is dependent on a mixture of diverse commodities from just a handful of third world countries.

In spite of the environmental hysteria about oil drilling, the surface area disturbed is relatively small since the oil is extracted from under the ground. In contrast, many of the materials prominent in the clean energy revolution are obtained through open-pit horizontal mining which is extremely damaging to wide areas of the environment.

Nickel, a major component of the EV batteries, is found just below the topsoil in the Rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines. As a result, the nickel is extracted using horizontal surface mining that results in extensive environmental degradation: deforestation and removal of the top layer of soil. It should be noted that Rainforests play a major role in “fighting climate change” by removing Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The environmental battle cry “Save the Rainforests” needs to be replaced with a new slogan reminiscent of this one from the Vietnam War: “It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.” Here is the new environmental bumper sticker for all Clean Energy EVs: “It was necessary to destroy the rainforest in order to save the planet”.

Over half of the world’s Lithium reserves are found in three South American countries that border the Andes Mountains: Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. These countries are collectively known as the “Lithium Triangle”.

According to the Institute for Energy Research, Lithium is found in salt flats in very arid areas which complicates the mining process. A multi-mineral mixture containing Lithium is removed from beneath the salt flats. The Lithium extraction from the mixture is a lengthy, 12 to 18 months, evaporation process that is water intensive. Each ton of lithium produced requires 500,000 gallons of water. Besides the discarded mineral salt mixture, the process can result in water and soil contamination plus a depleted water table.

It should be noted that the United States is 4th in total Lithium reserves behind the Lithium Triangle countries. However, NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) environmental protests to “Save the Planet” have stymied efforts to develop the US Lithium market. It seems that our provincial “Earth-Firsters” want to maintain a pristine US, but have no problem turning a blind eye to the environmental exploitation of third world countries.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) produces 70% of the world’s Cobalt. While there is no shortage of environmental issues with its Cobalt mining, the overriding problem here is human rights: dangerous working conditions and the use of child labor. Cobalt is a toxic metal. Prolonged exposure and inhalation of Cobalt dust can lead to health issues of the eyes, skin, and lungs. Because Cobalt can be easily extracted from the ground by hand, small scale, bare-bones “artisanal” mines are common. The simplicity of the operation discourages/negates the need for occupational safety measures and encourages the use of child labor.

According to the Wilson Center, “small-scale mining in the DRC involves people of all ages, including children, obligated to work under harsh conditions. Of the 255,000 Congolese mining for cobalt, 40,000 are children, some as young as six years.”

Amnesty International has also made similar comments. “Thousands of children mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.”

The “suspect” (bad) Cobalt is mixed in with the “legitimate” (good) Cobalt that comes from the large-scale mines that have the required safety standards and employ only adults. This co-mingling of “good” and “bad” Cobalt serves to mask the human rights abuses in the country’s mining operations.

As it turns out, however, this charade is largely unnecessary since the majority of the DRC’s cobalt mines are owned or financed by Chinese firms.

Eighty percent of the DRC’s Cobalt ultimately ends up in China, a country not known for being a champion of human rights (the Uyghurs?). So, what is more important: Fighting Human Rights Abuses or Fighting Climate Change?

Chile is the leading producer of the world’s Copper. The vast majority of Chile’s Copper comes from open-pit/strip mines. This type of mining negatively affects vegetation, topsoil, wildlife habitats, and groundwater. The next three largest producers of copper are Peru, China, and the infamous Democratic Republic of the Congo. Number five happens to be the United States. Several states in particular, such as Minnesota and Arizona, show promise as new sources for domestic copper using underground mining instead of open-pit mining.

However, on January 26th, the Biden Administration canceled two copper mining leases in Minnesota. Commenting on the matter, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said, “the Department of the Interior takes seriously our obligations to steward public lands and waters on behalf of all Americans.” This decision was applauded by the strongest supporters of America’s quest for Clean Energy: Environmentalists and Democrats.

In December, President Biden issued an Executive Order saying the United States government will “provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well paying, union jobs [except in mining] at home. Today’s executive action further reinforces the President’s directive to Buy American [except for clean energy raw materials] and ensure that equity [in the US, but not in Third World countries] and environmental justice [in the US, but nowhere else] are key considerations.”

For all the “happy talk” about Clean Energy, our actions simply show a superficial commitment. We don’t want to do the heavy lifting that it will take to make the transition to Clean Energy. Our role in the Clean Energy revolution will be limited to the final assembly of electric vehicles. But hey, that is good enough for our virtue signalling Earth First environmentalists and politicians.

What is needed, however, is an honest and comprehensive evaluation of the entire life cycle of clean energy from raw materials through disposition. There are pros and cons to all forms of energy. To date, all we have heard are the benefits of clean energy. It is now time to highlight the true costs of clean energy which must include the negative societal and environmental impact as well.

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Michael Heberling

Michael Heberling is the Chair of Leadership Studies in the Baker College MBA program in Flint, Michigan. Prior to this, he was President of Baker’s Center for Graduate Studies for 16 years. Before Baker, Dr. Heberling was a Senior Policy & Business Analyst with the Anteon Corporation. He also had a career in the Air Force retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Heberling has over 75 business and public policy publications. His research interests focus on leadership, military history and the impact of public policy on the business community. He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

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How ’emergency declarations’ & crises are being used to bypass democracy to implement Green New Deal

Watch: Morano on Tucker Carlson on how ’emergency declarations’ & crises are being used to bypass democracy to implement Green New Deal

Morano on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight: “They know the Green New Deal won’t pass…The solution to the Russian invasion is the same solution to climate change, it happened to be the same solution to COVID too — which is more working from home, less driving, less freedom, more restrictions on your liberty. Regardless of the crisis, it always empowers the administrative state, the bureaucrats, and those in power. …

They are going to rule by emergency declaration, by crisis management. This is how they want to do it. The COVID emergency declaration gave us, particularly in blue states, some red states, every governor became a dictator virtually overnight as they imposed whatever mandate they felt like. Whether it was masks, kids, vaccine passports, you name it, they could do it because they were empowered.”

Rough Transcript:

Tucker Carlson: There’s a reason they are focused on Ukraine and it’s to give you the Green New Deal whether you want it or not. Marc Morano is the author of “Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal is Even Worse than you think. He joins us tonight.

Marc, thanks so much for coming on. You’ve written and thought so much and reported so much about the Green New Deal. No chance Congress would ever pass anything like that because nobody wants it, but a war into which we are now being drawn because of their policies is a perfect cover for giving us the Green New Deal whether we want it or not.

Marc Morano: Yes, it is. They introduced the green new deal in Congress and never scheduled hearings, votes, there were no town halls, there were no constituent services. No one wanted, they didn’t want to vote on it. They didn’t need a vote. Biden declared that every cabinet agency would be a climate agency. One of the biggest things about our energy that a lot of people miss is the defunding of our energy industry. Through the banking system, through the SEC. They are now forcing climate disclosures on everyone. They now have their claws — federally regulators — in every aspect of pretty much of any business going forward if this keeps up, without a vote of Congress. That’s what they’re looking for.

And they know the Green New Deal won’t pass. The Covid lockdowns actually gave them many aspects of the Green New Deal with the immediate lockdowns, but now going forward, they are doubling down, using the Russian invasion.

The solution to the Russian invasion is the same solution to climate change, it happened to be the same solution to COVID too — which is more working from home, less driving, less freedom, more restrictions on your liberty. Regardless of the crisis, it always empowers the administrative state, the bureaucrats, and those in power.

Tucker Carlson: That may be the point of the crisis is to do that and this is not a civics show but I hear the word “democracy” roll off the tongues of virtually every authoritarian in Washington. Is this how democracy works? You use a diversion to get massive societal changes around the legislature and impose them by force? Is that what democracy is?

Marc Morano: No. What they’ve decided as they are going to rule by emergency declaration, by crisis management. This is how they want to do it. The COVID emergency declaration gave us, particularly in blue states, some red states, every governor became a dictator virtually overnight as they imposed whatever mandate they felt like. Whether it was masks, kids, vaccine passports, you name it, they could do it because they were empowered.

Look back in history, the fall of the Roman Republic into an empire was due to the abuse of emergency powers. So was the centralization of power in the middle ages.  The German republic, 1933, 12-year (state of emergency) declaration in Germany led to of course all the abuses in Germany.

Now we’ve got the Patriot Act,(due to 9/11’s 2001 Declaration of National Emergency), through this kind of crisis management. Now they are using, right after the Covid crisis, they’re going to pile on with this. People would not volunteer to give up their cars, or their SUVs. But now you have reports like International Energy Agency calling for stopping the driving of cars on Sunday, they want to do odd/even license plates for when you can drive, lowering speed limits, SUV taxes. Because we are in this energy crisis. They are achieving policies that they could never get through the elections.

