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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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.