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Jun 22 2021

Thermostats Remotely Raised in Texas

As Democrats strangle the life out of the fossil fuel industry and force us to rely on politically correct but grossly inefficient power sources like wind and solar, we will be unable to keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. No worries; those in charge have a solution:

Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage.

Milton Friedman is quoted as saying that “if you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Likewise, if you put moonbats in charge of energy, it will be in short supply even in energy-rich Texas.

Houston resident Brandon English, whose home has an internet-connected smart thermostat installed, was shocked to learn of the practice after his wife and infant daughter “woke up sweating.” …

The issue comes shortly after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s power grid manager, called on customers to reduce their energy usage and adjust their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher.

As fossil fuels are marginalized and energy becomes ever scarcer, 78° in the summer will come to seem like an extravagance.

Then come winter, Texans will freeze, despite sitting on a lake of oil, while hideous, extravagantly expensive, government-subsidized wind turbines and solar panels are incapacitated by ice, not to mention the tendency of the wind not to always blow and the sun not to always shine.

Even if the flourishing polar bears don’t appreciate the sacrifice, Democrat donors who are rewarded with Solyndra-style boondoggles do.

On tips from Stormfax and Chris Neilson.

May 20 2021

Even Greta Thunberg Ridicules John Kerry’s Ecomoonbattery

As Climate Czar, treasonous CO2-spewing mask hypocrite John Kerry is the Biden Regime’s main moonbat when it comes to exploiting the global warming hoax to inflict the Great Reset. Here’s how seriously someone who apparently believes in the hoax takes his duckspeak:

Great dig. However, Hanoi John Kerry gets the last laugh. At least he doesn’t actually believe the world is doomed unless Big Government controls the weather by inflicting leftist tyranny. He’s just in it for the tyranny.

Hat tip: Not the Bee.

May 18 2021

International Energy Agency Declares War on Energy

Our leftist overlords intend to have us freezing in the dark, without transportation and without jobs. From their flagship publication, the New York Times, via MSN:

Investment in new oil and natural gas projects must stop from today, and sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles must halt from 2035. These are some of the milestones that the International Energy Agency said Tuesday must be achieved for the global energy industry to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The goal of net-zero carbon emissions is insane. To achieve it would require total collapse of the global economy. Hundreds of millions of people would die. No one would notice an effect on the climate, which is not a problem anyway. What leftists mean to impose is tyranny for its own sake, on a level that dwarfs Mao, Stalin, and Pol Pot.

These conclusions seem surprisingly stark for the agency, a multilateral group whose main mandate is helping ensure energy security and stability. But it has increasingly embraced a role in combating climate change under its executive director, Fatih Birol.

Yet another institution has been subverted by radical leftists. The last thing they want is energy security. They don’t like it that you have gas in your car and that the lights come on when you flip the switch. That gives you too much control over your own life.

The agency acknowledges that the disruption for the global energy sector, which produces three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions, could threaten five million jobs.

Actually, it threatens all jobs, except of course government jobs. There is no way a modern economy can be supported by the minuscule and sporadic energy produced by wind turbines and solar panels. When leftists choke off the energy supply, as Biden’s handlers have already begun to do, everything will collapse. That’s the point. John Kerry and friends call it the Great Reset.

Yet the NY Times ends with this:

At the same time, Mr. Birol said, there would be major economic benefits from the trillions of dollars in investment in wind, solar and other sources of renewable energy. Doing so could create 30 million jobs, and add 0.4 percent year to world economic growth, he said.

Replacing efficient, reliable energy with inefficient, unreliable energy will generate less wealth. This will result in fewer jobs and economic decline. This is not debatable. To say otherwise is not wishful thinking. It is an arrogant lie. They believe us to be either stupid or powerless to stop them.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 13 2021

Let Them Eat Wind

When told the peasants had no bread, Marie Antoinette is said to have responded, “Then let them eat cake.” Our own ruling class is even more self-indulgent, arrogant, and contemptuous.

