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Will Solar Power Be at Fault for the Next Environmental Crisis?

Solar panel waste will become a major issue in the coming decades as old solar panels reach the ends of their useful lifespans and require disposal. Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a warning that the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces each year is likely to increase from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the country has no plan for safely disposing of it. China has more solar power plants than any other country, operating roughly twice as many solar panels as the United States and also has no plan for the disposal of the old panels. In China, there could be 20 million metric tons of solar panel waste, or 2,000 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, by 2050. California, another world leader in deploying solar panels, likewise has no plan for disposal, despite its boasts of environmental consciousness. Only Europe requires solar panel manufacturers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their useful lives.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

Climate Optimism, Energy Realism for the Next Generation

I recently addressed a group of highly motivated high school students about environmental and energy issues relating to climate change. The event, Local to Global Politics: Climate Change, was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Houston.

Knowing that climate activists abounded at the two-and-a-half day affair, I pitched an optimistic view of free markets and a cautionary one about intellectual elites identifying problems for the government to solve.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, August 14, 2017 - Full Story

Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of Climate Hysteria and Anti-Trump Resistance rising to a crescendo. If we don’t end our evil fossil-fuel-burning lifestyles and go 100% renewable Right Now, we are doomed, they rail.

Maybe it’s our educational system, our cargo cult’s easy access to food and technology far from farms, mines and factories, or the end-of-days propaganda constantly pounded into our heads. Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Full Story

Loons, Loonies, and Lunatics

On the many lakes covering the continental Granite Shield, the Common Loon is a regular sight that everyone enjoys. Typically you’ll only see one pair in any one lake or embayment. It’s not only just their steadfast, self-reliant habit and their splendid black & white plumage. As other water fowl, the loons mate for life but what really entrances people are the loons’ calls. The most recognizable and enchanting one is the melancholic call for its mate.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Full Story

Concrete- Lots Of Activity

A single industry accounts for around 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. It produces a material so ubiquitous it is nearly invisible: cement. Cement is the primary ingredient in concrete, which in turn forms the foundations and structures of buildings we live and work in, and the roads and bridges we drive on. Concrete is the second most consumed substance on Earth after water. On average, each year, three tons of concrete are consumed by every person on the planet. Cement production is growing by 2.5% annually.* 1

By Jack Dini - Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Full Story

Bill Nye wants global warming deniers to die

The scientifically illiterate “Science Guy” Bill Nye says the argument about climate change is over and it’s time to drag warming skeptics through the street to the gallows.

Well, Nye didn’t quite say that, but he is looking forward to everyone who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with him on anthropogenic global warming to get six feet under in a hurry.

By Matthew Vadum - Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Will Consumers Forfeit Traditional Vehicles for Electrics?

Globally, the number of electric vehicles on the road in 2016 was 2 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). China, Europe and the United States make up the three main markets, totaling more than 90 percent of all electric vehicles sold. China alone accounted for over 40 percent of the electric vehicles sold in 2016—and more than twice the volume sold in the United States—due to its lucrative subsidies and large population. In Europe, Norway had the highest share of the electric vehicle market at 29 percent, followed by the Netherlands with 6.4 percent and Sweden with 3.4 percent. Electric vehicles still made up only 0.2 percent of passenger light-duty vehicles on the roads of the world in 2016. According to the IEA, in order to limit temperature increases to below 2¬∞C by the end of the century, the number of electric cars will need to reach 600 million by 2040—a factor increase of 300.1

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By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Tech Guru Unveils New Battery To Challenge Lithium-Ion

The rise of electric vehicles and the quest to find solutions to energy storage for the renewables industry have created a breeding ground for tech experts to develop battery technologies.

Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they claim would be cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion battery.

“What people didn’t really realize is that alkaline batteries could be made rechargeable,” Joy told Bloomberg in a phone interview last week. “I think people had given up,” Joy noted.

By Oilprice.com -- Tsvetana Paraskova- Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Al Gore learns it’s tough to continually sell your fear-mongering if your predictions never come tru

There were supposed to be mega-tornados carving trenches across a weather-ravaged nation. ...But tornadic activity has been in near-constant decline since the 50’s. We were supposed to see Katrina-like storms with shocking regularity. Instead, we enjoyed a decade-long cat-3 storm drought - the longest in the nation’s history. The polar ice caps were supposed to be free of ice, sea levels would rise, our cities would be underwater, and we’d all grow gills like Kevin Costner in Waterworld.

So of course, Al Gore decided to buy a $9 million ocean-front mansion in a gated community near Montecito, California.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Australia “weather-experts” falsify climate change

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed.)

“Global warming is a non-problem…I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.” (Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel-Prize winner in physics)

“The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact, I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change.” (Green Guru James Lovelock, who once predicted imminent destruction of the planet via global warming)

By Jon Rappoport - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Actually, Plenty of Intellectuals Oppose a Carbon Tax

As is his wont, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman recently chided Bret Stephens, who had been lamenting the intellectual downfall of American conservatism. Krugman agreed with Stephens that today’s right-wing personalities are no substitute for the late Bill Buckley, but Krugman argued that there really never was a “golden age” of conservatism. These guys have always been morally bankrupt and low-brow thinkers, in Krugman’s book. He went on to list four key policy areas in which conservatives, according to Krugman, have either fumbled the ball or have been awful all along. One area in which Krugman thinks conservatives have regressed is environmental policy. “The use of markets and price incentives to fight pollution,” Krugman wrote, “was, initially, aconservative ideacondemned by some on the left. But liberals eventually took it on board—while cap-and-trade became a dirty word on the right.”

