Marita: Sun and wind … free, but expensive to convert

Here’s the latest from Marita ….

The sun and the wind are free, but converting them to reliable electricity is expensive, if not impossible

In an effort to get America off of fossil fuels, “free” solar and wind energy is often touted as the solution. However, in reality, the so-called free energy has high costs and does little to minimize fossil-fuel use or cut greenhouse gases.

Because solar-and-wind energy are not available 24/7—also frequently referenced as not “dispatchable”—incorporating them into the electricity portfolio requires back-up power to be available on demand. When the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow, we still expect to have heating or air conditioning, cook our dinners, charge our phones, and use our computers. To do this, requires fossil fuels—typically natural gas “peaking plants,” but depending on what is available, it may be a coal-fueled power plant that is forced to operate inefficiently; releasing more CO2 than it would if allowed to operate as intended.

Think of it this way.

If you want to cook a hamburger, and you have a charcoal grill, you go outside about 30 minutes before you plan to cook. You mound up the charcoal, sprinkle it with lighter fluid, and toss on a match. When the coals are white on the edges, you know they are ready. You put your burger on the grill and cook it for five to eight minutes. Once you remove the burger, the coals are still hot for hours. Ultimately, they burn down to ashes and are cold enough that you can throw them into your plastic trash can, or into the forest. To restart it later in the same day is not efficient.

By comparison, if you are going to cook that same hamburger over natural gas, or propane, you go out five minutes before you plan to grill to heat up the elements. You cook your burger, and you turn it off. No coals, no cool down needed.

Power plants function in a similar fashion.

A coal-fueled power plant cannot easily be turned on and off. It works most efficiently—i.e. cleanly—when it burns continuously. Like the grill, you can add more coal throughout the process to keep the temperature up, which creates the steam that generates electricity.

But, with a natural-gas-fueled power plant, you can easily turn it on and off. So when the wind suddenly stops blowing—with no warning, the gas plant can quickly ramp up to generate the needed power.

As Germany, with the highest implementation of renewable energy of any country, found out, to maintain grid stability, it needs the coal- and natural-gas-fueled power plants. As a result of its policies that favor renewables, such as solar and wind, Germany has had to subsidize its fossil fueled power plants to keep them open.

So, by adding solar and wind power, to the energy mix, we actually increase costs by paying for redundant power supplies—which ultimately, through rate increases, hurts the less fortunate who also have to cover the costs of the renewables.

In the cold weather of Albuquerque’s winter, I received a call from an “unemployed single mother living in an 800 square-foot apartment.” When I answered the phone, she dumped on me. She was angry. Her life circumstances meant she didn’t turn on her heat because she couldn’t afford it. After stating her position, she ranted at me: “I just opened up my utility bill. I see that I am paying $1.63 a month for renewable energy.” She continued: “I don’t give a f#*! about renewable energy! Why do I have to pay for it?”

I tried to steer her attention away from the utility company and toward the Legislature that nearly a decade ago passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires increasing amounts of more expensive renewable energy. As a result, her rates went up, and she had no say in the matter—except that she may have voted for the legislators who approved the policy.

Recently, in Florida, the state NAACP chapter had an op-ed published that, essentially, said the same thing: renewable energy for some people, costs those who can least afford it.

It is not that renewable energy is bad. I have friends who live off the grid. They are cattle ranchers, who live in New Mexico’s Gila Forest. Were it not for their solar panels, they’d have no lights, no computers, no direct contact with the rest of the world. For them, solar panels on the roof—with a back-up system of car batteries—are their salvation. At a cost that worked for them, they were able to purchase used solar panels that someone else had discarded. They are grateful for their solar panels, but they have little option—and they know that; they accept it.

Without thinking of what works well in each situation, government has tried to apply a one-size-fits-all solution. Based on a phony narrative of energy shortages and global warming, err, climate change, renewables have been sold as the panacea. While they may be the right choice in a few cases, such as my cattle ranching friends, or even in the oil fields—which are one of the single biggest industrial users of solar power, many individual locales may be better served by coal, or natural gas, even nuclear, than by renewable power. But the mandates, or the EPA, have not taken that into consideration.

In New Mexico, there are two coal-fueled power plants situated, virtually, at the mouth of the coal mine. The coal is extracted and sent straight to the power plants that generate most of New Mexico’s power and provide enough excess to sell to neighboring Arizona and California. But, EPA regulations require that these plants, now, with years of useful service left, be shut down. Some of the units will be converted to natural gas—something the region also has in abundance. However, the natural gas has pipelines that can take it to the world markets; it is not stranded the in the San Juan Basin.

In contrast, the coal cannot conveniently leave the area—there is no rail to transport it. Looking at the specifics of the basin, it makes sense to continue to generate electricity from coal and allow the natural gas to benefit markets (perhaps even our allies) without other resources—but the EPA and its environmental advocates will hear nothing of it. Their ideology drives the policy whether it makes economic, or practical, sense or not.

Just try to bring truth or logic into the discussion and the crusaders will treat you as they have Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence.

Last month, I released a white paper: Solar power in the U.S. Using real-life data and news reports, we present the harsh realities of today’s solar market—which has reacted, not with facts, but by smearing me and the supposed funding of the organizations I lead. Apparently, when you have emotion and messaging on your side, you do not need to be impeded by facts—such as the sun and the wind are free, but converting them to electricity is expensive; converting them to reliable, albeit expensive, electricity is virtually impossible. Ah, but they never let the truth stand in the way of their feel-good story.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column.


Flying with King O

Back in October King O traveled to Los Angeles at sap taxpayers expense. Absolutely amazing how we have continued to put up with such imperial actions and the views which allow ignorant spending of our money. Here’s the story from Judicial Watch:

DECEMBER 17, 2014
Lavish fundraiser hosted by Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow marked Obama’s 30th fundraising visit to Los Angeles County, CA
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on December 8, 2014, it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the October fundraising trips by President Obama to Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, cost taxpayers $1,176,120.90 in flight expenses alone.

On October 9, Obama attended a fundraiser party hosted by Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Los Angeles. He also attended a closed-door “roundtable” fundraiser at the home of restaurateur Michael Chow. A second event shielded from the public was scheduled for October 11 in San Francisco.

The documents came from the Department of the Air Force in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on October 20, 2014. According to the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch:

Transportation for Obama to Los Angeles, California on October 9, 2014, for the Paltrow fundraiser cost taxpayers $1,011,051.30
Transportation for Obama to San Francisco, California on October 10, 2014, for the secret fundraiser cost taxpayers an additional $165,069.60
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Who is at Fault

Where, who, or what is the fault for such an assignment as described below being foisted on young impressionable students.  Is it Common Core? The State of California? The school district and the school administrators? Or perhaps it is a combination of all the foregoing … Or, is it a problem at all.  What do you think?

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Muslim School Superintendent Defends Assignment Which Denies the Holocaust

By Onan Coca / 7 May 2014 /

I was once a school teacher. One of my most important goals was to try to instill the ability to think critically within each of my students. I rationalized that if I could teach my students to think critically no amount of indoctrination could every capture their minds. A critical thinker is one who can use their minds to see through the lies and propaganda and uncover the truth for themselves no matter the biases they’re face with.

Some educators in California are trying to rationalize a terrible Common Core related assignment with the logic I just laid out for you.

Here is the writing assignment.

When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence. For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain. Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page.

I’m not sure that first sentence is accurate. Can you think of other tragic events where we debate their actual existence? Does anyone debate if the bubonic plague wiped out millions of people? No. Does anyone debate that Mao’s Great Leap Forward wiped out millions of his own people through famine and violence? No. Does anyone debate the Rwandan genocide? No. Do we debate the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii? No. How about the Spanish Inquisition? Uh-uh. The Trail of Tears? Nope.


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Thomas Sowell: Politics Versus Education

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Politics Versus Education

By Thomas Sowell

thomas_sowellOf all the cynical frauds of the Obama administration, few are so despicable as sacrificing the education of poor and minority children to the interests of the teachers’ unions.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to suppress the spread of charter schools in Louisiana was just one of the signs of that cynicism. His nationwide threats of legal action against schools that discipline more black students than he thinks they should are at least as damaging.

Charter schools are hated by teachers’ unions and by much of the educational establishment in general. They seem to be especially hated when they succeed in educating minority children whom the educational establishment says cannot be educated.

