Browsing All posts tagged under »CFACT (David Wojick)«

NOAA Proposes Massively Cruel Offshore Sonar Survey

June 6, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ You would think that with all the uproar over whale deaths, NOAA and the offshore wind industry would be more careful about harassing huge numbers of marine mammals. On the contrary, NOAA’s latest proposal sets a new record for needless cruelty. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is taking comments […]

Offshore Wind May Not Reduce CO2 Emissions

June 1, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ There is a common assumption that offshore wind electricity generation greatly reduces CO2 emissions. In fact this is the primary justification for the horrendous cost and adverse impact of these offshore megaprojects. As with many green assumptions, this may well be false. First, given the way power generation actually works […]

Feds Play Shell Game With Wind / Whale Impacts

May 24, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ NOAA is taking public comments on a massive proposal to harass large numbers of whales and other marine mammals by building a huge offshore wind complex. There is supposed to be an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed harassment but it is not there with the proposal. We are […]

The Left Thinks Offshore Wind Costs Are Benefits

May 17, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The climate Left is touting all the jobs that will be created by offshore wind development. They never mention that those fine jobs will all be paid for by those who use electricity, including the low income ratepayers. They think the huge offshore wind costs are benefits because somebody gets […]

How Much Wind Killing Do We Want?

May 11, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ That rapidly growing wind power development kills birds in ever increasing numbers is clear. That it also kills whales and other marine mammals is becoming clear. So the policy question is how much killing is enough, before we stop killing more? This question seems not to be asked. The stampede […]

Ignoring Dead Whales, NOAA Proposes Another Site Survey Off New Jersey

April 6, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ “Damn the whales, full speed ahead” seems to be the offshore wind policy of Biden’s NOAA. They now propose to approve yet another site survey, just 10 miles off Atlantic City. These surveys are the top suspect for the recent wave of dead whales, centered on New Jersey. See the […]

Proposed House Resolution Calls For Offshore Wind Moratorium

April 1, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ A proposed Resolution in the US House calls for the Congressional investigation of a comprehensive list of potential liabilities arising from offshore wind development. Offshore wind work is to stop as the probe proceeds. The broad scope of the inquiry is clearly stated in the resolution’s summary statement: “H.Res.239 – […]

Breakthrough! A Big Utility Says Net Zero May Not Be Reliable

March 29, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Dominion Energy, the big Virginia utility, has finally admitted that net zero may not work. I have been writing about Dominion, which operates under the net zero Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), for awhile now. VCEA requires Dominion to shut down all gas, oil and coal fired power by 2045. […]

A Simple Reason Why Net Zero Is Impossible

March 18, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ I have a new study out, titled “Constraining Renewables is a National Need”, that provides a simple reason why net zero is impossible. It is simply impossible to provide enough energy storage to make renewables reliable. The headlong rush to replace thermal power generation with renewables must therefore be constrained. […]

Whale Death Confusion Abounds And Some Is Deliberate

March 11, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Press coverage of the tragic whale deaths is a supreme study in confusion, especially the foolish attempts to somehow exonerate offshore wind development. Here are some prominent examples. The evergreen New York Times wins the race for worst coverage by claiming to explain the numerous recent whale deaths as due […]

How FERC Can Protect The Grid From Wind And Solar

February 25, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking comments on ways to limit the damage that renewables can do to grid reliability. See my FERC has no control over what power generators get built, that is a State function. But they do have a say in what is hooked into […]

Offshore Wind Impact Probe Proposed

February 21, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith is outraged by the ever growing whale death toll, that coincides with rapidly increasing offshore wind development. He has introduced a much needed bill calling for an investigation of the impact assessment practices of those federal agencies that approve and oversee OSW. His bill — […]

The Math Of Chaos: Why Weather And Climate Are Unpredictable

February 12, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ That the weather is often unpredictable is well known. What may surprise you is that it will always be that way, especially long range weather, like a season or year ahead. And since climate is just average weather, it too will always be unpredictable. More on that later. Before we […]

FERC’s Role In The Offshore Wind Stampede

February 7, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ I am looking at a fat study titled “The Benefit and Urgency of Planned Offshore Transmission: Reducing the Costs of and Barriers to Achieving U.S. Clean Energy Goals”. The term FERC occurs a whopping 92 times. See Not surprisingly the 103 page report is mistitled. It is actually about […]

Feds Push Ignorance Defense For Whale Killing By Offshore Wind Development

January 31, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the NOAA Fisheries agency have both put out what amount to “arguments from ignorance” claiming that offshore wind development has nothing to do with the recent whale deaths. “We know nothing about it so it must not be happening” is a ridiculous defense […]

Evidence Says Offshore Wind Development Is Killing Lots Of Whales

January 24, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The recent deaths of seven whales off New Jersey, mostly humpbacks, got a lot of attention. The federal NOAA Fisheries agency is responsible for whales. An outrageous statement by their spokesperson got me to do some research on humpback whale deaths. The results are appalling. The evidence seems clear that […]

Power Engineer Explains Why “Renewables” Won’t Work

January 20, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Two recent blog articles are worth flagging because they bear directly on FERC’s proposal to write rules that constrain the grid-threatening spread of renewables. Written by an experienced power engineer, these articles explain the deep technical problems with increasing renewables while maintaining grid reliability. It is these problems that must […]

The Silly Giant Scale Of U.S. Offshore Wind Development

January 8, 2023 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The world’s biggest offshore wind array is Hornsea 2, which is 1,386 MW with a turbine size of 8.4 MW. Operational in 2022 it is the state of the OSW art. See But Virginia’s phase 1 array is a whopping 2,600 MW, with huge 15 MW turbines. Clearly it […]

Blackouts For Christmas, A Sick Grid Gift

December 31, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Many people got a blackout for Christmas. Or for Christmas Eve Day. Or even worse the Night Before Christmas, when it was zero at my place. But I was lucky as my 8 hour blackout was Friday, so all I lost for Christmas was phone and Internet. But I had […]

FERC Considers Constraining Renewables

December 28, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC, rhymes with jerk) is taking comments on a proposed order that might actually constrain the destructive impact of renewables on America’s grid. FERC would order the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC, also rhymes with jerk) to do something about the growing adverse impact […]

Ten Whale Groups Slam Atlantic OSW

December 22, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Ten whale protection groups, including some prestigious names, filed lengthy and highly critical comments on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s “DRAFT BOEM and NOAA Fisheries North Atlantic Right Whale and Offshore Wind Strategy, October 2022”. Below are some excerpts to give the flavor of their anger. Note that NARW […]

Astronomical Battery Cost Looms Over “Renewables”

December 16, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The amount of storage needed to make renewables reliable is so huge that even if the cost dropped fantastically we still could not afford it. We now know that the battery storage for the entire American grid is impossibly expensive, thanks to a breakthrough study by engineer Ken Gregory. Looking […]

Save America’s Grid!

November 30, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ It is no secret that America’s electric power grid is becoming unreliable. The secret is whose fault it is. Not knowing who to blame makes it hard to fix. If I could get a show of hands I bet that almost no one has heard of the North American Electric […]

COP27 — The “Loss And Damage” Camel’s Nose Is Very Fuzzy

November 26, 2022 by


By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The loss and damage camel’s nose is so fuzzy at this point there may not even be a camel. Nothing has been agreed to except that a Transitional Committee will consider what might be agreed to. But it could be great fun to watch. The developing countries fighting over nothing. […]