Monday, December 22, 2014

Did Kleiner Perkins Pull A Fast One on Wanxiang?

The press was full of the story of how Wanxiang bought Fisker from Kleiner Perkins and how the US Taxpayer was screwed in the deal that Al Gore’s partners put together for the failed Auto Company.  The Green Machine was one of the few if the only one to blog how Kleiner Perkins and Wanxiang  were far closer collaborators than just the Fisker deal.  This link from LLTGM in March.

KP and Wanxiang are co-owners of Great Point Energy.  However it looks like Great Point missed the point and China will buy Russian gas and pretty much shelve the idea of coal to substitute natural gas.

KP sold Wanxiang a piece of Missed The Point for a good deal of money.  I can’t say it saddens me that Wanxiang got taken for a ride by Al Gore and his partners, but it does not make me happy either.  Al is pretty famous for taking folks who buy him out to court as evidenced by the Al Jazeera deal.  I wonder if Wanxiang has the same lawyer as Al Jazeera?  We know that neither uses the famous Japanese lawyer Mr. So Sue Me. 

From a green perspective it is far batter that the Chinese get rid of the gangrene idea to make natural gas from coal and buy Russian gas.   This article linked below explains the environmental effects of making substitute natural gas from coal.  My March 2014 article touched on this being gangrene.

Missed the Point Energy is only one of Kleiner Perkin’s green bloomdoggles.  Interesting that Vinod the Thermodynamic Clown Khosla is a Board Observer at Great Point.  He may now just be a bored observer as China buys Russian gas and great point becomes what’s the point.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Failure as a tool – repeated failure as a fool

Billionaires have a way of slapping each other on the back.  Branson loves Khosla as evidenced from Branson posting on his Virgin site the link of failure as a tool

“I love these quick lessons in using failure as a tool by Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems among many, many other things. A friend pointed me to this great infographic after spotting my own blog on the dividing line between success and failure.
"No failure means no risk, which means nothing new," says Vinod. I couldn't agree more.
"Create a culture of experimentation," he adds. "If everyone stuck to being well behaved there would be no progress."
Sir Richard is partners with Vinod in Gevo the flop of a bio fuel company that has its shares trading at around 30 cents a share. 

Sir Richard and Vinod are tied at the hip with LanzaTech. 

I have opined of the greenwashing by Siemens in their investment in LanzaTech.

Sir Richard is right to use failure as a tool but he is now proving Einstein right in that repeated failure is a fool’s insanity.  Sir Richard take a break from partnering with a Khosla green company and concentrate on flying with those sexy yet pure Air Stewardesses.  Condi Rice was dumb to join the board of directors of Khosla’s KIOR flop.  But you don’t see or hear Condi saying another word about bio fuels being a reality.  She may be a war on carbon criminal, but she is no fool to be used twice as a tool by Khosla.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Barry Goldwater Not Greenwasher

I was watching a TV show last light about the 1960s.  Of course LSD, Beatles, Charles Manson, Farm Workers Union, and Civil Rights Movement were featured.  The show also featured Barry Goldwater as AuH2O.  I had really never paid much attention to Goldwater as I only arrived in the USA in 1975.  The one quote from Barry Goldwater that resonated in my brain was the following: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Wow brilliant words for a man I had heard that was a nut.   My extremism in the defense of the laws of thermodynamics as evidenced in my blogs and emails to Congressman Huffman is no vice.  Mr. Huffman’s selective moderation in the pursuit of upholding justice under the second law of thermo has been with no virtue.

One must be extremely vigilant to make sure that the military industrial congressional complex do not rule over us and removes our liberty, and that Congress does not simply bow down to CLECA (California Large Electric Consumers Association – Industry) in shifting power costs to homeowners and small business as Mr. Huffman would do. 

Mr. Huffman and his editorial supporters at the Marin IJ have told folks that I am a nutty zealot and that I should not be listened to.  Huffman and his followers would simply dismiss the Goldwater quote as being too RIGHT.  I come from a viewpoint of WRONG and RIGHT not LEFT or RIGHT and Goldwater’s words are spot on and brilliant. 

Moderation in only applying the laws of thermos selectively so that Bloom Energy, Kior, and other thermodynamic fakes and greenwashers extract more billions of dollars of taxpayer and ratepayer money would certainly not be virtuous.   I do really believe that Mr. Goldwater’s words of 50 years ago need to be repeated and repeated often.  Actually if Mr. Huffman would come for that four hour lesson in thermo I would make him write the quote out fifty times and use the first half hour of the lesson to drill into the Congressman’s brain that has two left sides that he was taken in by greenwashing BLOOMDOGGLERs out to make a buck.

I do think that Mr. Obama should also reflect on the Goldwater quote.   Our hope for this president back in 2008 was that he would not waver in defending liberty for all and would not selectively uphold justice.  Sadly Mr. Obama quickly became the uber fund raiser for his party and bankers like Mr. Doerr and Mr. Khosla steered his energy policy in the completely wrong direction.  Mr. Obama’s healthcare policy and foreign policy failures are large but his energy policy failure is immense and approaching one divided by zero.

My Christmas/Chanukah message to all my readers is that you all should never waver from upholding the laws of thermo as the laws will rule forever.  When you hear nonsense from promoters of green tech that have a new catalyst to make diesel from pine trees, you must tell them that the pine tree has better use as furniture or a Christmas tree.  I do hope you all decorate with LED lights and save some electricity in your celebrations.