Apparently it can be done when you don’t have to hire unionized teachers with iron-clad tenure, and when you don’t have to follow the dogmas in vogue in the educational establishment.

Last year, there was an attempt to shut down the American Indian Model Schools in Oakland, California — schools that had been ranked among the top schools in the nation, schools with the top test scores in their district and the fourth highest scores in the entire state of California.

The reason given was that the former — repeat, FORMER — head of these schools was accused of financial irregularities. Since there are courts of law to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals, why should school children be punished by having their schools shut down, immediately and permanently, before any court even held a trial?

Fortunately, a court order prevented this planned vindictive closing of this highly successful charter school with minority students. But the attempt shows the animus and the cynical disregard of the education of children who have few other places to get a comparable education.

Attorney General Holder’s threats of legal action against schools where minority students are disciplined more often than he wants are a much more sweeping and damaging blow to the education of poor and minority students across the country.

Among the biggest obstacles to educating children in many ghetto schools are disruptive students whose antics, threats and violence can make education virtually impossible. If only 10 percent of the students are this way, that sacrifices the education of the other 90 percent.

The idea that Eric Holder, or anybody else, can sit in Washington and determine how many disciplinary actions against individual students are warranted or unwarranted in schools across the length and breadth of this country would be laughable if it were not so tragic.

Relying on racial statistics tells you nothing, unless you believe that black male students cannot possibly be more disruptive than Asian female students, or that students in crime-ridden neighborhoods cannot possibly require disciplinary actions more often than children in the most staid, middle-class neighborhoods.

Attorney General Holder is not fool enough to believe either of those things. Why then is he pursuing this numbers game?

The most obvious answer is politics. Anything that promotes a sense of grievance from charges of racial discrimination offers hope of energizing the black vote to turn out to vote for Democrats, which is especially needed when support from other voters is weakening in the wake of Obama administration scandals and fiascoes.

Eric Holder’s other big racial crusade, against requiring identification for voting, is the same political game. And it is carried out with the same cynical promotion of fears, with orchestrated hysteria from other Democrats — as if having to show identification to vote is like a revival of the Ku Klux Klan.

Blacks, whites and everybody else can be asked for identification these days, whether cashing a check or using a credit card at a local store or going to an airport — or even getting into some political meetings called to protest voter ID laws.

But to sacrifice the education of children, especially children for whom education may be their only ticket out of poverty, is truly a new low. As someone once said to Senator Joe McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Will Pacifica Radio Be Mourned

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Super-progressive radio is enjoyed by many around this increasingly “blue,” planet. For Pacifica radio, the gig may be coming to a close.  Here’s one story saying so:

For Pacifica Radio, the Revolution is Ending

Far-left KPFK, otherwise known as Pacifica Radio, has been broadcasting progressive propaganda throughout California, and across the world, for many years. (In South Africa, where I lived for several years, you could hear archival Pacifica broadcasts by Noam Chomsky and other radicals late at night on community stations like Bush Radio.) Now, however, Pacifica may be collapsing from within, according to Hillel Aron of L.A. Weekly.

Part of the problem, Aron reports, is a highly public dispute with the network’s executive director, Summer Reese, who was fired but has “occupied” the building. Ratings are also low: “During an average 15-minute period, just 700 people listen to its Los Angeles station, 90.7 FM KPFK, for at least five minutes…Pacifica’s New York station, WBAI, is even worse off.” And the feds are cutting off grant funds because of shoddy accounting.

The whole drama is reminiscent of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, where rival factions of Jewish resistance groups are too busy fighting each other to resist the Romans. (The L.A. Weekly article was forwarded to me by a correspondent who noted, laughingly: “American left in a Pretzel, all the conflicts wrapped in 1 radio station.”)

The station itself is divided into factions, Aron says, one of which favors news while the other prefers spiritual programming. Aron provides a classic quote (language warning):

“If you fired half the staff around here, it would work better,” [host] Masters says. “They’re just useless people with no work ethic — they don’t give a f— about anything. They act like they’re doing you a favor if they get the program up without glitches. It’s surreal.”

Masters also cites factions on the board: the “Radio Havana” group and the “conspiracy and quackery crowd.”

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Humanists Win Again … For Now

This information comes from an article in The Loft and was distributed on the web by GOPUSA:

Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son

By Bobby Eberle

has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals
being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this
case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was
killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What
is wrong with these people???

