Thursday, August 09, 2012
Electricity, Or Lack Thereof
The Obama Administration continues to move forward with plans to completely shut down our coal-fired electrical generation plants - and the coal industry along with them.
A record 57 coal-fired power stations are slated for shutdown in 2012. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 175 coal-fired generators that collectively represent a whopping 27 gigawatts (GW) worth of electricity-generating capacity are going to vanish between 2012 and 2016.
Based on the data, the bulk of these 175 plant shutdowns is set to occur in 2015, when 61 plants generating nearly 10 GW worth of electricity have been indicated for shutdown. The areas most affected by the shutdowns will be the mid-Atlantic, Ohio River Valley, and Southeast regions of the U.S.
Instead of talking gigawatts or terrawatts, or trillions of BTU's, I'll use percentages, a much easier way to express total generation and total usage.
What source supplies how much electricity?
Petroleum . . . . . . . 40%
Coal . . . . . . . . . . . 23%
Natural gas . . . . . . 22%
Nuclear . . . . . . . . . 8%
Renewable . . . . . . 7%
Under renewables 7%, what supplies what percentage?
Hydroelectric. . . . .2.9%
Wood . . . . . . . . . 2.1%
Biofuels . . . . . . . . 0.8%
Waste . . . . . . . . . . 0.4%
Geothermal . . . . . 0.4%
Wind . . . . . . . . . . 0.3%
Solar . . . . . . . . . . 0.1%
Look again at wind and solar, Obama's choice for our replacement energy sources. Combined, they provide 0.4% of our electrical needs, and that's after years of development and hundreds of billions of dollars invested.
There is absolutely zero chance that wind and solar will replace the loss of the 23% that our coal-fired plants presently provide. The massive investment of our dollars the Obama administration has put into wind, solar and biofuels will not help and has proven to be a huge waste of time and money. These power sources will never be helpful on a national scale until some radical new technologies are invented and developed.
But, there's a real problem with that. Our colleges and universities are no longer putting out entrepreneurs and inventors. They are providing us with graduates that can only repackage what we already have, and no matter how they redesign a solar panel or a wind generator, they will still be using today's technology and will provide the same results.
We cannot afford to have that mad woman at the EPA, Lisa Jackson, and Barack Obama to continue their assault against our coal-fired electrical generating plants. We cannot lose 23% of our electrical energy and expect our civilization to survive at its present level, much less advance.
Our nation runs on electricity. Everything we do, twenty four hours a day, is affected by electricity and it's availability. If you favor endless brownouts and blackouts, days and days without electricity, do and say nothing, you are going to experience it all.
You can holler all you want at me, but just look at the numbers, they don't lie.
Don't believe any of this? Look up the real numbers yourself, and then decide if Lisa Jackson is truly a mad woman, and if Barack Obama really has your welfare on his mind.
Only an insane person would intentionally try to bring a nation to its knees, or an incredibly stupid one. In either case, they should not be in charge of anything, or allowed near anything that might affect us in any way.
One other thing... the average cost of a new power plant is around 12 billion dollars. Multiply that by the 175 we are shutting down and you'll see why very few new plants are being built or even being considered to be built.
No calculator handy? It's 2,100 billion dollars. That's the cost - in today's dollars - to replace the plants that the mad woman and the empty suit are shutting down.
LATEST NEWS FLASH:
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's electricity grid operator issued a rare statewide alert on Thursday warning residents to curb power usage in coming days as a heat wave threatens to strain its already taxed network.
"Already taxed network". Good grief. Just wait until they lose all their coal-fired plants.