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Master Resource: Henrietta Larson: A Scholar for the Ages (her business histories are among the greatest energy tomes)

“What we have done is … to put business in its broader political and cultural setting…. We are not out to defend business, but to try to do an impartial, scholarly investigation of an important American institution.”

– Henrietta Larson (1894–1983), Harvard business historian

For many decades, corporate histories were dominated by simplistic notions of big-is-bad and capitalist exploitation.…

2018-09-20 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Betting the House on Plant Vogtle

[Editor Note: The touted nuclear power renaissance in the United States has been stymied by engineering, procurement, and construction problems with new-generation plants, namely Westinghouse’s AP1000 design. With yet another recently announced cost overrun, two minority owners of Plant Vogtle III and IV must soon decide on whether to continue with their investment with another ante-up for…

2018-09-18 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Peak Oil’ is Now Demand, not Supply

“The tendency to exaggerate the appeal of renewables is hardly new…. Except that renewables seem to fare poorly in the real world.”

“The much-hyped ‘mass market’ Tesla Model 3 is still appearing only in the more expensive versions, from $50,000 to $85,000, rather than the $35,000 promised sticker price that was promised to appeal to the average consumer, not the luxury car driver.”

Yet…

2018-09-17 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation: 1981–86 (yes, federal agencies can be abolished)

“Government agencies are easily born, but they never seem to die. Rarely do they even fade away. But at 5 P.M. today the Government’s Synthetic Fuels Corporation closed its doors forever.”

– “U.S. Synthetic Fuel Corporation Shuts Down,” New York Times, April 19, 1986, p. 46.

Only occasionally in U.S. energy history has a government energy agency disbanded. Almost all have been after wartime…

2018-09-13 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Paying the Price for Renewables (Georgetown, TX power surplus generates cost deficits)

“Georgetown is paying dearly for its surplus energy. With annual demand growing at roughly 3% per year, it could be 15+ years before the City’s consumption begins to match its contracted supply.”

“Accepting accolades for signing long-term contracts is easy. Now Georgetown consumers deserve honest answers about what to expect in the coming years.”

Georgetown, Texas, just 30-miles north of…

2018-09-12 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Gore’s Greenness Fades” (remembering a 2000 WP article in light of this week’s Global Climate Summit)

“Gore the Policy Apostle can utter statements that most colleagues would regard as wildly impolitic: calling for elimination of the internal combustion engine by 2020 or denouncing excessive consumerism in Western nations as evidence of a ‘dysfunctional civilization.’ Gore the Politician, say some of these people, is prone to brooding over the electoral risks of his beliefs.”

“……

2018-09-11 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 10, 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…

2018-09-10 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Corporate Cover for the Environmental Left in the 1990s (“Enron Ascending”)

“Under [Ken] Lay’s direction, Enron would restart the solar industry [in 1995], rescue the US wind industry [in 1997], and help legitimize the climate issue.”

“Enron saw green in green energy. Wind and solar as primary energies had new public policy rationales and powerful political constituencies. Specifically, global warming from fossil-fuel usage (via the enhanced greenhouse effect) was…

2018-09-06 16:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: A New Energy Treatise (via a ‘contra-capitalist’ company)

“We still have much to learn about and learn from Enron’s remarkable history to understand its meaning for twenty-first-century American capitalism.”

—Malcolm S. Salter, emeritus professor, Harvard Business School; author of Innovation Corrupted: The Origins and Legacy of Enron’s Collapse (2008)

This week, Scrivener Publishing and John Wiley & Sons begin shipments of a book that I have been…

2018-09-05 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Twenty-Five Industrial Wind Energy Deceptions

TRYING to pin down the arguments of wind promoters is a bit like trying to grab a greased balloon. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, it morphs into a different story and escapes your grasp. Let’s take a quick highlight review of how things have evolved with merchandising industrial wind energy.

