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Big Green, Inc.‘s assault on the coal industry

Big Green, Inc.'s assault on the coal industry
This week, the Institute for Energy Research released Big Green, Inc., a database that details the substantial financial network supporting the environmental movement in the United States. One of the goals of Big Green, Inc. is to provide concrete examples of how environmental groups with deep-pocketed donors influence American energy and environmental policy.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Full Story

U.K.‘s Wind Farms Idled in Summer Heat Wave

The United Kingdom’s wind farm capacity increased by over 10 percent from last year, but the share of electricity the wind turbines supplied decreased—from 12.9 percent of generation last summer to 10.4 percent this summer because of a weather system that resulted in much of the country under a heat wave with suppressed wind conditions. Like wind capacity, the U.K.‘s solar capacity also increased—from 11.3 gigawatts in April, 2017 to 12.1 gigawatts this year.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Full Story

Keep carbon taxes in the ground

Keep carbon taxes in the ground
The House of Representatives recently passed a sense of Congress resolution that a carbon tax would kill jobs, damage the revitalized U.S. economy, and disproportionately impact poor, minority and working class families. The vote also reflects the fact that America is still over 80% dependent on fossil fuels—and helps explain why a misguided Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) was able to convince only one colleague (Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA) to cosponsor his carbon tax bill back in July. In the meantime:

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Full Story

Busting the “100 Percent Renewable” Myth

Busting the 100 Percent Renewable Myth
Facebook and Sony are just the most recent companies to pledge the transition to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Many companies such as Apple, REI and Google claim that they get their electricity from 100 percent renewable sources already. At best, this claim is misleading and deceptive.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, September 14, 2018 - Full Story

Petroteq Believes its Technology Is the Key to Utah Oil Sands

Petroteq Believes its Technology Is the Key to Utah Oil Sands
Oil sands are a type of unconventional oil that is a mixture of sand and dense, viscous bitumen. Utah contains approximately 55 percent of U.S. oil sands deposits, concentrated in eight major areas with a total resource volume of over 30 billion barrels.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, September 14, 2018 - Full Story

Modern witchcraft has officially arrived: UN climate chief touts UN regulations are ‘changing

Modern witchcraft has officially arrived: UN climate chief touts UN regulations are ‘changing the weather’!

The top United Nations climate official has boldly proclaimed that the UN climate pacts have the benefit of “changing the weather.” Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,

By Marc Morano - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Full Story

The Mounting Solar Panel Waste Problem

The Mounting Solar Panel Waste Problem
Solar photovoltaic panels, whose operating life is 20 to 30 years, lose productivity over time. The International Renewable Energy Agency estimated that there were about 250,000 metric tons of solar panel waste in the world at the end of 2016 and that the figure could reach 78 million metric tons by 2050. Solar panels contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Full Story

Oren Cass: “There’s No Conservative Carbon Tax”

Oren Cass: There's No Conservative Carbon Tax
On these pages over the years, I’ve consistently pointed out that the American public was being misled on the case for a carbon tax. For example, I used the UN’s own reports to show that the popular climate change goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius would probably be a cure worse than the disease; i.e., that the costs of government action to mitigate climate change are higher than the benefits.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Full Story

The Downside For Oil Is Limited

The Downside For Oil Is Limited
More than two weeks of nearly uninterrupted price gains for crude oil ended this week, with the rally running out of steam. The question is what happens next?

Oil prices posted steep losses just as the bulls were back on the march. WTI briefly topped $70 per barrel in recent days and Brent was flirting with $80. But the rally was kneecapped by a variety of factors, and it could be challenging to break above those key pricing thresholds in the near future.

By Oilprice.com -- Nick Cunningham- Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Full Story

Political Correctness, just one tool in the arsenal of Sustainability

Political Correctness, just one tool in the arsenal of Sustainability

“At its worst, political correctness is nothing different from Orwell’s Newspeak - an attempt to change the way people think by forcibly changing the way they speak.” Urban Dictionary

“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity.

By Kathleen Marquardt - Monday, September 10, 2018 - Full Story

Stuck in Arctic Sea Ice

Stuck in Arctic Sea Ice
The grounding of a research cruise vessel in a remote polar region the last week of August was a reminder of the hazards of increased ship traffic in an ice-free Arctic.

By Jack Dini - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Full Story

Endangerment Finding delenda est

Endangerment Finding delenda est
As the Punic Wars dragged on, Cato the Elder reportedly concluded every speech to the Roman Senate by proclaiming “Carthago delenda est”—“Carthage must be destroyed.”

By Paul Driessen - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Full Story

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm Forecasts Incredibly Low Rates

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm Forecasts Incredibly Low Rates
A proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has indicated that it can produce electricity starting at 7.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This will purportedly save Massachusetts customers $1.4 billion dollars over 20 years and reduce monthly bills by between 0.1 percent and 1.5 percent.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, August 31, 2018 - Full Story

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets
Climate scientist James Hansen called it ’ a fraud really, a fake,’ and President Donald Trump called it a ‘massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.’ And this odd couple of alarmist scientist and skeptical politician agreed: the Obama led Paris climate accord was all about lobbyists and imaging, not climate change reports Robert Bradley.  1

By Jack Dini - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

The Single Biggest Breakthrough In Oil Tech This Year

Utah's oil sands industry
Utah holds the largest reserves of oil sands in the United States, but up until now, no company had the technology to exploit these vast resources.

Despite the potential, “only a few companies are pursuing the price-sensitive and water-intensive development of the state’s oil shale and oil sand resources,” the EIA said in a 2017 report on the state, essentially writing off the region as a meaningful opportunity.

By Oilprice.com -- Charles Kennedy- Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Full Story

The Social Cost of Carbon: Considerations and Disagreements in Climate Economics

The Social Cost of Carbon: Considerations and Disagreements in Climate Economics
This June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to announce its request for public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. Of particular interest to EPA and the public is the figure known as the social cost of carbon (SCC).

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Full Story

Venta Maersk’s Arctic Venture

Venta Maersk's Arctic Venture
The Venta Maersk (VM) is a brand new container ship with a carrying capacity of 3,600 standard 20 ft. size (TEU) containers. With a length of 200 m and a beam of 36 m, it is quite a large vessel but nowhere near the really large container ships that can carry three to five times as many TEU.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Full Story

On the Importance of Being Lazy

On the Importance of Being Lazy
How does that news grab you: New research suggests evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest.

That’s what I call important news!

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Friday, August 24, 2018 - Full Story

A Saudi-Iran Oil War Could Break Up OPEC

A Saudi-Iran Oil War Could Break Up OPEC
When OPEC and Russia shook on increasing crude oil production by a million barrels daily to stop the oil price climb that had begun getting uncomfortable for consumers from Asia to the United States, there was no sign of what was to come just two months later: slowing demand in Asia, ample supply, and a brewing price war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

By Oilprice.com -- Irina Slav- Friday, August 24, 2018 - Full Story

Acting EPA administrator touts Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Acting EPA administrator touts Affordable Clean Energy Rule

By Fox News - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story