- The above shows recent and planned capacity adds to the US electricity grid for wind (left) and solar (right). This is from NERC's short term reliability assessment for this summer. Rapid additions are going on with a lot of eastern wind and western solar in particular. If I understand correctly, the full height of the bar here is the nameplate capacity, and the dark blue portion is the amount of that capacity expected to be available at peak demand. It's interesting that looked at this way, solar is much more useful than wind. Presumably this is because peak electricity demand currently occurs on hot summer afternoons - something that will change as heat pumps continue to penetrate deeper into the heating market.
- This is the way blue-collar America ends.
- Somewhat O/T but the Guardian reports as follows:
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.The text of the fourth amendment says:
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.I believe that what the government is doing is an outrageous and blatant violation of the constitution and it should stop immediately.