Biden’s green energy means ending dependency on US oil and becoming entirely dependent on China



This is one of the biggest scams ever. Joe Biden is shoving green energy down the throats of Americans.

For what? Money. For whom? China, and some Biden apparatchiks.

Never mind that wind and solar cannot replace fossil fuels under the current level of demand. California, which is mandating a movement to 100% electricity is anticipating rolling blackouts again this summer. Despite its boastfulness about green energy, 42% of California energy comes from fossil fuels.

 Its current energy mix stands at 49.6% renewable energy generation, approximately 8% nuclear and only about 42% of energy comes from fossil fuels, such as crude oil and natural gas.

The goal is to make California see 100% of electricity come from “green” sources by 2045. That means a lot of solar panels and lithium batteries. That means dependency on China.

China owns the global battery race. China dominates the solar panel market.

China is the dominant player; about 80% of the world’s solar manufacturing supply chain runs through China. There are very few American solar manufacturers left. It didn’t used to be that way.

No, it didn’t used to be that way. Biden is making sure China has a monopoly on the market. In February a solar panel manufacturer in Alabama closed when Biden lifted tariffs on Chinese manufactured solar panels. Biden’s war on fossil fuels has driven the cost of energy sky high but even to come close to competing with the cost of oil driven energy demands a cheap source of “green” products and that means dependency on China.

The US requires a robust manufacturing capability to meet its clean energy goals. Right now, that’s not happening Biden supporters say. Manufacturing solar energy panels & other components require the administration to offer financial incentives to US manufacturers. This helps offset higher domestic production costs, estimated to be about 40% over imports.

Imports (China) are cheaper in no small part due to China’s use of Uighur slave labor for production.

Making solar panels and rechargeable batteries means the need for lithium, cobalt and silicon. China is the world’s leading producer of silicon. Russia is second. China controls most of the world’s lithium and cobalt.

Chinese companies — often backed by the government — have also been strategic about securing mineral supplies for batteries. Lithium is mined predominantly in Australia and Chile, and Chinese companies have invested in these countries to gain access. CATL also received over $100 million in loans from state-owned banks to establish its lithium supply chain in China’s western Qinghai province, the New York Times recently reported. Similarly, cobalt, another important battery ingredient, is produced almost exclusively in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a New York Times investigation found that 15 of that country’s 19 cobalt mines were owned or financed by Chinese companies, backed by billions from state-run banks.

BTW, it was Hunter Biden’s firm who helped China gain control of a cobalt mine in Africa.

And China? Well, it’s building more than half of the world’s new coal power plants, with 176 gigawatts of coal capacity under construction in 2021. You can take your Paris Accords and shove them.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says she wants to “build the whole supply chain” in the US. That means solar panels and batteries costing at least 40% more than they cost now, which puts the cost far above the cost of fossil fuels. Granholm also said she wants to stop funding Putin’s war. Instead, she would have us fund China.  Granholm has an ulterior motive for this as well. She pocketed $1.6 million on an electric company promoted by Biden:

Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm has finally sold hundreds of thousands of shares in a green energy company that has received the backing of the Biden administration.

On Wednesday, Granholm confirmed she earned a $1.6 million profit on her shares of Proterra amid a firestorm over her financial ties to an electric vehicle company repeatedly promoted by the Biden administration. In selling off her shares, Granholm was able to defer paying capital gains taxes on the $1.6 million sale because cabinet officials are not penalized with the tax on assets they are required to sell as a condition of joining the administration. The Biden administration is seeking to raise the capital gains tax on America’s wealthiest families.

She’s not alone. Our intrepid private jet flying, yacht owning energy czar John Kerry has at least $1 million invested in a Chinese slave labor company. But it’s really $5 million.

Climate change envoy John Kerry’s wife has millions of dollars in Chinese investments through her family’s trust, according to government documents. Kerry disclosed the investments in his latest filing with the Office of Government Ethics.

The report shows his wife, Teresa Heinz, heiress of Heinz Ketchup, has holdings worth “at least one million” in Teng Yue Partners, a hedge fund that specializes in connecting investors to Chinese government-controlled projects and funds.

It is likely that Heinz’s stake in Teng is worth more than just $1 million, since Teng’s funds are required to have a minimum investment of $5 million.

