Energy Policy

A Last Word On Electricity In Texas

Featured image The Texas blackout is over, and water has also been restored. It didn’t get as much press as the loss of electricity, but water pipes froze and broke across a wide swath of the state, causing inconvenience that for many was greater than the power outage. The ultimate source of both problems was the same: the relevant authorities failed to anticipate record-breaking cold. One question that I have not seen »

(Burning) bridges of Van Buren County

Featured image The editor of the Van Buren County Register in Keosauqua, Iowa alerts us to its preview of a forthcoming story: An NFL quarterback who has made over $200 million during his career has petitioned President Biden to shut down Van Buren County’s largest property taxpayer, threatening the Van Buren County School District with a loss of $394,000 in property tax money every year, according to information provided at the February »

What Happened In Texas

Featured image The best explanation of Texas’s prolonged blackout was published by Mitch Rolling yesterday at Texas gets electricity from six sources: coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, hydro and wind. How did those sources perform, and what contributed to the blackout? [W]e created a reliability grading scale designed to judge which energy sources came to the rescue, and which ones were largely no-shows, during the statewide power outages that rocked Texas. »

Why Texas Has Gone Dark

Featured image Much of Texas is experiencing rolling blackouts, as utilities are unable to keep power flowing. Why are these blackouts happening? My colleague Isaac Orr explains at More than 2.5 million people in Texas are currently experiencing rolling blackouts as temperatures remain in the single digits in many parts of the state. The Lone Star state is currently short of electricity because half of the Texas wind fleet (the largest »

Wind and Solar Energy Don’t Work

Featured image Leftists fantasize that before long, we can dispense with all reliable energy sources–coal, natural gas, nuclear, even hydro–and run our society entirely on wind and solar, two forms of energy that have been obsolete for 150 years. How can this be, since wind turbines only produce electricity when the wind is blowing sufficiently, which is around 40% of the time, and solar only works when the sun is shining and »

Deep secret of electric cars

Featured image Linking to the Wired article “The spiraling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction,” Steve Hayward asked “Who will tell the Greens there is no battery fairy?” The sordid truth emerges in the brief video below featuring former GM manager Kristin Zimmerman. In the video Zimmerman salutes the Chevy Volt with an O. Henry twist at the end. Via Bruce Sanborn/Not the Bee. Climate Czar Gina McCarthy says:"Clean Energy" is »

Who Will Tell the Greens There Is No Battery Fairy?

Featured image For the longest while I have been asking, “Where do environmentalists and Democrats think all these batteries for our oil-free transportation fleet are going to come from?” It seems they think there is a Battery Fairy out there somewhere who will magically supply the ginormous battery capacity, and additional supply of electricity to charge them, in order to deliver us to our blessed fossil-fuel-free future. So kudos to Wired magazine »

The Ominous Meaning of the Keystone Diktat

Featured image President Biden’s diktat canceling the Keystone XL pipeline is thought to signify his total slavishness to the climate campaigners, for whom pipelines have become like garlic and holy water to a vampire. This is correct, but the larger significance of it is much more ominous. If anything, the critics of the decision are under-reacting. We are continuously told by our betters that high voter turnout is to be celebrated because »

The Keystone Eco-Cops

Featured image Word is out today that Joe Biden plans to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One in office. Leaving aside potential legal difficulties (I can imagine that, depending on the exact status of the permit, Trans-Canada may have a strong case for damages before the U.S. Federal Court of Claims), this is pure symbolism, as it will not reduce the amount of oil consumed in the »

“Stimulus” Bill Includes Green Giveaways

Featured image The pork bill that Congress passed on Monday has been criticized on many appropriate grounds, but I haven’t seen much comment on the fact that it betrays taxpayers and users of electricity (all of us) by perpetuating and expanding “green” energy mandates. The bill includes: * A two-year extension of the investment tax credit (ITC) used by solar power generators (keeping the ITC at 26% through year-end 2022 instead of »

Today’s California Energy Embarrassment

Featured image Yesterday we noted the embarrassment announced in understated fashion by the U.S. Department of Energy that California imported 25 percent of its electricity in 2019. It seems almost as if someone at the very excellent Energy Information Administration has a thing about California’s silliness, because today’s EIA “Today in Energy” brief has another understated but devastating smackdown for California’s energy pretensions. In one sentence, today’s brief essentially says, “Without lots »

California’s Energy Fantasies

Featured image As everyone knows, California prides itself on being greener-than-thou. Especially when it comes to energy. California has mandated that it aims to double its “green energy” by the year 2030, and to be totally carbon-free by 2050. The chief means for accomplishing this are more wind and solar power, and electricity storage (think big big batteries). Already California is experiencing rolling blackouts on high-demand days in the summer and fall. »

The Green Grift, or Gangrene Energy?

Featured image The renewable energy fanatics like to point out that the cost of solar power has been falling dramatically over the past decade, the result of technological and manufacturing improvements. This is true, but raises the question: why does the solar industry continue to demand subsidies then? The Financial Times ran an unintentionally hilarious and illuminating story on this point yesterday: French solar investors up in arms over threat to renege on »

Things to Watch

Featured image • Do I detect a disturbance in The [Liberal] Force? You can almost sense the panic on the left today. Among other items, it seems the oracular Nate Silver (who ought be known as Nate Bronze after 2016) is starting to hedge a bit in his confident call about a Biden victory: If the election does come down to Pennsylvania and Trump wins it, will Democrats ponder whether pandering to »

It Will Be Hard to Carry Pennsylvania… [Updated]

Featured image …or Ohio, or New Mexico, not to mention Texas, North Dakota or Louisiana (not that he was going to win them anyway) now that Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to destroy the oil and gas industries. Note, too, that Colorado, a state counted on by Democrats, produces four percent of American oil. The Trump campaign quickly followed up on Biden’s admission in last night’s debate: I’d »

Biden/Harris = “Green” Energy Disaster

Featured image There are many reasons why Joe Biden and his cohorts should never govern the country, but let’s not forget their commitment to some version of the Green New Deal. Biden has alleged that he doesn’t support Ocasio-Cortez’s fantasy, apparently unaware, in his senescence, that his web site says that he does support it. Or maybe he is just confident that reporters won’t tell on him. In any event, a Biden/Harris »

How Green Energy Wrecked California

Featured image California has become a third world country, in which electricity works only intermittently. Why is that? Because California relies on wind and solar energy, which produce electricity only intermittently. It isn’t hard to figure out, and yet there are some states, like mine, Minnesota, which seem determined to follow California’s downward path to third-world status. Why? Well, for some people there is a lot of money in it. California’s energy »