atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#2788: CO2-a-go-go

Ah, this is so funny.

Great Britain has decided that curbing greenhouse gas emissions is important, so they've decided that they're going to generate 20% of their electricity by using "renewable" resources.

Windmills.

...according to the "rule of fifths" this means that they must, in fact, install enough windmills to generate 100% (rated capacity) of their electrical requirements. In order to get to the magical 20% figure, they need five times as many windmills, because in practice a windmill only generates 20% of its rated capacity. But that's not the funny part.

Great Britain has an incredible supply of natural gas thanks to the invention of "fracking", which is a way to make the recovery of natural gas easier and more efficient. (And thus, cheaper.) But that's not the funny part.

Windmills don't generate power to order, so there must be some kind of generating capacity ready to go on-line at a moment's notice. Because of the cheap and plentiful local natural gas supply, and because gas-fired turbines can spool up quickly, the backup generators will naturally be natural gas-fired turbines. But that's not the funny part.

The funny part is that--in order to spool up quickly--the gas turbines must be idling at all times and they generate more CO2 at idle than at full power.

Summary:

"Hey, in order to reduce our greenhouse emissions we're going to use windmills to generate 20% of our electrical power, but we're going to have a backup system in place that emits more greenhouse gases when the windmills are turning than when they aren't!"

...

There isn't anything else I can say, except that this is the kind of lunacy that results from the crap science that comes out of the "anti" crowd.

* * *

Christmas in July!

I was thinking about It's a Wonderful Life because I thought of the line where Mr. Potter talks about how the people of the town hate him, "But I don't like them either, so that's no loss."

One of the ways Mr. Potter is shown to be mean and evil is when they show him sitting on the draft board, classifying everyone as "1-A", meaning "fit for duty".

...why that mean old bastard! Making men called up for the draft actually serve if they're able, rather than finding any excuse to let them go! George Bailey wouldn't be like that!

(Conveniently for George, his bad ear kept him out of the war, so he had to organize scrap drives and sell war bonds.)

You know, WTF--Hitler wasn't going to defeat himself. The United States was mobilizing for total war against two mechanized and modern militaries on opposite sides of the planet. We didn't have time to listen to the lily-livered peaceniks.

It's not often mentioned, but there were plenty of those; and the Hollywood left especially doesn't want it known that those peaceniks were lefties. That's why you never hear a damn thing about the peace movement in the 1940s. (Side note: the American left was just fine with Hitler...until he attacked Russia.)

Potter's service on the draft board was meant as a paean to those folks: "See how evil this greedy capitalist swine is? He forces young men to go to war!"

The other thing: someone made the point that George Baily was making subprime loans. That's probably why he was so broke all the time, driving a Model T and living in a drafty old shack, supporting a family on $45 per week: he couldn't pay himself more because his business wasn't making any money. The story does not go into how many mortgages the place had in foreclosure; given the (leftist) saintly portrayal of George Bailey I gather he'd rather cut off a foot than foreclose on someone, so I really have to wonder how much of a return the Bailey Building and Loan (BB&L) was making on the money it had loaned to, in Potter's words, "a bunch of garlic-eaters."

(I know that's an obscure perjorative for Italians, but I use it here because I eat garlic all the damn time.)

"One day this young man is going to be asking George Bailey for a job," said Potter's flunky in one scene. If George Bailey was really so successful--as the scene makes plain--why doesn't he have any money? When you run a business and you're doing well, generally you reap the benefits of it. You can't help it; furthermore you're an idiot if you refuse to pay yourself for all your hard work and sacrifice. (Though George Bailey is an idiot.) If BB&L is doing so well, where's the money?

I'd wager it's tied up in bad mortgages made to people who can't pay, for whatever reason, and George is giving them a break...at his own expense. That might be fine during an economic downturn, but the US economy was roaring along at maximum capacity during the war; there were so many jobs (and so few hands to do them) that government had to emplace wage controls to keep the price of labor from skyrocketing. And the movie is set in 1945, so the war had only barely ended--certainly the post-war recession had not started.

So where is the money? The $8,000 stolen by Potter--the only crime he actually commits--is not enough to account for it, particularly since the grand scene at the end where George is hailed as "the richest man in town" by his war-hero brother is meant to demonstrate that everything will be okay and the $8k is going to be made up by donations from his friends.

The money has to be somewhere. Either he's letting a bunch of people freeload for no reason, or else the writers wanted to show George being a poor "everyman" rather than the rich capitalist banker he actually is.

The more I think about that movie, the more I hate it.

* * *

I read all the extant chapters of Umi no Misaki, and now I'm reading the Minami-ke manga.

The latter is already animated; the former should be--it's really a good story, with plenty of cute girls. I think I'd pick Soyogi, even though she can't cook.

* * *

And more Sketchbook, because I CAN!

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