2020-07-22 Energy Storage Project Planned For Utah – Green Hydrogen

Good article about green hydrogen storage in underground salt caverns.


2020-07-21 The Throwaway Society – It Has To Stop

This month we learned that $10bn-worth of precious metals, such as gold and platinum, are dumped in landfill every year, embedded in tens of millions of tonnes of lesser materials, in the form of electronic waste. The world’s production of e-waste is rising by 4% a year. It is driven by another outlandish norm: planned obsolescence. Our appliances are designed to break down, they are deliberately engineered not to be repaired. This is one of the reasons why the average smartphone, containing precious materials extracted at great environmental cost, lasts for between two and three years, while the average desktop printer prints for a total of five hours and four minutes before it is discarded.
The living world, and the people it supports, cannot sustain this level of consumption, but normal life depends on it. The compound, cascading effects of dysbiosis push us towards what some scientists warn could be global systemic collapse.



2020-07-20 Facebook Manipulated Users’ Emotions

From Slate, but mentioned in “Facebook” by S. Levy, Clown Show chapter.


2020-07-19 Air Pollution Deadlier Than CoViD19

What is the Number One, absolutely most important thing in your life at this very second? Without it, you will die in a few minutes? It’s the air you breathe, the one fifth of that air, the oxygen you need to keep you alive. This article from March, 2019 is serious. Toxic air is killing more people than smoking. Researchers say 8.8 million early deaths a year around the world.

<< “When we use clean, renewable energy, we are not just fulfilling the Paris agreement to mitigate the effects of climate change, we could also reduce air pollution-related death rates by up to 55%.”
The largest proportion of early deaths attributed to air pollution are among those who die of heart disease.


CO2 levels in the atmosphere
Weekly averages
18 Jul 2020: 414.53 ppm

This time last year: 412.40 ppm

10 years ago: 389.83 ppm

Pre-industrial base: 280
Safe level: 350

Weekly averages
18 Jul 2020: 414.53 ppm
This time last year: 412.40 ppm
10 years ago: 389.83 ppm
Pre-industrial base: 280
Safe level: 350
Atmospheric CO2 reading from Mauna Loa, Hawaii (part per million). Source: NOAA-ESRL

Scientists have warned for more than a decade that concentrations of more than 450ppm risk triggering extreme weather events and temperature rises as high as 2C, beyond which the effects of global heating are likely to become catastrophic and irreversible. Read more about our weekly carbon count.


2020-07-18 San Onofre Nuclear Waste Article

Where to store nuclear waste for ten thousand years.

Information about Community Engagement meetings


2020-07-17 Social Media Censors Government

My reply to this commentary–_muzzling_democracy_itself_143727.html

This author seems to believe that the social media are censoring mostly the conservative Right. I don’t understand how the conservatives think they’re being singled out. The social media have rules that apply equally to anyone, not just the conservatives. The social media use artificial intelligence algorithms to filter the billions of messages that are posted every day. The algorithms don’t know whether your messages are conservative or liberal — the algorithms just know the messages are violating the rules.

This author believes the social media are “censoring” this author’s messages. First off, the author agreed to obey the Terms Of Use when he uses the social media. If the author doesn’t agree with the ToU, then the author can stop using the social media.

What amazes me is that the author believes he has the right to “free speech” on social media. The social media is not obligated to give anyone the right to free speech. Free speech is the right to speak out without fear the government will come after you. The free speech doesn’t apply to private business. There is nothing that says that the social media has to allow you to say anything.

Here is a quote

<< It is nothing short of remarkable that a private company in 2020 would so openly discuss establishing official “state use of force” guidelines for the U.S. government and that it could prohibit posts by officials that propose or announce law enforcement action the firm finds objectionable. >>

What I find mind boggling is that the author thinks that a ‘private company’ should have to be held to standards to which the US government must be held. The ‘private company’ is *not* the US government.

The conservatives are the ones who are constantly advocating that government keep their hands off private businesses. Why does the author think he has the right to dictate how private businesses should conform to government standards?


2020-07-16 Nuclear Power Plants, Flamanville NPP

From my comment and replies on JHAT

Thank you, Dave, for the balanced and informative view. But I must bring up the “externalities” that almost every nuclear power proponent fails to address.

