Cutting through the noise with simple, realistic, easy to understand, facts about energy. Helping everyone learn where "stuff" comes from, its true cost, & what happens when we stop making it.
We as humans lived with "clean energy" and it was a very dark, tough time. Think about it. Rampant disease, famine, death, lack of living wage work, & quality housing.
Why are we trying to reverse 140 years of innovation, prosperity, freedom, food, and life sustaining ways? Over 6,000 daily products are made from directly or indirectly (refined) from Oil & Gas.
How has American grown to over 332 million with abundant life sustaining ways?
Why are people fleeing from and across hostile countries to get in the United States of America?
Sadly, 3 Billion people "live" off $2.50 a day. About 75% of the world, 6 billion people - are living off less than $10.00/day.
The average citizen in the USA makes $152/day, over 15x 6 billion other humans.
Why is that?
An economy powered by and from Fossil Fuels.
Below are some FACTS to help you understand the false narrative being spread by media, academics, & "climate crisis" folks.
Keep scrolling to read them all or just choose the topic of most value to you below.
Opportunity Cost or Fraud & Waste ($100 Billion gone where?)
Poverty & Prosperity (Cooking from your shit?)
OPEC & War (Middle East Peace?)
Commerce (World stop turning?)
Electricity (Will we freeze or heat stroke to death?)
Land Usage (How much land does solar/wind need?)
Solar (Mining the world to save it?)
Electric Vehicle & Fuel (Only the rich can drive?)
Products from Fossil Fuels (Need medicine, clothes, food?)
Renewable or Mining Bonanza (Child labor in poverty countries?)
Opportunity Cost or Fraud & Waste:
$2 Trillion Dollars has been spent (mostly forced spend via tax dollars) since 2011 on wind and solar across the world. The ROI (return on investment) is 3% up from 0.5%.
At that rate $60 Trillion dollars would get the world to about 1/3 "clean energy" and be 3 years worth of total USA GDP.
Could you imagine if that $2 Trillion had been spent putting in known and proven methods?
Maybe that's how China has gotten 400 million of it's people out of poverty in less than 20 years?
Literally, an entire United States was brought out of poverty thanks to fossil fuels.
Ironically, they use coal fired power plants to make solar panels that the USA buys 90% from but doesn't deploy themselves.
They are building more coal fire power plants than the total of all plants in the world. Think about that !
By the way, they are the #1 emitter of Co2 in the world and NOT a part of the Paris Climate Agreement. Why is that?
Maybe they know that the efficiency of wind and solar doesn't provide.
A wind mill has 34.8 % efficiency (on a good day)
A solar panel has 24.5% efficiency (on a good day)
But don't worry the USA Taxpayer pays:
1.5 cents/kw for wind - no cap, 10 years. ( PTC)
26% tax "credit" for every dollar spent on solar - no cap (ITC)
Since 2010 over $100 Billion has been given in PTC and ITC. That's about $300 for every women, man, and child in America.
California will continue to have millions of people living in the dark because of rolling blackouts as they cannot increase supply when demand is needed. With electricity supply approaching 50% from ONLY wind and solar - the future will only get worse.
Texas is fast approaching California with it's energy mix now above 30% "clean energy" i.e. wind, solar, and nuclear.
Poverty or Prosperity:
It's 1875 and 74% of income was spent on food, clothes, and shelter. 120 years later it's 1995 and only13% is spent on essentials for survival. Today it's even less and continues to decline exponentially.
In the late 1800s 53% of people were in farming to produce enough food to live.
Since then there has been a 95% drop in climate related death because of products and materials made from petroleum and natural gas especially the combustible engine and electricity.
You see people used to be killed by the environment. It was HOSTILE to life. Today it still is but we have a way to fight back.
Today 3% are farming and family members don't need to drop out of school to work the fields.
Think clean water - 4 billion people don't have access to it in the world because they neither have electricity to run pumps nor the facilities to purify and distribute.
Life span in 1900 was 40 today it's 79. Just about DOUBLED.
Medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and daily living products are NOT possible without oil and gas based products.
There are over 6,000 products made from Oil and Gas.
In the 1950s a household was considered wealthy if they had one vehicle and a color television. Today most homes have 3 vehicles, 4 televisions, 4 mobile phones, 4 computers/tables, 10 kitchen devices, 6 bathroom amenities, not to mention AC, water heater, that need stable and affordable electricity.
