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Today: Sat, September 20 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Environment
19 September 2014
 
 
The scandal of UK's death-trap wind turbines
by Simon Trump
 sub-topic» Energy

Deafeningly loud it might have been, but what the Jarvis family had heard – as they were to discover the following morning – had taken place at Bradworthy, a mile away. It was the noise of a 115ft-high wind turbine crashing to the ground.

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12 December 2013
 
 
Fossil fuels now beat wind and solar on environmental as well as economic grounds
by Lawrence Solomon
 sub-topic» Energy

Non-renewable energy is sustainable; renewable energy is not, not even close, not by any meaningful yardstick, not in our lifetime or in that of our children. Renewables cannot passably meet any of the important needs claimed by their champions, whether economic or environmental. Despite the hundreds of billions of dollars governments have spent over the decades in aid of kick-starting a large-scale renewables industry, wind and solar complexes are generally incapable of helping humanity progress today or in the foreseeable future. Fossil fuels, in contrast, have gone from success to success for several centuries now, with no end in sight.

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08 November 2013
 
 
Kick That Donkey: Expand Jobs Footprint with Coal
by John Ransom
 sub-topic» Energy

Actually, I think ALL environmentalists should be forced to register as high-capacity B.S. magazines and forced to live in houses measuring only 200 square feet.

Although I think the right of free speech shouldn’t be abridged, no one should be allowed to dish out as much bull as they do and cause as much damage without some control over how quickly they re-load.

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28 October 2013
 
 
Climate change alarmism caused our high energy prices
by Jacob Rees-Mogg
 sub-topic» Energy

In the 2010s it is not the price of bread that is falsely and unnecessarily inflated by obstinate politicians but that of energy. There are cheap sources of energy either available or possible but there is a reluctance to use them. Coal is plentiful and provides the least expensive electricity per megawatt, while fracking may provide a boon of shale gas. Unfortunately, coal-fired power stations are being shut down because of European Union regulations and shale gas exploration is moving at a slow pace.

It is against this background that energy companies have announced price rises. The regulations imposed by the Government underlie them and additional green taxes exacerbate the situation. The expansion of relatively expensive nuclear power at £92.50 per megawatt, almost double the current market price, is justified by some because it is cheaper than the quite unnecessary wind schemes. But it is much more expensive than coal or gas and these high energy prices which punish the poor most particularly are a matter of choice not of necessity.

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19 October 2013
 
 
'Insolent' Czechs look to coal for energy
by Simon Lincoln Reader
 sub-topic» Energy

In 2011, the former president of Czech Republic addressed an audience in Sydney, Australia, where he drew parallels between communism and the global warming doctrine. Those who declare Poland and the Czech Republic’s respective decisions to revert to coal as sacrilege should remember two important points: first, no economy wins any prizes for poverty; second, these countries happen to know a totalitarian movement when they see one.

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23 August 2013
 
 
About the effect of the UK's shale gas on prices
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» Energy

Fracking Lancashire makes the households of Europe £7.5 billion better off.

Per year.

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10 July 2013
 
 
This swindle is a political vanity project
by Matthew Sinclair
 sub-topic» Energy

If the Government makes you use a lot more energy that costs twice as much, or three times as much, don’t be surprised when your bills go up. If you want to know how it will affect your bill, you can find out at energyswindle.org. Experts at Liberum Capital estimate that if we meet Government targets overall total power costs will increase by another 29 per cent above inflation by 2020 and 100 per cent above inflation by 2030.

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08 July 2013
 
 
The Grand Prize in Obama's War on Coal (TM)
by Willis Eschenbach
 sub-topic» Energy

I swear, this unremitting attempt by Obama and the activists and the environmental NGOs to crush the poor back into their hovels, while they proudly declaim the noblest of motives, turns my stomach and threatens to fair unhinge my reason … how can they do that?

Billions and billions of dollars for two hundredths of a degree … bad news, folks, the Emperor not only has no clothes. He’s lost his mind entirely.

Grrrrr, bad for my blood pressure … in any case, here’s what coal did while Obama was declaring war on it …

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06 July 2013
 
 
Greens don't like fracking because they don't like prosperity
by Daniel Hannan MEP
 sub-topic» Energy

I can just about see what's upsetting the Eurocrats: they don't like capitalism, they don't like fossil fuels and they don't like Britain. Green objections are harder to understand: here is a clean, secure supply of power that will benefit everyone, but will disproportionately benefit the least well off, who spend a higher proportion of their income on energy bills. When I spoke in the European Parliament in support of fracking, most of the negative comments I received did not focus on specific safety concerns. Rather, they complained in general terms that fracking would 'poison the planet' or 'bleed Mother Earth' for no higher cause than 'greed'.

