Energy Policy

Stick This in Your Pipeline

Featured image The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure projects—especially oil and gas pipelines—with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits. Naturally environmentalists have to lie about the whole matter, »

Another Environmental Epic Fail

Featured image As everyone who follows the dreary world of environmental politics knows, the great concern these days is with “environmental justice,” which is exactly what you think it is—an attempted fusing of the Edmund Pettis Bridge with the Cuyahoga River fire. So it is with a great deal of amusement that I see a new report from USC, UC Berkeley and Occidental College casts doubt on the effectiveness of California’s cap »

Coming Soon: A New Dark Age?

Featured image Environmentalists always guffaw if you suggest they want us all to go back to living in caves, but the consequent logic of their practical positions certainly points that way. Consider these recent news stories: Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then The Sierra Club has adopted a position that would effectively require all electricity in Michigan to come from renewable sources such as wind »

Pale Green, The Sequel

Featured image Further to my item yesterday on how the climatistas are ignoring the success Ontario has had in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nuclear power, it is worth mentioning that the same story can be told about Sweden (which is perhaps why we don’t hear about Sweden rather than Germany’s fake energiewende.) Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert of Oxford notes the story of Sweden with »

A Narrow Shade of Green

Featured image If a major industrial area succeeded in eliminating all coal-fired electric power in a relatively short period of time, you’d think environmentalists would be celebrating, wouldn’t you? That’s the question Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen, authors of Climate Gamble, are asking: A historic moment in the fight against climate change took place in April 2014. A coal plant in Ontario, the biggest province in Canada, burned what was promised to be »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 42: A Rising Star on the Right

Featured image I’ve done another of my “rogue” solo podcasts this week with someone I think is a rising star among conservative writers and thinkers—Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. This week he has a terrifically fun piece up at National Review about how lefties are opposing a carbon tax proposal in Washington state because it doesn’t grow government enough, proving once again that many lefties will never let the good get »

Chart of the Day: What’s Behind the Coal Rally?

Featured image Everyone who pays attention to the energy market knows that oil stocks are down a lot over the last year or so, following oil glut and collapse of the world price of oil (now looking to break back down below $40 a barrel in recent days). And supposedly coal companies—the one Hillary wants to bankrupt on purpose—are a terrible investment because we’re all going green. But lo—what’s this? Coal stocks »

Energy: Power Line Vindicated Again in the NY Times

Featured image It was almost exactly a month ago that we explained here why the climatista fetish for renewable energy uber alles would backfire on their cherished goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in the course of which we introduced readers to the arcane world of California’s electricity demand “duck curve.” And separately we reported on how Germany and other northern European countries were slamming the brakes on further renewable energy, perhaps »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 38: Has Energy Come Out of the Wilderness?

Featured image In this special edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with author Robert Bryce about the new world of global oil prices which has ended, probably forever, OPEC’s 40-year dominance. We also talk about the perverse subsidies for and output from “renewable” energy, and why nuclear power may be poised for a comeback. As always, you can listen to or download the show at the panel below or from »

Frack This

Featured image About a year ago there was the usual fanfare about a new study that purported to show that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas led to unsafe levels of local air pollution and increased cancer risk. Newsweek covered it, for example: Living near to active fracking sites could increase the risk of cancer as the process harmful chemicals into the air, a new study has found. Researchers from Oregon State »

Energiewoopsie, Or, What Happens When You Dump Nuclear Power

Featured image The greens have been aflutter for years about Germany’s energiewende, or “energy revolution,” partly because it involves a lot of their sacred windmills and solar panels and partly because it’s a revolution man, so dig it! Better put the patchouli-infused hemp robes away for the moment, because Germany is backpedalling fast. From Reuters yesterday: Germany waters down climate protection plan Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to »

Liberalism’s All-Purpose, Universal Scam

Featured image You may have missed the story yesterday of the arrest over the weekend of civil rights bit player Walter Fauntroy, who returned over the weekend from what the Washington Post described as a “four-year sojourn in the Persian Gulf,” where he had fled to skip out on a $55,000 tab for an inauguration party he held for Barack Obama back in 2009: In January 2012, Fauntroy left the United States »

Great News for Fracking! California’s Last Nuke to Close

Featured image No sooner do some environmentalists (see item 2 of this Loose Ends post) decide that nuclear power is important and should be expanded then the news comes out this morning that Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in 2025 when its current federal license is up. This is great news for natural gas, because despite what the climatistas (and »

Energy Geek Week

Featured image One of my all time favorite Steve Martin scenes is “the new phone book is here!” from The Jerk: Well this is how I feel every year with the release of the BP Statistical Survey of World Energy! It’s an energy geek’s best friend. I’m known to run around the neighborhood, channeling Steve Martin: “The new BP Statistical Survey of World Energy is here! The new BP Statistical Survey of »

Denmark & Germany Join the UK in Breaking Wind

Featured image John reported here a few days ago that Britain was scaling back wind power, and it looks like much of the rest of Europe is following. The Global Warming Policy Foundation gives a nice roundup today, starting with Denmark, which is postponing additional offshore wind for almost ten years: Denmark Scares Off Investors After Energy Agenda Is Jettisoned It was the first country ever to venture into offshore wind power. »

Green Weenie of the Week: Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Featured image I was remiss last week in not bringing to everyone’s attention Robert Bryce’s splendid Wall Street Journal article about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow wind energy producers to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles a year. It includes such gems as this: A 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that wind turbines killed about 888,000 bats and 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) in 2012 »

Epic Solar Power Fail Gets Even More Epic-er

Featured image Last we checked in on the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power facility out in the California desert, it was in danger of being shut down because it was failing to produce the promised amount of electricity, despite all that free desert sunshine. (Before that we reported on how it was merely incinerating birds by the hundreds.) Well it gets better. Yesterday Ivanpah managed the feat of setting itself on fire: »