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

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 […]

Free Stuff From The Inflation “Reduction” Act Discriminates Against The Poor!

September 9, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ In the name of “inflation reduction” Uncle Sam is giving away four and a half billion dollars worth of rebates on electrical appliances and related juicy stuff. Okay the Federal Government is not actually giving it away; they are just paying for it. The taxpayers are paying the multi-billion dollar […]

HOME Efficiency Rebate Roulette Under “Inflation Reduction” Act

August 29, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ When it comes to energy, the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act is mostly about tax credits, but there are a few programs that actually spend taxpayer money. A truly wild one is the $4.3 billion dollar HOMES Rebate Program. The Program’s full title is “HOME ENERGY PERFORMANCE-BASED, WHOLE-HOUSE REBATES.” Sorry to […]

Renewables Subsidy Chaos Coming

August 24, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ A funny thing happened on the way to the Senate. It is all about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which really should be named the Inflation Act. Only Democrats can believe that raising taxes reduces inflation. The Democrats writing the IRA decided that since tax credit subsidies do a […]

Reliable Wind And Solar Are Not Cheap

August 12, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ You often hear that wind and solar power are cheaper than burning coal or natural gas, so we will save money by switching. But as the song says, it ain’t necessarily so. In fact it is almost never so. That wind and solar are cheaper is at best a half […]

The Black Hole Of Environmental Impact Assessment

August 7, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Despite lots of talk about streamlining NEPA, this cannot actually be done. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of large projects takes a long time for two inescapable reasons. First, nature is a complex system. Second, science takes time. The result is what I call the Black Hole of environmental impact assessment […]

US Temperature Readings Are Junk, Negating Climate Science

August 3, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Anthony Watts has done it again. He and his intrepid brigade of field workers have done what the super rich US Global Change Research Program cannot seem to do, or does not want to do. They actually went out to see how well the Federal thermometers met the required performance […]

Threat To Endangered Whales Gets LOUDER

July 27, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The Virginia wind-versus-whales story has taken a turn for the worse. Worse for the severely endangered Right Whales that is. My research has found what may be some really bad news. Meet Tethys. Not the real Tethys, the mythical Greek titaness of the sea, but DOE’s center for reporting research […]

Are The Feds Hiding The Virginia Endangered Whales?

July 23, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ In my last article I raised this question– What is the potential adverse impact of Virginia’s massive offshore wind project on the severely endangered North Atlantic Right Whales? Answering this basic question should be a central feature of the upcoming Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) required for the wind project by […]

Virginia’s Offshore Wind Proposal Threatens Endangered Whales

July 14, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The massive offshore wind (OSW) project proposed by Dominion Energy may pose a serious threat to the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population. A comprehensive environmental impact assessment is required to determine the extent of this threat and the mitigation it might require. The same is true for the other […]

EPA Now Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place On CO2

July 6, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ There are lots of happy reports on the Supreme Court’s ruling throwing out EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. Some go so far as to suggest that EPA is barred from regulating power plant CO2 emissions. It is not quite that simple and the result is rather amusing. EPA is still […]

Hurricane Risk Is Real For Offshore Wind

June 25, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ My regular readers know that I have been fussing about the threat of hurricanes destroying proposed Atlantic coast offshore wind arrays. The issue arises because the offshore wind industry is based in Europe, which does not get hurricanes. My focus has been Dominion’s massive project off Virginia, but the whole […]

Breakthrough In U.S. Grid Storage Estimating

June 17, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Regular readers know I have been writing about the astronomical cost of energy storage required to make solar and wind (SAW) power reliable. I have published some simple engineering analyses showing that short term intermittency, a few cloudy or low wind days, requires a huge amount of storage. Now we […]

News Of NERC Is Not Good For Reliability

June 15, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ My last CFACT article pointed out that the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) mades and enforces the regulations governing grid reliability in America. The looming threat of numerous summer blackouts, which they just announced, is therefore their fault. They have obviously failed to maintain reliability, which is their specific […]

Backup Battery Cost Fantasies Abound

June 9, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The only technologically feasible way to make renewables reliable at in the foreseeable future is with massive amounts of grid scale batteries. Whether this is even remotely feasible depends on the cost and here things get truly strange. On the one hand we have real utility reports of the capital […]

Silence Of The Power Engineers? NERC Does Nothing

June 3, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, or NERC for short (rhymes with jerk), recently released a report warning of likely blackouts across much of America this summer. The report got lots of publicity, including this piece flagged by our own Climate Depot, titled “Report: Deadly Summer Blackouts Inevitable As Renewables […]

Why We Eat And Breathe

May 23, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Spring and summer is the time of growth, with blossoms everywhere we look. Leaves and fruit on the trees, grass in the yard and pastures, vegetables in the garden, crops in the field. Did you know that all of this lush abundance is almost entirely composed of just two things? […]

Ridiculous Federal 4th Grade Reading Tests

May 19, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Awhile back there was an interesting blog post about 4th grade reading test results, including how the results varied from school to school and State to State. Since human understanding is my research field, I got interested and did some digging. Here is my whistle blowing research report. This is […]

Consider Signing The World Climate Declaration 1

May 11, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ CLINTEL is collecting signatures on a great thing called the World Climate Declaration or WCD. I gladly signed it awhile back and they just hit 1,000 signatures. I am here putting the word out, so that others may sign. It is a powerful statement of skepticism. You do not have […]

Climate Alarmism Posing As Science Education For Children

April 22, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The new and so-called Next Generation Science Standards are now law for about a third of American children. They say what will be taught in each grade from first grade through high school. At least 20 states have adopted them. See https://ngss.nsta.org/About.aspx for a map. Traditional standards still govern in […]

The Dread 1.5 Degree Target Is Dead

April 9, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ A foolish end to a foolish target– limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. That is the warming from 150 years ago, just 0.5 degrees or less from today forward. Of course this is all according to the worthless computer models, but let’s go with the flow. The massive new […]

Energy Transition Disruption Might Bite The SEC

April 3, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The SEC has proposed that the companies it regulates start reporting what it calls “climate related risks.”  In addition to the speculative physical risks from supposed climate change, these risks include the very real damage that the so-called energy transition could cause. “Transition risks” are specifically included the proposal. My […]