Tucker Carlson: The people who will tell you the oceans are rising are buying $30 million houses on the beach. I don’t believe you anymore!
[Laughs] Marc Morano, we are out of time but I appreciate you coming on.

Marc Morano: Thanks, Tucker.

Background:

Intl Energy Agency report urges ENERGY LOCKDOWNS: ‘Banning use of private cars on Sundays…Reducing highway speed limits…more working from home…cutting business air travel’ & SUV ‘tax’

Climate Depot’s Morano: “COVID 2.0 has arrived?! The 2022 International Energy Agency’s (IEA) report sounds an awful lot like an energy version of COVID lockdowns. Instead of opening America back up for domestic energy production, we are told to suffer and do with less and are prescribed the same failed lockdown-style policies we endured for COVID. It is odd how COVID ‘solutions’ also allegedly helped the climate and now the same solutions are being touted to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  As a bonus, IEA tells us these measures will also help ‘achieve vital climate goals.’ Let’s simplify this: The proposed ‘solutions’ to climate change, COVID, and now the Russian war are all exactly the same — hammer the poor and middle class with more restrictions on travel, less freedom, and even more surrendering of power to unelected government regulators.

This new 2022 report from IEA comes follows their 2021 report urging a form of climate lockdowns to battle global warming. The 2021 IEA report called for ‘behavioral changes’ to fight climate and ‘a shift away from private car use’ and ‘upper speed limits’ and thermostat controls; limits on hot water & more!.

‘Every agency is a climate agency now’ – ‘How Biden could use his whole government to take on climate change’ – Education Dept to fund teachers ‘to raise awareness of climate’-‘ A whole-of-government approach’ – Climate will touch ‘every single piece’ of Biden’s budget

Dem Sen Majority Leader Schumer urges Biden ‘to call a climate emergency’ – ‘He can do many, many things under the emergency powers…without legislation’

Alert! Covid 2.0?! Biden urged to ‘essentially nationalize private industry’ to ensure lower energy prices & ‘a tool to combat climate change’ – ‘Invoke Cold-War Powers’

From COVID Emergency to ‘Climate Emergency’: House Dems want Biden to declare national ‘climate emergency’
Nation Mag: ‘The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency’ – ‘There is no greater emergency’The BBC featured an analysis in 2021 examining how “when governments abuse emergency powers.” “History shows that during times of crisis, politicians tend to reach for more power,” wrote Luke Kemp, a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.

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Environmentalists Want Us to Freeze, Starve, and Die

Every now and then someone pipes up to point out that if environmentalists really want to lower carbon, they’re going to have nuclear. And they’re promptly buried in a tsunami of outrage (nuclear, do you want us all to die) and spin (look at this blog post sponsored by a solar panel company about how well solar panels work). The obvious answer is that environmentalists, like all lefties, don’t actually care about the things that they claim to care about.

Eric Levitz at New York Mag has the latest such entry showing exactly how enviros have zero interest in “saving the planet”.

 In 2019, when the city put its ambitious climate goals into law, the Indian Point nuclear power plant provided the bulk of its carbon-free electricity and 25 percent of its overall power. The plant was profitable and met the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s exacting safety standards. Nevertheless, environmental groups had been fighting to close it for decades, arguing that its proximity to both New York City and the Stamford-Peekskill fault line created an unacceptably high risk of a nuclear disaster.

The catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 bolstered their cause. In 2021, New York closed down Indian Point. At the time, the conservationist organization Riverkeeper argued that Indian Point’s electricity could be fully replaced by renewables.

Alas, wind and solar power are neither sufficiently abundant in New York nor sufficiently reliable to replace the emissions-free energy that Indian Point once produced. In May 2021, the first full month after the plant’s closure, carbon emissions from electricity generation in New York State shot up by 37 percent. In New York City, fossil-fuel producers’ share of the electric grid rose to 90 percent.

Fortunately, the state has a plan to reverse this baleful trend. Last fall, Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans for constructing a pair of new transmission lines, one bringing wind- and solar-generated electricity from upstate into NYC, the other transporting hydroelectric power from Quebec. Together, the two transmission lines are projected to yield a 51 percent reduction in downstate fossil-fuel generation by 2030.

But a motley coalition, comprised of natural-gas producers and environmental organizations like Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, has a good chance of killing that plan.

Environmentalists don’t want to provide more energy or “cleaner energy”.

What they want are a dependency on energy sources that they don’t like, constantly push to phase out with green subsidies that don’t work, and with the goal of having that fail so that the public is faced with skyrocketing energy prices and unreliable energy prices.

Or to simply, they hate us and want us to freeze, starve, and die.

At best, they want to have outrage fuel and a basis for their movement. What they don’t want is to fix any of the problems they invented in any kind of even nominally workable way. The moment that any workable fix arises, they shut it down.

The old enviro conspiracy theory is that car companies had a car that ran on water, but then hid it to protect the oil industry. The reality is that if a car ran on water, environmentalists would be the first to shut it down because it would lead to exactly what they don’t want, people enjoying their lives guilt-free.

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RELATED ARTICLE: UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy 

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8 Commonsense Proposals to Alleviate Climate Change

Climate change is real, but you should be skeptical of lawmakers who refuse to repeal legislation that is contributing to the problem.


Here’s a thought: Let’s start addressing climate change by ending government policies that make it worse. Let’s repeal laws and regulations that force people and companies to act in inefficient ways that waste energy and produce unnecessary emissions. Stop creating perverse incentives by penalizing efficient companies, subsidizing inefficient ones, and pushing production to nations that produce more pollution for every item produced. Ending these destructive policies will improve both our environment and our economy.

The ecologists’ slogan “Think Globally, Act Locally” is entirely appropriate to the issue of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). Emissions anywhere impact the climate everywhere. Policies that, instead of reducing emissions, simply move them to other countries accomplish nothing.

Domestic regulations, taxes, and tariffs aimed at reducing global warming may have the unintended effect of increasing the cost of domestic production to the point that companies offshore their operations. Similarly, increasing energy costs here will shift energy-intensive industry from the United States to places like Mexico, China, and India. At best, such policies merely move emissions elsewhere, at worst they increase them.

Shifting the production of goods and resources away from countries with efficient economies to less efficient nations does more harm than good. Making a widget with 10 BTUs of energy in the United States is better for the planet than making the same widget in China with 40 BTUs. Producing a barrel of oil here is better for the planet than producing it in RussiaVenezuela, or Iran – countries that have proved unwilling or unable to protect the environment.

The federal government’s Energy Information Agency (EIA) projects that the nation’s energy needs will continue to grow for at least the next thirty years, and that “[p]etroleum and natural gas [will] remain the most-consumed sources of energy in the United States through 2050.” One reason is that gas turbines are the only practical backups for the wind turbines and solar panels that the government has determined will replace traditional power plants.

Because the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow, backup is necessary. Currently, battery storage can power a city for no more than a few hours. That leaves pumped storage plants and natural gas fired turbines as the only reserve power sources that can come online quickly enough to stabilize the grid when wind and solar fail. However, pumped storage plants, which pump water up into reservoirs during times of low energy demand and then release the water through turbines during times of peak demand, are limited by geography and by environmentalists opposed to constructing new reservoirs.

Mandating wind and solar, then, means mandating natural gas. Without reliable backup, homeowners and companies will relocate or install their own generators. Burning gasoline, diesel, and natural gas at hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across the nation will do nothing to reduce CO2 emissions.

Given that natural gas plants are essential—having been made so by government dictates—the infrastructure needed to supply them is also essential. That includes production, refining, and transportation.

The EIA’s report also predicts that “the transportation sector will consume the majority of [petroleum and other liquid] fuels, particularly motor gasoline and diesel” through 2050. Electric vehicles (EVs) currently make up less than 5% of the global auto market and about 4% of the American market. While they may someday replace gasoline and diesel-powered cars in significant numbers, that day is not yet here.

The Biden Administration is intent on shutting down natural gas and oil production in the United States while, at the same time, asking other countries such as Saudi ArabiaVenezuela, and Iran to increase their production. But burning Iranian or Venezuelan natural gas instead of American gas does not reduce emissions.

The Administration is accusing domestic oil companies of greedily raising the price of gasoline (at a time of general inflation, when all prices are rising) while expressing surprise that those same greedy corporations don’t take advantage of higher prices and produce more petroleum. But why would an oil company invest millions of dollars to expand operations when Biden is promising to shut down production once he’s solved his immediate political problems caused by rising prices? Why, after Democrats have proposed taxing away oil company profits, would anyone invest in firms that are targeted for extinction?

