Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

Energy: Russia’s Achilles’ heel

March 18, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Robert H. Nelson  

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling in the Crimea that the United States and Europe will prove incapable of any effective response. Certainly, there is no appetite in the United States or Europe for a military engagement. And Putin is not greatly concerned about the largely rhetorical threats of unspecified consequences being directed his way by President Obama and other western leaders. There is something, however, that might make Putin re-examine his reckless course: The Russian economy and government’s dependence on energy production and revenues." (03/17/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4947  

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Unwinding the Energiewende

March 7, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by David Homer  

"The Energiewende or 'energy transition,' in Germany is a cautionary tale in many respects not least the unintended consequences of policy. The German energy policy has guided by three European directives. A target for reduction in carbon emissions, an effort to increase energy efficiency and critically a target for renewable in the energy mix." (03/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n7whruk  

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Goodbye fluorescent bulb? Philips says yes

April 11, 2013
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Associated Press    

"Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market. That should make it cheaper and greener, as well. ... a top executive said the prototype LED is headed to mass production and will hit the market in 2015. He claimed that in 10 years, LEDs will replace at least half of the world's fluorescent bulbs, which have been the main source of workplace lighting since shortly after World War II." (04/11/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d4lfyyo  

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BP to sell US wind energy assets

April 4, 2013
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United Press International    

"British energy company BP plans to sell its U.S. wind energy portfolio and focus on oil and natural gas developments, company spokesman Mark Salt said. ... BP invested more than $50 billion in energy development in the United States since 2007. A tax credit for U.S. wind development expires next year." (04/04/13)

http://tinyurl.com/chjsahg  

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No good deed goes unpunished: The high cost of solar

February 21, 2012
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Residents of Hawaii were dismayed to see this recent front-page headline: 'Hawaii Solar Savings Spark Higher Electric Bills.' Since so many consumers have sought electrical savings from installing solar panels, the state-monopoly electric utility is losing revenue and now needs to make it up in higher rates." (02/20/12)

http://bit.ly/wOUjlc  

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Canada, China reach uranium trade deal

February 9, 2012
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Reuters    

"Canada has reached a deal with China that will make it easier for Cameco Corp and other Canadian uranium producers to sell nuclear fuel into the fastest-growing market for atomic power. The trade deal, announced on Thursday during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to China, allows Cameco -- the largest publicly listed producer -- to sell uranium from its Canadian projects into China." (02/09/12)

http://reut.rs/xvH9Zn  

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GA: NRC approves first new US nuclear reactors since 1978

February 9, 2012
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USA Today    

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the nation's first nuclear power plant in a generation on Thursday, clearing the way for Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build two reactors at its Plant Vogtle site near Augusta. The commission approved a license on a 4-1 vote over the objections of environmentalists and the NRC's own chairman, Gregory Jaczko. It's the first approval since 1978, the year before the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania." (02/09/12)

http://usat.ly/wK7EnO  

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India defies sanctions, won’t cut Iran oil imports

January 30, 2012
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"India has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. 'It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging economy, Iran is an important country amongst them,' India's finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters Sunday in Chicago." (01/30/12)

http://tinyurl.com/89kdlbq  

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Ethanol subsidies: Down but not out

January 30, 2012
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.  

"At the end of last year’s legislative session, Congress let two of corn ethanol’s market-rigging policy gimmicks -- the 45-cents-per-gallon tax credit (VEETC) and the 54-cents-per-gallon ethanol import tariff -- tumble into history’s dustbin. This was good news for taxpayers and consumers. The VEETC added $5-6 billion annually to the federal deficit and the tariff propped up domestic ethanol prices by blocking competition from Brazilian sugarcane ethanol." (01/26/12)

http://tinyurl.com/897pwde  

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End the green nightmare

November 16, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"The rebirth of fossil fuel production was unimaginable a few years ago. It is completely beyond the ken of the Greens who constitute the Obama Regime, people who never anticipate revolutions that are not run from above, by them, but instead originate in the distributed intelligence of regular (read: creative) people." (11/16/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/694  

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Canada steps up US pipeline lobbying efforts

November 14, 2011
posted by

Modesto Bee    

"Canada has stepped up its lobbying after the Obama administration delayed a decision on an oil pipeline critical to the country's economic future. Canada's prime minister said he made it clear in a weekend meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama that Canada will step up its efforts to sell oil to Asia since the Obama administration delayed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline." (11/14/11)

 

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New alloy could split water to make fuel

August 31, 2011
posted by

TG Daily    

"A team of Kentucky scientists has found a way to 'tweak' an inexpensive semiconductor to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight. ... Sunkara says the GaN-Sb alloy has the potential to convert solar energy into an economical, carbon-free source for hydrogen." (08/31/11)

http://bit.ly/q8ac33  

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Conflict oil or Canadian oil?