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11 June 2013
 
 
Bakken or Green River: Two irreconcilable visions
by Rick Manning
 sub-topic» Energy

The battle lines are cast between these two divergent visions for our nation’s future. One vision is vibrant, freewheeling, somewhat scary but exciting. The other a moribund future of failed five year plans conceived of and managed by lawyers, regulators and politicians leading to a continued decline of America’s economic might as we descend into a national acceptance that this is as good as it gets.

Bakken and Green River represent two irreconcilable visions for our nation’s future. And like on American Idol, there can only be one winner.

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29 April 2013
 
 
Get ready for shale
by Miles Saltiel
 sub-topic» Energy

This is welcome news as it paves the way for a secure, domestic, low-cost solution to the thorny problem of replacing the UK’s obsolescent capacity to generate electricity, with a low-carbon footprint feedstock. Many of the deposits are in the North, which would benefit from the investment; but they are also present in the south. In order to make the most of the opportunity, new policy is in order.

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03 April 2013
 
 
Obama Overreach Includes Energy
by Marita Noon
 sub-topic» Energy

In war, and we are in a war, when one side sees signs of weakness, it is time to act and exploit the vulnerabilities; go on the offensive. The weapons we have are social media, email, and our telephones. Here are some of the battles we could win if we join in the fight for American jobs, economic growth, and affordable energy.

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01 April 2013
 
 
On Fossil Fuels
by Blade
 sub-topic» Energy

When burning fossil fuels, all of it still remains here on earth where it has always been, we merely reorganize the elements into different compounds and relocate it to a different altitude, from below ground to the surface with a tiny portion of it winding up temporarily in the atmosphere until it gets sequestered yet again into more plants and animals, a cycle that shall repeat and renew.

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19 March 2013
 
 
When the lights go out
by John Hillam
 sub-topic» Energy

I petition for the following action to be taken:

To immediately stop the closure of any Power Station

To update existing conventional fuel Power Stations including Coal.

Not to allow any Power Station to close unless a replacement is up and fully running

To be self sufficient in Power Generation within the next five years

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06 January 2013
 
 
The Cost in Human Energy
by Willis Eschenbach
 sub-topic» Energy

I say let’s keep the old geezers warm right now, what the heck, they’ve been good to us, mostly, and lets provide inexpensive energy to the world, and thus encourage industry and agriculture to feed and clothe people, and let the grandkids deal with the dang future. That’s what our own grandparents did. They didn’t dick around trying to figure out the problems that we would face today. They faced the problems of their day.

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20 December 2012
 
 
The Shale Gas Revolution: Reindustrialize the Economy
by Marita Noon
 sub-topic» Energy

Remember, it is the Obama Administration, under pressure from environmentalists and the likes of Rep. Markey, which is preventing US consumers from benefitting from an “increase in wealth transfer and export revenues.” The economic benefits, as proven by the latest study, far outweigh the potential for higher energy prices. It is time to allow the shale gas revolution to reshape the global energy market.

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14 December 2012
 
 
Thought we were running out of fossil fuels?
New technology means Britain and the U.S. could tap undreamed reserves of gas and oil
by Nigel Lawson
 sub-topic» Energy

The bottom line is that, contrary to the peak oil fantasists, fossil fuels are going to become more available, not less.

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19 September 2012
 
 
Greens and Gummer routed as shale gas wins new enthusiasts
by Christopher Booker
 sub-topic» Energy

After years when our energy policy was being dictated by green wishful thinking, by the likes of Lord Deben and by state-subsidised pressure groups such as Friends of the Earth (which first invented, then helped to draft, the Climate Change Act), reality is at long last breaking in. The green make-believe that has cast such a malign spell over our country for far too long is finally on the run. Truly, last week was history being made.

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12 August 2012
 
 
Britain must be more attractive to 'remarkable' oil and gas industry, says Chancellor of the Exchequer
by Rowena Mason
 sub-topic» Energy

George Osborne will promise to make Britain an “even more attractive place” for the oil and gas industry in a blow to Liberal Democrat ambitions to shift away from fossil fuels.

The Chancellor will today praise “remarkable” oil and gas companies for making the most “significant contribution” to the UK economy in the energy sector. Mr Osborne will say gas is crucial to meet the UK’s electricity demand throughout the next decade and beyond.

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10 July 2012
 
 
Batter up: oil enough to deep-fry the lot of us
by George Monbiot
 sub-topic» Energy

The facts have changed, now we must change too. For the past 10 years an unlikely coalition of geologists, oil drillers, bankers, military strategists and environmentalists has been warning that peak oil - the decline of global supplies - is just around the corner. We had some strong reasons for doing so: production had slowed, the price had risen sharply, depletion was widespread and appeared to be escalating. The first of the great resource crunches seemed about to strike.

