From the Wall Street Journal, 5/8/22:
From California to Texas to Indiana, electric-grid operators are warning that power-generating capacity is struggling to keep up with demand, a gap that could lead to rolling blackouts during heat waves or other peak periods as soon as this year.
The interesting thing about the WSJ article is that the writer, Katherine Blunt, does not seem to understand that wind and solar cannot meet electrical demand, not now, not ever. Readers at this site know, or should know, that Global Warming and Climate Change are hoaxes, that the planet is not warming in any appreciable manner, in fact, not at all since 2005. The reasons behind the hoaxing … since we are all going to suffer the same fate, alarmists and realistic skeptics alike … are hard to fathom. For sure there is a great deal of stupidity among the alarmists, but Michael Mann, for instance, is not a stupid person, and is selling the hoax as real with extreme enthusiasm. Why? Is he paid to lie?
The risk of electricity shortages is rising throughout the U.S. as traditional power plants are being retired more quickly than they can be replaced by renewable energy and battery storage. Power grids are feeling the strain as the U.S. makes a historic transition from conventional power plants fueled by coal and natural gas to cleaner forms of energy such as wind and solar power, and aging nuclear plants are slated for retirement in many parts of the country.
Pardon me, but the last I heard, battery storage of power generated by wind and solar farms is a pipe dream. We cannot begin to make enough of them or keep them functional.
We screen calls here in our home to filter out telemarketers, but are given a list of calls that do not make it through. For a while a company selling solar panels in Boulder, Colorado, was dialing our number five or six times daily. They are pushing them hard, even as Colorado can make them only marginally usable, that is, there’s an outside chance they may pay for themselves down the road. The makers of solar panels and windmills are heavily subsidized, otherwise they would not be dotting our landscapes, killing birds and bats, and creating eyesores.
Blunt makes some untenable statements in the article.:
- “The challenge is that wind and solar farms—which are among the cheapest forms of power generation …”
- “While a large amount of battery storage is under development … “
- “Large, sustained outages have occurred with greater frequency over the past two decades, in part because the grid has become more vulnerable to failure with age and an uptick in severe weather events exacerbated by climate change.”
The first statement is just false (one must factor in subsidies and the cost of replacement energy when wind and solar are down). The second one sounds like whistling past the graveyard. Batteries are not going to save our sorry asses.
The third one is just a lie. Even the IPCC admits that they do not have any data to support the statement. They use weasel words like”identifying trends in tropical storm metrics remains a challenge” They also say there is “only low confidence for the attribution of any detectable changes in tropical cyclone activity due to anthropogenic influences.” In other words, Blunt does not know what she is talking about, but understand this: There is absolutely no fact checking going on among climate alarmists. They can say anything they want, no one edits them. They’ve been making outrageous and false claims about our climate future for 33 years now, with no attempt to set the records straight, ever.
In a previous post I wrote about rolling, or moving averages, how one can plot a line in seemingly random data by averaging everything going on to the left of any point in the line. That was not done by Mr. Maue, who assembled this information, but I envision two straight lines, one for cyclones above, and one for hurricanes below. There is no trend to speak of.
On the other hand, the incidence of tornadoes in the lower 48 is down.
I am not seeing a problem there, as there is no “uptick in severe weather events exacerbated by climate change.” Blunt is wrong, and either very poorly informed, or a victim of groupthink.
Nonetheless, as the WSJ article reminds us, hard times lie ahead as we plunge into renewables and away from fossil fuels, and for no good reason. Expect rolling blackouts, rising energy costs, and more lies.