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Master Resource: AWEA Transmission Study: The Rest of the Story

The many touted benefits of wind come with a fatal caveat: industrial wind turbines–suffering from intermittency, low average usage factors, remote siting, relatively high (and all-up-front) costs–are uneconomic. So the fact that the Wind industry creates jobs and can piggyback on consumer-chosen, taxpayer neutral, baseload power is no consolation.

The starting point of economics is that…

2017-06-22 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Why We Fight (Part II: “A Free-Market Energy Vision”)

“Markets are not perfect, inspiring some to devise and champion government intervention. But political solutions must contend with analytic failure, implementation problems, and public-sector (taxpayer) costs. Imperfect markets, in other words, may well be better than “perfect” regulation in the real world. The burden of proof, therefore, should be on government intervention, rather than…

2017-06-21 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Why We Fight (Part I: AEA Is “Big Liberty,” Not “Big Oil”)

“IER [and AEA] would like to work itself out of a job by depoliticizing energy so that lobbying monies can be retained by individuals, foundations, and corporations for nonpolitical purposes, thank you. With the help of the New York Times, we can do so and get the saved money to other uses.”

[Editor’s Note: Ad Hominem attacks on free-market organizations espousing industry positions are a…

2017-06-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Wind News Update: Catastrophic Failures Jump; Maryland Gets Serious (June 19, 2017)

“Catastrophic failure with wind turbines is not new, and it’s not rare…. Recent experience shows that not much has changed in the ensuing years.”

“Those of us who follow the wind debate closely have repeatedly witnessed cases where projects were permitted despite an obvious lack of meaningful evidence on a host of topics….  The recent Maryland [Dan’s Mountain } decision provides an…

2017-06-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Utility Regulation: The Rate Case (opportunities to game)

“We are accustomed to seeing news coverage of tearful hurricane victims praising the heroic utility workers who restore their electrical service. Not so heroic is the way the utility accountants are booking that expense in a way that gives huge future streams of profits to the poor storm-victim utility.”

Over the years, the procedures for state-level utility rate cases have evolved into a…

2017-06-16 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Bad Entrepreneurship (Harvard Business Review article on ‘rent-seeking’)

“[William] Baumol was worried, however, by a very different sort of entrepreneur: the ‘unproductive’ ones, who exploit special relationships with the government to construct regulatory moats, secure public spending for their own benefit, or bend specific rules to their will, in the process stifling competition to create advantage for their firms. Economists call this rent-seeking behavior.”

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2017-06-15 15:15   Click to comment

Master Resource: “5 Shades of Climate Denial” (Inside Climate News gets it wrong)

The article by Marianne Lavelle , “5 Shades of Climate Denial, All on Display in the Trump White House,” a feature at Instide Climate News (June 9, 2017), deserves a second look. The good news is that a much more useful categorization from the science community can be used to correct the unstudied, biased five categories presented in ICN.

Here categories are five:

“It’s Not Real” “‘It’s Not…

2017-06-14 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Nixon Controls and Exiting Paris: A Bad Analogy (enslaved vs. freed energy)

“Until last week, Richard Nixon was responsible for the two worst-conceived American energy policies. On June 1, Donald Trump’s announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords displaced all competitors as the worst presidential initiative on energy in our nation’s history.”

– Hakes, “Quitting the Paris Climate Pact in Historical Perspective” (June 6, 2017)

“Historian…

2017-06-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 12, 2017

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.…

2017-06-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Direct Use of Natural Gas: Unshackle Efficiency from Obama’s ‘Deep Decarbonization’ (Part II)

“The fundamentally anti-fossil fuel energy efficiency and renewable energy advocates ran with Obama’s Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, to turn ‘deep decarbonization’ theories into official public policy. The goal? Convert all consumer natural gas use to electricity by 2050.”

