posted February 10, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
North Carolinians should know that many of the energy policies Gov. Roy Cooper has advocated for here in North Carolina follow the mistakes identified as the cause of California's blackouts. As in California, these missteps will leave North Carolina unprepared for our energy future and will ultimately lead to blackouts here. North Carolina should not repeat California’s mistakes.
posted January 29, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
Prior to becoming governor, AG Roy Cooper spoke strongly against consumers being made to pay coal ash cleanup costs, but under his governorship and two settlement agreements later, consumers appear to be on the hook for almost 90 percent of the $9 billion cleanup costs.
posted January 22, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
You might think that battery storage would provide power for the time when the sun doesn’t shine. You might think battery storage would eliminate the need for combustion turbines. You might think battery storage would lead to zero emissions of GHGs. In all cases, you would be very wrong.
posted December 9, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
Iif the procedure for absentee ballots described above is to be changed, only the state legislature can do it under the U.S. Constitution. That did not happen in the states named in the Texas lawsuit — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin. It didn't happen in North Carolina, either.
posted November 30, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
If voter fraud was actually as pervasive as some are claiming, the future of free and open elections would be in serious doubt. Indeed, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others warned that problems with electronic voting machines “threaten the integrity of our elections.”
posted November 3, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
The Democrats' lawyers admit those ballots that were possessed by “someone who was not authorized to possess the ballot” — a clear violation of the law, and a Class I felony to boot — but demand under a memo signed by an unelected bureaucrat that those ballots should still be counted, immediately.
posted October 14, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
PEVs would increase electricity use and actually exacerbate global warming to the extent GHGs are the cause. Cooper should instead focus on reducing the carbon intensity of our electricity grid first by pushing for nuclear power.
posted September 25, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
Under the terms of the settlement, the Board of Elections would evaluate absentee ballots without the prescribed witness protections and allow nine days after election day to have those ballots counted. In other words, the settlement would enforce as law precisely what the law prohibits.
posted September 22, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
Solar power requires the use of fossil fuels. Solar requires fossil fuel–fired combustion turbines to provide 79% of the load. To the extent manmade GHGs are impacting global warming, then, solar power cannot compete with nuclear power.
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