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Today: Fri, September 30 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
15 August 2016
How Uncle Sam Underwrites Coal-Powered Automobiles
by Vanessa Brown Calder
 sub-topic» Energy

In effect, Tesla and other electric-vehicle makers have done something clever and appealing: They have replaced carbon emissions you can see with carbon emissions you can’t see, at least not coming out of the tailpipe. In fact, if your electric vehicle is charged with electricity from a coal-fired power plant, it is estimated to emit 15 ounces of carbon per mile, a full 3 ounces per mile more than a similar gasoline-powered vehicle.

24 June 2016
The Great British Wind Farm Scandal: These Are The Heads That Should Roll - Part 3
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Energy

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this is the most disgraceful public scandal of our age. And I think it makes a nonsense of our belief that we are a country of great probity with an effective, honest political system. If we were as high minded and decent as we kid ourselves, then some of the parties I have named above would be facing hefty fines or a stint in prison – and certainly the confiscation of their assets to compensate all the people who have lost out as a result of their dishonesty or, at best, grotesquely misguided high-mindedness. Green loons will always be with us. But the very least we ought to be able to expect our scientists, politicians, economists, businessmen and journalists to do is to hold their wild claims to account rather than indulging their fantasy and impoverishing ordinary people as a result.

23 June 2016
The Great British Wind Farm Scandal: These Are The Heads That Should Roll - Part 2
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Energy

* The BBC

Never once – so far as I can recall – has the BBC ever called into question the viability of or the need for these industrial blights on our landscape. It’s supposed to be impartial and to represent the interests of the whole country. Yet it has allowed itself to be captured by a narrow establishment with a vested interest in promulgating the renewable lie. This represents a betrayal of trust, an abuse of the licence fee and a failure of journalism.

* The media generally

Here is what ought to be – indeed is – one of the most scandalous wastes of public money in living memory. Why weren’t our journalists on top of this?

22 June 2016
The Great British Wind Farm Scandal: These Are The Heads That Should Roll - Part 1
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Energy

How about that all you idyllic villages from Cornwall through Northamptonshire to the Fens and thence up north to the humpy Howgills and beyond who’ve had your views blighted, your peace disturbed, your property values trashed, your avian wildlife sliced and diced, your livestock frightened and your community cohesion disrupted by wind projects you never wanted, which you fought hard to prevent, but which were dumped on your doorstep anyway?

How does it feel to know that – having wasted all that time, money and heartache trying unsuccessfully to fight those greedy developers and selfish landowners through the biased planning process only to be overruled by some sinister Inspector Blight figure from the Planning Inspectorate – you’ve belatedly been vindicated by the wind industry itself?

12 June 2016
Wind turbine boss admits no more should be built in England because it isn’t windy enough
by Victoria Finan
 sub-topic» Energy

The chief executive of the UK's top wind industry trade body has admitted that more turbine projects in England aren't viable - because it isn't windy enough.

31 December 2015
Days when wind farms run at below 10% capacity
Union say figures show renewable energy cannot be relied on and Britain needs nuclear and gas-powered energy plants
by Vanessa Allen
 sub-topic» Energy

GMB General Secretary Paul Kenny said: 'The renewables lobby has to face up to the need for a base load electricity capacity that is reliable and clean on the days that the wind does not blow and the sun doesn't shine.

'When your electricity supply has 'Gone with the Wind', the response of the renewable energy suppliers that 'Frankly my dear we don't give a damn' is just not acceptable.'

07 September 2015
There Is a Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
by Tim Black
 sub-topic» Energy

Pointedly, Epstein is worried not only about the rectitude of the so-called science, but the elevation of The Science as a source of implacable authority. It’s as if it’s enough for those adhering to the minimise-human-impact, nature-centric worldview merely to invoke The Science to win the debate. The Science tells us that we must reduce CO2 emissions; The Science tells us we must reduce energy consumption; The Science tells us we have to fly less; The Science tells us to jump off a bridge… Epstein is unmoved. ‘Any given science cannot tell you how to act’, he says, mentioning the fact he himself trained to be a scientist when younger. ‘Science can only really give you information, not instruction. We have a very religious-dogmatic approach to science, which has a long history, exploiting science’s deserved prestige for its legitimate accomplishments. Hence dictators and charlatans always want to call what they do “science”. So as soon as you hear someone say “you should do X because The Science with a capital S says so”, you’ve got to start questioning it – or start running.’

