Energy Policy

Green Energy Failure of the Week

Featured image Anyone remember the radon scare of the late 1970s and early 1980s? One of the typically perverse outcomes of that era was the finding that insulating houses actually increased radon levels in homes because it reduced ventilation. Of course, as so often is the case, we later recognized that the radon hazard was way overblown—even the New York Times figured this out by the late 1980s. Another “I-told-you-so” moments for »

Does God Hate Green Energy?

Featured image The Gore Effect is well known: wherever greenies gather for a global warming conference, cold weather–frequently, in the form of a blizzard–pursues them. It is hard to escape the sense that the Almighty is trying to send a message. Now we have this: no sooner had the U.S. erected thousands of windmills than the wind stopped blowing: Electricity generated by US wind farms fell 6 per cent in the first »

The End of Energy Flim-Flam? Or More Potemkin Power?

Featured image I don’t really have much to add to John’s post yesterday about the fatuity of thinking the United States can supply all of its energy needs from solar power, though I do think solar is much more promising than wind as a decent supplementary source of electricity. (Wind power blows so bad that even the deepest greenies at Vox can figure it out.) But you have to keep in mind »

Could the U.S. Meet Its Electricity Needs With Solar Energy?

Featured image The basic “green” project is to replace our current fossil fuel and nuclear power plants with a combination of solar and wind energy. The cost consequences of making this transition to less efficient forms of energy are almost inconceivable, but putting cost to one side, is it even possible? At Watts Up With That?, Tom Tamarkin and Barrie Lawson have authored one of the more entertaining scientific articles I have »

The Green Energy Scam Exposed by . . . Berkeley!?!

Featured image The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has posted a working paper entitled “The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits.” The paper is a devastating indictment of who’s getting Cecil the Lion’s share of the tax credits. If this were any other cause than “green energy,” the Left would be screaming about the redistribution of income from the middle »

President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama is a nice guy but an incompetent president. I think this gives him too much credit. There is a reason why Obama is the most divisive president since the Civil War: he is, for a holder of that office, uniquely mean-spirited. On Monday in Las Vegas, Obama launched a personal attack against those who disagree with his energy policies. He began by hailing »

The Left’s Plot to Impoverish America’s Middle Class and Enrich Left-Wing Billionaires

Featured image That is actually a fair summary of this report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. I have not yet had time to study the document, but will report on it more fully in due course. In the meantime, Anthony Watts writes: Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a 501 (c) (3) watchdog group, released an investigative report, Private Interests & Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White »

Climatistas Forced to Abandon Their Own BS

Featured image In my Weekly Standard article out today on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” I note one of the more curious and significant changes from the original draft rule of a year ago and the final rule released on Monday of this week: namely that the fourth “building block” for state compliance—energy conservation/efficiency measures—was dropped from the rule. Here’s the key part of the argument as summarized in the article: »

Hillary’s Hot Air Balloon [Updated]

Featured image I’m starting to think Hillary Clinton believes her own B.S., or represents the first attempt at a human self-inflated hot air balloon.  Back in the 1960s, Great Society liberals told us that they’d abolish poverty in 10 years (Sargent Shriver declared this confidently in Capitol Hill testimony). Yeah—how’d that work out for them? Having learned nothing from that kind of grandiosity, Hillary Clinton today “pledged to take steps as president »

First They Came for Your Light Bulbs. . .

Featured image I’m always struck by the irony that the same kind of people who say government should stay out of your bedroom have no hesitation about getting into your bathroom, and have mandated such splendors as low-flow shower heads and toilets (or commodes that are no longer commodious). And then they moved on to light bulbs and clothes washers and dryers. So now the feddle guvmint has a new idea to »

Gas Pains? Take A Lump of Coal For It

Featured image The AP is reporting that the latest Energy Department data shows that natural gas has overtaken coal as the leading fuel source for electricity generation in the U.S.: Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal »

Nuclear Power Story-fied

Featured image One of the social media techniques in vogue with “millennials” is stitching together a number of Twitter posts to lay out a whole argument.  There’s even a website that will compile your tweets into a single one-stop-shopping post, called Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, a pro-nuclear power environmentalist (and also an “Ecomodernist“), put together this Storify panel on the wrongheaded environmentalist complicity in strangling nuclear power 40 years »

U.K. Utility Customers Are Not Amused

Featured image Illuminating (heh) story from this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Power Companies Are Overcharging U.K. Customers, Government Probe Finds LONDON—Britain’s six biggest power companies have been overcharging customers by about 5%, a U.K. government investigation said Tuesday, but the report blamed green-energy subsidies, a lack of competition and transparency and ineffective regulation for higher prices. (Emphasis added.) Only government can subsidize something and still make its retail price go up. Of »

“Green” Taxes Out of Control in Great Britain

Featured image At breakfast this morning, I did something I hadn’t done in years–I read a physical newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph. The headline on the front page reads, “U-turn on ‘excessive’ green taxes.” The story documents one more step in the inevitable unraveling of “green” energy policies. Britain’s new Conservative government has something to do with it, too: The cost of subsidizing new wind farms is spiraling out of control, government sources »

“Earth First! We’ll Drill the Other Planets Later”

Featured image That’s the snarky bumper sticker I recall from the late 1980s and early 1990s when the monkey wrench gang known as Earth First! was in its heyday. Why not: Earth First’s unofficial motto was “Back to the Pleistocene!” The perfect slogan, I thought, for reactionary environmentalism. I’ve been meaning for a while to make note of the total collapse of one of liberalism’s most dear clichés about energy: that the »

Someone Tell the Pope: Environmentalism Crushes the Poor

Featured image Yesterday the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity released a report that documents how the Obama administration’s war on coal (and on cheap energy generally) has hurt poor and middle-class Americans. While I can’t vouch for the calculations, the report is an impressive piece of work, based on energy consumption and price data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, along with data from the Census Bureau and »

A Grab Bag of Things

Featured image I’m on the road today and tomorrow doing some archival research for a book project, so postings will be light. But here are a couple of placeholders in the meantime: • I’m working on several energy and climate items, but for the moment it is worth noting that the indispensable Energy Information Administration (EIA) has produced an independent assessment of the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas »