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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 …

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'.