The Shocking Truth About Energy Production
From America's Premier Editorial Cartoonist
By Michael Ramirez
Californians were shocked, shocked to find their gas bills from Southern California Gas Company up 240% in January. The gas company released a statement saying that they do not profit from the increase but simply pass on the wholesale price to the consumer. They can thank Governor Gavin Newsom for that…
Welcome to the future. Welcome to the Green New Deal.
It is called ECONOMICS 101.
If you cut supply in the face of increasing demand, the result is higher prices.
Most Americans embrace the idea of alternative energy and conservation. The problem stems from the Biden administration, California, and other progressive states, all creating artificial deadlines to replace the existing infrastructure before viable or reliable alternative sources of energy can fill the void. (continued below)
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As a nation, we have an abundance of natural energy in America.
Unfortunately, we have an overabundance of idealization, political gamesmanship, and a lack of common sense. We have policymakers, ignorant of fundamental economics who disguise redistributive social engineering as environmentalism, implementing rules and regulatory policies designed to suffocate our abundant resources to instill an imaginary world steeped in fantasy and blind idealism. These policymakers embrace all things electric without regard to what produces electricity.
The “energy transition”, the shift from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy sources like wind and solar began long ago. Maybe as far back as the oil crisis in 1973. Governments have invested heavily in renewables and green technology ever since. Climate change hysteria only increased pressure on governments to force change.
But even with decades of government investment, subsidies, and tax write-offs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind and solar power still only produced 13.6% of electricity in the United States.
Adding to the renewables is hydropower which makes up about 6.2% of our nation’s electricity. Biomass, not including the biomass that is delivered from the mouths of our elected leaders, contributes another 1.3%.
Most of our electricity comes from fossil fuels. Almost 60% of the electricity produced in 2022 came from Natural gas (39.8%) and (19.5%) Coal.
Nuclear energy is responsible for another 18.2%.
Solar and Wind are about as reliable as our political leadership. What happens on cloudy days? Or when the winds stop blowing? Having energy grids dependent on undependable forms of energy is just asking for trouble and a recipe for rolling blackouts.
Battery technology is not nearly efficient enough…. Yet.
And another thing, batteries do not create energy. They merely store energy. Where do you think that energy comes from? Here is one of my favorite cartoons to clue you in:
Have a great week!
Reliable vs. Intermittent Generation: A Primer (Part II) Bill Schneider, Watts Up With That?
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