One of the reasons why the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal, has to end is that the mining, processing and transportation of large amounts of fuels leaves a huge amount of mine waste and pollution with heavy metals. Nuclear fuels including thorium also share this same mining problem. The end product of natural nuclear decay is plumbum, AKA lead. This and other heavy metals contaminate the large amounts of mining waste that is left, typically at the mine site.

As the richer ores are mined and lower grade ores have to be processed the mine waste accumulates faster. The mining becomes less profitable and the companies have more reason the go out of business and walk away from what becomes a superfund toxic waste cleanup site. Then the taxpayers are stuck with the mess.

As for taxpayers here in the US it’s my understanding that they already subsidize the processing of enriched uranium fuel. So the utilities are getting a break on the cost of the fuel. And since it is not a renewable resource, it will only get more expensive as time goes on.

I haven’t brought up the issues of the shorter lifetimes and deaths caused by radiation added to the environment. Not necessarily from the power plants themselves, but from the mining wastes and fuel processing wastes left over. Take the Hanford site, where they joke about the radioactive rabbits that glow in the dark.

You mentioned other negatives and the Big Two are construction cost overruns and decades to bring a new NPP online. Along with the problems I stated, there are too many drawbacks for building new NPPs, in my opinion. Thank you for your informative videos.



Lifecycle GHG Emissions Of Nuclear Power

GHG Emissions (g CO2-equivalent / kWh)

25.1 – Extract, enrich and deliver fuel

8.2 – Plant construction

11.6 – Plant operation

9.2 – Spent fuel conditioning and storage

12.0 – Deconstruct plant and reclaim land


@fact not fiction
Obviously you’re failing to tell the true, whole story. The building of a “terrawatt-hour”(sic) of renewables can have a lot of steel and concrete, as can a nuclear power plant. But you *have* to take into account *all* of the resources, which include building the NPP, mining, transporting and processing the fuels for the lifetime of the NPP, and then disposing of the spent fuel, including storing it for milleniums. And then there is the decommissioning of the NPP with disposing of a large amount of low level nuclear waste. And who is paying for what, including the taxpayers. The hidden costs or ‘externalities’ have to be accounted for.

@fact not fiction
You forgot the hidden “externalities”. That 590 meter cube doesn’t account for all of the other processing, such as what was left over at Hanford, Fernald, etc. Just don’t try to obfuscate with numbers that don’t tell the whole story.

Solar and wind have their own drawbacks, but at this time they are more competitive per kWh than nuclear power, and will get even cheaper. The world needs to build a lot of renewables along with hydrogen generation, storage and transmission. There will be a time in the future when hydrogen will be used for much of transportation — land, sea and air.

@fact not fiction
Coal will no longer be used, it is being replaced by natural gas which has half the CO2 emissions. We have to get rid of coal ASAP. The existing coal plants will have to clean up their emissions, but why would they want to spend so much on coal plants when they can get renewable electricity for much less? It doesn’t make economic sense.

@fact not fiction
Try reading some of the “fact not fiction” articles about what’s happening *right now*, not theoretically in the future. You will find that renewables are the cheapest way to go.

@Nathan DuPhene
Money talks. Doesn’t matter if there is more concrete in a wind farm than in a NPP. The NPPs take 12 years to bring online and cost *tens* of *Billions.* The wind farm can start producing power within a year or so and be totally finished in a few years for a *tenth* of the cost of a NPP.

@fact not fiction
Said, “which is going to leave more mining waste behind?”
It doesn’t matter. Right now the wind farms can be built and the cement mines can be filled in, the landscape reforested and it will still be cheaper than the equivalent NPP. Money talks! Utilities balk at building NPPs.

