Wall Street Journal Exposes Gov. Newsom & California’s High-Cost Energy and Reliability Debacle

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The Wall Street Journal in its lead editorial on September 8, 2022 exposes California’s long standing high energy cost and poor energy reliability debacle created by its governments leadership under Governor Newsom (a debacle not created by climate change) as presented in the article headline shown below.

The article addresses the state’s usual climate change hyped and inaccurate excuses for its lack of reliable power and high energy cost failures noting:

“Democrats blame climate change for the state’s week-long warnings to conserve power, but California’s climate hasn’t suddenly changed. Triple digit temperatures aren’t unprecedented even in early September, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s claims. What has dramatically changed in recent years is California’s electric generation.”

The article summarizes the energy and reliability debacle faced by the state noting: 

“California’s summer electric generation capacity increased by about 10,700 megawatts (MW) between 2010 and 2020—potentially enough to power eight to 10 million homes. The problem is that gas-fired capacity during this time declined by 4,390 MW and nuclear by 2,150 MW. Solar and wind surged 17,000 MW, but those sources can’t be commanded to run when people need them.”

“The state must therefore rely on imports from other states in the evenings, especially during heat waves. But these imports are becoming less dependable since California’s neighbors are also losing base-load generators owing to their own renewable buildouts. Arizona lost about half of its summer coal-generating capacity between 2015 and 2020.”

The impact that California’s energy debacle has on the entire western U.S. energy availability and pricing market because of its politically driven climate alarmist schemes are noted as:

“Meantime, power shortages are causing prices to spike in the Golden State as they are in Europe. Electricity prices in California’s wholesale market surged Tuesday evening to about $1,700 per MWh compared to the normal $100 and $67 a year ago. All of this explains why residential electric rates in California have risen by 50% in the past two years—three times more than they have nationwide.”


The hard-hitting article concludes noting:


“The grid problems that Californians are enduring will grow and spread as supersized green-energy subsidies and mandates spread their harmful incentives throughput the U.S. economy in coming years. The culprit is the left’s climate policies, not climate change.”

California started its climate alarmist campaign in 2006 with the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) that triggered commitments to reduce its CO2 emissions back to 1990 levels by year 2020. It further escalated these reduction commitments in additional state legislation over the coming decades to a “net zero” mandate by 2045.These schemes are incredibly costly, unreliable and real world irrelevant.

In year 2006 the global total CO2 emissions were about 29 billion tons of CO2. In year 2021 global total CO2 emissions have risen to about 34 billion tons and increase of 5 billion tons. During this period the U.S., UK and EU spent trillions of dollars mandating higher cost unreliable renewable energy use schemes while shutting down dispatchable, reliable and lower cost natural gas, coal and nuclear power plants to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2.3 billion tons while the world’s developing nations increased CO2 emissions by over 7 billion tons during this period by increased use of all forms of fossil fuels. 

The world’s developing nations now account for nearly 70% of total global CO2 emissions with these nations committed to continued expansion and use of reliable low-cost fossil fuels. Some of these nations including Russia and China now control energy markets that the rest of the world must access under high cost and unreliable delivery schemes to try and meet their energy needs because of the nondispatchable unreliable performance of their inadequate “as available energy only” renewable schemes that these nations have created. 

The Wall Street Journal’s article addressing the real-world energy and reliability debacle in California is a milestone event in the U.S. regarding a major media publication presenting an honest and accurate assessment of the debacle of Democrat climate alarmist driven mandated renewable energy use in the U.S.      

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JohnIL
September 9, 2022 6:11 am

Politics don’t fix problems; they make problems and offer more problems to fix those problems. Ethanol was never a good ideal but for decades it was touted as such. EV’s will only create new problems with again politics trying to fix them. California is a perfect example of politics never solving anything, only creating new problems. Fires because of lack of removing dried wood, renewable energy like solar and wind that cannot sustain demand by itself. Moving to all electric vehicles without any real plan or understanding how this will impact electricity demand. Clearly politicians don’t make smart decisions and only worsen or create problems.

Reply to  JohnIL
September 9, 2022 11:24 am

To get ready for rolling blackouts, I wanted to buy a quiet Honda generator. No luck. Governor Gavin Newsom banned them already. He is always one step ahead.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Curious George
September 9, 2022 2:13 pm

Can’t you get one from a neighbouring state and smuggle it in?

roaddog
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
September 9, 2022 8:24 pm

Outlet stores on the Nevada side of the California/Nevada border are poised to explode.

Want an ICE vehicle? Want a gasoline-powered generator? Want a standard-capacity magazine?

Come On Down.

roaddog
Reply to  roaddog
September 9, 2022 8:34 pm

And 18 months from now, I anticipate a huge opportunity for Pirate Bakeries, selling baked goods that actually contain carbohydrates. What else is there to be outlawed in California except calories?

