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The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door
Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.

To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources. As the NBB said in a press release, Kovarik’s “decades of experience in the Senate will serve us well, as we navigate federal policy issues that most affect our industry.” His work on energy and tax legislation, familiarity with the key players in Washington and knowledge of biofuels “are all reasons we are so happy to have him on our team.”

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Full Story

Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis&#

Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis’
Former Vice President Al Gore has weighed in on the record cold and snow in the U.S. “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis,” Gore wrote on January 4 on Twitter.

Gore linked to one of his organizations’ articles on the brutal winter weather written by Climategate professor Michael Mann: The Climate Reality Project: A ‘PERFECT STORM’: EXTREME WINTER WEATHER, BITTER COLD, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

In the Gore touted article, Mann linked the cold and “lots of snow” to “climate change.”

Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth did not warn of record cold and increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. And as recently as 2009, Gore was hyping the lack of snow as evidence for man-made global warming. Source: “Gore Reports Snow and Ice Across the World Vanishing Quickly.”——More…

By Marc Morano - Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Full Story

Study: Electric Vehicle Charging Could Present Grid Challenges

Study: Electric Vehicle Charging Could Present Grid Challenges

According to a new study by Wood Mackenzie, Americans should be cautious about electric vehicles (EVs) and their rate of adoption into the marketplace because they can be disruptive to the electric grid. Because electric cars have less driving range on a charge than the equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle has on a tank of gas, their batteries must be recharged fairly frequently. A recent study found that simultaneous charging of just 60,000 electric vehicles could threaten the Texas grid. Based on a 100-kilowatt EV battery with a five-minute charge time, which could potentially be the standard for EVs in three or four years according to Wood Mackenzie, demand from 60,000 cars charging at once would equate to 70 gigawatts; this is equal to the current peak demand of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).1

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Exports Soar

U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Exports Soar
The United States is becoming a major oil and natural gas exporter. Canada and Mexico are purchasing natural gas shipped by pipeline from the United States and Cheniere Energy is shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Sabine Pass export terminal to Europe, Asia and South America. Since 2015, when the ban on crude oil exports was lifted by Congress, U.S. oil companies have been exporting crude oil and are continuing to export petroleum products to areas around the world. China has become a regular recipient of U.S. oil and natural gas and in the first ten months of 2017 was the second largest importer of U.S. crude oil. The boom is due to U.S. ingenuity in applying horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock, making the United States the largest oil and gas producer in the world and lowering energy prices for consumers.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

DOI Proposal Will Put American Energy Resources to Work for the American People

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to energy exploration
WASHINGTON —The Institute for Energy Research supports the Department of the Interior’s proposal to open vast expanses of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to energy exploration. IER President Thomas J. Pyle has issued the following statement:

“The United States has at its feet stores of energy resources that could potentially remake world markets. The leadership of this administration is now moving us closer than we’ve ever been before to realizing our enormous energy production potential. Whereas the previous administration sought to keep resources out of our reach, President Trump and Secretary Zinke are putting our resources to work for us.”

 

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

Trump to allow oil drilling in nearly all U.S. waters

Trump to allow oil drilling in nearly all U.S. waters
When Donald Trump decides to do something, and actually has the authority to do it, he doesn’t resort to half-measures. If you believe as we do that domestic energy exploration is crucial to this country’s long-term economy and national security, this Trumpian inclination today produced very good news:

The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced Thursday. The plan would give the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

Germany’ Failing Energy Policy

Germany' Failing Energy Policy
Germans like to think of themselves as the most environmentally friendly people on earth. They see their sophisticated recycling programs, their love of forests, and, most recently the country’s drive to replace both nuclear and coal-fired power production with renewable sources—the so-called Energiewende,—or ‘energy turn’ as evidence of their strong environmental consciousness, especially compared to top polluters like the United States and China. 1

Notes Pierre Gosselin, “Sometimes you have to wonder which is the biggest fraud: Germany’s claim that its cars are clean, or its claim of being a leader in climate protection. Both, it turns out, are very fake and even downright frauds. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German activists like going around and scolding Donald Trump for his ‘irresponsible’ stance on ‘greenhouse ’ gas emissions, it is coming to light that Germany’s climate posturing is indeed a total swindle.”2

By Jack Dini - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

The POT-Boom

The POT-Boom
As more, higher, bigger, etc. must be is the envisaged goal of every sane soul on the planet (my understanding of “economics”); just having one craze suffices no longer. By now, the world needs a minimum of two concurring manias and, as I surmise, even that will soon be “bettered.” The current #2 boom is POT, i.e. the new wonder-drug that soothes the pain and, supposedly, cures all kinds of other problems, commonly known as POT, also known as marijuana and products obtained from the plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sp.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - Full Story

Startup Societies UN’s Newest Scheme For Re-Engineering Society’s Future

Startup Societies UN's Newest Scheme For Re-Engineering Society's Future
The Startup Societies Summit Puerto Rico is taking place at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on January 19-20, 2018. This summit will “discuss solutions for Puerto Rico and raise funds for the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding the island.

“Our goal is to make self-sustaining economic zones in Puerto Rico focused on 21st Century solutions, putting Puerto Rico at the forefront of the green-tech revolution. We aim to not only raise funds for the rebuilding of Puerto Rico, but to set the stage for state of the art infrastructure and an entrepreneur-friendly environment. With some help, Puerto Rico can foster startup cities to rival Silicon Valley.”

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential and is important summertime wildlife habitat.

