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Yet another renewable energy boondoggle

Wilkinson Solar has filed papers requesting permits for a 74-megawatt solar electricity facility about 35 miles east of Greenville, NC. If approved, 288,120 solar panels would blanket 600 acres (0.94 square miles) of now scenic, serene farmland next door to the Terra Ceia Christian School near Morehead City.

The company wants to catch the solar wave, and make a lot of money under “net metering” policies that require payment for electricity added to the grid, whenever it is generated and regardless of whether the electricity is needed at the time. Electricity generated from these new panels would not be sold in the local area; it would be exported to Virginia, Raleigh-Durham and other locations.

By Paul Driessen - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

The Wrong Way to Save Nuclear Power

Earlier this month, Jeremy Carl and David Fedor of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, released a book showcasing the dire state of America’s nuclear energy industry. Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants highlights the problems facing the beleaguered power source and offers a range of proposals to save America’s nuclear reactors. And while some of their proposals would make meaningful headway toward transforming nuclear power into a viable power source, others would merely make the nuclear energy industry dependent on government largesse and raise costs on consumers in the process.

As I discussed in my previous article, the authors support reforming the federal government’s expensive licensing restrictions which make it harder for newer and cheaper reactors to reach the market. In particular, they call for ending the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s requirement that nuclear developers complete a decade-long application before any approvals are made. In its place, they support shifting the NRC’s licensing process towards a “test-then-license” system in which the commission would grant companies faster step-by-step approval as they wade through the process.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

This ‘Endangered Species’ Story Was Government-Sponsored Fake News

Rob Gordon is a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and has researched, testified, and written on endangered species, property rights, the federal estate, and other environmental issues. He previously served as staff director for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Leave it to the federal government to make a costly mistake, obscure it for decades at taxpayer expense, and then try to claim it was a success.

By Heritage Foundation - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Full Story

Callous CALAS activists against the poor

Not long ago, supposed “environmental justice” concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus.

In one case, a state-run mine and smelter had fouled the air, land and water with toxic contaminants in a Peruvian town for 75 years. Environmental groups raised few objections—until a U.S. company bought the properties and began installing modern pollution controls, implementing worker health and safety practices, cleaning up widespread lead dust, and initiating numerous community improvement projects.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, August 28, 2017 - Full Story

Fish database could help eliminate the ultimate bait and switch

Fish fraud, the misrepresentation of cheaper fish as more expensive ones, is a rampant problem worldwide. Now in a study appearing ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that they are making strides toward the development of a protein database capable of definitively identifying fish species. This information could help nab imposters of salmon, tuna and other popular fish before they reach people’s plates.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, August 28, 2017 - Full Story

Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

As the world population continues to balloon, agricultural experts puzzle over how farms will produce enough food to keep up with demand. One tactic involves boosting crop yields. Toward that end, scientists have developed a method to make a low-cost, biocompatible fertilizer with carbon dots derived from rapeseed pollen. The study, appearing in ACS Omega, found that applying the carbon dots to hydroponically cultivated lettuce promoted its growth by 50 percent.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, August 28, 2017 - Full Story

Texas Nationalist Movement: Statement on Hurricane Harvey

There are no words to describe the devastation that is being felt right now. We have heard from members that have lost their homes or are evacuated and have no idea if they will have a home to return to. There are others that are concerned for family members in the affected areas that have gone silent. There looks to be no break from the storm until Wednesday or Thursday.

By News on the Net - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story

Brown is taxing the middle class to subsidize buyers of overpriced Teslas

CHICAGO —  When the sale of its 200,000th vehicle occurs later this year, Tesla buyers will no longer be able to claim a $7,500-per-vehicle federal tax credit for purchasing one. 

But fear not!  California’s climate-crazy legislature is coming to the rescue.

By H. Sterling Burnett - Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Full Story

Al Gore’s Energy Problems

Climate alarmism was launched almost 30 years ago when the featured scientist before Al Gore’s Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources testified that he was “99 percent certain” human activity was behind that year’s unusually hot summer.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Full Story

IER Statement on Department of Energy Grid Report

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report on electricity markets and reliability, as directed by Secretary Rick Perry. IER President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“The DOE grid study is a solid examination of the challenges that lie ahead in order to ensure the reliability, affordability, resiliency, and diversity of our electricity system.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, August 25, 2017 - Full Story

Fact-Checking & Review of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Climate Depot reviews Gore’s sequel: ‘Stand up and cheer’ moment when U.S. exits UN Paris pact - ‘Unexpected hero of the film—Trump!’ - ‘A tour de force’ to see U.S. exit UN Paris pact.

‘Who would have thought that a film that featured weather disasters and apocalyptic predictions of climate doom would have a happy ending! The ending has a stand up and cheer moment when President Donald Trump announces the U.S. is exiting the UN climate pact.’

