August 30, 2020

Nuclear Power as BACKUP?

Timothy Birdnow

Isn't building a nuclear plant as a backup to wind and solar rather like putting the cart before the horse? You can't turn it off, after all. Why not make it your primary energy source and be done with it? If you want wind and solar and a backup for that why not build a traditional gas or coal-fired backup plant? Methinks there is something dishonest in this.

Bill Gates Nuclear Venture Plans Reactor to Complement Wind, Solar Boom

The article says Gates is partnering with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the U.S. government and plans to build these in the U.S. and overseas. How much money do you think will come from the U.S. taxpayer? I'll wager the money will be given but they'll never get built in the U.S. at all. Seems like a scam to me. Hat tip: Walter Ohlinger.

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Posted by: john at August 30, 2020 09:27 AM (YRhf0)

2 As you say, a scam. Cart before horse. Folks in Central Minnesota got a taste of how well "renewable energy" worked last winter, and I'm pretty sure none of 'em are in a hurry to repeat it.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at August 30, 2020 01:47 PM (/TXXS)

3 Power outages in a Minnesota winter would be BAD.

My great uncle owned a ranch in Cody, Wyoming and he told us once of a winter where his power was knocked out. He and his neighbors had to gather at his house to cuddle up. They put all the kids in bed together with all their pets, and the adults huddled around the wood stove. They burned through all their firewood in no time and had to take an ax  to the furniture. That's going to be common if we push "green" "renewable" energy.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at August 31, 2020 07:31 AM (GWhsQ)

4 In case y'all forgot what happened in Central Minnesota that winter:

The gas companies had budgeted enough gas for a normal winter. But Mother Nature kicked the region in the teeth with much lower temperatures. Now, folks, along with those lower temperatures came SNOW, which covered the solar panels, and less wind, which didn't spin the turbines. The power companies, in on the scam, and perhaps interested in a "teachable moment," weren't interested in hiring teenagers to go and sweep the snow off the solar panels, and anyhow, the sun wasn't shining very much. So all the Democrat's wonderful Renewable Energy wasn't happening, and the power companies had to tell their customers that, due to a scarcity of natural gas, they needed to crank their thermostats back to 60 degrees. Thank goodness it was only 60 degrees!

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at August 31, 2020 10:22 PM (bESxc)

5 I didn't remember all that Dana. I doubt the lesson took.

Remember when Jimmy Carter was telling people to turn their thermostats down to 69 degrees? Everyone laughed at him then. It's not funny anymore.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at September 01, 2020 06:52 AM (I9Hao)

6 Think about this: how're you gonna cook? Kitchen stoves are either gas or electric. No, central Minnesotans do NOT have wood-fired ranges. They're too damn expensive -- just look 'em up!

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at September 01, 2020 09:12 PM (Ps2O/)

7 Yep! I guess they'll have to tote out their Weber grills and Q in the snow.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at September 02, 2020 05:55 AM (gNzA0)

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