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Master Resource: Tributes to Glenn Schleede: A Long Energy Policy Career That History Will Judge Sustainable

 

Background

Glenn R. Schleede

Schleede is the author of many papers and reports on energy matters.  Since 2001, Schleede has analyzed and written about wind energy.

From 1992 until September 2003, Schleede maintained a consulting practice, Energy Market and Policy Analysis, Inc. (EMPA), providing analysis of energy markets and policies.

Prior to forming EMPA, Schleede was Vice President of…

2017-04-27 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Renewable Energy Sources: Does Their Output Matter?

“About $3 trillion has been spent on the renewable energy effort since 2004, and the figure has now stabilized at about $300 billion for each one of the last six years.”

This post describes renewable-energy performance in the United States through 2016 as reported in annual reports of the Department of Energy (DOE).[1] The DOE lists six renewable sources: Wind, Solar, Hydro, Wood, Waste,…

2017-04-27 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Why Renewables Cost More (some basics for short attention spans)

“Power plants, usually natural gas, must be kept in spinning reserve, ready to come online when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining. There is the cost of natural gas to keep these units operating off-line, as well as maintenance costs from the added wear and tear on these units.”

“The strongest winds, which are the best for generating electricity, are found hundreds, if not a…

2017-04-26 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Remembering Al Gore’s $30,000/year Utility Bill (‘inconvenient truth’ made news ten years ago)

“Armed with Gore’s utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president’s 20-room home and pool house devoured … more than 20 times the national average….”

“‘I appreciate the solar panels,’ [Drew Johnson of TCPR] said, ‘but he also has natural gas lanterns in his yard, a heated pool, and…

2017-04-25 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: A Diesel in the Shed

You can have your solar panels … and your turbines on the hills;

You can use the warmth of sunshine … to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient … as you weed your vegie bed;

As long as you make sure to keep …  a diesel in the shed.

When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, Australia, we relied on green energy: horses and human muscles for motive power;…

2017-04-24 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Moral Foundations of a Free Society

“Free-market capitalism is the ethical highroad to human dignity and mutual prosperity. If its moral and related foundations can be successfully articulated to students in a persuasive manner, the totalitarian progressives can be met and opposed through the power of reason and a basic understanding of the connections between economic liberty, social peace, and mutual well being for a better…

2017-04-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Grassroots Rising: Paris Agreement is America Last, Taxpayer Last, and Consumer Last

“Some argue that we should remain in the Paris Agreement to keep our ‘seat at the table.’ However, the fundamental goal of the Paris Agreement is to drive participating nations toward emissions reductions that are mathematically incompatible with economic growth.”

The alligators are still in the climate swamp. Anti-industrial environmentalists, crony capitalists, Big Science, and even…

2017-04-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Global Greening in the New York Times (CO2 benefits contradict SCC)

… Dr. [J. Elliott] Campbell and his colleagues have discovered that  in the last century, plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the last 54,000 years. Writing in the journal Nature, they report that plants are converting 31 percent more carbon dioxide into organic matter than they were before the Industrial Revolution. The increase is because of the carbon…

2017-04-18 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Paris Agreement: Remember Enron to Rio to Kyoto

“I am writing to urge you to attend the upcoming United Nations Conference on Environment and Development [‘Earth Summit’] scheduled for early June in Brazil and to support the concept of establishing a reasonable, non-binding, stabilization level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.”

– Ken Lay [CEO, Enron Corp.] to George H. W. Bush, Letter of April 3, 1992.

“The United…

2017-04-17 16:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Ford’s Electric Cars in China: Good News or Bad?

“Even with more wind and solar power, coal will continue to supply around two-thirds of the power for China’s  expanding electric car users.”

“Think in terms of opportunity cost. The resources for installing 12,000 charging stations could have been used to modernize Chinese coal power plants instead of catering to already-subsidized electric car buyers.

Electric cars are popular with…

2017-04-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Properly Representing Wind and Solar in Electricity Systems: Electricity Generated (Part II)

“If the purpose is to show fuel consumption by various fuels in electricity generation, the correct measure is not the electricity produced but the fuel consumed with the impact of erratic and unreliable wind and solar generation accounted for.”

This is the second post in a series reviewing Power magazine’s article on the International Energy Agency (IEA) paper, the recent World Energy…

2017-04-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Properly Representing Wind and Solar in Electric Systems: Generation Capacity (Part I)

“The reality is that non-dispatchable generation technologies, (wind and solar) cannot be directly compared with dispatchable generation technologies (coal, natural gas, nuclear, biomass, and generally speaking, hydro). This is a common mistake.”

Unfortunately, unrealistic representations of wind and solar are alive and well in many publications. Even if mathematically correct, their ability…

2017-04-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 10, 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.…

2017-04-10 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Cornwall Alliance Fights Climate Ugliness

“Radical environmentalists will fight the order in every way they can, in Congress, in the courts, in the media, and apparently in the streets. As a citizen, you need to stay informed of the stakes and tactics in this battle, and we at the Cornwall Alliance need your support to keep up the good fight.”

In a recent post, E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of…

2017-04-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Carbon Tax Foolishness

“… getting 195 countries to establish the same price on carbon would be an impossibility as each country would attempt to establish a price that would benefit itself in international trade.”

One could say two former Republican secretaries of state, Messrs. Baker and Shultz, are naive and badly informed. Their proposal for a carbon tax smacks of fools rushing in.

