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Australia Facing a Brick Wall of Blackouts

The Chairman of the Saltbush Club, Mr Jerry Ellis, today warned that Australia needs more reliable baseload power.

“With the population and the economy growing, but with electricity availability and reliability in decline, we are racing headlong into a brick wall of blackouts.

“Recession and disruption will probably follow, bringing to mind those memorable 1990 words of Paul Keating: ‘This is the recession we had to have’. Except in this case the recession will be self-inflicted.

By Guest Column -- Jerry Ellis and Sir Rod Carnegie- Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Energy Statism: Wartime to Carter to Cortez

Energy Statism: Wartime to Carter to CortezCentralized planning of the energy sector, now at the forefront of political debate with the “Green New Deal,” has a century-old tradition in the United States.

It began with the United States Fuel Administration (USFA) in World War I, which formed a model for more extensive price and allocation regulation during World War II by the Petroleum Administration for War (PAW). After an abbreviated return to federalization during the Korean Conflict by the Petroleum Administration of Defense (PAD), special wartime planning with energy would not reemerge (such as during the Vietnam War).

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

AOC says America should lead the world

AOC says America should lead the worldTwenty-nine-year-old ex-bartender and freshman U.S. Representative (D-NY) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received thunderous environmentalist and media acclaim when she introduced her Green New Deal resolution in the House and Ed Markey (D-MA) submitted it in the Senate. It was quickly endorsed or cosponsored by scores of House and Senate Dems, including many who want to run against President Trump in 2020.

But within days the GND was subjected to rigorous analysis (and ridicule) by energy experts, President Trump, Republicans, conservative pundits and even some Democrats. Their disdain is well-founded.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, February 18, 2019

Natural Gas Moratorium in New York Due to Lack of Gas Pipelines

Residents of Westchester, New York, just north of New York City, are finding that they are being deprived of an abundant and affordable energy source in the United States—natural gas—purely because of their politicians. First, Governor Cuomo banned hydraulic fracking in the state, which would have helped produce natural gas from the state’s own deposits of shale gas, but his administration is also denying permits for pipelines, which, if they had been approved, would have brought inexpensive supplies of natural gas from neighboring Pennsylvania. Due to the lack of natural gas availability, Con Edison had to impose a moratorium on new firm service in southern Westchester, no longer accepting applications for new service beginning March 15. This means that effective that date, residents in that area can no longer switch from oil to natural gas and businesses cannot obtain natural gas service for new construction projects.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, February 18, 2019

Germany’s Stalled Energy Transition

Germany's Stalled Energy TransitionHaving wasted billions of euros on renewable energies, saddling consumers with ultrahigh power prices, and shutting down nuclear power plants, Germany has decided to shut down its coal power plants by the year 2038 and rely primarily on renewable energy. 1

Coal plants account for 40% of Germany’s electricity, itself a reduction from recent years when coal dominated power production. The decision to quit coal follows an earlier bold energy policy move by the German government, which decided to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by 2022 in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. 2

The Wall Street Journal has called this the world’s dumbest energy policy. “Dumb environmental policies are routine across Europe—see Emmanuel Macron’s riot-inducing fuel tax in France—but even by that standard Germany’s new plan to abandon coal is notable. Having wasted uncountable billions of euros on renewables and inflicted some of Europe’s highest energy prices on German households and businesses, now Berlin is promising to kill the one reliable power source Germany has left.”3

By Jack Dini - Saturday, February 16, 2019

Let’s Blame Cubbie Station

Let’s Blame Cubbie StationCubbie Station cops the blame for all of the problems of the Darling River, particularly by green journalists, politicians, and residents of Menindee and Broken Hill. It is blamed for fish kills, lack of water for Broken Hill, irrigators’ problems etc – it is a wonder it is not blamed for the drought.

So I decided to look into the matter, reading media and company reports, studying the geography and topography and having discussions with three people who have on-the-ground and inside experience (but no vested interest) in Cubbie. I have had no contacts whatsoever with the current owners or managers of Cubbie, did not visit the operation and have no shares in their operation.

By Viv Forbes - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Utilities Call for Americans to Conserve Energy as Frigid Weather Exhausts Supplies

Utilities Call for Americans to Conserve Energy as Frigid Weather Exhausts Supplies
Last month, the polar vortex brought below-zero temperatures to the Midwest and Great Plains. Over 220 million Americans experienced below-freezing temperatures across the lower-48 states, and about 26 million people were living with temperatures at or below -20 degrees. Despite the large amount of wind power in the Midwest, coal and natural gas provided about 80 percent of the electricity needed to keep the power and heat on, according to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which manages that grid. However, utility companies in parts of the Upper Midwest had to ask customers to turn down their thermostats to ensure that there was enough natural gas to meet demand. During the extreme cold, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator declared a “maximum generation event,” calling on idle power plants from Minnesota to Louisiana to meet demand.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Roar of Waste

Watching the Burdekin Falls Dam with around six metres of water going over the spillway following flood rains in the catchment, we must remember that this is not a rare occurrence.

The Roar of WasteAs far back as 1875 there are records of the Burdekin River rising over 18 metres in just a few hours and repeated reports of 1 to 6 metres of water above the bridge deck at Inkerman. Records of high river flows lasting weeks and months are not uncommon. Following a cyclone in December 1974 the river remained at flood height until April 1975.

These flood flows can exceed 5 mega-litres per second (almost half a million ML every day). This is sufficient to fill our oldest irrigation storage, Burrinjuck Dam, from empty, every two days.

By Guest Column -- Ron Pike- Sunday, February 10, 2019

Russia May Catch the North Pole and nobody can do anything to stop it

Russia May Catch the North Pole and nobody can do anything to stop itAs Newsmax reported, the magnetic North Pole is wandering towards Siberia at an increasing speed, currently in the order of 35 miles per annum.

Just when you had been thinking of following your compass until you see some polar bears in northern Canada, the magnetic North Pole shifted again. And if the pundits are right, it may just take a few more decades to point you right towards Siberia. Clearly, that’s intolerable. 

What is NORAD going to do about that?

Well, they are standing by and adjusting their bearings more frequently.

Really, there is no other choice.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Friday, February 8, 2019

PENGUINS: GONE TODAY—HERE TOMORROW

PENGUINS: GONE TODAY--HERE TOMORROWIn 2008, historian Meredith Hooper published her book: “The Ferocious Summer. Adélie Penguins and the warming of Antarctica.” (Greystone Books, Vancouver, British Columbia.)

We are told that “This book is a fascinating and alarming report from the frontlines of global warming” and not surprisingly we find the following message on the book’s front cover from serial alarmist Dr. David Suzuki:

“Like canaries in a coal mine, penguins present an undeniable and urgent warning of the devastating effect of climate change on the planet. This timely book must be read.”

By Dr.John Happs - Thursday, February 7, 2019

Curse Less and Dam More

Curse Less and Dam MoreWater conservation peaked in Australia in 1972 – our last big dam was Wivenhoe in Queensland built 35 years ago.

Elsewhere in Australia, water conservation virtually stopped when Don Dunstan halted the building of Chowilla Dam on the Murray in 1970 and Bob Brown’s Greens halted the Franklin Dam in 1983 (and almost every other dam proposal since then).

The Darling River water management disaster shows that we now risk desperate water shortages because our population and water needs have more than doubled, and much of our stored water has been sold off or released to “the environment”.

By Viv Forbes -- with help from friends- Wednesday, February 6, 2019

CanaPux: An Innovative Way to Ship Canadian Oil Sands

CanaPux: An Innovative Way to Ship Canadian Oil SandsDue to Canadian oil sands being transportation-constrained, Canadian crude prices had traded at a steep discount to U.S. oil, reaching a record difference of more than $51 a barrel in October 2018. But that gap recently narrowed to less than $7—the lowest since March 2009—due to a production cut of 8.7 percent that the Alberta government imposed on oil producers to lift depressed prices. The cut began on January 1 and is to last for one year.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Keep fraudulent science out of our courtrooms

Keep fraudulent science out of our courtroomsA California jury recently awarded $289 million in damages (later reduced to $78 million) to a former groundskeeper, who claimed the weed killer glyphosate caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Monsanto deliberately or negligently failed to warn him adequately about the chemical’s cancer risks.

The case is on appeal, and a second trial will soon begin before U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria, who himself has 620 more glyphosate cases on his docket. Overall, more than 9,300 additional cases are in the works against Monsanto and its new owner, Bayer—and personal injury mass-tort law firms are trolling for more alleged victims. “If you were ever exposed to glyphosate and now have cancer, you may be entitled to damages. Call us now,” their print, radio and television ads proclaim.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, February 4, 2019

Don’t Be Tricked By Economists on the Carbon Tax

In response to the recent pro-carbon tax letter to the Wall Street Journal signed by dozens of prominent economists, Tyler Cowen objected strongly to the “citizen dividend” aspect. Although Cowen is sympathetic to a carbon tax per se, he was alarmed that the economists in the WSJ were misleading readers:

Arguably [the lump-sum citizen dividend of carbon tax receipts] makes the policy seem less important, and mainly about the dividend, in a slightly cynical, Chavez-like sort of way. Furthermore, it tries to make a carbon tax a free lunch, which it is not, no matter how great the longer-term gains. I don’t believe ineconomists tricking people , even though I will admit tricking people can be useful. The tricking is somebody else’s job!

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, February 3, 2019

Good Night BONJOUR

Good Night BONJOURThe news is about day and night, especially the latter.

BONJOUR, i.e. the company Téo Taxi, a new kind of taxi service in Montreal, Quebec, with the common French term for “Hello” (“Bonjour”), literally meaning “GOOD DAY” on its cars has shut down operation. Just when demand was rising due the cold temperatures in the city.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, February 2, 2019