Did you know that you support the Renewable Fuel Standard?
According to a new poll from the folks at “Fuels America*“, 75% of Americans and 60% of conservatives support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the 2005 act of Congress which mandates how many billions of gallons of ethanol are to be included in motor gasoline for each year through 2022. What do you think, RedState reader? You can register your opinion on the RFS at | Read More »
Yogi Berra and Wind Energy
Saving the planet is a great thing, in theory. In practice, most folks just want a decent night’s sleep.
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It’s Not Easy Going Green, Part IV
Remember jatropha? In 2007, Goldman Sachs called it one of the best candidates for future biofuels. Time Magazine touted its promise in an article from January, 2009: Renewable energy, it turns out, does grow on trees. The fruit pods plucked from jatropha trees have seeds that produce clean-burning diesel fuel. But unlike corn and other biofuel sources, the jatropha doesn’t have to compete with food | Read More »
Energy Flow: Sources and Uses
A picture is worth 1,000 words. Or 95 quadrillion BTUs, which is how much energy from all sources the U.S. consumed in 2009. A well-constructed graph can convey so much information. I posted a link to this image on RedHot the other night, but thought it was worth bringing out a few observations. Since energy flow is represented by the width of the various lines, | Read More »
University Study Confirms Renewable Energy Isn’t Economically Feasible
From the diaries by Erick Colorado State University recently completed a study on the economic feasibility of increasing the usage of renewable energy. The results of this study were published in the world-renowned science periodical, The Coloradoan. Another stimulus-funded study of the obvious? No, what we have here is simply a heavy dose of reality for academicians who aren’t willing to match their rhetoric with | Read More »
Wind Energy Blows
Wind energy, the crown jewel of President Obama’s green revolution, seems to be encountering a stiff headwind of its own. As we shall see, wind energy is a highly inefficient technology for reliable power generation. The industry which supports it depends entirely on direct tax credits and federally-mandated consumption for its profitability. This week in wind energy news: Wind farms exposed as a threat to | Read More »