Donn’s Articles

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…The Talk Heard Around the World… Tony Abbott, MP, former Prime Minister of Australia, spoke in London at the 2017 Annual GWPF Lecture on October 9, and his comments have reverberated around the world. Australia has suffered blackouts as the result of its efforts to cut CO2 emissions by relying
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…Endangerment Finding Must Go… As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007), the EPA issued its Endangerment Finding. Endangerment Finding, December 2009: “The [EPA] Administrator finds that the current and projected concentrations of the six key well-mixed greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide (CO2), methane
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…Battery Powered Vehicle Status… Battery powered vehicles (BEVs) ended the third quarter with year-over-year sales growth of 19%, essentially the same as last year. Rather than being a breakout quarter, the focus at the end of the third quarter has been on Tesla’s inability to manufacture Model 3 vehicles. US
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…Importance of Duck Curve… The Duck Curve was prepared by the California System Operator (CAISO) to depict the pending problems associated with adding more renewables to the grid. There are several ways to evaluate wind and solar. One method evaluates an installation on the basis of levelized cost of electricity
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…Natural Gas Supply and Usage… Four years ago I did a report and article on whether the United States had enough natural gas to meet its needs. The report concluded: “The United States had ample supplies of natural gas that could last at least until 2100 based on the projected
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…Misleading Costs for Wind and Solar?… Recently the media has reported that wind and solar were competitive with coal and natural gas for generating electricity. The Wall Street Journal, for example, published an article with a headline, Economic impact of wind farms is changing the political dynamics of renewable energy.
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…North Korean Oil From F-T… A UN oil embargo on North Korea may have very little effect on its development of ICBMs and nuclear warheads. North Korea can avoid the effects of any oil embargo by producing diesel oil from coal, using the Fischer-Tropsch process. The Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process was
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…Physics and PV Solar… PV solar has fundamental limitations that won’t go away, even though solar energy is abundant. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) “solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth … More than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use.” From this has evolved
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…Climate Models for the Layman… Climate Models for the Layman is the title of Doctor Judith Curry’s latest paper. Dr. Curry retired recently from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she held the positions of Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her paper, Climate Models
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…Forget the Great Green Fleet… One of the more dangerous programs of the last administration was the Great Green Fleet. This was promoted by then Navy Secretary Mabus. He adhered to Executive Order 13514, October 8, 2009, issued by president Obama that ordered the Defense Department (DOD) and other agencies
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...Are Battery Powered Vehicles the Future?… The Economist Magazine made several over-the-top statements about electric vehicles in its August 21 issue, not the least of which was that the cost of ownership between an internal combustion engine powered vehicle and a BEV would soon be comparable. Let’s take a look
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…Is Uber Today’s Pony Express?… The Pony Express, a glamorized mail service, earned a prominent role in American history, carrying mail and messages from the East Coast to California in ten days. The Pony Express has been featured in movies and in novels about the West. Unfortunately, it lasted less
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…Hidden Battery Powered Vehicle Issues… Two issues concerning BEVs and PHEVs have been lurking in the weeds and haven’t been given much attention. Both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) need to be able to recharge their batteries. Where and when will those batteries be
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…China Leads the Way… Ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants are 45% more efficient than typical subcritical power plants. Ultra-supercritical plants are now referred to as High Efficiency Low Emissions (HELE) power plants. China has focused on HELE plants to confront its severe pollution problem in its big cities. China also has
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…When Will the Insanity End?… The media went gaga over France’s and the UK’s proposal to eliminate the use of internal combustion engines in automobiles by replacing them with battery-powered vehicles (BEVs). But what are the facts? Summary: When the UK, Environment Secretary, Michael Gove called for the elimination of
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…Proof that Wind and Solar are Unreliable… We have known for a long while, something that the enthusiasts of renewable energy have denied: Wind and solar power generation is unreliable. Enthusiasts, when confronted with the unreliability of wind and solar, have responded by saying: “It’s not unreliable; it’s intermittent.” Now,
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…There’s Hope for Nuclear Power… A nuclear power revival seems remote with the closing of existing nuclear power plants in the US, the stopping of construction of two new plants in South Carolina by SCANA Corp., and the possible stoppage of the two Vogtle units by the Southern Company in
