The big-money donors behind the gas bans are hiding their identities, and their funding, behind an extensive dark money network.
Fantastic Article. If you dig you will find that Rewiring America founders are active investors in electrification startups (but don't talk about it) that stand to benefit greatly from outlawing combustion or subsidizing electrification
Generally I think both sides could come together with some small tweaks to messaging and strategies. Promote nuclear, renewables and new fossil fuels. Don't ban gas, but make it easy/cheap to upgrade to heat pumps (and if you already have gas, then it can serve as a great reliable back up) etc etc.
This post definitely respresents the polarization of these issues. Yes there is big money lining up behind left energy policies that really need to be sense checked becase they are hamful in the long term. But historically there has been way more influence behind anti energy transition intiatives whether from corporates or the Koch's as you mention, so the influence is just catching up.
Would love a follow-up to this article identifying $ going to moderate causes with sensible solutions.
What is commonly overlooked in this race to electrify everything is the need for fossil fuels for all of the transportation required. There is no replacement. Renewables don't transport anything.
The fact that we do not live in a society where information is as open & available as we would like to think should come as no surprise to any of us. What the author fails to mention is that there is an equivalent "dark money" machine pushing the fight against renewable energy & for hydrocarbons. It is touched on in this article:
Of course, "Real Clear Energy," where I found this article, is quite transparent in it's bias towards hydrocarbons.
As the recent example in Ukraine of the harms of Germany's economy being beholden to Russian energy, the subtext of Robert's article is that those that control of energy wield significant political power. The curious result of gas bans is that typically MORE gas is consumed. The reason is thermodynamics. A non-combined-cycle natural gas fired power plant maxes out at about 33% efficiency in converting the energy in natural gas into electricity. That means that any end use of electricity for heating that is not at least three times as efficient relative to resistance heating ends up using more natural gas (or other dispatchable energy source.) The best-case thermodynamic efficiency of heat pumps is 300%. However, when it is below about 40 degrees F outdoors, the thermodynamic efficiency of heat pumps plummets. When it gets very cold outside, the heat pump's auxiliary resistance heater is activated. Watch the power meter start spinning rapidly then. Thus, a "bait and switch."
How are these non-profit groups not just forms of legalized money laundering? Same crap happens in the urbanism/alt transportation world.
Like in Bryce’s story here, NUCLEAR was not mentioned, WHY?
Believe me or NOT
THATS WHERE ALL OF THIS TYPE OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IS HEADING........
Taking the long way to get there whether unintended may have serious even more than sticking with FF’s
How in the HELL is leading on alternative energy e.g. wind, solar the US not once again be eating out of CHINA’s hands not just for
Neodymium, Praseodymium, terbium etc..... but
Nuclear!!! for that is the ultimate control in power over all sectors!
NOT JUST THE ELECTRIC GRID
NUCLEAR being the only energy source to transform all three sectors!
The EIA report doesn't appear to separate the difference in costs between modern electric heat pumps from much more expensive resistance heating when it makes heating costs comparisons between natural gas and "electric". According to the article in the link below, when the source of electric heat is an efficient heat pump, electric heating is significantly cheaper than gas. The article also claims that the EIA reports uses total household electricity costs, not just the electricity used for heating. In the interest of having a candid discussion of the topic, I would be interested in hearing Robert discuss the point made in the linked article.
From the Saul Griffith report for Rewiring America you noted:
"Solar, wind, and nuclear are the resources we have that far exceed our demands. Solar and wind are the cheapest, and have fewer complications than nuclear energy. Some scientists, such as Mark Jacobson at Stanford, argue that an all–renewables strategy can supply our energy needs globally.5 This bold claim has sparked some controversy (and a lawsuit), but if we allow some nuclear energy and use tricks to smooth out daily and seasonal variations (described in Chapter 7), the claims of Jacobson’s critics evaporate. We’re blessed with enough zero–carbon energy to meet our needs and even expand our wants — we just have to harness that energy sensibly."
"Mark Jacobson at Stanford"
"We're blessed with enough zero-carbon energy....we just have to harness that energy sensibly"
Translation - OK, our celebrity scientist was wrong. And suing people doesn't change that. BUT with "some" nuclear (which we will fight to the death to prevent; judge us on past actions, not present happy talk!), it'll all be just fine. p.s. no, we haven't figured out that what we are proposing won't work.
It's not hard to figure out what this is all about, you just have to read what the Shadow Government minions have stated. The Corporate Overlords of the Western World are Malthusians. Malthus has always been a religion of the ultra-rich. They are Rent Seekers and for them Scarcity = A Monopoly of Wealth & Power. Their penultimate goal is the techno-feudal World Government. Read & learn:
From THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION by The Club of Rome 1991 "Because of the sudden absence of traditional enemies, "new enemies must be identified." "In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill....All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself."
"We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest"
Paul Warburg, the International Banker testifying to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1950
"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis."
David Rockefeller, Club of Rome executive manager
Depopulation: "I Hope It Can Occur In a Civil Manner"
"The World can support something like a billion people, maybe two billion"
" I know in one way or another it's going to come back down so I don't hope to avoid that, I hope that it can occur in a civil way "
(i.e. Plandemic and deadly forced vaccines):
Club of Rome former director Dennis Meadows
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto determination practiced in past centuries.”