On his popular blog, economist Tyler Cowen pushed back against Krugman, with the apparent intent of defending conservatives’ intellectual honor. But rather than herald the sophistication of conservative critiques against cap-and-trade and carbon taxes, Cowen countered Krugman by dismissing the notion that conservatives oppose those measures. Oddly, Cowen argues that “[c]onservative intellectuals never have turned against the idea of a carbon tax, as evidenced by Greg Mankiw’s leadership of the Pigou Club.” But here, Cowen is simply mistaken. Plenty of conservative (and libertarian) intellectuals have indeed publicly come out against carbon taxes, and some of these are academics with more training in environmental economics than Greg Mankiw.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Book Review: “Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants”

For decades, misplaced fears of nuclear energy convinced environmentalists and lawmakers to shutter America’s nuclear power plants. However, a new book seeks to set the record straight on nuclear and usher in a brighter future for the vilified industry.

Written by Jeremy Carl and David Fedor, two energy scholars at Stanford University, Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants argues that nuclear power has enormous potential to provide America safe and reliable electricity while lowering costs for consumers. Unfortunately, government policy has increased the average cost of nuclear-generated electricity by 29 percent since 2002, from $28 per megawatt hour to $36, by imposing ever expanding regulatory burdens on nuclear power plants.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Blackouts Stalk Green Energy Utopia

It is 7:00 p.m. on a cold, still night in the city which boasts “100% Green Energy”.

Thousands of electric cars are plugged into chargers; electric lights, heaters and TVs are running; electric stoves are cooking dinner, electric trains and lifts are moving late commuters and early revellers, and the pubs and clubs are busy.

By Viv Forbes - Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Full Story

This was not supposed to happen: Gore’s sequel comes in dismal 15th at box office

Climate activists in shock at Gore sequel bombing at box office: ‘This was not supposed to happen’

‘Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again’

‘He should have demanded a recount.’

Gore fans reduced to blaming the distributor. ‘A botched strategy by Paramount Pictures effectively sabotaged the nationwide release’ of Gore’s sequel.

Gore had urged followers to ‘fill theaters’ to send message to ‘Trump and the other climate deniers’

By Marc Morano - Monday, August 7, 2017 - Full Story

Shameless fear-mongering—versus reality

Before I could enjoy a movie last week, I was forced to endure five minutes of climate and weather fear-mongering, when the theater previewed Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel.” His attempt to pin every weather disaster of the past decade on humanity’s fossil fuel use felt like fifty minutes of water boarding.

Mr. Gore has made tens of millions of dollars pedaling this nonsense and his demand that modern society undergo a “wrenching transformation” from oil, natural gas and coal to a utopian make-believe world powered by biofuels, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and batteries.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, August 7, 2017 - Full Story

Whitehouse-Schatz Carbon Tax Proposal Ignores Realities of Political Process

Last week, at an event at the American Enterprise Institute, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) unveiled the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act—a carbon tax that places a $49 per ton fee on carbon emissions. According to Whitehouse and Schatz, the tax would be implemented at the point of extraction or importation of fossil fuels and would steadily increase over time. Taxing carbon emissions at the point of extraction would mean that the tax would be placed at the earliest point in the supply chain—during the mining or drilling process used to recover fossils fuels.

The plan’s advocates claim the bill will be revenue neutral, as revenues will be used to offset a reduction in the corporate tax rate and to offer workers an annual inflation-adjusted $550 refundable tax credit to offset payroll taxes. The bill also plans to use the carbon tax revenue to deliver $10 billion annually in grants to states to help low-income and rural households and to help workers transition to new industries. In addition to carbon tax credits, the plan also proposes a border adjustment tax to adjust prices of imports and exports so that they also reflect the cost of carbon emissions.

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, August 6, 2017 - Full Story

Electricity Prices in South Australia Skyrocket

As of July 1, 2017, electricity prices in the state of South Australia are the highest in the world, exceeding Denmark’s due to price increases of between 15.3 and 19.9 percent by its three major electric utilities.1 In nearby New South Wales the problem is not much better, with more than 60,000 households at risk of having their power cut off because they cannot afford the bills.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Full Story

Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.: Exclusive Renewable Diesel Technology Turns Trash Into Cash

Despite decades of educating North Americans on the benefits of recycling, plus cutting-edge technologies that sort and recycle everything from tires to table scraps, billions of tonnes of garbage continue to be dumped into landfills and into our oceans every year.

By Rick Mills - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Full Story

This Oil Price Rally Has Reached Its Limit

Last week, crude oil rallied the most so far this year, gaining more than 8 percent, or $4 per barrel. Oil traders are much more optimistic than they were just a month ago, and the market is on the upswing. However, the rally could run out of steam in the not-so-distant future, a familiar result for those paying attention to the oil market in the last few years.

There are several significant reasons why oil prices have regained most of the lost ground since the end of May. First, the OPEC cuts continue to have an effect. We can quibble over the degree to which OPEC members are complying with their promised cuts, but the cartel is taking more than 1 million barrels per day off the market, with a small group of non-OPEC countries contributing about half as much in reductions. As time goes on, that will help narrow the imbalances.

By Oilprice.com -- Nick Cunningham- Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Full Story

Milton Friedman on Energy

Born on this day 105 years ago, free-market economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was one of a kind.

Even the dyspeptic Paul Krugman called his rival “the economist’s economist…a very great man indeed—a man of intellectual courage who was one of the most important economic thinkers of all time and possibly the most brilliant communicator of economic ideas to the general public that ever lived.” The Economist (November 23, 2006) called him “the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century…and possibly all of it.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Full Story