Energy Production on Federal Lands Lags Behind Private and State Lands
By Institute for Energy Research Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“Oil production from Federal and Indian lands in 2014 rose twelve percent from the previous year and is now up 81 percent since 2008 – 113 million barrels per year in 2008 to 205 million barrels per year in 2014.” Testimony of Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Federal Lands, July 15, 2015(i]
While the statement above taken from the testimony of Neil Kornze, the Director of the Bureau of Land Management is correct, his statement is highly misleading since most of the 81 percent increase in oil production between fiscal years 2008 and 2014 occurred on Indian lands, not purely federal lands.
Arctic Bounces Back, World Returns To Sea Ice Levels Seen In 1980s
By Guest Column Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Just one cool summer caused the much-worried-about Arctic icepack to swell by no less than a third in 2013 and it has grown even more since - more than making good its losses during the previous few years. Meanwhile of course, the southern sea ice around Antarctica has continued to spread out and cover bigger areas all the time, a circumstance which has frankly stumped climate scientists as their models cannot account for it. Antarctic ice hit a new all-time record last year, in fact.—Lewis Page, The Register, 21 July 2015
UK Getting Wise to Renewable Subsidies
By Institute for Energy Research Monday, July 20, 2015
Many people have been led to believe that renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar must be very affordable since their energy sources – wind and solar – are free. In truth, these sources exist because of government policies, including subsidies and mandates, and increasingly, governments are moving to reduce the subsidies because consumers are objecting to higher and higher energy bills.
Mexico’s energy reform is rolling, albeit with training wheels
By Marita Noon Monday, July 20, 2015
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto reformed his country’s energy policy and invited outside intelligence and investment to boost slumping oil output. In late 2013, he amended the Constitution to allow private and foreign companies to explore and produce oil and gas in Mexico—for the first time in nearly eight decades. The amendments put an end to the government monopoly. Nieto hopes his reforms will bring in $50 billion in investment by 2018.
Britain’s Green Energy Subsidies Face The Axe
By Guest Column Monday, July 20, 2015
Subsidies for new wind farms and solar power plants are set to be cut as ministers move to protect millions of families from rising energy bills. The government is expected to announce the decision this week, after official figures revealed that so-called “green” energy schemes will require £1.5 billion more in subsidies – paid for by customers – than originally planned.
Take a Bow for the New Revolution
By Paul Driessen Saturday, July 18, 2015
From the outset, President Obama directed his powerful government agencies and congressional allies to help him “fundamentally transform” the United States. Too many of them were eager to nationalize the nation’s healthcare system, ignore or rewrite inconvenient laws, control the internet and political speech, implement new regulations that imposed enormous costs for few or illusory benefits, and shut down oil, gas and coal in favor of expensive, unreliable, heavily subsidized wind, solar and biofuel energy.
Cardinal George Pell Criticises Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical
By Guest Column Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Vatican’s financial chief, Cardinal George Pell, has taken the unusual step of criticizing Pope Francis’ groundbreaking environmental encyclical, arguing the Catholic Church has “no particular expertise in science.”
‘Crippling High Energy Costs’ Blamed For 720 UK Jobs Losses At Tata Steel
By Guest Column Friday, July 17, 2015
Tata Steel blamed green taxes and cheap imports as it announced 720 job cuts at its speciality steel business in the UK. The steel maker said the business – which supplies sectors such as aerospace and construction – had been hit by the UK’s “cripplingly high electricity costs”, which are up to more than double those of its European rivals.—Amy Frizell, The Independent, 17 July 2015
Is Natural Gas the Answer for Electric Utilities?
By Institute for Energy Research Thursday, July 16, 2015
Electric utilities have turned to natural gas for electricity generation because of its low prices and because of onerous regulations affecting coal plants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Natural gas emits about half the carbon dioxide emissions that coal emits and is dispatchable, which means it can be turned on and off by an electric grid systems operator and thus can be used to back-up renewable technologies such as wind and solar when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. Its dependability as a generating technology, its low fuel cost, and its lower emission rate make natural gas an important generating source for electric utilities. So much, in fact, that in April 2015, natural gas surpassed coal in electricity output, generating 31 percent of the nation’s electricity to 30 percent for coal.(i] Coal, in the recent past, had been generating 50 percent of the nation’s electricity.
Britain Faces Multi-Billion Black Hole In Renewables Subsidies
By Guest Column Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Government is facing a multi-billion pound black hole in its budget to pay for new clean energy supplies, which could result in rising household electricity bills unless there is a dramatic decline in investment in renewable technologies. Senior Whitehall sources have told The Independent that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has already overspent its budget by £1.5bn to support renewable energy projects over the next five years.
A portable ‘paper machine’ can diagnose disease for less than $2
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In the U.S. and other industrialized nations, testing for infectious diseases and cancer often requires expensive equipment and highly trained specialists. In countries where resources are limited, performing the same diagnostics is far more challenging. To address this disparity, scientists are developing a portable, low-cost “paper machine” for point-of-care detection of infectious diseases, genetic conditions and cancer. Their report appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.
Global Bankruptcy, Sustainable Development, and Propaganda
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ever so caring for the fate of humanity, Pope Francis’ duties have now extended from world climatologist, population control, and critic of free market economics, to expert on global bankruptcy. He said, “The goods of the Earth are meant for everyone, and however much someone may parade his property, it has a social mortgage.”
The Catholic principle of “social mortgage” is the idea that the public has a “legitimate and necessary claim on private wealth and property.”
We are so lucky that we have such a capable Pope who not only tends to the souls of his flock but also to the pockets of the rich and of the downtrodden who are in serious need of wealth redistribution and social justice.
The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle
By Oilprice.com Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In the past, I documented the overstatements by both the IEA and EIA in 2014 & 2015 in terms of supply, inventory and understatements of demand. Others also noticed these distortions and, whether intentional or not, they exist and they are very large in dollar terms. These distortions, which are affecting price through media hype and/or direct/indirect price manipulation, are quite possibly the largest in financial history.
Lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Five years ago this week, engineers stopped the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill — the largest one in U.S. history, easily displacing the Exxon Valdez spill from the top spot. Now, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look at the lessons scientists are learning from these accidents to improve clean-up efforts and, perhaps, prevent spills altogether.
Scientists Discover ‘Surprisingly High’ Geothermal Heating Beneath West Antarctic Ice Sh
By Guest Column Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Geothermal heating from within the Earth’s core – as opposed to the possibly warming air or sea – has been measured beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet for the first time ever. And, we are told, it is “surprisingly high.” Exactly what the new geothermal heating figures mean for the forecasts remains to be seen, but it is clear that the amount of geothermal heating is a good bit more than scientists had thought. Some of them are still hoping that it’s a fluke result.