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Oil Basin in Texas And New Mexico May Be Leaking Much More Methane Than Previously Thought, Findings Show

Natural gas could be eliminating this, if we’ll just help get it there. This is why new gas pipelines, and LNG are so important.

Pollution from dirty petroleum distillates

Why aren’t we shipping this gas to where it can eliminate the horrific pollution of dirty oils, and coal burning at the industries that have been causing ten times more respiration related deaths than Covid 19.

The best way to stop and mitigate the “leakage” is to get the gas to where it can be turned into electricity to replace oil distillates. As this article points out, the gas is being burned, at best, or leaking at 25X the potency. Burning it to make electricity is creating a double or triple emissions benefit.

I don’t know why people can’t get their heads around the reality that, as this is highlighting, making reliable electricity from natural gas results in the most positive environmental impact of all.

Gas generation justifies cleaning the gas and shipping it to electricity generation or industries where it replaces much dirtier fuel.

More than one in 10 flares designed to burn off unused methane in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico could be unlit or malfunctioning, venting much more of the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than previously thought, new findings by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund show.

Source: Oil Basin in Texas And New Mexico May Be Leaking Much More Methane Than Previously Thought, Findings Show

How much would it cost to power the entire U-S-with solar panels and battery storage?

One of the flaws in the “renewable energy” narrative is that it only addresses electricity consumption, and electricity is only 19% of the energy the U.S. uses.

I don’t know anyone more interested in eliminating “combustion” from our energy mix than I am.

But, I’ve also been scorched by “renewable energy” evangelists for pointing out that if we used the same thermal energy storage that the CSP does, but heated it with the enormous electricity capability we’re not able to use as electricity, we could take out that industrial combustion use fed by gas, and oil.

Here’s another example of what happens with solar generation, when it’s added to the essential “reliability” generation our economy requires.

If you were to add up the wind generation electricity, and this over generated solar electricity and used it to replace the industrial heat in the first chart, we’d see both pollutions and carbon emissions go down a lot.

If we used EV’s to store the extra electricity, rather than the utility-scale batteries, we’d see a massive drop in urban pollution from transportation fuels.

If we do that aggressively, we will be able to use a lot more solar, a lot more wind, the pollution could get closer to today’s covid 19 level pollution, and the oil price would stay so low that the petroleum industry would wither and die.

But there is hope for the fossil fuel industry because, rather than the dirty petroleum products, we’ll still need natural gas.

And we need to use clean natural gas for both industry, heat and making flexible electricity.

A truth that is “inconvenient” is that about is that natural gas is being burned anyway, to avoid methane pollution that’s 26 times worse than CO2.

If we make electricity with it, to replace dirty oil engines, we end up with the greenest of all options.

My point is that we must get over the notion of trying to power an entire economy from one or two sources of energy.

With the combination of Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydroelectric, Pumped Hydroelectric Storage, Battery Storage, Thermal Energy Storage, Natural gas, LNG storage, and Nuclear, we can power the whole global economy, with pollution-free electricity plus support the fourth industrial revolution without burning any dirty fuels.

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

This article is 6 years old, and I’m posting it today to show how long the Chinese people have been having to wear masks to survive.
Covid 19 is bringing the first breaths of fresh air these people have had since before this article was published.

The truth is that we can bring back the productivity, and dramatically reduce pollution by getting off the fossil fuel narrative, and fully utilizing hybrid renewable, natural gas, and nuclear electricity.

It’s time to stop talking about “Climate” and start focusing on mitigating today’s pollution. Kill Pollution, and the Climate will get better, faster than the current narrative is doing.

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Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn

Source: China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

How media is killing us.

There are many ways we can stem global warming, but it’s counter to the real intent behind “renewable” energy. I’m committed to sharing what will work.

This article, in Common Dreams illuminates why so much of what I’m writing and posting seems to contradict the “Status Quo” media created “Reality”

Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has said:

“We’ve got to get alternative content out there to people, or this country’s going to die of too many lies.”