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…Zero CO2 Emissions. A Dangerous Absurdity… Climate extremists are doubling down on their efforts to get the world to cut CO2 emissions. In April, a new global initiative called Mission 2020 was launched by Christiana Figueres, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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…Next Generation of Fossil Fuels… Fracking has revolutionized the production of oil and natural gas. Natural gas produced by fracking can last from 100 to 1,000 years, but what will come next? What comes next lies on the ocean floor, in the form of Methane Hydrates. And it could be
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…Clouds and Global Warming… Do clouds affect global warming? The Svensmark hypothesis asserts that cosmic rays entering the Earth’s atmosphere affect cloud cover, which, in turn, affects temperatures on the Earth, and, further, that the sun has an effect on the number of cosmic rays entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Strong
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…Living in an Orwellian Era… In what could now be identified as the Orwellian Era, where the meaning of words is twisted to mean the opposite of their historical meaning, environmental advocates use Orwellian techniques to promote their objectives. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has just promulgated a new
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…CO2 Whack-A-Mole… Americans face many important issues where an understanding of basic science is important. In a democracy, we, the people, need to be able to judge which of these issues warrants our support … or opposition. The mere quantity of misleading information spewed forth by the media about climate
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…Electric Vehicle Sales Report… The following table shows vehicle sales for Hybrids, PHEVs and BEVs for the first half of 2017. Quick takeaways: Sales of all three categories increased in the second quarter: PHEVs by the largest percentage, i.e., 21%, BEVs by the smallest percentage, i.e., 7%. Sales of PHEVs
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…Wall Street Journal Swings Left… While the WSJ’s editorial page retains some semblance of conservatism, the body of the paper continues to move left, following much of the media. The July 11, 2017, WSJ article on Australia’s energy problems, emphasized the role of the LNG industry in causing Australia’s energy
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…Most Dangerous Word… Consensus is a political word, and should never be used where science is involved. It could easily be the most dangerous word in the English language. While usually having a positive connotation implying agreement, especially in a political context, it has now become associated with oversimplifying and
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…Greening of the Earth… While the media has been castigating CO2 as a threat to mankind, science has shown that increases in atmospheric CO2 levels have been beneficial. Increased levels of atmospheric CO2 have: Reduced the of threat of mankind’s extinction from inadequate amounts of atmospheric CO2. See Importance of
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…Failure of Historic Proportions… Cellulosic ethanol is a failure of historic proportions, in terms of misinformation, media complicity, money wasted and the involvement of politicians. Cellulosic ethanol was, among other things, supposed to: Eliminate dependence on foreign oil Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% This was to be done
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…Importance of CO2… The media has created a distorted impression of CO2, painting it as a dangerous villain, and the cause of global warming and climate change. Rather than being a villain, CO2 is, in fact, a vitally important component of the atmosphere. Atmospheric CO2 is also not a threat to
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…Bad Penny… It may not be fair to categorize Hot Rocks as a bad penny, since research and development is frequently worthwhile, but it keeps turning up as a solution to the world’s energy needs. Hot Rocks was first tried in Australia by Geodynamics Limited in the early 2000s, and
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…Why the IPCC Models are Wrong… Virtually all of the IPCC’s 102 computer models have predicted there would be a hot spot in the atmosphere in the tropics, between 20 degrees S and 20 degrees N latitudes. The hot spot is shown in this graph taken from Dr. John Cristy’s
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…LEDs, Energy Saving Marvels – Part 2… The economics of LEDs is what makes them so revolutionary, and also misunderstood. Each LED bulb is substantially more expensive than an incandescent bulb, though their cost has come down significantly over the past few years. LEDs achieve an 85% improvement in efficiency,
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…False Claims of Impending Disaster… Climate alarmists constantly claim that CO2 emissions will cause a huge rise in temperatures, accompanied by death and destruction. But what are the facts about temperature rise? And has the IPCC misled everyone? The alarmists rely on computer programs from the IPCC, rather than actual
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…LEDs, Energy Saving Marvels – Part 1… LEDs are potentially the most important energy saving innovation in the past 50 years. More efficient automobiles have resulted in large savings of gasoline, but these improvements have been incremental. LEDs, while in development for at least 60 years, have only recently become
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…Let Science Do The Talking… President Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord amid controversy over the dangers of climate change. Hopefully, his action will result in a new effort to examine and discuss the science behind global warming and climate change. The media needs to honestly discuss the alternative possibilities
