NuScale Power

When good things happen, we need to take notice. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) has signed an agreement with the DOE to site small modular reactor(s) on the Idaho National Lab. The reactor(s) will be built by NuScale Power,and they will feed power into the grid that powers Brigham City, where I live. Yeah!

Clean, Reliable, Green, Abundant Nuclear Power is the path forward!

(Now, I just wish that it didn’t take so long, with so much red tape to actually get the reactors on line!)

bwr

 

Hillary’s Hallucinations

Yesterday, I dissected Bernie Sander’s national energy plan. Today I will demolish Hillary’s national energy plan.  It won’t be hard because it is nearly identical to Bernie’s. Maybe she had a weekend at Bernie’s?

Hillary will:

  • Create good-paying jobs by making the United States the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
  • Set national goals to have 500 million solar panels installed; generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America; cut energy waste in homes, schools, and hospitals by a third; and reduce American oil consumption by a third.
  • Lead the world in the fight against climate change by bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below what they were in 2005 within the next decade—and keep going.

I told you it was A LOT like Bernie’s plan. When have the Feds ever created jobs without first destroying a lot more? The money has to come from somewhere, either through overt taxation or the creation of money through the Fed Reserve, both of which destroy jobs.

Who cares about what goals Hillary sets? Setting them is one thing and achieving them is another. Also, solar panels do not deliver power at night and there does not exist continental level energy storage to power America in the dark.

Waste not, want not. I already have financial incentives to not waste my own money by wasting energy. I don’t need Hillary’s help.

Why does America want to be the leader in destroying our economy to be the leader in the fight against climate change?

One third of all anthropogenic CO2 released in the atmosphere since 1750 was added in the last 19 years, when there has been no warming at all as measured by the most accurate instruments we have; satellites.

No warming for 18 years

2015 was the warmest year on record—and 15 of the 16 hottest years on record have come just since 2001. Already, American families are seeing the impacts of climate change with their own eyes, from the record drought in California to the frequently flooded streets of Miami and Annapolis. While climate deniers continue to ignore settled science because it does not suit their political agenda, and climate defeatists doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge, Hillary knows that America is fully up to the task.

2105 was not the warmest year on record. See the graph above and read here.

Hillary uses the code words “climate deniers” and “settled science”. Well, guess what, the science is not settled, but at least she hasn’t threatened to arrest me like Bernie did.  (BTW, I do not work for fossil fuel companies in any way and do not have any financial ties to fossil fuels. I do use fossil fuels, however.)

“Climate denier” is slander. If Hillary used words correctly, it would be, “human caused climate change denier”. Don’t expect precision from the woman who lusts to be president.

Reduce American oil consumption by a third through cleaner fuels and more efficient cars, boilers, ships and trucks.

I can reduce consumption by 100% by tomorrow. Shoot anyone who drives. How would this go over with Americans? But reducing oil consumption by 30% while not destroying freedom is a harder thing to do. How about nuclear powered ships? That would be a much cleaner and greener fuel than bunker oil, but there is no mention of clean, emission free, abundant nuclear power anywhere in Hillary’s plan.

So, if you want unreliable wind and solar, Hillary’s your man, I mean woman.

bwr

Bernie Sander’s Energy Plans Dissected

Bernie Sander’s plans for the energy future of the US deserve to be dissected.  I will use my standard format. Bernie’s plans will be in block quotes and my rebuttal will be in standard text.

As president, Bernie will:

Ban fossil fuels lobbyists from working in the White House. Massive lobbying and unlimited super PAC donations by the fossil fuel industry gives these profitable companies disproportionate influence on our elected leaders. This practice is business as usual in Washington and it is not acceptable. Heavy-handed lobbying causes climate change skepticism. It has no place in the executive office.

Why stop at fossil fuels lobbyists? Why not ban all lobbyists? What would Washington be without graft and corruption?

End the huge subsidies that benefit fossil fuel companies. When fossil-fuel companies are racking up record profits, it is absurd to provide massive taxpayer subsidies to pad their already enormous earnings. After all, it is immoral that some in Congress advocate harsh cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while those same people vote to preserve billions in tax breaks for the most profitable corporations in America.

I don’t know what subsidies Bernie is talking about, but what about the subsidies to wind and solar?  Why is it good to cut the subsidies of the fossil fuel companies, but immoral to cut the subsidies know as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security?  Bernie’s plan is to tax the rich, which is a chimera. Such a call appeals to the masses, but it never happens because the rich and powerful have lobbyists. See number 1.

Create a national environmental and climate justice plan that recognizes the heightened public health risks faced by low-income and minority communities. Low-income and minority neighborhoods will continue to be the hardest hit if we don’t act to stop climate change now. Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast, flooding 80 percent of the city of New Orleans. Some areas of the city were submerged in as much as 10 feet of water, and 28 percent of residents had no way to leave the city. Almost 100,000 African American residents who left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina never returned. The reality of the impacts of the storm on the African American community in New Orleans exposed the broader trend that low-income and minority communities face the brunt of climate change impacts first and worst.

The assertion that Hurricane Katrina was caused by anthropogenic global warming is false. See here. But good pander to that demographic, Bernie!