By Marc Morano - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Obama Administration / Environmentalists Shut Down of Dakota Acce

(Washington, DC)—Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense for all records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding environmentalist groups’ attempts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch vs. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:17-cv-01282)).

The suit was filed after the Department of Defense failed to respond to a May 8, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

By Judicial Watch - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Gas Tax Revenues Will Plummet With Large Increase in Electric Vehicles

Europe and the United States need to prepare for lower gasoline and diesel tax revenues if electric vehicle sales skyrocket as some analysts predict. For example, if electric vehicles were to represent 60 percent of U.S. new car sales by 2030, annual tax revenue (federal and state) would be reduced by $10 billion, or about 14 percent compared to if electric vehicle sales remained flat at 1 percent of new car sales. If electric vehicle sales reached 20 percent of new car sales, gasoline revenue would still fall by $3 billion, or about 5 percent.sup>1 California, which has the highest number of electric vehicles, would be hit hard as it currently has the sixth largest gasoline tax.sup>2The state recently passed an increase to its gasoline tax of $0.12 per gallon (up to $0.52 a gallon from $0.40 per gallon) and an increase in its diesel tax by $0.20 per gallon, both of which will take effect on November 1.sup>3 The increase will make its gasoline tax the second highest in the country, behind only Pennsylvania.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry

Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of oil will be “lower for longer”, or even “lower forever”, as the electrification of transport will eat away at oil demand more and more while, at the same time, technological innovation (shale in particular) will greatly increase economically recoverable resources. On the other hand, however, there is the view that the price of oil is set to explode, primarily due to underinvestment in the upkeep of brownfields, development of greenfields, and exploration for new resources.

Our view is that most likely, both will happen. How it is possible for the price of oil to go both up and not up, and what would that mean for the oil industry? We will explain.

By -- Andreas de Vries and Dr. Salman Ghouri- Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Does the Developing World Want Solar Power?

While some of the developing world leapfrogged to cellular phones without ever using landlines first, it does not have a matching appetite for skipping over central station power generated by reliable traditional technologies for solar power and mini-grids. An attempt to leapfrog to mini-grids using solar power in northeastern India resulted in no takers at the true cost of the system and only a few takers when it was heavily subsidized. In Dharnai, a village in the state of Bihar near the Nepalese border, youngsters demanded the “real source of energy,” rather than “the fake solar powered” energy after a solar micro-grid was installed providing electricity for the first time in 33 years.1 Among developing countries, including China and India, there is a long-standing recognition of the need for fossil fuels, especially coal, which is more abundant and has a competitive edge over natural gas. This is particularly true in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where coal reserves are plentiful.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Full Story

IER Publishes “The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power”

WASHINGTON – The popular media is replete with articles heralding the falling costs of solar power. But while solar’s costs may be going down, so too is its value to the electricity grid. Today, as the nation anticipates its first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, the Institute for Energy Research released a paper detailing this phenomenon, which it calls the solar value cliff.

The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power chronicles the following:

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. tops world in oil and natural gas jobs, but many more await

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been a summer of good energy news for American consumers: Memorial Day gas prices averaging $2.36 and Independence Day gas prices at 12-year lows.

Americans have been hitting the road in record numbers this summer, reaping the benefits of the U.S. energy revolution.

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report keeps the good news coming — confirming, fittingly, that the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a blockbuster job creator.
The report from consulting firm PwC reveals that the industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs — up from 9.8 million in 2011.

By Jack N. Gerard - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

Fair trade for thee, but not for me

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power.

We’re constantly confronted with slogans and lectures about fair trade, human rights, sustainability, environmental and social justice, little people versus Big Corporations. Most of these subjective terms reflect perspectives and agendas of the political left, and are intended to advance those worldviews and stifle any discussion about them. But most of their self-avowed adherents never look beneath the surface of their own purchases. Indeed, they would have no standards at all if they didn’t have double standards.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Full Story

California Gas-Fired Power Plant Files for Bankruptcy

The La Paloma natural gas plant in California filed for bankruptcy last December because it was not getting enough operating time to cover its costs due to solar and other renewable energy receiving preference. The plant, which serves as back-up to the state’s renewable generating technologies, was also denied a reliability charge by the state that would have allowed it to continue to operate. The owners project an annual loss of $39 million without a reliability contract or other support. In its bankruptcy filing, the plant owners listed assets of between $100 million and $500 million and liabilities of $500 million to $1 billion.1  La Paloma is a 1200-megawatt merchant plant located 110 miles northwest of Los Angeles and is able to serve both the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Full Story

How cicadas manage to ‘wing it’

Unlike locusts and many other flying insects, cicadas don’t soar through the air with the greatest of ease. Now in a study appearing the ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, scientists report that certain chemical components in the insect’s wings could explain why.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story