In a modern economy, what we need to live is energy. From Day 1, Biden’s handlers have gone out of their way to take it from us in the name of their demented ideology. Instead of real energy from fossil fuels and nuclear, we are told to make due with imaginary power that they pretend will be produced by their corrupt green energy boondoggles.

The skyrocketing price of gas is not an accident. This has been inflicted on us deliberately by the hostile liberal ruling class. The effects on the overall economy are inevitable.

The Texas freeze and Colonial Pipeline crises are mild foretastes of the misery in store for us if leftists are not dislodged from power.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

May 12 2021

Democrats Versus Pipelines

Parts of the country are running out of gas thanks to the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, which normally transports 2.5 million barrels of fuel a day, comprising 45% of the fuel supply for the East Coast. This provides a mild taste of what Democrat rule has in store for us.

Democrats don’t like pipelines or the precious fuel that flows through them, so you could hardly expect them to take this crisis with the seriousness it deserves. Evil elf Jennifer Granholm, who farcically (and corruptly) serves as Energy Secretary, squeaks inanely that there is no gasoline shortage but only a “supply crunch.” She conveniently blames Covid for gas prices having already been sharply on the rise around the country as a result of Biden choking off oil production.

If a pipeline has been up and running for a while, you notice how valuable it is when it gets taken down. The Colonial Pipeline is not the first to be sidelined by evildoers since Biden took power. Among his first flurry of executive orders, Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline out of sheer moonbattery, throwing thousands out of work.

It is hard to appreciate the loss of the many things we would have had if not for Democrats. The cost of letting them take power is incalculable.

Speaking of Democrats and pipelines,

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened to seize profits from Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. if the company continues to operate a pipeline through the Great Lakes after a Wednesday deadline.

Gauleiter Gretchen wants the pipeline completely shut down, so its permit was revoked. Whether Michigan has the authority to shut down the pipeline is being argued in court, and Enbridge wants to keep the energy flowing in the meantime. The pipeline supplies refineries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Quebec in addition to Michigan.

Officials in Ottawa say closing the pipeline would cut off almost half the supply used to make gasoline, jet fuel and home heating oil for residents in central Canada. The closure could lead to higher fuel costs and thousands of job losses in refineries, officials said.

You can’t expect a Democrat to care about the jobs destroyed by the War on Energy.

A treaty prevents pipelines between the US and Canada from being closed except during an emergency. The only emergency here is Cruella Whitmer’s dangerous heavy-handedness. Yet Biden and Granholm refuse to intervene.

Michigan has said the pipeline poses an environmental risk and that any spill from it would threaten the Great Lakes. Enbridge has said that section of the 68-year-old pipeline has never leaked and that it is taking steps to protect the lakes after negotiating a plan with former Gov. Rick Snyder to encase the pipes in a tunnel below the lake bed.

This is not about leaks. It is about ideology. Like white skin, pipelines are inherently bad according to Democrat ideology. That’s why they will squeeze them out of existence. If you like the “supply crunch” caused by the Colonial Pipeline troubles, you will love America’s future under Democrat rule.

On tips from Steve B, Varla, R F, and Chuck A.

Apr 14 2021

Energy Troubles in Texas Again

If there is one place you would think would never run low on energy, it would be Texas. But then, until recently, if there was one place you would think would never run low on freedom, it would be the USA.

Remember what happened last February when it got cold in Texas? Millions were left shivering in the cold, in part as a result of using unreliable green energy in a state that can produce plenty of energy that works.

We are not even halfway through April, but the weather is beginning to warm up. So Texas teeters on the verge of crisis again:

The governing body that manages the state’s power grid called on Texans to conserve energy Tuesday afternoon and evening as demand rose close to the available supply.

In 2019, the USA became a net exporter of energy for the first time since 1952. Among the states, Texas more than doubles the energy output of its closest rival, Pennsylvania. By some remarkable coincidence, left-wing extremists aggressively hostile to the energy industry take over the federal government and suddenly Texas has a hard time keeping the lights on.