Duker
Reply to  Curious George
September 10, 2022 12:04 am

The home generators are only banned from sale in 2028…..the way they going they may be essential by then

Clay Sanborn
Reply to  JohnIL
September 9, 2022 4:05 pm

So true. Well said. Many things would work so much better if left to Consumer Market Forces. Let people decide for themselves, and let them either succeed or fail. When gov’t subsumes this natural role, nothing works as well as should. Gov’t role should be to facilitate, not crush. And then step out o the way. But, no. Marxism

MarkW
Reply to  Clay Sanborn
September 10, 2022 7:46 am

Socialists are convinced that they are the smartest people on the planet. And they don’t care how much you have to suffer while they prove it.

jeffery P
Reply to  JohnIL
September 10, 2022 1:20 pm

How did we get conned into referring to windmills and solar power as “renewables?” What’s renewable? They have limited useful lifespans and have to be replaced. How is thar any more renewable than coal?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  JohnIL
September 10, 2022 4:38 pm

“Democrats blame climate change for the state’s week-long warnings to conserve power, …”

Then ‘Democrats’ unwittingly are admitting that the $100s of billions and decades of effort spent to ‘mitigate’ climate change have all failed!

Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 6:12 am

Is this finally a sign of sanity returning to the western world? A respected media outlet telling the truth about climate policies.

observa
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 8:20 am

Yes I’m noticing the MSM critiques coming faster and stronger while at the same time the climate changers are getting more disturbed and even panicky. In the final analysis MSM has to earn a quid and that means satisfying cold and hungry punters. It’s quite possible the whole climate change industrial complex could collapse rather breathtakingly like the old Soviet and the Wall. A delicious irony that Putin could well be responsible for that outcome.

HotScot
Reply to  observa
September 9, 2022 8:32 am

Putin has stated ending the climate change fraud and exposing the elites is one of his objectives.

MarkW
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 9:30 am

On the other hand, the climate change fraud has made Putin and his cronies quite rich.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2022 10:20 am

Sounds like he was playing both sides of the field. No doubt he funded entities promoting the fraud while positioning himself to cash in.

HotScot
Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 9, 2022 1:55 pm

So is it Putins fault for cashing in, or the west’s fault for creating the scam in the first place?

MarkW
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 3:43 pm

Putin played a significant role in helping to create the scam by funding many of the groups that are behind the scam.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 5:23 pm

I think there’s plenty of blame to spread around.

roaddog
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 10:27 pm

An outstanding grifter never lets you know he’s in play.

Willem Post
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2022 1:50 pm

That was made possible by EU Brussels bureaucrats pushing to implement unworkable, expensive wind/solar/battery schemes.

The shortcomings of these schemes backfired, enabling Russia, and Norway, and the Middle East to reap great profits by selling natural gas at high prices

HotScot
Reply to  Willem Post
September 9, 2022 1:55 pm

100%!

We create the problem then blame someone else for taking advantage of it.

MarkW
Reply to  HotScot
September 10, 2022 7:47 am

What about Russia’s role in funding many of the groups that push this nonsense?

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Willem Post
September 9, 2022 2:22 pm

Since 29th August the UK has been exporting electricity to Norway almost continuously. In fact all interconnectors, apart from the Dutch one having been taking power to Europe, even the that has gone full export in the last couple of days. Even tonight there’s 5GW heading to Europe. Hopefully we’re getting huge profits from the cheap renewable electricity heading overseas

MarkW
Reply to  Willem Post
September 9, 2022 3:44 pm

And how many of those politicians were funded by Putin?

MarkW
Reply to  Willem Post
September 10, 2022 7:47 am

You are ignoring the work Russia has done in funding many of the groups that are pushing this nonsense.

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2022 1:52 pm

Is that Putins fault?

MarkW
Reply to  HotScot
September 10, 2022 7:48 am

Unless someone is forcing Putin to fund these groups, then yes, that is Putin’s fault.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 11:44 am

It would have been nice if he had picked a more constructive manner for expressing his feelings than, say, bombing a formerly allied sovereign nation into dust.

This was a real opportunity for Putin to gain world-wide respect as a leader. Instead, he will go down in history as a heartless butcher, aspiring to the same level of butchery as Stalin and Lenin, but far less powerful. Unless, of course, his last act is to push the red button.

HotScot
Reply to  Joe Gordon
September 9, 2022 2:21 pm

Ukraine started the shooting, Russia responded to it.

It’s a matter of documented evidence that for 7 days before Russia crossed its border into eastern Ukraine (Donbas for convenience sake) western Ukraine was shelling it.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recorded every shell falling on both sides of the border however, western Ukraine had moved artillery from Kiev to the border with the express intention of aggression.

