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Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 19, 2018

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education.…

2018-02-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Texas’s CREZ Transmission Line: Wind Power’s $7 Billion Subsidy (ratebase socialism as ‘infrastructure improvement’)

“We see significant promise in President Trump’s plan. With 99 percent of American wind farms built in rural areas, an investment in transmission infrastructure boosts rural economies while improving resilience and reliability, delivering low cost power to consumers and strengthening U.S. energy dominance.”

– Amy Farrell, American Wind Energy Association. Quoted in Ken Silverstein, “

2018-02-16 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Beware EPA ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ Models

When former President Obama wanted to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, he instructed his economic advisors to construct a way to calculate their effect on society. The metric adopted by the EPA to guide them in their quest to regulate the economy is a metric called the “social cost of carbon” (SCC).

Right at the start we should note an important distinction. Carbon is an element; carbon…

2018-02-14 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Julian Simon Remembered (would have been 86 today)

““If environmental alarmists ever wonder why more people haven’t come around to their way of thinking, it isn’t because people like me occasionally voice doubts in newspaper op-eds. It’s because too many past predictions of imminent disaster didn’t come to pass. That isn’t because every alarm is false — many are all too real — but because our Promethean species has shown the…

2018-02-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘America’s Vast Energy Potential Awaits, Mr President’ (message to Obama revisited)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertbradley/2011/12/27/americas-massive-energy-potential-awaits-mr-president/#447f1f003e66

 

The fossil-fuel energy era is not waning. Quite the opposite; it is still young.

For decades, activists have been trying to convince the American people that declining resources would forever make us dependent on expensive foreign oil. But according to a new report from…

2018-02-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mexico Energy Reform: Don’t Backslide (a la Venezuela)

“If he is elected president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador should not just tolerate but champion Mexico’s energy reforms. Confidence will lead to greater foreign investment into oil, increasing the capital stock of the host country to result in higher oil production.”

The front-runner for the Mexican 2018 election is Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO for short). The former mayor of Mexico…

2018-02-09 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Joe Romm UAH Temperature Update (versus September 2017)

[Editor Note: Last October, Joe Romm at ThinkProgess published a post, September sets alarming global temperature record and negates a favorite denier talking point. In his words: “September 2017 smashed multiple climate records, alarming scientists and further negating a favorite talking point of climate science deniers.” In this post, Romm updates readers on recent monthly…

2018-02-08 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: California Water Rationing: Unintended Consequences (rural areas are next)

“A [September 1, 2015] article in the Los Angeles Times, ‘Unintended Consequences of Conserving Water: Leaky Pipes, Less Revenue, Bad Odors,’ discusses the infrastructure problems faced by sanitation districts. Reduced use reduces wastewater flows, which means there is less water in the sewer system to move solids, which are then collecting causing corrosion, back-ups and odor problems –…

2018-02-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: US Electric Vehicle Report Card: 2017

“Since 2010, the approximate introductory date for electric vehicles, US sales have totaled 753,886. Assuming none have been scrapped, this represents a minuscule 0.3 percent of all light vehicles on the road in the United States.”

“… only brute-force mandates will force car buyers out of their vehicles to rely on (more expensive) for-hire transportation or (less convenient) mass transit.…

2018-02-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Sensing but Not Hearing: The Problem of Wind Turbine Noise (Interview with acoustician Steven Cooper, AU)

Editor Note: Steven Cooper has advanced our understanding of how people react to real recorded pressure pulsations from industrial wind turbines. In the last six months he has presented eight papers recently at Acoustic Meetings in Zurich, Boston and New Orleans. With this interview, he breaks down some of the salient points of his research discoveries. Cooper’s work is expanding our…

2018-02-02 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: T. Boone Pickens: Contra-Capitalist (a ‘man of system’ in search of more fame and fortune)

“The two greatest enemies of free enterprise in the United States … have been, on the one hand, my fellow intellectuals and, on the other hand, the business corporations of this country.”

– Milton Friedman. “Which Way for Capitalism?” Reason, May 1977, p. 21.

“To put it plainly, T. Boone Pickens is out to save America.”

– Carl Pope (Sierra Club). Quoted in Dean Calbreath, “

2018-01-31 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 29, 2018

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education.…

2018-01-29 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ (Science advances, Australia judiciary takes note)

“Next to aesthetic impact, no aspect of wind energy creates more alarm or more debate than noise…. Wind turbines are not silent. They are audible. All wind turbines create unwanted sound, that is, noise. Some do so to a greater degree than others. And the sounds they produce—the swish of blades through the air, the whir of gears inside the transmission, and the hum of the…

2018-01-26 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Malthusianism circa 1948 (running out of oil, etc.)

“We build into our automobiles more power and greater gas consumption than we need. We use the press and radio to push the sales of more cars. We drive them hundreds of millions of miles a year in pursuit of futility.”

“With the exhaustion of our own oil wells in sight … much of our resource capital has been used up, but we still have our yacht, our stable of horses….”

– William Vogt. Road…

2018-01-24 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: It’s the Weather, Governor Brown (hypochondria for political gain)

“… environmentalists, politicians, regulators and courts have united to block tree thinning, brush removal and harvesting of dead and dying trees. The resulting conditions are perfect for devastating wildfires, which denude hillsides and forest habitats, leaving barren soils that cannot absorb the heavy rains that frequently follow the fires – leading to equally devastating mudslides.”