When President Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office, City Journal noted:

The symbolic victory of the pipeline’s cancellation will not have any measurable effect on the decarbonization of the U.S. economy. Keystone’s untimely demise will not change the rate of our national consumption of fossil fuels; instead, American consumers will simply be forced to buy more oil from countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela. More of our gas will be imported by plane or ship rather than from a net-zero emission pipeline—and we’ll pay more for it at the pump, too.

Pipelines are the safest and most efficient way in which to transport natural gas, petroleum, and petroleum liquid products. Forcing oil and gas to be moved by ship, rail, or truck instead makes little sense economically or ecologically.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state of New York banned fracking for natural gas and obstructed the construction of new natural gas pipelines. As a result, the state has had to generate more electricity with fuel oil, which produces more CO2 and pollution than does natural gas, and the state has also had to import natural gas from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago.

“In 2016,” according to the Wall Street Journal, “Officials in Massachusetts and New Hampshire blocked financing for the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have reliably provided fuel to three New England states.” Consequently, a tanker sailed into Boston Harbor in 2018 carrying Russian LNG (liquified natural gas).

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the “Jones Act”) forbids transporting goods between American ports on ships that aren’t American built, owned, registered, and crewed. The Act’s carbon footprint is enormous because it prevents us from taking advantage of the veritable conveyor belt of foreign-flagged ships that circle the nation and frequent American ports. A Japanese ship, for example, dropping off goods in, say, Seattle, can’t pick up goods from there and deliver them to San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Because there are currently fewer than one hundred cargo ships that are compliant with the Jones Act, many American products must be sent by rail, truck, or air even though they could be far more efficiently —and with far fewer CO2 emissions—transported by sea.

The Act also increases Americans’ cost of buying domestic goods by raising the cost of transporting them. As a result, Americans are led to import more foreign products than they otherwise would, producing more CO2 in the process. Moreover, there are currently no Jones Act-compliant LNG transport ships. As a result, Puerto Rico buys natural gas from Russia rather than from Texas or Louisiana. Similarly, prohibitions on new pipelines have forced states like Massachusetts and New York to ship in natural gas rather than buying it from Pennsylvania. And, because of the Jones Act, they must purchase their gas, not from the U.S., but from countries like Russia, France, Algeria, and Norway.

After pipelines and ships, the safest, most efficient, and least polluting way by which to transport petroleum products is rail. Working to kill any option save keeping gas in the ground, however, the Biden Administration suspended authorization for transporting LNG by rail tank cars.

In September 2021, President Biden nominated Saule Omarova to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Omarova supported a “National Investment Authority” (NIA) that, in her words, would be responsible for “devising, financing, and executing a long-term national strategy of economic development and reconstruction.” Banks, under control of the NIA, would direct capital investments toward politically approved technologies and investments and away from industries, such as petroleum, that are out of favor.

In January 2022, not dissuaded by his earlier failure, Biden nominated Sarah Bloom Raskin, an advocate of climate-related banking regulation, to the Federal Reserve Board.

The current strategy for addressing climate change—using wind and solar—requires natural gas-fueled turbines for backup. Yet the current administration is doing everything in its power to short circuit the strategy by blocking domestic production and transport of natural gas and starving the industry of capital.

We are quickly leaving ourselves with the only option of importing natural gas from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia, and Iran—countries that don’t necessarily wish us well. Putin is threating Europe with gas cutoffs to force them to acquiesce to his takeover of Ukraine. Do we really want to subject ourselves to the same sort of extortion?

Clear-cutting forests in the United States and rain forests in the Amazon to grow biofuel crops isn’t green. This commonsense notion is backed by research in 2007-20082014, and now in 2022. In February of this year, the National Academy of Sciences published a study that found that corn-based ethanol is “likely at least 24% more carbon intensive than gasoline due to emissions resulting from land use changes to grow corn, along with processing and combustion.”

This article’s proposals for reducing domestic CO2 emissions are, admittedly, only a drop in the ocean. While the United States emits about 11 percent of global CO2, China emits 27 percent, exceeding all other developed nations combined. Moreover, emissions from Asia and Africa are growing rapidly. Yet even though our political leaders are unwilling or unable to eliminate domestic laws and regulations that decrease efficiency and increase emissions, they confidently assure us that they can overcome global economic and political issues and craft international agreements that will address global warming.

I am neither a climate change denier nor a skeptic. Climate change is real, and we should address it. But I am skeptical that legislators who cannot or will not repeal legislation that is contributing to the problem will provide any real solutions.

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Richard Fulmer

Richard Fulmer worked as an engineer and a systems analyst, and is now retired and a free-lance writer. He has published some thirty articles and book reviews in free market magazines and blogs. With Robert L. Bradley Jr., Richard wrote the book, Energy: The Master Resource, which was required reading in classes at four different universities, including the University of Texas and the University of Toronto. He is currently working on another book, Caveman Economics: Basic Economics in 25 Prehistoric Tales.

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VIDEO: Biden Irresponsibly Taps Strategic Petroleum Reserve

President Biden announced that he will tap into America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and will consume one third of it in an attempt to control rising gas prices.

This is as irresponsible as it is dangerous.

Following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970’s, the SPR was built in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana.  It can hold over 700 million barrels of oil.  When the oil is needed, water is pumped into the reserve, pushing the oil up and out, and then distributed.

The SPR is America’s insurance policy in case of emergencies such as war, disaster or famine.  Occasionally presidents have authorized small releases of oil from the reserve to try and influence markets, but nothing like the million barrels a day Biden intends.  With a shooting war in Europe, and China arming itself against Taiwan, we should not deplete the fuel our planes, ships and vehicles would need should war come.

Washington told us right at the start, “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”  Burning our strategic fuel to score political points, while simultaneously blocking pipelines and supply, is as provocative to adversaries who would risk war as Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan proved.

Biden is attempting to blame Vladimir Putin and energy companies for skyrocketing prices.  This is blatantly false.

Biden made it plain in 2020 when he said, “no more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no ability for the industry to continue to drill… It ends.”  Americans understand that oil prices were on the rise well before Ukraine.

U.S. Oil & Gas Association President, Jim Stewart said, “The (Biden) Administration is acting like the deadbeat nephew who refuses to find a job and instead opens a new credit card each month while he finishes ‘writing that screenplay.’”

The Biden administration is populated by anti-energy zealots.  Biden is changing the name of the agency which overseas the SPR to the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.  Should our energy department consist of engineers and scientists working diligently to make efficient energy abundant, or Green campaigners working to shut production down?

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler just announced that SEC will require public companies to report Greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and supply chains.  The Wall Street Journal replied, “Democrats can’t pass their climate agenda through Congress, so they are using financial regulation to block investment in fossil fuels.”

Biden’s blockade of American energy production and transportation, demonizing of energy companies, and political depletion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, is dangerous and irresponsible.

As the WSJ concluded, “Vladimir Putin will be delighted.”

AUTHOR

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.

EDITORS NOTE: This CFACT column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Would You Trust Biden to Sell You Your Next Car?

Joe Biden Car Salesman? Yep, Uncle Joe is determined to get you to buy all electric cars (EVs), even if you can’t afford one. Watch:

Here Uncle Joe says that an EV will save $80 a month more than your current internal combustion engine care. But wasn’t it Uncle Joe who made gas prices go up? Is his making gasoline and diesel fuels more expensive a way to force your to buy an EV?

Uncle Joe Biden telling us Americans to buy a very expensive EV. Are you convinced now? Are you ready to Go Green by buying your very own EV?

QUETION: Do you trust him at all?

Let’s Look At EVs

One of the greatest persistent, persuasive and unrealistic myths is the idea that the United States must abandon coal, fossil and nuclear fuels in favor of windmills, solar panels and all electric vehicles. This persistent, persuasive and unrealistic myth is now public policy!

The The Biden-⁠Harris Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan states,

President Biden has united automakers and autoworkers to drive American leadership forward on clean cars, and he set an ambitious target of 50% of electric vehicle (EV) sale shares in the U.S. by 2030. Now, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will supercharge America’s efforts to lead the electric future, Building a Better America where we can strengthen domestic supply chains, outcompete the world, and make electric cars cheaper for working families.

QUESTION: What exactly will charge the chargers and the batteries in these clean cars?

EVs Are Not So Green

A reader send us a link to this post on Reddit:

Not so Green

This is an excellent breakdown.

Batteries, they do not make electricity – they store electricity produced elsewhere, primarily by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants, or diesel-fueled generators. So, to say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid.

Also, since forty percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. is from coal-fired plants, it follows that forty percent of the EVs on the road are coal-powered, do you see?”

A typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds, about the size of a travel trunk. It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.

It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining. For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just – one – battery.”

Sixty-eight percent of the world’s cobalt, a significant part of a battery, comes from the Congo. Their mines have no pollution controls, and they employ children who die from handling this toxic material. Should we factor in these diseased kids as part of the cost of driving an electric car?”

