Costly wind power menaces man and nature

The true costs of wind energy are too often (deliberately?) ignored or underestimated Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris Wind energy can never replace fossil fuels, despite claims of environmentalists and advocates of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal (GND). It’s not environment-friendly either. Indeed, wind power is hampered by many limitations, including: * its intermittent…

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International Energy Agency: New Coal Plants are “Filling a Growing Gap” Between Soaring Energy Demand and Renewables

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Although investment in coal plants has slowed to its lowest level this century, the coal fleet is still growing. Global energy investment stabilised above USD 1.8 trillion in 2018, but security and sustainability concerns are growing 14 May 2019 Global energy investment stabilised in 2018, ending three consecutive years of…

Fossil Fuel Fake Subsidies Top $5 Trillion in 2017

Guest slam dunk by David Middleton From the ever unreliable Nick Cunningham at Oil Price Dot Com… Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hit $5.2 TrillionBy Nick Cunningham – May 12, 2019 The world spent a staggering $4.7 trillion and $5.2 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2015 and 2017, respectively, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund.…

Behold the mayo: Experiments reveal ‘instability threshold’ of elastic-plastic material

Rayleigh-Taylor-instability experiments confirm that the instability of elastic-plastic material is a function of initial conditions, such as amplitude and wavelength; characterization could apply to problems relevant to inertial confinement fusion Lehigh University Arindam Banerjee, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University, studies the dynamics of materials in extreme environments. He and…

Swedish Power Shortages Because of Renewable Energy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Grant Griffiths – Sweden was a zero carbon nuclear energy leader, but nowadays reliable zero carbon nuclear is the wrong kind of zero carbon electricity. Sweden’s Lack of Electricity Capacity Is Threatening Growth A shift toward renewables is overwhelming the nation’s grid, leaving a potential Olympic Games in 2026 relying on reserve generators.  …

Prediction: Iran Sanctions To Trigger $120/bbl Oil! Or Not.

Guest Yogi Berra impression by David Middleton Last month, Dr. Phillip Verleger, a professional prediction maker, predicted a crash in U.S. crude oil production in 2020. My response was: Certainly if prices drop below $50/bbl for a prolonged period of time, Dr. Verleger’s prediction of a decline in US crude oil production will very likely…