Califoria – when the sun doth not shine and the wind doth not blow
The California electrical systems operator said yesterday no blackouts – three hours later they said there would be blackouts.
The wind wasn’t blowing enough, and there was some cloud cover over the desert. So electricity production was down.
And a heat wave was on and those air conditioning units were puffing out the cold air. Presto, blackout.
Of course, there was also a fossil fuel plant down but in California they hate them anyway and don’t want them running.
So, welcome to Paradise.
California and other silly places have decided to destroy more ecosystems on land and sea, use more concrete, plastic and steel to build turbines.
As Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute said in his recent report:
“Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of nonrecyclable plastic. Solar power requires even more cement, steel and glass—not to mention other metals.”
‘Building enough wind turbines to supply half the world’s electricity would require nearly two billion tons of coal to produce the concrete and steel, along with two billion barrels of oil to make the composite blades. More than 90 per cent of the world’s solar panels are built in Asia on coal-heavy electric grids.”
Oh, and while I am in the groove.
“A single electric-car battery weighs about 1,000 pounds. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet. The alternative? Use gasoline and extract one-tenth as much total tonnage to deliver the same number of vehicle-miles over the battery’s seven-year life.”
Good luck Cal-i-for-ni-a.!