Energy Policy

Goodbye, Keystone

Featured image TransCanada’s application for permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline has been kicking around the Obama administration for nearly seven years. Recently, TransCanada sought to withdraw its permit application, presumably on the theory that the Obama administration would never grant it, and it would be easier to start fresh with a new administration than to try to overturn a negative decision by the current one. Today President Obama responded by »

The Greatest Energy Chart Ever. Seriously. [Updated]

Featured image The original energy crisis goes back to the Jimmy Carter administration. There was a shortage of gasoline, which the Carter administration made worse by fixing oil prices. Cars lined up around the block to pump what little gasoline was for sale. Carter, of course, had a solution. And it sounds remarkably familiar, as Willis Eschenbach points out at Watts Up With That? We can’t keep relying on fossil fuels. They’re »

UK Energy Subsidy Fail

Featured image A cautionary tale out of the UK: after shoveling billions in subsidies for renewable energy and encouraging the closing of baseload coal-fired and nuclear power plants, the UK is now preparing to spend several hundred million pounds to subsidize electricity from . . . backup diesel generators. This is thought necessary to back up intermittent wind and solar installations, and because there’s going to be an electricity supply crunch in »

#Climatefail, China Edition

Featured image Remember a while back when Obama came back from China with a bilateral climate agreement in which China would cap its greenhouse gas emissions by . . . 2030? Never mind that China’s GHG emissions would double during that period—such is the desperation of the climatistas for glittering pieces of paper that they gushed about how the planet was now saved, because China is finally on board! The New York »

Keystone Put in Hibernation?

Featured image I was curious whether the election of Justin Trudeau in Canada might mean the end of the Keystone XL pipeline, since Trudeau holds orthodox views about climate change. But no—he expressed his support for Keystone, which means he isn’t going to let the Obama Administration off the hook for its shameful disrespect for our northern neighbor and largest trading partner. Yesterday TransCanada asked the U.S. government to suspend its review »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Dept. of Energy

Featured image Ronald Reagan used to like to say that the nine most frightening words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Which means the obvious costume for trick or treating is a government bureaucrat. Too bad Ronaldus Magnus didn’t succeed in abolishing the Department of Energy as he had proposed, for the DoE is up to even more tricks and treats with its suggestion »

Epic Greenfail All Around

Featured image First up, the Los Angeles Times says Gov. Jerry Brown is all wet with his claims that climate change is responsible for California’s drought and high number of fires this summer: Gov. Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say By Paige St. John The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a »

Cleaning Up the Clean Power Plan

Featured image As John noted on Friday, a federal appeals court has blocked for the time being the EPA’s brazen extension of the Clean Water Act. What about its equally brazen extension of the Clean Air Act into a lever for the de facto nationalization of the nation’s electric utility industry? It is facing a legal challenge, too, and the legal arguments are typically arcane. I have no idea whether it will »

Wind Blows

Featured image As everyone knows, California is mired in a record drought. It usually gets lost in the shuffle that this has an impact on California’s energy supply, since the state has a non-trivial amount of hydropower: when you don’t have water, you can’t run the turbines in the dams. What happens when it doesn’t rain and the wind doesn’t blow? Turns out California is experiencing something of a wind-drought, too, as »

Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured image Further to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

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 »