Barack Obama is at COP 26 telling young people "vote like your life depends on it, because it does." That's true, but not the way Obama means it. Hundreds of millions of young people's lives depend on voting against fossil fuel elimination policies.…
The fossil fuel elimination policies Barack Obama is advocating would prevent billions of people, including hundreds of millions of young people, from getting the low-cost, reliable energy they desperately need.
Fact: Escaping poverty requires using lots of low-cost, reliable energy.

Fact: only 1.5B people use even 1/3 as much electricity as the avg American.

Fact: over 3B people use less electricity than an avg American refrigerator.

Eliminating fossil fuel would make this far worse.
Barack Obama himself is an extravagant fossil fuel user who, judging by his $15 million seaside mansion, recognizes that slowly rising temperatures and sea levels are not a catastrophe.

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10 Nov
John Kerry casually mentioned in a COP 26 interview that the US won't be using any coal by 2030.

What an ignorant and presumptuous wannabe dictator he is.

In the last several years, reliable, *resilient* coal has bailed out solar, wind, and even natural gas many times.

This past winter, reliable, resilient coal bailed out solar/wind (which largely disappear when it's very cold) as well as natural gas (which is more vulnerable than coal to supply disruptions) in many states including OK--see this quote from @GovStitt.
The disastrous TX blackouts should have taught us that we need power plants that are 1) reliable and 2) resilient. Reliable means: they can produce as much power as we need, when we need it. Resilient means: they can keep producing power even under adverse conditions.
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9 Nov
Since the global media have no interest in publicizing the pro-energy activists in poor countries who are challenging COP 26, I will. Here are some comments by @nj_ayuk, head of the Africa Energy Chamber, who points out that "600 million Africans have no lights."

"I respect China and Russia who aren’t attending #COP26. They’ve no intention of playing games and will drive up their energy industry while the West impoverishes their citizens through radical action."
--African energy leader @nj_ayuk
"Ironically not attending is better for the planet than the hypocrites arriving by private jets and burning a few million litres of rocket fuel through the atmosphere every 5 minutes to show off to their friends and lecturing Africans to go green immediately..."
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3 Nov
How passing the reconciliation bill will destroy American energy, part 2

The reconciliation bill's 10-year extension and increase of solar and wind subsidies will drive more and more reliable power plants off the grid, lead to skyrocketing prices and frequent blackouts.

The reconciliation bill calls for a 10-year extension and increase of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) subsidy for solar and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) subsidy for wind, which pay utilities to slow down or shut down reliable power plants whenever the sun shines or wind blows.
Solar+wind cannot provide the reliable energy that our amazing electrical grid requires 24/7. That’s why every place in the world that uses unreliable solar+wind depends 24/7 on massive amounts of reliable energy from coal, gas, hydro, or nuclear plants.
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3 Nov
At COP 26, politicians and celebrities are calling for the world to rapidly eliminate fossil fuels because otherwise we will pass the dreaded 1.5°C threshold of warming.

But we should not fear 1.5°C--we should fear the genocidal consequences of eliminating fossil fuels.

A goal of limiting warming to 1.5° since the 1800s has no scientific basis whatsoever. The 1800s were a very cold time (Little Ice Age) and the 1°C warming since then has coincided with the greatest improvement in human life in history—in large part due to fossil fuels.
When people talk about 1.5°C of warming as catastrophic, it's even more absurd than it sounds because it's not 1.5°C warming starting now, it's 1.5°C total since the 1800s. Which means 0.5°C warmer than now--in a world where far more people die of cold than of heat.
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3 Nov
The IPCC is a political and religious organization that does not value humanity's incredible progress, that totally evades humanity's increasing safety from climate, and whose ultimate goal is an unimpacted climate and Earth--not a livable climate and Earth.

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28 Oct
Biden's new reconciliation framework is not "moderate." It includes a *10-year extension* of today's most destructive electricity policy: the PTC/ITC wind/solar subsidies that defund and shut down reliable power plants, including nuclear plants. Vote no!…
Warren Buffet on the wind Production Tax Credit. This cannot continue for 10 years without leading to a third-world grid.
Biden's reconciliation framework extends for 10 years wind/solar subsidies that are the #1 cause of the senseless shutdown of non-CO2-emitting nuclear power plants. This is "climate policy"??
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