Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

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)

http://tinyurl.com/qj8llcr  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/pa8cy4u  

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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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/q3fq8zz  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/pacdaue  

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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)

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
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
posted by

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
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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India defies sanctions, won’t cut Iran oil imports

January 30, 2012
posted by

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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