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sculker 02-13-2008 03:32 AM

America is Running Out of Electricity
 
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America is Running Out of Electricity

Posted By Alan Caruba On February 11, 2008 @ 4:50 am In Environment, Animal Rights, Health Issues, & Drugs | 12 Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that overall energy demand will grow by 45% between now and 2030.


The provision of electrical power nationwide has become the chosen battleground for environmental groups laboring night and day to insure there will not be enough of it to meet our needs.

The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that overall energy demand will grow by 45% between now and 2030.

The effort to insure Americans will not have enough electricity is deadly serious. Take, for example, the exultant news release (Jan 17) from the Rainforest Action Network, “Proposed Coal Plants Losing Steam,” celebrating “59 coal plants cancelled or shelved in 2007.”

Since coal-fired utilities provide over 50 percent of the electricity generated in America, the need for additional plants would seem obvious. A May 2007 Business Week article about coal noted that, “Today, making electricity from coal can cost half as much as using cleaner-burning natural gas.” Half as much at the plant translates to half as much in the monthly energy bill to homeowners and others.

The Greens, however, using the utterly bogus “global warming” hoax and assert the false notion that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will transform the climate of the earth, are successfully denying Americans electrical power.

There is no global warming and CO2 constitutes about 0.038% if the earth’s atmosphere. In past eras there was a lot more CO2 and the result was the lush vegetation that kept a lot of dinosaurs munching away for several million years.

The brownouts in California are testimony to what happens when there are an insufficient number of plants to generate electricity, whether it comes from coal, nuclear, or hydroelectric power.

Right now the population of America is just over 300 million. The rate of population growth is 3 to 4 million people a year. All will want and need electricity. Where will it come from if the Greens are successful in thwarting the building of power generation plants?

“Coal-fired power plants are the wrong investment for our climate, our health, and our economy,” said Becky Tarbotton, director of Rainforest Action Network’s Global Finance Campaign. (1) Such plants do not affect the climate. (2) Americans now have the longest life expectancy ever, so our health is not an issue. (3) Our economy is entirely based on the availability and provision of electrical and other forms of energy.

The Greens opposed nuclear energy so successfully we haven’t seen a new plant built in thirty years. If you want to increase the amount of electricity and, at the same time, reduce the cost of electricity, build a few and watch what happens.

Dr. Arthur Robinson of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine points out that, “The construction of just one nuclear power station like Palo Verde (CA) in each of the 50 states, with a full complement of 10 reactors, would supply all of the energy that the United States currently imports — with, in addition and at current prices, $300 billion per year worth of excess energy to export.”

If we can’t get nuclear facilities built and we can’t get any new coal-fired plants, what does RAN propose? The same thing as the other Greens do. So-called “renewable energy.” And “efficiency.”

Neither solar, nor wind energy is EVER going to be able to produce the amount of energy Americans use and need. The laws of physics eliminate these “solutions” to our energy needs

Energy is measured in British Thermal Units, BTUs. One BTU is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2006 the United States used 99.5 quadrillion BTUs of energy for electrical energy and for our transportation needs.

What energy sources were used to generate the power? Fully 40% came from oil, 23% came from coal, 22% came from natural gas, 8% came from nuclear plants, 2.9% came from biomass, including ethanol, 2.8% came from conventional hydroelectric dams, and less than 1% came from all other alternatives combined, geothermal, wind and solar power.

Along with the efforts to stop any means to provide the power America needs for its present and future energy, the U.S. government heavily taxes energy industries and has placed so many restrictions on new nuclear and hydrocarbon power production that there has been very little development for two generations. On top of this, it has mandated that a large portion of the nation’s corn crop, an essential element of our food supply, be liquefied and burned for fuel!

The most recent “energy bill” passed by Congress and signed by the President actually bans Thomas Edison’s most famous invention, the incandescent light bulb!

If this keeps up, we are going to run out of energy in America for electricity and for transportation. The vast oil tar deposits in Canada are a target of the Natural Resources Defense Council that has challenged the granting of permits required to expand refineries and pipelines on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.

A recently proposed billion-dollar project by ExxonMobil to construct a storage facility and pipeline for liquefied natural gas off the shore of New Jersey immediately drew criticism by environmental groups seeking to thwart access to this energy source. Meanwhile the State’s largest daily reported on February 9th that New Jersey ratepayers “will see double-digit increases in their electric bills.”

Whether it’s coal, gas or oil, the Greens are doing everything they can to return the United States to the same conditions that existed from before the Revolution to fifty years after the Civil War. The use and expansion of electrical energy did not really begin until the last century.

An energy catastrophe is looming for the nation and Americans cannot even look to Congress to avert it.


