Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Recent Energy and Environmental News December 28, 2020

 Recent Energy and Environmental News

December 28, 2020 in EnergyEnvironment / 

by John Droz, Jr.



 

Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter... (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here. To review the current issue, see below.)…

 

 

US National Elections: General —

Donald Trump's Stealthy Road to Victory

Fighting On 

Video: Trump has three options

The Etiology of Executive Order 13848

Why I Will Not Give Up

Biden is not “President-elect” until after January 6th, at the earliest

List of Trump’s Accomplishments

2020 Election Screaming Red Flags That Deserved Criminal Inquiry 

 

US National Elections: Malfeasance —

How to Steal an Election in Four Steps

Navarro Report: The Immaculate Deception

ASOG Dominion Report Review: Part 1 & Part 2

Video: The Plot to Steal America

Yes, It Was a Stolen Election

Video: Patrick Byrne - What Really Happened In The Oval Office 



US National Elections: Lawsuits —

A Running Compendium of Challenges to Election 2020

Georgia Sued Over Administration of Senate Runoff Elections 

 

US National Elections: State Issues —

Election Fraud in Antrim County (MI) – Dominion Forensic Audit Results

Georgia's Not Prosecuting Its Unprecedented Number of Double Voters

Amazing short video: Testimony re Nevada voting fraud (the words)

NY-22 Errors And Challenges Could Undermine Voter Rights

Electors in 7 States Cast Dueling Votes for Trump

 

Other US Politics and Socialism —

It’s Time to Find Our Common Ground and Fight the Real Deep State

Western greens are China’s useful idiots

China: The Conquest of Hollywood

China using green agenda to gain advantage over America 

 

COVID-19: Prevention 

New COVID-19 Vaccines, Same Sluggish FDA

FDA Investigates Allergic Reactions to Pfizer COVID Vaccine

Video: Vaccines by Ex Merck rep Brandy Vaughan

Study: Flu Vaccine Raises Risk of COVID Death

WHO Deletes Naturally Acquired Immunity from Its Website

Fauci tells Americans not to see their kids for Christmas

Evidence Shows Lockdowns Do Not Control Coronavirus 

 

COVID-19: Models and Data 

HCQ is effective for COVID-19 when used early: meta analysis of 180 studies

The COVID-19 Data is a "Travesty"

How Technocrats Intentionally Weaponized Bad Scientists

There are thousands of COVID strains, so this new scare is NOT a big deal 

 

COVID-19: Misc 

Here are the 10 top COVID questions which the media is ignoring

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas And Other Villains

Medical Tyranny Sent 8 Million Americans Into Poverty Since Summer 2020

Short video: Price Transparency - How to Fix Healthcare

 

Wind & Solar Energy —

Thousands of new French turbines — but no reduction in carbon emissions

NIMBY’s are making more noise than wind turbines

Big Stimulus For Renewable Energy in Covid Relief Bill

Congress Passes Solar, Wind Tax Credit Extensions, etc.

Reality Check on a Batteries during a one-day Wind/Solar lull

Over 100 Eagles Could Be Killed By NY Bluestone Wind Turbines

Vineyard Wind Withdraws From Federal Permitting Process

Turbines in Lake Erie are Irresponsible

 

Nuclear Energy —

An Upbeat Look at Nuclear with Rod Adams

States Can Resolve Nuclear Dilemma With a Modest Investment

Successfully de-fueling an Ontario nuclear reactor

 

Fossil Fuel Energy —

Gas Ban Economics 101

This Natural Gas Plant Has Achieved Zero Emissions

Vaccines to Fight COVID-19 Impossible Without Fossil Fuels 

 

Misc Energy —

Solarwinds Hack Infected Power Industry Critical Infrastructure

Washington Post Trashes EPA Benefit Cost Analysis Rule

New York Times Trashes EPA’s Particulate Matter Rule

Radicals Back in Charge Will Undermine State’s Resource Economy

Biden's About to Floor It to a Green Future

WSJ “News” on Green Energy Is Pure Puffery

Biden to tap former Michigan Gov. Granholm to lead DOE 

 