As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street.

A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association
in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the
symbol in the city right-of-way violated the separation of church and

The association’s demand letter dated March 4 came a week after a
U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the group’s legal challenge
to Lake Elsinore’s proposed veterans memorial. That monument would have
depicted a soldier kneeling in front of crosses and Stars of David.

Representatives of the association said they were prepared to
challenge the city again if it didn’t ensure the Devaneys’ cross came
down. The organization, which represents atheists and other nonreligious
individuals, released a statement Thursday expressing gratitude the
cross was being removed.

This is absolutely outrageous! We see these types of crosses all the
time. It is a small remembrance of a loved one and a constant reminder
that life is precious. What is the problem here?

As NBC 4 in Southern California reports, the mother, Ann Marie Devaney, feels like she is “losing her son again.”

Devaney’s removal of her cross did not go unnoticed, however. As Fox News reports, when Devaney took down her cross, more appeared.

grieving California mom who, under pressure from an
atheist group, went to the site where her son was killed to remove a
memorial cross was met at the scene by a throng of supporters who
planted crosses of their own.

“They said they have to take that one down,” Doug Johnson, a
Riverside resident who traveled to the site with his daughter and six
home-made crosses, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. “But they didn’t
say anything about putting another one up.”

What’s even more frustrating is all of this was spurred on by the
complaint of ONE resident. That’s when the atheist group pounced. What
happened to the rights of the majority? We see it all the time…
schools banning Christmas so as not to offend one person. Instead, they
offend MOST of the people!

A thousand crosses should appear at that intersection. And as they
are taken down, even more should appear. This country has completely
lost its common sense, and it will continue to do so until people fight

NOTE: As New Mexico citizens know, it has long been a custom to erect crosses in public rights-of-way in New Mexico.  Las Cruces’s city symbol is three christian crosses.  Their use on Las Cruces’s municipal public property has thus far been upheld when challenged by individuals and/or groups, but the school district in Las Cruces has ran into problems defending its use of the same symbols. Here’s a link to a list-serv paper on a 2006 court decision:

Crosses decision does not render finality

Here is a web site which deals with crosses and other memorial symbols erected along public streets and highways:

Crosses and Other Symbols On Public Rights-of-Way

Here is the law on descansos in New Mexico

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Say What, California?

Last week California officials were touting low premiums for ObamaCare.  This week a Forbes’ blog article flogs them for their stupidly and misleading information.

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though they should know by now that their statements and calculation leaks lies like a saturated sponge leaks water, they still try to defend their suppositions.

Take a look at the article found by clicking on the link below and then decide for yourself if there is any reason to climb aboard the train wreck  ObamaCare has been from the instant it was first approved by an inattentive mostly progressive congress led by Pelosi as then Speaker of the House..

Hugh Rate Increase With ObamaCare In California



AFP California: Time To Sequester Obama’s Aircraft

Who will disagree?  Obama and his family, the vice dude and most progressives we would guess.

Americans For Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Here is a video from California’s Americans For Prosperity which pursues the idea.  It is a little over three minutes duration.

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Really: Real Rocket Launchers?

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The Los Angeles Police Department seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breitbart’s Big Government reported on the 6th of this month about a repetitive claim  the Los Angeles Police Department has made.  The Chief of Police, Charlie Beck, claimed his department, on December 27, 2012, confiscated two rocket launchers as part of their weapons buyback program.  The Brietbart article reported a similar claim by Beck for a similar confiscation in May 2012.

Breitbard believes the claims by Beck are just so much bovine scat and thrashes the MainScream media for playing follow the leader and reporting the “facts,” as if they were completely factual.

Here’s the link to the story:

Great “Snortage” — Bad Reportage

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Public Employees: Better Paid & More Secure

February 2012 Jobs Report - Private Sector
February 2012 Jobs Report – Private Sector (Photo credit: Leader Nancy Pelosi)

Most of the residents of the United States, employed in the private sector, have known or suspected for years,  public employees are paid more and are provided better benefits than are private sector employees.

If you happen to be among the American citizens not sharing in the above knowledge, you can find the information by following the story found through the link pasted below:

Public Employees: Higher Paid and Better Benefits

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