Biden is leading the US to destruction. Green energy would be a massive expense when pressed on the US in such a short timeframe. All viable green energy roads lead straight through Beijing. All domestic roads lead to financial ruin. And for what? What effect would this have on the world climate?

Virtually none.

“He knows Paris alone is not enough,” Kerry told reporters at a White House press briefing, referring to Biden re-entering the US in the Paris Climate Agreement in one of his first acts as president.

“Not when almost 90 percent of all of the planet’s global emissions come from outside of US borders. We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn’t solved,” Kerry conceded.

Biden’s plan would have no effect on global climate and make us almost wholly dependent on China at an astronomical cost. Biden’s road to green energy runs straight through Beijing.

This is insane.

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Men drill oil.
Children mine cobalt.
Greenies always ignore inconvenient truths.
Like how turning off city lights on “Earth Day,” costs more electricity than leaving them on.
Like the 500,000 pounds of earth that must be mined to create one battery for one electric car.comment image

Granholm also said she wants to stop funding Putin’s war. Instead, she would have us fund China. Granholm has an ulterior motive for this as well. She pocketed $1.6 million on an electric company promoted by Biden:

Nothing happens unless these leftists get their wealth scraped off the top. This will turn out like Solyndra, where all the taxpayers got screwed while Obama’s buddies got their investments paid back to them when the worthless company failed.

Our intrepid private jet flying, yacht owning energy czar John Kerry has at least $1 million invested in a Chinese slave labor company. But it’s really $5 million.

So, why aren’t these green-energy devoted wealthy liberals putting their money behind US companies? Why aren’t they investing in wonderful union labor plants? What’s wrong, is pitting union wages against slave labor wages a losing proposition for such an investment? And what happened to idiot Biden’s pledge support US companies over foreign products? The truth or ethics means absolutely nothing to these corrupt scumbags.

Biden’s plan would have no effect on global climate and make us almost wholly dependent on China at an astronomical cost. Biden’s road to green energy runs straight through Beijing.

That IS idiot Biden’s plan. He, Kerry, Granholm, Pelosi, the Clinton’s… EVERY Democrat plan to get wealthy off of this green energy/climate change scam. They’ve decided China is going to be the winner and they are all throwing their support behind China and abandoning the United States. The taxpaying citizen be damned.

There’s not enough rare earth minerals to sustain this green energy fantasy. But, it will make a few corrupt thieves wealthy.

Trump loves this country and would never sell it out in favor of another nation just to put some coin in his pocket, as the Democrats are doing.

I remember solyndra well. Taxpayers payed to build it. Then ran a shakedown on the plant to make sure it worked. Then boxed it up and sold it to China for Pennie’s on the dollar. I believe the loan amount was 500 million or there about. Followed by a Battery plant if my old memory serves me right.

A vivid examples of liberals conducting business. Failure and theft.

Biden the Traitor and Green Nazis

Before you buy that electric truck to save the planet.

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The article doesn’t (unless I missed it) discuss the lifespan of the EV. A ICE pickup, properly maintained, can live 150,000 to 200,000 miles. How long before the batteries of the EV pickup are worn out and, thus, the vehicle essentially becomes junk, has to be replaced and the entire comparison resumes?

Texas Utility Officials Taking Additional Emergency Measures to Avoid Blackouts, Texas Windmills Not Providing Enough Energy
Officials in the state of Texas are worried the emergency measures taken Wednesday to avoid blackouts may not be enough. The utility operators urgently need the wind to start operating the windmills or things might get worse. Reuters News has more:

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(Reuters)– Texas’s power grid operator on Wednesday took emergency measures to avoid rolling blackouts as soaring electricity demand threatened to outpace available supplies amid a stifling heatwave.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid that serves more than 26 million customers, initiated a rarely used emergency program that is triggered when supplies fall below a critical safety margin.
Earlier, ERCOT had urged residents to cut power use during the hottest hours of the day and warned of a risk for rolling blackouts. Residents were asked to turn up thermostats, defer the use of high-power appliances and turn off swimming pool pumps.
The emergency notice came after ERCOT began paying suppliers an average of $5,000 per magawatt hour to keep generators running. That price is the highest the grid operator pays.  “They were pulling a lot of levers to avoid going into emergency operations and rolling blackouts,” said Doug Lewin, president of consultants Stoic Energy LLC. (read more)
Call me Captain Obvious, but in addition to the population migration, it looks like Texas imported California’s energy policies. The sustainable energy isn’t sustainable. However, on a positive note, their state ESG score is improving.

