The Truth about Green vs. Oil

So, our “dear leader” Joe Biden is now blaming Putin for high oil prices and our inflation. However, I blame Joe for creating the situation that allowed and even encouraged Putin to invade Ukraine. So, let’s take what Joe claims that it is all Putin’s fault and compare it to the reality of what really happened. I can tell you for a fact that my eyes ain’t lying to me. I really like that anyone can connect the dots if the can identify the dots. While I have identified all the dots, I have put together enough dots to see what happened.

First, oil prices had already gone up 50% and inflation up to 7% long before Putin had even raided Ukraine. In fact, within two days of being in office Biden had created the start of a Tsunami that finally came ashore and destroyed America’s energy security, that then triggered America’s 40 year high in inflation, that then impacted the rest of the world in the worst of ways. 

Tsunamis are interesting because when an earth plate shift occurs on the ocean floor a small wave starts. In fact, it’s only an inch tall. It is and not noticeable to ships, not even a small dingy. As the wave come closer to shore the distance between the top of sea and the sea floor rabidly decreases which increases the size of the wave that can be a wall of water ten stories high. It starts out tiny and then grows in height destroying everything in its path when it comes to shore. Then the wall of water destroyed everything that is on shore and drags it all back to the depth of the ocean floor as if it was never there to begin with.

Let me outline it for you in simple to understand terms the war Biden waged on America by starting the Tsunami 13 months ago that is now the great destroyer of not only America but impacts all the nations of earth.

Biden killed the completion of the Keystone pipeline; it was less than a year from completion. In one swipe of his pen, he killed 10,000 union and private sector jobs related to the building of that pipeline. Several small towns were wiped out, along with 100% of all the businesses that supported those towns dedicated to building the Keystone pipeline.

Had Biden not killed the Keystone pipeline it would have now been completed and would have been pumping in from Canada into the US, 900 million barrels of oil a month. Today that would be 300 million barrels a month more than we imported from Russia. Russian oil that is dirtier, more costly to ship, and less green to transport. Oil that supports Putin’s war machine. Yes, it started out as a small Biden mandate and now we are seen the massive destruction of this single small signing away of our national energy security and how that embolden Putin. But it also emboldened Iran, who just did a missile attack on our Consulate in Iraq, Saudi Arabia whose crown prince wouldn’t take Bidens call, and China who told Biden to standdown in defense of Taiwan. They all have one thing in common they are one form or another of communism with dictators who rule without any opposition. They all have more in common with each other than they do with the United States. And they are all working against the US interests openly. Russian and China four months ago signed major energy agreements; Saudi Arabia just invited China to meet with them on more oil being allocated to China. Yes, like a Tsunami it started small and now it’s a worldwide mess. And the danger is greater than we seem to understand as we have socialist within the government of our country who have brought us to our knees in 13 short months.

Biden also wiped out in the blink of an eye billions of dollars of investments the oil industry had for the Keystone pipeline. It also cost the taxpayers billions as well for the tax credits given to the building of that pipeline. It was then the oil industry knew it was not safe to make any investments in the US. So, when Biden tries to pin this on the oil companies for not drilling on lands that can drill on, they can’t because they don’t trust Biden not to wipe out billions of more investments with the stroke of a pen.

If all that wasn’t enough Biden made it harder for oil companies to work with banks to make investments in refineries, pipelines, and pumping stations to move the oil safely. In that moment executives within the oil industry knew that the US government could wipe billions in investment out in a split second. As a result, they could no longer invest on oil production in the US when the Biden administration was using their power to shut them down.

Bidens mandates forced US oil companies who are protecting their shareholders, about 80 million American families to bet on Russia and other unfriendly nations to build refineries, pipelines, and pumping stations.

If all that was not bad enough, Biden after closing our pipeline approved Russia opening their second major pipeline to Europe. This would make a country go from 50% dependent in Russia for its energy needs to 80% dependent. In affect Russia had more influence over Germany than the United States. This is the moment Putin knew he could invade Ukraine with little push back for the USA or the EU and NATO.

Germany has gone green; they did this by killing their coal industry and their nuclear industry. But even as they have gone greener, they use more oil than ever before. Now for a moment be a critical thinker and ask how can that be? What Germany did by going green to quickly was to slowly separate their alliances with their own natural allies in NATO and the EU and gave up their national security to Russia. By the way nobody funded German environmental groups going green more than Russia. The truth if you follow the money trail of environmental green groups and you will find Russia, who is clearly not interested in green today, today for them energy is power and money.  Russia loves green for a very different reason than the West. Russia loves green because as countries go green, they depend on Russia oil. Why would Russia fund German environmental groups for Germany? Well because Russia knows that green countries are not green and still have to use oil at an increase rate. Russia and China also know that green is not ready for prime time, meaning green is not ready to support the 8 billion people on the planet and won’t be for at least 30 to 40 more years. Frankly, there is not enough money in the world to go green at its current cost structures, only the wealthy can avoid green, and there is not enough countries and individuals to make green a global reality today. Which is why in the Paris accords Russia and China get to delay 25 years doing what the US must do right now. Unless everyone goes green at the same time then that is not green. That is just shifting what countries drill for the same amount of oil. Which is why the green environmentalist had to say the planet was going to end in 10 years. Fear on science modeling that has been wrong for decades have driven many to give up both their wealth and security. It is the same claim they have made for the last 60 years. Yet six, ten-year periods have passed without the planet coming to an end. The push to go green to early didn’t push the technology to go any faster it just pushed countries like Germany and others to be dependent on foreign resources instead of resources from within their own country.

