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  • Solar Power, Subsidies, and the Real World

    05/09/2022 4:47:59 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 9, AD 2022 | John F Di Leo
    While budgets should have been getting tighter for years now, some states, at least, are finally awakening to the need to watch their spending. Well, better late than never, right? One example of this newfound awareness is the effort of some to reconsider our generous subsidies for solar panels, particularly the rooftop panels that one sees high atop single family homes across otherwise reasonable suburbs. Mississippi, Florida, and other states are in the news right now as they debate the question of rethinking the levels at which the taxpayer ought to subsidize the homeowner for this choice of dubious economic...
  • Assessing Virginia’s Hidden Wind And Solar Costs

    01/29/2022 5:13:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 29, 2022 | Paul Driessen
    Among Governor Glenn Youngkin’s first actions was Executive Order #9 initiating Virginia’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Northeastern U.S. “carbon market” that sets and enforces emission limits for coal and gas power plants. RGGI also lets utilities buy “carbon credits” when emissions exceed those limits, passing costs on to families, businesses, hospitals and schools. Special interests will contest withdrawal, but the EO sets the proper tone for reforming Virginia’s energy system. Meanwhile, though, the 2020 “Virginia Clean Economy Act” still requires that utility companies close all fossil fuel generating plants – and replace them with wind and...
  • California is poised to kill rooftop solar, damaging climate and health

    01/15/2022 8:33:17 AM PST · by ransomnote · 64 replies ^ | 1/15/2022 | MARK Z. JACOBSON
    The California Public Utilities Commission is poised to kill off much of the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in California, which will result in the use of more polluting natural gas and biomass electricity as well as dirty electricity imported from out of state. The use of the new dirty electricity will raise air pollution death rates in California above the 12,000 per year who perish in the state already. Most of these additional deaths will be in poor communities in the Los Angeles basin and Central Valley, where pollution levels are already the highest in the state. Roof PV...
  • How did Alberta survive wicked cold snap? Thanks for nothing, solar power

    01/15/2022 5:32:43 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 29 replies
    Edmonton Journal via National Post [Canada] ^ | Jan. 14, 2022 | David Staples
    How close would a solar and wind-dependent power grid have come to giving us the electricity we needed during the three-week freeze in Alberta where the average temperature was -22 C from Dec. 15 to Jan. 9?... Alberta needs a supply of about 10,500 MW (megawatts) on average, said Mackay. If they are running at maximum capacity, solar can provide 736 MW and wind 2,269 MW.... If we had been reliant on far more solar and wind, how would we have done? “You’d have to start with rolling blackouts or brownouts,” Mackay said. “If we lost the bulk of our...
  • Dr. Fauci on ‘Very Disturbed’ RFK Junior: ‘It’s a Shame’ Because He’s a Kennedy

    12/22/2021 5:30:18 PM PST · by BusterDog · 40 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 12/22/21
    Infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci has addressed attacks made on his career and reputation by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who last month released the book “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health.” Speaking to Yahoo News, the director of the NIAID said, “it really is a shame that he is attacking me in my career,” when asked about RFK’s book not being “a flattering portrait of” his career. “I think if you look at my career there are not a lot of people that would be attacking my career,...
  • Elon Musk: Government Is 'the Biggest Corporation, With a Monopoly on Violence, Where You Have No Recourse'

    12/08/2021 4:06:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Reason ^ | 12.8.2021 | Liz Wolfe
    Musk's finally ready to admit that government subsidies distort markets and that government actors are terrible at capital allocation."Say tomorrow, you get a phone call from Joe Biden," asked Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern to Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a Monday night forum. "And he asks: What are your needs from this [$2 trillion spending] bill? How do you answer him?" "We don't think about it at all, really," Musk said, channeling Don Draper to the tune of the audience's uneasy laughter. "It might be better if the bill doesn't pass," Musk added. "The federal budget deficit...
  • Kerry Holds $1M Stake in Chinese Equity Fund Linked to Rights Abuses, Uyghur Labor Exploitation

    10/25/2021 5:36:10 PM PDT · by · 21 replies ^ | 25 October 2021 | Brian Freeman
    Biden administration climate czar John Kerry holds $1 million stake in Chinese private equity fund, Hillhouse China Value Fund, tech company blacklisted for human rights abuses and major shareholder of solar panel firm connected to Uyghurs labor abuses. Human rights groups and U.S. lawmakers have accused LONGi of sourcing raw materials from companies using forced labor in Xinjiang, a region the Chinese government abusing the Uyghur population and other ethnic minorities. Hillhouse is also a funder of a tech firm connected to Beijing’s surveillance of Uyghurs, a revelation last week leading Republican senators urging Biden to fire Kerry over ethics...
  • Energy Prices in Europe Hit Records After Wind Stops Blowing

    09/18/2021 6:15:31 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 13, 2021 | By Joe Wallace
    Heavy reliance on wind power, coupled with a shortage of natural gas, has led to a spike in energy prices Natural gas and electricity markets were already surging in Europe when a fresh catalyst emerged: The wind in the stormy North Sea stopped blowing. The sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production off the coast of the U.K. in recent weeks whipsawed through regional energy markets. Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind. Natural-gas prices, already boosted by the pandemic recovery and a lack of fuel in storage caverns and tanks, hit all-time...
  • Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash – ‘Tricky to recycle. As oldest ones expire, get ready for a solar e-waste glut’

