On Taxing Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts
Quick quiz: What is a Progressive Politician’s favorite form of energy? A. Cold Fusion B. Pixie Dust C. Unicorn Farts D. Cellulosic Biofuel E. All of the Above Careful. It’s kind of a trick question. Answer below the fold.
Energy Policy *IS* Grassroots Politics
Compare and contrast these maps. First, the “undervote” by county in the recent Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary. The numbers in each county represent the proportion of voters in a Democratic primary who selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama. Now, the distribution map of the Marcellus Shale:
James Lovelock, Father of Gaia Theory, Endorses Natural Gas Fracking
James Lovelock, now 92 years of age, is the father of Gaia theory, the idea that Mother Earth is a sort of sentient, self-regulating organism. So it was noteworthy a few weeks back when he walked back some of his predictions of our planet’s impending doom from Global Warming. In an interview with the Guardian, Lovelock embraces fracking for natural gas, scorns renewables and castigates | Read More »
‘TruthLand’, the Movie
Josh Fox’s Oscar®-nominated documentary “GasLand” introduced us to scary images of burning water taps, supposedly the result of gas well fracking gone bad. It was such a successful piece of anti-development propaganda that HBO greenlighted a sequel, “GasLand 2″, due out this fall. A new documentary, “TruthLand“, is an attempt to counter Josh Fox’s distortions. It is the tale of Shelly, a teacher, dairy farmer and | Read More »
‘It’s the End of Democracy as We Know It!’
The Left claims that the GOP stole the Wisconsin election because they outspent the Dems by eleventy bazillion dollars. That’s how the union bosses, the Occupiers and the party leadership rationalize Tuesday’s failure. They don’t dare accept the notion that it was their ideas, their ideology and their tactics that were rejected at the polls. They chose the battlefield, the weapons and the timing. They | Read More »
Scorecard: Solyndra vs. Konarka
In a move that they’ll surely regret, the Obama campaign has called attention to a “green energy” loan to Konarka Power Plastic of Lowell, MA while Mitt Romney was governor. They have accused Romney of hypocrisy in his criticism of the Obama Administration’s DOE loan guarantee to Solyndra and other “green energy” firms. Here’s how the two loans panned out: Obama Romney Failed Green Company | Read More »
Seriously, Sierra Club?
With the shale gas boom in full swing, gas prices are at 10-year lows. We have the realistic prospect of abundant domestic supplies of a clean-burning fuel for the foreseeable future, who doesn’t like natural gas? Ask the Sierra Club. This week, the venerable environmental organization announced its “Beyond Natural Gas” initiative, to go along with their “Beyond Coal” and “Beyond Oil” campaigns. Of course, | Read More »
Remember the Keystone XL Segment Pres. Obama “Fast-Tracked”?
EPA has concerns for pipeline near coast HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is concerned that permitting for the southern segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be insufficient and has asked for a more extensive review. An official in the EPA’s region that oversees Texas [*] wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saying 61 water crossings near Galveston | Read More »
Study Reveals the Gulf of Mexico Permitting Mess
In a rational world, the Federal government would act as a motivated lease owner who was interested in promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of his mineral resource, consistent with sound conservation practice. That’s why there’s a permit process in the first place. Since Macondo, that’s backwards. Operating practices must conform to the permitting process that has, um, evolved in a purely political environment: | Read More »
Sudden Rash of ‘Traffic Accidents’ Kills 30 North Korean Officials
Take the world’s most paranoid/delusional Stalinist regime, add nuclear ambition and stir. Turn the whole mess over to a 29-year old who, by rights, should be playing video games in his parents’ basement; what’s the worst that could happen? This, for starters, from the Telegraph (UK): 30 North Korean officials involved in South talks die ‘in traffic accidents’ In its annual study, Amnesty International claimed | Read More »
Obama Once Again Shifting the Blame on Gas Prices
This week, President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar returned to familiar territory, once again chastising energy companies for maintaining an inventory of undrilled Federal leases. Obama challenges oil companies to drill existing leases WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday pushed back against the oil and gas industry’s claims that the Obama administration is blocking domestic energy development, releasing a new analysis showing that 46 | Read More »
Vermont Bans Fracking; CNN: What the Heck is Fracking?
Vermont is not an oil and gas state. Check that. Vermont is not an oil and gas producing state. According to the state geologist’s website, a total of six wells have been drilled targeting oil and gas since the Green Mountain Boys trod its, uh, green mountains. All of the wells were dry holes, and the last one was drilled in 1984. But VT is | Read More »
The Most Ludicrous Graph of the Month
Obama’s energy policies are a key vulnerability in the November elections, which has his staff scrambling to make it look like he’s actually done something to support domestic energy production. Since neither he nor anyone in his Administration knows the first thing about oil and gas, that can lead to some pretty ridiculous claims. Like, for example, the following graph, found at Obama For America‘s | Read More »
Tax Code Tweak Might Make CNG for Vehicles More Available
Rep. William Cassidy (R-LA) common-sense approach to increasing the role of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, without the grandiose involvement of the Federal government. Unlike the Pickens Plan, this plan does not rely on massive government subsidies or direct payments for vehicle conversion. Instead, it would change the definition of “independent producer” in the tax code, to get around their current prohibition from making | Read More »
Post-Mortem for the Ethanol Tax Credit
A couple of weeks back, my boss asked a question that I could not immediately answer: The ethanol tax credit expired on December 31. The price of ethanol should have gone up afterward. Did it? How much has that affected the price of gasoline? I turned to my friends at the American Petroleum Institute for help. Their surprising answer, in part: API declined to answer | Read More »