Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

SCOTUS rejects global warming suit

June 20, 2011
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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
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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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First Solar says corporate welfare is on the way

May 12, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"First Solar Inc. (FSLR), the world’s largest maker of thin-film solar modules, received letters indicating support from the U.S. Energy Department for three projects it’s developing in California. ... The Energy Department has approved, with conditions, 19 loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, accounting for almost two-thirds of the $2.4 billion in funding that was approved as part of the Recovery Act." (05/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3cw34fy  

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China talks a green line while the US walks one

May 10, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J. Michaels  

"In 2009, despite no cap-and-trade law, no carbon tax and no major reductions mandated by our EPA, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 7.1%, more than in any year since they began tracking emissions in 1949. Meanwhile, China's increased at near-record levels. What gives?" (05/06/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13084  

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The energy vampires

April 19, 2011
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"To hear the 'humanitarian' interventionists tell it, the NATO alliance is currently bombing Libya in order to avert an alleged 'massacre' that may -- or may not -- happen if Moammar Gadhafi gets his hands on the rebels now holding the eastern province known as Cyrenaica. It’s just a coincidence that Libya is a major oil producer, and that the NATO allies demanding the dictator’s ouster are thirsty for the stuff. If you believe otherwise, well then you’ve fallen victim to a 'conspiracy theory,' as any number of unrepentant neocons will tell you." (04/20/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/04/19/the-energy-vampires/  

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VT: Nuke plant sues to stay open

April 19, 2011
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Boston Globe    

"Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant filed a federal lawsuit yesterday to prevent state lawmakers from shutting the plant down when its 40-year license expires next year. The Entergy Corp. lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Burlington, Vt., is expected to force a legal showdown over whether state governments can claim a role in the oversight of nuclear power plants, which are regulated by the federal government." (04/19/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3dq6obv  

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Nuclear dead end: It’s the economics, stupid

April 18, 2011
posted by

The Nation
by Christian Parenti  

"For about a decade now, nuclear boosters have been telling us that a 'nuclear renaissance' is underway thanks to the advent of cheaper, safer and faster-built 'third' and 'fourth generation' reactors. ... for all its moral urgency, this debate usually ignores the economics of nuclear power. It is economic factors like costs, supply chains, financing and profitability that will determine our future energy mix. And so far, the dollars and cents calculations for nuclear power just do not add up." [editor's note: And as usual this writer ignores the federal subsidy of the real risks, via Price-Anderson, in her "cost analysis" - SAT] (04/18/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3nggjfm  

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The green jobs myth

April 13, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren  

"On its face, the argument that green energy is more labor intensive than 'brown' (fossil fuel and nuclear) energy is dubious. After all, once the wind turbines or photovoltaic panels are put in place, there's no need to mine the earth for fuel and, unless the windmills or panels break down a lot, there's little call for large numbers of workers to keep the generators running. This is the first clue that something is amiss in the ubiquitous 'green jobs' studies that are constantly forwarded to support green energy mandates and subsidies." (04/11/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12998  

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Is nuclear power economically viable?

April 11, 2011
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"The claims of government development are true, as far as they go: without the Manhattan Project of WW2, it might have taken a decade or two longer to have developed self-sustaining, power generating piles because a peaceful and government-free society did not exist, and there was no great significant benefit in using nuclear power instead of coal- or oil-fired power (or hydro-) in the Anglosphere in peace that would have warranted the investment in developing nuclear piles, during that 1940-1960 era. ... On the other hand, many people will argue that without government interference, nuclear power would have been developed by private, free-market firms and research decades earlier." (04/11/11)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/2011/04/11/nathan.html  

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TN: Couple builds solar-powered home, with Google’s help

April 10, 2011
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The Tennessean    

"Many Internet users rely on Google to instantly find information about almost anyone and anything. Philippe and Thao Jeanty went a step further. They used Google to design their solar-powered home in rural Fairview. ... Using Google Sketchup, a 3D modeling program usually used by architects, engineers and other design professionals, not homeowners, the couple drew the plans for their home and all of its high-tech, low-environmental-impact features on a computer screen." (04/10/11)

 

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Nuclear power in the dock

April 6, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren  

"The fact that nuclear power can't come within light-years of passing a market test is painfully obvious to all who wish to see. Consider the feds are presently telling banks that if they loan money to a utility company to build a nuclear power plant and the loan subsequently goes bad, the U.S. Treasury (that is, you) will compensate the bank for up to 90% of its losses. And yet the banks still refuse to loan. For principled supporters of a free market, that should be information enough about the merits of this commercial enterprise." (04/05/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12947  