1 – Wind energy was abandoned for most commercial and industrial applications, well…

2018-09-04 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: California Climate Crazy: Lobbying to Outlaw Fossil Fuels (… calling Tom Tanton and Alex Epstein)

“On behalf of our communities, and the estimated 5.4 million Californians who live within a mile of one or more oil and gas wells, we ask you to take the next step in bold climate leadership: phase out fossil fuel production in California by ending the issuance of permits for new fossil fuel projects, instituting a 2,500-foot public health setback for oil and gas facilities, and committing…

2018-08-29 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Energy Race Is On (improving fossil fuels vs. political favorites)

“Regulations and foreign aid policies restricting low-cost coal power, intended to reduce CO2 emissions, drive up costs and reduce the availability of electricity. In poor parts of the world, this leaves millions more still exposed to much denser and more dangerous indoor air pollution.”

The energy race is on, with separate lanes for teams advancing wind, solar, gas, coal, and oil sands…

2018-08-28 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Krugman’s Paranoia on a Lack of Climate Paranoia

“Climate denial is a deeply cynical enterprise; the people misrepresenting evidence and sifting through emails for ‘gotcha’ quotes have to know that they’re not being honest. Yet their rage against ‘elitists’ who continue to point out inconvenient truths is very real — because it’s a fact of life that many people feel special hatred for those they’ve mistreated.”

– Paul Krugman, “The G.O.P.’s…

2018-08-27 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Environmentalism vs. the Environment (from the UK to small-town America)

“Opposition to a 3.5 mile pipeline … has nothing to do the environment. It is ideology and special interests, not facts, that drive the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.”

“So, 35 million gallons of raw sewage is no problem if there’s a flood to carry it away. Who knew? And, New York, the professed protector of the environment via its fracking ban, didn’t think it was important enough to…

2018-08-23 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Free Market Solution to Climate Change’: Questions for Bob Inglis at College of Charleston event

“Let it be noted that a Koch organization cosponsored a pro-carbon-tax event, and may the three other campus organizations reciprocate by bringing in a strong voice against pricing carbon dioxide–even that of the world’s leading energy philosopher, Alex Epstein, who would lambaste Inglis’s talk title as fatally imprecise.”

On August 27, The College of Charleston is hosting a Forum on Free…

2018-08-22 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “The Backlash Against Climate Scientists” (2010 Newsweek piece relevant today)

“Very few scientists dispute a link between man-made CO2 and global warming. Where it gets fuzzy is the extent and time frame of the effect. One crucial point of contention is climate “sensitivity”—the mathematical formula that translates changes in CO2 production to changes in temperature. In addition, scientists are not sure how to explain a slowdown in the rise of global temperatures that…

2018-08-21 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “The Backlash Against Climate Scientists” (2010 Newsweek piece relevant today)

“Very few scientists dispute a link between man-made CO2 and global warming. Where it gets fuzzy is the extent and time frame of the effect. One crucial point of contention is climate “sensitivity”—the mathematical formula that translates changes in CO2 production to changes in temperature. In addition, scientists are not sure how to explain a slowdown in the rise of global temperatures that…

2018-08-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 20, 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…

2018-08-20 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 20, 2018

The post Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 20, 2018 appeared first on Master Resource.

2018-08-19 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: More Niskanen Center Misdirection: That Colorado Climate Lawsuit (Bookbinder, like Taylor, defining deviancy down)

[Editor note: This recent post by Lea Giotto of Energy in Depth expounds on the controversial, sputtering involvement of the Niskanen Center and the Colorado climate lawsuit. Her title: “Contradictions Mount as Lawyer for Colorado Climate Lawsuits Struggles to Defend His Role.” For more on the policy shift of Niskanen founder Jerry Taylor from libertarian to climate/energy statism, see here.]

2018-08-16 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: $150 Oil? Don’t Go Malthusian (geopolitical premium at issue)

“The misinterpretation of high oil prices as driven by geological scarcity instead of transient problems exactly mirrors the mistakes of the 1970s, suggesting that some, at least, never learn from history.”

