Skip to comments.The importance of American energy development: A solar executive explains why Biden's war on fossil fuel is dangerous for America's economy and national security.
Posted on 06/10/2021 6:06:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Biden energy policy is not just radically naïve and economically destructive, it’s also dangerous. From placing constraints on drilling for oil and gas, to stopping pipelines, the Biden policy puts America’s critical infrastructure at risk, the safety and freedom of allies in peril, and dismisses the importance of American jobs to appease environmental extremists.
We don’t have to pit environment against the economy. We can develop clean sources, create more American jobs, and develop more American energy. Renewable energy companies today are creating thousands of American jobs, contributing significant investments in American manufacturing, and proving that they can stand on their own, competing with conventional generation on price.
But investment in clean energy doesn’t mean we must be hostile to developing conventional fuels. The fact is, America should pursue an “all of the above” energy policy because it is in our national security interests to do so.
In recent years, America has seen major growth in our national solar power capacity as well as large-scale quantities of natural gas reserves, both of which are positive developments. It means we are independent of Middle East and Russian gas, can add American jobs, and will have a cleaner planet.
But Washington Democrats’ extreme, progressive agenda would have us transition from our current 20 percent renewable sourcing to 100 percent of our national energy mix in only a few years. This is dangerously naïve, as we can only reliably transition the US electrical grid by 2 percent per year to renewable power (up from 1 percent per year today).
When America exports its oil and gas, our friends and allies are less dependent on hostile sources of energy. European nations receiving American LNG are less reliant on Russian dictator’s whims. In this sense, our energy resources are part of our security arsenal,
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Joe Biden would make the world more dangerous to advance empty environmental talking points. He wants to shut down drilling in Alaska, despite its strategic national value. With a stroke of the pen, he shut down the XL Keystone Pipeline, and then months later we saw how vulnerable we are as a nation when Russian cyber-attackers shut down just one pipeline, the Colonial Pipeline, that led to fuel shortages in the Southeastern United States.
This ransomware attack was a potential harbinger of what is to come: Asymmetrical warfare, launched with cyber-tools, by nefarious adversaries in Russia, China, and Iran targeting our fuel and grid vulnerabilities. Eliminating pipelines and stopping drilling on environmental grounds is dangerous to the security of our country.
We cannot rely on Joe Biden or anyone else in the Democrat party to understand this situation. They are either hopelessly ignorant or irretrievably leftist and anti-American.
Face facts. These “enviormentalists” are globalist /socialists who are doing all they can to destroy dynamic, wealth producing capitalism , weaken and destroy the American nation and then stuff what remains into a communist like world govenment. The American people would become impoverished and lose their liberty. They use race to further divide and weaken. The Left is the enemy of the American people and must be destroyed if America is to survive.
Think about it. If you live in the south (i.e. good sunshine) and produce 50% or more of your energy with your own solar panels, you make your power usage somewhat independent on if the outside grid gets hacked or attacked. (This is assuming you don't have a grid-tie agreement that makes your system automatically shut down whenever the grid goes down. My system is set up to work independently of the grid if it goes down, but I don't have a purchase agreement for selling excess power to the utility. I have what solar nerds refer to as a "zero return" system.) So if my utility company gets hacked and is out for days I'd fuss and grumble for a bit about not having the full power I'd want during cloudy or rainy days. But even on those days my solar system produces about as much as a small backup generator and I'd be able to get by.
That's not the case if we pursue green energy like the Democrats always want -- where they force others to achieve it (i.e. forcing utility companies to do nothing but green energy) and try to make a one size fits all scenario. My decentralized solar system with battery backup works well for my specific energy usage because I did my homework and analysis on over a year's worth of my power statements and was able to determine how many solar panels of how much wattage each with a such-and-such powered inverter/charge controller to produce the max kW I needed for my average hours of peek sunlight for each month and have enough battery storage to last a whole day without sun, etc. Expecting even expert electrical engineers to be that efficient for all of their customers is expecting too much accuracy across too many variables (like everything else the Dims do when they try to do a one-size-fits-all scenario).
What makes all of this worse is that Biden is not the elected President. A person who did not win the election is destroying the people of America.
Gasoline is over $4.00/gallon in California - which hits “women and minorities” the hardest.
There will be another tax increase on gas July 1st.
Yet not one peep about Democrats artificially raising the price of gas through taxes, regulations and making gas more difficult to produce and distribute.
Those hit hardest will continue to vote for the likes of Gavin Newsom and Joe Biden.
How they will continue to live
>>Biden’s war on fossil fuel is dangerous for America’s economy and national security.<<
Should’ve thought about it before voting for Biden.
You know, the kind of electricity that isn't generated by stuff made from iron ore, and mined by diesel excavators, and shipped by diesel-electric freighters, and isn't smelted in coke ovens, and isn't processed using fossil electricity, and isn't delivered by diesel trucks, and isn't assembled by workers using gas and diesel-powered vehicles.
"clean energy" doesn't exist in reality.
This guy doesn’t get it - by forcing an all electric economy, the Federal government can regulate how much energy each person is allowed where and when: “Please submit your travel voucher and, if approved, we will allow you the amount of energy needed to travel. This will go against your personal yearly allotted amount of energy usage.”