“In short, U.S efforts within the DDPP infrastructure are…

2017-06-08 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Direct Use of Natural Gas: Unshackle Efficiency from Obama’s ‘Deep Decarbonization’ (Part 1)

“What Secretary Perry has yet to recognize is that the same hostile forces behind the ‘war against coal’ are now focused on eliminating the direct use of natural gas…. By taking a fresh look at the economic importance of natural gas direct use, this path can be changed; assuming the political will exists to do the right thing by consumers.”

Nationwide, natural gas is distributed to over 73.5…

2017-06-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Epstein vs. Harvard Law’s Freeman: ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’ (Energy Law Journal exchange is prime time–and it’s Freeman’s turn)

“But upon closer scrutiny, Epstein’s characterizations are often straw men; his own assertions are strikingly misleading or demonstrably wrong; and his evidence is typically weak and selective or completely beside the point.”

– Jody Freeman, “A Critical Look at The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.” 36 Energy L.J. 327 (2015).

“This response gives a proof that Freeman’s portrayal of…

2017-06-06 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: To Live and Breath in Beijing

“Wind and (on-grid) solar installations built in the wrong places or with not-yet-ready technology can actually increase emissions by raising prices and pushing poor Chinese consumers to save money burning coal at home. The funding of showcase wind and solar projects could be invested to modernize coal-fired power plants generating the lion’s share badly-needed heat and electricity.”

2017-06-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Trump Deflates Paris: Nod to James Hansen, Rebuke to John Holdren

“Praise goes to Donald Trump. He waited, listened, and decided. American First. Consumers First. Taxpayers First. Global climate and energy planners and an intellectual elite last.”

The good news is that the Paris climate agreement, weak and aspirational to begin with, will increasingly go the way of the Kyoto Protocol. President Trump did a big favor for the US and the world by pulling…

2017-06-02 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Dear Elliott Negin: How About the Intellectual Debate? (Simmons/IER hit piece big bark, little bite)

“When The Washington Post reported earlier this month that President Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to run the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the paper called him a ‘conservative scholar.’ Conservative scholar? ‘Fossil fuel industry propagandist’ would have been more accurate.” –  Elliott Negin, Contributor Senior Writer, Union of…

2017-06-01 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Political Power of the Scandinavian Wind Industry (time to reveal and revolt)

“In my opinion, good journalism always has to be on the side of the weak, keeping a critical eye on all powers that be and any power – political, economical, military, industrial and religious. Good journalism is obliged to react to any repression of humans. And the way the wind industry works is – in my opinion – pure repression and abuse of democratic values.”

“The wind industry is…

2017-05-31 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: California Renewables Dream’n

“It’s no wonder there’s increasing debate over expanding California’s grid into a regional system. Meanwhile, the economic viability of traditional generators will continue to suffer unless they, like their renewable energy counterparts, can derive benefit from above-market power contracts. Ultimately, it will be California ratepayers that pay the steep price for this impossible…

2017-05-30 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Memorial Day: Celebrate the Open Road (gasoline & diesel plentiful, affordable, reliable, sustainable)

“Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars traveling to visit family, friends, and the great outdoors. Meanwhile, Big Oil will be making huge profits off of these travel expenditures on fuel, while at the same time fighting for decreased public health and climate-change protections.”

Center for American Progress

2017-05-26 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Schleede from 2000: ‘The Backdoor Btu Tax”

“The [1993] ‘Broad Based Energy Tax,’ or Btu tax, proposed in 1993 would have imposed a tax ranging from $0.257 to $0.599 per million Btu on coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, and electricity from hydropower. The tax would not have been imposed on non-hydro renewable energy sources.”

Tributes to the late Glenn R. Schleede this week (here and here) are joined by a piece published…

2017-05-25 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Remembering Glenn Schleede

“The U.S. Energy Information Administration has come a long way in the quality of its analysis since Glenn, independent of any organization other than his own, launched critiques of the federal agency. I wouldn’t say that Glenn alone changed the EIA, but everyone knew there was an aggressive watchdog keeping a close eye on EIA’s work.”

