Cuckoo approach to energy

Being a former Texan, the recent power outage in the Great State is of more than passing interest to me, especially since I know people in Texas still, and I wish them well. I want them to be warm, and their refrigerators to hum.

America is on the wrong track in so many ways now. One is the fixation on “green” energy, a great idea if only it were totally reliable, which it’s still not. Here is a very informative and interesting video on Texas’ energy grid, which is mostly independent from the rest of the nation, something I did not know. The video also addresses the U.S. energy approach in general, and the vulnerable, misguided way it works.

It appears to be second in a series. I posted the first one low in the comments of a previous post. It’s the second of only two videos in that comment section.

If you want to comment, and comments are normally appreciated, please watch the video first if you are a wacky leftist, so you won’t say something silly.

On a lighter note, here’s the talented Texan George Strait. Actually, only one of my ex’s lives in Texas. The other’s in Louisiana.

12 thoughts on “Cuckoo approach to energy

  1. Well worth the time to view, señor.

    Amazing how simple it sounds. Take politics out of the equation, and things are often at their simplest level.


  2. Felipe: From my experience in the electric generation industry, this guy is right on target. Folks don’t realize that some components of a powerplant take two YEARS to replace if damaged. Like the man says, putting gas turbines (literally Boeing 747 jet engines) which can be fired up rapidly, around the grid makes good sense. No matter what some “greenies” think, electricity cannot be stored, it has zero “shelf life.” It must be used the instant it is made. Every hour, electric dispatchers around the country literally guess what the next hour’s demand will be on their system, and then generate or buy the power to fill that “guess.” Obviously in Texas that night, they couldn’t have known what was coming and guessed wrong.


    1. Pablo: The fellow in the video makes a compelling case, and you agree. Thanks for the feedback, always appreciated.

      “Green” energy is a good thing, but unreliable to date. And you sure don’t want to be without backup.


  3. Well, I listened until the guy said “clean coal.” This was a rare weather event. These Hippie fans weren’t designed for it, and apparently neither were conventional sources. Gas pipelines froze, Nuclear power plants shut down because the cooling water froze. The Texas grid is only regulated by the many power companies’ abilities to charge fair prices at peak demand. The gas and coal generators were not designed for this extreme in weather. When utilities get deregulated, there will always be less incentive to keep the lights on.

    The only reason Texas has so many wind farms is that landowners got paid handsomely to allow them on their property. The wacko environmentalists won’t allow a orderly changeover of efficient natural gas generators and completely redesigned nuclear plants.

    Tucson is currently putting in solar with backup of huge internal combustion natural gas engines that can be started up and running turbines to provide energy in 20 minutes. These giant internal combustion engines pollute far less than traditional gas-fired power generators. Unfortunately, the environmental wackos refuse to acknowledge this as a good solution because they burn fossil fuel.

    There is no “Clean Coal” this guy could be a lot more credible without his agenda showing through. There is and will be a way to eventually transition to clean power, but good planning and settling on using “cleaner” power will have to be a part of the process. Tucson is the best answer I’ve seen so far.


    1. Dave: Clean coal does not mean there is coal now that won’t dirty your hands if you touch it. Surely, you know that. It’s an industry term that, according to one online site, is a technology that “seeks to reduce harsh environmental effects by using multiple technologies to clean coal and contain its emissions.” Here’s one website I found:

      So “clean coal” basically means cleaned-up coal, less dirty than in the old days. So, you could have continued listening to the fellow in the video. He is quite sharp.

      Sounds like Tucson is doing solar right, which is to say not entirely depending on it. I visited Tucson once. I liked it.


      1. I did go to the website listed. I’ve visited it before and it does give a lot of good scientically sound information. The “clean coal” processes they speak of are still twice as polluting as natural gas. I think clean energy is just as misleading as clean coal. Cleaner is the optimal word and I believe no matter what we do we will never reach the ” do no harm” solution. There is a “do as little harm as possible solution” that could be very effective. Our air and water is far cleaner than 50 years ago. If only the “green advocates” and the capitalist “make money at any cost” group could find some common ground and compromise.


  4. There is no pleasing some people. I recall one guy complaining because the wind farms were stealing “the people’s wind.”


  5. In reference to “clean coal,” the powerplant that I worked for used coal that met all the EPA pollution regulations without using the scrubbers to reduce emissions. The Feds said that we HAD to use the scrubbers anyway, “because we had them installed,” thereby costing our ratepayers millions of unnecessary dollars every year. There is “good” coal out there to be mined, if only folks with an agenda would open their eyes and minds.

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