Energy Policy

A Man’s Thermostat Is His Castle?

Featured image We all use thermostats to control the temperature in our homes. In the winter, we adjust our thermostat to warm to the desired temperature; in the summer, to cool to a comfortable temperature. We do this with an eye to the cost of energy: we don’t necessarily heat our homes, or cool our homes, as much as we might wish. Like most things in life, it is a trade-off. But »

Biden Keeps a Promise—To Screw American Motorists

Featured image During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden promised: ““No more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling including offshore—no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill—period.” No matter the consequences for pump prices and American independence from foreign fuel suppliers apparently. This is one promise Biden has kept. The Wall Street Journal reports today: WASHINGTON—The Biden administration has leased fewer acres for oil-and-gas drilling offshore and on federal land »

The West’s Energy Disaster Worsens

Featured image There is no excuse for advanced economies to experience a shortage of electricity, or of energy generally. The world has more than ample supplies of fossil fuels. And, if you buy the global warming hype, nuclear energy is the obvious alternative, although that implies universal use of electric vehicles that are devastating to the environment. Nevertheless, an electricity crisis is upon us. From the U.K.: “Energy could be rationed ‘for »

“A Tsunami of Shutoffs”

Featured image Tens of millions of Americans face the prospect of having their electricity shut off, as they are unable to pay the skyrocketing cost of power. The New York Post reports: More than 20 million households face a “tsunami of shutoffs” after falling behind on their utility bills as the price for electricity skyrockets because of decades-high inflation, experts predict. Of course prices of just about everything are rising, but electricity »

How to Turn California Into Cuba, Chapter 12,186

Featured image The New York Times reports: If you read the fine print, however, the picture looks a bit different: California would fine automakers up to $20,000 for every car that falls short of production targets. The state also could propose new amendments revising the sales targets if the market doesn’t react as state leaders hope. In other words, California reserves the right for future Gov. Emily Litella to say “never mind,” »

Podcast: Two Cheers for the Climate Bill? Alex Trembath Explains

Featured image This classic format edition features a conversation between me and Alex Trembath, the deputy director of Breakthrough Institute, about the climate provisions of the so-called  “Inflation Reduction Act” (IRA), namely the massive increases in subsidies for “green energy” that normally summon a gag reflex from conservatives. I’ve written about the “Breakthroughvians,” as they are known, many times before on Power Line. They are progressives who dissent from or critique much of today’s progressive orthodoxy, »

Reduce this

Featured image The Sunday morning gabfests have become an embarrassment of cliché and vacuity. The talking heads account for the embarrassment. The Biden administration officials account for the vacuity. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is a case in point. She appeared on FOX News Sunday yesterday touting the freebies and subsidies available under the terms of the absurdly named Inflation Reduction Act. Reduce this! FOX News has posted video of the segment in »

Germany: Finally Facing Energy Reality

Featured image When I made a government-sponsored junket to Germany in 2008 to tour their ambitious energy and environmental plans, every expert and government official our delegation met said the same thing: to have any chance of making Germany’s ambitious carbon-emissions reduction targets, they’d have to keep their nuclear power plants, despite the determination of the previous Social Democrats to phase them out. It seemed possible that Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led coalition »

It Won’t Reduce Global Warming, Either

Featured image Democrats quickly gave up on the Inflation Reduction Act, since they couldn’t sell the idea that another $700+ billion in deficit spending would somehow reduce inflation. So now it is alleged to be a climate control act, instead. But the bill won’t affect the climate any more than it would have reduced inflation. Even if you assume the UN’s inflated estimate of the impact of CO2 emissions on global warming, »

Britain Goes Into Shutdown Mode

Featured image The energy crisis in Great Britain, and across Europe, continues to deepen. The concept now in the news is “load shedding.” The Telegraph reports: [L]oad-shedding looks likely to become the buzzword of this winter amid warnings that blackouts of the developing world are making their way to Britain. As chaos in energy markets picks up pace and supplies falter, the UK faces a similar crisis of having to choose how »

Today’s Energy Tutorial

Featured image I’ve discovered a wonderful energy data tool, ElectricityMaps.com, that offers interactive real-time and historical maps of electricity production and consumption around the world (insofar as data exist, which it doesn’t for China and other key places). Check it out for yourself. I want to draw a contrast between “green energy” Germany and France as of this morning (though use the time-slide in the lower left hand corner of the site »

Europe’s Energy Disaster Worsens

Featured image This is from today’s Telegraph: In the end, it could be even worse than had been feared. Today saw the release of a new forecast for the energy price cap – and it does not make for comfortable reading. Experts predict that the figure will hit more than £4,200 in January [$5,082 for a single month]. In a new dire outlook for households, Cornwall Insight said bills are set to »

Energy Prices Set to Skyrocket

Featured image The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act $739 billion boondoggle will have nightmarish consequences for years to come, assuming it is actually implemented. Half of the bill’s total spending, $369 billion, is devoted to energy and climate. This spending, largely devoted to subsidizing wind and solar energy, is intended to hasten an alleged transition from fossil fuels to “green” energy sources. In fact, no such transition is taking place. The gap between »

In Re: The Climate Bill (Part 1)

Featured image I’ll have a lot more to say about the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” in due course after I finish unpacking and catching up with five weeks of snail-mail and other things in the pile, but as an opening generalization it should be said that by passing massive subsidies for wind and solar power, the U.S. has decided to emulate Germany’s energiewende (“energy revolution”) policy that it adopted 20 years ago. »

“Green” Is Unsustainable

Featured image The administration’s “green” energy proposals, like those that have been adopted in Europe, are leading this country toward an economic, social and strategic disaster. It is hard to think of any set of policies, adopted by any government at any moment in history, that rival our “green” mania for sheer destructiveness. Although, that said, Sri Lanka’s brief commitment to “sustainability” comes to mind. Speaking of sustainability, this piece by Stuart »

Guest Post: Ken Green on the ICE That Just Won’t Melt

Featured image Ken Green returns with his patented snark on electric vehicle hype versus the evil gasoline cars most of us drive: For as long as I’ve been following EHS (Environment, Health, and Safety—the ESG of the last generation) and transportation policy (and that’s a long time, since my first days as a doctoral student/EHS policy analyst at Huge Aircrash Company in the early 1990s), there has been one kind of ICE »

More Evidence of the Pointlessness of Wind and Solar

Featured image This essay by David Stevenson of the Caesar Rodney Institute Center for Energy & Environment appeared in May, but I just ran across it today. It analyzes data from the PJM electrical grid, America’s largest, between 2019 and 2021. This comparison of actual regional grid carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions between 2019 and 2021 shows increased use of wind and solar did not reduce emissions. Wind and solar electric generation are »