Exclusive: Some Recent Energy News – 8/30/10

Posted on Mon 08/30/2010 by


By John Droz  Jr

This is the latest issue of my informal, free collection of recent electrical energy-related developments. Since citizens are daily inundated with material coming out on this topic, I am trying to present a digest summary of the most pertinent applicable information. My bias is for articles that are: scientific, independent, informative, constructive, and/or well-written. (I would STRONGLY recommend that you SAVE these emails, as you might need links to some good articles in the future.)

At last count there are well over 3000 readers of the newsletter. If there are some other open-minded people you think would like this newsletter feel free to pass it on — or provide me with their email addresses and I will include them in the future.

My core message is: Scientifically Sound Solutions not Palliative Political Pablum

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What this translates to is that the policy statement of any true environmental organization should be the following:
1)  We believe that we have serious environmental and energy issues, and
2)  We believe that these matters should be solved by applying the scientific method.
Anything less would amount to promoting a political policy rather than a science-based one. Citizens should insist on nothing less from organizations they belong to.
In my view we are at the point where we need to do much better with communications. It does us relatively little good if excellent articles are written, but almost no one sees them.

I sent out a request of volunteers to help with this campaign to get the word out, and in addition to receiving several hundred supportive comments, over sixty good people have signed up. THANK YOU!

At my request, the energetic and capable Tom Stacy has agreed to chair this effort. If you would like to help, or just have some good ideas, please contact Tom directly “tstacy@savewesternoh.org”.  We’ll keep you posted.
Here is further evidence that the amount of wind at a location has very little to do with whether or not a wind project is constructed. It’s all about the subsidies! <<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1303688/More-half-Britains-wind-farms-built-wind.html>>
A fine article by energy expert Robert Bryce about the inadequacy of wind energy <<http://www.slate.com/id/2264111/>>.
This letter gives a good indication of the pathetic direction things are taking: if citizens don’t buy the fluff, then ignore them, intimidate them, force them, etc. <<http://www2.chroniclejournal.com/editorial/letters/2010-08-17/some-‘open-house’>>.
Wind developers complain that citizen resistance in Wisconsin is too sophisticated (!) The solution is to essentially remove citizens from the process by getting the state to set up “fast track” standards. <<http://www.energycentral.com/generationstorage/wind/news/en/16631561/Neighbors-say-wind-energy-has-its-price>>
“Trying to Dial Down the Volume of Noise Pollution” has many good points about noise, in general
Quebec has so much hydro electric power it is paying to keep existing hydro plants shut down — yet it is adding wind turbines! A good example of the foolishness of politics over science. <<http://www.thestar.com/news/quebec/article/850738–as-quebec-bathes-in-electricity-money-goes-down-the-drain#article>>.
Is wind development compatible with agriculture, a two part series <<http://www.windaction.org/faqs/28898>>. And another on a related topic <<http://www.ediblesadvocatealliance.org/local-food—agriculture-business-blog/bid/45367/Wind-Turbines-An-Agricultural-Scam>>.
Vermont’s Public Service commission did an evaluation of some of the renewable energy supports offered by Vermont and came to some surprisingly frank conclusions <<http://publicservice.vermont.gov/planning/DPS%20White%20Paper%20Feed%20in%20Tariff.pdf>>.
“Green Dream: Meet Reality”
A good editorial comparing bird loss of the BP oil spill to US wind turbines <<http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/17/the-gulfs-bird-toll/>>.
Although this is not a recently released article it has an abundance of interesting information about concrete and nuclear energy <<http://tinyurl.com/2az7y6a>>. Mini-nuclear wasn’t as active at that time, so it would be interesting to add that to the mix.
For anyone interested in nuclear energy, <<http://djysrv.blogspot.com/>> is about nuclear energy political and economic news.
Speaking of nuclear, a better link for the good article referenced last issue: “Who’s Afraid of Radiation?”
The Putting Some Balance To It Department —
“The Green Swindle” is an excellent news video: <<http://vodpod.com/watch/4325030-the-green-swindle-video-foxnews-com>>.
Global Warming – A Mammoth Insult To Our Ancestors” <<http://www.thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/1397-philip-stott-global->>.
“Leading Physicist Labels Satellitegate Scandal a Catastrophe” <<http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/22385.html>>.
“The Clash of Civilizations” is thought provoking <<http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/23/the-clash-of-civilizations-“green”-vs-“red-white-and-blue”/>>.

With all the talk of the Russian heatwave being due to global warming, it pales in comparison to what is regarded as the record heat wave of modern times.

That event was in Marble Bar (Australia), where from October 31, 1923 to April 7, 1924 (160 days) the temperature broke the 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) mark!
Global Warming Unmasked is a detailed investigative report by the Catholic Investigative Agency <<http://www.realcatholictv.com/cia/04GlobalWarming/>>.

This is welcome news about the Chicago Climate Exchange <<http://21stcenturywire.com/2010/08/27/the-great-collapse-of-the-chicago-climate-exchange/>>.
A huge “green” boondoggle  — that you probably haven’t even heard about:

The Community Service Department —
Formerly autistic your girl sings the Stars Spangled Banner: <<http://www.youtube.com/user/ProdigyGina#p/f/0/5FqCWuqsYqw>>.
You think you have commuting problems? How about an 11 day traffic jam, where some drivers were stuck for over FIVE days <<http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/transport/longest_traffic_jam_60-mile_11-day_Chinese_traffic_jam_sets_world_record_101837.htm>>.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

john droz, jr.
physicist & environmental advocate