First of all, forgive TKC for failing to check in with a formerly famous cowtown weather dude politico during the recent arctic chill. This blog was (typically) hiding under blankets amid the crisis.
However, in fairness, the suburbanite Republican politico claimed he was giving up on FB and moving to Parler . . . Turned out that was an empty, pointless promise that he was probably right to break given that not even drunk uncles want to hang out amongst each other.
But I digress, here's the worthwhile follow-up from the former local weather dude . . .
KANSAS STATE SENATOR MIKE THOMPSON HINTS THAT HE MIGHT NOT BE GIVING THE COWTOWN 'PAPER OF RECORD' ANY MORE INTERVIEWS!!!
"Shame on me. Anyone who knows me...knows that I try to be an accommodative guy. So, when a Kansas City Star reporter asked me for an interview about the power outages yesterday, I acquiesed. I should have known they were just using it for a hit piece....again.
"In their article they claimed that from speaking to "experts" that the wind energy has been the most reliable power source in this frigid outbreak. What they failed to point out was that if we relied solely on wind energy, we would all have had to cut our power consumption by 90%. Small problem...right?
"That would be like saying that the Kansas City Chiefs won a game because they have a really good water boy.
Go ahead...shut off coal, gas, and nuclear power and see how much power you get from wind. And solar is laughable. Yesterday was the first day of sunshine in days...and there was 0% industrial solar.
"And what about the wind. What the experts have confirmed to me many times is that energy from the turbines is consumed within the region were they are located. So, yesterday morning when the winds were calm for hundreds of miles around Kansas City, it's a pretty good bet that almost none of the electrons reaching your homes came from a turbine.
"If you really want to see more episodes like this..by all means...keep on the path to a limitless expansion of renewables. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said it best...we need reliable base load power. Wind cannot provide base load...period! To say otherwise exhibits a kindergartner's understanding of the power grid.
"I tried to give the Star a true picture of what was happening so that their readers would have a deeper understanding of the situation. Fool me once...shame on you. Fool me twice...shame on me. It won't happen again."
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