Happy Holidays to all including those that are in the LEFT outfield and are still thinking that Dr. Moniz will save the world by visiting the massively expensive Ivanpah or Kemper power projects that just sucked in billions in ill-gotten taxpayer and ratepayer money.

For those who do not remember the periodic table of elements and basic chemistry.  Au is Gold. H2O is water.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Oil at $57.81 a Barrel

What a week!  Oil plunged like Pamela Anderson’s neckline.  If you are a motorist the plunge was good to see.  If you held shares in Ivanhoe Energy (IVAN) or other small oil companies it was a disaster.   

A friend in South Africa asked me if the plunge was caused by Fracking.  I emailed him and said I think the plunge is being caused by geopolitical forces that are even stronger than the seismic quakes that fracking brings about.

The US and most of the Arab states want to sock it to Iran, ISIS and Russ Putin.  The Saudis also want to show they can squeeze US shale oil and gas producers.  The Chinese are happy as pigs in their own slop as they are buying scores of supertanker loads of oil cheaply and storing it.

I have no clue if President O’Gruber and Secretary of Entropy Alfred E Moniz are happy with low oil prices.  They probably are not as this puts a dent in their policy of supporting nonsense companies like Ivanpah and Bloom that pretend to lower carbon emissions while costing taxpayers and ratepayers a fortune.

Al Gore has not been quiet of late.  A google search of Al Gore and dropping crude oil prices yielded this cherry of a story where Al Gore likens the drop in oil prices to a scene from the Roadrunner cartoon.

Yeah Al you and Kleiner Perkins invested in multiple Acme Green Snake Oil Companies but don’t worry your investment in Luca Technologies was the worst of the gangrene bunch.

Luca even had the "green" audacity to leave gas wells in Wyoming unplugged when Big Al finished reading Chapter 6 of his book A Convenient Untruth and the company opened the first page of Chapter 7.

Why Bloomberg interviews Big Al for an opinion on oil is beyond me other than they are both Bio Fools.   Big Al’s partners at Kleiner Perkins were sucking wind long before oil dropped this week.   The demise of Fisker and the greenwashing at Bloom have nothing to do with geopolitics.  They simply were green fakes like Big Al.

I can imagine that Big Al will start his own cartoon network that he will sell to Al Jazeera for millions.   I think Big Al could start Mashugana Network and he would have the motto “let’s all worry”.   I was a real Mashugana to vote for Big Al in 2000.  Yes the Green Machine did vote for the hypocritical green opportunist.   Al talked of the scene in the Roadrunner where the running feet were hanging in midair.  Were these hanging chads??

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alfred E Moniz Secretary Of Entropy

Folks have asked if I photoshopped Dr. Moniz's photo.  This is his profile photo on FaceBook and is 100% authentic!!!   Ask What Me Worry he will tell you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Car at 200,000 Kilometers

Unlike the poor guy in Ohio in the Volt with many miles, I drive little.  I purchased the car exactly 16 years ago and it turned 125,000 miles today.   In the 30 months since June 2012 when the car turned 111,111 miles I have driven only 13,889 miles.    This is 460 miles a month.  125,000 miles is 201,170 kilometers.   Let us round this to 200,000 kilometers for simplicity sake.

200,000 kilometers is equal to 200 million meters which equals 200 trillion microns. This distance travelled also equals 200 quadrillion nanometers.  The new Intel CPU chip has circuits of 20 nanometer line width.   Therefore my old C280 has gone ten quadrillion times the circuit width in the CPU on the latest computers that bring you this blog.  I actually worked on designing a semiconductor fabrication facility for Intel that was its first sub micron Fab.  This was in 1989 and we broke the micron barrier.  Old news as line widths are fifty times smaller.  My PC in 1989 was a Packard Bell with an 8086 processor.  My car then was a 1982 Datsun 280 Z.  I must like 2.8 liter engines.

Ten quadrillion is ten to the power sixteen and the car is sixteen years old.    I love numbers.  I love my old car and should take better care of her.   I have no need for Preparation H as the seats in the C 280 are superbly comfortable and I do not sit much in the car.  The US debt has exceeded 18 trillion dollars and this is 1.8 quadrillion cents.  I have a gazillion cents sitting in drawers and jars around the house but a gazillion is a drop in the ocean of 1.8 quadrillion so I will not bother to cash in my cents.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Ohioan's Volt Free Ride

Here is more on Mr. Belmer the dude in Ohio and his 200,000 miles in his Volt.  His car has a curb weight that is 24.3% greater than the Prius.  3,781 pounds versus 3042 pounds   Let us assume the guy weighs 225 pounds from his photo in the inside EV article.  He drives alone on his massive commute.  Hence he has a mass of 4,006 pounds in his volt versus 3,267 which is an extra 739 pounds wearing down the road he travels.  If road wear is proportional to the mass of the car (it should be) he causes 22.6% more road damage than had he bought the Prius.

He purchased 3,455 gallons of gasoline for his Volt and paid a gasoline tax of 46.4 cents per gallon for a total gas tax of $1,603.12.  Had he bought the Prius he would have purchased 4,000 gallons of gasoline and paid a gas tax totaling $1,856.04.  Therefore by buying the Volt he skipped $252.92 in gas taxes while chewing up the road 22.6% more.  On top of this federal taxpayers gifted him $7,500 of tax credit.

This guy has a carbon footprint the size of Sasquatch yet he got $7,752.92 of tax gifts thanks to the Oh Bummer Road Care law.   After all the driving this guy does, I hope his Oh Bummer Care pays for treating his hemorrhoids.  He probably has a year’s supply of Preparation H in his glove box.  I hope he does not suffer from road rage.