Energy Policy

Post-Brexit Britain Will Drop Renewable Energy Commitments

Featured image The Telegraph reports that post-Brexit, Britain’s government intends to shelve renewable energy commitments that will dramatically increase energy costs to British consumers: Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit. The UK is currently committed to getting 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources such as »

How to Make Energy Star Go Supernova

Featured image The greenies have their hemp knickers in a twist because Trump’s proposed budget will zero-out the Department of Energy and EPA “Energy Star” program, which, like elementary school teachers passing out gold stars to well-behaved pupils, awards “Energy Star” certification to businesses that build inferior washing machines, dishwashers, glum light bulbs, etc. So here’s a piece of brilliant news that may well make the greenies change their mind: Koch Industries »

Energy Aces

Featured image Everything is coming up aces for energy today. President Trump is using Obama’s pen and phone to put the brakes on the crazy (and ineffectual) climate change schemes of the EPA, and over at the Wall Street Journal Mark Mills writes today about how the inexorable progress of American technology is slowly destroying OPEC: Oil prices started to collapse in 2014 because American shale businesses oversupplied markets. The Saudis responded by »

Trump to Deep-Six Clean Power Plan

Featured image This is an excellent example of why it is important to have the presidency in sane hands: EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming. President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be »

Why OPEC Is Finished—and Russia Too

Featured image Tracy Alloway (@TracyAlloway) of Bloomberg News points us to this chart from a recent Goldman Sachs presentation on oil production costs, which is being called the “OPEC’s Nightmare” chart, as it shows how the falling production costs of domestic shale oil production costs mean our oil industry is capable of plenty of short-cycle production that will blunt any attempt by the cartel to boost prices by playing with supply: Observations: »

Oh Trudeau!

Featured image Sooner or later most everyone is going to realize that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a hopeless lightweight trading entirely on his father’s prestige, which was itself built largely on media image-crafting that would humble Donald Trump. Perhaps the left will turn on him first, because yesterday Trudeau came out in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, but also in favor of the continued development of Canada’s oil sands—both »

Revisiting Obama’s Energy Lies

Featured image These days, the press is carrying on a running battle with the Trump administration. Pretty much every news story, every day, is intended to undermine President Trump and perhaps drive him from office. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press are the worst offenders, but almost every news outlet is in this category. It wasn’t always that way. Until January, our press slavishly reported every pronouncement of the »

Green Weenie Update: Dakota Abscess Protest

Featured image We’re reported before on the environmental mess left behind by the Dakota Access Pipeline protest neat the Standing Rock indian reservation (here and here), but there’s still one more installment to the story that deserves to be entered in the ledger: Rescue group catching animals left behind at DAPL protest camps NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. (KFYR) – Crews continue to clean up the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. As officers moved in »

Nuclear Revival Hits Another Pothole

Featured image Japan’s electronics giant Toshiba is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the Financial Times is reporting that this is attributable to Toshiba’s decision to go big into a revival of nuclear power through its acquisition of Westinghouse: In a humiliating setback for a conglomerate that had only recently touted its nuclear business as a core growth driver, Toshiba said it would pull out of constructing new plants overseas and focus »

Green Weenie of the Week: Standing Rock Blockheads

Featured image This news story from Reuters requires no commentary to explain why the pretentious protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock deserve a coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award: Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, and crews began filling large dumpsters with garbage that has accumulated, much of »

Russian Influence in American Politics You Say?

Featured image News item: Sierra Club to oppose further natural gas power plants and pipelines. A report produced by the Sierra Club, subject of a Time magazine article on Thursday, revealed the club intends to build an environmental coalition to halt the next wave of the country’s natural gas expansion: over 200 planned natural gas power plants and pipeline projects, the club told Time. . . Many environmental groups—including the Sierra Club—once considered natural gas as part of »

Social Media Refrigerators?

Featured image One of the stranger things in the world of energy is that the Department of Energy does not yet offer an official estimate of how much electricity use is now accounted for by our wireless world. Right now the official statistics only break down energy and electricity use by four broad sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation. But wireless technology—and all the energy-hungry internet server farms, cell towers, and end-use »

Electric Dreams

Featured image I’m amazed that I somehow missed this “ad” for a Mercedes Benz electric car when it aired on Saturday Night Live several months ago, but better late than never. When I first saw it I didn’t know it was an SNL spoof, and thought for a moment it might be genuine. I was almost taken in with the opening line of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss holding up a AA battery and saying, »

Nuclear Power Woes

Featured image One of the most unexpected developments in recent years is the number of environmentalists who have done a 180 degree turn and now support nuclear power. They are the realists who understand that modern civilization needs lots of baseload electricity that intermittent, land-hogging wind and solar power just can’t supply in requisite amounts, and hence nuclear power looks like the best source of carbon-free energy if you’re obsessed with climate »

Using his pen to block drilling, Obama purports to restrict Trump

Featured image President Obama today used his pen to withdraw hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling. Obama acted pursuant to something called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. It includes a sentence saying the president may “from time to time, withdraw” from consideration any currently unleased lands in federal offshore waters. The White House described its »

The Economy: Animal Spirits, Take 2

Featured image Further to my observations a few days ago that Trump is reviving the “animal spirits” necessary for an economic boom are some survey results that bolster the point, courtesy of the Daily Shot folks. Start with the National Federation of Independent Business’s Optimism Index, which clear show the Trump election bump: Then take a look at the NFOB’s sales expectation survey: Heck—the Trump effect may go global, as this international »

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, »