Nobel Prize Physicist Needs a Calculator
Posted by Jeff Id on December 28, 2008
Maybe the title should be Stephen Chu scientist or politician? I don’t know for sure but here is a man who knows full well that biofuels from corn are impossibly inefficient yet he supports expanding their implementation. He also knows that Nuclear power can solve his perceived CO2 crisis, yet is “concerned” about nuclear waste so there will be none of that.
Here is the article in the news which got me all wound up today. It’s from market watch.
“He believes that a portfolio approach to alternative energy is necessary to address what he sees as a looming energy crisis,” Lazard Capital Markets analyst Sanjay Shrestha said. He “firmly believes that we are in an energy crisis and that the single most important issue is controlling carbon dioxide emissions.”
When did we get into an energy crisis? I remember the financial crisis and the global warming crisis but last time I looked the lights were still on. The truth is that there is no energy crisis, the only crisis we have is people telling us we can’t make energy.
One of Chu’s achievements as director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2004 was the Helios Project, aimed at using synthetic biology and nanomaterials to make more efficient and low-cost solar panels.
This sounds great to me, really. Why not wait till it’s ready? Maybe in 30 years we’ll have a good method for storing the energy which is really the primary problem with solar and wind.
“Since Obama has publicly stated his support for increasing the Renewable Fuels Standard to 60 billion gallons by 2030, we believe there will be increased support in the form of Department of Energy loan guarantees for next-generation ethanol technologies,” Shrestha said.
Fantastic news, piles of money thrown down the hole on the least efficient process imaginable. Chu knows biofuels don’t work well because the efficiency of storage of solar energy is way too low. Anyone with his math background can work the calculations in an afternoon. Why then does he want to support the flushing of money down the hole?
It ain’t science folks it’s politics.
Chu has also voiced concern about nuclear power because of the issue of waste disposal, but, according to the Lazard analysts, he believes more research should be done on recycling radioactive fuels and on waste reduction, since nuclear energy is carbon neutral.
There are solutions to waste disposal, if he doesn’t like them where’s the huge investment in development of storage? Why doesn’t he like nuclear really? Because it Fn works, that’s why. That’s the real reason the leftists don’t support nuclear. If I’m wrong, which I’m not, they would dump piles of money into a storage solution. Why not permit industry to build new reactors with safety factors an order of magnitude greater than the ancient behemoths we run today?
Instead Chu want’s to do research on waste reduction, a worthy goal yet it doesn’t address his stated concern. He doesn’t address storage of the inevitable waste which is his ‘alleged’ concern! THERE IS NO POSSIBLE SOLUTION EVEN IF THE RESEARCH SUCCEEDS, BECAUSE THERE IS STILL WASTE. The guy won a nobel prize, HE KNOWS THIS! I for one am not gullible enough to think he doesn’t!
Obama is also expected to name Carol Browner, head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton, as White House coordinator of energy and climate policy — or, in the popular shorthand, energy czar.
This is fantastic, Carol Browner, an insider from washington, married to Tomas Downey who is a close personal friend of Al Gore and is working as an (anti)energy lobbyist. Heres a chunk from Wikipedia.
Downey is currently a lobbyist and chair of Downey McGrath Group, Inc., a lobbying firm he founded in 1993. The president is Ray McGrath, also a former US Representative from New York. Downey represented Dubai Ports World and lobbied Congress to approve the controversial ports deal. Downey argues that “they would have made this country more secure” because “DP World is one of the few companies that could have worked with us to truly improve security, both at home and abroad.”
Downey married Carol Browner, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on June 21, 2007. This is Mr. Downey’s second marriage and Browner’s third. In their spare time together they enjoy visiting wetlands and landfills in order to monitor environmental destruction.
This is the dumbass who was pushing to sell our US ports to dubai of all places. What stupidity is that! And get a load of the last sentence there, they enjoy visiting “landfills” in order to monitor environmental destruction. LIARS, there I said it!
Well Carol deserves her own post, she’s cutting into Chu’s time. Here is the last paragraph from the article which drove my blood pressure through the roof.
Houston-based energy research firm Tudor Pickering Holt noted Friday that the expected appointment of Browner and Chu would bring to bear on the nation’s energy challenges a top scientist and a Washington veteran. “It’s a strong duo … a big-brained research guy with a Washington insider,” Tudor Pickering Holt said in a note to clients that included this advice: “Buckle up, energy guys … [for] carbon legislation.”
A strong duo for sure. One which intends to follow the standard left procedures in the face of all scientific evidence to the contrary.
-Expand corn biofuels, known to produce a maximum of about 50 net gallons per acre and drive up food costs starving the poor nations of the world which rely on cheap US food for survival.
-Expand solar, known to be right at the top of power options for cost. With no hope of energy production at night and big difficulties in the winter.
-Expand wind, without energy storage the starts and stops require us to have enough coal plants to produce all of our needs. Each coal plant needs modified technologies to handle the start/stop loads on the energy grid.
– No coal power plants
– No natural gas plants
– No reasonable oil drilling
The policies all have a few items in common.
– ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENCE BEHIND THEM
– NO HOPE OF SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION
– HIGH COSTS
For those of you who like the “reasonable” middle ground in politics, ask yourselves this hypothetical. What other motivation besides CO2 would these smart people have to do this?