David Rockefeller in an address to a Trilateral Commission meeting in June of 1991
“This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long – We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
David Rockefeller, Club of Rome, Sept. 23, 1994
“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.
If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
from David Rockefeller’s autobiography ‘Memoirs’
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order (referring to the 1991 L.A. riot). Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”
Henry Kissinger @ Bilderberg Conference, Evaians, France 1991
Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State quoted in Time magazine on July 20, 1992: “In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea.”
" Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it. "
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
" The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet. "
Jeremy Rifkin, Greenhouse Crisis Foundation
" Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun. "
Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University
" A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation "
John Holdren Obama Science Czar
"In Nature organic growth proceeds according to a Master Plan, a Blueprint. Such a master plan is missing from the process of growth and development of the world system. Now is the time to draw up a master plan for sustainable growth and world development based on global allocation of all resources and a new global economic system. Ten or twenty years from today it will probably be too late."
Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point
"The concept of national sovereignty has been immutable, indeed a sacred principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation."
UN Commission on Global Governance report
"Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely. Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature of many of today's problems do not always allow elected representatives to make competent decisions at the right time."
Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution
"In my view, after fifty years of service in the United National system, I perceive the utmost urgency and absolute necessity for proper Earth government. There is no shadow of a doubt that the present political and economic systems are no longer appropriate and will lead to the end of life evolution on this planet. We must therefore absolutely and urgently look for new ways."
Dr. Robert Muller, UN Assistant Secretary General
"Nations are in effect ceding portions of their sovereignty to the international community and beginning to create a new system of international environmental governance as a means of solving otherwise unmanageable crises."
Lester Brown, WorldWatch Institute
"A keen and anxious awareness is evolving to suggest that fundamental changes will have to take place in the world order and its power structures, in the distribution of wealth and income."
"Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable."
Maurice Strong, Rio Earth Summit
"All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself."
"The Earth has cancer and the cancer is Man."
"A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells, the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions."
Prof. Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb
"A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible."
United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment
"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal."
Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major UN donor
"The resultant ideal sustainable population is hence more than 500 million but less than one billion."
Club of Rome, Goals for Mankind
Superb work, as usual, Robert!
We almost used the same Abrams pic in the piece we released yesterday. We had it underneath the line:
"It also vividly demonstrates a recurring theme in government and modern environmentalism: no amount of failure is too much to succeed."
(But alas, with the other population, food production and other visuals, it put us over the email length limit for the post! :)
Two serious comments:
1) The aggregate assault on this whole ideological charade cannot withstand the fact, data, reason and logic-based stones being thrown at it on Substack forever. What you, Doomberg, BF Randall, Roger Pielke, Jr., and many others are doing to expose it will bring it down. Just like Solzhenitsyn helped bring down the USSR. We believe that and, in fits and starts, are attempting to help.
2) It occurs to us there is danger ahead for all of us related to #1. Look at your decades of work, and everything you've posted since joining Substack, Robert. Look at Doomberg's energy/environmental-related work. Same with BF Randall. Same with Roger Pielke, Jr.
From this very post today:
"Last June, McCarthy (who has since left the Biden administration) declared that she was in favor of having big tech companies censor speech involving climate change. In an interview with Axios, she said “tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation.”
We are threatening a lot of people in the Climate-Industrial Complex (our preferred term for 20 years). This includes a lot of people in California behind what we exposing, including many with money from, and in, Big Tech. Including specific people and NGO's.
It occurs to us that eventually these same people are going to lean on our publisher to do what McCarthy is suggesting.
When, not if, that happens, things are going to get interesting. Suffice to say it will be a big test of free speech for this platform we've fallen in love with. And for free speech in western civilization.
All of us are using publicly available information to do the heavy lifting of investigative journalism that the mainstream media won't do. (We all know why.) I
Imagine how different the world would be had it never been allowed to have the Gutenberg press.
Imagine how different it could be if the best thing since - Substack - were pressured by the same forces we're writing about to shut down this Brandeis sunlight machine as "disinformation".
We live in interesting times. We love writers who have courage in interesting times. Keep up the super work, Robert!
Not only is natural gas the cheapest fuel but its also the cleanest and most efficient.
Hard to imagine why a group of people would be working overtime to destroy Western Civilization.
I feel like one of those "ping pong balls" in the nuclear fusion videos from years ago.
So much crap being thrown at us these days from every direction. It is having the effect they intend; wearing us out and depressing us. Wearing us down until we have little energy to keep fighting. Just once it would be nice to feel like we had some big guys on our side. We are Davids fighting numerous Goliaths but the outcome appears to be different. 🥺
Robert, remind me to tell you about McCarthy’s activities in and around the King Gold Mine disaster and the Clean Power Plan.
The GOAL of the Secular Ruling Families & Billionaires is to reach 2030 with a smaller Herd of modern moron slaves. They will use all the tools available to Them in order to reach the GOAL.
Unless modern moron slaves are willing to cull instead of being culled there is no point in wasting Time with this sort of information mainly because modern moron slaves really don't care about reading about this sort of stuff. And the few that read are aware that they can't do anything about this.
Our current Civilization was built by Them... They own the MAIN SYSTEM and this simple fact allows Them to control all the myriad of sub-systems.
If anyone reading seems this is exaggerated look for evidence no further than to the absolute SUCCESS of OPERATION COVIDIUS.
If They want to stop giving modern moron slaves GAS, They will.