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Energy

Sometimes before lights out, Mei Mei and I watch a program from the SCI channel called “How its Made”. The show is a look into the the mechanization of the processes to mass produce everything from candy bars through sheet glass, steel springs and even surf boards.  The specialized machines that do the repetitive tasks over and over with precision are fascinating.  But my point here is that in each instance of manufacture enormous amounts of energy are required.  Gas fired furnaces for melting or annealing or molding occur in almost every episode.  Boring machines, laser cutters, mixing vats all require huge amounts of electricity.  Anything other than pure metal products requires petroleum based components or ingredients. Just consider the labels glued on every can, bottle or package…  Oil anyone…?

The question is begged: How does the democrat energy plan reconcile these needs…?  Will a solar panel farm supply the energy needed to make metal pipe from sheet steel…?  How will the raw products be found, assembled and molded to make tires for the electric car industry…? 

Do a search for how solar panels are made…  The extraction of silicon from sand requires quarries and enormous furnaces for the heating of the raw resource to over 2000 degrees C.  The casting of molten aluminum to make the panel itself .. Oh… no worries… We will have wind turbines...

For the record, do you think China or Russia are going to kill their industries for the sake of reducing their carbon footprint…?  Yeah… me too…

Sorry.  Can’t finish this thread… my tears are shorting out my plastic petroleum based keyboard...


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