Energy and Environmental Review: November 15, 2021

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By John Droz, Jr. — November 15, 2021

Ed. note: This fortnightly Master Resource post excerpts energy and climate material from the Media Balance Newsletter, published every other week by physicist John Droz Jr., founder of the Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. The complete MBN for this post can be found here.

Of special interest in this issue is Michael Shellenberger’s article on Europe’s return to nuclear power: “Nations Go Nuclear as Prices Spike and Renewables Fail.”

Wind Energy:
French couple wins legal fight about turbines affecting their health
Will Wind & Solar confront its 10 challenges? If not, we need Nuclear, CCS, and more
Norway in legal quandary after wind turbines ruled a threat to reindeer herder rights
Maine Voters Reject Transmission Line, Blocking Renewable Energy Expansion
“Sad” News from Denmark about Industrial Wind Turbines
Wind Manufacturers Blown Off Course
Offshore wind builder tries to calm worries

Solar Energy:
Kerry’s non-response re China using slave labor producing solar panels
Maine towns start to halt solar panel construction
Wind & Solar to Provide 30% of New England’s Consumption by 2050
Short video: Threat of Industrial Solar – Gerrit Cain

Nuclear Energy:
The nuclear industry just got a significant boon from Congress
Nuclear Is Hot, for the Moment
Rolls-Royce To Develop Mini Nuke Reactors To Decarbonize Power Grid
Nations Go Nuclear As Prices Spike & Renewables Fail
Paper on gas and nuclear’s inclusion in EU green finance rules
Nuclear May Be the Ticket to a Carbon-Free Future. Why Do Environmentalists Hate It? 

Fossil Fuel Energy:
‘King Coal’ Roars Back
U.S. to Sharply Cut Methane Pollution
The Vilification Of Oil Producers Continues Apace At COP26
Marxist Treasury Nominee Admits They Want to Bankrupt the Fossil Fuel Industry
Methane Fee Is Latest Step in Biden Plan to Kill U.S. Economy

Miscellaneous Energy News:
Wake Up America! China Is Making Fools of Us on Energy!
New Documentary Reveals How Green Energy Is Corrupt And Destructive
Electric Vehicles on Collision Course with Reality
Plans To Dig the Biggest Lithium Mine in the US Face Mounting Opposition

Manmade Global Warming — COP26:
COP26 and the Hubris of Our Political Overlords
COP26 is a neo-feudal performance
CLINTEL Message to National Politicians and World Leaders at COP26
COP 26: Methane madness
COP, PLOP and Flop
Global warming activists double emissions to attend Glasgow conference
COP 26: Planet saved, now what?
Glasgow Elites Imposing Carbon Corporatism and Imperialism
COP Is Dead. Long Live the Movement!
False imagery and data hallmarks of COP26

Manmade Global Warming  — Miscellaneous:
Media Outlet hits back at study accusing it of publishing ‘climate denial’
After Climate Hypocrisy Hearing, Dems Turn Up the Heat on Themselves
EPA air reg’s price tag: Huge, politically toxic — and wrong
Study: Societal shifts due to COVID-19 reveal large-scale climate change complexities
Study: Ten Sensible Media Sources Regarding Climate
The Hounding of Pielke amid the demise of academic freedom in climate change
Climate: Can predictions be made using less than 1% of the data?

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November 15, 2021 11:15 pm

On top of paying dearly for wind and solar, the taxpayers have to pay and fit the bill for nuclear power too.
The more expensive nuclear… the small nuclear.

What not to like!


Reply to  whiten
November 16, 2021 1:57 am

Not to worry. Once Biden makes gas and coal outrageously expensive nuclear will be an attractive option, if we can afford it, given the propensity of regulators to make a career out of it.

Reply to  whiten
November 16, 2021 6:41 pm

Existing nuclear generating facilities have proven nuclear safer and cheaper than other forms of electricity generation.

Looking forward to nuclear replacing the faux renewables.

November 16, 2021 12:12 am

A debate has commenced in Australia about solar panels imported from China that are produced in factories using slave labour, people forced to work.

Reply to  Dennis
November 16, 2021 1:04 am

Bear in mind those factories don’t only produce solar panels.

Reply to  griff
November 16, 2021 4:21 am

Thanks for that, slave labour is versatile apparently.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  griff
November 16, 2021 11:49 pm

That’s alright, then. Griff approves of solar panels built by slaves because those slaves also produce other things. After all, how can socialism work without a few ‘willing’ slaves, eh?

November 16, 2021 1:03 am

Of special interest in this issue is Michael Shellenberger’s article on Europe’s return to nuclear power: “Nations Go Nuclear as Prices Spike and Renewables Fail.”

Certainly as far as the UK is concerned the article is deeply misleading…

The UK govt announced 8 new nuclear sites as long ago as October 2010… the plans are still for 17GW of new nuclear…

As of today only Hinkley is building, at vast expense, which will add £30 a surcharge year to every UK electricity bill for 30 years.

Wylfa has had the main contractor pull out, as has Moorside: getting Westinghouse in would be the third firm at least to have a go at funding a new nuke.

Sizewell needs funding other than the Chinese and Bradwell was supposed to be an entirely Chinese affair.

The UK will be lucky to get one new reactor running (Hinkley already delayed)

and why? because of the cost and because of the need for return on investment on top of that cost: there isn’t a practical funding model the consumers of electricity produced can afford to pay for.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  griff
November 16, 2021 4:26 am

But France managed to build many nuclear plants are a relatively low cost. They should teach the world how to do it.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 16, 2021 6:57 am

For as long as every one else in EU going wind and solar and EV batcrazy, France can manage and profit from nuclear.

No real competition, easy peasy.


Reply to  griff
November 16, 2021 4:27 am

Griff, mate

The reason nuclear is more expensive than it should be is because of the environmental barriers the greens erect to make nuclear less economical.

The same goes to fossil fuels and fracking

Dave Andrews
Reply to  griff
November 16, 2021 9:34 am

Environmental levies(ie subsidies to unreliables) cost UK electricity bill payers around £11 billion in 2020/21 and are to rise to £12.5 billion in 2024/25. That’s way more than £30 a year!

Reply to  Dave Andrews
November 16, 2021 6:47 pm

And giffiepoo wants to insinuate Michael Shellenberger is misleading.
Not a fraction as misleading or just plain false as giffiepoo is.

November 16, 2021 1:48 am

Too bad Thacker Pass (lithium mining) isn’t on an Indian reservation. They can take the white man for a real ride if they have a resource to exploit.

Reply to  pochas94
November 16, 2021 1:59 am

Actually, they should make a reservation out of it and hand it to the Indians.

November 16, 2021 12:01 pm

John Droz, Jr has given readers here much to look at. Here’a something out of Canada, to add to the discussion.

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