High temperatures across much of North Texas Tuesday afternoon were in the upper 70s and low 80s.

Wow, scorching.

Energy consumers were encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights and equipment, turn up the thermostat, limit use of large appliances, close blinds, et cetera.

If Texas is having trouble in April, think what it will be like in July. If the country is having trouble after only 3 months of Biden’s handlers and their radical green agenda, think what it will be like after 3 years.

On a tip from Lyle.

Apr 09 2021

Happy Spin on Wind Turbine Fire

Via MSN, AccuWeather reports on a wind turbine bursting into flames in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania last month with some positive spin:

Firefighters say it burned out on its own without causing brush fires.

Good thing there was snow on the ground.

Also, it’s a good thing they don’t construct these hideous, inefficient, bird-killing, extravagantly expensive, unsafe, but politically correct monstrosities in places prone to wildfires, like California and Arizona. Oh wait…

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 24 2021

Biden’s Handlers Choke Off America’s Energy Supply

Under the previous administration, the USA became energy independent for the first time since Eisenhower was president. Energy exports exceeded imports. This beat putting ourselves at the mercy of other countries, many of them unfriendly, that we had previously relied on to sell energy to us. Unfortunately, this improved state of affairs is going out the window, with the radicalized Democratic Party in control of the country.

Nearly half of the land in western states is owned by the federal government. Biden’s handlers have been choking off oil and gas lease sales on public lands.

Even the liberals at AP sound nervous:

Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. …

The leasing ban is only temporary, although officials have declined to say how long it will last. And it’s unclear how much legal authority the government has to stop drilling on about 23 million acres (9 million hectares) previously leased to energy companies. …

Emission reductions from a permanent leasing ban would be relatively small — about 100 million tons (91 million metric tons) annually, or less than 1% of global fossil fuel emissions, according to a study by a nonprofit research group.

The odds of this producing a perceptible effect on the supposedly problematic weather are zero.

[E]nvironmentalists and others who want more aggressive action against climate change say a [permanent] ban would nudge the economy in a new direction.

It would: straight down.

Biden wants to substitute fossil fuel production and consumption with policies that promote renewable energy on public lands, such as wind and solar power.

To pretend that intermittent green energy could meet more than a small fraction of the USA’s energy needs is absurd. Wind and solar still only provide only 3% of the world’s energy, after decades of intense research and $billions wasted on subsidies.

Green energy is a political pose. At best, its purpose is to launder taxpayer money to pay off campaign donors, as Obama did. At worst, Democrats are destroying our country on purpose, which would be consistent with their ideology.

The administration postponed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Utah. Biden earlier had suspended leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. …

Despite the moratorium, the Biden administration has continued to issue new permits for existing leases, including more than 200 in March, records show.

Environmentalists want that to stop…

When leftist fever swamps issue a command, Biden’s handlers tend to comply.

A ban on new leases means drilling would fade out as existing ones expire. It would be a heavy blow for western and Gulf Coast states that heavily depend on oil and gas revenue to pay for schools, roads and other services.

Democrats don’t seem to wonder who they will force to bail out financially incontinent blue states like California, New York, and Illinois after states like Texas have been destroyed.

Another option is to increase royalty fees to reflect the “social cost” of climate change — damage from rising seas, drought, wildfires and other global warming impacts.

This social cost is imaginary, a figment of leftist ideology. However, the cost in terms of standard of living will be quite real, as the rising price of energy drives up the price of everything else.

As with the malicious nixing of the Keystone XL pipeline, a leasing ban would kill jobs, and not only in the energy sector. The long-term effects of making energy scarce will cost any number of jobs in every sector of the economy but one: our ever-expanding federal government.

If America’s worst enemies had taken over the country, what would they do differently? Nothing, because they have.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 03 2021

Crushed by Biden II

Biden has not been in office long enough to have given a solo press conference much less a State of the Union, yet already he has managed to rack up an impressive number of ruined lives.