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GlenJohnson 02-13-2008 03:43 AM

So we drill in Anwar, drill off the shores of Florida, drill off the Gulf, Drill off the coast of California, start putting up Nuclear, what's the problem? When people start complaining, hand them a candle and tell them to shut up.:mad:

matt g 02-13-2008 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by GlenJohnson (Post 16225)
So we drill in Anwar, drill off the shores of Florida, drill off the Gulf, Drill off the coast of California, start putting up Nuclear, what's the problem? When people start complaining, hand them a candle and tell them to shut up.:mad:

Yeah, sweet, Earth first, we'll **** up the other planets later? Like it or not, at some point in time America will need to become self sufficient and break our reliance on non-renewable resources. When the oil and coal runs out, like it or not, we'll have to go back to using candles if we don't figure out something else.

bkt 02-13-2008 11:03 AM

There are days I think how wonderful it would be if the entire freakin' grid shut down for a couple weeks. No power. No transportation. No cable TV.

People would have to wake up, at least briefly, to survive. What an eye-opening experience and hard lesson that would be for so many.

OK, fantasy over. I don't wish for an outage like that; many people would suffer and die (eg: older folks, those in hospitals, etc.) and that's not desirable.

It's interesting that the UN document with the 2500 scientists' signatures turned out to be a load of crap: only a handful of scientists (fewer than 10, if memory serves) embraced the whole document and the majority of scientists had serious problems with the document. Many demanded their names be taken off, but the UN refused.

Yet news like that gets no traction.

Scientists have shown CO2 levels in ice core samples taken from glaciers from previous ice ages is actually much higher than it is in today's atmosphere. That calls into question the assertion that CO2 acts as a greenhouse gas in the way we have been told.

We know there are significant, measurable temperature changes going on in other parts of the solar system, implying, at least in part, that climate change on Earth may well be due to solar or extrasolar activities which man has no control over.

Recent studies out of Canada (I think) indicate we're in a cooling period, not a warming period.

Yet news like this stuff gets little or no traction.

Watermelons need to shut the hell up. We absolutely need to look to our power needs. Personally, I'm for building more nuke plants. Extracting petroleum from coal and oil shale is possible, so let's do it. ANWR is a vast, muddy, flat area inhabited by trillions of mosquitoes and very little else. We already are drilling up in that region, so let's drill some more.

Incidentally, our friend Cuba is drilling off its coast not too far from Florida. Did you hear the envirowackos scream about that? Me either.

hillbilly68 02-13-2008 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by matt g (Post 16233)
Yeah, sweet, Earth first, we'll **** up the other planets later? Like it or not, at some point in time America will need to become self sufficient and break our reliance on non-renewable resources. When the oil and coal runs out, like it or not, we'll have to go back to using candles if we don't figure out something else.

Sigh.. I am a tree hugging environmentalist (one that hunts, drives an F250 truck with a V10 and thinks the majority of the alarmist enviro freaks are simply pursuing an agenda). There is more energy locked up in the earth, we haven't even scratched the surface. It is a function of economics and strategic usage at this point. So don't sweat it boys, keep those big screens lit and keep a light on for us. We had better be more concerned about the politics and loss of rights in the modern s********t era than energy woes.

GlenJohnson 02-13-2008 02:01 PM

I recieve an e-mail alert everyday on the breaktroughs of solar energy. I built a solar pool heater for my swimming pool. Wife and I insultated the s**t out of our house, even though we live in Florida, we still believe in saving energy. That being said, we have enough energy still available here in the states so we don't need the arab states, canada or cuba to keep going. Ever wonder why we're paying throught the nose for milk? It's because the greenies have convinced the powers that wanna be that ethanol is the way to go, so now, people can go hungry, and we can overpay for food so the greenies can say, "See, we're sticking it to big oil."
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-07-10-ethanol-study_x.htm
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/23_losurem_ethanol/index.shtml
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/science/11water.html
It goes on, and on, and on, and on........
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Quasi 02-13-2008 04:41 PM

That article was worth a chuckle.

ScottG 02-14-2008 02:13 AM

20 million illegals

20 million treadmills

what energy generating problem???;)

Defender 02-14-2008 06:01 AM

Nuclear power is the obvious solution. But thanks to the green weenies, we're still stuck with dirty, inefficient coal-burning power plants.

Environmental extremists primarily have themselves to blame for the current situation, because they were the ones who violently opposed the construction of cleaner, safer nuclear power plants.

bkt 02-14-2008 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Defender (Post 16365)
Nuclear power is the obvious solution. But thanks to the green weenies, we're still stuck with dirty, inefficient coal-burning power plants.

Exactly right.

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Originally Posted by Defender (Post 16365)
Environmental extremists primarily have themselves to blame for the current situation, because they were the ones who violently opposed the construction of cleaner, safer nuclear power plants.

Mention the word "nuclear" to many people and they'll recoil in abject terror. They have been conditioned to believe anything "nuclear" is deadly. Goebbels' technique is still sound today: Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

Many environmentalists want to do good but they're operating on ignorance. They believe what they're told by their handlers and never research the facts for themselves. They are, to use Lenin's words, "useful idiots".

Those actually running the environmentalist show are anti-capitalist and are thrilled at the prospect of overtaxing our national power grid. That puts a cap on our industrial expansion and thus caps the amount of wealth the U.S. can create.


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