Manmade Global Warming, Some Deceptions —

China Debuts ‘Ambitious’ Environmental Plan Increasing CO2 for a Decade

China’s green NGO climate propaganda enablers

Climate activists' have new plan to 'double-count' emissions

The Climate Scam: What We Are Up Against

Study finds most of the CO2 increase is natural

LinkedIn Shuts Out Diverse Views

Boris Johnson: Climate crisis ‘far more destructive than coronavirus’

Newly discovered Greenland plume drives thermal activities in the Arctic 

 

Misc Manmade Global Warming —

Biden Is a Climate Dead End

Biden Climate Plan Risks Putting China Before The American People Study: 6000 years ago it was warmer than today

How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World

Climate Change SEC Financial Disclosures: Will New Rules be Coming?

Changes at WUWT

Scientist: CO2 climate innocence in 500 words

Study suggests great earthquakes cause of Arctic warming

Study: The Oceans Can ‘Spontaneously’ Warm 8°C in Under 100 Years 

 

Religion Related —

Virus Hypocrisy

Secular Activists Tackle Agenda Religiously

Beijing’s Collision With Christians

Atheists furious after Catholic Cardinal reveals their new world order plot

 

Education Related —

Pompeo: Many of our Colleges are Bought by Beijing

West Point accuses 70+ cadets of cheating in worst scandal in nearly 45 years

Covid Relief Bill Blocks School Choice 

 

Science and Misc Matters —

Calculation: How Long Will I Live?

Demand More From Yourself

The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Probably Not Real

China Recolonizes Africa

Strengthening the Information Quality Act

North Face is the new king of environmental hypocrisy 

 

John Droz, jr.

physicist & citizen advocate

 

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Thursday, 24 December 2020

Clintel Newsletter, Dec 23,2020

As an original member of CLINTEL, I post here Marcel Crok's End-of-Year Clintel Newsletter dated 23/12/2020.

Marcel Crok

 


Dear Friends and relations of CLINTEL, 

 
In the year 2020 the coronavirus was the number one scare. It was also the number one story in the news media. The focus on corona gave politicians the opportunity to secretly carry on with their destructive climate and energy policies without any democratic consent. Many citizens have no idea that reliable and affordable energy will become a luxury of the past.

Instead of becoming more realistic, the EU increases the ambition of their climate ideology and is determined to strive for a net-zero CO2 economy in 2050. With the incoming Biden administration, the US is supposed to rejoin the Paris accord.

However, it was also the year that we saw a breakthrough for climate realism with books like Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger and False Alarm by Bjorn Lomborg. It was also the year of Michael Moore with his film Planet of the Humans, which showed the abundance of lies and deceit about solar and wind farms. In this year, the CLINTEL community’s World Climate Declaration reached more than 900 signees.  

In 2021 a new IPCC report (AR6) will be published. Many CLINTEL signees have already seen drafts of the report and have many concerns. Instead of joining the growing number of experts with a cool and realistic climate view, the IPCC seems to have turned up the alarm volume. CLINTEL has already prepared a summary of what is misleading in the AR6 draft. This critical summary has been sent to the chair of the IPCC. Directly after AR6 is published, CLINTEL will distribute its criticism worldwide.

In The Netherlands, citizens are most worried about the destructive impact of the ongoing energy transition. To address this issue, CLINTEL recently published a Dutch energy vision that has been translated into English. It is focused on the Dutch situation and we are looking forward to expanding this to a global view.

Next week we will send you our complete plan for 2021.
 
We wish you and your family a great Christmas and, above all, a healthy 2021. 