One Word: T E X A S
The environmental whackos and green socialists never consider how food is produced. That tofu on your plate came from soybeans, which are planted, harvested and taken for processing by diesel fueled machinery. There are no electric tractors, combines or practical electric semi trucks. Cutting edge battery technology that drives your Tesla couldn’t possibly practically power farm equipment. Where do you recharge that combine in the middle of a field?
How big is your system?
How much did it cost?
What percentage of your power use does it cover?
We lived off grid for 5 years but in the summer, we’d run a generator for a window a/c unit. Two of the 5 years were heat wave years with high temps well over 100 for weeks and normal summers here can be mid to high 90s. It’s also humid here. So we were quite miserable on summer days. It wasn’t worth the effort to run a small window unit by day so we’d start it up after the sun went down behind the trees to cool things off enough to sleep.
An earth bermed house would fix a lot of the heat issue and is in our plans. Some things are just impracticable for solar/wind. Electric dryer, range, my welder, full size a/c for house. We line dry but do have an electric range, simply because it was given to us. I’d prefer gas/propane.
Those big electricity use items just don’t give you a decent ROI.
Lighting(LED), electronics, small kitchen appliances, fridge, freezer. All those are doable.
We had a puny 350 solar panel setup with 4 golf cart batteries. Ran lights, electronics and a 12vdc chest fridge the size of a big cooler. $1500 for the solar stuff and $600 for the fridge. In less than ten years, everything broke down/wore out but the panels. Fridge quit working, Xantrex C40 charge controller and china inverter quit working and Interstate batteries wore out. The Xantrex was supposed to be bulletproof.
It powers 80% of the usage in my large house. I pull a little from the grid when I have two major appliances on at the same time (i.e. central A/C and dryer) because I can get at most 8 kW of continuous DC to AC conversion. But that's only brief periods of the day. I also pull from the grid when I consume all of my 21 kWh battery storage on days when it's rained a full day after being cloudy the day before (I get nice power even on cloudy days, but not enough to fully charge the batteries to last the whole day the next day).
But I'm in the south near Huntsville, with no shade on my house, and the back of my house facing south towards the equator (more sunlight) which is also facing the woods (no neighbors to complain about solar being an eye-sore because only the squirrels and deer see the back of the house). So I'm in an ideal situation to get the most goody out of the federal ITC solar tax credit for 26% of parts and installation (they renewed it this year I think if you want to take advantage of it).
IMHO the key to finding how much you need is in part based on your inverter capability. If your inverter is worth spending good money on (it's often one of the expensive parts) then you ought to get the max # of solar panels/wattage it can process. Otherwise, it'd be like spending a lot of money for a powerful pickup truck but combining it with a small trailer and being able to haul just a little in the end. Nor would you buy an expensive trailer that can haul a lot, but a small truck to pull it. Either go small with both the inverter and panels, or go big with both the inverter and panels. Don't do big on one and not the other and expect any return on investment.
If things go like it did the first year I'll pay off the HELOC I took out to pay for it in 9 or 10 years, then the extra savings I spent on top of that in 3 to 4 years. Thus it'll pay for itself in 12 to 14 years with everything having at least a 19 year warranty (batteries), 20 year warranty (inverter), and 25 year warranty (solar panels). But that assumes an inflation cost of 2% to 3% per year (i.e. buying a kWh from the utility today costs more than a kWh a few years ago). If the Dims get their way and jack up power costs then my system will pay for itself sooner, all with me not grumbling as much as most folks.
Everything the Obozo and crew are doing is designed to cripple and eventually kill this country. Biden is just their poster boy. If you’re not sure what can be done to stop them, then what are you going to do when they succeed?
Biden energy policy is destructive and dangerous no amount of evidence will change an idiots mine even a small one like his.
If one could see the tattoo on his back it would read property of China.
15,000 watts two axis tracking panels
Two 8000 watt grid tried but stand alone capable inverters
300 amp auto trip transfer breaker.
Cost of panels 15 cents per watt in 10,000 watt min order. Cost of breaker panel tie in done by licenced Elc. $800 cost of labor for install panels on flat roof line with like mounts was $12hr times four guys over a two 8 hour day period. The mounts and aair trackers were above and beyond a typical residential system because this system is not classed residential its commercial on a LLC selling power to ERCOT at peak times of day at peak rates. For a residential system fixed panels at the angle equal to the latitude would be used. Or single axis flush mounted pivot trackers. Either way a residential 15,000 watt system is around $12000 all in with modern components at wholesale prices installed by professional installers.
My system has never generated less power than my huge home has used it’s a combination flat roof commercial steel building and rammed earth structure well over 5000 sqft not including the workshop , covered pool or second “mother in law” 2-1 guest quarters which has it’s own 5000 watt fixed panel system. I sell so much power each month that it zero my grid tie fee and pays me back on avg 40 cents per kWh sold peak rates in summer hit $120 a megawatt hour and $50 is common. That’s 50 cents a kWh for every solar kWh sent to the grid. My two rent homes all have panels they also sell power to the grid the tenets have separate smart meters they pay their own commercial power providers they don’t get free power.
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