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Master Resource: “The Economic Fall and Political Rise of Renewable Energy”

“The modern history of wind power and on-grid solar power can be summarized in four words: economically incorrect, politically correct. U.S. companies invested heavily in renewable energy technologies in the 1970s/80s only to suffer losses and, in most cases, to exit. Only massive taxpayer and consumer subsidies in the 1990s reversed these market verdicts, leading to today’s government…

2018-11-15 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Government Motors’ Proposed 50-State Standard (once federally saved, GM seeks more aid)

“Perhaps General Motors doesn’t realize that many Americans don’t want to wait an hour to charge their BEV while away from home. Or that they don’t want to pay twice as much for the family car.”

“Who will benefit from this program? Wealthy customers in California and the other ten states who have a Zero Emissions program. Who will lose? Middle-class Americans living in the Midwest who buy…

2018-11-14 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: A Great Trade Association Newsletter (KIOGA’s White takes the prize)

“The March 16, 2018, edition of the Wichita Business Journal contained a list of the top 25 Lobbyists, ranked by their Total Money Spent in Kansas during 2017. I am happy to report that KIOGA did not make the list.”

“I am always amazed by the fact that the United States is virtually the only country on earth with private ownership of minerals. So pat yourself on the back if you are producing…

2018-11-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 12, 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. Towards…

2018-11-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Green Party US vs. “Fake Democrats”

“… the Democrats’ actions were the exact opposite of their words. They immediately launched an all-out attack, bringing in big money international corporate law firm Perkins and Coie in an effort to throw the Greens off the ballot.”

– Jill Stein (Green Party), Defend Democracy from Corporate Democrats, September 6, 2018.

The Green Party US (see platform statements on Energy, Climate Change,

2018-11-08 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Free-Market Energy Is Voter Popular

“Interestingly, (otherwise greenwashing) BP led the fight against the Washington State carbon-tax initiative, donating $9.5 million. It would be far more honest and effective for Big Oil (including Exxon Mobil) to come out against any and all carbon tax schemes in the name of consumer sovereignty.”

“The fossil-fuel boom in the marketplace has a political corollary. Call it a victory for…

2018-11-07 16:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: What the Midterm Elections Mean for Energy

“Affordable energy is a hallmark of economic progress, enabling all other areas of the economy to thrive. Yet, the Democratic platform promises to increase energy prices by pushing for a carbon tax, increases in the archaic Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandate, increased subsidization of renewables and electric vehicles, and support for costly regulations like the so-called Clean…

2018-11-06 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Why the United States Has the Most-Advanced Rail System in the World

“The notion that Europe is somehow more environmentally sound than the United States because more people ride trains is a myth. As New York University historian Peter Baldwin notes, ‘Ecologically speaking, there is no advantage in sending passengers by rail if freight is sent by road.'”

“America’s rail system is the envy of the world, carrying more than six times as many ton-miles of freight…

2018-11-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Economist Demotes Economics in CO2 Tax Debate

“‘Whether to do something or nothing’ is quite a retreat from the basic economic principle of realistically comparing costs and benefits. Washington States’ carbon tax proposal is all cost and no benefit. New administrative programs and higher across-the-board energy prices cannot be balanced by virtue signalling.”

“One can only hope that economists would put their game face on and do real…

2018-11-01 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Renewables Lose To Natural Gas In Power Market

“The significance of these two maps, especially the one utilizing current natural gas prices, is that natural gas wins in the battle to be the cheapest source of electricity in almost every region where solar and wind power are being forced into the grid via government mandates and/or subsidies.”

“A truly competitive playing field for power fuels would leave renewables with a much smaller…

2018-10-31 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Citizen Martis Draws Ire from Big Green (countering wind power shoestring by shoestring)

“Despite his folky style and positioning to the contrary, [Kevin] Martis is a highly polished, fossil fuel operative with aggressive tactics. The taxpayers of Seneca County and all of Ohio deserve a more honest broker than Kevon Martis.”

– Scott Peterson, Checks and Balances Project, October 25, 2018.

“When is an environmentalist not an environmentalist? … When it comes to wind power.

– an…

2018-10-30 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: 100 Percent Renewables—Poor Policy for Ratepayers

“Cities and states pursuing 100 percent renewable electricity lay the foundation for a future painful lesson. Households and businesses will experience the shock of rapidly rising electricity prices as more renewables are added to the system.”

Two states and more than 80 cities and counties have now announced a goal of receiving 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. Wind,…

2018-10-29 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Robert Francis O’Rourke on Energy (Eco-Beto is keep-it-in-the-ground)

“Beto knows that climate change is the defining existential threat of our time.”

– O’Rourke Campaign Website

“All campaigns are to some degree an act of public manipulation,” Charles Blow stated recently in his New York Times column, “hopefully to the good, but often to the ill.” The Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke run for US Senate in Texas (against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz) has been a…

2018-10-26 14:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Harm from Bad Science (Part III: Climate Change)

[Editor Note: This is the third and final post on the human harm from pseudo-science. Part I Tuesday examined some history of scientific fraud as a precursor to the much more sophisticated misdirection of today. Part II yesterday reviewed the controversies surrounding PM 2.5 and mercury regulations during the Obama Administration.]

“Many eco-activists really do want to fundamentally…

2018-10-25 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Harm from Bad Science (Part II: PM 2.5, Mercury, and Beyond)

[Editor Note: This is the second of three posts on the human harm from pseudo-science. Part I Tuesday yesterday introduced the history of scientific fraud as a precursor to the much more sophisticated misdirection of today. Part III tomorrow will consider climate-change controversies.]