A couple of points – Artillery activity is always a prelude to invasion, other than being for defence. With 150,000 Russian troops amassed on the Russia/Ukraine border an invasion of eastern Ukraine by western Ukraine would have been suicidal, so why begin shelling?

Perhaps to provoke Russia into crossing the border to protect the ethnic Russian population of the Donbas, as Putin had offered to do in the past? Then accuse Russia in the western media and political sphere of the very aggression they responded to.

There can be little doubt that Zelensky invading the Donbas with NATO training and support would have resulted in ethnic cleansing if not full on genocide. The Azov battalion and its history is not a myth, it’s real, these people are devoted Nazi’s.

Further evidence:

Zelensky called for a UN enforced no fly zone but it was turned down. Why? Because it would be supporting an aggressor.

Why is there not a single UN boot on the ground in Ukraine? – For the self same reason.

The cry is that the UN/America/Europe/NATO would risk all out nuclear war with Russia if they intervened.

Fine I accept that.

So, what about Taiwan? Will the west simply allow China to invade the country with no resistance and no support other than sending arms because China has nuclear capability?

Are we just to roll over to any country with nuclear weapons? In which case, what’s the point of nuclear deterrents?

Finally, the leaders of the majority of the worlds population (BRICS) have refused to condemn Putin.

So why does the west once again believe it’s in the right?

yarpos
Reply to  Joe Gordon
September 9, 2022 8:02 pm

I dont think Vlad cares about such meanless posturing. He cares and Russia and ethnic Russians and does not tolerate their persecution as you appear to look away from. The emotive “nation into dust ” was a nice bit of hyperbole though.

roaddog
Reply to  Joe Gordon
September 9, 2022 10:29 pm

I don’t think Ukraine was ever a ‘sovereign nation.” More like a playground under the thumb of grifters like the Biden crime family.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Joe Gordon
September 10, 2022 5:10 am

Perhaps it was not a good idea for the EU, NATO, Ukraine, Dementia Joe, Boris Johnson et al to provoke Putin?

MarkW
Reply to  Gerry, England
September 10, 2022 7:49 am

Fascinating. Unless one does what the bully demands, you are “provoking” the bully and deserve everything that happens to you.

Don
Reply to  MarkW
September 10, 2022 6:17 pm

This is not a school playground where it is wise to stand up to a bully , the “bully” in this case is enormously powerful and in fact is justified in what it has done .

Don
Reply to  Joe Gordon
September 10, 2022 6:14 pm

God man ! Go read some history of the whole event starting back in 2014 -2015 and search the name “Nuland “. It takes some work but it is the only way to get a true perspective on Putin’s action’s which were justified . Ukraine is the most corrupt country in the world and is run by wealthy corrupt oligarchs and the USA

Reply to  Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 8:27 am

Lights out scares ’em more than 3mm of sea rise, it seems.

Reply to  Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 8:53 am

There is no sanity clauses allowed in California
Not allowed in contracts, or in political speeches.
Only insanity clauses.
Left coast rules.

MarkW
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 9:31 am

Isn’t the sanity clause right next to the Santa clause?

Pariah Dog
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2022 1:50 pm

Oh no! There ain’t no sanity clause!
https://youtu.be/oN8n99BUO-A

Richard Page
Reply to  Pariah Dog
September 9, 2022 2:53 pm

That’s the only kind of Marx that makes sense – Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Beppo!

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Graemethecat
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 10, 2022 3:54 am

No sanity clauses, but there is physical reality, as California is discovering to its cost.

Dave Yaussy
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 10:06 am

The Wall Street Journal editorials and op-ed columnists have been making this point for years. This is nothing new for them. It’s the news division, which operates semi-independently, that is younger and woker.

Some of the later comments suggest that the WSJ is late to the party on this issue. As a regular reader of its editorials, I would disagree.

Marty Cornell
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
September 9, 2022 9:34 pm

Dave, I have the same observations as you about the WSJ editorials and news division.

AndyHce
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 9, 2022 2:53 pm

Or do they have some still more devious plan?

Ron Long
September 9, 2022 6:17 am

Encouraging that the WSJ speaks up about the green insanity of the CAGW nonsense. However, Kalifornia is too far gone to deal with Reality, they are all-in with the Unicorn Farts, et al, ideology.

commieBob
Reply to  Ron Long
September 9, 2022 6:31 am

“Kalifornia” is doing us a huge favor by serving as an object lesson to everyone else. It’s kind of like it took Putin invading the Ukraine to convince the EU that relying on Russian gas is a bad idea.

There’s a silver lining in every cloud. 🙂

Yooper
Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2022 7:24 am

Actually you’re right Kalifornia is the classic engineering demonstation project to prove whether a new technology works, it sure doesn’t.

william Johnston
Reply to  Yooper
September 9, 2022 7:46 am

Give us more money and we will find a way to make it work. /s

yarpos
Reply to  william Johnston
September 9, 2022 8:04 pm

no /s about it, I bet a lot of that has gone on

tgasloli
Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2022 7:42 am

Unfortunately, Europe’s solution to relying on Russia gas is to freeze and institute rationing & price controls. Expect a similar “solution” to CA’s problem.