@fact not fiction
You have made some worthy arguments, some that I would dispute. You don’t have to convince me, you’re ‘preaching to the choir.’ I’m for nuclear power, just stating the impediments as I’ve known from reading a lot of docs. What you have to do is convince the utilities who have the money and the necessity to build NPPs. And as the costs of renewables keeps falling, nuclear power is looking less and less attractive to those who make the decisions. They’re the ones that count. I’d love to see the hands of time turned back to the days when the nuclear power mantra was that “the electricity will be too cheap to meter.” But that’s not going to happen. You can call my argument specious, but we have to deal with reality, and the reality is that they are building solar panel plants and putting out panels like cookies from Nabisco. The gigafactory is being enlarged and other battery plants are being built so the “renewable + storage problem” will be solved and nuclear power as base load will not be needed. The Saudis (and other countries) are building a huge solar hydrogen plant that will be supplying green hydrogen for use in the transportation sector, among others. The gas turbine makers are going to build them to run on hydrogen. Since hydrogen can be stored it can be used for power at any time. And there is already a large amount of H2 being made from fossil fuels and they will have to turn it into blue hydrogen by CO2 sequestration. The infrastructure for hydrogen transportation is the existing natural gas infrastructure.

Right now you can go to and see the real time electricity use for California, look at the “ducks back” that is made by the large amount of renewables that are being fed into the grid — so much that California ISO has had to export excess power at a loss. The amount of renewables continues to grow and it’s going to be stored one way or the other for use at other peak times.

The renewables are not going to wait around for NPPs to be built. They are going to walk over NPPs like a door mat and wipe their feet as they go. The renewable problems that are so often claimed are being solved and the rest of the world must get on with the changeover before life on this earth goes extinct.

@fact not fiction
Someone said that NPPs don’t use a lot of water. According to this website they use 270 to 670 gallons per MWh. So if the 1000 MW Nuclear plant puts out full power, that’s say, 500 gallons times 1000 or 500,000 gallons. Don’t tell me that NPPs don’t use a lot of water! The 1000 MWe plant generates 3000 MW thermal energy and almost 2000 MW of that heat has to be dissipated somewhere! And the same applies to fossil fuel power plants.

Nuclear fission will become extinct once nuclear fusion becomes commercialized. But there is no need for either since we have up to a kilowatt per square meter of !!free!! thermonuclear energy over the surface of the earth every day.


France’s Flamanville NPP has had horrible delays and cost overruns

<< The change in direction comes amid the controversial construction of the Flamanville EPR nuclear reactor by state-utility EDF which is more than a decade over schedule and is expected to cost €12.4 billion compared to an initial budget of €3.5 billion. It is finally expected to start operation in 2023. >>


2020-07-15 RVAT – Republican Voters Against Trump; Trump’s 19+ Lies

Blimey! They may get rid of him.

<< “One thing we found is that the cultural aspect played a big role in [the 2016 election],” she says. “You’d get women who’d say ‘I voted for him and I cried,’ or, ‘I voted for him and then I had to take a shower afterwards’. >>

<< “Donald Trump has a negative impact on the future of the Republican party,” says Longwell. “He has sort of hijacked it, and really poisoned the country, and has turned it into a nationalist populist party. There’s a section of Republicans who do not find that attractive, and I’m one of them.

“The best thing for the party long term is for him to get defeated soundly, and for the party to rethink its direction.”

Trump got hit by the CoVID19 virus just at the worst possible time. Things were going very well for the economy and for his prospects of getting reelected. But now after this CovidGeddon, the prospect looks poor for him getting reelected.


Trump speech gets fact checked – 19 lies


2020-07-14 Comet Neowise; Neutrino Article

You can go out to the desert to see the comet Neowise.

Good article about the history of the neutrino

<< When all the data was combined, a single picture emerged: neutrinos do have non-zero mass, but the masses are extremely tiny; it would take more than 4 million of the heaviest flavor of neutrino to add up to the next-lightest Standard Model particle: the electron. >>


2020-07-13 Wind Power Article, Hydrogen Article – article



“We have reached an important turning point in the energy transition. The case for new and much of the existing coal power generation, is both environmentally and economically unjustifiable,” said the director-general of IRENA, Francesco La Camera, commenting on the agency’s latest report.

“Renewable energy is increasingly the cheapest source of new electricity, offering tremendous potential to stimulate the global economy and get people back to work. Renewable investments are stable, cost-effective and attractive offering consistent and predictable returns while delivering benefits to the wider economy.”


Hydrogen, probably gray, will be good news for awhile, until the renewables get built and start producing green hydrogen.

Let’s hope that the governments require all hydrogen from fossil fuels must be blue, AKA have the CO2 sequestered.

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