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From John Hinderaker at PowerLineBlog. (Mantra: "It Can't Happen Here")
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Blackouts, Here We Come

People around the world are increasingly realizing that “green” energy is actually black – as in blackouts. Thus, in today’s Telegraph: “The UK is much closer to blackouts than anyone dares to admit.”:


We are heading for a big electricity crunch as it is. Whoever wins the general election, the next government will be committed to decarbonising the National Grid – by 2035 in the case of the Conservatives and by 2030 in the case of Labour. That means either closing all the gas power stations or fitting them with carbon capture and storage technology – which does not yet exist on scale in Britain and whose costs are likely to be massive. At the same time every single one of our existing nuclear power stations is currently due to reach the end of its life by 2035. If Hinkley C is delayed much beyond its latest estimated completion, we could end up with no nuclear at all.

That could leave us trying to power the country pretty much with intermittent wind and solar energy alone – and this at a time when politicians want millions more of us to be driving electric cars and heating our homes with heat pumps, thus substantially increasing demand. How will we keep the lights on? One struggles to find satisfactory explanation from the National Grid ESO, which is trusted with this task.

Britain is not alone in that regard. It is extraordinary that no one in any country has actually tried, seriously, to figure out how to power a modern economy with intermittent and absurdly expensive wind and solar power. We are simply cruising toward disaster with inept and even senile politicians at the helm.

It has produced a vision for a winter’s day in 2035 which foresees massive amounts of energy being stored in the form of green hydrogen produced via the electrolysis of water – a technology which may not be ready by then.

Or may not be ready, ever. I’ve been hearing about miraculous hydrogen energy for decades.

It also sees Britain importing around a quarter of its electricity. What happens if the countries we import it from are also short of renewable energy, it doesn’t say.

That is what happened a year or so ago when Duke Energy’s customers suffered a blackout. Duke’s plan included importing electricity from other states when the wind didn’t blow and it was dark out. But–surprise!–the wind wasn’t blowing in nearby states, either.

But now we get to the real plan, to the extent there is one:


But another large part of the picture seems to be “demand flexibility” – a polite term for rationing energy through smart meters, jacking up the price whenever supply is short. No wonder the Government seems keener than ever to force smart meters on us.

A “smart meter” is one that will adjust the temperature in your house, or otherwise reduce your use of electricity, when the utility can’t produce enough electricity to meet demand. In other words, the plan is for us to get poorer through electricity rationing.

This is Great Britain, but you could say the exact same thing about the U.S. or most other Western countries.

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Question: From where does an island nation "import electricity"?
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Brian,
In my first job as an engineer I recall discussions wherein people advocated claiming fewer dependents on the S4 Form than they actually had. That way they got money from the government on April 15! Otherwise, they said, you have to pay income taxes.
Today most people think money provided by the government is free. Every local agency is bragging about the government grants it is getting. And of course, government should pay doctors and hospitals bills.
These are the people who elect people like them to run government! These people think the direct high speed rail line between SF and LA runs through Fresno and is going to provide local service! They think it is a good idea to turn San Francisco Bay into a stinking sewer by diverting the river water to LA.
Why should the US Government pushing electric cars without the electricity to run them surprise you? Or making it difficult to build nuclear power while curtailing its alternative when nothing we do will offset the fossil fuel burning in the rest of the world?

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Harlan Halsey wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 5:21 am Brian,
In my first job as an engineer I recall discussions wherein people advocated claiming fewer dependents on the S4 Form than they actually had. That way they got money from the government on April 15! Otherwise, they said, you have to pay income taxes.
Today most people think money provided by the government is free. Every local agency is bragging about the government grants it is getting. And of course, government should pay doctors and hospitals bills.
These are the people who elect people like them to run government! These people think the direct high speed rail line between SF and LA runs through Fresno and is going to provide local service! They think it is a good idea to turn San Francisco Bay into a stinking sewer by diverting the river water to LA.
Why should the US Government pushing electric cars without the electricity to run them surprise you? Or making it difficult to build nuclear power while curtailing its alternative when nothing we do will offset the fossil fuel burning in the rest of the world?
Right on, Harlan!