I’d like to leave you with these thoughts. California is building the largest battery in the world near San Francisco, and they intend to power it from solar panels and windmills. They claim this is the ultimate in being ‘green,’ but it is not. This construction project is creating an environmental disaster. Let me tell you why.

The main problem with solar arrays is the chemicals needed to process silicate into the silicon used in the panels. To make pure enough silicon requires processing it with hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrogen fluoride, trichloroethane, and acetone. In addition, they also need gallium, arsenide, copper-indium-gallium- diselenide, and cadmium-telluride, which also are highly toxic. Silicon dust is a hazard to the workers, and the panels cannot be recycled.

Windmills are the ultimate in embedded costs and environmental destruction. Each weighs 1688 tons (the equivalent of 23 houses) and contains 1300 tons of concrete, 295 tons of steel, 48 tons of iron, 24 tons of fiberglass, and the hard to extract rare earths neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium. Each blade weighs 81,000 pounds and will last 15 to 20 years, at which time it must be replaced. We cannot recycle used blades.

There may be a place for these technologies, but you must look beyond the myth of zero emissions.

“Going Green” may sound like the Utopian ideal but when you look at the hidden and embedded costs realistically with an open mind, you can see that Going Green is more destructive to the Earth’s environment than meets the eye, for sure.

The Bottom Line

EVs are neither carbon-neutral nor powered by batteries. The batteries in EVs are all powered by other energy sources. The truth is that mankind cannot become carbon neutral without hurting mankind itself.

We have long recommended that America go all nuclear power. Nuclear power is clean, carbon free, reliable and cheap.

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

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.

The Great Food Reset: Expect ‘real’ food shortages

The Great Food Reset: Expect ‘real’ food shortages, Biden declares – Meanwhile, Bill Gates & China buy up U.S. farmland.


Climate Depot’s Morano:

“If the Davos crowd of the World Economic Forum were looking for a better global environment on which to enact their central planning vision of a Great Reset, it would be hard to imagine a more conducive chaotic time than right now.”

Watch video: World Economic Forum’s utopian Great Reset vision of 2030 – ‘You’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy’ – ‘Whatever you want you’ll rent & it’ll be delivered by drone’ – Meat will be ‘an occasional treat’.

Morano:

“The vision of transforming the world into unelected bureaucrats taking even more control of everyday life, has now all the ingredients to push it along. The last 2 years have seen endless emergency declarations, wars, massive government spending, debt, runaway inflation, supply chain issues, food shortages, no privacy from big-brother style government snooping of your movements, skyrocketing energy prices, chipping away at car and homeownership, climate lockdowns, oppressive censorship and crushing of dissent, limits on freedom of travel, and physical autonomy.

The chaos is music to the ears of those who don’t like the idea or the messiness of human freedom. The World Economic Forum’s vision is to crowd us all in cities, they want to have us own nothing, they want to regulate literally every aspect of our lives. Food shortages are a great way to collapse the current system and install a Great Reset.”

See: “When there is food on the table there are many problems. When there is no food on the table there is one problem.” — Chinese proverb.

By: Marc Morano – Climate Depot – March 26, 2022 9:20 AM

Biden Says to Expect ‘Real’ Food Shortages Due to Ukraine War(Bloomberg)
President Joe Biden said that the world will experience food shortages as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and production increases were a subject of discussions at a Group of Seven meeting on Thursday. “It’s going to be real,” Biden said at a news conference in Brussels. “The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia. It’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well.”Michael Shellenberger:

“We are on the brink of global famine due to energy shortages and yet progressive politicians are threatening to tax energy producers and refusing to remove barriers to production. “This graph of skyrocketing fertilizer prices is the scariest chart in the world right now.”

NBC News: Bill Gates ‘the nation’s largest farmland owner’ “Farmers turned into renters” as Bill Gates becomes the “nation’s largest farmland owner” by using “shell companies…a web of at least 22 limited liability shell companies.”

Climate Depot: Could Gates have an agenda?

NBC News: “Gates was also an early investor in fake-meat companies aiming to combat the environmental harms of raising livestock by creating more convincing, plant-based alternatives.”

Climate Depot: What is Gates going to do with all that farmland?

Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef – Gates: “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
via. MIT Technology Review

Bill Gates brags: ‘I drank water made from human feces’

Bill Gates brags: ‘I drank water made from human feces’ – Watch Morano on Ezra Levant’s TV show: ‘You’ll own nothing. & You’ll be happy. Eat poop burgers & drink poop water’ – Great Diet Reset

Politico: China is buying up American farms – China is “snapping up farmland and purchasing major agribusinesses, like pork processing giant Smithfield Foods.”

Politico: “By the start of 2020, Chinese owners controlled about 192,000 agricultural acres in the U.S., worth $1.9 billion, including land used for farming, ranching and forestry, according to the Agriculture Department.” …

“The current trend in the U.S. is leading us toward the creation of a Chinese-owned agricultural land monopoly,” Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) warned during a recent House Appropriations hearing.

#Great Food Reset: Fmr. UN climate chief Figueres urges ‘Changing what we eat is a radical act that will make us & nature healthier & happier’ – COVID ‘has taught us that rapid change is possible’ – Fmr. UN Climate Chief CHRISTIANA FIGUERES: “Changing what we put on our plates has become an urgent priority” … “The pandemic has taught us that rapid change is possible. Now, we must bring the same urgency (and even more follow-through) to fixing our relationship with food and how we produce it.”

Reset your diet! World Economic Forum touts eating bugs to save the planet! ‘Good grub: why we might be eating insects soon’

World Economic Forum: 

“The market research company predicts the global market for edible insects could grow to $1.18 billion by 2023. That’s almost triple its current level.”

“Per kilo of live weight, bugs emit less harmful gas than more mainstream farm animals. A cow, for example, produces 2.8 kg of greenhouse gas per kilo of live body weight. Insects, on the other hand, produce just 2 grams.” …

“From the farmer’s point of view, raising insects is going to be radically different from raising sheep, pigs, or cattle. No more coping with mud, muck and filth. An end to shifting heavy sacks of feed. And forget about having to go outdoors in all weather to manhandle livestock.” … “It may not be too long before we can all buy a bag of edible insects at our local grocery store.”

The Great Diet Reset: World Economic Forum promotes fake meat from a printer in video – ‘Machines can currently print up to 6kg of meat an hour’

World Economic Forum Encourages Drinking ‘Reclaimed’ Sewage & Eating Weeds – ‘Weeds can be nutritious & tasty’

Flashback: ‘Food Police’ – Watch: Morano on UN Meat report: UN seeks ‘massive expansion of the UN’s regulatory power…lifestyle controls’

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AWED Media Balance Newsletter: We cover COVID to Climate to Ukraine, as well as Energy to Elections.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

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Particularly note the *** asterisked *** items below.

— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

Ukraine:

*** Report: 8-Year CIA Program Helped Provoke Russian Invasion

*** How Russia Ukraine War Could Trigger Global Food Crisis

*** Heroic Ukrainians are shining light in the darkest hour of war

Video: U.S. Navy Has a Nuclear Sub That Could Destroy Russia and China in Minutes

McConnell on Ukraine: “Here Is What President Biden Should Be Doing Right Now”

Trump didn’t think Putin would order Ukraine invasion

Russian/Ukrainian War: Part Two (a), President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine Is the Ruling Class’s Latest Propaganda Ploy

Volunteers Rally to Archive Ukrainian Web Site

NATO And Russia – Whistling Past Each Other’s Graveyards

Ukraine and Energy Policies:

*** To Beat Putin, Europe Needs America’s Clean Energy

*** Short video: The End of Russian Oil, due to Halliburton’s Exit

*** Has Russia Been Financing Western Environmentalism?

Replacing Russian Energy

How Public Opinion Ended COVID, and Started the Next Thing

Experts lay out a strategy for U.S. energy independence amid Ukraine war

The Russia/Bermuda Dark Money Subterfuge

With The Ukraine War, The Green Chickens Have Come Home To Roost

Ruble Surges After Putin Ditches Dollars and Euros for Russian Oil and Gas

Ukraine — What You Can Do:

Please sign Petition to hold Putin accountable

*** 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:

Doctors Finding Hurdles to Using Pills to Treat COVID-19

Returning to Our Roots: How Nature Prescriptions Can Help Patients

COVID-19 — Injections:

Watchdog sues feds over COVID vaccine’s ‘adverse events’ reports

‘Overwhelming’ Need to Study COVID Vaccine-Associated Tinnitus

Pfizer’s CEO Says Fourth COVID Shot Is Needed. Is He Right?