Going green before its ready for prime time means you must give up national both treasure and security at the same time to do it. There are a million things to compromise on, but our country’s national security can’t be one of them.

I’ve been asked numerous times, “Dennis you have built and work in tech all your life, why don’t you own an electric vehicle?” For me it’s really about the science. I’m a true believer in green, a green that is truly green, not just called green. I am a true believer in the protection of our environment for ourselves and future generations. The narrative of Electric Vehicles (EV) being “sustainable” means we have to follow the “energy trail” and follow the money trail. 


Elon Musk knows EV and the most advance thinking on green better than anyone on the planet today. Elon likes to be just in front of interconnecting technology trends. knowing it’s a form of winning within the business and political systems. Therefore, he owns multiple top technology companies beyond Tesla. Including Tesla solar roof tiles, magnetic speed trains, his tunneling systems and of course Space X. As the world leader, thinker and implementer of green vehicles and home you might be shocked what he said this this week. He told Biden that we need to drill more oil right now. Elon is smart enough to know we need to use all forms of energy until we can invent energy sources that are truly green and can replace oil at a price the world can afford.


Let’s breakdown how the world today builds green cars, green windmills, and green solar panels. Let’s understand together how green is green. My purpose is not to bad mouth green, but simple show its science as it is today, knowing we are on the path to truly solving and unlocking the power of green. So, let’s start with EV and the batteries that make them work.


Batteries, they do not make electricity, they store electricity. The electricity is produced elsewhere in our power plants. These power plants are primarily powered by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants, or diesel-fueled generators. So, to say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not accurate at all. In fact, think of the coal burning trains of the 1800’s with their coal burning smokestacks.


Since 40% of the electricity generated in the U.S. is from coal-fired plants, it follows that forty percent of the EVs on the road are coal-powered. So, using your critical thinking what do you think is greener, would it be burning coal or burning gas? I think you get the idea neither is very green.


Now think about Einstein’s famous formula, E=MC2. This formula tells us it takes the same amount of energy to move a five-thousand-pound gasoline-driven automobile a single mile as it does an electric one or a horse driven one. The only difference is what energy is used to produce the power? Power does not come from the battery; the battery is only the storage device for where the power does come from. Just like a gas tank in a car is a storage device not the source of its power.


In the world today are basically two kinds of batteries with many options within those two major classifications. They are rechargeable batteries, and single use batteries. The most common single-use batteries are A, AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V. These dry-cell batteries use zinc, manganese, lithium, silver oxide, and carbon to store electricity chemically. Notice they all contain dangerous toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Simply stated that is not green, that is what it is toxic to living things including the planet.


Rechargeable batteries differ in their internal materials, using materials like lithium-ion, nickel-metal oxide, and nickel-cadmium. For example, the United States uses three billion of these two battery types a year. Most of these batteries are not recycled; they end up in landfills. California is the only state which requires all batteries be recycled.


When you throw your small, used batteries in the trash, here is what happens to them. All batteries are self-discharging. This means even when they are not in use, they still give off tiny amounts of energy. Most likely you have seen a flashlight with a ruptured battery that leaked inside the battery tube. When a battery runs down and no longer can power the light, you may think it is dead; but it is not. It continues to produce small amounts of electricity, just not enough to power the light. Over time the chemical pressure builds inside the battery metal casing, eventually it will crack the metal casing of the battery. That is when the toxic metals inside ooze out. That battery ooze in your flashlight is toxic. That battery ooze will inevitably leak from every battery that you throw into a landfill. Think again that is 3 billion batteries per year just from the United States. So here is the science all batteries eventually rupture. When it comes to rechargeable batteries it just takes longer for them to end up in the landfill, but they for sure end up there.


In addition to dry cell batteries, there are also wet cell ones used in automobiles, boats, and motorcycles. The good thing about those batteries is ninety percent of them are recycled. Unfortunately, we still do not really know how to recycle single-use battery and rechargeable batteries properly. The science is yet to be created to solve that problem. It is the same problems for nuclear plants we don’t have the science yet for their waste which are so toxic that it takes a million years before they are absorbed by the earth.


For those of you excited about electric cars and a green revolution, I want you to take a closer look by following the “energy trail” of batteries, windmills, and solar panels. These three technologies share what we call environmentally destructive production costs (EDPC). This means that green on the front end is not green, and it’s not green on the back end. And the support structure for green is not green. What I am about to share with you is why green is four times more expensive than oil. Again, green technology is at the beginning of its 90-year quantum change mechanics before it shifts to incremental mechanics.


A typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds. It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.


All those toxic components come from mining. For instance, to manufacture one EV auto battery, the industry must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust, for just one car battery. It almost takes as much energy to produce a battery has the energy a battery will store over its lifetime. By the way, a battery last about 12 years and cost $8k to replace. As you can see green is not cheap.


