Energy Policy

The New BP Statistical Review Is Here!

Featured image For energy geeks like me, the late June release each year of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy summons forth Steve Martin-style enthusiasm: Already Mark Perry has produced one key takeaway graphic from the copious data tables: Keep this in mind the next time you hear some climatista say the EU is so much better than the U.S. when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I haven’t had »

Biden Is Doomed and Has Nowhere to Run

Featured image Yesterday’s Rasmussen survey of likely voters finds that 57% consider Joe Biden’s performance on the economy to be “poor.” That strikes me as a death knell: there is no way a president viewed in such a negative light on the economy can be re-elected. No matter how unappetizing their alternatives–Kamala Harris? Pete Buttigieg?–the Democrats have no choice but to put Biden out to pasture and find someone else for 2024. »

Renewables Are Going Nowhere

Featured image The fundamental problem with wind and solar power is that they don’t work. Both generate electricity less than half the time, and this isn’t a question of improving technology, it is inherent in obsolete systems that depend on the weather. As a result, the ballyhooed “green revolution” has fizzled. The Germans, formerly committed to a “green” makeover, are starting to face reality, even if their politicians aren’t quite there yet: »

How Reality Intrudes

Featured image Headline from January: Headline today: In a U-turn for a leader of the environmentalist Green Party, which has campaigned to reduce fossil-fuel use, Mr. Habeck said the government would empower utility companies to extend the use of coal-fired power plants. This would ensure that Germany has an alternative source of energy but would further delay the country’s efforts to slash carbon emissions. “This is bitter,” Mr. Habeck said of the »

Biden: Promises Made, Promises Kept!

Featured image Let’s review the record. Here’s what Biden said about energy while campaigning for office: So how’s that “end fossil fuel” working out for you Joe? The Wall Street Journal reports this afternoon: President Biden came to office vowing to cut dependence on fossil fuels, putting environmentalists in charge of energy policy and asking Congress for billions of dollars to fund a transition to cleaner energy. Seventeen months later, greenhouse gas »

The madness of slow Joe: Something does not compute

Featured image We have an overabundance of Biden stew to digest today. The president sat down with his friends at the Associated Press for a long-awaited interview. Woo hoo! Josh Doak writes it up here. The AP has separately posted the transcript here. For its headline the AP extracts the quote that a recession is not “inevitable.” No, it could be something worse. The AP quotes Biden: “People are really, really down.” »

Rolling Blackouts On the Way

Featured image In the recent past, California and Texas have suffered blackouts due to inadequate electricity supply. This year, as the summer heats up, it is the midwestern states served by the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) that are most likely to see their lights go out. Energy expert Isaac Orr explains: According to [the North American Electric Reliability Corporation], much of the country is at an elevated risk of not having »

Chart of the Week, Re: Biden’s Energy Demagoguery

Featured image Over at The Pipeline, I walk through Biden’s latest demagoguery about energy, of which this is the key portion: • Oil production and refining margins are at or slightly below average for all American manufacturing industries (between 5 and 12 percent, depending on region and product), and considerably below several other industries that are Democrat favorites because they’ve gone woke, especially tech. • ExxonMobil is expected to earn less than »

Biden: Drill, Baby, Drill!

Featured image Joe Biden ran for office as an anti-petroleum “green” fanatic. He promised to end drilling for oil and gas so as to enable a transition to energy sources that work only occasionally: Joe Biden in 2020: "No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. No more drilling including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill period. It ends." — Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) March 8, 2022 »

Dems Want to Ban Telling the Truth

Featured image In a virtual Axios event on Thursday, Gina McCarthy, Joe Biden’s top climate official, urged tech companies to suppress truthful information about climate issues: “The tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation,” she told Axios’ Alexi McCammond at a virtual event that aired Thursday. “We need the tech companies to really jump in,” McCarthy said. “Really jump in” means to ban, suspend, »

Six Major Problems With “Green” Transition

Featured image German economist Hans Werner Sinn identifies six major problems with Europe’s fanciful plan to transition to wind and solar energy: Problem no. 1: The Paris Accord is non-binding The Paris Accord in fact has been signed by only 61 of 191 nations and so pledge to reduce their emissions, i.e. more than two thirds of the globe’s nations are not obliged to do anything. This will simply allow the rich »

Why the Red Wave Is Building

Featured image My wife filled up her gas tank this morning and took this picture: I filled up this afternoon and took this one: So we spent $248.71 on gasoline today. We are fortunate: we can still afford to eat dinner, and we aren’t canceling our trip to New Hampshire next week for my college reunion. Most Americans are not so lucky. And most Americans also understand that the Democratic Party is »

Americans Say: They’re Doing It On Purpose

Featured image Inflation is the number one issue in America today, and the price of gasoline is the most important and most visible sign of the Biden administration’s failure. That’s bad enough, but many Americans are catching on to the fact that liberals are driving the price of energy sky high on purpose. The Trafalgar Group finds that most Americans think the Biden administration is doing it intentionally: In this survey, over »

Is It Immoral to Drive an Electric Vehicle?

Featured image Of all the crazy policies we see implemented around us, from decriminalizing theft to teaching children to change their “gender,” perhaps the craziest is government’s determination to force us to drive electric vehicles. EVs like the Tesla are perfectly fine cars, or would be if they weren’t subsidized or mandated. But they are terrible for the environment, and the conditions under which their materials are mined raise serious ethical questions. »

Yellen about stupidity

Featured image The venerable office of Secretary of the Treasury goes back to Alexander Hamilton. Looking over the roster of former Secretaries, one can observe that it has rarely been held by lightweights or hacks. Janet Yellen makes a mockery of the office. She degrades the office in performing its responsibilities poorly and ranging far afield to parrot the shibboleths and follies of the Biden administration like a Stalinist apparatchik. Yesterday Yellen »

The madness of slow Joe: Sun king edition

Featured image The mad scientists whom Gulliver discovered in Laputa had an interesting project. They sought to extract sunlight from cucumbers. The mad scientists have nothing on slow Joe, the president of the United States. We are in the middle of a historic rise in the price of gasoline. Prices are rising so fast that, if you didn’t fill up your car yesterday, you’ll be paying more for the privilege today. And »

The pain at the pump

Featured image This just in: the price of gasoline has doubled since the advent of the Biden administration. In a Republican administration, the media would declare it “a grim milestone.” I declare it a notable milestone. Never have so few done so much in so short a period of time to illustrate the malignant effects of bad public policy. FOX News puts it this way: “On January 20, 2021, the average price »