Bring climate deniers to justice so we can aggressively tackle climate change. It is an embarrassment that Republican politicians, with few exceptions, refuse to even recognize the reality of climate change, let alone are prepared to do anything about it. The reality is that the fossil fuel industry is to blame for much of the climate change skepticism in America. Bernie recently called for the Department of Justice to investigate Exxon Mobil, which may have not only known about the dangers of climate change, but has spent millions of dollars to spread doubt about the causes and impacts of burning fossil fuels

I think Bernie meant “Bring climate change deniers to justice…” Well, Bernie your friends on the left have not been able to convince me that human activity is changing the climate. Are you going to arrest me for my beliefs, Bernie? Seriously?

Fight to overturn Citizens United. In a 5-4 decision in 2010 in the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for corporations and the super wealthy to spend unlimited and undisclosed money to buy our elected officials. The Supreme Court essentially declared that corporations, including fossil fuel corporations, have the same rights as natural-born human beings. This decision has enabled billionaires and special interests to increasingly control the political campaign finance system, and amounts to legalized bribery.

Billionaires and special interests have controlled the US government for decades. Bernie, if you are elected, I double dog dare you not to appoint all the hacks from the Council on Foreign Relations as your advisers! They are the very rich and powerful that you say you oppose.

Embrace a science-based standard for carbon pollution emissions reductions. We have a very limited window of time to transition away from fossil fuels toward clean energy for all Americans to prevent a global temperature increase that will cause cataclysmic impacts. Bernie knows that to maintain a safe and healthy planet for our kids and grandchildren we must listen to the scientists who say we must decrease carbon pollution emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.

If Bernie thinks that the fossil fuel interests have undue influence now, just wait until there are cap and trade regulations on carbon that he proposes. The corruption will be vastly increased to the benefit of the rich and powerful.

I have 5 children and I hope to have grandchildren. I care as much about their future in this world as Bernie does. However, there is no science based standard for carbon pollution emissions reductions, because it it not science. Science shows 18 years of satellite data with no warming of the earth, but with 1/3 of the carbon released during the entire Industrial revolution.

No warming for 18 years

Put a price on carbon. Bernie agrees with leading economists on both ends of the political spectrum: a tax on carbon is one of the most straightforward and cost-effective strategies for quickly fighting climate change.

No doubt those economists are all Keynesian and statists. Putting a price on carbon is putting a price on life. Consider this, “A large segment of the public does not even know that most of the molecules in their bodies that make life possible contain carbon atoms that originated as atmospheric carbon dioxide.” Dr. Art Robinson

Work toward a 100 percent clean energy system and create millions of jobs. Scientists tell us we have a short time to make an aggressive cut in our carbon pollution emissions. Transitioning toward a completely clean energy system for electricity, heating, and transportation is not only possible and affordable it will create millions of good jobs, clean up our air and water and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

I have written before on this site about the fantasy of 100 percent clean energy system. it doesn’t exist, just like the tooth fairy doesn’t exist.

Build electric vehicle charging stations. In a country where nearly 30 percent of carbon pollution emissions come from the transportation sector, it is imperative that we end our dependence on gasoline. Vehicles that run on electricity are more efficient than internal combustion engines and can be powered with renewable energy resources like wind and solar. We need to support the development of vehicle charging stations that will allow us to drive cleanly and sustainably.

This is just more fantasy and tooth fairy. Where will the money come from for the charging stations? Just add it to the $18 trillion acknowledged debt we already have? And what will power the charging stations? Solar power in Vermont? In the winter?

Convene a climate summit with the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists and indigenous communities in his first 100 days. The United Nations Paris climate talks in December are an important milestone toward solving climate change, but even optimistic outcomes of these talks will not put the world on the path needed to avoid the most catastrophic results of climate change. We must think beyond Paris. In the first 100 days of Bernie’s Presidency, he will convene a summit of the world’s best climate experts to chart a course toward the healthy future we all want for our families and communities.

The Paris accords were a failure. Thank goodness! No country in the world is willing to reduce its economy to ruin by signing up to ridiculous carbon targets. Besides, there has been no measured warming for the last 18 years, during which 1/3 of the carbon released since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution was liberated.

Bernie has much more on his website, but it is just more of the same – salvation from evil by the messianic state to be headed by Bernie.

I don’t place my hope in the federal government for anything. They can’t tie their shoes in the dark. If you believe the Feds can accomplish something of value, why aren’t they doing so now?

bwr

PS. I will dissect the Republican energy plans in a future post.

Snow and Thorium

Snow 055God gave us snow so we can make snowmen and fill our reservoirs with water. That’s especially important in Utah where we rely on that snow for water over the summer. God also gave us thorium (a naturally occurring element) so we could use that to melt the snow on our driveways and on our streets and use that heat and electricity to power our homes and civilization.

Snow and thorium are as natural as silicon, gallium, and arsenic (arsenic is toxic, forever, BTW, no half life), which are used to make solar cells. Snow and thorium are as natural as the neodymium magnets in the generators of wind turbines that the advocates of unreliables love to love.

He gave us thorium. Let’s use it.

PS. It doesn’t matter a wit if you agree with my belief in God or not. Snow, thorium, silicon, gallium, arsenic, and neodymium are all very natural. It doesn’t make you or I better than the other. It just means that I believe and work for a world with abundant energy for all, while solar and wind advocates don’t work for such abundance.