Inslee commands an all-electric state.
Published February 7, 2023 by CFACT
Ronald Stein is an engineer, senior policy adviser on energy literacy for the Heartland Institute and CFACT, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Clean Energy Exploitations.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is also ordering his state to create an all-electric state, as has California Governor Newsom. In doing so, Inslee demonstrates his visionary limits as he cannot see the ugly side of his wind, solar and EV world.
For the vast area needed for wind and sun, it’s a pathetic destruction of pristine landscapes!
- In addition, after decades of use around the world, wind turbines and solar panels still have a life expectancy of about 20 years. To date, a financially viable way to recycle this renewable energy has yet to be found. As a result, today’s old wind turbines and solar panels are being disposed of in toxic landfills.
- Today’s estimates are that by 2050 the amount of worn out solar panels, much of which is non-recyclable, will account for twice the tonnage of all global plastic waste today by 2050, along with over 3 million tons of non-recyclable material per year from worn out materials Rotor blades of wind turbines.
Inslee was able to improve his energy literacy by watching a short 1 minute video produced by Epoch Times TV about renewable energy that only generates electricity but produces nothing for society. The video has already been viewed by more than 800,000 on social media at https://www.youtube.com/shorts/stf2YrznkZU
Wind turbine blades are made from a tough but pliable mixture of resin and fiberglass—much like how spacecraft parts are made. Discarded blades are difficult and expensive to transport. They can range from 100 to 300 feet in length and must be shredded on site before being transported using specialized equipment to a landfill that may not have the capacity for the blades. Landfills that have the capacity may not have the equipment large enough to shred them.
Solar panels are primarily made of glass, which has little value as a recycled material, but they also contain small amounts of silicon, silver, and copper, as well as heavy metals (cadmium, lead, etc.), which some governments classify as hazardous waste. Hazardous waste may only be transported at specified times and on selected routes. Since solar panels are delicate and bulky, special work is required to loosen and remove them to avoid breaking them and polluting local areas.
Before Washington commits to an all-electric state, it has the opportunity to seek the decommissioning, restoration, and recycling to the last dandelion of every wind turbine, solar panel, and electric vehicle battery, just as we do for a decommissioned mine, oil, or nuclear site in America.
Inslee doesn’t understand “the name tag farce” related to its “green” renewable energy:
- That’s the problem with renewables they mostly don’t work!
- There should be financial penalties for wind and solar power plants that are not able to deliver at least 90% of their allowable capacity on an ANNUAL basis like their backup competitors of coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants that deliver continuous uninterrupted power.
- Subsidies and tax credits for wind and solar power plants are based on “nameplate ratings” so they should be penalized if they can’t deliver what they’re licensed to do.
- Virtually every windmill or solar panel requires support from coal, natural gas, pumped hydro or nuclear power, so understanding the true cost of generating electricity is paramount in selecting and prioritizing our future power generation systems.
- The share of actual power generation from renewable sources compared to the nominal capacity is about 24 percent.
As a result of the intermittent generation of electricity from wind and solar, Inslee dictates that homes, businesses, hospitals and the military be powered occasionally!
Washington, like California, will stop selling new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. Both WA and CA have yet to answer the question: Where are the buyers outside of the elite profile of existing EV owners?
- The current EV owner profiles of the oligarchic elite, who are highly educated, high-paid families with multiple cars and low mileage requirements for the family’s second car, differ dramatically from most vehicle owners who are single car owners, not highly educated, nor highly compensated. The mandate of a shift to electric vehicle ownership and forced austerity measures can lead to a rebellion from those in need of transportation.
- The main owners of electric vehicles are highly educated, most with college degreesand financially wealthy with average income of $150,000and not representative of the majority of middle- to low-income or fixed-income individuals.
- The EV owners represent multi-car families, the limited usage of the EVs of about 5,000 miles per year reflects that the EV is a second vehicle for those who can afford a second vehicle and not the family workhorse.
Through his continued support of subsidies and tax credits to go “green,” Washington Governor Inslee is offering financial incentives to developing countries that extract these exotic minerals and metals to support the “green” movement that is preventing environmental degradation in the United States their local countryside, and inflicting atrocities on humanity on the citizens by exploiting yellow, brown and black skinned workers for the green movement!
Inslee lacks energy literacy, which may be why he avoids talking about the ugly side of his “green” mandates. Before anyone in Washington decides to buy a wind turbine, solar panel or electric vehicle, they should read the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book.use of clean energy“, and decide for themselves whether they want to financially support the environmental degradation and human atrocities among people with yellow, brown and black skin that occur in developing countries, so that the wealthy countries can go green.
Ronald Stein, PE
Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure