Archive | July 2019

Q.Do I agree with Michael Shellenberger’s assertion that renewables such as Wind and Solar cant save the planet?

Yes, and I’ve agreed with that for 10 years before Michael Shellenberger started writing about it. https://quillette.com/2019/02/27/why-renewables-cant-save-the-planet/

And now MIT. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613236/the-two-key-reasons-the-world-cant-reverse-climate-emissions/

And, I’ve been trying to get someone to see how more value can be derived, but that’s been like Galileo trying to convince the Roman Catholic Church that Copernicus’s calculations were right and the earth is not the center of the universe.

And the power and unity behind the Renewable Energy brainwashing via mass media, marketing genius, billions to spend, and trillions to lose is a formidable opponent. So was Goliath.

So, the validity of Mr. Shellenberger and MITs assertions that the current model is not working could be compiled into a 600-page tome of very boring data, charts, graphs,citations, etc. that no one would read.

It will be very boring and can be written into the dust by the monolithic power of the media machine.

What does worry me about this situation is that we seem to be blowing holes in the accepted truth without adding in the positive alternatives that can turn today’s dysfunction into a much more beneficial and functional situation.

And another worry is that we’re not pointing out that fossil fuel electricity only represents 28% of the carbon we’re emitting and 19% of the energy consumers are using.

I agree with the fact that the renewable energy story everyone has been sold is a bust, but what I’m not hearing is how we can take the progress and technologies that have emerged in the last decade, and “flipflop” them into a win we can derive as an unintended consequence of technological progress.    

So my current position on renewable energy is that the way it’s been jammed into a system that cannot digest it doesn’t and will not work.

However, now that the technology is proven and affordable, there are many ways we can use it that will work better than anything we’ve heard about.

And, in closing,I want to acknowledge Michael Shellenberger for all of the constructive work he is doing that we do not hear about

Electric fracking could cut costs and emissions for Permian producers, pumpers

Turning natural gas into electricity is the most environmentally beneficial “new” clean energy source there is. Electricity is the cleanest energy on earth.

This is an outstanding move because it’s removing both the toxins and CO2 in the flare gas to eliminate the combustion of high pollution diesel fuel.

Source: Electric fracking could cut costs and emissions for Permian producers, pumpers | S&P Global Market Intelligence

Q. China is building a floating nuclear plant. Is that a good idea?

https://www.quora.com/China-is-building-floating-nuclear-power-plants-nuclear-power-plant-on-a-ship-Is-this-a-good-idea

I love this question. It’s not a good idea. It’s a great, and potential world saving idea.

So, here’s what the U.S. navy Thinks about floating power plants,

And, they have 79 more nuclear powered vessels. The power plants on this ship are big enough to replace large coal plants, consumes no cooling tower water, and could become interim power till the land based Nuclear plants get online.

Since China’s biggest and most polluted cities are on or near the sea, it will be faster, cheaper and easier to integrate “floating nuclear power plants.”

I hope they go radical and build as many, as fast as they can. If both they and the Koreans go full speed they could be cranking out floating nukes, as fast as they are Q Max LNG tankers.

Both clean energy

Q. Is the water that goes down household drains recycled?

This has become a rapidly growing trend over the last 2 decades.

It has always made sense for many reasons, but people could not get over the “Yuk” factor.

Today, I don’t even hear about that anymore. This is also very cost effective.

The water coming out of the system, is cleaner than the river it came out of.

And the water going down your drain is soon going to be as clean, or even cleaner, than the district started with before processing it into tap water.

That old story about the water going into the river, which goes into the ocen, where it evaporates into the rain clouds that refill the lakes and streams became obsolete 50 years ago.  And yes, that too is an environmental problem of critical proportions that is induced by humankind.

And it’s even worse. Today we are facing the problem with increasing salinity in the rivers. The well water is also getting saltier, and saltier, as the fresher water that was above it is withdrawn. But the water that flows to your taps, and down the drains has not gotten saltier.

That is precious.

In summary, if the water going down your drain is not being recycled, you should start a drive to make sure it is. Your community will have better water for a lot longer when it is.

#Greenwish – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

So many of my friends that have been engaged in sustainability are questioning “What happens now that we’ve realized that “sustainability” isn’t.” Hopefully this will be heartening.
John Fullerton’s 2015 Paper on “Regenerative capitalism” is one of the most meaningful publications I’ve read since “sustainability” emerged as a topic.
Any positive change of significant impact has to be written around the economic realities that are pushing us backward.
Here’s John’s message.

#GREENWISH Greetings, No doubt you have noticed my blog has gone on sabbatical. There are two reasons for this. First,…

Source: #Greenwish – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

As fresh water grows scarcer, it could become a good investment – The Economic Times

Almost every source of freshwater the population needs to survive is going away. The freshwater that’s been stored in Glaciers-is melting and ending up too contaminated and saline for consumption before it can even become seawater.