Guus Berkhout (President of CLINTEL)
Marcel Crok (cofounder of CLINTEL)
 

New-tech American Coal-fired Electricity for Africa: Clean Air, Indoors and Out

 


DIANA ZEYNEB ALHINDAWI
/The New York Times/Redux.

from CO2 Coalition paper (link)

Principal Researchers:

Kathleen Hartnett White, former chair, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and senior fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Caleb Stewart Rossiter, Ph.D., former professor of statistics for public policy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and executive director, CO2 Coalition 

Executive Summary

African factories and businesses suffer frequent electrical power outages and only a third of Africans have access to reliable electricity at home. This limits economic growth, and life expectancy is 15 years behind developing countries that have made the transition to universal electrification. Forced to cook, light, and heat their homes with wood, charcoal, and animal dung, over 400,000 Africans die each year from respiratory diseases caused by indoor air pollution.

Universal electrification will help solve Africa’s problem of indoor air pollution and reduce the outdoor health risks of the recent “dieselization” of Africa. Soot-spewing backup diesel engines kick in when the grid goes down, and many countries spend more on dirty backup power than on the electrical grid itself. However, emissions from Africa’s continuing coal-fired generation of electricity could at the same time add to illness and mortality from outdoor air pollution, as was the case in China’s dramatic 30-year transition to universal electrification.

Africa is projected to double its electricity capacity in the next 20 years. “Renewable” electricity from wind and solar with battery storage is not mature or reliable enough to meet this demand. Electricity from natural gas and oil are expected to be part of the solution, but the infrastructure for moving gas and oil to power plants is in most countries too costly to build and maintain.

There is a strong consensus among power analysts that Africa’s cheap, abundant, easily transportable coal will continue to be used on a large scale for electricity. Without modern “scrubbing” and other technologies to neutralize pollutants, Africa could be trading one health crisis for another.

U.S. policy at present opposes coal-fired electricity in Africa. Obama administration policies, based on concern about emissions of the non-polluting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and their possible future impact on extreme weather, continue to guide U.S. policy. The U.S.-funded World Bank and African Development Bank no longer support coal plants, preferring plants using natural gas, which produces about half the CO2 emissions of coal per unit of energy. The U.S. Power Africa program has taken the same stance. This leaves the construction of coal plants to China and others who have scrubbing technology but do not require it in their foreign construction.

American “new-tech” electricity generation and pollution scrubbing is in operation at the Turk Plant in Arkansas. A field visit and interviews by the CO2 Coalition confirm that the technology virtually eliminates health hazards from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. Water for the boiler, cooling for re-use, and scrubbing comes from a nearby dammed river, and much is re-used and recycled. However, no similar plants are under construction in America because of the fall in natural gas prices due to another remarkable American technology, “fracking.”

Could this American technology work in Africa? After all, Africa is littered with “white elephants” – projects that worked well in developed countries but were not transferable to Africa’s physical, infrastructure, regulatory, political, and economic spheres. 

The answer is a qualified “yes” – for a few test cases at first with supportive governments with viable plans for maintenance and pricing. The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation’s “good governance” eligibility standards provide a well-developed method of initial assessment. 

The paper also mentions re renewables and indoor air pollution:

The so-called renewables – primarily wind and solar – are predicted to soar from virtually nothing today to match coal at 125,000 MTOE in 2040. However, at present, renewables are not mature or reliable enough to provide significant grid electricity in Africa. Major technological advances and cost reductions in generation and storage of wind and solar power will be required for this prediction to be realized.

Tragically, the amount of African energy coming from solid fuels like wood and dung is also expected to rise by 2040, although falling from a half to a third of total energy. If clean-coal electricity were to be promoted rather than restricted by developed countries’ policies in Africa, it would take an even bigger bite out of solid fuels and indoor air pollution. 

In Part IV, the paper talks of American Clean Coal Technology: The Turk Plant and Hele Design:


Above is a schematic of a controlled coal power plant like Turk, incorporating its three sequential air quality systems: Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) of Nitrogen Oxides, an Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) to remove Particulate Matter such as soot, and Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) to reduce Sulfur Dioxide. 

To read more of this well-researched paper, go to: https://co2coalition.org/