President Obama Mis-Directed Billions of Tax Dollars Away from Real Energy Solutions

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Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised.

Nearly $1 billion in loans have already defaulted under the Energy Department program, which included the infamous Solyndra stimulus project and dozens of other green technology programs the Obama administration has approved, totaling nearly about $30 billion in taxpayer backing, the Government Accountability Office reported in its audit.

The hefty $2.2 billion price tag is actually an improvement over initial estimates, which found the government was poised to face $4 billion in losses from the loan guarantees. But as the projects have come to fruition, they’ve performed better, leaving taxpayers with a shrinking — though still sizable — liability.

Read More: Obama clean energy loans leave taxpayers in $2.2 billion hole

Those numbers don’t include the opportunity costs of killing job producing projects like the Keystone Pipeline and supporting job-killing EPA regulations intended to kill the coal industry. They don’t include the real cost of every American having to pay higher priced for their energy.

President Obama’s main focus was on energy sources that have little to no chance of ever really contributing to the global energy demand. Wind and Solar are way too expensive, unreliable, inefficient, and have way too low energy density. As I like to say, “you will never fly a jet using wind power, and you will never power your home at night using solar power.” For all of 2016 non-hydro renewable energy accounted for 9.2% of all US energy production, and almost all of that production required a coal or natural gas powered plant as a back-up.

According to data released on Aug. 24 by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), renewable energy in the U.S. through the first half of 2016, including hydro-electric power, biomass, geothermal, wind, and solar (including distributed solar), provided 16.9 percent of electricity generation. In all of 2015, that number was 13.7 percent. Non-hydro renewable energy was 9.2 percent of U.S. electric generation through the first half of 2016. For all of 2015 it was 7.6 percent.

Wind and solar require reinventing the wheel, rebuilding the electrical grid and infrastructure, are highly speculative, and simply don’t have the physics or economics backing them…ever. Solutions like the Fischer-Tropsch Process are commercially viable proven solutions and produce “drop-in” fuels. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel and make major changes to the existing infrastructure, all you do is build the plant. Everything works within the existing system.

There is also promising solutions like the one developed by a now bankrupt company named KiOR. It was Silicon Valley’s major attempt at producing a renewable fuel. Countless certain to eventually fail wind and solar projects were funded, yet President Obama let KiOR, with its extremely promising technology, die. Why? I can only speculate that it was because it wasn’t focused on the PC solution of wind and solar, and continued to support the dreaded internal combustion engine.

Read More: Vinod Khosla’s Open Letter to 60 Minutes and CBS

Over the last 8 years, had the Nation’s Energy Policy focused on real commercially viable solutions like the Fischer-Tropsch, built pipelines like the Keystone, embraced fracking, coal, and petroleum, and fully funded promising speculative technology like KiOR’s that worked well withing the existing infrastructure, it is highly likely America would be totally energy independent today. Instead, we are stuck with environmentally unfriendly, uneconomical eyesores killing birds and destroying sensitive desert habitats. It’s time we get serious about solving our energy problem, and wind and solar are more an obstacle than an assistance.

Related Topic: Daily Telegraph: There is No Such Thing as Affordable Renewable Energy
Related Topic: Shocker: Government mandated trillions in global renewable investment tally

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Fischer-Tropsch, the Real Alternative Energy Solution for America

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Wind and solar will never power much of the world’s economy. The energy density, variability, and unreliability of these sources simply aren’t practical. The real solution to America’s energy problem is to produce fuel using our abundant renewable biomass, natural gas, and coal resources. Believe it or not, that ability already exists in a commercially viable and proven method called the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Process. The FT Process first turns a carbon source into a “syn-gas,” and then recombines that short carbon chain into longer carbon chains like gasoline and diesel fuel.

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Qatar has the largest F-T plant in existence called the Shell Pearl Gas-to-Liquid plant.

Developed in partnership with Qatar Petroleum, Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) is the world’s largest GTL plant and one of the world’s largest, most complex and challenging energy projects ever commissioned. From the origins of Shell GTL technology nearly 40 years ago, to its first commercial debut in Shell’s Bintulu GTL plant in Malaysia in the early 1990s, to the creation of the world’s GTL capital in Qatar today – the delivery of GTL on such a vast scale as Pearl GTL brought together almost every aspect of Shell’s technical and project management capabilities.

Here in American, the DOE found the economics of an F-T plant to be very favorable.

•Project viability depends heavily on crude oil price scenarios. The base case, tied to a crude oil price of $61/bbl, provides a 19.8% ROI. At crude oil prices greater than $37/bbl, the project would achieve ROIs greater than 10%, and a 15% ROI can be achieved at crude oil prices greater than $47/bbl.
• Policy actions impact expected ROIs. Federal loan guarantees have the largest ROI impact, increasing the ROI by more than 11 percentage points from the base case. F-T subsidies provide a 9 percentage point increase in ROI.

That report was produced in 2007, a year before President Obama became president. With such a convincing commercially viable and proven, job-creating energy solution being available, what did President Obama focus his 8 years on? The non-commercially viable and highly speculative wind and solar. Had American focused its efforts on building F-T plants instead of wasting all her money on climate “scientist’s” salaries and research, ineffective, expensive and inefficient wind and solar, it is likely we would be totally energy independent today. Instead, we spent 8 years making nothing but symbolic wasteful efforts that accomplished nothing and left us greater in debt.