    08/31/2021 8:57:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | August 22, 2020
    Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives—and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that. But we’ll need to develop one soon, because the solar e-waste glut is coming. By 2050, the International Renewable Energy Agency projects that up to 78 million metric tons of solar panels will have reached the end of their life, and that the world will...
  • NATO May Be Planning to Build Solar Panel-Powered Tanks

    04/16/2021 7:33:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 58 replies
    Interesting engineering ^ | 4-15-21 | Chris Young
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently called for solar panels to be used to help power "heavy battle tanks or fighter jets and naval ships," at an online seminar titled New Ideas for NATO 2030 — whose transcript is published on the NATO website. During the seminar, Stoltenberg addressed the fact that the militaries of the world need to take action to curb their considerable CO2 emissions — which are so sizeable they exceed entire countries. "NATO should do its part to look into how we can reduce emissions from military operations," Stoltenberg explained. "We know that heavy battle tanks or...
  • IRENA renewable energy study finds hitting 1.5-degree climate target will create jobs [gefälschte nachrichten]

    03/16/2021 11:17:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.16.2021 | Gero Rueter
    Proven technologies for a net-zero energy system already largely exist today, according to a report published Tuesday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report predicts that renewable power, green hydrogen and modern bioenergy will shape the way we power the world in 2050. Adopting such solutions would set world leaders on track to meet their target of keeping the planet from heating by more than 1.5 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels this century, according to the World Energy Transitions Outlook report. The UN had warned in November that pledges to meet this goal were so far “woefully inadequate.”...
  • Joe Biden Names Ron Klain, Obama’s Ebola Czar, His White House Chief Of Staff

    11/11/2020 5:33:05 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 11, 2020 | Christian Datoc
    President-elect Joe Biden named Ron Klain, a lawyer and former President Barack Obama’s “Ebola czar,” to serve as his White House chief of staff. “Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a Wednesday statement distributed by his transition team. ... Klain has additionally been extremely critical of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In March, he gave the federal...
  • Grid operator: 3.3 million California homes could lose power

    08/17/2020 3:12:02 PM PDT · by granite · 67 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 17, 2020, 2:58 PM | By JANIE HAR and ADAM BEAM
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Up to 3.3 million homes in California may lose power Monday as part of rolling blackouts to ease pressure on the state's electric grid as a dayslong heat wave engulfing the West Coast creates an energy shortage, according to the operator of the grid. The California Independent System Operator says it will likely order utility companies to turn off power starting around 4 p.m. as demand for electricity to cool homes soars during the hottest part of the day beyond the power available in the grid. California ISO CEO and President Steve Berberich said the state is...
  • Tesla’s market cap is now bigger than Ford’s was at its peak

    01/07/2020 9:47:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    CBS Market Watch ^ | January 7, 2020 | Claudia Asis
    Tesla Inc. is as big as peak Ford Motor Co., with the Silicon Valley electric-car maker stock poised to hit another record on Tuesday. Tesla TSLA, +2.73% shares traded as high as $462.06, up more than 1% from Monday’s record close, the latest in a series of ever-climbing notches that stretch back to mid-December.
  • A Retired JPL Engineer’s Journey: From Space Probes to Carbon-Neutral Farming

    11/17/2019 4:51:22 PM PST · by Western Phil · 23 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 31 October 2019 | Jay Schmuecker Editor's Picks The IFC CEO standing behind a solar panel with a few colleagues. Egypt
    -snip- my love of farms and farming never went away, and in 1999, I purchased my paternal grandfather’s 130-hectare (320-acre) property, Pinehurst Farm, which had been out of the family for 55 years. I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d do with the place, but by the time I retired in 2007, there was more and more talk about climate change due to human-caused carbon emissions. I knew that agriculture has a large carbon footprint, and I wondered if there was a way to make farming more sustainable. -snip- I recalled a conversation I’d had with my dad and his friend,...
  • Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada with people to blame

    09/19/2019 7:58:43 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 221 replies
    From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday.
  • If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So Much Toxic Waste?

    09/15/2019 9:11:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 23, 2018 | Michael Shellenberger
    The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. Consider the following statements: The problem of solar panel disposal “will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment” because it “is a huge amount of waste and they are not easy to recycle.” “The reality is that there is a problem now, and it’s only going to get larger, expanding as rapidly as the PV industry expanded 10 years ago.” “Contrary to previous assumptions, pollutants such as lead or carcinogenic cadmium can be almost...
  • Are we headed for a solar waste crisis? [Supporters of solar power have no idea what's coming]

    09/14/2019 12:43:51 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jemin Desai and Mark Nelson
    Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it.Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives.All of which raises the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste?Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue of nuclear waste. We found: Solar...
  • Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power

    09/14/2019 12:04:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies ^ | June 29, 2017 | David Middleton
    Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it. Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives. All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste? Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue...
  • Fury over the fading benefits of solar power as thousands complain (tr)

    09/11/2019 12:53:57 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 104 replies
    Daiily Mail ^ | September 9, 2019 | Amelia Murray
    Fury over the fading benefits of solar power as thousands complain to finance watchdog that glass panels DON'T provide the rewards they were promised Financial Ombudsman has received 2,000 complaints from home-owners Barclays put aside millions to compensate those who bought mis-sold panels Brian Thompson, from Gateshead, took out £10,000 loan to pay for panels Was told by firm PV Solar UK that the panels would boost his pension Payments from power panels sent to National Grid not enough to pay loan coast SNIP