Moyers was asked what the corporate media means for our democracy:

“It means that virtually everything the average person sees or hears, outside of their own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the share prices. More insidiously, this small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. In-depth coverage of anything, let alone the problems real people face day-to-day, is as scarce as sex, violence, and voyeurism are pervasive.”

“So if we need to know what is happening, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know why it matters, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know what to do about it, and Big Media won’t tell us, it’s clear what we have to do. We have to tell the story ourselves.”

That’s what we are trying to do here—tell the story ourselves. Every day we work to tell you what is happening; why it matters, and what to do about it.

“I came upon Common Dreams a long time ago, found that Common Dreams was editing the world in a way that did not deny me what I needed to know, but guided me toward what I wanted to know. Common Dreams has done a brilliant job of creating an editorial product that takes so much good material, and brings it together in one place,” said Moyers.

If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to do the kind of watchdog journalism that a healthy democracy requires, please step forward with a donation today.

We won’t make it without your support.

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We can’t do it without you.

Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1 | HuffPost

Read this article thoughtfully, and completely. It talks about how lobbying influence is controlling Congress and President Trump, and It cleverly fails to mention all of the money spent sponsoring publications by alleged “Climate Champions.”

That’s one reason why climate bills fail even though most Americans think global warming is happening.

Source: Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1 | HuffPost

Yes dear, the universe really does revolve around the earth.

Bantering about the pro and cons of nuclear energy is as fruitful as Galileo refuting the “absolute truth” of the Roman Catholic Church which, in the 1500s, insisted that the universe does revolve around the earth. 

To think otherwise remained “heresy” of some degree until Pope John Paul declared the findings of these early scientists to be great works in 1992.

When it comes to society, “beliefs” are what rule, regardless of established facts to the contrary.

Today, there are likely to be more people who believe Nuclear power is dangerous than there are members of the Christan faith.  

That makes the belief that Nuclear is bad, bad, bad today’s “Absolute Truth.”

Details like the 4.6 million people dying annually from air pollution just don’t count.

The power of “absolute truth” has been demonstrated over millennia. About 400 BC it was illustrated by Socrates execution.  Socrates was sentenced to death for questioning  the “Absolute Truth” of the Greco-Roman philosophy and religion 400 years BC. He was often caught referring to “God” rather than the Gods.

Similar results were demonstrated when first Copernicus, then Galileo were banished by the Roman Catholic Church for challenging the “Absolute Truth” of the church that God created the universe in a way that made it revolve around the earth.

Today, what has become an “absolute truth”as established  by global commerce is the danger of nuclear power. This is the prevailing belief of most of the people on earth that are privy to modern media.

Let’s look at the opposing realities regarding Nuclear generated electricity:

  • Pro. If we switched to nuclear as rapidly as possible we would have enough energy to power electricity based and mostly digital civilization and stop killing the 4.6 million people who die from air pollution every year.
  • Con.The 6 Trillion dollars of global trade that depends on the continuing consumption of fossil fuels would lose 80% of its trade revenues.

If there is one global “religion” today that crosses all cultures, regardless of religious beliefs it is TRADE.

And espousing paths that would jeopardize that 6-8 trillion dollars of fossil fuel related TRADE are a nonstarter.  We now have the ability to electrify the world without coal. So, what?

Considering Absolute truths ©Wm Ross Williams 2019

This helps the big industrials but not the 70% of Nigerians without electricity

Nigeria completes construction of 8 multi-million dollar power plants

https://constructionreviewonline.com/2019/01/nigeria-completes-construction-of-8-multi-million-dollar-power-plants

For example, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company has 14 Million people in the area they serve. Only 2 million have enough income to buy an electrical appliance and pay for electricity.

Many of these power plants are located within the service area of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company. But the PHED Disco gets no share of that revenue. The  14 Million people in their “service” footprint get no economic benefit from this generation or even the industrial companies that this electricity is going to.