Simply put Oil and Gas are everywhere. It's living matter for living people.
OPEC and War:
In 1972 the USA found itself rationing off gasoline and diesel because the Middle East decided they no longer wanted to supply oil to the USA. By 1977 a new Cabinet level department was created called the DOE.
Won't get into the endless wars fought over it. However, things have changed since 2010.
Due to bringing domestic oil and gas to the surface our country is no longer reliant on foreign countries which are more than often "hostile."
11.5 million barrels a day of oil and 107 Billion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas are produced everyday in the USA. (Pre-Covid it was 13 million barrels a day.)
4 Million Barrels of Oil are exported each day making the USA a net exporter.
The USA is no longer dependent upon OPEC; changing the geo-political risk for the entire world. Less global military intervention.
Wars in the Middle East are less likely as our domestic need is met at home.
Peace deals have been signed and more are in development.
The Abraham Accords have drastically impacted Middle East politics and war.
There are 1 Billion + vehicles in the world (out of 7.9 Billion people) with 280 million vehicles, 200,000 airplanes, 17 million boats and 3 TRILLION miles driven every year in the USA alone. Of those miles 450,000 are first time motorcycle purchasers.
What about all the other toys, tech, entertainment, clothes, materials, etc that you buy? How do they get to the USA?
Ships. 60,000 of them on the high seas everyday.
You couldn't have the life you have today if weren't for those cargos carrying your stuff from the rest of the world.
Coffee beans from Africa and Latin America that didn't arrive would stop your Starbucks dead.
What about avocados? Chile.
Chocolate beans? Africa.
Won't go on but hopefully you get the picture.
So you eat good, while streaming Netflix on a huge screen, Instagraming your food on your phone at home or maybe ordering it delivered from an app.
Speaking of homes they don't work without electricity.
63% of electricity is from fossil fuels.
20% of electricity is from nuclear.
17% of electricity is from renewables.
47% of all electricity is used for residential.
36% is for commercial.
16% for industrial.
1% for transportation.
13 quadrillion BTUs are consumed every year in the USA.
One human in America consumes 45 million BTUs every year.
Heating and cooling account for 55-60% of electricity usage.
Natural Gas is used to heat 76% of homes and commercial properties.
Average household uses 855 kw/month
There are about 130 million households in the USA.
10,100,000 megawatts are demanded on average - everyday - in the USA.
3.7 Trillion kilowatts were demanded in 2019 alone.
Each American (330 million) consumes about 30 kw everyday.
National average household price is 13.0 cents/kw therefore $111/month.
EV's (Electrical Vehicles) will require an additional 200kw/month in "fuel."
A person's electric bill would increase by 23% assuming the rate holds @ 13.0 cents/kw.
Moreover, 2,300,0000 megawatts would be needed to meet the demand for just one EV/house.
Most homes have 2.5 vehicles on average today.
There are 230 million vehicles in the USA alone.
Did you know there are 600 million people in Africa that don't have electricity which is 2.5 times the number of vehicles in the USA and twice the population of America.
600 Million people in Africa without electricity yet we make them mine for metals and minerals to power our "clean energy."
Speaking of homes, how much land does it take to generate all those kilowatts?
Land & Home Use:
Think for a moment about the amount of land it takes to put in solar and farms. You don't hear about Oil and Gas farms do you?
Clearing green lands for solar panels - check.
Making farmland un workable due to wind farms - check.
Killing livestock to make way for solar farms - check.
One Marcellus Natural Gas Well Pad (1,000 cubic feet of natural gas = 1 kilowatt):
12MMcf/day = 12,000 kw (12 MW)
One 2 MW Wind Turbine:
34.8% operation (wind doesn't always blow y'all) = 696 kw
One 2MW Solar Farm:
24.5% operation (sun doesn't always shine y'all) = 490 kw
8,000 panels & batteries (@ 250 watts/panel)
The 'dirty' word NUCLEAR.
1 Uranium pellet = 1 ton of coal = 2.79 barrel of oil = 17,000 cf natural gas.
1 Gigawatt = 431 wind mills = 3.125 Million solar panels.
640 acres/1 Gigawatt = 1562.5 kw/acre
As of 2020 there are 67,000 wind turbines in the USA
Solar Home (for a year):
Lets not mention what goes into a solar panel right now (17 metals & minerals from hostile countries) but look at cost, size, weight, and most importantly ROI.