We’ve heard before from workers who were crushed by Biden’s malicious cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The news cycle has moved on, but lives wrecked by the War on Energy remain in tatters. Pipeline worker Joe Gains got canceled too. Via Populist Press:

Guys like Gains are why the lights come on when you flip the switch, why you don’t shiver from the cold in your home, and why your car moves forward when you put it in gear. They deserve better.

We all deserve better, because as the Texas freeze demonstrated, politically correct energy sources cannot meet our needs.

As for Joe Gains getting a job making vastly less efficient solar panels, as Climate Czar John Kerry suggests, he may have to learn Chinese first, since these are mostly made, possibly by slave labor, behind the Bamboo Curtain.

On a tip from Chuck A.

Feb 19 2021

Rachel Maddow Asks a Good Question

They say even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut. Rachel Maddow hasn’t found one yet, but at least she asked a good question. She wondered aloud on her MSNBC show why we can land the Perseverance on Mars, but cannot keep the heat and lights on in Texas:

“We can send a rover to a planet 300 million miles away, and land it like a feather,” Maddow said. “We can create oxygen over there. We can fly mini helicopters in the Martian sky that work for us and send us things…but we can’t provide water and power to people in Texas when it’s cold.”

This is all the more baffling when you consider that Texas is a major energy producer.

The answer to the mystery is that the Perseverance is not required for political reasons to rely on wind power. The Wall Street Journal spells it out:

Between 12 a.m. on Feb. 8 and Feb. 16, wind power plunged 93% while coal increased 47% and gas 450%, according to the EIA. Yet the renewable industry and its media mouthpieces are tarring gas, coal and nuclear because they didn’t operate at 100% of their expected potential during the Arctic blast even though wind turbines failed nearly 100%.

The policy point here is that an electricity grid that depends increasingly on subsidized but unreliable wind and solar needs baseload power to weather surges in demand. …

Politicians and regulators don’t want to admit this because they have been taking nuclear and coal plants offline to please the lords of climate change. But the public pays the price when blackouts occur because climate obeisance has made the grid too fragile.

Unfortunately, Maddow and the rest of the liberal media don’t want the mystery solved. They would rather pretend that fossil fuels caused the blackouts, just as global warming caused it to be so cold.

On tips from Oddman and Varla.

Feb 19 2021

Facebook to Amp Up Global Warming Thought Control

The election is over, but that does not mean Big Tech will scale down the thought control that it used so ham-fistedly to help Biden’s handlers into power. The next crisis to serve as a pretext to impose authoritarianism will be the global warming hoax. A statement released yesterday confirms that Facebook stands ready to do its part:

The statement reveals that the company has created a climate change “mythbusting section” and will be adding “informational labels” to some climate change-related posts made by users in the U.K., with plans to expand this policy to additional countries.

The USA is bound to be among them.

“We’re also starting to add informational labels to some posts on climate in the UK that direct people to the center, and we plan to expand to more countries soon,” the press release claims.

The idea is to discredit and suppress “misinformation” — i.e., facts and opinions that challenge the liberal establishment’s narrative.

Users of the enormous social media platform living in various countries are already directed to the Climate Science Information Center whenever they search for climate-related terms, and Facebook plans to direct even more users to the UN Environment Programme, according to plans expressed in the statement.

Because we can always trust UN globalists to tell us what it is in our best interests to believe.

Good thing YouTube hasn’t banned Tony Heller yet. Here he speaks truth to moonbattery regarding the conspicuous failure of green energy in Texas that has people freezing in the dark:

On tips from Lyle and KirklesWorth.

Feb 16 2021

Millions Shiver Without Power in Preview of Green New Deal

As we saw coming, a combination of bad weather and partial reliance on green energy has put Texans in a bad place:

A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually icy emergency Monday that knocked out power to more than 2 million people…

Temperatures nosedived into the single-digits as far south as San Antonio, and homes that had already been without electricity for hours had no certainty about when the lights and heat would come back on…

We are told by the liberal establishment — incredibly, with a straight face — that we must ever more massively subsidize wind turbines and watch the government progressively throttle more efficient means of generating energy because there is a “climate emergency,” fossil fuels having made it be too warm out.

