The media mogul wants to shutter all coal- and half of gas-fired generation by 2030. That’s 40% of U.S. electricity production.
“Michael Bloomberg needs to start drawing a clear and disclosed line between his private interests and public activities.”
My book has citations from more than 300 sources. Did you read any of it?
Robert, probably the first time I have seen the left admit green won't cut it. https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/26/permitting-natural-gas-fights-threaten-grids-future-takeaways-from-politicos-grid-reliability-event-00123644
Robert we have a new player at least to me, on the ant-gas band wagon. I just learned about gasleaks.org. This one is funded by the Rockefellers, not much different than Bloomberg. Just another uber rich family trying to control the pesents fot their own gain.
Eventually it will come down to us or them.
I vote us.
Time for a Mussolini moment.
As one of the largest thermal coal exporters out of the US (primarily to Japan), I have to say that this is an excellent article! Thanks for the wake-up call Robert, I enjoy your work.
I'm sure that with the $500m Bloomy is giving away, this benefactor will be able to fund ways to solve all of these challenges NERC describes. Money solves all problems, right? After reading about his private jets, I'll never feel guilty about my carbon output!
Well this is grim. Imagine how much fun he would have been as president.
There has never been an energy transition that took place in less than 100 years. It doesn’t matter how much money is thrown at it. The technologies must be developed, tested and deployed. The transition that Bloomberg and his ilk desire is even more complicated as the technology is not ready and they want to transition the electric grid, a vast and complicated machine
There is no environmental case for shutting down natural gas power plants. If you want to radically reduce US carbon emissions in a cost-effective way, we should replace coal plants with Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT). It would be a fraction of the cost of solar/wind subsidies.
Ugh. Elites really know how to live! One note, Bloomberg's jets release 200 times more CO2 than the average American's entire consumption, not their equivalent flying around the globe. Assuming the rest of Bloomberg's ridiculous lifestyle allies with his private jet use, he is far more responsible for CO2 emissions than just from his plane use.
Since there is wide disagreement on the effects of CO2 on the climate, I'm not terribly concerned about his emissions. But I definitely care that his rank ignorance, authoritarian motives, paternalism and sheer ego will effect the plight of average Americans while he pollutes the country with his money and power. Bloomberg is the poster child for Tom Sowell's prognosticators about the left wanting absolute power over what they view to be plebs. And as someone who will never have to give a shi* about paying a bill in his life, Bloomberg can afford to be an idiot until he shuffles off his mortal coil.
Here's one possible motivation for this solar-wind (but not nuclear) push. Both wind and solar require much more land than any other source. The longer the distance you transmit electricity, the less of it you receive. So pushing solar-wind, is a strategy to confiscate vast tracts of land close to population centers, usually farmland, creating an effective urban growth boundary.
This all at a time when they demand that we all give up fossil fuels for our vehicles, cooking and heating and replace it with electricity.
When you say they have a hidden agenda, they call you a conspiracy theorist.
Bloomberg's on-line publication has been consistently anti-nuclear and pro-wind/solar and on the sly, pro-gas for the last fifteen years. It has been obvious to anyone who paid even a tiny bit of attention to the articles that get published.
This is the first time I've seen him flaunt his evil so blatantly and directly, but it's been there for everyone to see for more than a decade.
My simple analysis indicates that to replace hydrocarbons in the transportation and electric power sectors by 2035, we would need 4,600,000 square kilometers of land, and 540,000 MMT of steel. In terms of "ramping rates," this amounts to losing the entire state of Montana each year, every year between now and 2035. We would need 36 percent of the annual output from US steel mills each year, every year.
Just because we can do a thing doesn't mean that we should do a thing. When will someone come along and inject some sanity into the "renewables are our savior" argument? The idea that renewables, that is solar and wind, can meet America's energy needs is equivalent to believing in the the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny.
Farming is easy. Just poke a seed in the ground. Creating a stable grid is easier. Said the mouth of the billionaire who knows nothing at all.