Energy Policy

Bobby Jindal looks like a solid 2016 contender to me

Featured image It has long been clear that you need to get up very early in the morning to beat Scott Johnson to a story. Now it appears that you need to get up even earlier to scoop Scott’s daughter Eliana. Today, Bobby Jindal delivered an address on energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. I attended not as much to hear about energy policy as to figure out what »

Why Renewable Energy Is Hopeless

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Ed Hoskins spotlights the intractable problem with solar and wind power: much of the time, the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. This means that in practice, solar and wind facilities can produce only a small fraction of their nominal capacities. This chart requires a bit of study; for three countries, the U.S., Germany and the U.K., it contrasts the nominal (“nameplate”) capacity »

A Lump of Coal for the Climatistas

Featured image Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported (“Germany’s Expensive Gamble on Renewable Energy”) on the high cost of the climate-related energy fanaticism of Germany’s green shirts (why not?), which is now starting to take a tangible toll on the country’s economic competitiveness: Average electricity prices for companies have jumped 60% over the past five years because of costs passed along as part of government subsidies of renewable energy producers. Prices are »

Breaking: Nuclear Sabotage in Europe?

Featured image Here’s a curious story out of Belgium that is receiving no media attention (outside a few mentions in the specialized press) in the US: Belgian Doel-4 Nuclear Reactor Closed Till Year-End PARIS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Belgian energy company Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year after major damage to its turbine, with the cause confirmed as sabotage. . »

Wind Power Requires 700 Times as Much Land as Fracking

Featured image One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas »

Help Me Stay Rich, Colorado!

Featured image A grass roots group is running some terrific pro-fracking ads in Colorado. They feature a Middle Eastern sheik and a Russian oligarch pleading with Coloradans to help them stay rich by suppressing the production of American energy. They are funny and true, and therefore highly effective. Here is the sheik: And the oligarch: Best of all, the ads are accompanied by street art. We have written before about the fact »

Keystone, the Magic Pipeline

Featured image Oh goody—dueling studies about the Keystone pipeline!  Wonk heaven. First comes a study that says failing to build the Keystone pipeline will result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions for the simple reason that if Canadian oil isn’t transported by pipeline, it will be shipped by rail (and by tanker if shipped overseas to other eager customers), which will produce higher greenhouse gas emissions than a pipeline. But another »

Steyer Launches Dishonest Attack on Keystone

Featured image Politico reports that Tom Steyer, the Democrat billionaire who is doing all he can to stop the Keystone Pipeline, has paid for a report that says terrorists could blow up Keystone: The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline is vulnerable to a terrorist attack that could trigger a spill of more than 7 million gallons of oil, a former Navy SEAL said in report released Wednesday. The 14-page “threat assessment,” which »

Obama to Coal States: Drop Dead

Featured image Gerald Ford never said “drop dead” to New York City when it pleaded with Washington for a bailout at the nadir of its profligate liberalism back in the mid-1970s, but that didn’t stop the NY Daily News from running the famous headline.  (Ford was of course quite correct in resisting a bailout.)  I wonder if any newspaper or media organization will take the same poetic license with Obama’s new greenhouse »

Cow Farts: The Next Alternative Fuel?

Featured image Surely you’d think this story is from The Onion, but no–some people really think we need to equip cows with gas-collecting backpacks, which we’d use in turn to power cars and such: Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). They extracted the methane–about 300 liters a day. That’s enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours. »

The Daily Show in German?

Featured image Apparently there is a German version of The Daily Show.  And in this six-minute clip (with subtitles), they beat down on Germany’s green energy madness: Over at Breitbart.com, James Delingpole offers more background: What I like about it – apart from its sweary joke about kilowatts – is its palpable and honest outrage about Germany’s disastrous state-enforced transition to renewable energy, the so-called Energiewende. Hitherto one’s instinct towards Germany’s post-Fukushima »

Microwaves of the Desert; Cuisinarts of the Sky

Featured image Conservatives used to like to joke that spotted owls taste great slow roasted over a campfire, but who knew that environmentalists would eventually have to own this joke? Los Angeles PBS station KCET reports: A report just made public by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents a disturbing amount of bird injuries at three large California desert solar power plants, and says that there are no easy fixes to »

The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

Featured image Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate »

Charts of the Week: Sex, Skies, and Videotape

Featured image Well, I’m not sure just how I’ll work “skies” into this story, but I couldn’t get the headline out of my head, so, dear Power Line readers, I’ll think of something. The chart of the week—and maybe the month—comes to us courtesy of the Department of Energy.  For all of the talk over the last couple of decades about “energy independence,” we’re actually on course toward that somewhat dubious goal »

Redistributing daylight

Featured image Daylight saving time is mistakenly credited to Benjamin Franklin, but it may still be a good idea even if it wasn’t inspired by Franklin. Nevertheless, I find the commencement of daylight saving time today annoying. As a morning person, I am not the least bit pleased by the extension of dawn by an hour so early in the year. By the same token, do we really need to move sunset »

Energy Security in the Age of Putin

Featured image The idea of “energy security,” a more meaningful concept that “energy independence,” has taken on a fresh urgency with events unfolding in the Ukraine.  Energy security is a bit like the cliché about the weather: everyone in Washington talks about it, but no one ever does anything about it.  Or at least not anything sensible.  I always cringe whenever I hear people like John Kerry—but sometimes dumb Republicans, too—say that »

Warren Buffett, Climate Skeptic?

Featured image A couple days ago Apple’s Tim Cook said climate skeptics shouldn’t own Apple stock (though note that he didn’t keep going and say climate skeptics shouldn’t buy Apple products, too), but this morning Warren Buffett appeared on CNBC and not only endorsed the Keystone pipeline, but also aligned himself with climate skeptics.  (Good thing he doesn’t own any Apple stock, or his now-mandatory sale of his position might crash the »