The controversial quest to make a ‘contagious’ vaccine

US Govt Paid News Media $1 Billion For Propaganda to Promote mRNA Vaccines

COVID-19 — Injection Mandates:

*** COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: 20 Scientific Facts That Challenge the Assumptions

*** Military Doctor Testifies in Court That a Superior Ordered Her Not to Discuss Data Showing Massive Spikes in Illness After Vaccine Mandate

*** A Pharma Giant Imposed ‘Follow the Mandate’ on Vaccine Objectors. They Are Now Ex-Workers

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

*** 10 Million Unnecessary Pandemic Deaths due to Public Health Actions

*** Probe finds officials miscalculated COVID-19 death toll

*** A simple way to end vaccine misinformation immediately

*** These schools did less to contain covid — and their students flourished

COVID-19 — Masks:

CDC sued over airline mask mandate

Vulnerable Democrats eye GOP transit mask repeal

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** Dr. Campbell short video: The illusion of evidence based medicine

*** COVID’S Tough Lesson That Few Want to Believe

More Than 60,000 Doctors & Scientists Have Signed The Great Barrington Declaration

Video: Robert Kennedy, jr COVID-19 Q&A Presentation

Video: Dr. Jessica Rose COVID-19 Q&A Presentation

Proposed: Countermeasure Injury Compensation Amendment Act

Why Is Our Government Still Pushing at-Home Covid Tests if They Know They Produce False Negatives?

Good riddance to Dr. Fauci

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Amendment to Eliminate Dr. Fauci’s Position as Director of NIAID

10 biggest COVID mistakes

COVID-19: We Can’t Live With It

Anyone, at anytime, can spread mal-information

Greed Energy Economics:

*** The New Greenwashing – False Advertising about Green Energy Jobs

*** Sow the Wind (Power), Reap the Whirlwind

Wind Energy — Offshore:

NJ to study environmental impacts of offshore wind projects

Environmental Organization Opposes Lake Erie Wind Project

Wind Turbine Generator Impacts to Marine Vessel Radar

Tsunamis may sink West Coast offshore wind

Indian tribe and conservationists fight California offshore wind turbines

Wind Energy — Other:

*** Wind project ordered to stop emitting night-time noise, pay neighbors damages

*** Energy reliability is everything

*** No Amount Of Wind And Solar Power Can Ever Provide Energy Independence

Renewable Failure

Iowa’s claimed wind energy percentage is wildly exaggerated

Judge says proposed VA wind project needs further review

More Confirmation of the Infeasibility of a Fully Wind/Solar/Storage Electricity System

Wind Turbines Of Madison County: MidAmerican Energy Prevails In Lawsuit

Leading Environmentalists Now Vigorously Oppose Turbines In German Forests

Local voices quashed in NY wind siting process

The wind projects angering renewable energy fans

Solar Energy:

*** Virginia community tightens solar project rules

Protect NY farmland from solar and wind development

Solar’s dirty secrets: How solar power hurts people and the planet

California’s solar market is now a battery market

Nuclear Energy:

*** Study: Radiation Hormesis: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

*** Indiana SMR bill signed into law

*** White House pivots to nuclear energy

What Happened To Nuclear Cruise Ships?

The Use of Nuclear Power Beyond Generating Electricity: Non-Electric Applications

Tech Billionaires Rally Around Nuclear as Energy Crisis Looms

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** The fact is natural gas is accelerating our clean-energy future

*** How lying Putin spent millions spreading fake news about fracking

*** “ESG” efforts to rid the world of fossil fuels will drive us back to medieval times

Oil And The Eclipse Of Pax Americana In The Middle East

The world faces both a hydrocarbon shortage and a divest fossil fuels movement

China plans massive increase in coal mining

China Upping Its Use of Coal

Blame Biden for High Gas Prices

ESG Is Just Plain Evil and It’s Time to Fight Back!

What Our Betters Have In Mind For Us In The Era Of Fossil Fuel Suppression

Misc Energy:

*** A ‘Plan B’ for addressing climate change and the energy transition

*** The runaway cost of virtue signaling

*** EV race ignores Russian, Chinese mineral speed traps

Report: Taking Back Control

41 Inconvenient Truths on the ‘New Energy Economy’

Geothermal: Radical Plan to Make Earth’s Deepest Hole to Unleash Limitless Energy

Further Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Clean Power Plan Case

Congressional Letter to Yellen re Russian money to US Environmental groups

To say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid

Misdirected Energy Policy Is Harmful to National Security

Unrealistic energy policy vs. people’s needs

Experienced Engineers must take the lead in the Energy Transition

The Electric Vehicle Scam: Part 1 and Part 2

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Latest IPCC Report is Full of Errors

*** Environmental Alarmism Has Hardly Changed Since the ’60s

*** Don’t buy Climate Alarmism

New Study: The CO2-Drives-Global-Warming ‘Concept’ Is ‘Obsolete And Incorrect

Short video: Data Misrepresentation: An Oversight or Intentional?

The Atlantic Is Worried That Nuclear War Could ‘Wreck’ The Climate

Unrealistic Paths for Net Zero: You Can’t Get There From Here

Audit: Portland’s clean energy program not accountable for climate or equity results

U.S. SEC Set To Unveil Landmark Climate Change Disclosure Rule

Manipulating Kids, It’s Child’s Play for Climateers

Water Vapor, Not Mankind, is the Greatest Contributor to Green House Gases

New York Climate Act: Cost Estimate Sleight of Hand

Climate change is about control, Stupid – Not the environment

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** FREE new Comic Book for Children about CO2 (written by realists)

*** The End of the Climate Change Legend

Short video: Climate Models are Debunked as Global Average Temperature falls at an ever-increasing rate

Biden is in Climate Denial

Ancient El Niños reveals limits to future climate projections

Democrats Soften on Climate As Reality Suddenly Appears?

Video: Professor Michael J Kelly – The Cost of Achieving Net Zero in Ireland

Discovery of Victorian-Era Data Suggests Extreme Weather Events Not New

Climate Alarmism Is Facing Collapse in Face of Reality

US Election:

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

*** “Dark Money” Affecting Elections in Revolutionary Ways

*** Report: Proof Of Election Machine Manipulation

The NYT Now Admits the Biden Laptop — Falsely Called “Russian Disinformation” — is Authentic

New York Times Hunter Biden laptop article is masterpiece of burying admissions

The latest supply chain concern: Ballot paper

Virginia Thomas urged White House chief to try to overturn the 2020 election

Trump sues Hillary Clinton and allies over Russia claims

US Election — Georgia:

*** America’s Corrupt Election System Revealed In Secret Georgia Report

*** Video: How Georgia 2020 Election Results Were Electronically Manipulated

More election overhaul on Georgia Senate agenda

US Election — Other State Issues:

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

*** States Banning or Restricting “Zuck Bucks”

*** AMAC Members Score Early Advocacy Victories in 2022

*** 3/16 Wisconsin Presser Outlines November 2020 Vote Fraud Scheme

Wisconsin Lawsuit to Stop Private Funding of Elections

Governor Noem, State Legislature Protect South Dakota’s Elections from Big-Tech Billionaires

Ohio Supreme Court, for third time, rejects GOP’s state legislative map

Judge strikes down new Arkansas voting laws that targeted mail voting, voter ID, etc.

Two Truths And A Lie: New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law

Video: Findings of the Colorado Voting Machine Investigation

Colorado’s Canvassing Report

Court Rules against Democratic Partisan Gerrymander in Maryland

US Politics and Socialism:

*** Peterson: The Biggest Threat To Our Society We Must Fight Against

*** Short video: When Big Business Went Woke

*** The Night Watchman

Unsustainable Humanity

Biden Administration’s Campaign to Make Anti-American Dictatorships Great Again

Remembering the Black woman Biden blocked from the Supreme Court

Senator McConnell: I Cannot and Will Not Support Judge Jackson

Biden’s Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Most Dramatic Expansion of Federal Powers Ever Made

Other Politics:

*** Russian lawmaker demands US return of Alaska and pay reparations

*** The Russia We Have Lost

Does China Have Vested Interest To Kill Capitalism?

Video: Listing Members Of The Young Global Leaders Program

Retiring Rep. Murphy (D-FL) unloads on President Biden and Democrats

Religion Related:

*** The Collapsing American Family — From Bonding to Bondage

Where are the Papa Bears?

Education Related:

*** Children scoring worse in math and reading compared to before lockdowns, data shows: ‘Multiyear recovery’

Have Chinese Spies Infiltrated American Campuses?

Diversity, Equity, and Confusion at UNC School of Medicine

Science and Misc Matters:

*** Individualism vs. Collectivism

*** Upcoming talk (Dr. Willie Soon): The Weaponizing of Science

FDA Approved ‘Smart Pills’ That ‘Digitally Track’ Patients — What’s Next?