For four decades, environmentalists blocked legislation that would have opened the coastal plain to leasing and drilling. In 1995 President Clinton vetoed a pro-drilling bill that had passed both houses.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

Panning for silver in laundry wastewater

Panning for silver in laundry wastewater
Silver nanoparticles are being used in clothing for their anti-odor abilities but some of this silver comes off when the clothes are laundered. The wastewater from this process could end up in the environment, possibly harming aquatic life, so researchers have attempted to recover the silver. Now, one group reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that detergent chemistry plays a significant role in how much of this silver can be removed from laundry wastewater.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, December 29, 2017 - Full Story

Concerns About Algae

Concerns About Algae
Algae is sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy.  The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. 1

Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay, from the Snake River in Idaho to New York’s Finger Lakes and reservoirs in California’s Central Valley. Tourism and recreation have suffered. An international water skiing festival in Milwaukee was canceled in August; scores of swimming areas were closed nationwide.

By Jack Dini - Friday, December 29, 2017 - Full Story

A Useful Christmas Present – and Wishful Thinking

A Useful Christmas Present
Santa really was good this year. Rather than handing out expensive kitchen gadgets to clutter up the shrinking counter space, he had some swell presents in his bag. My Dearest was the clear winner—she got a new snow shovel!

And it came to good use, right on Christmas Day!

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story

Coal key to National Security Strategy

Coal key to National Security Strategy

It is very appropriate that President Donald Trump virtually ignored climate change in his National Security Strategy (NSS). Recent climate change has been unremarkable and clearly does not constitute a national security threat in comparison with concerns such as terrorism and inadequate border controls.

What does constitute a threat, however, is a lack of affordable, reliable energy to power the nation and export into world markets. So, as a citizen of Canada, a nation dependent on a prosperous U.S. for our defence and much of our economy, I am very pleased to see that Trump emphasized energy security and, indeed energy dominance, in the NSS.

By Tom Harris - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story

Three Cheers for Holiday Lighting!

Three Cheers for Holiday Lighting
Environmentalists critical of electrified America must have mixed emotions this time of the year. It may be the season of good cheer and goodwill toward all, but it is also the time of the most conspicuous energy consumption. America the Beautiful is at her best when billions of strung lights turn darkness into magnificent glory from border to border, from sea to shining sea.

Holiday lighting is a great social offering—a positive externality in the jargon of economics—given by many to all.

While energy doomsayers such as Paul Ehrlich have railed against “garish commercial Christmas displays,” today’s headline grabbers (Grist,Think Progress, where are you?) have not engaged in a public debate over the issue.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story

The Never-ending Battles of the Coral Sea

The Never-ending Battles of the Coral Sea
For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a parasitic industry in academia, bureaucracy, law, media and the tax-exempt Green Alarm “Charities”, all studying, regulating, inspecting and writing about yet another “imminent threat to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.”

It has become the never-ending battle of the Coral Sea.

The threats change, but there is always a doomsday forecast – Crown-of-Thorns, oil drilling, fishing, cane farming, coastal shipping, global warming, ocean acidity, coral bleaching, port dredging, chemical and fertiliser runoff, coal transport, river sediments, loss of world heritage status etc. Every recycled scare, magnified by the media and parroted by politicians, generates more income for the alarm industry, usually at the expense of taxpayers, consumers or local industries.

By Viv Forbes - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Full Story

Time to get them off our gravy train

Time to get them off our gravy train
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies have been apoplectic about it.

Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much of the cash coming from the government they appear or pretend to be fighting. Many now have separate legal arms with hundreds of attorneys, whose primary job is to sue the government and keep the cash flowing. They are part of the $13-billion-per-year U.S. environmental industry and lobby.

These organizations vehemently object to the phrase “sue and settle,” claiming it oversimplifies a very complex legal procedure. But in fact, the strategy isn’t really very complicated at all.

By Greg Walcher - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - Full Story

It’s Easy for Santa to Move Coal

It’s Easy for Santa to Move Coal
An intriguing recent post at the Energy Institute Blog explains the “cushion in coal markets” that will make them “harder to kill.” As the language suggests, the author (Severin Borenstein) is not a fan of coal. Even so, the analysis is interesting because it shows just how crude much of the climate change policy debate has been. The post concludes that a carbon tax of a particular size, for example, might not reduce US coal production as much as enthusiasts initially believed.

The blog post summarizes academic research by a doctoral student, Louis Preonas. Here is the opening of the post, which sets the context and distills the findings:

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

Expensive Wind Farm Calls It Quits

Expensive Wind Farm Calls It Quits
Cape Wind, a proposed $2.5 billion wind farm off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is no longer a viable project. Two New England electric utility companies have ended their contracts to buy its power and the state Energy Facilities Siting Board has declined to extend permits for the project.1 Despite first filing for a commercial license 16 years ago, the project’s feasibility has been in jeopardy since offshore wind is more expensive than onshore wind2, which is fulfilling the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard along with solar power. Additional obstacles to its completion have included issues regarding ship navigation, marine and bird kills and impacts to the local economy. Opponents to the project included property owners, Native American tribes, commercial fishermen, shippers and local officials, among others.3

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Solar’s Dirt and Toxic Issues

Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is a key chemical agent used to manufacture photovoltaic cells for solar panelsGlobal solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind showed airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations—China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. Data showed a noticeable jump in efficiency each time the panels were cleaned after being left alone for several weeks.1

China is already looking at tens of billions of dollars being lost each year, with more than 80 percent of that coming from losses due to pollution. Lead researcher Mike Bergin said, “With the explosions of renewables taking place in China and their recent commitment to expanding their solar power capacity, that number is only going to go up.” 2

Joanne Nova observes, “Either way, real pollution and natural dust will slow the clean energy future in India and China until we get auto cleaning panels. Unfortunately, cleaning panels also risks damaging them, so the price of solar power really needs to include the cost of windscreen-wipers, electricity losses, damage to panels, and damage to panel cleaners too.” 3

By Jack Dini - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story