It’s Not Working

This summer’s weather is perfect now in the Hudson Valley: warm, sunny days for primping the garden and cool nights that invite deep sleep. Zucchini and cukes are coming on, along with currants, gooseberries, blueberries. Unseen underground, the potatoes swell. The chickens range happily over their daily smorgasbord of bugs. At midnight, fireflies blink in the orchard. On the human side, though — commerce, culture, and politics — nothing works. At least not here in America. Sigh….

The solar electric I installed on the house nine years ago is down. It’s supposed to feed that monster called the grid. Since April, I noticed that the electric bill is creeping up way beyond the usual seventeen bucks that the electric company charges home solar producers for the privilege of feeding their system — which, let’s face it, has a downside for them because the intermittency of so-called alt-energy disorders their operations.

It’s counter-intuitive. Many people, I’m sure, assume that the more solar units feeding the grid, the better. Strangely, not so. Electric companies work much better when the production and flow of current is absolutely predictable and under their control — like, when they decide to fire up the natgas on generator number three or tune down the hydro turbines. It’s much harder to run the system with little dribs and drabs of electricity trickling in from hither and yon. But alt-energy is good PR for the government, so they do whatever they can to promote or even compel its use.

I got a whopping folio of tax breaks and subsidies from the state and federal government when I decided to put solar electric on my house in 2013, though it finally still cost a lot: $35-K. I had intimations of living through a chaotic period of history, and the decision was consistent with my general theory of history, which is that things happen because they seem like a good idea at the time. Getting a home solar electric rig seemed like a good idea.

So, last week, after considerable hassle with my solar company setting up an appointment for a techie to visit and evaluate the problem here, the guy came up (at $150-an-hour) and informed me that my charge controller was shot. The charge controller processes all those chaotic watts coming from the solar panels on the roof into an orderly parade of electrons. He also told me that my back-up batteries — for running critical loads like the well-pump during grid outages — were at the end of their design life. Subtext: you have to get new batteries.

There are four big ones in a cabinet under the blown charge controller and the inverter (for turning direct current into alternating current that is the standard for running things). The techie had some bad news, though. New building codes forbid his company from replacing the kind of batteries I have, which are standard “sealed cell” lead-acid batteries. Some bullshit about off-gassing flammable fumes. Now the government requires lithium batteries, which would cost me sixteen-thousand dollars ($16-K) more to replace than new lead-acid batteries.

Now, it’s theoretically possible for me to replace the less-expensive lead-acid batteries — they’re still manufactured and sold — but the catch is: I’m on my own getting them and installing them. I’m in the middle of that learning-curve right now. These particular batteries cost about $850-each for the four of them, plus a hefty charge for “drop-shipping” about three hundred pounds of lead and plastic. I will almost certainly go that way, though. A new charge controller will run about $2-K. All together, replacing these components represents a big chunk of change.

At the risk of sounding like some kind of pussy, I confess that this whole business of repairing my solar electric system has put me into a welter of anxiety and fury. I am trapped in the cage of sunk costs, a.k.a. the psychology of previous investment. Not only do I have $35-K (in higher-value 2013 dollars!) tied up in all this equipment — the solar panels themselves, the wall of electronic devices, the conduit, control panels, and digital read-outs — but now I have to dump thousands more into it after only nine years. It pisses me off because I should have known better. I walked with eyes wide shut into the pit of techno-narcissism.

The hyper-complexity of a home solar-electric system is extreme. There are hundreds of little integrated components that can blow, all of it adding up to a case of guaranteed fragility. There are no easy fixes or duct-tape work-arounds for any of it. I can’t make any replacement parts in my garage. They come from faraway factories via supply lines that get sketchier every day on trucks that don’t operate profitably at $6.50-a-gallon diesel fuel.

In a low-grade epiphany while going through this ordeal last week, I realized that back in 2013, instead of getting the solar electric system, I could have bought the Rolls Royce of home generators and buried a 500-gallon fuel tank outside the garage, and had a manual water pump piggy-backed onto the well, and maybe even purchased a fine, wood-fired cookstove — and had enough money left over for a two-week vacation in the South-of-France. Silly me.