Their proposed carbon tax is…

2017-04-06 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: A Re-Look at ‘The Bet’ (Simon, Ehrlich, and Paul Sabin)

“Sadly, in Paul Sabin’s account, the main villain turns out to be the morally upstanding Simon who, fifteen years after his death, is blamed for creating policy logjams and fueling uncivil discourse. In the meantime, Paul Ehrlich keeps issuing ‘important warnings’ such as a recent prediction that humans might soon have to resort to cannibalism to survive the ecological apocalypse.”

The…

2017-04-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: RFF’s Climate Anger (intellectual pollution hazardous too)

“America has a short list of truly shameful ‘days,’—among them the Dred Scott decision, the Trail of Tears, Japanese internment, and Abu Ghraib—most of them symbolic of a larger national moral failure. I hope I am wrong, but I fear that today will join that list.”

“If all that [climate-policy-related] deregulation comes to pass, then I predict future generations will look back on today…

2017-04-04 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: On the Falsity of Climate Consensus: Judith Curry’s March 29, 2017, Testimony

“I realized that the premature consensus on human-caused climate change was harming scientific progress because of the questions that don’t get asked and the investigations that aren’t made. We therefore lack the kinds of information to more broadly understand climate variability and societal vulnerabilities.”

“Scientists who demonize their opponents are behaving in a way that is…

2017-04-03 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Energy Independence AND Economic Growth’ (Trump’s EO of March 28, 2017)

“[I]t is the policy of the United States that executive departments and agencies (agencies) immediately review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest…

2017-03-31 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mike Lynch on Peak Oil–Part 2

“… there are organizations devoted to the study of peak oil. Akin to the Bigfoot research groups, they are clearly stating their conclusion in the subject in their name.”

“There were claims about a major conspiracy to hide the problem. ‘Debunkers’ like myself were typically subject to vitriolic and usually personal attacks instead of criticism against our arguments, theories, and data,…

2017-03-30 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Peak Oil: Not Just Wrong but Invalid

“Production in a region rarely follows a bell curve nor do regions necessarily experience a single peak. As a result, this method repeatedly predicted premature peaks for many countries and for the world itself.”

“Production patterns are determined by the geology and chemistry of the deposit, plus the engineering decisions on how to produce it, plus the fiscal regime in place.”

Although the…

2017-03-29 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Michael Lynch Interview

“I switched from defense policy to petroleum economics and forecasting because the latter produced a track record that could be judged. And my track record is quite good over the four decades, especially where I have done intensive, data-driven research (as opposed to short-term oil price forecasts, where my record is more mixed).”

“Trying to convince governments, especially oil producing…

2017-03-28 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mitigation Math: Is Climate Activism Futile? (Judith Curry thinks so)

“[T]here is growing evidence of much smaller climate sensitivity to CO2; and even if these drastic emissions reductions occurred, we see little impact on the climate in the 21st century (even if you believe the climate models).”

“It seems rather futile to make token emissions reductions at substantial cost. Deciding that all this is impractical or infeasible seems like a rational response to…

2017-03-27 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Lights On! Human Achievement Hour

TONIGHT.   Celebrate civilization and human progress.

Help counter the Greens’ anti-civilization “Earth Hour” tonight, which would have mankind return to the caves and huts of antiquity, where life was poor, nasty, brutish, and short.  Instead, celebrate the myriad achievements of freedom and liberty, free markets, technological advances, and the wonders of abundant inexpensive energy!

Turn…

2017-03-26 00:43   Click to comment

Master Resource: On the Politicization of Electricity (intervention breeding intervention)

“Government-orchestrated retail competition in electricity largely failed. With that failure came the return of regulatory-mandated, utility-administered wasteful energy efficiency programs. This time the programs carried the added justification of countering global warming.”

Prior to the oil shocks of the 1970s, energy was just another input in the management of capital, labor and other…

2017-03-23 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Mineral Resources: Market Blessing, Government Curse (Institutions matter, per Peter Kaznacheev)

“It is no coincidence that a breakthrough in unconventional hydrocarbons (i.e., shale oil, shale gas, oil sands, and coalbed methane) should have taken place in some of the most economically free countries of the world, such as the United States, Canada, and Australia. The combination of secure property rights, transparent and efficient regulation, a favorable tax regime, and minimal red tape…

2017-03-22 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: CLEXIT: Dears New Book on Exiting the Paris Accord

“Efforts to cut CO2 emissions are not only harmful, but fruitless. The United States can reassert its leadership by withdrawing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change treaty. It can then lead the world in economic development by encouraging the use of fossil fuels that provide cheap and reliable energy.”

Donn Dears is a charter member of the energy-realism school. A…

2017-03-21 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 20, 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.…

2017-03-20 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Exaggerated Coal-Ash Dangers: Part II

“Newly confirmed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff and Trump Administration colleagues are encouraging states to solve their own problems. Coal-related controversies like these offer many states and communities excellent opportunities to find novel solutions that recognize sound science, hidden agendas, often limited options, and undesirable repercussions of poorly informed policy…

2017-03-16 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Exaggerated Coal-Ash Dangers: Part I

“Companies have proposed turning the ash into cement blocks or gravel, for construction projects. Vocal activists quickly nixed that option, even though it would solve multiple problems and involve virtually no contamination risks. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the real reason for all the vocal consternation is that these agitators simply hate coal and want to drive it out of…

2017-03-15 06:00   Click to comment


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