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I use a term that seems to offend some people, "Masters of the Universe". To me it is a simple way to describe the attitude of the majority of elected leaders as well as some of the most powerful private sector leaders. I also refer to the World Economic Forum held in Davos Switzerland as being where the biggest of the Masters meet to share their ideas for controlling the ignorant masses. It is not by mistake that these illogical plans are being implemented around the globe, all at once. Whether the motivation is power or money or if they are true believers(unlikely in my opinion) we are their victims.

Many years ago some brave people escaped the British Empire to find a place where they could live without being micro-managed. Where do we go now?
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CJ;

Go to some other forum to discuss Master's of the Universe, Davos etc. I thought the 356Registry forums were to discuss car related matters. This has turned into 4-5 guys wanting to discuss politics.

Please find a political forum where your voice can be heard, and let's go back to car discussions on this forum.

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John Linden wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:51 am CJ;

Go to some other forum to discuss Master's of the Universe, Davos etc. I thought the 356Registry forums were to discuss car related matters. This has turned into 4-5 guys wanting to discuss politics.

Please find a political forum where your voice can be heard, and let's go back to car discussions on this forum.

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I'm not sure why you would look at this thread over and over again if you didn't want to hear about the politics of classic car usage. The title makes the subject clear and it can't be discussed without trying to understand the actions of those threatening our hobby.

What is your opinion of these actions by CA? Is it ok that your CARB folks want you to not have the ability to move freely. They certainly do not want the masses driving around in private cars. I may not know what you know.
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Harlan Halsey wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 5:21 am Brian, ... Why should the US Government pushing electric cars without the electricity to run them surprise you?
Who, me surprised?
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John Linden wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:51 am This has turned into 4-5 guys wanting to discuss politics.
This is the Off-Topic Forum. We're discussing an open and avowed threat to our hobby. Could that have political aspects? Probably. Anyway, it's simple to avert one's eyes; we'll talk among ourselves.
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Brian R Adams wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 2:11 pm
John Linden wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:51 am This has turned into 4-5 guys wanting to discuss politics.
This is the Off-Topic Forum. We're discussing an open and avowed threat to our hobby. Could that have political aspects? Probably. Anyway, it's simple to avert one's eyes; we'll talk among ourselves.
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EU Proposed Ban on Repairing Cars Older than 15 Years. (11 minute video)
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/02/22/ ... -15-years/
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David Lawrence wrote: Tue Feb 27, 2024 12:03 pm EU Proposed Ban on Repairing Cars Older than 15 Years. (11 minute video)
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/02/22/ ... -15-years/
Absolutely brilliant! Watch the video to the end. Thank you David.
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(Bloomberg, 2-27-24) — Apple Inc. is canceling a decade-long effort to build an electric car, according to people with knowledge of the matter, abandoning one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the company.

Apple made the disclosure internally Tuesday, surprising the nearly 2,000 employees working on the project, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the announcement wasn’t public.

... The move came as a relief to investors, who sent Apple shares climbing Tuesday after an earlier decline. The stock was up about 1.2% to $183.37 at 2:33 p.m. in New York after Bloomberg reported the news.

... The decision to ultimately wind down the project is a bombshell for the company, ending a multibillion-dollar effort called Project Titan that would have vaulted Apple into a whole new industry. The tech giant started working on a car around 2014, setting its sights on a fully autonomous electric vehicle with a limousine-like interior and voice-guided navigation.

... General Motors Co. and Ford are pivoting to producing more hybrid vehicles after confronting lackluster EV demand and manufacturing bottlenecks, and automakers across the industry are slashing battery-electric car prices, production targets and profit forecasts.

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From SeekingAlpha (emphasis added) :

In a move that can lead to curbs on auto parts, President Biden has directed Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to investigate connected vehicles amid national security risks. He warned that such vehicles from China could collect sensitive data about U.S. citizens and infrastructure, as they can be remotely accessed. The probe would be Washington's latest move to protect U.S. manufacturing against Chinese cyberattacks, following an executive order on maritime cybersecurity. Experts have raised alarm bells on China's hacking capabilities, while Tesla's Elon Musk previously said Chinese carmakers will "demolish" foreign rivals if there are no trade barriers.
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I think he wants both security items and business practices/pricing looked into.
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