By Steve Goreham
Originally published in WND.
In a twitter battle last week, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Elon Musk for accepting billions of dollars in government support. The exchange erupted over Sanders’ new bill to impose a wealth tax on Musk and other billionaires. But most of the payments received by Musk’s companies came from electric vehicle and solar energy programs that Sanders, green advocates, and state governments established to promote green energy.
The coronavirus pandemic caused the stock market to plunge in February and March of this year. The subsequent market recovery between March and August increased the wealth of U.S. billionaires by more than $700 billion. Last week, Senators Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill to tax wealth gained by billionaires during the stock market recovery. Continue reading “Bernie Scolds Elon Musk for Taking Government Subsidies that Sanders Made Possible”
by Viv Forbes
Two green-dream fantasies are heading for a massive and costly collision.
Firstly they dream of generating all grid power from wind/solar propped up by battery storage (such as lots of giant Tesla batteries and pumped hydro).
Secondly they dream of replacing all petrol/diesel/gas cars, trucks and buses with electric vehicles, powered by more batteries. Continue reading “The Looming Collision between Electric Vehicles and Green Energy”
By Duggan Flanakin
Should Americans follow China in a massive commitment to supposedly eco-friendly battery-electric buses (BEBs)? California has mandated a “carbon-free” bus system by 2040 and will buy only battery or fuel cell-powered buses after 2029. Other states and cities are following suit.
Vehicle decisions are typically based on cost and performance. Cost includes selling price plus maintenance, while performance now includes perceived environmental impacts – which for some is the only issue that matters. But that perception ignores some huge ecological (and human rights) issues. Continue reading “Do ‘Green’ Buses Pass the Performance Test?”
By David Wojick. First published by https://www.heartland.org/.
Lately, many politicians at the federal, state, and local levels have unthinkingly bought into the talking points of radical environmentalists, pushing policies to require 100 percent of the electricity used in the United States to come from politically favored renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar power.
Generating all of America’s electric power through wind and solar industrial facilities is an expensive pipedream. Continue reading “Providing 100 Percent Energy from Renewable Sources Is Impossible”
They planned the Land of Make Believe.
They wanted water without building dams, cheap reliable electricity without using coal or gas or nuclear power, transport without using petrol or diesel, food without farmers or fishermen, employment without factories, metals and motor fuels without refineries and bridges and buildings without cement and steel.
Their countryside was uglified by paddocks of magic mirrors, forests of whirling bird-slicers and spider-webs of access tracks and power lines that delivered abundant electricity when it was least needed (and little at peak demand).
But the taps went dry, cattle and crops died, batteries went flat, lights went out, seafood and rice came from Vietnam, metals were smelted and refined in China, trains were built in India, cars and trucks came from Japan, motors fuels were imported from South East Asia, construction slumped and savings fled to Zurich.
Welcome to Green Australia.
Freezing in Green Heaven
It was a night to celebrate
the Green goals had been won.
The last coal mine was firmly shut
and all adored the sun.
Their panels covered all the flats
and turbines spiked the hills.
The young got stoned on ethanol
and oldies got the bills.
The cows were freed from bails and yards
and drilling was rejected.
The rich folk got electric cars
the poor got disconnected.
But then the weather got quite cold
the sun it hibernated.
The power failed, no coal was mined,
most folk refrigerated.
by Viv Forbes, Australia.
Further Reading: Green energy policies freeze out the poor:
by Viv Forbes, Australia.
Most farm tractors run on diesel. And every day hundreds of diesel trucks deliver food from farms and feedlots to processing plants and city cold rooms.
In the brave new world of zero emissions, how do we power these trucks and tractors?
They talk boldly of electric trucks. When an electric road train makes a round trip to collect cattle from a feedlot west of Dalby headed for Brisbane, where do they charge the batteries?
More on Electric Vehicles:
Dr. John Happs
The latest announcements from political fairyland came from Bill Shorten with his vision that 50% of all new cars will be “electric” by 2030 and that each one would only take 10 minutes to recharge.
To borrow a phrase from The Castle, somebody should: “Tell him he’s dreaming.”
Better still, tell Bill to do a little homework on so-called electric cars and he will find that they are not electric cars at all.
Well-intentioned environmentalists and a number of politicians such as Bill fail to understand that batteries don’t continually create electricity. Rather they store electricity that has to be generated elsewhere by more often than not abundant, inexpensive, high energy-density, reliable hydrocarbon fuels.
Bill also believes that so-called electric cars don’t emit any carbon dioxide. The vehicles might not emit any when running on battery alone but since that electricity has come from a hydrocarbon-fuelled power plant, the elimination of car tail-pipe emissions is entirely countered by the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions at the power station.
When 2,000 electric cars towing caravans descend on the Birdsville races, where do they charge their batteries overnight?
“Please take a ticket and join the queue?”
By Viv Forbes