Energy Consumption

Thirty-Eight Years Of Subsidies

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter announced his new energy policy. His speech included the following predictions of a dire future unless we repented of our evil ways: I know that some of you may doubt that we face real energy shortages. The 1973 gasoline lines are gone, and…

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Limp Blimp Crimps Green Energy Pimps

A runaway JLENS aerostat highlights the uncertainty and risks of pie-in-the-sky green energy schemes. Guest essay by Tom Scott One reason that a fragile naked human species has adapted to conditions in every corner of every continent is its ingenuity. Its is simply impossible to know the limits of homo sapiens. That said, one tactic…

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Wind turbines may reduce breeding success of white-tailed eagles

From Wiley: While renewable energy sources such as wind power will play an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation, new research reveals that the breeding success of species such as the white-tailed eagle can be significantly reduced by wind power generation on a large scale, possibly due to collision mortality. “As wind farms are…

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Renewable fail: Weakest US winds for 40 years

The Financial Times reports that the USA is experiencing the weakest wind speeds for 40 years, which is having a dramatic impact on wind energy businesses. According to the FT (subscription may be required); US clean energy suffers from lack of wind A lack of wind is making the US clean energy sector sweat, with…

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Obama May Finally Succeed!

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For this post I’ve taken as my departure point a couple of very interesting graphs from over at Not A Lot Of People Know That. I’ll repeat them here: Interesting, no? But I’m a numbers guy, I wanted to actually analyze the results. Using the data from those posts and…