Reply to  tgasloli
September 9, 2022 8:33 am

That is only a sticking plaster. Everyone knows it can’t last.

The green blob is yelling ‘we need more wind’ .

Signs are, we will get fracking and nuclear instead

Oh dear.
How sad.
Never mind.

Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2022 8:30 am

You have California. We have Germany and the EU

Slowroll
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 9:47 am

Both are a pestilence.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 9:52 am

You can have California. Please.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 10:24 am

They can have the leftists living there, not the territory.

Maybe all those Hollywood types can apply for asylum in Germany or somewhere else in the EU.

Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2022 9:08 am

Russian gas through pipelines was the cheapest alternative for the EU. Insufficient LNG infrastructure In Germany to replace more than half the Russian gas.

The German government economic sanctions on Russia started the trade war. Putin responded by telling Gazprom to slow supply.

Gazprom wants to sell as much gas as possible to the EU
EU companies prefer to buy less expensive Russian gas

It is the political leaders who have disrupted free trade.

With German purchases of Russian gas already down by over 50%, Putin is desperate to punish Germany to get sanctions eliminated before they stop buying all Russian gas. And Germany is desperate to punish Russia by telling companies to stop buying Russian gas as soon as possible (probably by mid-2024)
The little people suffer for no logical reason.

Relying on Russian gas was NOT a bad idea.
Attacking trade with sanctions on Russia was a bad idea.
Germany loses
Gazprom loses
Russia loses Gazprom income taxes.

Germany still imports lots of other energy from Russia.

Germany’s three remaining nuclear reactors run mainly on uranium from Russia and Kazakhstan. 

Germany’s also gets 34 percent of its oil from Russia and 53 percent of its hard coal supplies. Germany’s coal mines supply the country with lower-BTU lignite coal since hard coal production was phased out in the country in 2018. In 2021, Germany accounted for 46 percent of the total lignite produced in the European Union.”

Honest global warming chart Blog: Germany’s Energy Dependence on Russia Is Greater than Just Natural Gas (elonionbloggle.blogspot.com)

Jtom
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 12:44 pm

Not striving to be energy independent is not a good idea. Being overly reliant on a single foreign country is a bad idea. Being critically reliant on a single country having a dictator with a history of acting belligerently is a horrible idea.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 2:38 pm

Goto https://www.energy-charts.info/index.html?l=de&c=DE (it’s multi-lingual) and see how quickly Germany switch from reliable coal and nuclear and into the arms of Putin, It took less than five years.

yarpos
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 8:07 pm

Why would Russia be desperate? they just look East for markets no West

roaddog
Reply to  yarpos
September 9, 2022 10:34 pm

And the more Western industrial capacity is shuttered, the larger that demand from the East becomes.

roaddog
Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2022 10:31 pm

Sadly we must concern ourselves with the carbon emissions released by the bodies of millions of deceased Californians.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 9, 2022 8:29 am

You can’t bullshit Reality. Californians will understand that, or descend even further into chaos, and then all the smart people will leave. And turn Los Angeles into Detroit

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 8:49 am

or return LA into the semi-desert it once was…

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Gregory Woods
September 9, 2022 9:48 am

Green climate fear porn concerning LA may have driven them
to insanity!

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Bryan A
Reply to  Old Man Winter
September 9, 2022 12:21 pm

Icebergs are nothing more than Ice Cubes (massive ice cubes) floating on the water. They accordingly displace an volume of water equal to their weight. If they all melted the sea level rise would be Zero Point Zero MM. There would be NO increase in sea level.
Pure climate porn.

Willem Post
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2022 1:56 pm

Not so with land ice melting

Bryan A
Reply to  Willem Post
September 9, 2022 8:31 pm

Read the very top above the Los Angeles Bay
“This is what California would look like if all the icebergs melted”
No mention of land fast ice

yarpos
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2022 8:08 pm

no sense of humor at all then?

jeffery P
Reply to  Ron Long
September 10, 2022 1:22 pm

All the sane people are leaving Kalifornia. Unfortunately, many of the nuts are leaving too.

Bryan A
September 9, 2022 6:25 am

California is obviously trying to force all the smart people to leave the State. Unfortunately if they succeed the State will only be populated by Dumb-O-Crats

HotScot
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2022 8:35 am

Haven’t Newson’s parents left for Texas or Arizona?

Maybe Newsom should take the hint that even his parents think he’s dumb.

Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2022 9:10 am

Scientists say due to Chinese air pollution drifting east to the left coast, the average IQ in California declines by one point each year.
has to be true because scientists say so.

yarpos
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 8:09 pm

Portland, Seattle, all of Ca, the theory has some merit

roaddog
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 10:35 pm

Its easily double that.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2022 9:55 am

However, much as we’d like to, many of us can’t leave California. And the question always remains, where to move to that is any better.

Jtom
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 12:55 pm

If you think FL, TX, SC, NC, GA, ND, SD, WY, OK, and several other similar states are no better than CA, then do yourself and the rest of us a favor and stay in CA.

AndyHce
Reply to  Jtom
September 9, 2022 3:02 pm

But so many of them are trying

MarkW
Reply to  AndyHce
September 10, 2022 7:54 am

For many of them, they are under the influence of people who fled California, and then tried to recreate it wherever they landed.

roaddog
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 10:35 pm

Anywhere.

Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 6:32 am

An alternate to California’s proposed 4.2 GW offshore wind project:
 4.2 GWs = roughly 680 6MW turbines or 252 17MW turbines
·        Miles offshore with an expensive undersea power network
·        No thermal use for industry
·        Radar Interference is a security threat
·        Intermittent low-density Energy
Vs
The least impacting energy source on nature:
https://businessdevelopmentinternational.biz/seaborg-co/
 

  • 21 Seaborg 200 MW CMSR p

ower barges or 5 GW CMSR power barges
·        Float them into any sea or river port near the local grid
·        24-year return to the shipyard for recycling
·        Thermal Industrial and Desalination use 
·        The least impacting energy source on nature
·        24/7/365 Energy inexpensive as Coal

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rbabcock
Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 7:21 am

Well, this certainly is an option. As with most things, as they get built and deployed bugs will get worked out and efficiency will improve. Can’t barge one to Denver or Phoenix in the US but most large cities in the US are on water.

Reply to  rbabcock
September 9, 2022 8:42 am

You need a fair amount of water to cool a lot of reactor. Great lakes are is obviously well placed as is the Missisippi and Missouri valleys.

But the lump in the middle – Arizona, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada,Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, ain’t quite so blessed with water – sea lake or river.

May some sort of gas coolled reactor driving a gas turbine and operating at far higher temperatures would work.

In the end you have to balance that against – say – longer transmission lines from more suitable generation locations.

MarkW
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 9:34 am

If it uses steam to turn the turbines, it needs cooling. Regardless of what is used to boil the water in the first place.

BobM
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 10:29 am

Texas? I think Texas has more (Gulf) coastline than every state but Florida, California, and Alaska…

Yooper
Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 7:34 am
Reply to  Yooper
September 9, 2022 8:37 am

“self-contained, low-capacity, floating nuclear power plants.
Rosatom plans to mass-produce the stations at shipbuilding facilty

Used for remote locations such as in Siberia
Crazed Americans would probably be frightened by a nuclear ship

London Broil
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 8:51 am

“Crazed” Americans were the first to produce one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MH-1A

Reply to  London Broil
September 9, 2022 9:15 am

And the first to stop producing too
Thanks for the additional information

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  London Broil
September 9, 2022 9:59 am

But that was then, and this is now.

London Broil
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 11:45 am

Meaning what exactly? That the US could not develop a program now? I would beg to differ.

The Sturgis was a prototype that filled a need for several years. Did you expect it to last forever?

The US has 10 or 11 floating nuclear reactors called aircraft carriers. In emergency situations these can provide electricity and other services.

Should the US build one or more floating nuclear reactors just to have them? Who could foresee states purposely undermining their electrical grids?

Jtom
Reply to  London Broil
September 9, 2022 1:03 pm

We’ve also got around seventy nuclear subs, as well.

Drake
Reply to  London Broil
September 9, 2022 6:48 pm

The US has many more (+ – 70) floating reactors, called submarines.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 2:55 pm

The USN Navy has large numbers of nuclear powered vessels from the latest CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford (the N in CVN indicates nucleas powered) to a large number of submarines

Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 8:34 am

I’m not second guessing which technology will in the end predominate, beyond that fact that right now, it will be some kind of nuclear fission.

HotScot
Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 8:37 am

4.2 GWs = roughly 680 6MW 

That’s nameplate isn’t it?

Wind turbines rarely achieve nameplate performance.

Mason
Reply to  HotScot
September 9, 2022 9:54 am

Or even 40%, most likely 25%.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 9:57 am

But our noble Coastal Commission just nixed a desalination plant in Huntington Beach because it would be emitting hot, salty water into the Pacific. Of course, the salt would be coming from that very same ocean.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Walter Horsting
September 9, 2022 2:48 pm

In the UK these are close to where I live. They’ve been working on a solution for radar interference. It’s taken a decade to come up with a potential solution.