The energy and economic impact of these generating plants completely bypass 12 of the 14 Million people in the area PHED is trying to serve.

The rapidly expanding Nigerian economy we’re hearing about has completely detached from the majority of the Nigerian population. Only 2 million of the 14 million can afford to buy electricity, or pay for appliances.

And, in coming to understand the actual economics of the country of Nigeria we’ve uncovered an alternative approach that can positively impact the ignored 12  million in the Port Harcourt area.

The 12 million people in the “ignored” population in the Port Harcourt area are representative of the other 800 million members of the “ignored” class. What are the products that will support this economic transformation?

International USDA quality processed food products.  This endeavor will also create a sustainable food production template. This go round we intend to demonstrate how we can feed the world without destroying it in the process.

Clean and green energy can now power global food production, create new economies, and model a brighter future.

The book begins here

 

q. What energy source are we not hearing about?

Electricity! As primary energy for making storable heat.

As of this posting, it’s still stuck in potential energy category because we haven’t had a matching use for it.

The fact is that our current electricity requirements can’t tolerate the variability and flicker effect of weather impacted sources, so the system operators have to prioritize the reliable generators and disconnect the intermittent electricity.

That is coming to an end. The use we’ve been looking for is to make the heat that industry is burning fossil fuels to produce. We don’t hear about that because it would encroach into the market that fossil fuels are holding onto for dear life.

It’s actually kind of mind-boggling because thermal electricity has always been made by burning fuels or nuclear heating. In that context, it’s the result of making steam that turns the turbines that turn the shaft of the generators. That is all we’ve known.

Since 99.99% of consumers have had no reason to ever contemplate what electricity is, and there has been no profit in getting into the details. Those “details” like; electricity generated by wind will work just fine to make heat that industry is buying petroleum products to do.

If you are one of the gazillions of people who have wondered why we can’t use lightning, the answer is that there is no way to predict where lighting is going to strike. No telling when or how much is coming at the ground.

Wind turbines solve 2/3 of that problem by establishing where and how much electricity we’re going to get, but we cannot control When it’s going to come. Oops.

The “when” part has been the whole point of electricity. The reason we’ve never heard about it is that we’ve never been curious about it. This was never talked about because that would have caused people to start thinking about electricity beyond the wall plugin.

Never mind. Google and Siemens have been doing that thinking for you. The same kind of molten “salt” that doesn’t care when the sun heats it, doesn’t care when electricity heats it.

Voila’ heat with no fire… we’re still a couple of steps away from applying that, Energy Storage regulations have been keeping that away from consumers, but Elon Musk has blown those doors open, and the Batteries have now battered down the walls, that electrically powered thermal storage has been stuck behind.

And this my friends is why I’m so much more optimistic about the same kind of future that fossil fuels are terrified of.

I’ll conclude by saying I wouldn’t recommend buying oil stocks for your retirement, and

Happy New Year

William

 

©William Ross Williams 2018

An Alternative Energy future

Q. When will alternative technologies replace hydrocarbons as the main producers of energy?

That will start when we stop focusing on producing electricity and start expanding the horizons of how we can put it to use.

100% reneewable solar and wind

Electricity from wind and solar will be the dominant source of the energy that will power the expanding global economy. We never have to worry about electricity shortage again in the “consumer world.” It’s going to take a book to explain just how we’re going to do that

This is a book that would be banned by the climate denier government if we lose our first amendment rights.

Why? Because starting from here forward will be a direct assault on the sales of the petroleum products we are consuming today.

The magic will be when we stop our focus on electricity production and start exploring how many things electricity can do that will replace 60-70% the need for petroleum.

The vision that’s in my head is a result of correlating everything I have learned since Christmas Eve 30 years ago. 90% of that learning is the result of decisions I made without the aid of what I’ve learned since.

One hint is that we need to deploy electricity powered transportation at five times the pace that automotive experts think is possible. (Keep in mind that the entire transportation infrastructure system we have today has been designed to be petroleum’s prize revenue generator)

If Elon Musk had not come from so far outside of the establishment and managed to be so successful that the US auto industry has had to follow suit, the rollout of EV’s, globally would still be at a snail’s pace.

