Energy

The Keystone pipeline, delay is the name of the game

by Marita Noon The four-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is a textbook case of the game Washington politicians play. To avoid making decisions that might anger one constituency or another, they appoint a committee or commission a study and then sit back, hoping the report never comes in.  If they don’t like the …

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Imagine tax revenues that exceed the cost of running the government

by Marita Noon The sequester happened. Nothing happened—though we all understand there will be impacts down the road. But, it didn’t have to happen. “Sequester,” a word foreign to most of us, “is a term used to describe the practice of using mandatory spending cuts in the federal budget if the cost of running the …

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Using Energy and Happy about It

by Steve Goreham, The Washington Times Last week I received a “Home Energy Report” flyer from Commonwealth Edison, my electricity provider in northern Illinois. The leaflet compared my energy usage to neighbors over the last two months and declared, “You used 41% MORE electricity than your efficient neighbors.” Should I be concerned about this? My wife …

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Expensive electricity’s hidden costs

by Marita Noon The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released their Energy Infrastructure Update report, which shows how much new electric generating capacity was installed for 2012. According to the report, renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, and wind) accounted for 49.10% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in 2012 …

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Virginia Governor to make Virginia Energy Capital of East Coast

by Marita Noon  With a flood of new federal regulations hitting everything from healthcare, energy, food safety, and bird protection, it is encouraging to know that some states can still think for themselves. In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell, while campaigning, declared that he was going to make Virginia the Energy Capitol of the East Coast—after …

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How the Green Cult causes an Economic Cliff

by Marita Noon  The contrast between then and now, the past and present, is startling. Sitting in the Carson Mansion, overlooking the Humboldt Bay, watching the boats bobbing in the marina, it is easy to picture what life must have been like in the heyday—1884-85—when William Carson built what has become one of the area’s …

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The Shale Gas Revolution: Reindustrialize the Economy, Reshape the Global Energy Market

by Marita Noon  The United States doesn’t usually look to Britain for guidance—the last time may have been when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister. That time has come again. This time, the US should follow the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, who last week said: “Britain must be at the heart of the shale …

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So, How’s Your Green Energy Stock Doing?

by Steve Goreham, originally published in The Washington Times Is green energy a fad that has run its course? The investment community seems to think so. RENIXX® World, the Renewable Energy Industrial Index of the world’s top green energy companies, hit an all-time low below 146 on November 21, down more than 90 percent from …

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Don’t follow Obama’s energy plan

by Marita Noon Because energy security is such a vital component of U.S. foreign policy, it was disappointing that it received little more than a brief mention in the final Presidential Debate. Early in the debate, President Obama, once again, lauded his policies for decreasing America’s oil imports. This is hardly something to brag about. …

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Solyndra seeks Tax Benefit in Bankruptcy

Not only has failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra benefited from a $535 million government loan guarantee, it’s now seeking a huge tax break as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. A Wall Street Journal editorial states: “Perhaps you thought the Solyndra scandal amounted to a $535 million government loan that will never be repaid. No such luck. In …

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Obama’s Green Energy Crony Corruption – Chapter 4 of 6

Companies that received special DOI fast-tracked approval Chapter 4: The First Solar Swindle by Marita Noon   As we dig deeper in the green-energy crony corruption-story, it begins to sound more and more like the making of a big-budget Hollywood thriller. This installment on First Solar includes billionaire investors, corporate welfare, favoritism, threats, exaggerations, lawsuits …

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Obama declared war on America’s coal, oil and gas, and wasted billions on solar, wind and biofuels

by Alan Caruba I suspect that most people think the Earth is running out of oil or that the U.S. and the rest of the world are “addicted” to its use. Both beliefs are wrong, but in different ways. First because the Earth produces oil in abundance deep within its mantel in ways that have …

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EPA regulations cost $104.5 billion versus $5 billion for the entire rest of the government!

by Alan Caruba A bit of news that slipped beneath the radar on September 11th was the announcement by the Competitive Enterprise Institute that it had filed a legal suit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to shield a senior official’s practice of hiding public …

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Wind down wind subsidies

by Paul Driessen, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow A growing national coalition opposed to perpetuating industrial wind giveaways and mythical wind-power benefits has inspired thousands of Americans to call their senators and representatives – and defeat four different subsidy bills. A shocked American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) began aggressively recruiting well-connected political operatives and co-sponsors, …

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Major Constitutional Limits on Climate Change Policy

by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Moonwalker, AmericasUncommonSense.com The Constitution of the United States of America sets clear limits on the powers of the Federal Government and permits exercise of those powers only in specifically enumerated activities that relate to providing for the “common defence“, promoting the “general Welfare“, and securing “the Blessings of Liberty” …

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The Global Warming Hoax is Now Killing People

by Alan Caruba By Friday, February 10th, an estimated 500 Europeans had died from the freezing weather gripping the continent. This is the price they and British citizens are paying for embracing the global warming hoax, spending billions for wind power when they should have been building coal-fired and other sources of energy to heat …

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Obama’s Anti-Keystone Pipeline Decision: Unconstitutional Energy Policy

by Harrison H. Schmitt, AmericasUncommonSense Conscious and deliberate decisions by President Obama and his Administration reduce future domestic supplies of energy. These actions violate the President’s constitutional mandate to “provide for the common Defence.” The withholding of approval for the development of the Keystone Pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to refineries in the United …

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Why solar power, as a source of energy for the power grid, will simply never work

by Porter Stansberry, Stansberry & Associates Investment Research [Porter Stansberry has given PolyMontana his personal permission to republish this article. Here, Porter describes why solar energy cannot compete with carbon fuel energy. Porter not only shows his excellent insight into investment research but also his excellent understanding of physics and thermodynamics. – Ed]

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