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 »
John C. Felmy from API on smart energy policy
I am out here at CPAC 2010 in Washington, DC networking with some of the other talented RS editors and a host of other bloggers. I had the chance to talk to John C. Felmy who is chief economist at API about energy policy and moving forward with smart policies. A lot of people like to claim that conservatives don’t have any solutions – that we are | Read More »
Enviros Drive Enviros Bats
At first blush, this story from the Washington Post is pretty funny: a “green energy” firm’s wind farm project in West Virginia is being challenged under the Endangered Species Act by some local tree bat huggers. Tiny bat pits green against green It is the first court challenge to wind power under the Endangered Species Act, lawyers on both sides say. … At the heart | Read More »
What Color Is Your Electricity? Green, Brown(out) or Black(out)?
The Problem: Wind farms located in the Great Plains will be a long distance from where the electricity they generate will be used. Wind energy is not a steady source of generation like coal or natural gas. A wind- and solar-based system will of necessity be located farther from population centers, requiring more power substations and more transmission lines. The tab for the upgrade to | Read More »
Obama’s green-tinted glasses distort energy picture
If you’ve used put gasoline in your tank recently, you’ve noticed the per gallon price steadily rising: The national average pump price increased nearly 3 cents overnight to $2.391 a gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. Gasoline prices ticked higher every day this month. A good part of the reason for the escalation is seasonal in nature. Pump | Read More »
A bold new energy plan
Sarah Palin is receiving praise from some unusual quarters lately. Some environmental groups are saying positive things about the conservative governor’s announcement of her statewide energy plan, which proposes that 50 percent of Alaska’s power be produced from renewable resources by 2025. Pat Lavin of the National Wildlife Federation described the governor’s announcement as “a defining moment in Alaska’s history.” Alaska Conservation Alliance director Kate Troll characterized | Read More »
Wind Energy: How Con-veeen-ient!
T. Boone Pickens’ wind energy plan calls for blanketing the Great Plains, from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakotas. That’s because that’s where the wind resource is best, right? Wrong! That’s because “nobody lives there”, at least from the perspective of the good folks on the coasts and in the big cities. Putting all those wind turbines in the Plains creates at least two knotty | Read More »
Grassley Insinuates that EPA is Violating Law
A letter signed by eight senators, including Iowa’s Charles Grassley, insinuates that the Environmental Protection Agency and EPA Administrator Johnson have violated law by meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry behind closed doors. The assumption these senators have made is that some backroom deal has been made between the governor and the EPA. I find this ironic considering the number of backroom deals that have | Read More »