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Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added. This week’s post a day late due to computer issues!
One only needs to read this to understand what’s wrong with New York City.
In a vote Wednesday, New York’s city council approved a ban on natural gas in newly constructed buildings, joining cities like San Jose and San Francisco that have made similar commitments to reduce emissions.
Moving away from natural gas means that stoves and heat pumps will be powered by electricity instead, cutting down on carbon emissions. Nearly 40% of carbon emissions in the country — and more than half of New York City’s emissions — come from buildings.
The new ban, with 40 votes in the affirmative and seven votes against the measure, applies to buildings that are seven stories or shorter by the end of 2023; buildings that are taller have an additional four years to comply. There are some exceptions in the bill, including hospitals, laundromats and crematoriums.
“This bill was about prioritizing people over profits and properties,” Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel, who led the effort to pass the bill, said at a rally outside city hall Wednesday afternoon. “We are at a point in our lifetimes that we need to act. We need to make sure we are protecting and saving our environment.”
Pathetic political overreach substituting for governance.
Hat Tip: M.D.
The French and Germans have forsaken development of their own gas, as has the UK, and now they are paying the price:
Emmanuel Macron [France] and Olaf Scholz [Germany] are due to meet the President of Ukraine today in a crisis meeting to address Russia’s growing threat to the European Union’s interests.
Tensions are bound to run high at the “Normandy 3” summit with the controversial Nord Stream 2 project weighing heavily over the newly-minted German Chancellor. Ukraine has taken a hardline stance on the gas pipeline, which bypasses both Ukraine and Poland in the Baltic Sea to directly feed Germany Russian gas. The £8billion (€9.5billion) pipeline was secured under the tenure of former chancellor Angela Merkel and has been a sore point of contention between Berlin and Kyiv…
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Gas prices across the bloc have risen more than 600 percent this year and the Kremlin has been accused of strategically withholding supplies to push through the Nord Stream 2 certification process.
The West is being governed by the worst ruling class in history.
Hat Tip: I.G.
This is pretty fascinating:
Here is what a reasonably objective study from the Geological Survey of Finland concludes on just how much more electricity generation will be required to retire natural gas and coal…
The answer: a stink load!
But you need batteries to provide power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Here is an indication of just how much materials would be required to produce all these batteries:
We won’t hold these estimates against the author as there are a number of variables involved. But you get the basic point: there aren’t enough materials on the planet to achieve this dream. It’s a grand absurd delusion!
We wouldn’t worry about natural gas and coal being phased out just yet.
Hat Tip: D.S.
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