Of course, these travails with my home solar electric system are a metaphor for the complexity and fragility that is, all of a sudden this year, causing the operations of Western Civ to fly to pieces. My investment in solar was as dumb as what the entire nation of Germany did in attempting to run itself on “green energy.” (Not to mention their more recent dumb-ass decision to forego imports of Russian natgas in order to please the geniuses at Tony Blinken’s State Department, the dumb bunnies.)

Of course, even when I get the solar electric back up-and-running again, something else is sure to go wrong. And in another ten years, the solar panels will be at least half-dead. So, if you’re reading this personal lamentation, consider bending toward simplicity. Wish I had.

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I looked into solar some years back and without the massive tax subsidies (which I wanted to shun), the system simply isn’t economically viable.

I did as well, the amortized cost did not produce the ROI. Given life expectancy at the time of the batteries in the power bank as well as the life of the panels when they would only produce at 70% efficiency, both would require replacement negating real cost efficiency.

It was the failure of the renewable component (20% of our supply) primarily that cause the shortages during the great and unexpected severe cold in the winter of 2020.Plus, there have been wildfires out in West Texas that threatened a gas plant and the windmills.

Huge wind turbines – taller than the Statue of Liberty — are toppling over in a ‘rash’ of incidents

Bloomberg Business Week, no foe of green energy, headlines: Wind Turbines Taller Than the Statue of Liberty Are Falling Over.” The article beneath the headline reports on a variety of alarming disasters involving wind turbines, including collapses of very tall sructures.

On a calm, sunny day last June, Mike Willey was feeding his cattle when he got a call from the local sheriff’s dispatcher. A motorist had reported that one of the huge turbines at a nearby wind farm had collapsed in dramatic fashion. Willey, chief of the volunteer fire department in Ames, 90 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, set out to survey the scene.

The steel tower, which once stood hundreds of feet tall, was buckled in half, and the turbine blades, whose rotation took the machine higher than the Statue of Liberty, were splayed across the wheat field below. The turbine, made by General Electric Co., had been in operation less than a year. “It fell pretty much right on top of itself,” Willey says.

Another GE turbine of the same model collapsed in Colorado a few days later. That wind farm’s owner-operator, NextEra Energy Inc., later attributed it to a blade flaw and said it and GE had taken steps to prevent future mishaps. A spokesperson for GE declined to say what went wrong in both cases in a statement to Bloomberg.

The instances are part of a rash of recent wind turbine malfunctions across the US and Europe, ranging from failures of key components to full collapses.

The article blames the “rash” of incidents on the rush to install turbine capacity, but there are also permanent factors that make engineering, building, and maintaining wind farms difficult and risky. To develop meaningful amounts of power, the blades on the turbine have to be big, and when big blades spin in heavy winds, the tips can end up hitting supersonic speeds, putting great stress of the materials used to construct them. Big blades also requite tall towers, which are then subject to stresses as winds blow and can gust during storms to velocities that test the strength of the materials and the design of the towers.

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And, of course, tall, string towers require a lot of construction materials that have (ahem) a considerable carbon footprint to create. Compared to the amount of “carbon free” electricity generated, the carbon emitted in manufacturing and construction of the towers may take many years to counterbalance. Consider that the relatively low electricity production of each tower (compared to a coal or nuclear fired plant) means that far more power transmission lines must be constructed, and there is a carbon footprint involved, not to mention the excess demand created for copper, which has its own environmental issues in mining and refining, and the problems with meeting demand when creating new copper mines hits a high wall of resistance from the very same environmentalists who think windmills are a solution to the problems they imagine CO2 creates.

But with wind farms, longevity is an issue. The unpredictable nature of winds, with the speed and direction changing abruptly, means that complex transmission boxes must be attached to each turbine, and these transmission boxes are stressed when high winds occur and suddenly change direction. They need maintenance crews at the ready. In my consulting days, I encountered a wind farm project whose transmission boxes regularly exploded when sudden gusts of wind over-stressed them, creating their own mini environmental disasters from the transmission fluids spewed onto the ground.

All of these problems are in addition to the fundamental problem with wind energy: it is unreliable. When the wind doesn’t blow, you get no electricity, so you still need backup generating power at the ready, and that usually involves carbon based fuels, since constructing nuclear plants is so rare these days.

Then there are all the millions of birds, including the federally protected bald eagles, that are killed each year by windmills.

Wind farms, in other words, are one of the worst options for providing electricity.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky

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