August 10, 2011
posted by

Reason Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"Oil sands emissions currently account for 6.5 percent of Canada’s emissions and 0.15 percent of global emissions. However, recent reports suggest that these emissions will triple by 2020. This is something to take into account as one considers trade-offs between energy security and climate change. However, TransCanada’s Robert Jones, who is in charge of getting the Keystone XL pipeline approved and completed, pointed out the energy security benefits to the United States of importing oil from Canada." (08/10/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/08/10/conflict-oil-or-canadian-o  

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Glow at the end of the tunnel

August 4, 2011
posted by

Casey Research Casey Research
by Elizabeth Manning  

"Nuclear energy has taken a beating since the Fukushima crisis began in March, but we believe the arguments are strong that it’s not down for the count. There are a couple of factors that the Casey Energy Team considers bullish for the nuclear industry and market. Let’s take a closer look and back them up." (08/03/11)

http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/glow-end-tunnel  

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Obama undermines hope for energy independence

July 7, 2011
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William F. Shughart II  

"In an ideal world, it would make economic sense to acquire fossil fuels from least-cost producers no matter where on the globe they are located. But this is not an ideal world. What makes no sense in such a climate is continuing to rely on unreliable foreign energy suppliers, especially when Congress‘ own research service estimates that the United States has more proven energy reserves — coal, oil and natural gas — than any other nation on the planet. Rather than exploiting these abundant domestic resources, the Obama administration (1) all but shut down expansion of energy production in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a year, (2) failed to follow through on promises to open areas in Alaska and on the Eastern and Western seaboards for drilling permits and (3) plans to slow and possibly halt development of the nation’s hundred-year supply of natural gas, some of which has been discovered only recently in Pennsylvania and neighboring states." (07/04/11)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3111  

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Dim bulbs and Congress

June 28, 2011
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by John Markley  

"The federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 would have effectively banned the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs on Jan 1, 2012, and phased out incandescents between 40 and 100 watts by 2014. We understand concerns about energy consumption and the environment which motivated this ban. But as the letter below shows, this ban will do more harm than good. That's why we're glad that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton has agreed to support a bill that would repeal this ban." (06/28/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/dim-bulbs-and-congress  

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Obama taps Strategic Petroleum Reserve

June 24, 2011
posted by

ABC News    

"With the demand for gas expected to rise in the upcoming summer driving season, President Obama made the surprise announcement today that his is releasing 30 million barrels from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve into the global oil markets over the next month. ... Although the impending summer demand clearly has the Obama administration worried, the White House would not make any predictions about the effect that the release will have on prices at the pump." (06/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5w2v2z7  

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Electrical fairy tales

June 21, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy  

"The optimism of [electric vehicle] devotees is manifested by the expectation that simpleton consumers will see the absence of tailpipe fumes as the absence of emissions and pollution; that EVs are worth their exorbitant cost, particularly if they eliminate our reliance on OPEC; and that, in EV-world, we will all live happily ever after.The support of simpleton politicians guarantees fairy tales." (06/20/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/588  

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SCOTUS rejects global warming suit

June 20, 2011
posted by

Reuters    

"The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now involving six states can proceed in an effort to force the coal-burning plants to cut emissions of gases that contribute to climate change." (06/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kbj5oc  

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Venezuela: Government to begin rationing electricity

June 15, 2011
posted by

San Jose Mercury News    

"Venezuela will soon begin rationing electricity in several regions because of recurring power outages, the country's energy minister said Wednesday.  Ali Rodriguez said he has ordered authorities to start scheduling rolling blackouts in affected regions and informing residents when they will be implemented. He did not provide details or say how many of Venezuela's 24 states would be affected." (06/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6967s24  

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Google invests $280 million in SolarCity

June 14, 2011
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CNN Money    

"Google and rooftop solar power company SolarCity announced a $280 million investment deal Tuesday, the largest such deal for home-based solar power systems in the United States. The investment will give San Mateo, Calif-based SolarCity the funding to build and lease solar power systems to a 7,000 to 9,000 homeowners in the 10 states where it operates." (06/14/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6bhj4s9  

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New ethanol mandates from Washington

June 9, 2011
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Alex Blueston  

"So, do the advantages of ethanol outweigh the costs? The answer, simply, is no. Aside from its counterproductive environmental effects and proven efficiency loss for each mile to the gallon, ethanol is a precarious investment for the government to force on us for several reasons ..." (06/08/11)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2011/06/new-ethanol-mandates-from.html  

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A better way to frack?

May 17, 2011
posted by

Reason Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"A new technique for natural gas extraction eliminates fears about contaminated water and stops opponents in their tracks." (05/17/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/05/17/a-better-way-to-frack  

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BP, ConocoPhillips halt pipeline project

May 17, 2011
posted by

Bloomberg    

"BP Plc (BP/) and ConocoPhillips dropped plans for a $35 billion Alaska natural-gas pipeline, once proposed to be the largest private construction project in U.S. history, because they didn’t get enough customer interest. ... Halting Denali leaves one competing pipeline proposal, backed by TransCanada Corp. (TRP) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), to bring 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day from Alaska’s North Slope." [editor's note: The article doesn't mention that that competing pipeline got half a billion dollars in corporate welfare "seed money" in 2008, courtesy of then-governor Sarah Palin - TLK] (05/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6xu6yut  

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Wind power wannabe

May 15, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"Two recent stories about wind power went unremarked in the mainstream media, presumably because the stories don’t fit the dominant Green narrative, aka the Green Dream. The first is the report out of the UK that wind farms produce far less energy and cause far more problems with the grid than proponents have predicted or acknowledged. ... A second damaging piece of news for wind power is the report that it may have lost its enchantment even for the Dutch." (05/15/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/561  

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