Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

Hydrogen — the net-negative energy option

April 8, 2015
posted by

Viv Forbes Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes  

"Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe; it fuels the sun and is the third most common element on Earth. But it is so reactive that it is seldom found in its elemental state -- it combines strongly with other elements such as oxygen to form water or with carbon to form methane. It is an essential component in all acids, alkalis, hydro-carbons and organic materials. To extract hydrogen from natural compounds such as water, methane or coal requires very large inputs of energy." (04/08/15)

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The northeast’s natural gas supply and demand problem

April 5, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Santiago Bello  

"The cost of residential heating and cooling in the Northeast is comparatively high. Fracking regulations and outright bans are pushing entire industries out of densely populated municipalities as well as entire states, such as New York, where the extraction technology has met strong opposition at every level of government. Even the importation of natural gas from other states, such as Pennsylvania -- which remains very active in tapping Marcellus shale deposits -- is becoming difficult, with neighborhood groups and city governments opposing pipelines and other forms of infrastructure to support burgeoning energy demand." (04/03/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25522  

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Fossil fuel divestment: Economically reckless and morally callous

February 11, 2015
posted by

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Bruce Edward Walker  

"In another trendy move, environmentalist shareholder activists are pressuring energy companies in which they invest to scale back in part or completely their interests in oil, gas and coal. For example, Danielle Fugere, president and chief counsel at the As You Sow religious shareholder activist outfit, told The Guardian last month that 'market fundamentals' are changing. 'We see a whole number of factors moving markets away from fossil fuels -- pollution, technology changes, efficiency increases, competition from low-cost renewables,' she said. 'We're seeing the market changing -- the world is moving to cleaner resources, and these energy companies have to move with the market or they’ll get replaced.' This writer begs to differ, noting that fossil fuels in the developing world are driving the availability of electricity, sanitation, clean drinking water and refrigeration. Yet the leftist anti-fossil fuel movement -- shamefully so for those of a so-called religious bent -- continue to apply pressure." (02/11/15)

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The future of the American coal industry

February 1, 2015
posted by

The Canal National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jacopo Zenti  

"Current signs point to a difficult future for the American coal industry, at least domestically. Natural gas is increasingly replacing coal in new power plants. Indeed, technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have greatly lowered natural gas prices by accessing huge reserves of previously unreachable natural gas. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly regulates coal-fired electricity, and has recently unveiled plans for even more regulation through the 'Clean Power Plan,' which will limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants." (01/30/15)

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Markets vs. mandate: the American energy dilemma

January 30, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Vincente Lopez Ibor Mayor  

"New York State’s fracking ban has evoked strong polarising sentiment. Local anti-fracking supporters welcomed the ban as a necessary intervention against corporations pursuing profits at the expense of local safety. The fracking industry on the other hand, saw it as a political move; an example of political interference in the markets at the expense of jobs, energy security and the principles of enterprise and free markets that America stands for. This dynamic is symptomatic of a bigger tension between markets and mandate within the US energy industry; one that that lies at the heart of hotly contested issues like the Keystone pipeline and the proposed TTIP EU-US free trade agreement." (01/29/15)

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US House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

January 28, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. In a 277-133 vote on Wednesday, the House approved a bill giving the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to authorize natural gas exports from facilities after they are reviewed and approved. It's the third energy-related bill passed by the House this Congress. They've also approved bills authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and fast-tracking new natural gas pipelines." (01/28/15)

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Germany’s “energy transformation”: Unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

December 17, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"Perhaps when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was a child, she attended a party and was the only one who came without a present, or was wearing inappropriate attire—and the embarrassment she felt haunts her to this day. That’s how psychodynamic psychology (Freud) might explain her December 3 decision to spend more money on Germany’s failing energy experiment to avoid, as Reuters puts it: 'the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40 percent reduction of emissions by 2020.'" (12/16/14)

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The great renewable energy rip-off

December 8, 2014
posted by

Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"The public is never told that wind turbines and solar farms all require a traditional electrical energy producer -- coal, oil, or natural gas-based -- because they don’t function if the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. These days, we can add nuclear plants to those deemed traditional. Hydroelectrical plants are also traditional. It is the American taxpayer who is paying the price for renewable energy that is more costly to produce than traditional coal-fired plants or those now benefitting from the reduced cost of natural gas thanks to fracking technology that Is securing more of it, as well as oil." (12/08/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/12/the-great-renewable-energy-rip-off/  

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It’s time for tough love on tax credits for the mature wind industry

