Once again, I find a beautifully and thoughtfully written amendment to something I thought I knew all about.
And, it does create a clear distinction between “energy” and electricity, and for me highlights the core complexity of how electrical systems work.
Wizard, Mathematical and electricity systems genius, and what my perception also recognizes as a “magician.”
I’ve been hearing and appreciating variations on the Henry Ford story for decades, but this is the first time the “details” have been explained in a way that creates clarity, context, and an ever deeper admiration.
Covid 19 to the rescue.
Climate has been debatable. Pollution is not.
Pollution is not coming from power generation in any California city. In California, It’s almost all coming from vehicles, because the industry is using clean natural gas.
Industry, and power generation have Nitrous Oxide and particulate limitations.
Vehicles do not. (Big trucks, have Nox limits. Smaller cars, SUVs, light-duty trucks, no.)
Califonia’s pollution has not come from power generation for a long time. It’s traffic.
Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.
I discovered this while researching just how beneficial the pandemic and the lockdown impacts have been.
The correlations between the levels of pollution at the same places that are attributing the highest death rates during the epidemic are interesting.
The respiratory death rates in the months preceding the virus, were much higher than the virus-related death toll.
Over 100,000 people per month have been dying from “pollution” which is three times higher than the total “81,000” people diagnosed with the virus in China.
Both the pollution, and death rate from it have been dropping since the lockdown, but the pollution death toll drop is slower than the emissions drop.
Reductions in traffic and industry have lowered nitrogen dioxide levels—offering an accidental glimpse into what a low-carbon future might look like.