- 'Particulate aerosol pollution reductions...led to an increase in surface radiative forcing'
It has been assumed COVID lockdowns and their associated reductions in human CO2 emissions would be a “step in the right direction” with regard to climate change mitigation. But a new study finds the particulate (aerosol) pollution reductions from less industrial and transportation activity in Europe during the months of March to May (2020) actually led to an increase in surface radiative forcing ~65 times greater than from business-as-usual CO2 emissions.
Francis Menton: "At the preposterous end of the scale we have the claim that the fashionable 'renewable' sources of electric power, wind and solar, are actually cheaper than fossil fuels to generate electricity...I call this claim preposterous because the fundamental deception is so obvious that you would think that no one of any intelligence could possibly fall for it. And yet you have undoubtedly read numerous articles in the past few years asserting that wind and solar-generated electricity is now as cheap or cheaper than electricity from natural gas or coal. To make the claim, the promoters of wind and solar simply omit from their calculations the single biggest part of the cost of those sources. That would the cost of intermittency, otherwise known as the cost of providing sufficient backup or storage to run a stable electrical grid while generation from the wind and sun fluctuates wildly. (As wind and solar become a bigger and bigger part of power generation on the grid, the cost of necessary backup and/or storage could easily multiply the cost of electricity by a factor of five or more."
Smart thermostats can be remotely adjusted during periods of high energy demand. ... Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage. Houston resident Brandon English, whose home has an internet-connected smart thermostat installed, was shocked to learn of the practice after his wife and infant daughter “woke up sweating.”
In 2019 and 2020, for the first time since 1952, hydraulic fracturing helped the U.S became a net total energy exporter, thereby making a major contribution to our national security.
“The 3.9 million jobs currently supported by fracking take the form of direct jobs in the extraction industry, indirect jobs in the supply chain, and induced jobs [in] local hardware stores, restaurants, car dealerships, and bakeries.”
Dr. David Wojick, an independent analyst, working at the intersection of science, technology, and policy, outlined the impact of hydraulic fracturing on energy prices:
“Before fracking, wholesale gas was always around $7.50 a million BTU. Fracking cut that way down…Henry Hub price is $3.30, which is typical of the fracking-based price. A ban [on hydraulic fracturing] would take us back, or worse, since cheap gas has taken over electricity generation. The adverse economic impact would be huge.” *
Former vice president Al Gore, whose investment firm raised $55 million in financing for the electric battery company in 2017, reportedly spoke with Biden in recent weeks to lobby the White House on keeping climate policy as a focus of his infrastructure proposal, which is expected to include major subsidies for green energy companies like Proterra.
Journalist Jordan Schachtel: "Their plan to 'counter China' involves forcing themselves and their partners to adopt unreliable energy and let China completely off the hook."
"One leader after another pledged $100 billion a year to force developing countries to remain impoverished and rely on unreliable 'clean energy' to solve the 'climate crisis,' which they declared the greatest issue of our time. Of course, their solutions all involved increasing the power of the state over its citizens and embracing creepy one-world U.N. affiliated organizations."
Biden at G7 summit: "You know, we had a President last who basically said, not a problem, global warming. It is the existential problem facing humanity. And ah, it’s been treated that way. So we’re going to provide up to $2 billion dollars to support developing company, countries as they transition away from unabated coal-fired power. Ah, in addition, we also agreed to tackle corruption, which is threat to societies everywhere."
PM Johnson on June 11, 2021 at G7 summit: "We're building back better together and building back greener and building back fairer, and building back more equal and in a more gender-neutral -- and perhaps in a more feminine way. How about that?"
Larry Kudlow, who was the Trump administration's Director of the National Economic Council, warned on Thursday that high inflation could be permanent if Biden's plans are passed. 'If Uncle Joe Biden gets his green worker paradise, Soviet-style Bulgarian economic policies, massive tax increases, massive social spending, destroying the fossil fuel energy sector, then the dollar will collapse and leaping tax rates will choke off economic growth,' Kudlow said on his Fox News program. Joe Biden's $6 trillion budget plan has already sparked major inflation fears given it is set to boost federal spending by 25 percent, which is the highest since World War II.
'Call it the 1970s with a socialist spin. In that case, we will have permanently higher inflation. And we will have weaker and weaker economy.'