Category Archives: Green tech

Analysis: Tesla may have made over $100 million off the CARB enabled battery swap ZEV credit scheme

Guest essay by Alberto Zaragoza Comendador In the past I’ve provided estimates of the money Tesla has made off this mysterious feature enabled by credits authorized by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). These estimates were very simplistic: basically I … Continue reading

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Don’t put your pension into Greens, Mrs Worthington…

Starting at the same price, there’s a 10 to 1 gap in investment performance By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley … Don’t put your pension into Greens. “Greens” are what the City boys in red suspenders with East End accents you … Continue reading

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The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project At California’s Ivanpah Plant

It’s not just Wind Turbines that kill wildlife, from the Wall Street Journal: “A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because … Continue reading

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Study: Green roofs suck at solving global warming

White roofs three times as effective as green roofs From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and some members of the BEST team comes this surprise. “We conclude that the choice of white vs. extensive green roof should be based on the … Continue reading

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Europe bails on green energy

Dr. Benny Peiser at The Australian: Europe pulls the plug on its green future Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.

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Law of Unintended Consequences Number Eleventy-Zillion

By charles the moderator We missed this story in May, but in order to replace the use of coal in the UK, power stations are being refitted to burn wood chips.  But the UK doesn’t have enough forests to supply … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Green Energy Disaster Sinks Siemens CEO

From Dr. Benny Peiser and The GWPF Merkel’s Green Shift Backfires As German CO2 Emissions Jump – solar business closing Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, has lost patience with its CEO after Peter Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive … Continue reading

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Lomborg: Electricity prices for German households have increased 61% since 2000 – renewables blamed

Pursuant to my earlier story today about the article in Spiegel, Bjørn Lomborg writes on his Facebook page: Real German electricity prices for households have increased 61% since 2000. One quarter of household costs now stems directly from renewable energy. … Continue reading

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Renewables costing Maine money, jobs

Too many Taminos in Maine? New Study Finds RPS Standards Hurting Maine’s EconomyGovernor LePage advocates for reforms in Maine’s energy lawsAUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage released the following statement in regards to the study, The Economic Impact of Maine’s … Continue reading

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Greening the hospital operating room – another thing best left alone

From the Canadian Medical Association Journal another one of those areas like the ridiculous attempts to green the military, where I think most people don’t give a rats patootie about whether they are getting “green care” or not. In the … Continue reading

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130 mph biocoal steam engines – another high speed rail boondoggle?

My grandfather made steam engines, my father made a scale steam locomotive for taking children on rides in the park and at the fair. Some of my happiest memories as a child were of sitting behind my father in the … Continue reading

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Green energy companies off the government teat in Spain, take off

Spain Ejects Green Energy Lobby by Alex Morales and Ben Sills, Bloomberg Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting the nation after the government shut off aid, pushing project developers and equipment-makers to work abroad or … Continue reading

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The Global Renewable Energy Index is crashing

This is interesting, after watching the collapse in the last two years of entities like the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which ended trading with a bag of charcoal briquettes being worth more than a ton of carbon futures, we have … Continue reading

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Study: ‘green’ biofuels could be costing the earth

From the University of Leicester  department of inconvenient truths: New study suggests EU biofuels are as carbon intensive as petrol University of Leicester research into greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations provides robust measures now being used to inform … Continue reading

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Rare earths rock green tech and geopolitics

From the Geological Society of America: Critical Minerals Ignite Geopolitical Storm For Immediate Release 10 October 2011 GSA Release No. 11-66 The clean energy economy of the future hinges on a lot of things, chief among them the availability of the … Continue reading

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Green FAIL – FOIA shows dangerous university biomass power plant fraught with problems, closures, explosion

USC’s biomass plant debacle How the university’s green dream went bust after three ‘potentially lethal accidents’ and a host of other problems By WAYNE WASHINGTON (The State Newspaper) On June 28, 2009, an explosion rocked the biomass-fueled power plant on … Continue reading

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Your [wasted green] tax dollars at work

From the Fiscal Times: Solyndra Went on a Spending Spree After Getting Loan Former employees of Solyndra, the shuttered solar company that exhausted half a billion dollars of taxpayer money, said they saw questionable spending by management almost as soon … Continue reading

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