EPA Continues to Take Actions to Address PFAS in Commerce

NASA’s Webb Space telescope achieves near perfect focus

‘Incels’ are a rising threat in the US, Secret Service report finds

Alternate Credit Scores Bring Risk to the Housing Market

Could the Game of Chess Help Create Smarter STEM Students?


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Water Vapor, Not Mankind, is the Greatest Contributor to Green House Gases

It seems over the past decades there’s been the notion that mankind has been the largest contributor to green house gas emissions. While green house gases do come from things developed to help mankind grow and prosper like: factories, plants that produce energy, cars, trucks, railroads, airplanes, they combined are not the greatest contributor to green house gasses.

It is important to understand what are green house gases and how they help or harm mankind and what should be done.

According to the EPA Greenhouse gases are:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil), solid waste, trees and other biological materials, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement).
  • Methane (CH4) Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil.
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O) Nitrous oxide is emitted during agricultural, land use, industrial activities, combustion of fossil fuels and solid waste, as well as during treatment of wastewater.
  • Fluorinated gases [A]re emitted from a variety of industrial processes.

Therefore, according to the EPA, in order to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50-52% we must: stop using all fossil fuels, stop making cement, stop transporting coal, natural gas and oil, stop growing crops and raising cattle, pigs, chickens, etc., stop industrial activities, stop treating waste water and finally end all industrial processes.

QUESTION: Is it necessary to inflict massive hardship on mankind in order to “save the plant”? Or, is there something else going on?

That something else going on which are the natural processes on the earth, in conjunction with the sun, that are the greatest creator of green house gasses and have been since the beginning of time.

What is the Great Contributor to Green House Gases?

Water vapor is the most important, abundant greenhouse gas. Water vapor accounts for 60-70% of the greenhouse effect while CO2 accounts for 25%.

In a September 23rd, 2010 article titled “Water Vapor, CO2, and Global Warming” Anita Dotson wrote:

As the atmospheric temperature rises, more water is evaporated from ground storage, such as that found in our rivers, oceans, soils, and reservoirs. The released water vapor becomes a greenhouse gas where it then absorbs more energy radiated from the Earth and thus warms the atmosphere. The warmer atmosphere results in further water evaporation and the cycle continues. This mechanism is known as a Positive Feedback Loop.

Also, a common mistake that people make is to think that the “smoke” rising from power station cooling towers is air pollution. However this is simply water vapor being emitted as steam. This is not air pollution.

On November 17th, 2008 NASA released a report titled “Water Vapor Confirmed as Major Player in Climate Change.” In the report NASA stated:

Water vapor is known to be Earth’s most abundant greenhouse gas, but the extent of its contribution to global warming has been debated. Using recent NASA satellite data, researchers have estimated more precisely than ever the heat-trapping effect of water in the air, validating the role of the gas as a critical component of climate change.

Andrew Dessler and colleagues from Texas A&M University in College Station confirmed that the heat-amplifying effect of water vapor is potent enough to double the climate warming caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With new observations, the scientists confirmed experimentally what existing climate models had anticipated theoretically. The research team used novel data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite to measure precisely the humidity throughout the lowest 10 miles of the atmosphere. That information was combined with global observations of shifts in temperature, allowing researchers to build a comprehensive picture of the interplay between water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other atmosphere-warming gases. The NASA-funded research was published recently in the American Geophysical Union’s Geophysical Research Letters.

“Everyone agrees that if you add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, then warming will result,” Dessler said. “So the real question is, how much warming?”

The answer can be found by estimating the magnitude of water vapor feedback. Increasing water vapor leads to warmer temperatures, which causes more water vapor to be absorbed into the air. Warming and water absorption increase in a spiraling cycle.

The Bottom Line

We have known for decades that water vapor is both a major contributor to green house gases and that water vapor holds in other green house gases.

The problem is we, mankind, cannot eliminate the natural production of water vapor on earth.

Here are two charts from the U.S. Department of Energy that explain that mankind is not the contritutor:

TABLE 1.
The Important Greenhouse Gases (except water vapor)
U.S. Department of Energy, (October, 2000) (1)

(all concentrations expressed in parts per billion) Pre-industrial baseline Natural additions Man-made additions Total (ppb) Concentration Percent of Total
 Carbon Dioxide (CO2)  288,000 68,520 11,880 (2) 368,400 99.438%
 Methane (CH4)  848 577 320 1,745 0.471% 
 Nitrous Oxide (N2O)  285 12 15 312 0.084%
 Misc. gases ( CFC’s, etc.)  25 0 2 27 0.007%
 Total  289,158 69,109 12,217 370,484 100.00%

TABLE 2.
Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases (except water vapor)
adjusted for heat retention characteristics, relative to CO2

This table adjusts values in Table 1 to compare greenhouse gases equally with respect to CO2. ( #’s are unit-less) Multiplier (GWP) Pre-industrial baseline(new) Natural additions (new) Man-made additions (new) Tot. Relative Contribution Percent of Total (new)
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)  1  288,000 68,520 11,880 368,400 72.369% 
Methane (CH4)  21 (3)  17,808 12,117 6,720 36,645 7.199% 
Nitrous Oxide (N2O)  310 (3) 88,350 3,599 4,771 96,720 19.000% 
 CFC’s (and other misc. gases) see data (4) 2,500 0 4,791 7,291 1.432% 
 Total 396,658 84,236 28,162 509,056 100.000%

Simply put, there’s  nothing mankind can do noting to stop the earth from producing water vapor.

Which leads us to the second myth of mankind becoming “carbon neutral.” Governments cannot regulate, mandate or control how much CO2 is in the atmosphere because every living creature from mankind, to animals, to plants, to fish in our vast seas and oceans emit CO2. Each of us, by simply breathing, emits as a by product CO2.

Is the answer for us to stop breathing? Some believe that we must control not only the growth of population but actually reduce our population. This is scary stuff. Who decides who lives and who dies? Who decides what we need to do to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere using draconian measures? Government or you?

In our column “The Unrealistic Myth of Carbon Neutrality” we wrote:

Amazon aims for total carbon neutrality. Apple aims for total carbon neutrality. FedEx plans to replace its entire gas and diesel powered delivery trucks and replace them with electric powered vehicles.  In 2030 Mercedes committed to selling EVs exclusively “where the market allows.” Porsche aims to be totally carbon neutral. In 2025 Jaguar will become an all electric brand. Honda is planning to sell only electric vehicles in America. In 2027 Alfa Romeo plans on selling only electric vehicles in China, Europe and the U.S. In 2035. General Motors pledged to sell only electric vehicles unless “the market demands otherwise” and aims for its global products and operations to be carbon neutral. Mercedes aims to be carbon neutral in 2039. And finally, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and the Volkswagen Group aim for total carbon neutrality by 2050.

Do you see where this is all going? 

If you want to destroy an economy, eliminate jobs, stop heating homes, stop manufacturing cars, trucks, and SUVs that use gasoline or diesel fuels, stop flying planes that use jet fuel, stop manufacturing, end farming, stop getting clean water, and all of those related industries, then just go carbon neutral.

Stopping the use of power plants using coal, natural gas and oil will literally shut down America. Our nation will become worse than a third world country, we would return to the stone age before mankind discovered fire.

QUESTION: Is this idea of carbon neutrality good for you and me or bad for you and me?

ANSWER: NO! Carbon neutrality is about government making decisions that are best left up to individual consumers.

We have learned three things about the climate:

  1. The climate changes.
  2. These changes in the climate are due to natural cycles (e.g. summer, fall, winter, spring).
  3. There is nothing mankind can do to change these naturally occurring cycles.

This ends this lesson on what is the greatest contributor to green house gasses and how there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Biden’s Dream of ‘Clean Cars’ is Turning Into a Lithium Nightmare

Lithium is often dubbed as “white gold” for the development of electric vehicles.

The cost of lithium needed to make electric car batteries is up 472% just in the past 12 months and 850% since Biden took office.

Biden, Harris, Buttigieg and Democrats want America to go all green and want to force Americans to drive only “clean cars” powered by lithium batteries. All electric vehicles (EVs) are now in the crosshairs. Having charging stations is not the issue. The issue is what will be the future cost of owning “clean cars”?

The The Biden-⁠Harris Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan states,

President Biden has united automakers and autoworkers to drive American leadership forward on clean cars, and he set an ambitious target of 50% of electric vehicle (EV) sale shares in the U.S. by 2030. Now, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will supercharge America’s efforts to lead the electric future, Building a Better America where we can strengthen domestic supply chains, outcompete the world, and make electric cars cheaper for working families.

There’s only one problem with the Biden-Harris EV action plan, the market and the price for lithium has sky-rocketed.

