“Southern California has been able to withstand the heat wave mainly due to municipal power contracts for imported coal and nuclear power, as well as generation from its local gas-fired power plants. Northern California, meanwhile, suffered the brunt of the blackouts due to green power mandates.”
“Soon, many Californians may have to install stationary gas or propane electrical generators or portable gasoline generators to withstand regular outages, but the poor will not be able to afford them.”
About 75 percent of Los Angeles electricity demand is being met by imported coal power and local gas-fired power plants during peak hours of the August triple-digit heat wave. This is the fact of facts, however politically incorrect.
Instead of thanking conventional energies, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stated it was conservation efforts that avoided more extensive rolling blackouts.…
The first great requisite of motive power is, that it shall be wholly at our command, to be exerted when, and where, and in what degree we desire. The wind, for instance, as a direct motive power, is wholly inapplicable to a system of machine labour, for during a calm season the whole business of the country would be thrown out of gear.
– W. S. Jevons, The Coal Question (London: Macmillan, 1865), p. 122.
If only the legion of energy experts and specialists in the colleges and universities, U.S. Department of Energy labs, and environmentalist organizations understood William Stanley Jevons of the 19th century and Vaclav Smil today. If so, they would understand why:
The statement that “the science is settled” is an assertion of imagined consensus deployed by climate activists as a substitute for science.
Society expects that science plays a major role in solving the big problems on our planet. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the scientific community is honest about the limitations of their theoretical models.
CLINTEL (Climate Intelligence), previously highlighted at MasterResource (here and here), has published a Great Charter of Universities for Research Freedom (Magna Carta Universitatum 2020). David Wojick summarized its importance, drawing on history:
The first Magna Carta Universitatum was issued in 1988 and to date at least 889 universities have signed on to it. CLINTEL notes that it is building directly on this precedent, to fit “the special challenges of today”.