2018-01-22 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: National Academy of Sciences: So Wrong on Energy (Bailey on 1980 report)

“The National Academy of Science reports are supposed to guide the thinking of policymakers …. One constant in both reports is the unwavering faith of energy experts in the efficacy of government-subsidized energy research and development, and government intervention in energy production markets. Looking back we can see that the Energy in Transition report from 1980 was largely a failure as…

2018-01-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Roy Spencer on the Unsettled Science of Climate Change: A Primer

“Climate researchers … have a pretty good understanding of how the climate system works on average, but the reasons for small, long-term changes in climate system are still extremely uncertain.”

“The total amount of CO2 humans have added to the atmosphere in the last 100 years has upset the radiative energy budget of the Earth by only 1%. How the climate system responds to that small ‘poke’…

2018-01-17 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Creeping Freedom: Oregon Legalizes (Some) Self-Service at the Pump

“The Indiana Petroleum Associa­tion, whose members feared the combination of locational conven­ience and discount prices from cost economies, lobbied the state Fire Marshall who warned of the hazards of self‑service. Effective June 1, 1930, a statewide regulation allowed only station owners or regular employees to dispense gasoline.”

“For a price premium estimated to be…

2018-01-16 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Anatomy of a Debate: When Renewables ‘Lost’ at The Economist

“This house believes that subsidizing renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels.”

– ECONOMIST magazine, Online debate, November 8–18, 2011

[Ed. Note: Six years ago, the prestigious Economist magazine held an on-line debate on the future of energy policy. Despite a loaded affirmative motion (above), an upset victory was achieved with 8,916 votes opposed and…

2018-01-15 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Josiah Neely on Climate Change

 

 

The post Josiah Neely on Climate Change appeared first on Master Resource.

2018-01-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Tributes in the Energy and Climate Debate (Part II)

Last week, I recognized twelve individuals associated with free-market, classical-liberal energy analysis and advocacy. Here is a second ‘tribute’ to those who have labored against the mainstream of Malthusianism and energy statism–and now find themselves with new opportunities for formulate, summarize, and promote pro-consumer, taxpayer-neutral energy policy.

This list is in alphabetical…

2018-01-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Dear Daniel Yergin: Give Alex Epstein the Microphone at CERAWeek’ (2016 Idea of Age in 2018)

[Editor Note: Advertising for the premier energy conference CERAWeek 2018 is in full swing. Two years ago, Daniel Yergin was urged to invite Alex Epstein to present the moral case for fossil fuels. Today, with fossil fuels on the ascent, it is surely time to feature the world’s hottest energy philosopher. Thus, this February 22, 2016, post is reprinted verbatim.

“If good and evil are…

2018-01-10 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mass Transit: Perilous Times Ahead (new strategies needed)

“”Lumbering transit buses and railcars not only do not relieve congestion, they often use more road space than the number of automobiles they take off the road.”

“Ride-hailing services … using driverless cars … makes it likely that outside of a few very dense areas, such as New York City, mass transit will be extinct by the year 2030, leaving behind a huge burden of debt and unfunded…

2018-01-09 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 8, 2018

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education.…

2018-01-08 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Tribute for Twelve in the Energy/Climate Debate (Part I)

“And now that the Obama era has turned into the Age of Trump, each has reaped a modicum of fame (but not fortune!) by tiptoeing into the mainstream of today’s energy/climate debate.”

There are no MacArthur awards for our side of the energy and climate debate. But there are individuals that deserve a place in the history of energy thought and related public policy. These persons have blazed…

2018-01-04 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Electrification’: The Road to Higher Energy Prices

“Electrification calls for a massive societal transformation from gasoline to electric vehicles, from traditional power plants to wind and solar generators, and from gas heating to electric and heat pump systems. There is no evidence that this transition will have any measurable effect on global temperatures. But electrification will produce substantially higher energy prices.”

2018-01-03 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Tax Reform: New Uncertainties for Big Wind (political risks for a political business model)

“Wind projects most at risk by the new tax bill are those that negotiated their finance package in the last two years based on a 35 percent corporate tax rate. Renegotiating these agreements, if possible, could result in higher debt assumed for the project, higher prices for the electricity sold, and pressure to lower build costs … to put the financial viability of the project at risk.”

As

2018-01-02 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Holiday Happy: Energy Policy Victories in 2017

“There remains much to do in 2018. But the crony energies–those dependent on special government favor–are on notice that their time may be running short. Consumers and taxpayers come first in a free and prosperous commonwealth.”

It has been a good year for the master resource and public policy in the United States. The Trump reset of energy and climate policy has been the most dramatic in…

2017-12-21 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Bradley Posts at IER, Forbes: 2017

Many readers of MasterResource are undoubtedly aware of the ‘Featured Analysis‘ blogs at the Institute for Energy Research (IER). I blog at IER (my employer) in addition to my MasterResource work.

Below, my posts at the IER website are linked. In addition, my ‘Political Energy‘ posts at Forbes.com are listed as a reference guide. Here are the links to my 2017 work.

IER Posts

Kathleen…

2017-12-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Marxism & Socialism: What the New York Times Cannot Say about Venezuela’s Carnage

“Nationalization. Price controls. Shortages. Forced allocation. Currency inflation. More seizures. Punishment.  Cronyism. Bribes. Mass shortages. Hyperinflation…. All to stamp out private property and profit/loss exchange.”

The Progressive intellectual class does not quite know what to think about the carnage in Venezuela. They see the results and only speak of bad government–and even in…

2017-12-19 07:00   Click to comment


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