Air Pollution – PM2.5

EPA exonerated glyphosate – and did so during the Obama era. That alone should be…

2018-10-24 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Harm from Bad Science (Part I: Pesticides)

“[Today’s] fraudulent work is also used to underwrite and justify mass tort lawsuits that likewise threaten corporations, industries, our agriculture and economy, our health and welfare – while enriching a cabal of dishonest lawyers, scientists, politicians and allied pressure groups.”

Scientific pranks and frauds go back centuries. They used to be humorous, even harmless. Indeed, some of the…

2018-10-23 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 22, 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. Towards…

2018-10-22 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Behind the IPCC Curtain: the Costs of Climate Mitigation Policy

“Financing the IPCC’s conclusions via carbon taxes would bankrupt even the wealthiest countries; even at the low end of the IPCC estimates…. Alas, we have to destroy the global economy to save it.”

The 48th session of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change convened from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. On Oct. 6, 2018 the UN’s IPCC modified downward the…

2018-10-18 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: World Health Organization: Wind Turbine Noise as a Health Hazard (opening recognition likely to lead to more acknowledgement)

“The wind industry has denied and ignored evidence directly linking wind turbines and sleep disruption leading to negative human and animal impacts worldwide. Expect WHO’s new Guidelines to give rise to new standards to mitigate if not eliminate this ongoing suffering.”

“The burden of environmental noise with wind turbines is not episodic or random: for the most part its effects are constant…

2018-10-17 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Population Bombed”: Interview with Pierre Desrochers (new book out today)

“I have applied Simon’s framework to the issue of climate change, although my historical perspective allowed me to see more of the forest rather than obsess about a few trees. Try as I might, I just cannot ignore the unique and large-scale benefits brought to humanity by the ever increasing use of carbon fuels (e.g., from longer lives and better health to cleaner air and water, more abundant…

2018-10-16 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change

Editor Note: Today is the release of a new by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak, Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change. The authors have provided this synopsis at their website by the same name.

“This book is an attempt to present a relatively concise case for the environmental benefits of economic development, population growth and the use of…

2018-10-15 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “A Conservative’s Approach to Combating Climate Change” (Adler’s 2012 argument revised)

“A carbon tax is not a fundamentally un-libertarian idea. Jonathan H. Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law … has argued for the use of carbon taxes as part of a market-based approach to tackling climate change.”

– Eric Boehm, “The Republican Carbon Tax Bill Would Create Power Commission with Access to All Government Data.” Reason, July 24, 2018.

It was titled “A…

2018-10-11 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: A Spot Coal Shortage in India: Central Planners Overrate Wind

“Wind turbines’ poor capacity to provide electricity was exposed last month, when [my home town in southern India] Tamil Nadu faced an unforeseen energy shortage due to a dwindling coal supply. The state had unscheduled power cuts for the first time since 2015.”

India is coal country with a 76 percent market share for the indigenous fuel. But authorities are pushing uneconomic renewables as…

2018-10-10 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Richard Kerr (Science) in 2009: Warming ‘Pause’ About to Be Replaced by ‘Jolt’ (but still waiting ….)

“Pauses as long as 15 years are rare in the simulations, and ‘we expect that [real-world] warming will resume in the next few years,’ the Hadley Centre group writes…. Researchers … agree that no sort of natural variability can hold off greenhouse warming much longer.”

“Our prediction is that if past is prologue, the solar component will turn around and lead to rapid warming in the next 5…

2018-10-09 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Towards a Fossil-fueled, Prosperous Future (new NIPCC report released)

“Nearly all the impacts of fossil fuel use on human well-being are net positive (benefits minus costs) or are simply unknown.”

“The global war on fossil fuels, which commenced in earnest in the 1980s and reached a fever pitch in the second decade of the twenty-first century, was never founded on sound science or economics. The authors of and contributors to Climate Change Reconsidered II:…

2018-10-08 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Greenhouse Policy without Regrets” (Adler piece rings true eighteen years later)

“No insurance policy is worthwhile if the cost of the premiums exceeds the protection purchased. For greenhouse insurance to be worthwhile, it must either reduce the risks of anthropogenic climate change or reduce the costs of emission reductions designed to achieve the same goal, without imposing off-setting risks, such as those which would result from policies that slow economic growth and…

2018-10-04 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mexico Hydrocarbon Policy: Socialism as Usual

“Public [socialistic] resources are really private, owned and exploited by a political elite, while private resources are really public, owned and managed by a multitude. Government-owned resources do not ‘belong to all of the people’ and allow ‘self determination;’ they belong to none or a very few.”

A recent communication from Hector Castro Vizcarra, Minister for Energy Affairs of the…

2018-10-03 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: For the Poor, How Much Energy Is Enough?

For prosperity and human flourishing, how much energy is enough? American settlers survived and over time prospered burning wood for cooking and heat. Later energy innovations brought higher-density energy from the earth, with coal, oil, and natural gas providing industrial and household heat and electricity.

Across the developing world though, hundreds of millions still burn wood and dung…

2018-10-02 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 1, 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. Towards…

2018-10-01 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: John Holdren on Trump’s Energy/Climate Armageddon (Part II: renewables, energy efficiency, carbon capture & storage, messaging, etc.)

“The Trump folks seem to believe that anything that has Obama’s fingerprints on it, no matter how sensible, they’re going to rescind, revoke and demolish, and it makes no sense at all.”

“[The climate conundrum] is scary and I’m not sure we’re gonna be able to turn it around.”

– John Holdren, December 2017.

This is Part II of an transcribed interview with John Holdren, leader of the…

2018-09-27 06:00   Click to comment


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