Category Archives: Energy

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

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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

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

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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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M. King Meets the EIA

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Dramatis Personae: The “EIA” is the US Energy Information Agency, the US agency in charge of data about energy production, consumption, and use. It has just released its January 2014 Short Term Energy Report, with current … Continue reading

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Natural gas switch from coal brings power plant emissions down

From the University of Colorado at Boulder New study: US power plant emissions down Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Coal, Energy, natural gas | 139 Comments

Climate campaigners start to eat their own over ‘Cleantech Crash’

The Center for American Progress affiliated attack group “Forecast the Facts” is turning on the CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” for reporting truthfully on the issues surrounding green technology last Sunday. See the press release below and the full video … Continue reading

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Despite Climate Campaigners Efforts, Germany’s New Coal Boom Reaches Record Level

From The GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Dirty Coal Revived As Europe Speeds Green Retreat With Greenpeace successfully forcing the shutdown of nuclear power, and keeping out fracking for gas, what’s left? A boom in coal. In fact, over the … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy | 77 Comments

New – magnetic, reusuable, oil spill recovery material

Breakthrough or bogus? I ask readers to help sort it out. Every once in awhile something comes along that gives us a wow factor. This is one of those times. What you see below is a frame from a video … Continue reading

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Climate as a heat engine

Guest essay by Jan Kjetil Andersen As Willis describes in his article on December 21, the atmosphere can be seen as a gigantic heat engine, i.e. a machine which convert thermal energy, namely temperature, into mechanical energy, namely wind. It … Continue reading

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National Renewable Electricity Standard: Why raise electricity prices?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times Earlier this month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES … Continue reading

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Environmental concern disappears with economic instability

From University of Southern California  another lesson from the economic train wreck that is Greece; people stop worrying about the environment when you make cleaner fuels too expensive to use. The price for heating oil has skyrocketed in Greece over … Continue reading

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EPA ‘Public Listening Session’ Turns Into Sierra Club Talking Session

  Images from: National Resources Defense Council blog Guest essay by Taylor Smith Last week I attended an Environmental Protection Agency “Public Listening Session” held here in Chicago. I had only been to one other such hearing in the past as … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude and a they told you so moment – AP Investigation: Corn-Based Ethanol Causes Environment Damage

From the department of “told you so” comes this about-face on what was supposed to be an environmental solution. It seems the cure is worse than the disease: “CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of … Continue reading

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NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm” Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington, Vermont and tipped to me by a reader. Vermont’s wind … Continue reading

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CO2 causes earthquakes, is there anything it can’t do?

From the University of Texas at Austin  and the “if a small earthquake happens in the boonies, does anyone care?” department comes this press release that the anti-frackers will most certainly seize upon. Note the word “probably” in the headline … Continue reading

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EPA to “listen” to (then presumably ignore) the public on power plant CO2 emissions

I’m posting this list of meetings at major cities around the USA in case anyone wishes to go and make your case. Based on my previous experiences, in my opinion, the EPA only does this for show, and they aren’t … Continue reading

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Do the Math: Solar Panels and Hockey Sticks

Guest essay by Chris Yakymyshyn Vermonter Bill McKibben was recently quoted in Salon Magazine: “The roof of my house is covered in solar panels. When I’m home, I’m a pretty green fellow. But I know that that’s not actually going … Continue reading

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Walport’s UK Energy Fantasy Does Not Add Up

By Paul Homewood Bishop Hill  had a post the other day, about a presentation on climate change given to the cabinet by Chief Scientist, Sir Mark Walport, seen at right. One of the slides shown was this one on various … Continue reading

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Is There an Equine Version of Wind Turbine Syndrome?

While not much gets past WUWT, this story from Portugal has only recently gotten some press, well after its posting in March, and I think it warrants attention here.  While I don’t know much about horses, I’ve known several people … Continue reading

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Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity … Continue reading

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Climate of Failure: how alternate energy dreams are pie in the sky solutions for emissions

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. had a worthwhile guest essay in Foreign Policy titled: Climate of Failure published last year that Dr. Judith Curry has made a post about today that she calls a “good topic for Sunday discussion”. I agree. … Continue reading

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Access to Energy: Not the Entire Story

Guest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq.5 Recently on WUWT, a post1 by Willis Eschenbach was made advocating the almost doubling of energy consumption worldwide, by increasing energy use per capita in the poorest countries. This post addresses the issue … Continue reading

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Double the Burn Rate, Scotty!

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Lots of folks claim that the worst possible thing we could do is to allow the third world to actually develop to the level of the industrialized nations. The conventional wisdom holds that there’s not … Continue reading

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