At least Texans can console themselves that they are not the only ones to have made the mistake of letting themselves be bullied into partial reliance of wind energy, which does not work when the turbines are covered in ice:

Sky News host Cory Bernardi says Germany “should be thankful” for non-renewable energy after forced reliance on surrounding countries’ power after a cold snap froze solar panels and wind turbines.

“These monuments to green madness need to draw current from the remains of the fossil fuel power grid to stop them from getting frozen solid,” he said.

Forbes lists some of the lessons we are learning the hard way:

The massive blast of Siberia-like cold that is wreaking havoc across North America is proving that if we humans want to keep surviving frigid winters, we are going to have to keep burning natural gas — and lots of it — for decades to come.

That cold reality contradicts the “electrify everything” scenario that’s being promoted by climate change activists, politicians, and academics.

Texas relies on forests of hideous wind turbines to generate 20% of its energy. The result:

Our power here in central Austin went out at about 3 am. I am writing this under a blanket, have multiple layers of clothes on, and am nervously watching my laptop’s battery indicator.

In other words, he wrote this from our green energy future.

This blizzard proves that we have not been taking our energy security seriously enough. …

This blizzard proves that during extreme weather winter, solar panels and wind turbines are of little or no value to the electric grid.

This blizzard proves that our natural gas grid is part of our critical infrastructure and that we shut it down at our peril. The natural gas network is essential because it can deliver big surges in energy supplies during periods of peak demand. … [W]e can store vast amounts of gas and only tiny quantities of electricity.

Natural gas is cheap, clean, efficient, and abundant. But Democrats don’t like it, because it is politically unclean according to their faith. That’s why they are phasing it out in favor of having us shiver in the dark.

It’s essential to note that the blizzard and blackouts that are paralyzing the country are occurring at roughly the same time that some of America’s most famous activists and politicians are saying we should quit using all hydrocarbons and dozens of cities across the country are imposing bans on the use of natural gas.

Those who freeze to death are sacrifices on the altar of moonbat ideology. Every winter will be like this and worse if liberals are not dislodged from power.

Tucker Carlson reports on the Green New Deal arriving in Texas:

On tips from Wiggins, Chuck A, Henry, Lyle, and Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Feb 15 2021

Wind Power Can Leave Even Texans in the Cold

Last I knew, the USA led the world in energy production. But a war on energy has begun. The state most associated with energy production is Texas. Under Biden’s handlers, even Texans can expect to see more stories about power outages:

Temperatures Monday night could dip to near single digits after a weekend with highs barely breaking 40 degrees. Western and northern areas of Texas have already been coated by ice that has taken out large swaths of power generating wind turbines as power demand soars.

Laments Public Utility Commission Chairman DeAnn Walker,

“My understanding is, the wind turbines are all frozen.”

Leslie Sopko, communications manager for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, confirms that they have had “a significant number of wind facilities that had to be taken out of service due to icing.”

The wind turbines that have been coated in ice will need time and warmer temperatures before they can function again, says Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston.

Sometimes warmer temperatures are not enough, because the ice weighs down and breaks the expensive turbines, thankfully preventing them from chopping up more eagles and hawks.

Wind generates 20% of the electricity in resource-rich Texas, due to massive subsidies. Imagine if Biden et al. phase out fossil fuels over the next few years as they have been promising. A cold snap will mean freezing in the dark. If you try to stay alive by burning furniture in the fireplace, environmentally correct neighbors will turn you in to the Green Police.

On a tip from Lyle.

Feb 01 2021

Why Electricity Is So Expensive

Charles McConnell, who was Assistant Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration, explains why the cost of electricity keeps going up, even though the price of natural gas and coal, the primary resources required to generate electricity efficiently, keeps going down:

The scale of green energy waste is already staggering, but we haven’t seen anything yet. Wait until the Biden Regime gets its version of the Green New Deal up to full speed. In utopia, only John Kerry types will have access to fossil fuels.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

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