Author/”THE OIL MAN”
We pull up to a gasoline pump to fill our cars and trucks only to keep seeing the price escalate higher day by day and we all wonder if an end is in sight. Under barrack Obama the price will continue to rise and it is his basic plan to keep the prices high thus “FORCING” each and every one to change their ideas and go to the “Green” energy. Which by the way, has made attempt after attempt to get going for the last 40 years and still has not been able to support itself without high subsides from the Tax payer! This increase in gasoline and fuel prices ARE part of Obama’s energy plan to “FORCE” the people into the use of “green” energy that is not yet viable or cost effective! We just have to look at the windmills and solar panels to see the failures there. Just last year in England the government shut down 247 windmills and replaced the total energy out put from the 247 windmills with just 1, ONE natural gas fired generator! We need to also mention the millions of birds including protected species that are killed by huge numbers due to the windmills! The “Solar Power” is even worse since it takes nearly one (1) square mile to produce the same amount of energy as one small Natural Gas fired generator! Here is another thing to consider, the United States has nearly 600 years of Natural Gas that can be used until we find a way to develop another type of fuel that would be cheap to make and would NOT cost the tax payers BILLIONS of dollars to support!
We looked around then after finding nothing much to use as a comparison for windmills to natural gas fired generators, we asked an old friend, Lord Christopher Monckton especially since he was the special advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Once again Lord Monckton has amazed us with his wisdom. Lord Monckton shows the difference between power by a huge number of windmills as compared to just one (1) Natural Gas fired generator! The following is directly from Lord Monckton with no changes at all;
“The power output of generating systems is measured in Megawatts. To do the comparison, you work out the rated capacities of the systems you are comparing (i.e. how many MW of power each of the systems you are comparing puts out when it is running at full blast), and multiply it by the load factor for that system. The load factor (the fraction of the time that the station is generating power) is 0.95 for gas-fired power stations, and 0.24 for windmills.
A typical large windmill these days has a rated capacity of 3 MW. Multiply this by 0.24 to give a true output of 0.72 MW. A typical gas-fired power station has a capacity of at least 0.5 GW (i.e. 500 MW), giving a true output of 475 MW after allowing for the load factor. So all you have to do is divide 475 by 0.72 to find out how many big windmills equal one typical gas-fired power station. The answer is 660 windmills to one gas-fired power station. Hope this helps. – M of B”
Now that shows just how much of a difference there truly is between windmills and just one (1) Gas fired electrical generator! Now let us take this a bit further by showing the “footprint” of the windmill. The normal area for a windmill this big is an area of almost one acre square, so with this in mind, 660 windmills would amount to about 660 acres of land! Now just the one Generator of a Natural Gas type will only take up a footprint of about 20 acres with cooling towers and the like, maybe a bit more, but it would not take up no way near the 660 acres needed for the windmills! Given this one fact, it would seem much more logical to use the Natural Gas generator then having to use all that space for all those windmills! It must be stated that the windmills now being used have been found to cause the deaths of millions of birds and they surely will not state that of those numbers, some are of the protected species which some have fines up to $10,000 per bird yet none of these windmill companies pay a penny in any sort of fine!
Now the solar panels are even worse then the windmills. The brief article below shows what the Federal Government is now doing to produce “Solar Power”. Near the end of this article it states, “, has the potential to contribute 10 gigawatts of solar power to the nation’s energy supply.” Now this is 16 million acres of public land to be used for “Solar Power”. Think about this for a short while, just over about 200 acres of land could be used for Natural gas fired generators and that would produce MORE then all of the 16 million acres of land used by “Solar Power”! How is that for a “footprint”?
Federal Lands Open to Renewables
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a memorandum of understanding to allow for renewable energy development on 16 million acres of public land. In addition to possible offshore wind projects, new solar installations can take place at sites in the Southwest that were previously used for military purposes.
Several pilot projects in California and Arizona are slated to kick off the joint effort. An authorization process is being developed for solar installations at the Air Force’s Barry Goldwater Range East in Arizona and the Army’s Fort Irwin Front Gate in California. In addition, a permitting process is being piloted for Fort Irwin in California and the Yuma Proving Ground and Barry M. Goldwater Range in Arizona.
This effort is part of a larger undertaking by the Department of Defense (DOD) to reduce its $4 billion-a-year energy costs for facilities. Such on-site energy generation, together with energy storage and smart-microgrid technologies, also makes DOD less dependent on the commercial electricity grid, providing stability and security at times when the grid is disrupted.
Each of the military’s five branches has committed to using one gigawatt of renewable power, which is enough for roughly 750,000 homes, by 2025. The agreement, if fully realized, has the potential to contribute 10 gigawatts of solar power to the nation’s energy supply.
No one is now telling of just how many acres of land will be used for the 1 gigawatt of power from the “Solar” panels. But we do know that about 40 acres of land would be used, maybe even less if two Natural Gas fired generators were used in place of all those “solar Panels”! It could even be less then that because some of the generators using Natural gas could be built in just one small area where the Solar Panels will have to use a much wider area due to having an array of panels to produce the same amount of electricity as just one Natural gas generator. It should also be noted that the Natural Gas generator can run 24 hours a day and does not have to rely on back up power at night! Now given all of this, one has to wonder why is it that Obama is determined to use these two resources when they cannot compare even remotely to the power produced by Natural gas? But then we do know that Obama does NOT want to drill for Natural Gas or dig for coal or open up all of the oil fields! Just what does Obama have in mind, especially since the United States has well over 600 years of energy with Coal, oil and Natural Gas? If just these 3 modes of energy were allowed to be developed and the building of 50 more refineries, our nation would NOT need any other fuel source until 600 years from now!!
When it comes to Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas, no other form of energy combined is as sufficient as any one of them alone! Now this must be a primary question in the coming elections especially since Gasoline may well be as high as or higher then $4.00 a gallon by election time! Our nation should NOT be paying any more then $2.00 a gallon for Gasoline, yet Obama has seen to it that we will pay double that or more because he “wants” his GREEN energy! In November we as a nation do have a major choice to be made, are we going to keep feeding the fuel pump and trying to make Solar and wind alternative energies at the cost of higher taxes and prices at the pump and electric bills, or do we get rid of those GREEN energy ideas and use what we have until something cheaper can be had? It IS our choice and we had better consider the simple fact that our nation has enough fuel to keep us warm and cozy for another 600 years while if we continue along the current stream of GREEN energy, we may freeze in the dark!
By the way, if we look at the Solar Companies that had contributed to Obama’s campaign, we will see that Seven (7) of them have claimed or gone Bankrupt! These are;
Solyndra – Bankrupt
Ener 1 – Bankrupt
Beacon Power – Bankrupt
Abound Solar – Bankrupt
Amonix Solar – Bankrupt
Spectra Watt – Bankrupt
Eastern Energy – Bankrupt
I would believe that shows at least Seven reasons NOT to back Solar energy and windmills are not much better! It is our choice and it is starring us in the face, we have been blind for the last 3 years, now please open your eyes and allow our nation to move on to being energy independent with our OWN Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas!