Category Archives: Energy

Capture the Sun & Power America With Solar – Is There a Business Case?

Guest essay by Philip Dowd Whenever the subject of renewable energy comes up, the conversation usually turns to solar. You hear statements like: “The world receives more energy from the sun in one hour than the global economy uses in … Continue reading

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Germany’s green tech forces 400x increase in power rates

The price of a stabilized green power grid is very steep, one could say it is like a “hockey stick” Story submitted by Eric Worrall  (h/t John Droz) Coal and gas electricity companies are being paid up to 400x times … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Coal, Energy, Green tech | 97 Comments

California’s future energy pipe dream

I wonder how they’ll manage to put 25,000 offshore wind turbines in place after seeing the long battle (back to 2001 for the first permit) to get Cape Wind in Massachusetts approved with enviros switching sides to protect viewsheds, and … Continue reading

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The stark reality of green tech’s solar and wind contribution to world energy

Summed in in one graph that says it all.

Posted in Energy, wind power, Green tech, solar power | 149 Comments

UK Government Study: Greens use more electricity than skeptics

Story submitted by Eric Worrall A UK government study has concluded that people concerned about global warming, on average, use more electricity than climate skeptics. Some highlights from the study follow. On the “benefits” of switching off appliances;

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The law of unintended consequences in action: Imagine replacing all CO2 emissions with H2O emissions

This story, while technically correct, made me chuckle, especially in light of a tweet today by Mashable warmist Andrew Freidman, who was complaining about heat and humidity in NYC. Just think about what it would be like if all those … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Global warming, Green tech | 119 Comments

Barking Mad – A rave, prompted by facing insane heating costs

Guest essay by Caleb Shaw It is a painful thing to confront someone whom one is accustomed to respecting, and to tell that person they are barking mad. Usually one avoids it, or dismisses the other’s strange behavior as “a … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, Opinion | 125 Comments

Quakes, Fracking, Hysteria, and Energy Independence

From Cornell University , another one of the numerous studies that tries to make fracking (via wastewater products) look bad because it is claimed to cause small earthquakes as far as 30km away, which seems more than a bit of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Fracking, natural gas, petroleum | 113 Comments

Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline – will send oil to Asia

Approves Asia Supply Route, Ignores US Route H/T Eric Worrall and Breitbart – Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result – Canada has made the decision for him. Breitbart reports Canada has just approved … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, petroleum | 233 Comments

New battery technology will be great – if it is viable

We’ve seen so many press releases for a new battery technology that seems almost to good to be true over the years. A lot of them were and never made it past the press release. Here’s to hoping this one … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Green tech, Technology | 155 Comments

France surrenders their energy security to renewables

From the GWPF: French Socialists Follow Germany, Shift Away From Nuclear To Renewables Via Agency France-Press: France on Wednesday unveiled a much-anticipated bill to reduce the country’s dependency on nuclear energy and fossil fuels, after months of intense debate over … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, nuclear power | 181 Comments

Study: Illinois Renewable Energy Standard no help to state’s economy

From the Beacon Institute: (Boston, MA) Closing so-called loopholes in Illinois’s mandated use of renewable energy program, in an effort to expand ‘green’ industries, will harm the state’s economy, according to a study from The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk … Continue reading

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Despite the hype, ‘carbon-free’ energy sources aren’t gaining traction globally

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. tips us to this interesting yet inconvenient graph. The graph below shows data from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released yesterday. It shows the proportion of global energy consumption that comes … Continue reading

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Wind turbine payback period claimed to be within 8 months

From Inderscience Publishers , something sure to make greens go “See, I told you!”, except for that little fatal mistake at the end. Read on. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind … Continue reading

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China ‘the coal monster’ fuel dominated energy use overwhelms Obama’s EPA CO2 reduction schemes

Obama’s ideological war on coal unnecessary, is wasteful, costly, inept, and pure political theater. Guest essay by Larry Hamlin China’s energy consumption is climbing so rapidly that it’s energy use, which already exceeds ours, will be double U.S. levels by … Continue reading

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EPA spokeswonk tries to sell Obama’s power plan with nirvana style graphics

Wow, this EPA guy (Joseph Goffman, EPA Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel) thinks that renewables are going to make up 30% of the power grid by 2030. That may be, but the big hidden gotcha in that is that … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, EPA, Government idiocy, Green tech, Obamas War on Energy | 128 Comments

Renewable Energy Poses Security Risk, New Paper Warns

London, 2 June: A new paper published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation warns that intermittent wind and solar energy pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of UK electricity generation. Many people – … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Energy, solar power, wind power | 29 Comments

A press release timed for Obama’s energy hammer

Who sends out press releases on a Sunday? UCLA does when the content is expected to match Obama’s draconian climate announcement planned for Monday. Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds A new … Continue reading

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Newest target of copper thieves: wind turbines

From France24: A sophisticated network of metal thieves has targeted some 20 French wind turbines in a new looting trend, scaling the near 40-metre-high structures and stealing up to one tonne of metal from a single engine, Le Figaro reported … Continue reading

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Richard Muller: ‘shale gas technology should be advanced as rapidly as possible’

by Richard Muller, Professor of Physics, University of Califoria at Berkeley Some oppose shale gas because it is a fossil fuel, a source of carbon dioxide. Some are concerned by accounts of the fresh water it needs, by flaming faucets, … Continue reading

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Of sangaku and wind farms

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Edo period in Japanese history ran from 1603-1867. For most of that period, 1639-1854, the nation kept itself deliberately aloof from all Western influence. Japan was closed to foreigners. Meanwhile, the aristocratic samurai class … Continue reading

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Gone with the wind: England’s most important coastline

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley I shall not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land. Thus William Blake, in the coda of the mystical … Continue reading

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Should California dictate US energy policies?

Can the rest of America afford its Alice in Wonderland energy policies for? (Can California?) Guest essay by Paul Driessen California loves to be seen as the trendsetter on energy and environmental policies. But can we really afford to adopt … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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