This Week’s Energy News

Posted on Tue 09/14/2010 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 some 4000 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.
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We are moving along with our communication committee. This is a complex, time-consuming situation that we are trying to do carefully, so if you’d like to offer some help, please contact Tom Stacy (“”). This is all about getting the word out to more people. —————
One of the many energy experts who get this newsletter, Dr. George Taylor, sent me a good suggestion.
John: I’d like to see our movement (to end unjust, illogical, wasteful, and short-sighted energy policies) adopt a positive slogan or motto. Consider —   “History will record that the greatest tragedy of this period … was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” — Martin Luther King Jr   “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” — Terry Anderson, Los Angeles talk radio host **************** I have often said that this is a PR situation, so I agree that George’s recommendation  is a good idea. Send me your suggestions, new or plagiarized. —————
This Electricity Generating Capacity article has a LOT of good info about wind energy  <<>>. —————
An excellent article about the economics of wind energy  <<>>.
And another on economics, this one exposing the “wind is less expensive” fallacy  <<>>. —————
A fine three part series “Wind Is Not Power At All”      <<>>,      <<>>,      <<>>. —————
This recessive energy tax (RGGI) in 10 NE states, that has gotten very little attention  <<>>. —————
The real costs of “free” energy <<>> and an earlier article that discusses the same point <<>>. —————
Some history of the wind business and Enron <<>>. —————
The medical implications of wind energy are argued in public by medical professionals  <<>>.
For those interested in health effects of wind energy, they should seriously consider attending this upcoming conference <<>>. —————
I forgot whether I posted this before, but even if I did it’s worth a repeat: “Why Windmills Can’t Fly: The Non-Science of Wind Energy” <<>>. —————
An example of a case where the funds promised to a community by a wind developer didn’t pan out as expected  <<>>. —————
Germany (wisely) agrees to extend the life it its nuclear plants  <<>>. —————
An interesting article about peak oil  <<>>. —————
“The Town Council made Henderson the first municipality in northern NY that could enact a ban on commercial wind farms,” so kudos to those citizens: <<>> —————
“’Windfall’ Documentary Explores Perils of Wind Power”  <<>>.

The Putting Some Balance To It Department —
The IAC has now published its “critique” of the IPCC. There have been numerous commentaries about it, and here are some reasonable ones:  <<>>,   <<>> and   <<>>.
“Are Reconstructions of Surface Temperatures Over the Last 1000 Years Reliable?” is a significantly important paper analyzing this issue <<>>.
“Independent Thought Not Wanted at UCLA” gives some insight into why scientists are often not scientific <<>>.
“The Greening of Godzilla” <<>>.
If you are interested in the key Global Warming (AGW) arguments being examined and critiqued, then please see this very interesting video series <<>>.
In an encouraging development, one country is being sued for inaccurately manipulating their climate records (with the objective of “proving” AGW)  <<>>.
The list of all the claimed consequences of AGW has now grown to 800 <<>>.
“One Degree More” is an interesting discussion of the Russian heat wave and global warming  <<>>.
A long overdue probe of the Sun looks like it may finally happen <<>>

The Community Service Department —
I’ve written on this before and here is another good article “A downside to high teen self-esteem?”  <<,0,381080,full.story>>.
Check this out about plastic bottle bombs <<>>.
An Open Letter To Democrat Politicians <<>>

john droz, jr. physicist & environmental advocate