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25 June 2012
 
 
Winds of change among British conservatives
A government re-think on costly green energy resources is a winning statement of intent
by Benedict Brogan
 sub-topic» Energy

For the Conservatives, there is a political bonanza to be had from this moment. Dismay about wind farms has been particularly acute among the party’s grassroots. It is no surprise that Ukip is making the most of its opposition to turbines. Switching off subsidies for wind farms puts clear blue water between the Tories and the Lib Dems. And if played right, it could put Mr Cameron on the side of a global energy revolution that promises to keep the lights on, lower the cost to voters, and energise his electoral prospects when he most needs it.

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10 June 2012
 
 
Meet the Oil Shale Eighty Times Bigger than the Bakken
by Christopher Helman
 sub-topic» Energy

If Harold Hamm is convinced the Bakken will give up 24 billion barrels, a play 80 times bigger like the Bazhenov would imply 1,920 billion barrels. That’s a preposterous figure, enough oil to satisfy all of current global demand for 64 years, or to do 5 million bpd for more than 1,000 years. Rosneft, says Clint, has already estimated 18 billion barrels on its Bazhenov acreage. Either way, it looks like they’ll still be working the Bazhenov long after Vladimir Putin has finally retired and the Peak Oil crowd realizes there’s more oil out there than we’ve ever imagined.

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12 March 2012
 
 
The winds of change
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Energy

Even in a boom, wind farms would have been unaffordable — with their economic and ecological rationale blown away. In an era of austerity, the policy is doomed, though so many contracts have been signed that the expansion of wind farms may continue, for a while. But the scam has ended. And as we survey the economic and environmental damage, the obvious question is how the delusion was maintained for so long. There has been no mystery about wind’s futility as a source of affordable and abundant electricity — so how did the wind-farm scam fool so many policymakers?

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06 March 2012
 
 
Tell Parliament it's time to cut prices at the pumps
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Energy

Next Wednesday a mass lobby of Parliament will take place as part of National Fair Fuel day. The TPA team will be there and we need your help to persuade the Government to cut Fuel Duty on petrol and diesel. We've previously revealed the excessive motoring taxes that drivers are facing across the UK and Wednesday is your chance to make your voice heard about the cost of motoring.

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05 March 2012
 
 
The death of peak oil
by Alan Kohler
 sub-topic» Energy

We’ve already got the digital revolution and the switch from consumption to savings after the GFC, not to mention the rise of China and India. Now we have the death of peak oil.

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08 February 2012
 
 
Britain's Wind Lunacy
by Leo McKinstry
 sub-topic» Energy

While we cripple ourselves in an expensive display of ideological superiority, nations such as China, India and Brazil are forging ahead. It does not have to be like this. We are a uniquely energy rich country with plentiful supplies of oil, gas and coal, as well as nuclear expertise.

We should be exploiting our resources to become richer, not submitting to green lunacy to make ourselves poorer.

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07 December 2011
 
 
Wind power truly in the realm of mysticism
by Kelvin Kemm
 sub-topic» Energy

I recently received a comprehensive wind power report from the UK. This report contains the real results of UK wind power facilities. It is very revealing. For example, it quotes, in detail, the significant number of days during the past year when the entire system produced essentially no output at all. What this tells one is that the entire installed wind capacity needs a backup consisting of some really reliable source like coal or nuclear.

What then is the point of large-scale wind power if one needs a second source in reserve? I am not aware of any place in the world where the installation of large-scale wind energy has actually resulted in the decommissioning of other significant power sources.

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25 November 2011
 
 
Prince Philip: Only tickling the nose of our energy crisis
by Clive Aslet
 sub-topic» Energy

I’m not the first person to have noticed that wind farms only generate electricity when the wind is blowing. On a freezing day, when the country turns up its electric blanket, the ear hearkens to what Robert Bridges called “the stillness of the solemn air”. No wind. However many turbines bristle on Welsh mountain tops or pylons stride through the Great Glen, we’ll only be tickling the nose of our energy crisis. We’re missing those targets to reduce emissions by a country mile. Yet as the winter progresses, life for some of the poorest members of society will become more difficult because of it. Food and fuel are going up in price, fuel by more than it need do because of those wretched wind farms.

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20 November 2011
 
 
Good riddance to the great solar scam
by Dominic Lawson
 sub-topic» Energy

When the Confederation of British Industry and the big Trade Unions are in policy agreement, it amounts to reliable circumstantial evidence for taking the opposite view. For example, the employers' organisation and the TUC were both in favour of early British entry into the euro, a powerful establishment consensus which Gordon Brown was wise enough to thwart.

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04 November 2011
 
 
Our coal industry is in tatters and the gas is running out. Is there an alternative? Incredibly, there really is
by David Rose
 sub-topic» Energy

Even if only ten per cent turns out to be commercially recoverable this would still be enough to meet Britain’s gas supply needs for around 15 years. In time it may be enough to offset the rapid decline in gas from the North Sea, and to remove any need for imports.

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