Facebook Missing the Context in Its Missing Context Labeling

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Facebook is into brainwashing these days, labeling it as fact-finding and using phony excuses to hide its own very political agenda.]

A friend recently posted information on Facebook that the Texas blackout situation was a “literal perfect storm test if an all-renewable energy plan would work”.  The Facebook police posted a warning that there was “missing context” but I will explain why there was missing context in the missing context claim.

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New York CLCPA Climate Law Will Yield A Texan-Sized Energy Debacle!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: The New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act a/k/a CLCPA is going to make the Empire State go Texas with energy crises. Pay attention New Yorkers!]

As I watched the Texas energy debacle unfold the last several days, I thought that I would end up posting an article about the implications for New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).  This is my first response. It is becoming clear that the rolling blackouts and exorbitant electric prices that occurred in Texas were related to a lack of market support for diversity and resilient generation. There is no question in my mind that the CLCPA electric system envisioned by the Climate Action Council will be even less diverse and resilient so something similar in New York is inevitable if the transition unfolds as I expect.

I have written extensively on implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker.  I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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The Value of Carbon Reduction Is What It’s All About, But Is It Real?

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: New York is imposing huge costs on its citizens based on a hypothetical (and political) value of carbon reduction that makes little sense]

The popular narrative is greenhouse gas emission reductions are necessary to prevent climate change impacts.  In order to justify the monetary costs and loss of personal choices necessary to make those reductions a parameter was developed to “put the effects of climate change into economic terms to help policymakers and other decision-makers understand the economic impacts of decisions that would increase or decrease emissions.”

At the January 19, 2021 Climate Action Council meeting there was a discussion of New York’s version of this parameter and it has become clear that the Council intends to use it to claim that the costs imposed on New Yorkers are “cost-effective”.  The problem is that they will be comparing real costs today against contrived value-driven estimates of speculative impacts occurring in the far future elsewhere.  In this post I explain the methodology used to value greenhouse gas emission reductions and how assumptions and value judgements radically change the estimated benefits.

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A Natural Gas Ban Is Coming for You, New Yorkers. Wake Up!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Andrew Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is going to lead a complete natural gas ban and New Yorkers must awake!]

As part of the implementation process of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, on February 4, 2021 Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel had a public engagement session.  The agenda included their preliminary draft recommendations that are under consideration.   This post presents those recommendations with minimal comment.  I believe that most New Yorkers have no clue about the Climate Act, much less what will be required to meet the target goals.  These recommendations ought to be a wakeup call to them.

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.  I have summarized the schedule, implementation components, and provide links to the legislation itself at CLCPA Summary Requirements and have also developed a summary of the implementation requirements.  In addition, I have written extensively on various aspects of the law.  I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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Global Warming Poll Constructed to Support Pre-Conceived Outcome

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: A global warming poll from organizations with “Climate Change Communication” can hardly be expected to be unbiased and it isn’t.]

A recent survey claims that there is wide support for policies to combat climate change by developing “clean” energy.  I am very cynical about polls in general and climate polls in particular.  This post poses some questions about the survey results.

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Environmental Justice for Whom? That’s the Real Question!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Environmental justice is one of those ginned up tools to exercise NIMBYism and advance special interests by selectively applying it.]

On January 11, 2021 the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) Generation Advisory Panel met as part of the Climate Action Council Scoping Plan development process.  During that meeting one discussion considered the health effects of New York City peaking power plants on environmental justice communities.  The CLCPA process focus on this problem needs to consider the impacts of the solutions proposed as alternatives.

On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the CLCPA which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.  I have written extensively on implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker.  I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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Rutland Center Solar Project Shows Signs of Being A Snow Job

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: The Rutland Center Solar project is located in an area of Upstate New York with large snowfall and isn’t likely to provide reliable energy.]

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.  The subject of this post is the Borrego Solar Rutland Center Solar One 110-megawatt solar facility in the Towns Rutland and Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

The CLCPA was described as the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country when Cuomo signed the legislation but there is one massive flaw.  The lawmakers who enacted this law presumed that the transition of the state’s energy system could be implemented by political will so did not include feasibility conditions in the targets or schedules.  This post is a short description of one aspect of the many implementation problems of this law.

I have summarized the schedule, implementation components, and provide links to the legislation itself at CLCPA Summary Implementation Requirements.  I have written extensively in long posts on implementation of the CLCPA because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker.  I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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Peaking Plants Policy Is Trending Toward Peak Nonsense

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Peaking plants used in New York City are now in the gun sights of climate fanatics but shutting them all down is foolhardy nonsense.]

On January 11, 2021 the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Power (CLCPA) Generation Advisory Panel met as part of the Climate Action Council Scoping Plan development process.  The meeting tested a consensus building process to address the “problem” of peaking power plants.  This post addresses that discussion.

On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.  I have written extensively on implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker.

I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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RGGI Proceeds, Not the Results, Seem to Be Goal

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: RGGI proceeds for pet Cuomo causes, rather than greenhouse gas reductions, seems to be the primary purpose of the entire program.]

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is likely to generate over $149 million in fiscal year 2021-2022 for New York State investments to support comprehensive strategies that best achieve the RGGI greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals pursuant to 21 NYCRR Part 507.  This post describes the comments I submitted for the New York RGGI Operating Plan Amendment for 2021.

I have been involved in the RGGI program process since its inception sometime in 2004.  I blog about the details of the RGGI program because very few seem to want to provide any independent review of the program. The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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Climate Plan Pushed by Cuomo Will Yield Impacts Too Small to Measure

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act will achieve nothing of measurable significance regarding global warming.]

On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.  It was described as the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country when Cuomo signed the legislation.  However, no one has shown what effect this law could actually have on global temperatures.  This post provides that information.

I am following the implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker.  Given the cost impacts for other jurisdictions that have implemented renewable energy resources to meet targets at much less stringent levels, I am convinced that the costs in New York will be enormous and my analyses have supported that concern.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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