The underground freshwater sources are depleting from over withdrawal and the depletion is happening far quicker than recharge is happening, and recharge is slowing down.

It takes a lot of energy to desalinate water, and although the cost is declining, and we can decarbonize it, the cost is infinitely more expensive than the global economy can afford.

Everyone knows how passionate I’ve been about this issue, and for how long, but the issues are still the same.

This excellent article highlights the challenges and provides a list of the barriers we have to find our way around.

How can we charge enough for a commodity that the planet owns to both reduce wastage, and pay for taking humankind’s pollution out of it and making it fit to use again? And how can we structure that  “enterprise” in a way that will pay for itself?

No matter how many millions are spent on generating reports like the UN, and World Bank publishes, we are stalled in all but the wealthiest countries.

The United Nations Environment Program has predicted that half the globes population could face severe water stress by 2030.

Source: As freshwater grows scarcer, it could become a good investment – The Economic Times

Virtual Pipelines: A Dangerous New Way to Transport Fracked Gas by Truck – Resilience

I feel morally obligated to call bullshit on this fear-mongering by people who have no idea how our energy system works.

What’s so new and scary about tried and true trucking with a different liquid in the tanks”

Bashing natural gas pipelines, virtual, or in the ground is the equivalent of bashing climate progress. What do they propose we do? Go back to burning wood? Stay with the fuel oils that put toxic particulates in the air in addition to CO2?

Could it be that the “Many environmental groups” know that this is a very positive interim solution for getting the cleanest possible fuel to homes and industries?

And, it’s even more damaging than that.

The natural gas that cannot get to markets one way or another is not processed to clean pipeline quality gas and ends up being burned in flares with whatever sulfur or other components that would have been removed if the gas could get to markets.
So we want to just leave the unprocessed gas-burning near the wells, or do we want to use it as the cleanest fuel possible to burn?.

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“Many environmental groups appear unaware of the topic, virtual pipelines have received virtually no national media attention”

Source: Virtual Pipelines: A Dangerous New Way to Transport Fracked Gas by Truck – Resilience

Renewable Energy Now Accounts For A Third Of All Global Power Capacity | CleanTechnica

Source: Renewable Energy Now Accounts For A Third Of All Global Power Capacity | CleanTechnica

Please!!!

This article implies progress that does not exist. Particularly the clever use of the word “Capacity.”

Thank goodness that over half of the renewable energy is and has has been supplied by hydroelectric, leaving one-third of the generation “capacity” they are counting in the one-third renewables as wind and solar, neither of which meet the “Capacity” criteria that this headline includes.

In the real world, “Capacity” Is the generators that will run whenever it’s needed.

When it comes to wind and solar, they have installed enough equipment that, on a perfect high breeze

It’s important for every person who is hoping to see progress in slowing our climate crisis, so I’m going to explain it as simply as I can. In terms of electricity supply sources, “Capacity” refers to the ability to generate equipment in the system to deliver electricity to the grid when it’s needed.

The only renewable resource that can do that is Hydroelectric.

The reason I object to this headline is that it implies capabilities that do not exist. That gives people a false sense of security and undermines the urgency of installing more.

The reason I object to this headline is that it implies capabilities that do not exist. That gives people a false sense of security and undermines the urgency of installing more, and spend a lot more time working on capturing the full carbon reduction wind can bring if we have the right kinds of loads in place.

The reason the wind and solar systems we currently have in place are dysfunctional is that it was planned that way.

What the planners of the dysfunction system we have at the moment did not count on was that there would be people, in search of true carbon reduction in all sectors, who have figured out how to use the “potential” electricity that only needs a matching load. to accomplish the fuel consumption and CO2  reduction that the dysfunction system architects have been trying to avoid,

©Wm Ross Williams. Copyright 2019

Doubts About Pipeline Proponents’ Claims of a Gas Shortage

This is another example of how groups like NRDC are functionally blocking climate progress by playing on the public’s ignorance of how our electricity system works.

This pipeline would provide the opportunity for microgrids to have reliable natural gas supplies. Reliable natural gas is like the “motherboard” for renewable integration.

Of course, questions can be raised about the demand for natural gas. There was no clear need for “natural gas” when New England Industry was running on the dirtiest of oil products, called bunker C.

But as soon as FERC granted our permission to enter into 15-year gas supply agreements, the skies of New England and Massachusetts began to clear.

That “firm natural gas” is what has been facilitating conversion from particulate laced oil-derived fuels. This isn’t just about CO2. It’s about the other pollutants that are choking the air from oil-fired boilers, and industries that cannot switch until “firm gas” is available.

I’m damned tired of real life climate and pollution reduction and more affordable renewable energy integration being blocked by advocacies that have mastered the art of telling only the truth that supports getting donations.

Source: Doubts About Pipeline Proponents’ Claims of a Gas Shortage