Energy Policy

Democrats Determined to Frack Themselves

Featured image When I heard Elizabeth Warren declare some weeks ago that she’d ban all hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and natural gas, my immediate reaction was, “Well, there goes Pennsylvania and also any remote chance Democrats might have winning Ohio again.” This issue could even make Colorado interesting, at least for the likely Democratic nominee for Senate, John Hickenlooper, who is a rare pro-oil and gas Democrat. He’ll have to distance »

Is “Green” Energy a Ponzi Scheme?

Featured image It can be, as evidenced by this story: “Bay Area Couple To Be Jailed For Massive Ponzi Scheme Worth $1 Billion.” A Martinez couple who was operating a seemingly legitimate business selling solar generators pleaded guilty Friday to various charges stemming from a Ponzi scheme that netted them $1 billion in fraudulent income — affording them an extremely lavish lifestyle. Ponder that for a moment–$1 billion in fraudulent income. That »

What Do Iran, Chile and France Have In Common?

Featured image Not much, one would think. Except for this: all three governments thought it would be a good idea to significantly increase the price of energy, as the Democratic Party wants to do here in the U.S. The result, in three very different contexts, was the same. Mark Mathis of Clear Energy Alliance explains in this short video: The Democrats ignore this history–like so much other history that they ignore–at their »

Germany’s Green Energy Faceplant

Featured image No sooner do I post an item yesterday about Germany’s pathetic energiewende than the thesis is confirmed today in, of all places, the New York Times! German journalist and Times op-ed contributor Jochen Bittner today writes of “The Tragedy of Germany’s Energy Experiment,” where these familiar-sounding highlights appear: My country has embarked on a unique experiment indeed. The Merkel government has decided to phase out both nuclear power and coal »

Hot Air on Energy

Featured image Ask a climatista who is the leader in climate action in Europe and you’re likely to get a word salad about Germany’s energiewende (“energy revolution”), which has seen the Fourth Reich spend something like $1 trillion Euros on “green” energy over the last 25 years. Worth mentioning in passing that when I visited Germany on an energy junket as a guest of the German government in 2008, every expert we »

“It Only Produces Clean Energy”—The Unseriousness of Climate Activism (Updated)

Featured image You know how the climatistas are always saying we must “follow the science”? Let’s have a look at this call in the Financial Times to embrace nuclear power: Letter: EU must include nuclear power in its list of sustainable sources Nuclear power is the single biggest source of low carbon electricity in Europe today and is recognised in many of the scenarios assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the »

Why “Green” Energy Is a Terrible Idea

Featured image There are lots of reasons, actually, but Charles Rotter of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) does a good job of explaining some of them: Ask them for details, and their responses range from evasive to delusional, disingenuous – and outrage that you would dare ask. The truth is, they don’t have a clue. They’ve never really thought about it. It’s never occurred to them that these technologies require »

Has Nuclear’s Time Come?

Featured image If you seriously think that carbon dioxide emissions pose an existential threat to the planet–I don’t, but let’s assume you do–the only rational course is to go nuclear. Wind and solar are both terrible for the environment; more important, they are intermittent and unreliable. The most modern wind technology produces electricity only around 40% of the time. Solar varies with the climate, but in my home state of Minnesota, solar »

The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, Revisited

Featured image One of the Democrats’ stranger presidential pretenders is Tom Steyer. Steyer hasn’t made a dent in the polls so far, despite spending a lot of money. (Like many who would like to be president, having money is Steyer’s principal qualification.) Steyer’s main issue in the campaign–really, his only issue–is climate change. So one of the more interesting moments in last night’s debate was when Joe Biden responded to a climate »

We’re Number One!

Featured image When it comes to energy and the environment, the United States ranks a clear number one among the world’s nations. Not only have we increased our energy production, courtesy of fracking, to the point that we are the world’s pre-eminent energy power, we have, at the same time, reduced our pollution and our CO2 emissions (if you think that matters) more than any other country. So when it comes to »

The Renewable Portfolio Scam

Featured image Twenty-nine states have adopted renewable portfolio standards that require utilities to get a specified percentage of power from wind and solar sources. (I believe some enlightened jurisdictions include hydro power; I am not sure whether any include nuclear, as they obviously should. But there is no money to be had there.) This video from the Clear Energy Alliance explains why such standards are extraordinarily expensive and do zero good. But »

Climate Sense and Nonsense

Featured image Since today is Climatepalooza at the UN and in the streets of DC (aside: how many Nobel Peace Prize nominations will Greta Thunberg receive this year?), it might be worth checking in on a couple of serious questions. Like climate modeling on the science side, and decarbonization on the policy side. In conjunction with the climate hijinks, The Economist put out a special climate change issue, and much to my »

What Next in the Persian Gulf?

Featured image Assuming Iran is indeed behind the attack on Saudi Arabia’s major oil refining facility, it represents a step-increase in Iranian-backed aggression in the region. The Wall Street Journal‘s Spencer Jakab says this attack is “the big one“: Saturday’s attack on a critical Saudi oil facility will almost certainly rock the world energy market in the short term, but it also carries disturbing long-term implications. Ever since the dual 1970s oil »

Showdown In Houston

Featured image The Democratic presidential contenders will square off in Houston tonight. Meanwhile, things are already heating up there. President Trump has a giant anti-socialism banner circling the city: Is there any possible way the Democrats can get through the evening without talking about the banner, and explaining why their “socialism” won’t destroy the economy? I doubt it. Another confrontation is also underway. Greenpeace thugs have shut down the Houston Ship Channel »

Dem contenders rally around a carbon tax, may soon regret it

Featured image I believe that all of the leading Democratic candidates for president have endorsed a carbon tax. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren did so during CNN’s town hall on climate change last week. Down a tier or two, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg endorsed it, as well. Bernie Sanders has endorsed a carbon tax in the past. The carbon tax was a bridge too far for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 »

The Environmental Fiasco of Wind Energy

Featured image Wind turbines only last for around 20 years, so many of them are now wearing out. That raises serious questions about disposal of defunct wind turbine parts. The turbines’ giant blades are not recyclable, so they must be dumped in landfills. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports on one South Dakota landfill that is saying no mas to wind turbine blades: [T]he Argus Leader reports that more than 100 wind »

Batteries: A Forlorn Hope

Featured image The most efficient wind turbines produce electricity around 40% of the time, solar panels far less often in most climates. So how do “green” energy advocates propose to produce electricity the 60% of the time when the wind isn’t blowing, or the 85% of the time (in some areas) when solar panels are ineffective? They build natural gas plants that ramp up and down depending on the weather. In other »