ECONOMICS: Energy is critical to life as we know it and it’s not “free”

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2022/10/03/joe_bidens_energy_crisis_856943.html

Joe Biden’s Energy Crisis
By Rupert Darwall
October 03, 2022

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The West is experiencing its third energy crisis.

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This time is different. The third energy crisis was not sparked by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies or by Iranian ayatollahs. It was self-inflicted, a foreseeable outcome of policy choices made by the West: Germany’s disastrous Energiewende that empowered Vladimir Putin to launch an energy war against Europe; Britain’s self-regarding and self-destructive policy of “powering past coal” and its decision to ban fracking; and, as Joseph Toomey shows in his powerful essay, President Biden’s war on the American oil and gas industry.

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The USA went from a net exporter to a net importer all to be “green”.  Like “climate change” is a real thing!  And, if it was, that it’s not driven by China and India.

We have not built a gasoline refinery in the USA since the 70’s (or so I’m told).

This “electric car” stupidity is just beyond comprehension.

Hopefully the voters can start taking back control.

31T$ of debt should be a huge wake up call.

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NEWJERSEY: WARNDEP, the secret police app to inform on your neighbors

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/04/new-jersey-dept-of-environmental-police-set-up-snitch-line-to-report-contraband-plastic-and-styrofoam-users/

New Jersey Dept of Environmental Police, Set up Snitch Line to Report Contraband Plastic and Styrofoam Users
May 4, 2022 | Sundance | 278 Comments

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Perhaps in the grand scheme of all things facing us, this action by New Jersey may seem a little silly; however, it’s still nuts.

Comrades, starting today it is illegal in New Jersey to have plastic or paper bags in stores for shoppers.  Additionally, restaurants,
cafeterias and food trucks are forbidden to serve take-out food in Styrofoam-like products. Also, all retailers must stop selling
polystyrene foam products like plates and cups.  Drinking straws require a permit for restricted distribution as monitored by the Department of
Health.

To ensure legal compliance within the Garden State, officials in New Jersey have established a snitch hotline for citizens to call the Dept
of Environmental Police (DEP) and report dissident violators, while the state ministry of citizen compliance have created a “WARN DEP” app to
facilitate easier snitching on your neighbors if you spot them using contraband containers.

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Keystonekon
May 5, 2022 10:20 am
 
This is easy! We have the phone number, so everyone, from every State, overwhelm the lines with calls. Report whatever State agency in
NJ you hate. Begin with any one of the programs that give money away, and include every department within the hierarchy, the Secretary of
State (saw an employee carrying a doggie box, Justice pouring coffee into styrofoam cups in secret meetings.

It doesn’t have to be true! Swamp ‘em. Push back the Alinsky rules right back in their faces. Total derision. We can play this game. It’s a
civic duty. 877 WARN-DEP. 877 927-6337

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whoopie
May 5, 2022 1:33 pm
 
I’m old enough to remember when plastic bags were touted as a way to “save a tree.”

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Legislature OKs bill closing plastic bag ban loophole

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A 2019 law, that went into effect Jan. 1, prohibited large stores and chain retailers from providing “any single-use plastic carryout bag” to consumers at the point of sale.

Rather than offer reusable fabric bags or paper, however, many stores in the First State took advantage of an exemption in the 2019 bill that allowed for thicker plastic bags, reasoning that those plastic bags would be reusable, rather than single use. The reality after their use began, however, was that most consumers weren’t reusing the thicker bags as recommended.

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The only people I’d report are politicians and bureaucrats.

I can get behind any effort to muck up the system.

Know any good “black hat hackers” for a good DDOS?

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TECHNOLOGY: The cost of EVs are much higher than our current gas vehicles.

EMAIL FROM LUDDITE

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I have been talking a lot with friends about the push for EVs, and am hoping that you would consider doing a segment that investigates the practicality of electric vehicles.  Here are the questions I have that I believe have not been addressed:

1.  The cost of EVs are much higher than our current gas vehicles, that will exclude many from being able to afford one. 

2.  I have also heard that the cost of replacing the batteries in 4-5 years is in the thousands of dollars.  Add that to the high cost of a new vehicle, and it makes it even more prohibitive.

3.  Each home or business that needs to charge their vehicles will require a new electrical circuit installed.

4.  Charging an EV requires anywhere from 25 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on whether the charging station has a fast super-charger or not.  What will the impact be on people waiting to get their EV charged?  First, assume that every current gas station will have to convert to have both gas and electric fill pumps, making them available for older gas vehicles and new EVs, more additional costs and additional space required.  With an EV the average time to “charge up” will be at least 4 times longer (5 minutes for gas versus 20 min for EVs).  Without the “fast” chargers, it could be 12 times longer (5 min vs 60 min) or even longer to charge up.  Think of the impacts, time itself on the traveler, at “least” twice as many charging stations as current gas pumps, waiting locations for travelers while they charge up?

5.  What about apartment/condo dwellers that park outside, or city street dwellers that have to park in the street?  Will chargers be installed in all apartment parking lot locations or street parking spaces? At whose cost?

6.  Where is all the additional electrical power to come from?  Can you imagine the peaks during nighttime charging?

7.  Hazard/space component to storing so many dead batteries after they are no longer useful?

I’m sure there are several more questions that I have not thought of, and many more issues that would need to be addressed.  But it does seem as if the government has “environmental blinders” on, and are not able to foresee the damage that moving to EVs will cause. If they are concerned about “climate change” they shouldn’t be, that’s what our climate does, change.  It’s been very cold and very hot off and on since it’s creation, it’s what the earth does, and we are just along for the ride!

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EV’s seem to be a dead end technology.

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NEWJERSEY: Murphy blames “climate change” for Ida!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/watch-live-new-jersey-gov-phil-murphy-to-visit-destruction-left-behind-after-tornado-rips-through-mullica-hill/ar-AAO1v8H

WATCH LIVE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy To Visit Destruction Left Behind After Tornado Rips Through Mullica Hill
Syndicated Local – CBS Philly  2 hrs ago

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It’s called “weather”.

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel

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Climate Change – LewRockwell

1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.

The leading advocates of the Climate Change movement are politicians, entertainers, and even children. Climate preachers such as Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio lack any formal scientific training whatsoever, and live personal lives of unparalleled luxury while prescribing carbon austerity for the masses. Yet no one is permitted to point out their scientific ignorance or call attention to their hypocritical lifestyles.

Source: Climate Change – LewRockwell

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Spare me the modern day equivalent of the “Court Jester” instructing “We, The Sheeple” how the world should work.

These “watermelons” (i.e.: Green outside; Red <communist> inside) don’t have the experience of one small business owner or the credentials of a wise academic like a Rothfarb.

Sorry, but — to misapply “A Few Good Men” — “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

I don’t care what these truly “dumb” people pontificate about.  Let them live their beliefs like a Mother Theresa, Gandhi, MLK, or Ron Paul, and then and only then should anyone listen to them.

Argh!

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