Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study Friday examining to what extent solar and wind power are hurting what the Trump administration considers reliable forms of coal power.

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    1. My dad used to say this time of year, Христос воскрес.

      He was a coal miner's son, although my grandfather did a lot of other stuff as well…but he died of black lung.

  1. Also too:

    South Australia underwent similar strains. The state has plenty of coal and natural gas reserves, but, thanks to South Australia’s environmental movement, many of the state’s most reliable coal-powered plants have been shuttered, forcing solar and wind power to make up the deficit.

    The state’s growing dependence on renewable energy is resulting in brownouts and blackouts.


    The South Australian blackout of 2016 was a widespread power outage in South Australia that occurred as a result of storm damage to electricity transmission infrastructure on 28 September 2016. The cascading failure of the electricity transmission network resulted in almost the entire state losing its electricity supply.

    [And this]:

    SA heatwave forces blackouts to cope with electricity demand, angering Government

    tl;dr: the Daily Caller is full of shit. Again.

    1. "we need to run the stuff that's causing global warming to handle these heat waves", they said, with no trace of irony whatsoever.

      1. I was at my first fuel cell job, in Florida, when this was happening, and we were getting several calls a week from folks who wanted fuel cell systems to run their houses. Sadly, our company didn't make them in that size.

        Anyone who hasn't seen the flick The Smartest Guys in the Room, required viewing.

        The incredible irony is Enron invested in that little company at which I worked, and a year later, Enron go bye bye

    1. true fact: there's been more uranium and thorium released into the atmosphere through coal burning, and the naturally occurring traces of U and Th in coal than all the nuclear bomb testing evar

  2. I really, REALLY hope Jimmy Carter is having a good laugh watching the contortions these numbnuts are going through to help coal wheeze out one last gasp.

    1. I've said this over the years: If only the arc of energy use could have been altered in 1980. We wouldn't have a ton of problems we have now. the Middle East, Russia, Fossil Fool Funded Fundies, etc.

      1. Yeah, but dig it, when I got my first Edmund Scientific catalog in the late 1970s, a 1 watt solar cell retailed for $40. Now you can buy a fucking 300W _panel_ for less than $300. If you account for inflation, that 1 watt solar cell would cost over $165 in today's dollars. Even 10 years ago, if you had told me solar was going to be at this price, I would have been skeptical. What has happened in the last 20-25 years with solar and batteries has been fucking amazing. I was telling my students after class on Thursday night (over half the class stayed over half an hour longer to listen to the rantings of the madman/prophet) that they had no fucking idea how much things were going to change in the coming 20 years, gubmint be damned. I also told them if someone told me what I would be working on today, ten years ago, I would have told them they were fucking crazy.

        One of them asked me "what fuel cell technology should we keep an eye on?". I said- "you're asking the wrong question. You have to keep an eye on things, watch how things change, know your stuff, have good peripheral vision- because the next big thing never comes from the established mature tech"

        Gonna be fun.

        1. I bought a small-scale [array] for my RV a few years ago. It's still as cheap now. I added a 1000 watt inverter to power my coffee maker, so the whole thing set me back just over $200 for a 45 watt system to keep my batteries at full charge. Now there's an Indian startup called [Avant Garde] that sells a 2000 watt wind generator for about $700.

          Fuck coal.

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