atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6868: Isn't that what you'd expect, though?

One coal- and gas-fired plant produces as much electricity as 1,100 windmills.

This is why I don't like or trust "renewable" energy. As long as the wind is blowing you're okay; but if there's no wind? Where does the electricity come from? Because of this, the article makes plain that to replace this one fossil fuel plant, the state of Michigan would actually need to install 2,200 additional windmills.

I'm not so sure how that works out mathematically. What I do know is that the actual output of a windmill is 20% of its rated capacity. The article doesn't go into that; it says this:
According to a recent report from the state Public Service Commission, regulated utilities and their vendors operate 1,107 industrial wind turbines in Michigan. These can produce 1,925.3 megawatts of electricity, but only when the wind is blowing.

Compare that to the Dan E. Karn generation plant in Bay County, which Consumers Energy plans shut down by 2032. Its four coal and two natural gas burners can produce up to 1,946.3 megawatts regardless of wind or weather.

Because the wind only blows intermittently, wind turbines in Michigan have a 36% capacity factor. That is, they can produce 1,925.3 megawatts of electricity just 36% of the time, on average. This means that, theoretically, it would require building another 2,162 wind turbines to replace the Karn coal plant.
The most damning quote in the entire article is this one simple sentence: "Renewable sources provided 8% [of Michigan's net electricity generation in 2018], with more than half of that coming from wind turbines."

Be generous and assume that "more than half" of that 8% means 5%, and you must conclude that 1,100 wind turbines provide 5% of the state's electricity. (I say "generous" because it's probably closer to 4.1 or 4.2% or something like that. 6% would be "three-quarters", after all.) The state government wants 90% of the the state's power to come from "renewable" resources by 2040.


Sorry! So, that one plant approximates 5% of the state's power. Replacing it requires an additional 2,200 windmills. Going 90% "renewable" therefore means installing...

...19,800 windmills, or whatever combination of solar and wind and WTF-ever get you there. Never mind, my somewhat involuntary reaction stands: a derisive laugh followed by sarcastic well wishes.

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So the guy who drove his SUV through Woodfield Mall has been charged with "terrorism". No other details given.

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Robert Forward didn't think negative mass was impossible. Robert Forward's book Indistinquishable From Magic is a must-read for anyone who wants to have a gander at the fringes of hard science fiction. In that book he introduces a concept (like negative mass) and then has a short story exploring some of the results of the concept. It's a pretty easy read and it's chock-full of exotic physics.

The important thing to understand, though, is that everything in that book is 100% theoretically possible with physics as we understand it right now. There is nothing in there that required any new physics, no PDOOMA ideas, no technology beyond what we could do at the moment the book went to print. (There might have been use of fusion power in some stories, but we're pretty close to that, and in reality the big problems with fusion power are largely engineering ones, anyway.)

In general I don't like the Alcubierre theory very much, but if it works I don't have to like it.

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Meanwhile, SpaceX is continuing to work on building reusable spacecraft.

One of the little gripes I have about my business trip to Texas is that I really didn't have time to do anything other than learn, sleep, and travel. That's the nature of a business trip, of course, which is why it's a little gripe. Going to Houston and not getting to at least drive by NASA--well, it was 45 miles from the airport to there, and who has time for that? To get a picture of a Saturn V lawn ornament?

Brownsville is about a 3-hour drive from Houston, maybe 2 hours from San Antonio, so getting a glimpse of SpaceX's operations out there was simply out of the question.

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Some goofball keeps blasting an air horn. I wonder why? If it has anything to do with politics I expect I'll find out sooner or later.

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Of course the elite are clueless. The entire point of being elite is to be insulated from the kinds of problems that the hoi polloi must (are expected to) endure with stoicism.

Can you imagine Oprah Winfrey getting stranded in Houston, Texas, and arriving at her next destination 20 hours late? Can you imagine her maintaining a cheerful disposition and being polite to the people who told her about it? Of course not; the elites don't have to. "You find a solution, now," would be the order, and the flack who failed would lose his job.

So when they glibly toss off a bit about how personally-owned automobiles are a scourge to the Earth, they naturally don't understand what the hell they're saying. They don't consider cars necessary because they don't drive; they pay other people to drive them. They're too important to waste their time on conveyance, so they have chauffeurs and cars, pilots and helicopters and planes, to get them where they need to go. They have secretaries and assistants to handle everything other than the business they themselves must handle. Do you think Warren Buffet has to schlep his own carry-on across an airport to get to his departure gate? When was the last time he had to fly commercial?