01 September 2015
New fracking drive ‘to spark rural warfare’
by John Stevens
 sub-topic» Energy

Campaigners warned of ‘battles’ to defend the countryside last night as vast new areas of England were left facing the possibility of being fracked.

19 August 2015
Crude Analysis
by Don Boudreaux
 sub-topic» Energy

The explanation for this long-standing historical trend, and for the flaw in Mr. Morgan’s reasoning, is the fact that production is chiefly governed by economic incentives and only secondarily by physical constraints. The production of petroleum – no less than the production of coffee, corn, and candy bars – increases as the return to producers increases. A rise in the price of petroleum or (as instanced by the recent fracking boom) a fall in production costs intensifies producers’ incentives to discover and produce more petroleum. One upshot of this reality is that Uncle Sam’s ban on crude-oil exports, by restricting the size of the market served by American oil producers, artificially lowers the return to producers of finding in America more sources of petroleum. Given the immense economies of scale in today’s oil industry, the export ban likely lowers, rather than raises, the future amounts of accessible petroleum available in America.

09 July 2015
Red Tape on Steroids — the Obama War on Consumers
by Betsy McCaughey
 sub-topic» Energy

Consumers and businesses won big at the Supreme Court on Monday.

The justices struck down an Environmental Protection Agency regulation on coal-plant emissions on the grounds that the EPA failed to consider whether the costs outweighed the benefits. Not the cost to government, mind you. The cost to us, as consumers and business owners, to comply.

23 June 2015
Whose Fossil Fuel Use Will G7 Leaders Reduce by 70%?
by Mary Theroux
 sub-topic» Energy

The reduction certainly won’t come from the G7 leaders: no cutbacks in motorcades, fleets of presidential 747s, entourages of hundreds:

Obama’s one-night trip to Brussels last year entailed an entourage of 900, with 45 vehicles transported in three cargo planes (not to mention Air Force One and the Presidential Airlift Group), and his trip through Africa included hundreds of Secret Service agents, 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks, and fighter jets flying in shifts.

As also reported, last year’s UN summit on climate change held in Peru generated more CO2 than a small country.

15 June 2015
The UK’s £1 billion carbon-belcher raping US forests… that YOU pay for
How world's biggest "green" power plant is actually INCREASING greenhouse gas emissions
by David Rose
 sub-topic» Energy

Perhaps most damningly of all, its hunger for wood fuel is devastating hardwood forests in America, to the fury of US environmentalists, who say that far from saving the planet, companies like Drax are destroying it. Drax denies this, saying it only uses dust and residues from sawmills, as well as wood left over when others log trees for purposes such as construction. Inquiries by The Mail on Sunday investigation suggests this claim is highly questionable.

22 December 2014
Green policies to add up to 40pc to cost of household electricity
by Robert Mendick
 sub-topic» Energy

Dr John Constable, director of Renewable Energy Foundation, the think tank whose Freedom of Information request was responsible for forcing DECC to release the price impact tables, said: “The striking scale and increasing trend of the climate policy energy price impacts are bad enough in themselves, but DECC’s attempt to conceal these vitally important figures is breathtaking.”

Dr Constable said he had been told by informed sources that pressure had been put on DECC to withhold the tables.

11 December 2014
Oil Price Plunge Benefits U.S. at Home and Abroad
by The Patriot Post
 sub-topic» Energy

It’s a story the late economist Milton Friedman would love: A whole industry rises up under a regulation-happy government and sets the stage for economic security here and abroad. Our analysis? Drill, baby, drill.

14 October 2014
The Case for Recycling Nuclear Waste
by The Independent Institute
 sub-topic» Energy

Indeed, France and Great Britain are two countries that deal with nuclear waste in a manner diametrically opposite the path chosen by American politicians. Whereas U.S. law prohibits the recycling of nuclear waste—and thereby makes the disposal problem exclusively one of long-term storage—France and England permit nuclear waste to be recycled. France, for example, allows its 58 nuclear power plants to send spent fuel rods to a recycling facility on the Normandy coast, where after a three-year cooling period the waste is turned into mixed-oxide fuel.

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.

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.

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.