Suggestions that the oil price will soon reach $150 or more need to be considered carefully, coming from respectable sources (in some cases), and given that the market has seen those…

2018-08-15 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: RFF in the Trump Era: Assume, Don’t Debate, Climate Alarmism/Forced Energy Transformation (2017 Annual Report more of the same)

” … [Alan] Krupnick pointed out that economic realities and state regulations may frustrate the administration’s efforts to boost fossil fuel production….”

So reads one highlight from the 2017 annual report of Resources for the Future (RFF), where wish and want are prone to color the opinions and technical analysis of the richly funded organization’s bevy of PhD economists.

Seen another way,…

2018-08-14 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Remembering the Death of Federal Cap-and-Trade (2010 NYT analysis revisited)

“This is potentially a $3 trillion tax,” [C. Boyden] Gray said, “which is pretty steep in the best of times, and poison in the worst of times.”

“… in trying to assemble a majority to pass it, Mr. Waxman and Mr. Markey dished out a cornucopia of concessions and exemptions to coal companies, utilities, refiners, heavy industry and agribusinesses. The original simplicity was lost,…

2018-08-13 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Rebuttal to a Rebuttal: Climate Exaggeration on the Firing Line

“There is very little substance to evaluate [in Robert Bradley’s piece]. Yes, one can find examples of when individual scientists or politicians have exaggerated the impacts of climate change. But to present those examples as if they are mainstream views, when they are not, is very misleading.”

 – Kyle Armour, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

“I also must ask my critics who…

2018-08-08 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Deep State: Obama’s Carbon Colonialism/Corruption Continues (Part II)

[Editor Note: Part I yesterday outlined the continuing problems of eco-imperialism at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which uses taxpayer dollars to pursue Obama-era climate objectives. The post ended with the tension of such deep state eco-imperialism with humanitarian ends. Part II today examines the negative impacts of renewable energies from taxpayer subsidies, as…

2018-08-08 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Rebuttal to a Rebuttal: Climate Exaggeration on the Firing Line

“There is very little substance to evaluate [in Robert Bradley’s piece]. Yes, one can find examples of when individual scientists or politicians have exaggerated the impacts of climate change. But to present those examples as if they are mainstream views, when they are not, is very misleading.”

 – Kyle Armour, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

“I also must ask my critics who…

2018-08-07 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Deep State: Obama’s Carbon Colonialism/Corruption Continues (Part II)

[Editor Note: Part I yesterday outlined the continuing problems of eco-imperialism at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which uses taxpayer dollars to pursue Obama-era climate objectives. The post ended with the tension of such deep state eco-imperialism with humanitarian ends. Part II today examines the negative impacts of renewable energies from taxpayer subsidies, as…

2018-08-07 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Deep State: Obama’s Carbon Colonialism/Corruption Continues (Part I)

“Left elites fear that newly middle class families would want more stuff: real houses, cars, refrigerators, stoves, lights, and vacations to exotic locales now enjoyed mostly by climate conference attendees. All that would require taking more resources out of the ground, which would hurt Mother Earth.”

“Indeed, the best way to ensure ‘climate resilience’ is to have strong economies, modern…

2018-08-06 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: On Global Lukewarming

“There is this mismatch between what the climate models are producing and what the observations are showing,” says lead author John Fyfe, a climate modeller at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis in Victoria, British Columbia. “We can’t ignore it.”

Susan Solomon, a climatologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, says that Fyfe’s framework…

2018-08-02 12:51   Click to comment

Master Resource: Minerals as Manufacturing: The Case of Oil and Gas

“If resources are not fixed but created, then the nature of the scarcity problem changes dramatically. For the technological means involved in the use of resources determines their creation and therefore the extent of their scarcity. The nature of the scarcity is not outside the process (that is natural), but a condition of it.”

–  Tom DeGregori (1987). “Resources Are Not; They Become: An…

2018-08-01 06:00   Click to comment


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