The "average" home uses 855 kw/month. So let's keep the math simple.
1000kw/month x 12 = 12,000kw/yr for a 2,000 square foot home.
365 days = 32.8 kw/day & 731kw/sqft
9.6 kw system (5 hours of sun and 0.8 derate factor i.e DC to AC)
$2.91/kw cost of materials & labor (panels only)
$27,936 cost of panels & install.
$7.500 in batteries (15kwh x $500) or 3 day supply.
$35,436 total system cost (38 panels @ 250 watt/each)
$140 mo/bill ($0.14 cents/kw) x 12 months = $1,680
35,436/$1,680 = 21.0
21 years to recover the cost of the system of which will have to be repaid again as the panels would now need to be replaced.
What about the size?
One Panel is about 3' wide and 5' height. At 15 sqft/panel you're looking at needing 38 of them & 570 sqft of roof space.
On a 2,000 sqft house that would be one side of an entire house completely covered in panels.
Now add in the weight of about 4 lbs/sqft and you're looking at 2,280 lbs or over a ton of weight (pun intended) on your roof.
Many homes not built for this could buckle over time.
Wait there's more?
Batteries. Lots of them.
Speaking of batteries you know what uses even more of them?
Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Electric Vehicle & "Fuel:"
European Union electricity costs have increased 3x because of it's "green initiatives." A gallon of gasoline is $5.80.
Depending on which state you're in the cost is more than half of that in the USA.
A single electric-car battery weighs about 1,000 pounds and requires 500,000 lbs of raw materials to be moved to get its metals.
EV's now weigh 500 + lbs MORE than other vehicles on the roads.
How will that affect roads designed for less weight per non-commercial vehicle?
Don't forget the need for an additional 7.9 million kw/day to "fuel" the EVs so an additional 79 BILLION cubic feet/day in NEW natural gas production to feed the power plants.
That would be 88% increase from current consumption levels in the USA of 89 bcf/day.
How is that?
Well the average EV will need 200kw/month in charging.
That is about a 25% uplift per home per EV from current consumption just on one EV.
With homes having an average of 2.5 vehicles that's a lot of NEW POWER GENERATION needed.
To meet the additional 7.8 million MW/day to charge all EVs (assuming all vehicles replaced with EVs) there would need to be an additional 9,750 natural gas power plants. (800 MW/ plant/day)
Ironically, China has about 10,000 coal fired power plants right now to make the solar panels, products, etc. used to charge the "clean energy EVs."
How does the price of a new EV compare to a combustible engine?
Average combustible engine vehicle (new) $33,000.
Average price for a new EV $55,000.
I'll leave you with this. Most EVs can't go over 150 miles without a charge.
Most combustible engines have double that & have 115,000 fuel stations nearby to do so.
Better hope it doesn't go below freezing because that range goes down with it.. Batteries don't like cold.
Fighting COVID with Oil and Gas:
Masks that kept our economy going, people safe, and life moving are not possible without oil and gas. Prime example - The N95 Mask.
(Photo Credit : Cabot Oil and Gas)
Plexiglass (acrylic) is MADE from Oil.
Goggles i.e. plastic (polyurethane) is MADE from Natural Gas.
Don't forget the medical gloves, IVs, IV bags, medicine, etc to treat it.
Medicines are not possible without by products of Oil and Gas.
Do you trust a hospital to be powered by solar and wind?
Would you let a surgeon operate using batteries?
The medical devices - you guessed it - fossil fuels.
Products from Fossil Fuels:
Fossil fuels make possible over 6,000 daily products that enable the quality of life we all enjoy today.
Here are only 56 of those 6,000
1.) Just how much land would be taken to make "green pastures" for solar and wind?
2.) What about EVERYDAY items that we need to LIVE that don't happen without fossil fuels, can we live?
3.) Can we can "transition" over 140 years of life creating and sustaining fossil fuels, jobs, infrastructure, etc. in under 10 years? How will we offset the products that can't be made from wind and solar?
4.) Would you go into surgery that is only powered from wind and solar?
5.) Would you take your family and randomly travel the country in an EV?
Your very life depends on having abundant, affordable, and on demand energy and the by products from it.