Sixty-eight percent of the world’s cobalt, a significant part of a battery, comes from the Congo. Their mines have no real pollution controls, and they employ children who die young from handling this toxic material. Frankly, we should factor in all the cost to care for these mind workers as part of the environmental impact and the overall cost of driving a green EV. Yep, go green sounds amazing as a bumper sticker, but we only see the car in the show room and not the sausage making true cost of those cars to our environment. As you can see when you follow the energy trail there is a money trail that goes with it.


California is building the largest battery in the world near San Francisco, and they intend to power it from solar panels and windmills. These green elites claim this is the ultimate in being ‘green,’ but really it is not. This construction project is creating its own environmental disaster. Let me share with you the hidden costs of both solar and wind. Please understand I am for the science progression that I know will over time be found within these technologies. But here are the inconvenient truths of green as it is today.


The main problem with solar arrays is the chemicals needed to process silicate into the silicon used in the panels. To make pure enough silicon requires processing it with hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrogen fluoride, trichloroethane, and acetone. In addition, they also need gallium, arsenide, copper-indium-gallium-selenide, and cadmium-telluride, which also are all highly toxic. Silicon dust is a hazard to the workers, and the panels cannot be recycled. It is no greener than the laptop computer or the smartphone you have in your pocket. Billions of screens and billions of batteries. We make a big deal out of plastic bags vs. paper bags or plastic straws vs. paper straws then these technologies we use have far more impact on our environment.


Windmills have the greatest in embedded costs and environmental destruction. Each windmill weighs 1688 tons (the equivalent of 23 houses) and contains 1300 tons of concrete, 295 tons of steel, 48 tons of iron, 24 tons of fiberglass, and the hard to extract rare earths neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium. Each blade weighs 81,000 pounds and will last 15 to 20 years, at which time it must be replaced. We cannot recycle used blades. Again, studies suggest it takes more energy to produce a windmill than the energy they create. To make green more affordable governments give tax credits to go green. But that doesn’t cut costs, it simply just a government tax game. 


These technologies will improve, but we all must look beyond the bumper sticker quotes and myths that these green technologies are zero emissions. As you can clearly see they are not zero emissions at all. 


“Going Green” sounds like the utopian ideal just like socialism sounds like the utopian ideal. But when you look objectively at the hidden and embedded costs realistically with an open mind, you can see that utopian thinking has just as many issues to the Earth’s environment as does oil.


Now here is the final dot connection for you. The only ones happy about gas pricing going up are the green elites. Why? Well as the green elites fund legal warfare to shut down the American oil production in America, they know if they can drives cost up to be equal to green costs, they can shift the energy money trail from oil to their green companies. This was never about green this was always about greed.


Trust me I spent a lot of money to be green. For example, just in lights at Rancho Conforto I spent $8,000 to switch to LED lighting. The promise of lights that would last 20 years was replaced with the reality that my lights lasted 5 years. I spent 8 times more for lights that had a life span equal to non-LED lighting.


Most of the world lives in poverty. They can’t afford green, and governments couldn’t print enough money to give it to them. So green is not yet green and its very, very expensive. Why can’t we see it? Well, that is simply if you say do this right now or the world will die in ten years you tend to skip the details and realities to do your part to save the world. Even bigger than that is the infrastructure to make green scale for 8 billion humans. It will take decades to replace the oil infrastructure with a green infrastructure.


Back to Biden, he started a plate shift on the ocean floor and a small wave happened that has set the stage for WW3. If you don’t have energy, you don’t have a secure country. If you don’t have energy for your home or your car you are not secure. If my enemy controls my home and car energy I am in deep trouble and will comply to their requests to be comfortable.


Finally, why did Elon Must the king of green tell Biden to drill for more oil here? Because everything I just told you he knows. He knows if we want to avoid wars and provided security for ourselves and our allies we need to drill and produce more energy. What does the math look like? Simple we use 22 million barrels a day we produce 11 million barrels a day, so we need to double our production right now. Europe needs 19 million barrels a day, so we need to product 40 million barrels a day. To do that we need more refineries, and we need to start building them now, and we need to finish the Keystone pipeline right now. The cost per barrel will drop 75% and the war machines of Iran and Russia will come to an end. The cost of every product and service will be reduced and interest will go down.


The unintended consequences of Biden’s kill shots at our home-grown energy resulted in 3,000,000 Ukrainian refuges, thousands of needless deaths of both Russian boys and Ukrainians of all ages. We simply don’t learn from History. Do you know why Japan attacked Peril Harbor? Simple we made the decision to do an oil embargo on Japan, this was a tremendous threat to Japan’s security. No energy to run factories, run homes or make farms work. We should we learn? Simple don’t let anyone tell you to give up control of your energy needs. Not green elites, not another country. Even the everyday person would love to live 100% off the grid to be more secure. But less than one, one thousand of a percentage of home in the US can do that… Why? Well because it’s very expensive and now you know why. It’s expensive for a family and expensive to the planet’s environment.


Just saying the obvious once again.

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