The Wind and Solar Energy 'Paradox': A More Costly Way Forward-r

The Wind and Solar Energy 'Paradox': A More Costly Way Forward

Authored by Nina Nguyen via The Epoch Times,

A California-based, leading eco-modernist, has disputed the widespread claim, highly subsidized wind and solar are a cheap and clean energy source, arguing the opposite is the case.

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Comment by Willem Post on October 22, 2022 at 7:34am

Trump told the Germans, they were too dependent on Russian gas, in 2018.

They pooh-poohed and laughed at him.

The Germans are not laughing now, as they face being uncompetitive and de-industrialization on a massive scale.

Europe made a natural gas switch to other sources, such as the US, etc., because of the predictable blowback of its premeditated US/EU sanctions against Russia, due to the Ukraine events.


Europe had foolishly supported the US-instigated/financed, color revolution, in Ukraine, in 2014, which violently ousted a democratically elected leader.

"Fuck the EU" Ms. Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State, a former Ukrainian, was one of the on-site rooters of the Coup d’Etat.



Opportunities for the US/UK/NATO to: 


1) Turn Ukraine, and most of East Europe, into an armed camp, by moving military infrastructures and personnel to Russia’s borders, to "bark at the gates of Russia", per the Pope.


2) Weaken Russia with sanctions, that backfired, mostly onto Europe, and benefitted the US LNG producers/exporters and LNG carrier owners, while


3) Biden's posse of Socialists is:


- More concerned with Ukraine’s borders, than our own US southern border

- Exporting our oil, gas and coal, which is contributing to 8+% inflation.


Those policies will back-fire, and take away the ill-gotten control by Dem/Progs of the US government, in November 2022.


4) Use foreign-financed NGOs to foster unrest and color revolutions to get control of Belarus (big fertilizer/potash exporter) and Kazakhstan (big oil/gas exporter); the attempted regime changes were unsuccessful.


5) Use Ukraine to stonewall Russia regarding the Minsk accords, for 8 years, while:


- Building up the Ukraine army with NATO weaponry  

- Neo-Nazi "army personnel" were performing a punishing genocide of about 12,000 Dombas separatists, barely reported by the US/UK/EU media.


Kiev's government, led by neo-NAZI-nationalists, loaded with all sorts of NATO weapons, are ruining Ukraine, because they did not want to give "autonomy-while-being-part-of-Ukraine" to the Dombas, which is populated almost entirely by Russian-speakers, who, to their surprise, became, de facto, "Ukrainian" without being asked, who have been living in the Dombas, and elsewhere, for hundreds of years. 


Europe is now outsourcing its natural gas deliveries to the US, which is charging 4 times for its LNG, than Russia was charging for its pipeline gas!!


It is highly likely, the US/UK/NATO blew up Russia’s Nordstream 1 and 2 pipelines to eliminate any future low-cost competition, and to prevent Germany from making a gas deal with Russia.


Short-sighted Europeans Screwed Themselves Big-time


Europeans are burning their own trash, and cutting trees in the forests to stay warm

How good is that for the environment?

Europeans are finding expensive wind, solar and battery policies, made more expensive by high inflation, are unaffordable at high oil, gas and coal prices


Europe Teetering on Economic Ruin.


Energy-intensive factories and smelters are being shut down, many of them permanently.

The UK now has the highest electricity bills in Europe; previously RE mavens Denmark and Germany shared those honors.

According to a report released last week by the British government, business bankruptcies in the UK are now at their highest level since the 2009 financial crisis."


- China halted all resales of LNG sourced from Russian gas.

- The EU's sanctions on Russian oil will shut down Russian oil delivery to Europe in just over a month.

- Russia will sell its oil for rubles to friendly countries, because dollars and euros are worthless to Russia, because of pre-meditated US/UK/EU sanctions

- The Financial Times is reporting the UK’s National Grid warned British households to prepare for blackouts between 4 pm and 7 pm on "really, really cold" weekdays in January and February.


EU Sanctions are an "Economic Jonestown."


No wonder US Climate Jacobins are celebrating the economic and human devastation as winter closes in.

Meanwhile, US LNG shipments into Europe are pricing at 4x above Atlantic Basin prices -- a very nice payday.

While New England faces gas shortages due to New York State bans of pipeline expansion and the Jones Act.


Eventually There will be Other Options.


Erdogan agreed to study creating a gas hub in Turkey for blending Russian, Azerbaijan and other gas for shipment into the Balkans and southern Europe.


Europe is Toast for at Least the Next Five Years.


EU leaders’ first priority regarding energy is creating the appearance of being green, by not signing low-cost, long-term contracts for pipeline gas from Russia.


Russia responded by continuing the delivery of gas in accordance with signed contracts, and by not selling gas to the EU spot market, where prices have soared to unprecedented highs.


The EU had to implement the US pre-meditated sanctions on Russia, to protect its $15 trillion of investments in the US, and its huge annual balance of payments surpluses with the US.



Comment by Willem Post on October 19, 2022 at 10:31am

Fuel Oil Minimum Storage Capacity

Fuel oil used by power plants during the DECEMBER 24, 2017, TO JANUARY 8, 2018, cold period was = (1,303,415 MWh/0.50, average efficiency) x (3,412,000 Btu/MWh x 1 gallon/140,000 Btu, LHV = 63.532 million gallons  

The storage capacity should exceed maximum use by at least 20%, i.e., about 80 million gallons NEAR POWER PLANTS.
Maximum use likely occurs during longer cold periods.

It should be abundantly clear, the capacities of NE strategic oil and gas storage systems should be increased, to ensure reliable delivery of electricity service, including for future heat pumps and electric vehicles.

That electricity should be generated by highly efficient, oil/gas-fired, on-demand, CCGT plants, especially during likely combinations of events, that would stress the NE grid. 

Wind and solar would be totally unreliable during such stressed conditions.
Battery storage would be grossly too expensive during relatively rare stressed conditions.

New England

By the way, all of this, including rolling blackouts at ZUB-ZERO temperatures, and a lack of gas and oil for space heating, applies to New England, if:

1) New York State keeps obstructing new gas pipelines from Pennsylvania to New England; THIS SHOULD BE LEGALLY FORBIDDEN AS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL INTERFERENCE OF INTER-STATE COMMERCE, and


Comment by Dan McKay on October 9, 2022 at 4:18pm

 Mahatma Gandhi once said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” 

Comment by Willem Post on October 9, 2022 at 12:05pm

I posted the article 26 hours ago, and it has 420 views.

More and more brain-washed folks are finally coming to their senses.

The eco-advocates no longer control the scare-mongered, global warming narrative, because increasingly the facts are not on their side.

Comment by Dan McKay on October 9, 2022 at 6:06am

A vote for those candidates that openly reject wind and solar is a vote to re-stabilize the grid and lower electricity costs.  

Great articles, Willem


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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