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The Climate Crisis Requires That We Move Away from Gas

Natural (or “fossil”) gas, so long thought of by many as a bridge fuel to a clean energy future, needs to be replaced as fast as possible with cleaner, no-emissions solutions, given the climate crisis
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Gene Nelson, Ph.D. on Jul 13, 2019 3:11 am GMT

Sheryl Carter, the Director of NRDC propagates misinformation in her June 26, 2019 post, "The Climate Crisis Requires That We Move Away from Gas" Central to her "solutions" are the use of intermittent solar and intermittent wind generation. As the August 11, 2016 Washington Post article titled, "Turns out wind and solar have a secret friend: Natural Gas"  Official records of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) documented that the capacity factor of the huge amount of solar and wind in California dispatched by CAISO for the half-year ending January 31, 2017 is approximately 20%. That means, natural gas fills in the remaining 80% of the time.

Since the natural gas generators are dispatched intermittentently and inefficiently, natural gas usage increases. The result is any alleged environmental benefit of solar and wind is very questionable. No wonder BP America and Total SA of France are running advertisements touting the complementary nature of natural gas with wind and solar. Independent California nonprofit, Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc. (CGNP) has established in their California Public Utilities (CPUC) testimony since 2016 that the most cost-effective and safest means to generate zero-carbon electricity is nuclear power. Eventually, it is likely that NRDC will abandon their doctrinaire oppositon to nuclear power. Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists endorsed nuclear power after decades of opposing it.  

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