Recent Energy News as of 9-21-10

Posted on Wed 09/22/2010 by

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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 environmental and energy issues, and     2)  We believe that these matters should be resolved 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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My next community energy presentations: 1 – Cape Cod (7 PM Friday, October 7th: Cape Cod Community College [Barnstable])      2 – Buffalo (7 PM Friday, October 15th: The Rapids Theater, 1711 Main St, Niagara Falls)      3 – Binghamton (SUNY: October 20) —————
My latest treatise is sort of a summary of the wind energy situation <<http://www.masterresource.org/2010/09/15-bad-things-windpower/>>. —————
We are moving along with our communication committee. This is a complex situation that we are trying to do carefully, so if you’d like to offer some help, please contact Tom Stacy (“tstacy@savewesternoh.org”). This is all about getting the word out to more people.
Still collecting good slogans for our overall effort. Please send me any good ideas. —– ———-
In AWEA’s continued attempts to muddy the water about wind energy “benefits,” they released this document  <<http://www.awea.org/newsroom/pdf/08-27-10-Wind_and_emissions_response.pdf>>. An excellent response is found on Master Resource. For the full document see <<http://www.scribd.com/Jon-Boone-Overblown/d/37474107>>. —————
Here is some EXTREMELY important information you have not likely heard before: <<http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/view/mineweb/en/page72102?oid=83419&sn=Detail>>.
An independent mining expert says that there is up to 4000 pounds of rare earth elements per turbine. Almost all of these come exclusively from China. What this says is that:       1) wind energy is NOT a truly renewable source of energy! and       2) wind energy does not give us energy independence! —————
I’ve added another superior local wind ordinance to my website. This one is from the good people in Phillips Maine — check it out: <<http://www.northnet.org/brvmug/WindPower/PhillipsME-WindEnergyFacilityOrdinance.pdf>>. —————
This lawsuit about wind turbines devaluing nearby property could be very important <<http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2757249>>.
A good article about diminished real estate values due to wind projects <<http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=detail&itmno=7001>>. —————
Even more costs are being off-loaded to consumers on the Cape Wind fiasco <<http://bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1282073>>. —————
Records show that local officials (in just one small NY community) receive millions of dollars from their support of wind projects  <<http://www.uticaod.com/features/x1129166543/Records-show-area-officials-profit-from-leases-with-turbine-firms?photo=0>>. —————
I was doing some searching and came across this fascinating technical article: “The Bioeffects of Sound.” For those who dismiss acoustics as just a simple annoyance, this report (which has nothing to do with wind energy) clearly shows that sound can produce profound physical and psychological effects on people: <<http://schizophonia.com/installation/trauma/trauma_thesis/index.htm>>. —————
Windfall (the movie) is continuing to get good press from its Toronto Film Festival showing. Here is a sample <<http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/windfall-in-new-york/>>. —————
An Ill Wind Blows For Denmark <<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/7996606/An-ill-wind-blows-for-Denmarks-green-energy-revolution.html>>. —————
One of our BEST energy solutions (IMO) is mini-nuclear. Read this  <<http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2772/Small-Modular-Reactors-Creating-Energy-Independence-for-Hawaii.aspx>>.
When a green renewable promoter does the math he comes to the obvious conclusion — we need to install nuclear, BIG TIME  <<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-kirsch/add-a-gigawatt-a-day-to-k_b_261728.html>>.
An updated article about the safety of conventional power sources, especially nuclear <<http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf06.html>>.
A story about what is going on with an Illinois nuclear facility <<http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/09/wasting_clean_cheap_power.html>>. —————
“Half Way to Doubling Renewable Energy”  explains some gimmicks and sleight-of-hand used in renewable energy promotion  <<http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/5239/Half-way-to-Doubling-Renewable-Energy>>. —————
Hydropower is making a comeback <<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703960004575427092861731122.html?KEYWORDS=STEPHANIE+SIMON>>. —————
Green Jobs again exposed as mostly hype <<http://www.renewablesbiz.com/article/10/09/green-jobs-no-longer-golden-stimulus>>. —————
Tax Row in Wyoming. Imagine this: the wind developers lied! <<http://www.brighterenergy.org/16171/news/wind/tax-row-dents-wyomings-confidence-in-wind-developers/>>. —————
Despite the AWEA PR that China is committed to wind energy (only a token gesture) this is more indicative of their real objectives  <<http://www.chinamining.org/News/2010-09-10/1284090826d39023.html>>. —————
“Wind Energy’s Real Problems” <<http://www.energytribune.com//articles.cfm/5261/Wind-Energys-Real-Problems–Hint-It-Has-Nothing-to-Do-With-The-Wall-Street-Journal>>. —————
A claim has been formally  filed alleging that a smart meter caused the enormous California gas explosion <<http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Utility-group-alleges-SmartMeter-sparked-San-Bruno-explosion-103078834.html>>.
New data proves smart meters increase utility costs to most consumers <<http://ontariondp.com/en/new-data-proves-smart-meter-scheme-costing-everyone-more/>>.

The Putting Some Balance To It Department —
A good overview on how our energy sources have evolved <<http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/coal-and-oil.pdf>>. On a similar theme I had put together this quickie presentation <<http://www.slideshare.net/JohnDroz/remember-3236721>>.
Forbes “How Obama Thinks” gives some good perspective <<http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0927/politics-socialism-capitalism-private-enterprises-obama-business-problem.html>>.
Excellent editorial by Fred Singer <<http://www.haapala.com/sepp/twtwfiles/2010/TWTW%202010-09-11.pdf>>.
“The Great Global Warming Swindle” <<http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5576670191369613647#>>.
One of the key scientific questions pertaining to the global warming hypothesis, is the effect of various influencing factors (e.g. clouds). This is a good discussion on part of that <<http://www.masterresource.org/2010/09/quest-for-climate-sensitivity-spencer/>>.
“Say Goodby To Sunspots” is about an alternate theory to AGW <<http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/09/say-goodbye-to-sunspots.html>>.

General News About Science —
This article about rescuing science from agenda-driven politics is great — and is THE fundamental issue we are facinghttp://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2010/09/20/rescuing_climate_science_from_agenda-driven_politics_98675.html>> <<
“The Death of Peer Review” makes some excellent points <<http://bmeverett.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/the-death-of-peer-review/>>.
In a related matter, here are some independent scientists who are trying to do something about the corrupted “peer review” process <<http://esipri.org/about_science.htm>>.
Some Lies of Scientists makes several good points — some of which are addressed in the prior few articles <<http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/2010/06/some-big-lies-of-science.html>>.

john droz, jr. physicist & environmental advocate