John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: December 6, 2021

Wind & Solar Energy:
A green paradox: Deforesting the Amazon for wind energy in the Global North
Quantifying the hurricane risk to offshore wind turbines
Green Technologies Have A Glaring Problem Of Scale
NY Utility Bills to Rise 10± Percent due to Green NYC
Lake Erie wind turbine project subject of upcoming Ohio Supreme Court hearing
Pennsylvania Bill Solar and Wind Decommissioning Introduced
Fire fears over huge battery storage plants for wind project
NC Commissioners rebuff request for 574-acre solar project

Nuclear Energy:
Key Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel
Closing California’s last nuclear power plant would be a mistake
Nuclear Bans Tumble as Once-Skeptical States Seek Carbon Cuts

Fossil Fuel Energy:
Multistate carbon tax scheme on gasoline collapses
Germany urges US Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline
Biden lacks understanding of oil’s contributions to civilization
Inconvenient realities about net-zero
Fifteen States Respond to ‘Woke Capitalism,’ Threaten to Cut Off Banks That Refuse to
Service Coal, Oil Industries
China is mining much more coal again and that's boosting its factories
Elizabeth Warren Goes to War Over Natural Gas Prices She Helped Create!
Michigan Governor voluntarily dismisses pipeline lawsuit

Misc Energy:
Contempt for the Middle Class at Heart of Energy Politics
Why the Energy Transition Will Be So Complicated
There's an enormous geothermal pool under the Latrobe Valley that can provide cheap,
clean energy
UK: Blundering blindly into an energy emergency

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Comment by Willem Post on December 8, 2021 at 11:07am

The 12 MW floating wind turbine project turnkey capital cost, including grid extension/augmentation from wind turbine to mainland grid would be at least $60 million

Assuming the owners earn 9%/y on their investment, and a 20 year life, the ANNUAL amortizing cost would be $6.478 million

The cost of electricity would be 12.317 c/kWh. This is only the amortizing cost

All other costs are IN ADDITION.

This compares with an average NE WHOLESALE price of 5 c/kWh, which has been the same, starting in 2009 to the present, courtesy of low-cost, low-CO2, clean-burning, DOMESTIC gas plants, and low-cost, near-zero CO2, DOMESTIC nuclear plants, which produce electricity at less than 5 c/kWh

Maine floating offshore

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Comment by Kenneth Capron on December 6, 2021 at 2:22pm

I saw that on 60 Minutes last night that the mining of nickel is forcing the clear cutting of Amazon forests although I thought it was for electric cars. Will that stop the stampede to buy EVs? As I have said to many people, a certain percent of people are predetermined to buy EV. And I believe they have all bought theirs. Green energy relies too much on negative chemistry. Whether its Nickel from the Amazon or Lithium from Afghanistan or lead or Cadmium Telluride or Neodymium magnets from China - they all have negative impacts.

But good for me that my MicroRail doesn't use any of that stuff. We have a whole new type of magnet.
No nickel< lead< cadmium< tellurium< neodymium. Just Stainless steel< FRP (Fiber reinforced polymers)< and the American-made magnets. Zoom Zoom Zoom.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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