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Free Markets, Property Rights and Climate Change: How to Privatize Climate Policy

April 5, 2011
posted by

Libertarian Papers
by Graham Dawson  

"The goal has been to devise a strategy that protects as much as possible the rights and liberties of all agents, both users of fossil fuels and people whose livelihoods and territories are at risk if the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis is true. To achieve this goal the standard climate policy instruments, taxes and emissions trading, should be discontinued. There are weaknesses in the theoretical perspectives used to justify these policy instruments and climate science cannot provide the knowledge that would be needed to justify their implementation. In their place I propose a privatised policy, based on Austrian and libertarian frameworks of thought, which share an interpretation of climate change as a putative interpersonal conflict rather than market failure." [abstract -- full paper available as PDF or MS Word download] (04/01/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3s9bok3  

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The healthy fallout from Fukushima

April 4, 2011
posted by

The American Prospect
by Paul Starr  

"The last few years have brought a great deal of talk about a 'nuclear renaissance' and a new bipartisan consensus in favor of building more nuclear power plants. In the hope of striking a grand bargain on climate legislation during the last Congress, many environmentalists were willing to go along with what President Obama and others held up as a sensible compromise: federal subsidies for nuclear power and more leeway for offshore oil drilling in exchange for a carbon cap-and-trade system. But the BP oil spill helped to quash that idea, and the disaster in Japan should bury it." (04/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3q96uow  

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The green energy economy reconsidered

March 31, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren  

"Renewable energy is quite literally the energy of yesterday. Few seem to realize that we abandoned 'green' energy centuries ago for five very good reasons." (03/29/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12922  

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Cars, planes to be banned in our green energy future

March 29, 2011
posted by

Heartland Institute
by James M. Taylor  

"Ever wonder what it would take to cut carbon dioxide emissions 60 percent by the year 2050 to fight the alleged global warming crisis? In Europe, according to a European Union plan announced yesterday, one of the requirements will be banning automobiles from cities. What happens if you live in a suburb?" (03/29/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4uxqpgn  

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UK rejects EU call for city centre ban on petrol cars

March 29, 2011
posted by

BBC News [UK]    

"The UK has rejected proposals from the EU which call for a ban on petrol and diesel cars from city centres by 2050. The European Commission said phasing out 'conventionally fuelled' cars from urban areas would cut reliance on oil and help cut carbon emissions by 60%. But UK Transport Minister Norman Baker said it should not be 'involved' in individual cities' transport choices." (03/29/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12879566  

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Japan’s nuclear nationalism

March 29, 2011
posted by

Reason Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Nuclear meets about a third of Japan’s energy needs (compared to 20 percent in America) not because it is more competitive than the alternatives; it is not. Nuclear’s exorbitant upfront capital costs and long — and uncertain — lead times make it every bit as unattractive to investors in Japan as elsewhere, especially compared to other fuels. But nuclear appeals to Japan’s mercantilist rulers who, since the mid-60s, have regarded the country’s lack of indigenous energy resources as a major strategic vulnerability that must be corrected at all cost." (03/29/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/03/29/japans-nuclear-nationalism  

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Big Solar’s death panels

March 28, 2011
posted by

Mother Jones
by Kiera Butler  

"The Mojave, where the sun shines more than 300 days a year, would seem like a perfect home for the solar hub — unless you happen to be a threatened desert tortoise, in which case you can kiss your burrow goodbye. Across the country, environmentalists are finding themselves in the awkward position of having to choose between clean energy and wildlife: In the Midwest, wind farms ensnare bats and migrating birds, and hydropower dams in the Northwest decimate salmon spawning grounds." (03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4cd6kzj  

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Three lessons from Japan’s nuclear crisis

March 24, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray  

"Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima is at last approaching stable, if still serious, condition. The struggles the Japanese have faced there, on top of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit in quick succession less than two weeks ago, provide three important political lessons for President Obama on the issue of energy policy." (03/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/674gobo  

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Chevron wins bid to extend order blocking Ecuador judgment

March 8, 2011
posted by

Bloomberg    

"Chevron Corp. (CVX) won a bid to extend a court order barring Ecuadorean residents from enforcing an $18 billion judgment against the oil company until its racketeering case against the villagers and their lawyers is decided. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said in a ruling today that Chevron faced 'imminent' and 'irreparable' harm to its business relationships and reputation. ... Chevron acquired Texaco in 2001. Chevron, the second-largest U.S. oil company, was ordered Feb. 14 to pay as much as $18 billion in compensatory and punitive damages for Texaco’s alleged dumping of toxic drilling wastes in the Ecuadorean jungle from 1964 to about 1992." (03/08/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4hq298z  

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