Trumpie gets the Amish vote! + German power imports and a working holiday in China

The Third Iceberg is the Island Effect.   Australia is an island. This has been overlooked by the RE enthusiasts who get excited about the number of windmills in places like Denmark and Germany that can generate about 70% of the electricity supply on a good day. What about bad days? Record German power imports in the first half of 2020.

A bundle of contradictions for the “they are all nuts” file

Climate change is supposed to make weather more unpredictable but we are building more weather-dependent power sources.

Electricity use has evolved to be on demand, but we are building intermittent power sources.

Electricity demand is supposed to go up with EVs and green hydrogen, but demand limiting is required to integrate intermittent sources.

Electricity storage is expensive, but we are building power sources that require storage.

Networks are the largest component of power bills and creates the most outages, but we are building power sources that depend on larger and more complex networks.

Rooftop PV reduces reliance on the grid, while wind and solar farms require a larger more expensive grid, but we are building lots more of both with subsidies for opposing policies.

Power bills are 30% generation and 40% networks, but we are building power sources that push both components (comprising 70% of the bills) higher.

Synchronous generators inherently provide auxiliary services – such as inertia, reactive power, fault level and bulk power – but we are building a more complex fragile power system where these auxiliary services are provided by a separate piece of the system.

We are building a power system so interconnected that an hour of low wind in South Australia (the smallest most distant part of the grid) creates a price spike across the entire network.

States are supposed to deliver power to the people, but we have handed over the planning and decision making to centrally controlled quangos and the commonwealth.

A working holiday in a Chinese village. Sinc recently posted a memory of a trip to Russia and mentioned that a  trans-Siberia train trip is on his bucket list. He could keep going into China but it might be too late. It is certainly too late to experience the kind of village life that my wife experienced during the Cultural Revolution. Find attached “A day in the life of a Chinese peasant.”

BTV 20. Wheat Harvest

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12 Responses to Trumpie gets the Amish vote! + German power imports and a working holiday in China

  1. Robber Baron

    Will Trump carry all 50 states?

  2. Karabar

    Don’t Buy Made in China
    The 14th of June, 1946 is the birthday of a boy born in the Jamaica district of Queens, NYC.
    In 1995, his car has a flat tire. A black man walking by and notices it’s owner is wearing a suit. So he fixes the flat. “How can I repay you?” asks our birthday boy. “My wife has always wanted some flowers.” A few days later, the black man’s wife gets a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a note saying, “Thanks for helping me. By the way, the mortgage on your house is paid off.”
    A USMC Sargent spends 7 months in a Mexican prison for a minor charge. He is beaten. The man from Queens sends him a check for $25,000 “To get you started.”
    A black bus driver saves a suicidal girl from jumping off a bridge. Our Queens man sends him a check for $10,000.
    A rabbi’s critically ill son needs to get from NYC to California for specialty care. No airlines will fly him. The generous man pays for a private flight for the child.
    This kind man from Queens commits many other “quiet acts of random kindness.”
    A wise man once said “If a man’s heart is good, nothing else matters. And if a man’s heart is bad, nothing else matters.”
    Who is this kind man?
    #DonaldJTrump, is a man with a good heart.
    President Trump, For His Second Term

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Don’t Buy Made in China

    wall it off, let it go back to agrarian communism

  4. Tim Neilson

    Great list Rafe, but if I can make one suggestion, for if you’re trying to get through to the middle class pinko’s:
    Electricity storage is expensive, but we are building power sources that require storage.

    They don’t care about “expensive”. The government will “fund” it, or will give “support” to consumers paying for it. That’s a total answer. It’s useless trying to get them to think about how the government is funded – even if you can get them to consider the concept that the government can’t just infinitely invent money from thin air without causing disaster, they’ll just propose increasing taxes on “the rich” (i.e. anyone wealthier than them) or on multinationals. They’ll never accept that such tax increases can have any negative effect.

    Try replacing “expensive” with “resource-intensive”. They may just possibly have some vague feeling that “resources” come from “the environment” and develop a slight sense of uneasiness about profligacy with “resources”. That’s as good as it will ever get with trying to make them think about the issue.

  5. RobK

    Rafe,
    A bundle of contradictions
    Who’s list is that? It’s very good.
    I would add:
    “The marginal cost of RE is said to be almost zero “, as it turns out, it’s value is even less such that you need to spend more to utilise it, or simply turn it off.

  6. Nob

    Tim N is correct.

    “Expensive” is just met with a shrug and is met with “So wouldn’t you spend a few more cents to save the planet/children/air we breathe/whales/koalas/etc?”

    You can add to the list that throwing trillions of taxpayer money and favourable legislation at wind and solar is killing the market and suffocating the chance of real alternatives emerging.

  7. Tel

    What about bad days?

    We run an extension cord out to Singapore, and they spin some diesel generators in their business-friendly jurisdiction.

    It will be rather profitable … for Singapore. If you have ever seen a Singaporean read a balance sheet, well imagine how they will be smiling over this one.

  8. Rafe Champion

    Good point Tim, when the big spending started under Kevin Rudd it became apparent that nobody cared about adding billions to the debt, it was just numbers, so I suggested thinking in terms of hospitals or schools that could be provided with the money. The resource angle is a possibility as well.

    RobK the author is one of the industry professionals that have come out of the woodwork to support the briefing notes and letters program. We have got some top people to write on all the key issues in the debate at present. He is impressed with the calibre of personnel on this site, including you:)

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    Don’t Buy Made in China

    wall it off, let it go back to agrarian communism

    I have not been buying anything Made In China since January, I will have to get out my old patterns to make cotton undies but so be it — I went to Baby Bunting in Parramatta with the aim of buying some little vests for my granddaughter (apparently the modern thing is you don’t keep little babies warm with cotton vests on their little chest anymore) — every single one was Made in China so I bought something a little different Made in India.

    I have been trying to buy cotton knit material to make T-shirts and the like and called a number of textile places in Australia — no luck all Made in Chaiiiii – na —

    Perhaps calli has some info on this I don’t care what it is if it’s Made in China I ain’t buyin’

    I’m sure Xi Jinping will be devastated but suck it up man. Call Corn Pop

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Robber Baron
    #3593766, posted on September 22, 2020 at 11:46 am
    Will Trump carry all 50 states?

    That’s my prayer every day to God’s muscular angel St Michael the Archangel

  11. calli

    Just saw this Tinta. Japan still has a thriving textile industry. Google or DDG will be your friend – you just search “textiles made in japan” and you’ll get many sites, some here and others in Japan.

    Their double gauze is to die for and makes lovely, soft infant clothes and wraps. Plus the finest cottons, linens and knits. They are unsurpassed in colour combinations for the prints – you will see nothing like it anywhere else. Have fun.

  12. calli

    Also, if you’re after plastic stuff, try the Daiso shops. They are the Japanese equivalent of the Hot Dollar, but the stuff in them is Japanese. Some really cute stuff for children, plus all the usual kitchen lines.

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