And these people aren't even politicians; they're just rich. A lot of hay was made about George HW Bush not understanding how a supermarket scanner worked, but when was the last time he'd had to shop for groceries? People at that level pay other people to shop for supplies and to cook and clean for them. The same thing goes for Hillary Clinton not having a driver's license; when would she need one?

Marie Antoinette famously said, "Let them eat cake." We know what happened to her.

The elites have not suffered in the last two or three decades the way the general populace has. At their level, they have been completely isolated from worry or want, and when anything happens that inconveniences them, little people are made to pay for it regardless of whose fault it is. And so, like the French aristocracy in the colonial era, they're surprised and offended when the "little people" get angry.

As Vox Day points out, a semester of college went from about $500 to $15,000, and wages have not similarly increased, and these people don't understand what's wrong with that picture. A thirty-fold increase in the cost of something like that doesn't matter to the elites. For Al Gore, $15-per-gallon gasoline simply would not matter, because he's rich beyond dreams of avarice; but he doesn't understand that even a modest increase in the price of energy can mean the difference between comfort and starvation for a very broad sector of the country.

I give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he doesn't understand that; because if he does understand it and does not care, it's a lot worse.

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If that were to be their experience, then I'd be confident that their final judgement had already been reached. Hell is full of irony.

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This is pretty interesting. It explains the brain chemistry of liberalism, which explains how it arises from the herd instincts of the human animal.

Combine that with this post on Had Enough Therapy? the other day. It talks about how sometimes bullies will attempt--much later in life--to apologize to their victims, and asks whether or not the victim should accept it.

The first link puts childhood bullying in perspective. Children are unable to control their impulses very well (which is part of what makes them children) and generally speaking they operate under the condition of "if it feels good, do it." (Which is why they need adult supervision.)

But together, it all becomes pretty clear: SJWs assaulting Trump supporters is exactly the same thing as childhood bullying. It comes from the same source, occurs for the same reason.

Don't expect an apology.

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Speaking of which, I liked the first commentor's response at the second link. If someone who abused you in your past apologizes, say flatly, "Feel better?" and then walk away.

I suppose it's all well and good that you feel so bad about it that you feel as if you need to apologize for it, but guess what? It's not all about you. Your apology doesn't magically make it all better. You know, maybe if your regret keeps you from sleeping at night, fills your days with anxiety and dread, gives you the habit of looking over your shoulder whenever you're outdoors, makes you feel isolated and alone all the time, eliminates any chance you have at a social life for years on end--maybe then, after all that, we can talk about how you feel about things. But a mere "sorry" and a handshake don't erase any of that for the target of your abuse, regardless of whether or not he's gotten over it and put it behind him. He can forgive, and should--but he most certainly should not forget...and neither should you.

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Anti-racist event chock-full of racism. White people are not allowed to ask questions, because this is an event against racism.


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Kolchak was great. It was a rare treat for me to get to watch it. Always liked Darren McGavin as a result, too.

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I can't seem to think of any way to end this blog post that doesn't sound ominous, in one way or another. To be honest, I had a bad feeling about my business travel, and naturally my anxiety disorder assumed the worst--but of course statistically speaking air travel is the safest way to go. It's interesting that the return trip was such a clusterfuck, and if there was anything at all to my premonition of disaster I'd expect that the cancelled flight was it.

Friday was a shitshow; and because I didn't get home until 6 PM last night I'm bewildered to find that it's suddenly Sunday afternoon. It's not a nice feeling, losing about 40% of your weekend to a work-related cause that no one has any control over, and knowing you won't get paid for it. As I told Mrs. Fungus Friday night, I wouldn't mind so much if I were getting paid something for my travel time. I'm still hourly but I know I don't get paid for that. I'm going to have to ask an HR person how to enter my time for Wed-Fri; do I enter 8 hours for each day, or the actual time I spent in training?

If I were allowed to include travel time, Wednesday would be 3:30 AM to 5 PM, which is 13.5 hours. Friday would be 8 AM through 11:30 PM, 15.5 hours. Just 8 hours on Thursday. So those three days would have been 37 hours. Then, 7:30a to 6p Saturday would add another 10.5 hours, for a grand total of 47.5 hours. Whee!

There's an email somewhere telling me when my first payday is, but I don't remember it offhand and I refuse to look it up now. It's mid-October, in any case. And that paycheck will be bigger than my last one.

Overall, then--business as usual, just more of it, and I can cope. That'll do.

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