In the March 22, 2022 edition of the Independent Journal Review Warner Todd Huston reported,

One of the key ingredients in the battery packs that power EVs is lithium. This mineral is important in the production of glass, aluminum products and batteries of all sorts, especially for electric cars.

According to Mining.com, battery-grade lithium carbonate is up 95 percent thus far in 2022, and a whopping 472 percent over the course of the past 12 months.

As the soaring prices of lithium and other minerals needed to manufacture EVs soar, the costs of battery packs for EVs are seeing pressure. Already the battery pack is one of the most expensive parts of an electric vehicle, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to replace them — and that does not include labor.

Visual Capitalist posted this chart in an article titled “Charted: Lithium Production by Country (1995-2020)“:

The Largest Lithium Producing Countries

Today, three countries—Australia, Chile, and China—mine roughly 86% of the world’s lithium.

Country 2020 Lithium Production* (tonnes) % of World Total
Australia 🇦🇺 40,000 46.3%
Chile 🇨🇱 20,600 23.9%
China 🇨🇳 14,000 16.2%
Argentina 🇦🇷 6,200 7.2%
Brazil 🇧🇷 1,900 2.2%
Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 1,200 1.4%
U.S. 🇺🇸 900 1.0%
Portugal 🇵🇹 900 1.0%
Rest of the World 🌍 500 0.6%
Total 86,300 100%

*Production total may not add up to 86,300 due to rounding.

It appears from this chart that the United States produces little of the key ingredient to make Biden’s all electric dream come true. But Communist China, the third-largest lithium producer, has been on the front foot in the race for lithium.

Visual Capitalist reported, “Since 2018, Chinese companies have snapped up over $5 billion worth of lithium mining projects in various countries. Furthermore, the country also dominates the refining and battery manufacturing stages of the lithium-ion supply chain.”

Biden’s Dream has Become a Nightmare

Lithium batteries do not make energy. Batteries do not make electricity – they store electricity produced elsewhere, primarily by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants, or diesel-fueled generators.

To say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid.

To manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper.

Incredibly one must dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just – one – battery.

According to senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute Mark P. Mills,

Hydrocarbons supply over 80 percent of world energy: If all that were in the form of oil, the barrels would line up from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, and that entire line would grow by the height of the Washington Monument every week.

Mills also notes,

A 100x growth in the number of electric vehicles to 400 million on the roads by 2040 would displace five percent of global oil demand.

It costs less than $0.50 to store a barrel of oil, or its equivalent in natural gas, but it costs $200 to store the equivalent energy of a barrel of oil in batteries.

About 60 pounds of batteries are needed to store the energy equivalent of one pound of hydrocarbons.

The Bottom Line

Biden’s “clean car” plan is a myth. Clean cars and green energy from solar and windmills cannot and will not make America carbon neutral or energy independent.

Here’s Biden pushing all electric vehicles. We would be laughing but this is what he said and what his administration believe.

As we wrote,

According to the EPA, in order to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50-52% we must: stop using all fossil fuels, stop making cement, stop transporting coal, natural gas and oil, stop growing crops and raising cattle, pigs, chickens, etc., stop industrial activities, stop treating waste water and finally end all industrial processes.

Sixty-eight percent of the world’s cobalt used to make EVs, a significant part of a battery, comes from the Congo. Their mines have no pollution controls, and they employ children who die from handling this toxic material. Should we factor in these diseased kids as part of the cost of driving an electric car?

The truth is that mankind cannot become carbon neutral without hurting mankind itself.

Biden’s dream is a myth that kills.

Don’t forget that China dominates global battery production with its grid 70 percent coal-fueled.

EVs using Chinese batteries will create more carbon-dioxide than saved by replacing oil-burning engines.

P.S.  Don’t forget that CO2 and carbon are not the same.  Carbon is the incredibly versatile element, that as Carl Sagan pointed out years ago, “likes to combine.”  You’re made of it.  Carbon dioxide is what you get when a carbon molecule combines with two molecules of oxygen.  CO2 is the odorless, invisible gas you just exhaled.

An thus ends this lesson on Biden’s clean cars folly.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

SEC Unveils Sweeping Climate Requirements For Public Companies

The left’s climate hoax wrecking ball is taking down our markets – the financial foundation of this once great nation.

SEC Unveils Sweeping Climate Requirements For Public Companies

By: Thomas Catenacci, Daily Caller, March 21, 2022:

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules Monday that would force companies to publicly disclose a wide-range of climate-related information.
  • “I am pleased to support today’s proposal because, if adopted, it would provide investors with consistent, comparable, and decision-useful information for making their investment decisions, and it would provide consistent and clear reporting obligations for issuers,” SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, who President Joe Biden appointed in February 2021, said in a statement.
  • The SEC, the nation’s top financial regulator, would require publicly-traded companies to disclose how “severe weather events and other natural conditions” may impact their business, under the proposed rules, according to an announcement.
  • “Today’s action hijacks the democratic process and disrespects the limited scope of authority that Congress gave to the SEC,” Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey said in a statement. “This is a thinly-veiled effort to have unelected financial regulators set climate and energy policy for America.”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules that would force companies to publicly disclose a wide-range of climate-related information.

The SEC, the nation’s top financial regulator, would require publicly-traded companies to disclose how “severe weather events and other natural conditions” may impact their business, under the proposed rules, according to the Monday announcement. Companies would also be forced to publish the greenhouse gas emissions produced from their operations.

“I am pleased to support today’s proposal because, if adopted, it would provide investors with consistent, comparable, and decision-useful information for making their investment decisions, and it would provide consistent and clear reporting obligations for issuers,” SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, who President Joe Biden appointed in February 2021, said in a statement.

“Today’s proposal would help issuers more efficiently and effectively disclose these risks and meet investor demand, as many issuers already seek to do,” he said. “Companies and investors alike would benefit from the clear rules of the road proposed in this release.”

In addition, companies would be required to share their transition plans as part of their “climate-related risk management strategy,” the proposal stated.

The commission published a complete list of a dozen requirements companies must comply with under the rule.

“The proposal will undermine the existing regulatory framework that for many decades has undergirded consistent, comparable, and reliable company disclosures,” SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, the agency’s lone Republican, said during a hearing on the proposal held Monday. “We cannot make such fundamental changes to our disclosure regime without harming investors, the economy, and this agency.”……..

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41 Inconvenient Truths on the ‘New Energy Economy’

Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.” He’s right.


A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor, policymaker or pundit joining the rush to demand, or predict, an energy future that is entirely based on wind/solar and batteries, freed from the “burden” of the hydrocarbons that have fueled societies for centuries. Regardless of one’s opinion about whether, or why, an energy “transformation” is called for, the physics and economics of energy combined with scale realities make it clear that there is no possibility of anything resembling a radically “new energy economy” in the foreseeable future. Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.”

He’s right. So, in my recent Manhattan Institute report, “The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking,” I did just that.

Herein, then, is a summary of some of the bottom-line realities from the underlying math. (See the full report for explanations, documentation, and citations.)

1. Hydrocarbons supply over 80 percent of world energy: If all that were in the form of oil, the barrels would line up from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, and that entire line would grow by the height of the Washington Monument every week.

2. The small two-percentage-point decline in the hydrocarbon share of world energy use entailed over $2 trillion in cumulative global spending on alternatives over that period; solar and wind today supply less than two percent of the global energy.

3. When the world’s four billion poor people increase energy use to just one-third of Europe’s per capita level, global demand rises by an amount equal to twice America’s total consumption.

4. A 100x growth in the number of electric vehicles to 400 million on the roads by 2040 would displace five percent of global oil demand.

5. Renewable energy would have to expand 90-fold to replace global hydrocarbons in two decades. It took a half-century for global petroleum production to expand “only” ten-fold.

6. Replacing U.S. hydrocarbon-based electric generation over the next 30 years would require a construction program building out the grid at a rate 14-fold greater than any time in history.

7. Eliminating hydrocarbons to make U.S. electricity (impossible soon, infeasible for decades) would leave untouched 70 percent of U.S. hydrocarbons use—America uses 16 percent of world energy.

8. Efficiency increases energy demand by making products & services cheaper: since 1990, global energy efficiency improved 33 percent, the economy grew 80 percent and global energy use is up 40 percent.

9. Efficiency increases energy demand: Since 1995, aviation fuel use/passenger-mile is down 70 percent, air traffic rose more than 10-fold, and global aviation fuel use rose over 50 percent.

10. Efficiency increases energy demand: since 1995, energy used per byte is down about 10,000-fold, but global data traffic rose about a million-fold; global electricity used for computing soared.

11. Since 1995, total world energy use rose by 50 percent, an amount equal to adding two entire United States’ worth of demand.

12. For security and reliability, an average of two months of national demand for hydrocarbons are in storage at any time. Today, barely two hours of national electricity demand can be stored in all utility-scale batteries plus all batteries in one million electric cars in America.

