Donn’s Articles

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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.
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One could say two former Republican secretaries of state, Messrs. Baker and Shultz, are naive and badly informed, but their proposal for a carbon tax smacks of fools rushing in. Their proposed carbon tax is part of a proposal by the Climate Leadership Council. This “carbon tax” is a tax
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Two years ago, The New South Wales government shutdown drilling for natural gas because people protested against drilling for natural gas. Similarly, local governments elsewhere in Australia have acquiesced to demands made by people protesting against natural gas and coal because of climate change. Meanwhile, Australia has abundant natural gas
Villages Tea Party, Donn Dears
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Periodically, I do radio and other interviews. While radio interviews are not easy to reproduce on the internet, my recent interview with the president of The Villages Tea Party is a video with an easy to access link. The purpose of the interview was to discuss my new book, Clexit
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Prior to my trip to Australia, I believed Germany would be the first country to succumb to severe blackouts as the result of its drive to use renewables in preference to fossil fuels so as to cut CO2 emissions. It now looks as though Australia could win this dubious honor,
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Proposed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) could revitalize the nuclear industry in the United States, assuming their costs can be substantially below the $6,000 per KW cost of traditional nuclear power plants, such as those being built in Georgia and South Carolina. NuScale is the first SMR to file a
CO2 Sequestration, Donn Dears
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Over the past few months there has been a steady stream of announcements intended to show that CO2 could be sequestered, thereby eliminating the threat of climate change from using fossil fuels. Clexit For a Brighter Future addressed announcements that had been made prior to its publication, but a new
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(This is the last article to be published during the trip to Australia.) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is dragged out periodically by supporters of the AGW CO2 global warming hypothesis, to promote distributed power and the use of wind and solar for generating electricity. Power Magazine recently devoted a
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change treaty was ratified by the US Senate in 1992, yet most Americans are unaware of America’s commitments under this treaty … or that we had entered into the treaty. The new book, Clexit, For a Brighter Future, establishes why the United States
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The Australian heatwave of 2017 should be a wakeup call that renewables are unreliable, and not be the basis for excuses in efforts to explain away the recent South Australia blackouts. The South Australia government had been warned about the inability of wind to provide electricity when the last coal-fired
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(This article is being published from Australia. I hope to be able to publish an article each week while I am traveling overseas.) Australia endured another blackout this week. As The Australian paper reported, the Australian Energy Market Operator said the blackout was due to “a lack of available generating
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The only potential solution for the problems caused by wind and solar generated electricity is storage. But are there limits to storage? Is it possible to provide sufficient storage to allow the closing of a large number of fossil fuel power plants? The CAISO Duck Curve defines the potential problems
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Al Gore said, “If approved and built, this pipeline, Keystone XL, would carry the most carbon-intensive source of oil on the planet.” There it is, the real reason why the Obama administration stopped the Keystone pipeline: To avoid CO2 emissions. All other explanations were a smokescreen to take everyone’s eyes
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Those who support the CO2 hypothesis for global warming or climate change are poised to obstruct the rollback of regulations requiring the cutting of CO2 and other GHG emissions. Whether it will be Hollywood celebrities crying over issues, or organized efforts by environmental organizations, we can expect there will be
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Ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants deserve clarity. Recently, an editor dismissed ultra-supercritical coal-fired as jargon, and asked: Is there really something called an “ultra-supercritical” power plant? Yes, there is: And everyone, engineers and average people, deserve an explanation about why they are such a great improvement over the coal-fired power plants built