Category Archives: Energy

America’s Power Grid at the Limit: The Road to Electrical Blackouts

By Steve Goreham Originally published in Communities Digital News. Americans take electricity for granted. Electricity powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system. Last winter, bitterly … Continue reading

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Ouch. Corn biofuel could generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline

From the “we told you so back in 2010″ department and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue The fuel could generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline Lincoln, Neb., April 20, 2014 … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Biomass, Energy | 75 Comments

IPCC WGIII: throwing the greens under the bus

While the latest IPCC working group III summary report has its share of gloom and doom and ridiculous edicts, it does have one redeeming quality as Josh points out.  

Posted in Fracking, IPCC, nuclear power, Satire | 152 Comments

Making ethanol without the need to waste food crops

From Stanford University Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide … Continue reading

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Simulation in the ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy’ provides new insight into best arrangement of wind turbines on large installations

From the Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard WASHINGTON D.C., April 1, 2014 — As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | 104 Comments

Finding a common ground – a conversation with Dr. James Hansen on nuclear power

Dr. James Hansen’s reply to my question about Nuclear Power Guest essay by Eric Worrall A a few years ago, Anthony Watts posted a link “The Middle Ground where AGW skeptics and Proponents should meet up“. At AGU2013, Anthony asked … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, nuclear power, thorium power | 178 Comments

IPCC Admits The Scientific Consensus Was Wrong in a Stunning Reversal on Biofuels

It just goes to show you that sometimes, consensus in science amounts to a “whole lot of nothing” as this story from Robert Mendick in The Sunday Telegraph tells us. Growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Energy | 136 Comments

Modern Magic – Clean Energy by Wire

Submitted by Viv Forbes, Rosewood Qld Australia A month ago an arsonist lit a bush-fire that spread into the Morwell open cut coal mine in Victoria. Residents of the nearby town lived for weeks in choking polluted air. This fire … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy | 56 Comments

It’s Game Over for Keystone XL opponents ‘Game Over’ Claims

Even Dr. James Hansen doesn’t  believe Keystone XL itself will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions Video follows below At today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Keystone XL, Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) asked well-known climate scientist James Hansen to clarify … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Energy, petroleum | 113 Comments

LED’s rule, twisty bulbs drool

Readers might recall I was an early adopter of LED lighting technology. Now it is getting even better. New LED light design offers less energy, more light LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Technology | 162 Comments

Oh, this can’t be good: Britain ‘Uninvestable’ for energy

Place your bets now on when the lights will go off Deepening Energy Crisis: Britain Has Become ‘Uninvestable’, Analyst Warns Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times The German owner of Npower is set to write off hundreds of millions of pounds … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy in Decline

By Steve Goreham Originally published in Communities Digital News. The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, solar power, wind power | 271 Comments

Claim: Offshore Wind Turbines for ‘Taming Hurricanes’

From the University of Delaware a press release I just can’t stop laughing about. Of course, they have no real-world tests of this claim, only “their sophisticated climate-weather model”. No numbers were given on turbine “mortality”, so one wonders how … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, hurricanes, Weather, wind power | 223 Comments

Oh Lord, there be idiots at Stanford

From Stanford University , along with actor/activist Mark Ruffalo, and “Gasland” movie fabricator Josh Fox. I’m amazed the university would allow themselves to get used by these clowns. The website they are pushing actually doesn’t offer any solutions, but asks … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Energy, Sustainability | 220 Comments

The Levelized Cost of Electric Generation

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In early 2013, the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) released their new figures for the “levelized cost” of new power plants. I just came across them, so I thought I’d pass them on. These are … Continue reading

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Solar Energy Storage – A Gift from Gaia

Guest essay by Viv Forbes There is a massive problem with photo-voltaic solar power. Modern cities and industries require power 24/7 but solar panels can only deliver significant energy from 9am to 3pm on a clear day – a maximum … Continue reading

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Case study: how to fight the Sierra Club with no money

John Droz, Jr. sends this new item In October of 2013, a major wind project was targeted for coastal North Carolina. I decided to use this as a test case for AWED’s model wind ordinance. The results were excellent from … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, NGOs, wind power | 92 Comments

Study: Electric vehicles have little impact on US pollutant emissions

A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Technology | 68 Comments

New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, EPA, FOI, Government idiocy, Politics | 105 Comments

More Fun with Oil and Gas

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, having had such a good time with M. King Hubbert meeting the EIA, I thought I’d toss out another puzzle. This one is inspired by a statement from the King himself that someone quoted … Continue reading

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