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Harlan Halsey wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 3:41 am CJ,
The government must be full of gas otherwise the rear wheel would have collapsed.
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Elon Musk is nothing if not dogged. The broader public is never going to trust fully self-driving (FSD) cars. Let's start with that. But, of course Elon doesn't listen to me. This from SeekingAlpha this morning. Some reading between the lines may be required:
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Just saw this headline...
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Ben Kew didn’t read the report he’s writing about. The only thing being scrapped is that three turbine manufacturers have scrapped plans to construct bigger units which NY planed to purchase. They would now need a lot more smaller ones at much greater cost, which isn’t happening. The existing turbines are staying.

Plans were scrapped because the promised turbines are suddenly no longer available.
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They would be built if there was any demand. Wind energy is a failure.
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Only sort of. NY still wants theirs, but the manufacturer now can’t sell enough to others to make money so they stopped making big ones.

In Europe wind energy is quite successful, for example Denmark gets 56% and Ireland 36% of energy from wind. Also in China it’s big.
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Meanwhile in Germany it appears that the country is committing suicide for the third time in 100+ years.
Analysts say the main driver behind the dire trend are Germany’s exorbitantly high energy costs, mostly due to the country’s mismanaged foray into green energies – like wind and solar – and the transition away from affordable and stable conventional energy sources like natural gas, coal and nuclear power.
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Rise And Fall of The German Economy… Energy Debacle Leading to Economic Meltdown
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Wind and solar seems to be religion to its supporters and there is no arguing with religion. It may not seem like it but I do support any new technology that works better than the old technology. Technology that has to be forced into use is not better. Further development is needed until it no longer needs to be forced on the public and then it can be said to be best. Right now these technologies are only useful for virtue signaling which is unfortunately being financed by my tax dollars.
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Martin Benade wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2024 10:47 pm In Europe wind energy is quite successful, for example Denmark gets 56% and Ireland 36% of energy from wind.
Define "successful". Does the cost of electricity matter to anyone? Denmark has the most expensive electricity in the world, costing 3.5x more than the US average (with certain regions like California and New England dramatically raising the average). The next 2 most expensive countries are Germany and the UK. The next 5 most expensive are all in Western Europe.
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The Telegraph reports a new study was commissioned by the British government. They must not have liked what it reported, because you won't have heard about it. Excerpts:
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Britain is incapable of building the wind farms, solar farms and transmission networks essential to net zero, a government report has warned.
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The report, a “readiness study” for the UK supply chain, was commissioned by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and released without any publicity on April 17.
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The UK lacks the ships needed to build offshore wind turbines and even if that were solved, would be unable to connect them to the shore because it cannot produce enough high voltage cables, according to the study.
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For solar farms, it warned that the UK was also incapable of supplying enough switchgear and transformers, as well as cables.
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Disastrous shortages of skilled labour are also a factor. The report warned: “All renewables sectors face skills-related constraints. Shortages are particularly acute for design and commissioning engineers, project managers, and installation technicians.”
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One of its most damaging findings is that the UK lacks the skills and engineering facilities to expand the transmission network, which is the network of high voltage cables essential for all electricity generators.

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As John Hinderaker notes: It is extraordinary that Western governments have promised to transition their economies from fossil fuels to intermittent and inefficient “green” energy without ever figuring out what it would take to do that. You might assume that someone, somewhere, has put pencil to paper and calculated the raw materials that would be needed; where those materials would come from; how they would be shipped to manufacturing sites; how and where the necessary equipment would be manufactured, and how it would be transported; what transmission wires would be needed, and where they would come from; and many other obvious elements. But the fact is that no one has done this. There is no plan, just a fantasy. And it bears repeating that there is not a single demonstration project anywhere in the world–no state or province, no city, no town, no village–that has shown how wind or solar energy, alone, can power modern life.
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Ah, progress!

“The electric automobile will quickly and easily take precedence over all other kinds of motor carriages as soon as an effective battery of light weight is discovered.” Los Angeles Times, 1901

“Prices on electric cars will continue to drop until they are within reach of the average family." Washington Post, 1915

In 2021, the International Energy Agency reported that over 90% of EVs rely on high-strength permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The market for those motors, and the rare earth elements needed to make them, is dominated by China.
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In early 2022, the Department of Energy reported (of EVs): “Nearly all supply chain stages are concentrated in China and the chemistry associated with processing rare earths is challenging, expensive, and hazardous. Furthermore, substitution is difficult through the supply chain due to the unique characteristics and technical advantage of rare earth magnets.”

Meanwhile, Tesla has abandoned its project to design an affordable BEV. I wonder why?
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