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On Why We Need CCS, Part 2: Reactive Climate Change Mitigation

First there is a world of difference between 17% nuclear in the US and the WORLD.  Even if the 78,000,000 extra people born each year do nothing but lay there they exhale CO2 and if they eat they fart. Anyway the subject of the article is whether at the last minute countries will step in and implement CSS. I do not believe so and laid out a couple of reasons why they won't and will further elaborate.

1.  A number of countries are actuallly looking forward to melting of the polar ice cap opening up shipping lanes and mineral exploration and are filing claims with the UN.  China fires up a coal plant every week. Austraila may be shift to clean fuels but is expanding coal export facilities. Historically cheap fuel will be used by someone without a global consenses and this is one world. There are no Sincere efforts at preventing or mitigating carbon emissions.  The few facilities so far go to making a few political insiders more wealthy than solving the issue, like peeing against the wind.

2.  I grew up in Alaska and have recently returned and noted the Melting Permafrost there and in Russia.  The decayed frozen vegetation is now melting releasing CO2. We appear to have passed the tipping point.

3.  A 33% population growth over roughly a 22 year period cannot be ignored when considering the demand on the planets resources and whether CSS will implemented or slip in priority.

The author has his view and I mine and these are only comments

May 10, 2014    View Comment    

On Why We Need CCS, Part 2: Reactive Climate Change Mitigation

I agree "a climate change policy environment of delayed/ineffective proactive action followed by a somewhat desperate reactive push towards rapid decarbonization appears to be the most likely scenario" because it is obvious.  I was involved with Kyoto in the early 90s and where are we in 2014?  But I don't believe CCS is the only answer or scenario.  We are a carbon based species and just about everything around contains carbon. The underlying cause of high CO2 emissions is industrialization and industrialization is being driven by explosive population growth.The world population is currently 7 billion individuals with the last billion boarding between 1999 and 2011.  By 2023, the world population will have increased 33% over 1999.  The average individual carbon footprint is 4 tons/yr (20 tons/yr US).  The 78,000,000 more individuals born each year will produce an additional 312,000,000 tons/yr of CO2 by population growth alone.  Ivanpah Solar 400 Mwe will offset 400,000 tons/yr of CO2 and will require construction of 730 similar sized Ivanpahs/year just to offset population growth alone. CO2 is only one issue, clean drinking water and food are others. The likely scenario will not be CCS.

May 9, 2014    View Comment    

On Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

I would like to see more information.  Five cents/kwh does not say much. Utilities pay an energy rate, capacity rate and sometimes a Bonus.  Then depending on Utility there are time of day rates, peak, mid-peak and off-peak and not to mention any subsidies.

March 14, 2014    View Comment    

On Study: Methane Leakage From Gas Fields Guts Climate Benefit

So what else is new to those with limited information?  The world population is 7 billion, the last billion boarded between 1999 and 2011.  By 2023 world population would have increased 33% over 1999. The world average carbon footprint is 4 tones/yr (20 tons/yr US).  One cannot construct enough RE plants to offset GHG from population growth let alone other sources.

August 15, 2013    View Comment    

On Solar Energy: Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is

I sorry and don't mean to diminsh the writers suggestion, but I invested my entire life or civilian career on solar.  From managing engineering and construction of the world's first utility scale power stations, development of thermal solar, Installation of solar PV, Investor and solar Patent holder and enjoyed every minute

July 8, 2013    View Comment    

On Energy Demand Reductions Help Slash US CO2 Emissions: A Closer Analysis

Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.

The station, which sits on the Mauna Loa volcano, feeds its numbers into a continuous record of the concentration of the gas stretching back to 1958.

The last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago - before modern humans existed.

May 10, 2013    View Comment    

On Germany and the Solar Energy Revolution

BS is BS, but I am in solar and continually bothered by people with questions such as why does a commercial system require hundreds of permanent maintenance employees when the same panels are marketed to the homeowner as zero maintenance?  In California, solar will bring the county millions of dollars in sales tax revenue.  Solar in California is exempt from sales, use and property taxes. How about marketing panels as producing electricity cheaper than a gas turbine, one of the cheaper fossil fuel facilities.  But the solar company is comparing their numbers to a simple cycle gas turbine used for peaking that only operates a few hours.  When one amortizes the cost, sure the kWh cost is out of sight.  Now I am being contacted by lawyers as an Expert withness

March 11, 2013    View Comment    

On Germany and the Solar Energy Revolution

I noticed that not one Comment disputed the facts that were presented.  I remember a couple of years, Spain was the example used by solar fanatics as to solar’s glowing future.  Look at Spain now, there is a finite end to number of solar installations and funding. Today in the US, those that don’t install solar will pay for those that do, the poor.  I have found those who are the most fanatical about solar know little of details. I was Project Manager with engineering and construction of the world’s first utility scale power stations at Kramer, developed many numerous projects and invested in others and have a CSP Solar Patent  If an industry cannot be supported without deception as to its true costs or justify it on environmental needs it does not have the right to exist and be a burden on those less fortunate.  I am an advocate of solar but not the BS used to market it.

March 10, 2013    View Comment    

On U.S. Energy Security and the Next Energy Crisis

I remember the Energy shortage, the oil company that provided our gas through a non commercial source told us to use all we wanted at 21 cents/gallon while cars were lined up around the block at gas stations.  One employee who also owned a gas station placed a 1,000 gallon tank in the back of his pickup to transport gas to his station.  There was a gas shortgage but there was alot of hype too.

Electric or hybrid vehicle technology has not advanced to switch over the interstate trucking industry and Alternative Fuel providers cannot supply the amount needed.  Boone Pickens, idea of switching over to natural gas in the interim is a very good idea.

I believe a pipeline around the Straits of Hormuz was very recently placed in service althouigh I can't recall the capacity and it wouldn't carry all the oil anyway.

July 17, 2012    View Comment    

On 24/7/365 Power for North America from Solar Towers

I comment from my personal experiences which may be different from others.  I plan to read your book. I assume you are referring to "The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse" and not the Sci Fi wrote as a kid.

From my perspective, most of the world's problems can be solved by birth control.  There are far more people on this rock than than the natural resources can sustain without creative ideas to mitigate that fact.

July 6, 2012    View Comment    

On 24/7/365 Power for North America from Solar Towers

Solar energy potential is measured as high direct normal insolation (DNI) and reported as kWh/Sq. Meter/Day.  Under clear sky conditions, about 85% of the sunlight is DNI and 15% is scattered light that comes in at all different angles. An Dni around Ivanpah if I recall correctly is in the neighborhood of 8.0.  Texas ranges from about 4.0 in the East to about 6.5 in the West.

One of the main problems affecting solar is the lack of transmission line capacity

July 6, 2012    View Comment    

On 24/7/365 Power for North America from Solar Towers

Dan I believe we are on the same page regarding transmission lines but looking at it from different viewpoints.  From my perspective I don't know of anyone who has installed a superconducting line outside of a research environment. Therefore I could not construct a superconducting transmission line tommorrow that would not be considered a pilot project.  If superconducting transmission lines are commercially in service, I stand Corrected and admit it.

I did not say HVDC was better, but is being consider by many until there is a breakthrough in superconducting which is a basis for my "belief" which is an "opinion" based on the knowledge what others are considering.  Your comments reflect the supplier and mine the customer or user.

July 6, 2012    View Comment