13. Batteries produced annually by the Tesla Gigafactory (world’s biggest battery factory) can store three minutes worth of annual U.S. electric demand.

14. To make enough batteries to store two day’s worth of U.S. electricity demand would require 1,000 years of production by the Gigafactory (world’s biggest battery factory).

15. Every $1 billion in aircraft produced leads to some $5 billion in aviation fuel consumed over two decades to operate them. Global spending on new jets is more than $50 billion a year—and rising.

16. Every $1 billion spent on data centers leads to $7 billion in electricity consumed over two decades. Global spending on data centers is more than $100 billion a year—and rising.

17. Over a 30-year period, $1 million worth of utility-scale solar or wind produces 40 million and 55 million kWh respectively: $1 million worth of shale well produces enough natural gas to generate 300 million kWh over 30 years.

18. It costs about the same to build one shale well or two wind turbines: the latter, combined, produces 0.7 barrels of oil (equivalent energy) per hourthe shale rig averages 10 barrels of oil per hour.

19. It costs less than $0.50 to store a barrel of oil, or its equivalent in natural gas, but it costs $200 to store the equivalent energy of a barrel of oil in batteries.

20. Cost models for wind and solar assume, respectively, 41 percent and 29 percent capacity factors (i.e., how often they produce electricity). Real-world data reveal as much as ten percentage points less for both. That translates into $3 million less energy produced than assumed over a 20-year life of a 2-MW $3 million wind turbine.

21. In order to compensate for episodic wind/solar output, U.S. utilities are using oil- and gas-burning reciprocating engines (big cruise-ship-like diesels); three times as many have been added to the grid since 2000 as in the 50 years prior to that.

22. Wind-farm capacity factors have improved at about 0.7 percent per year; this small gain comes mainly from reducing the number of turbines per acre leading to a 50 percent increase in average land used to produce a wind-kilowatt-hour.

23. Over 90 percent of America’s electricity, and 99 percent of the power used in transportation, comes from sources that can easily supply energy to the economy any time the market demands it.

24. Wind and solar machines produce energy an average of 25 percent–30 percent of the time, and only when nature permits. Conventional power plants can operate nearly continuously and are available when needed.

25. The shale revolution collapsed the prices of natural gas & coal, the two fuels that produce 70 percent of U.S. electricity. But electric rates haven’t gone down, rising instead 20 percent since 2008. Direct and indirect subsidies for solar and wind consumed those savings.

26. Politicians and pundits like to invoke “moonshot” language. But transforming the energy economy is not like putting a few people on the moon a few times. It is like putting all of humanity on the moon—permanently.

27. The common cliché: an energy tech disruption will echo the digital tech disruption. But information-producing machines and energy-producing machines involve profoundly different physics; the cliché is sillier than comparing apples to bowling balls.

28. If solar power scaled like computer-tech, a single postage-stamp-size solar array would power the Empire State Building. That only happens in comic books.

29. If batteries scaled like digital tech, a battery the size of a book, costing three cents, could power a jetliner to Asia. That only happens in comic books.

30. If combustion engines scaled like computers, a car engine would shrink to the size of an ant and produce a thousand-fold more horsepower; actual ant-sized engines produce 100,000 times less power.

31. No digital-like 10x gains exist for solar tech. Physics limit for solar cells (the Shockley-Queisser limit) is a max conversion of about 33 percent of photons into electrons; commercial cells today are at 26 percent.

32. No digital-like 10x gains exist for wind tech. Physics limit for wind turbines (the Betz limit) is a max capture of 60 percent of energy in moving air; commercial turbines achieve 45 percent.

33. No digital-like 10x gains exist for batteries: maximum theoretical energy in a pound of oil is 1,500 percent greater than max theoretical energy in the best pound of battery chemicals.

34. About 60 pounds of batteries are needed to store the energy equivalent of one pound of hydrocarbons.

35. At least 100 pounds of materials are mined, moved and processed for every pound of battery fabricated.

36. Storing the energy equivalent of one barrel of oil, which weighs 300 pounds, requires 20,000 pounds of Tesla batteries ($200,000 worth).

37. Carrying the energy equivalent of the aviation fuel used by an aircraft flying to Asia would require $60 million worth of Tesla-type batteries weighing five times more than that aircraft.

38. It takes the energy equivalent of 100 barrels of oil to fabricate a quantity of batteries that can store the energy equivalent of a single barrel of oil.

39. A battery-centric grid and car world means mining gigatons more of the earth to access lithium, copper, nickel, graphite, rare earths, cobalt, etc.—and using millions of tons of oil and coal both in mining and to fabricate metals and concrete.

40. China dominates global battery production with its grid 70 percent coal-fueled: EVs using Chinese batteries will create more carbon-dioxide than saved by replacing oil-burning engines.

41. One would no more use helicopters for regular trans-Atlantic travel—doable with elaborately expensive logistics—than employ a nuclear reactor to power a train or photovoltaic systems to power a nation.

This article is republished with permission from Economics 21.

AUTHOR

Mark P. Mills

Mark P. Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a McCormick School of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University, and author of Work in the Age of Robots, published by Encounter Books.

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The 2022 version of ‘let them eat cake.’ Literally. Actually cake is better.

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PROPAGANDA WATCH: MSNBC, CNN, PBS Echo Biden’s Lie that Putin Caused Gas Price Hikes

“Gas prices have risen 59% since Biden took office — prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”


These are not news outlets, and have not been for a long time. They exist in order to propagate the socialist globalist line, and to act as a PR arm for the Democrat Party.

MSNBC, CNN, PBS embrace Biden rhetoric on inflation, gas price hike: ‘Putin’s price hike a great’ message

by Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, March 17, 2022 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Liberal pundits and journalists have claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the true catalyst behind the rising cost of American goods, including gasoline, all while deflecting criticism aimed at President Biden and his administration.

Despite the possible impact of the White House’s rampant spending and progressive energy policies, many outlets brushed and laughed off criticisms levied against the Biden administration, instead bending over backward to link inflation and the cost of oil explicitly to the turmoil in Ukraine.

Last Thursday, Biden said the recent inflation report is representative of the negative impacts Americans are feeling as a result of Putin’s actions.

“Today’s inflation report is a reminder that Americans’ budgets are being stretched by price increases and families are starting to feel the impacts of Putin’s price hike. A large contributor to inflation this month was an increase in gas and energy prices as markets reacted to Putin’s aggressive actions,” Biden said in a written statement.

NBC was responsible for a number of attempts to tie the recent war in Europe to price hikes hitting Americans, in many cases even repeating Biden’s newly coined “Putin price hike” phrase.

“Well, here at home, the toll of the war is having an ever greater impact on the U.S. economy. With soaring inflation and gas prices, Americans are paying more,” co-host Savannah Guthrie said at the top of a Friday NBC “Today” segment.

That same day on “3rd Hour Today,” co-host Craig Melvin provided an intro reminiscent of Guthrie’s words.

“Meanwhile, that war in Ukraine having quite the impact here at home, where just about everything is costing more these days, in some cases a lot more,” said Melvin, before asking correspondent Morgan Chesky about the “driving forces” behind the price increases.

“…the Biden administration is very much calling this ‘Putin’s price hike,’ with this war ongoing, there will be a significant impact going forward,” Chesky responded.

During MSNBC’s “MTP Daily with Chuck Todd,” chief Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell said that calling inflation “Putin’s price hike” was a “great way” to message the issue.

The show’s host, Chuck Todd, also hopped on the “Putin price hike” bandwagon during the segment and added that Biden’s commitment to keeping the war in Ukraine, by utilizing sanctions, was another possible way for the president to portray the issue positively to the American people.

Many show hosts, as well as their guests, also urged viewers to ignore Republican claims that Biden is responsible for rising gasoline costs and instead instructed them to blame Putin and American energy companies.

“[Republicans] are blaming Biden for rising gas prices. Meanwhile, guess who gets off scot-free? Not just Putin, but the big oil and gas companies,” said Mehdi Hasan during his Monday MSNBC show….

On CNN, media correspondent Brian Stelter asked whether the media could engage in an “honest” conversation on gas prices, before pivoting to lambast media outlets “exaggerating” fuel costs. The “Reliable Sources” host then made mention of a New York Times “fact-check” explicitly entitled “Republicans wrongly blame Biden for rising gas prices.”

On March 10, “CNN Newsroom” co-host Alisyn Camerota engaged in a discussion on inflation with global economic analyst Rana Foroohar.

“Politicians act as though it’s President Biden that caused inflation and that he can fix this,” Camerota said as Foroohar laughed….

Gas prices have risen 59% since Biden took office — prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — with the nationwide average hovering just over $4.30, according to the report….

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