DERBY’S WIND TURBINES SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WORLD FIRST IN RADAR TECHNOLOGY
Derby will soon benefit from the installation of the world’s first fully operational 3D holographic radar™ system, as a result of Severn Trent Water’s work with radar technology specialist, Aveillant, and East Midlands Airport, to get its wind turbines turning.

Severn Trent Water’s renewable energy manager, Martin Dent, explains: “This is an exciting time for us. Since we installed our wind turbines we’ve been working closely with Aveillant, and East Midlands Airport, collecting data and identifying the new radar technology to work with the turbines, which we’re proud to say is a global first.

Drake
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
September 9, 2022 6:50 pm

So yet another added cost to an existing system due to unreliable generation methods.

John Garrett
September 9, 2022 6:36 am

…and the rest of the media will ignore this because they want to believe the WSJ is pandering to conservative rich people.

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Reply to  John Garrett
September 9, 2022 8:43 am

…and the rest of the media will ignore this because they are paid handsomely by renewable companies to avoid the truth at all costs.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  John Garrett
September 9, 2022 10:32 am

“…WSJ is pandering to conservative rich (white, racist, homophobic) people” is closer to their belief.

MarkW
Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 10, 2022 7:59 am

I’ve been told by leftists for 40 years that all whites are racist. The only difference is that some are better able to hide it.

In other words, if you see a white person who isn’t acting like a racist, you have found one of those whites who is good at hiding their racism.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  MarkW
September 10, 2022 8:44 am

Malcom X stated the biggest threat was from white liberals.

jeffery P
Reply to  John Garrett
September 10, 2022 1:24 pm

The rest of the Wall Street Journal will ignore it.

tgasloli
September 9, 2022 7:02 am

Energy poverty is the goal. One late to the game editorial from ESG land doesn’t change that.

ResourceGuy
September 9, 2022 7:15 am

Careful, they may go out and set more fires to support their case of climate change as the culprit instead of policy. There are no limits to political strongarm tactics as shown in the Las Vegas hit on an investigative reporter.

MarkW
Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 9, 2022 8:22 am

Not surprisingly, the media is covering up the fact that the politician who ordered the hit is a Democrat.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2022 10:34 am

I thought the hitman was the democrat politician or am I thinking of another reporter hit?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 9, 2022 11:48 am
Brad-DXT
Reply to  Janice Moore
September 9, 2022 5:26 pm

I notice that the main stream and legacy media won’t touch the story because it goes against the narrative.
If it was a republican official it would probably overshadow the death of the queen.

roaddog
Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 9, 2022 10:39 pm

They have gone as far as to blame Trump – because they’re so apolitical.

Carlo, Monte
September 9, 2022 7:28 am

To think that all of this started with trendologists averaging air temperatures to death…

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
September 9, 2022 7:41 am

or was it Jimmy Hanston switching off the air-con, 30+ years ago?

Who would have thought it would lead to *everyone’s* air-con going off

HotScot
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 9, 2022 9:09 am

Nope, it was a Big Yellow Taxi……

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 9, 2022 9:33 am

Who?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
September 9, 2022 11:56 am

Aw, Mr. Alberts. You know 🙄 James Handstand, er, Hantsen, I mean, Hansen. 😄

One June 22, the night before his testimony, Hansen and Senator Tim Wirth sabotaged the air conditioner in the meeting room.

we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense.

… What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred … it was really hot. … 

So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

Interviews – Timothy Wirth | Hot Politics | FRONTLINE | PBS

(Source: https://www.climatedepot.com/2018/06/22/analysis-james-hansens-1988-testimony-was-the-end-of-any-pretense-in-reality-with-climate-science/ )

Bryan A
Reply to  Janice Moore
September 9, 2022 12:30 pm

Apparently James Hansen Climate meetings cause severe drought and high temperatures. James Hansen should never be allowed to hold any more meetings

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Bryan A
September 10, 2022 7:15 am

James Hansen is a bit weird. In 2011 he said the following

“suggesting renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the US, China, India or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy” (‘Baby Lauren and the Kool Aid’)

Yet not long before that he had testified at a UK court case involving protestors who had stopped coal trains heading to Kingsnorth Power Station. In his testimony had called the transport “Death Trains”

MarkW
Reply to  Bryan A
September 10, 2022 8:01 am

Maybe if he traveled everywhere with Gore, the two effects would cancel out?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
September 9, 2022 9:33 am

And cherry-picking proxies to death.

MarkW
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
September 10, 2022 8:02 am

With the statistical method he was using, so long as one of his proxies had the shape he was looking for, the output would have that shape as well.

Jit
September 9, 2022 7:41 am

An emergency text message helped to prevent possible blackouts in the state of California on Tuesday. The message asked residents to limit energy use for three hours to cut the risk of power cuts being implemented. The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), said it “saw an immediate and significant drop” in the use of power after the text was sent. The alert was issued after record temperatures put pressure on the state’s electrical grid.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-62832775

Were these record temperatures, as the BBC alleges? Just how hot was it?