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..Omaha Beach and Freedom… It was my great privilege to visit Omaha Beach with a group from the Young America’s Foundation, on the 66th anniversary of D-Day. Standing on the cliff at Pointe du Hoc, with shell holes, gun emplacements and pill boxes behind me, I could look over the
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..Dreaming About Storage… The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) determined that adding too much wind and solar on their grid would create problems. They described the problem by using a graphic representation that has become known as the DUCK curve.   CAISO Duck curve with effect of increased solar and
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..Is Peak Demand in Our Future?… As noted in Energy Forecasts Are Contaminated, forecasts have been contaminated by using a carbon price when making the forecast. This includes forecasts for growth in oil demand. This chart exemplifies how supporters of the CO2 hypothesis promote the effect of electric vehicles on the
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…Foreign Entanglements…   The Foreign Stability Board (FSB), is an international body promoting “global financial stability by coordinating the development of regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies.” “In April 2015, a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors asked the FSB to convene public- and private-sector participants
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…Energy Forecasts are Contaminated… There are few, if any forecasts of energy consumption that haven’t been contaminated by the CO2 climate change frenzy. This includes forecasts made by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), Exxon Mobile, BP etc. Each has incorporated, in some manner, a price
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An American-Canadian Treasure   The Great Lakes have one of the longest hydrographic records in North America. It’s amusing, but also tragic, to see how the National Geographic magazine has attempted to use the Great Lakes in its efforts to promote CO2 as the cause of climate change. Again, in
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Paris Accord Depends on CCS With regards to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), the International Energy Agency (IEA) said,      “The Paris Agreement provides a framework for stronger  climate action that will increase the need for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The global community agreed in Paris to a
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The Environmental-Industrial Complex One expects the environmental movement to publish reports extolling so-called clean energy and pathways to a carbon free world. But industries have joined in, and support these same reports. A recent report from the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental group promoting CO2 as the cause of climate
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Charging a battery-powered vehicle (BEV) starts outside the home at the distribution transformer. Actually, it starts at the power plant where electricity is generated. The issues are: Are there sufficient power plants to charge BEVs? Is the distribution transformer serving the home large enough to charge a BEV at home?
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Storage is seen by many as the savior of unreliable renewables, yet it would seem that the additional costs of storage, both the initial and perpetual costs, are enormous and that current technologies aren’t viable. In 2016, Pacific Gas & Electric reported on an 18-month trial of storage on the grid.
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Aside from the fact that the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) is higher for wind and solar, there are a multitude of other operating costs that result in wind and solar being far more expensive than coal or natural gas for generating electricity.Back up generation Back up generation This is
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It’s astounding how the same tired message gets repeated decade after decade, yet is always wrong. It raises a serious question. How can large groups of people succumb to a message that is demonstrably wrong? While that question can’t be answered quickly, the examples of these failed messages can be
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The new buzzword for coal-fired power plants is HELE, an acronym for High Efficiency Low Emission. According to a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Japan’s 600 MW Isogo plant in Yokohama is probably the best in the world. It is an ultra-supercritical HELE plant, with emission levels comparable to
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First quarter sales of PHEVs and BEVs were robust. Given that PHEV and BEV sales continue to be tiny in comparison with all light vehicle sales, the questions remains: Will PHEVs and BEVs become mainstream over the next few years? Data from Electric Drive Transportation association First quarter sales of
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[Tag co2] Germany established its energiewende policy so as to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2020, and 80%, or more, by 2050. Fortune magazine praised Germany for taking “huge strides toward renewable power.” They said: “From a technology perspective energiewende has already been a stunning success.” According to the German
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The media constantly touts dirty coal, but ignores the amazing progress that the United States has made in achieving clean air. Compared to many parts of the world, including Europe, the United States has excellent air quality. There was a time when air quality in the United States was terrible.