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Trump Administration Working Hard to Undo Obama’s Onerous Regulations

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are hard at work undoing the Obama administration’s onerous regulations against the fossil fuel industry. From the Clean Power Plan to the methane rule on natural gas wells, the Obama administration waged a war on coal-fired power plants and oil and gas facilities.

Scott Pruitt has indicated that he will carry out the functions of the EPA based on the laws enacted by Congress. EPA released the proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 on time1 and Pruitt has announced a plan to restore EPA’s Superfund cleanup program to its rightful place as a top agency priority. Over 1,300 cleanup sites have been designated and Pruitt will reprioritize and accelerate action to remediate them.2 He is also planning on having an open, transparent discussion on climate change—a red team/blue team exercise.3

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Full Story

The Hurricane Harvey Hustle

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” English essayist Samuel Johnson observed 240 years ago, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” That’s certainly true in the climate change arena.

After ending US participation in the Paris climate treaty and abolishing many government restrictions on fossil fuel use, the Trump Administration began preparing red team-blue team examinations of the science behind claims of “dangerous manmade climate change.” Asian, African and even European countries are building still more coal and gas-fired power plants. A recent poll found that only 28% of Americans think climate scientists understand the causes of global climate change “very well.”

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Full Story

Scary Sea Level Rise? Check Your Science

“Sea level has been overall rising since the last ice age, with some ups and downs. Sea level has been rising for the past 200 years….Humans are not going to stop sea level rise on the time scale of a few centuries by ceasing emissions of CO2.”—Judith Curry, “The Blame Game.” Climate Etc. August 14, 2017.

Judith Curry is the personification of “one plus the truth equals a majority.” This esteemed climate scientist and erstwhile professor changed her views from climate alarmism and (government) forced energy transformation, a story told elsewhere.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Full Story

Hulk Actor Mark Ruffalo issues death wish: Urges ‘Fly Rush Limbaugh to Hurricane Irma!’

Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has issued a death wish for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Ruffalo urged a “gofund me campaign” to “fly Rush Limbaugh to Hurricane Irma!”

Ruffalo’s death wish for Limbaugh follows a long line of climate activists who have issued similar calls for harm to come to climate skeptics. See:

By Marc Morano - Friday, September 8, 2017 - Full Story

Amplifying Oren Cass’s Critique of a Carbon Tax, Part 1

Somehow I missed it when it first ran, but two years ago the Manhattan Institute’s Senior Fellow Oren Cass wrote a masterful critique of the typical arguments for a U.S. carbon tax. His essay, “The Carbon Tax Shell Game,” is so good that I’m going to spend two posts here at IER amplifying some of his strongest points. As I’ve been illustrating over the years with my own work (e.g., here and here), the case for a carbon tax falls apart once you start picking at it.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

President Donald Trump SPEECH on TAX REFORM in North Dakota 9/6/17

By News on the Net - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

A Look Inside the DOE Grid Study

If you are looking for a report that provides a comprehensive overview of today’s electricity markets, the principal causes of coal and nuclear retirements and the issues surrounding electric grid reliability and resilience, check out the Department of Energy’s Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability. The grid study identifies low-cost and abundant natural gas as the main contributor to coal and nuclear plant retirements, but also notes other factors that include relatively flat electric demand, environmental regulations and the growth of intermittent renewable energy that is heavily subsidized. According to the report, renewable energy negatively affects the economics of baseload power plants, primarily due to “wholesale market impacts and distortions” from state renewable portfolio standards and federal tax credits for wind and solar.

The report makes eight recommendations, including directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expedite the study of wholesale market structures; promoting research and development for grid resilience, reliability, modernization and renewables integration technologies; and examining infrastructure permitting and regulatory processes. It recommends that FERC accelerate efforts to improve energy price formation in wholesale power markets and create fuel-neutral markets that adequately compensate resources for essential reliability services to the grid.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Hurricane Irma - now a Cat 5 storm - is massive, stronger than Harvey, and headed for Florida

Batten down the hatches folks.  Hurricane Irma is currently working its way past Cuba and Haiti and is expected to make landfall on the US East Coast as early as this weekend.

The storm has just been upgraded to a Cat 5, with winds exceeding 175mph, making it the strongest such weather event to come out of the Atlantic basin in a decade. At the moment it appears to be bearing down on Florida, though experts say that track could still change.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

How EIA Guestimates Keep Oil Prices Subdued

The EIA has once again undercut its previous estimates for U.S. oil production, offering further evidence that the U.S. shale industry is not producing as much as everyone thinks.

The monthly EIA oil production figures tend to be more accurate than the weekly estimates, although they are published on several months after the fact. The EIA just released the latest monthly oil production figures for June, for example. Meanwhile, the agency releases production figures on a weekly basis that are only a week old – the latest figures run up right through August.

By -- Nick Cunningham- Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

Revisiting wind turbine impacts

It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy.

I’ve criticized this supposed solution many times, on multiple grounds. Unfortunately, a hasty numerical calculation for a recent column was way off base, and readers properly chastised me for the error. I just blew it, using megawatts instead of megawatt-hours to derive the number of wind turbines…and amount of land…it would take to replace the world’s 2016 electricity entirely with wind energy.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Full Story

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