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The Refutation of the Climate Greenhouse Theory

This linked article make many of the arguments that have been promoted on this blog.

“[T]he absorption of incident solar-light by the atmosphere as well as its absorption capability of thermal radiation, cannot be influenced by human acts.” – Allmendinger, 2017

“[G]lobal warming can be explained without recourse to the greenhouse theory. The varying solar irradiation constitutes the sole input driving the changes in the system’s energy transfers.” – Blaauw, 2017

“The down-welling LW radiation is not a global driver of surface warming as hypothesized for over 100 years but a product of the near-surface air temperature controlled by solar heating and atmospheric pressure.” -Nikolov and Zeller, 2017

“The cardinal error in the usual greenhouse theory consists in the assumption that photometric or spectroscopic IR-measurements allow conclusions about the thermal behaviour of gases, i.e., of the atmosphere. They trace back to John Tyndall who developed such a photometric method already in the 19th century. However, direct thermal measurement methods have never been applied so far. Apart from this, at least twenty crucial errors are revealed which suggest abandoning the theory as a whole.

Read more: 17 New Scientific Papers Dispute CO2 Greenhouse Effect As Primary Explanation For Climate Change

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Environomental Groups Should Be Charged by FTC for Deceptive Advertising

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Filed under “The Law Applies to Everyone, including Sanctimonious Social Justice Warriors,” the National Wildlife Federation is using false statements to generate concern about global warming and the Great Lakes. In their marketing they claim:Image677_shadow

Already, Lake Superior has increased water temperatures and an earlier onset of summer stratification by about two weeks in just the past 30 years. Within another 30 years Lake Superior may be mostly ice-free in a typical winter.

Lake Erie water levels, already below average, could drop 4-5 feet by the end of this century, significantly altering shoreline habitat.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Great Lakes are actually gaining in volume.

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Most importantly, Cleveland.com is reporting that Lake Erie is just inches away from hitting record-high water levels, and are above average, not below average as the deceptive National Wildlife Federation reports.

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The FTC should file a class action consumer protection/deceptive advertising lawsuit against the National Wildlife Federation and all other environmental groups that think they are above the law and believe that they can deceive the public. Well-intentioned or not, the law is the law, and no one is allowed to use deceitful marketing practices to drum up donations…except politicians running for office.

H/T to Real Climate for the graphics and inspiration

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Clueless Californians Prepare for Global Warming During an “Endless Winter”

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Filed under the category “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” the headlines today highlight California’s “Endless Winter.”

California’s endless winter: 8 feet of snow still on the ground in June

It’s an endless winter in the West.

Snow from the barrage of storms that pounded the western mountains over the winter is still on the ground. Many mountains in the Rockies, Sierra and Cascades are packed with at least 8 feet of snow, the National Weather Service said, creating a dream summer for skiers and snowboarders.

The Mammoth Mountain ski area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is seeing its “best spring conditions in decades … and will be operating DAILY into August for one of our longest seasons in history,” the resort said on its website. “When will this endless winter end? We don’t have that answer yet, but we do know that the skiing and riding is all-time right now.”

After wasting countless taxpayer dollars on pure nonsense, and ignoring the most basic of governmental responsibilities, conditions may get worse for Californians. The sun is the quietest it has been for 100 years and is likely headed even lower.

Solar Update June 2017–the sun is slumping and headed even lower
Solar cycle 24 has seen very low solar activity thus far, likely the lowest in 100 years.

California represents the real danger of buying into this CO2 catastrophic warming nonsense. Never is 600 million years of the geological record has CO2 caused catastrophic warming, not even when it was 7,000 ppm.

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On the other hand, the 800,000 ice core record demonstrates that an ice age/glaciation is an almost certainty in the relatively near future (in geologic terms.)

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Californians are preparing for a catastrophe that hasn’t happened in 600 million years, when the ice core data makes it pretty clear that an ice age/glaciation is an almost certainty. You simply can’t find a greater concentration of cluelessness on the face of the earth.

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Real Science is Never “Settled”

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Just today the origin of the species Homo Sapien was pushed back a “consensus” shattering 100,000 years, from 200,000 to 300,000 years. “Consensus” estimates and all “Peer Reviewed” articles weren’t even close to the truth.

The oldest known bones of our species, dating back around 300,000 years, have been discovered in a cave in Morocco.

The fossils — which belong to five individuals, including a teenager and a younger child — push back the origin of Homo sapiens by 100,000 years, scientists say. The fossils also suggest that our species originated throughout the entire African continent instead of mainly in its eastern corner as previous research had suggested.

Read More: Oldest Fossils of Our Species Push Back Origin of Modern Humans

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A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: 75% of Black California Boys don’t meet State Reading Standards While California Focuses on Climate Change

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Headlines From Today:

75% of black California boys don’t meet state reading standards

Across ethnicities and economic status, girls outperform boys on English in standardized tests

Three of four African-American boys in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards on the most recent round of testing, according to data obtained from the state Department of Education and analyzed by CALmatters.

Source: LA Daily News

A California-led alliance of cities and states vows to keep the Paris climate accord intact

Led by California, dozens of states and cities across the country responded Friday to Trump’s attack on the worldwide agreement by vowing to fulfill the U.S. commitment without Washington — a goal that is not out of reach.

Source: LA Times

The true cost of misdirected priorities is measured in ruined lives. Fighting wasteful climate change funding and redirecting it towards policies that actually solve real problems is the Civil Rights challenge of our time.

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