The nice thing about batteries is that they really don’t care when they’re charged or how much they are charged at any given time. In other words, they are a perfect use for intermittent electricity from wind and solar.

Another key break that we’ve had is California’s insistence on renewable energy, and even more important is the clearing of the regulatory hurdles for “Energy storage.”

Something I did not anticipate, as I researched various energy storage technologies over the past decade, was that the high cost and the positive impact of lithium-ion battery systems would improve so dramatically that they are justified at utility scale.

This is opening the door for an even bigger opportunity to reduce fossil fuels that will double the Renewable Electricity absorption capability.

We’re on our way

I don’t care how we get there, I just care that we get there as quickly as possible. The evolution of electricity storage since California provided the regulatory environment needed, has been and continues to be astounding.

The ability to convert the electricity from renewable generation or energy from any source that’s being wasted into a useful energy form that can be stored is the next step to the energy future that’s now possible with an alternative mental model.

In conclusion, I will reiterate that we now have plenty of ways to generate electricity without combustion, but saving our planet depends on how many other ways we can find to use intermittent electricity.

 

© William Ross Williams 2018

 

Why can’t we harness lightning?

About a decade ago, standing on our balcony and watching the most beautiful lightning storm, my then 8-year old daughter asked me the same question.

What flashed through my mind first was how many people had been working on or thinking about that for how many centuries, but then a different thought flashed through my mind.

As a pilot fully qualified to fly through clouds I knew that lightning is created by wind. Inside thunderclouds, the wind is churning soo hard and fast, and rubbing water molecules together so fast that it builds up huge amounts of static electricity.

So I realized that wind is what causes lightning, Of course, lightning is random in every way, and you can not predict when, where or how much is going to pop out of the clouds. But if you just use the calmer winds, blowing across the countryside you can at least determine where and how much electricity you’re going to get.

So, wind generation produces electricity is from the same energy that makes lightning, and it never uses it up.

There’s only one small problem. Human uses of electricity are not just dependent on electricity, they are also dependent on WHEN the electricity is available, and in America the when is Whenever we want it. All we have to do is flip the switch or the breaker, and voila! The electricity starts powering whatever we wanted to.

A few minutes later, I had another epiphany. That was that the electricity wind could generate, if only there were uses it can flow through, was, in this case, potential energy that could be used for anything we use energy for.

My distinction and use of the words energy, and electricity as separate nouns is because there’s only one kind of electricity, but there are many other kinds of energy. The most prevalent uses we have for energy, outside of electricity, includes powering our vehicles and providing heat for homes, buildings, and industry.

When I realize that, in the case of wind-generated electricity, the electricity was no longer limited to our current uses of electricity, and could easily be expanded to provide many other kinds of energy that we are currently burning fossil fuels to create.

That is the evening when my decade-long passion for finding more ways to use, and/or store, that free, and unlimited source of raw energy, which in this case happens to be electricity.

A decade ago the thought that we would have more electricity than we could use was considered heresy among the wind generation people, who had long believed that they would make energy and it was the systems responsibility to buy it and figure out how to use it. O

Over the past four years, as this excess electricity situation has become undeniable, we are suddenly finding ourselves in a frenzy to implement ways to store that extra electricity, which is now coming from both solar and wind.

It is only within the last two or three years that the need for storage, and the desire to sell huge electricity storage battery packs, that there has been enough inertia and monetary support to push through the regulations that allow privately owned storage providers to access the wholesale electricity markets without paying retail for the electricity that they have to sell back at wholesale.

What I can finally share with you today, is that the evolution of appropriate ways to store the extra electricity that wind and solar can provide is and will continue to be the most rapidly growing energy sector. It is this new combination of energy storage and the increasingly more competitive wind and solar generation that will now lead us to a real low carbon planet.