Don’t Be A Mushroom !

Mushroom hunting in Michigan? Beware dozens of poisonous species

I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week and that you’re looking forward to the upcoming election. There’s a great deal at stake, and only heading to the polls in mass will change the current trajectory. We have a situation in which elected officials treat constituents like mushrooms – feeding them shit and keeping them in the dark, that has to change and only you can make that happen next Tuesday. If you feel too frustrated to go vote, don’t seek therapy because you’d be paying over $150 per hour to a jackass who majored in psychology so they could understand themselves. Instead, immediately schedule a shoot the shit, otherwise known as a social interaction during which any topic can be discussed. Participants don’t need to know anything about the subject, are free to make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone they wish or change the subject.

Let’s shoot the shit about a couple of topics relevant to the upcoming elections…

The Democrat Party has made climate a major issue not because they know anything about earth’s climate but because it’s a topic that resonates with young voters who regrettably have no clue about climate; it’s also a topic where any action taken today requires years to evaluate its effect on climate. Let me assure you that you could park every motor vehicle and cork every rectum in the Western Hemisphere, and you will have no measurable impact on earth’s climate. However, the climate discourse has politized energy transition to green energy, and politicians rather than scientists and engineers are making decisions and taking positions that they are not qualified to take. I’ll provide just two points that will illustrate their abject ignorance.

I’ll begin by saying that I’m not opposed to an energy transition program, but it needs to be done with competence not whim. Damaging the country’s energy sector through whimsical legislation has the potential for catastrophic consequences. So, let’s think about this for just a second.

 

Existing energy sources produce power 24 hours per day 7 days a week and they are:

  1. Coal
  2. Natural Gas
  3. Nuclear

Of the three, Coal has the largest carbon footprint; nuclear having a zero-carbon footprint

Existing clean energy sources are limited in how much they produce

  1. Solar – will generate power only when the sun is shining, so let’s call it 10 hours per day
  2. Wind – needs a minimum wind speed of 7.5 – 8.7 mph just to turn the blades. To produce energy at design capacity they need wind speeds of 31-37 mph. In the absence of wind, they produce nothing.
  3. Hydro – generates energy from water flow. As water flows, its kinetic energy turns turbines which produce electricity. Of the three green sources, it has the potential to generate power 24 x 7.

So, what the Congressional climate activists are proposing is replacing energy sources that reliably produce power 24X7 with green sources that cannot.

Screenshot_20221101-212129_Adobe AcrobatThe table above supports an even more interesting issue. The average power plant has a 700 Mega Watt capacity. So, a natural gas power plant for example, has a physical footprint 0f 12.41 X 700 = 8,687 acres of land; by comparison, a solar farm of comparable output capacity would have a footprint of 43.5 X 700 = 30,450 acres of land; that’s approximately 44 square miles. Wind is even more challenging 70.64 X 700 = 49,448 acres or 77.3 square miles.

Another concern is power distribution; because wind turbines, for example, require a continuous source of wind, where they are located is critically important and you need a power grid requiring a sophisticated level of automation to include artificial intelligence.

If we continue this track, you will see future energy costs dwarf current prices. Always remember that energy is price inelastic, a fancy way of saying that you’ll consume energy at any price point. The problem is that everything else in your life will suffer.

I’ll leave the climate thing to point out the faux hostility for major corporations and how little taxes they pay.

Most major corporations are usually publicly traded, meaning they issue and sell stock to investors. As such, they are required to comply with Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) regulations. To do that, they employ independent auditors and law firms. Auditors review the company’s financial records to ensure that accounting standards comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Any attempt to distort or misrepresent a company’s financials for any reason are reported by the company’s auditors in the financial statement’s notes as irregularities.

Tax accounting has its own requirements governed by the Revenue Code enacted by Congress and enforced by Internal Revenue Service. So, the image being sold to voters that corporations are evil and don’t pay their fair share is misleading and take advantage of voters who lack the knowledge. I’ll explain

If a corporation makes $1,000,000 and utilizes legal deductions written into Tax Law by Congress to reduce their taxable income to $1,000 and pay $0 taxes the problem isn’t the corporation, the problem is a Revenue Code that allows the deduction, so increasing tax rates doesn’t do a thing towards businesses paying their fair share. This talking point is what military men and women call a hand job. These companies are not evil nor is the IRS evil, but do they need 87,000 agents? I think what they need is a forklift upgrade to their IT systems. They’re still using COBOL, which is an antiquated batch processing environment when the world has moved to client server environments.

Remember that in the United States income tax evasion is illegal but tax avoidance is not, this is why corporations retain tax accountants and tax law firms.

There’s a great deal more that we can talk about, but go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8 and don’t be a mushroom. You can make a difference, and for God’s sake, if you are in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, don’t vote for John Fetterman because OZ has funky eyebrows.

Have a great weekend, be safe and schedule your own shoot the shit!

This entry was posted in Shoot-the-shit and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.