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Jit
September 9, 2022 10:02 am

Yet San Francisco was not asked to cut power use “because they don’t use that much air conditioning.” I would have thought that in an emergency, even turning off lights would help.

roaddog
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 10:41 pm

Its a pandemic of the unvaccinated. LOL. and an energy crisis of the unwashed.

Olen
September 9, 2022 7:50 am

In a little tin box. The international push for green energy can’t be coming from concerned politicians about the climate but more likely about personal wealth.

A corrupt official in the administration of NYC mayor Jimmy Walker was asked where he got the money to buy things he could not possibly afford on his salary and his reply was from a little tin box my wife kept in the kitchen. You can see how the money builds a penny at a time.

Fred Hubler
September 9, 2022 8:22 am

Is it a coincidence that the people who said Western civilization was unsustainable are making it so? – Michael Shellenberger

September 9, 2022 8:24 am

The tipping point, so beloved of Climate Change alarmists, has been reached…renewable energy isn’t dead yet, but it’s beginning to smell that way… nearly a generation after people were warning that it wouldn’t work.

Tauri cacas longa, vita brevis

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 9, 2022 8:54 am

especially the “caca” part…

September 9, 2022 8:28 am

1913 California heat wave TMAX (compared with 2022 California heatwave TMAX in parentheses, when there was a weather station in the same town — not necessarily in the same location)

California heat wave of 1913 versus California heat wave of 2022
1913
OJAI 113, (112 in 2022)
WASCO 113, (108 in 2022)
INDIO FIRE STN 112, 
PASO ROBLES 112, 
LEMON COVE 111, (116 in 2022)
LIVERMORE 111, (116 in 2022)
BLYTHE 110, 
BRAWLEY 2 SW 110, 
HEALDSBURG 110, 
MERCED 110
CHICO UNIV FARM 109, (108 in 2022)
ORLAND 109, (106 in 2022)
PASADENA 109, 
PETALUMA AIRPORT 109, (100 in 2022)
SANTA BARBARA 108, (101 in 2022)
SANTA ROSA 108, (112 in 2022)
WILLOWS 6 W 108, 
DAVIS 2 WSW EXP FARM 107, (107 n 2022)
MARYSVILLE 107, 
BERKELEY 106, 
SANTA CRUZ 106, 
UKIAH 106, 
REDLANDS 105, 
NAPA STATE HOSPITAL 104, (109 in 2022
ELECTRA P H 103, 
ORLEANS 103, 
YOSEMITE PARK HQ 103, 
TEJON RANCHO 102

SOURCE: Includes charts and full list of 2022 TMAX temperatures

Honest global warming chart Blog: California heat wave of 1913 versus California heat wave of 2022 (elonionbloggle.blogspot.com)

Last edited 20 days ago by Richard Greene
Dr. Jimmy Vigo
September 9, 2022 8:35 am

I would love to see how many legit science papers the governor of CA can cite to prove his words of “unprecedented temperatures”. They should be pretty much a bunch of references, in order to justify suggesting changes at the level of government, not just a few words from fanatics with personal opinions.

MarkW
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
September 9, 2022 9:37 am

If they aren’t setting new temperature records all over the state, every day, then by definition, these temperatures aren’t unprecedented.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
September 9, 2022 9:39 am

legit science papers” is the problem. An unreplicated study is pretty useless unto itself. It needs to be replicated by unrelated, impartial, scientists to be considered legit in any way.

n.n
September 9, 2022 8:45 am

Progressive prices and availability with forward-looking risk of catastrophic, anthropogenic misalignment and probable climate change (e.g. protests, bag limits). One step forward, two steps backward.

September 9, 2022 8:51 am

California power generation website:
Five minute interval measure of sources of electric power in CA:

California ISO – Supply, Today’s Outlook (caiso.com)

UK power generation website:

G. B. National Grid status (templar.co.uk)

US power outages by state website:

PowerOutage.US

Good source of LED flashlights website (ha ha):

Best Flashlights SALE Highest Reviewed and Rated Flashlights (opticsplanet.com)

Good source of beeswax emergency candles website:

100% Pure Beeswax Emergency and Survival candles. (zaxbeeswax.com)

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 3:04 pm

German Power Generation website
the Energy-Charts
French Power Generation Website
French National Grid Status

Spanish National Grid Status
Nacional-  Seguimiento de la demanda de energía eléctrica

London Broil
September 9, 2022 8:56 am

This “study” conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientwits in 2018 did not age well:

Study Finds California Can Close 28 Natural Gas Plants Immediately Without Affecting Electricity Reliability
https://www.ucsusa.org/about/news/california-can-close-28-natural-gas-plants

Randle Dewees
September 9, 2022 8:57 am

This week was a Kali debacle. I’m sorry I can’t give you an easier look at the situation, but if you go to the CAISO link below with a few keystrokes you can see for yourself. Scroll to the “Renewables Trend” chart. There is a calendar there to pick days – look at 9/7 for example. In the option tab pick “show demand” and prepare to be shocked. Remember this is area under the curve stuff. All this week there was basically no wind. The “renewables” were a tiny component of the demand. The demand was mostly filled by NG (~55%) and Imports (30-35%). This is the great state of Kali.

