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

FERC’s Role In The Offshore Wind Stampede

February 7, 2023 by

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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 https://www.brattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Brattle-OSW-Transmission-Report_Jan-24-2023.pdf 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_offshore_wind_farms 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

COP27 — UN Calls For “Transformation” Of The Global Financial System

November 23, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Wanting ever more money and getting very little, the UN climate agenda is now calling for the global financial system to bend to its will. I am not making this up. Here is the exact quote from the COP27 final statement, under the heading Finance: “The Conference of the Parties…Highlights […]

COP27 – Colombia Claims An Absurd $800 Billion A Year “Loss And Damage”

November 17, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ This preposterous claim shows the dangerous absurdity of the “loss and damage” doctrine. At this rate of damage the global total would run around TWO HUNDRED TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. There is not that much money in the whole world. The $800 billion a year is from a report presented […]

COP27 – Will “Loss And Damage” Extremism Kill National Alarmism?

November 13, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The extreme rhetoric of “loss and damage reparations” could backfire, causing developed countries to question the developing country claims of human caused damage. The best defense against a ruinous liability claim is innocence. Until now the alarmist governments of America and the other developed countries have gleefully touted the emergency […]

COP27 – “Loss And Damage” Vaguely Makes It To The Table

November 9, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Deliberate vagueness is a hallmark of diplomacy and the elusive concept of “loss and damage” has made the grade in Egypt. The concept will now be discussed, but without the central feature of liability. Reminder: the idea is that because of prior emissions and such the developed countries are responsible […]

UN COP27-It’s A Gas, Gas, Gas

November 3, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Who would have guessed that a UN COP would turn into a promotion point for fossil fuel development? COP27 is looking that way, thanks to the energy crisis and Africa’s determination to develop itself. After all, these are developing countries, right? In this case some of them want to develop, […]

COP27 – The Camel’s Nose Of Loss And Damage Enters The Talks

October 29, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Egypt is camel country so it is appropriate that the long awaited camel’s nose of the great green loss and damage dream should finally appear. We are talking about potentially untold trillions of dollars flowing from developed to developing countries. A breathtaking prospect. For those who missed it here is […]

Dominion’s Silly Denial Of The Great Threat To Whales

October 23, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Press coverage of the CFACT, Heartland et al consideration of litigation to protect the Right Whales from offshore wind development brought forth this response from Dominion: “Dominion Energy spokesperson Jeremy Slayton said in a statement, “These groups lack credibility on environmental issues. They are climate change deniers and oppose offshore […]

NOAA Says Right Whales Are “Desperately Endangered”

October 19, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Okay “desperately endangered” is not their words, just my interpretation of them. NOAA has a major rulemaking in progress to reduce the speed of small ships in order to protect the North Atlantic Right Whales. NOAA’s description of the whale’s dire straits is given in carefully couched techno-legalize. Here is […]

COP27 – Hopeless Hopeful Money Will Dominate The Discussion

October 15, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The UN’s annual climate change global negotiating festival — in this case COP27 in Egypt — is less than a month away. This one could be a real hoot to watch because there is only one big issue left on the table and that is MONEY. Lots of money, many […]

Introduction To “Issue Storms”

October 5, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ This is about a highly nonlinear information flow that I call an issue storm, which I discovered about 40 years ago but never wrote about because I was making lots of money knowing about it. To begin with we need what I call looping. If A communicates to B and […]

How To Kill Whales With Offshore Wind

September 28, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Just push them into traffic. The collision deaths would not be directly attributable to the wall of noise created by the OSW project, so who would know? Let’s focus on the monster Virginia phase 1 OSW project, even though the other ten or so East Coast projects multiply the threat. […]

Wishes And Secrets Fill Dominion’s Offshore Wind Plan

September 22, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ I am still digging into the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for its monster offshore wind project that Dominion Energy filed with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. My focus is on adverse environmental impacts, especially on the severely endangered North Atlantic Right Whales that migrate through the proposed […]

Dominion hides OSW threat to whales

September 16, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Secrecy abounds around the monster offshore wind (OSW) project proposed by Dominion Energy. In this case it is all about the threat to the severely endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. I earlier reported on the big hidden whale study done by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is […]