To say that Glenn Schleede was opposed to…

2017-05-24 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Glenn Schleede: Some Tributes (A long energy career that history will judge sustainable)

“Glenn took the time – time he could’ve chose to spend out on the golf course – to put together papers which served as tutorials to help all of us understand the complex terminologies and issues we would have to become familiar with if we were to be successful at deterring the industrialization of our respective regions via the industrial wind scam.”

– Mary Kay Barton (below)

“Glenn…

2017-05-23 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 22, 2017

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.…

2017-05-22 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: (Short) Response to Dolan on Hayek and a Carbon Tax

Editor note: This responds to Professor Dolan post yesterday, “Hayek and a Carbon Tax: Response to Bradley, which answered Bradley’s post two days ago, “Hayek was not a Malthusian or Global Tariff Advocate (link to a carbon tax peculiar, errant).” The debate began with Dolan’s original piece, “Friedrich Hayek on Carbon Taxes.”

“… let’s add the ‘fat tail’ of the global CO2…

2017-05-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Hayek on a Carbon Tax: Response to Bradley

Editor note: Professor Dolan kindly submitted this rebuttal to Robert Bradley’s post yesterday, “Hayek was not a Malthusian or Global Tariff Advocate (link to a carbon tax peculiar, errant).” Bradley’s post, in turn, was a critique of Dolan’s original piece, “Friedrich Hayek on Carbon Taxes.”

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I am happy to comment on the validity of the nine points you raise regarding Hayek and a…

2017-05-18 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Hayek was not a Malthusian or Global Tariff Advocate (link to a carbon tax peculiar, errant)

“Professor Dolan is invited to study the Hayek literature to see if any of the above nine points are not valid. The burden of proof is on him to try to square a classical liberal with disputed externality pricing, ‘tax-bads’ public finance, international tariffs, equity tax-dividend adjustments, and government planning.”

Yale Professor Ed Dolan recently attempted to link the classical…

2017-05-17 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Home Car Charging: A Primer

“People buying EVs that cost $100,000 aren’t concerned about the cost of adding charging stations to their homes, but people in the market for EVs costing $35,000 may find the additional cost burdensome.”

A major public-policy issue is government subsidization of battery-powered or electric vehicles (EVs). But putting this aside, or given the existing situation, what are the practical…

2017-05-16 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Intellectual Vertigo: Trivia, Emotionalism in One Spot Check (taxpayers pay for this?)

“I, therefore, juxtapose feminist posthumanist theories and feminist food studies scholarship to demonstrate how eastern fox squirrels are subjected to gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking in the popular news media as a result of their feeding/eating practices, their unique and unfixed spatial arrangements in the greater Los Angeles region, and the western, modernist human frame…

2017-05-15 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Call to Action: Let’s Fix EPA (comments due soon)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under new management. A recent executive order from President Trump instructed all federal agencies (EPA included) to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people.

What ideas do you have for EPA that are consistent with the six areas of opportunity (see below)? Comments must be received on or before May 15, 2017.…

2017-05-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: NPR Bungles Sea Level Rise Story (supposed threats to coastal military installations ignore science)

“Data from CO2 measuring stations and from the Sewell’s Point and all other tide gages may clearly refute these assertions, but NPR and its colleagues will not change their minds.”

“The Sewell’s Point tide gage shows that the rate of sea level rise has not changed since the gage was installed in 1927, and is unchanged from our use of fossil fuels. It’s time to base our policies on sound…

2017-05-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets! (Stroshane reconsidered)

A charcoal maker invited a house cleaner to live in his house to cut expenses. The cleaner declined because as quickly as he could clean anything it would get dirty again. Moral: Like people will work better together. – Aesop’s Fable of the Charcoal Burner and the Fuller.

Internalizing the externality: incorporating the negative spillover effects in the internal social structure of the…

2017-05-10 07:00   Click to comment


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