California ISO – Supply, Today’s Outlook (caiso.com)

Andy Espersen
September 9, 2022 9:42 am

Roll on, mid-term elections.

jeffery P
Reply to  Andy Espersen
September 10, 2022 1:30 pm

The GOP establishment has no plan and offers nothing to the voters except “we’re not as bad as the other guys.” That’s it. No agenda. Nothing.

Given the chance, the Republican establishment would be happy to offer The Green New Deal Lite. Bigger government, more deficits, more bureaucrats, just less than what the democrats want.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 9:49 am

“California started its climate alarmist campaign in 2006 with the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) that triggered commitments to reduce its CO2 emissions back to 1990 levels by year 2020.”

Did California comply with AB32? Were California emissions in 2020 back to 1990 levels?

BobM
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 9, 2022 11:18 am

Without having a reference to back me up, I believe they claimed to reach the goal by 2016. Following that, the huge forest fires in Kali for several years, wherein they had been counting on the carbon sequestration in their totals, apparently put them technically behind according to some… using forests as offsets seems fishy to me, and may confirm why there were such strict controls on burning or removing anything, which ultimately backfired anyway. Funny, they caught a professor starting fires to “prove” it was hotter temps.

Doonman
September 9, 2022 9:56 am

California never tells it’s citizens what the results of “fighting climate change” are or when we will see them. When in a “fight”, you want to win as quickly and as easily as possible. There is no sense “fighting” when the results are worse than doing nothing.

CD in Wisconsin
September 9, 2022 12:19 pm

Even though I know it will never happen, I occasionally entertain the thought in my mind of giving California back to Mexico.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
September 9, 2022 12:42 pm

Only if we get our $15 million back from Mexico.
With interest.
At the rate of illegal border crossings,
Mexico may get California back anyway

Santa Anna refused to sell a large portion of Mexico, but he needed money to fund an army to put down ongoing rebellions, so on December 30, 1853 he and Gadsden signed a treaty stipulating that the United States would pay $15 million for 45,000 square miles south of the New Mexico territory and assume private American …

Bryan A
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 9, 2022 9:32 pm

We are…they figure their migrants are worth $1 each and they’re sending 15M of then to Texas

Mike Maguire
September 9, 2022 4:46 pm

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/88534/#88536

Who are the people pushing these horrible fake green energy schemes and how can they be getting away with it?

Many of them are employed in politics, government and especially the green and related industry’s themselves that have hit the jackpot in massive free money gushing out to them from the government. …crony capitalism!
Also from other investment firms that have a variety of reasons that are NOT in the consumers best interest.

Additionally, media and bamboozled/gullible environmentalists that want to believe these green fairy tales. 

Here’s an example of it going on in Texas.
https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/27498/#88279

Green Energy Scores a 76X ROI for Their Lobbying Efforts

https://www.transparencyusa.org/article/green-energy-lobby-roi

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
September 9, 2022 4:53 pm
markl
September 9, 2022 5:55 pm

California, where virtue signaling has become a passion.

roaddog
September 9, 2022 8:21 pm

And on another front, Democrat’s plan to address illegal immigration has finally become clear. They plant to make life in the United States so dangerous that no one will ever want to leave El Salvador.

Nolte: Study Shows Murders Skyrocketing in Anti-Police, Democrat-Run Cities (breitbart.com)

Kevin
September 10, 2022 7:36 am

As with so many things happening now, they are indicators of a civilization in decline. The root cause is spiritual. At the macro level, allocation of resources is devolving from market-based rules to politically based rules, as it was for most of human history. The drop in efficiency and standard of living by the rule shift will be marked for all but the elite. As to the spiritual issue, Charles Cochrane described the issue accurately in the 40’s:

“Secular perversity thus uncritically assumes that, if indeed there exists some ‘flaw” or ‘fault’ operating to prevent the fulfillment of human potential, the place to look for such a fault was in ‘nature’ when, in point of fact, the fault is not in ‘nature’, but in the construction placed upon it by the human mind. To make this assumption is to suppose that man begins, so to speak, where nature leaves off; that the human task is to perfect the imperfection of nature’s handiwork. In other words, it is idolatry in its most subtle and seductive manifestation, the worship of man by himself.”
 

  • Charles Cochrane
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