December 4, 2014
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"The U.S. wind energy business started as a gleam in Enron's eye, enjoyed an entitled childhood at taxpayer expense, and, by now, should have blossomed into an adult. Instead, now, at the tail end of this Congressional session, the industry -- by way of AWEA lobbyists -- has its hand out for a ninth round of 'free' taxpayer money. For this lame duck Congress, AWEA's panhandling seems like a grown child returning home for financial support -- 'just one more time.' Congress must now realize the inevitable: sometimes seeing our dependents grow up to be independent requires tough love and a line in the sand." (12/03/14)

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Tell Congress, “end wind energy tax giveaways now”

December 3, 2014
posted by

Paul Driessen Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen  

"There is a good chance that the Lame Duck Congress could vote as early as Wednesday, December 4, on extending huge taxpayer subsidies for Big Wind energy companies for another three, five or more years. Citizens concerned about high-cost electricity, skyrocketing government debt, and massive giveaways of hard-earned tax dollars to crony corporations should call or email their senators and their congressman -- and explain why these subsidies should end now." (12/02/14)

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Russia: Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

December 2, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts. The EU, at loggerheads with Moscow over Ukraine, and keen to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, had objected to the $40 billion South Stream pipeline, which was to enter the EU via Bulgaria, on competition grounds." (12/01/14)

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The answer isn’t blowing in the wind

October 28, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Martin Livermore  

"Last week, EU leaders agreed to the next round of targets for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions: a headline target of a 40% reduction on 1990 by 2030. But rather than let the market decide how to reach this goal most efficiently, they also set a 27% target to add more renewable energy to the mix. In practice, this love affair with renewable energy means promoting wind and solar; there is little scope for new hydropower plants and large scale, practical wave and tidal power seems to be as far away as ever. There is no rational justification for this, but politicians seem to be incapable of fixing top level targets and providing a market framework to meet them." (10/27/14)

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Make energy the number one issue in 2014 election

September 23, 2014
posted by

James H. Rust Heartland Institute
by James H. Rust  

"The United States has been facing an economic malaise and severe foreign policy issues since the end of the last recession in 2009. Inept energy policies can be blamed for much of these problems. It is prudent for energy policy to be elevated to a number one issue in the 2014 and 2016 elections in order to restore the nation’s economy and international leadership." (09/22/14)

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EPA clean power plan? The market has it covered

July 22, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Pierre-Guy Veer  

"About a month ago, the Obama Administration published its Clean Power Plan, which aims at cutting carbon emissions from the electric power sector by 30 percent below the 2005 levels. In addition, the plan aims at reducing pollution that creates soot and smog by over 25 percent by the year 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argues that these reductions will lead to public health and climate benefits worth an estimated US$55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, while also maintaining an affordable and reliable energy system. The EPA claims the plan’s implementation will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children. Despite these laudable goals, there is one question that is worth asking: are these claims realistic?" (07/22/14)

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Ukraine: Regime rejects Russian gas offer as talks end without deal

June 12, 2014
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Business Week    

"Ukraine rejected a Russian proposal for the price of future natural-gas deliveries as European Union-brokered talks in Brussels ended without an agreement. Russia offered to supply gas for about 20 percent below the current price, a level Ukraine said was still more than it’s willing to pay, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said at a press conference after the three-way meeting. Russia’s energy minister said the country also wants $1.95 billion for past fuel supplies before June 16 or it may cut shipments." (06/11/14)

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Rates skyrocket

June 4, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Gary Varvel  

Cartoon. (06/04/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/rates-skyrocket/  

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Fracking, property rights and compensation

June 4, 2014
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"A new Infrastructure and Competitiveness Bill, to be announced to Parliament in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday, will change the UK's trespass law to allow shale gas exploration firms to drill beneath private property without needing the owners' permission. This move will greatly advance fracking in the UK, where there are large shale gas reserves. It will bring major economic benefits, not to mention increased energy security, at a time when the country's North Sea oil production is tapering off. But there are issues about it, which need to be addressed." (06/03/14)

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Neighborhood environmentalism: Toward democratic energy

June 3, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant Mincy  

"Kamkwamba’s story is one of democratic energy and neighborhood environmentalism. Access to information left the boy free to replicate the science of windmills. After construction, his work spread throughout the region. This is a prime example of social power. The boy who harnessed the wind is testament to the power of two ideas: Open source content and co-operative labor. It is this kind of market approach, not sweeping policy from a centralized authority, that will meet the demands of the 21st century." (06/03/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27895  

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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)

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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)

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BP to sell US wind energy assets

April 4, 2013
posted by

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)

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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)

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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)

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GA: NRC approves first new US nuclear reactors since 1978

February 9, 2012
posted by

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)

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