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A New Energy Blog

We are just getting started here, but some of us veterans of the energy debate from a private property, free-market perspective have teamed together to offer our thoughts on late breaking energy items. When I read my newspapers each day, I have some thoughts that I wish I could share with folks from a historical, worldview perspective. I think we all have something to add–and thus the inspiration for this endeavor.

We have a good core group of principal (and principled) bloggers, as well as a growing list of guest bloggers. We aim to post new material most every day. What we have to provide to the reader is frequent insight so that you visit us regularly.

There will be some trial and error, but this is the time to launch. President-elect Obama and his team have little concept of history in the energy debate–what W.S. Jevons said about renewable energies in the 1860s or the perils of U.S. energy regulation learned from wartime planning and the 1970s. Some of us will dwell on this to add some unique perspective to the debate.

By the way, our blog name is inspired by the late Julian Simon (1932–1998). He labeled energy “the master resource” because it is the resource needed to bring other resources from a state of nature to one of human usefulness. Simon also used the term “the ultimate resource” to describe human ingenuity. As the institutional economist Erich Zimmermann once said, resources come from the mind, not the ground.

Finally, I do hope mainstream journalists and many other open-minded individuals will come our way in the great energy and climate debates. The Obama march to energy statism needs a lot of debate. Big Government Democrats are not the cure to Big Government Republicanism. Oil, natural gas, and coal are middle class, working class energies. Wind and solar are for the rich. Windpower, in particular, as my friend Robert Bryce has put it, is the ethanol of electricity. Maybe, just maybe, these parasitic, inefficient energies will get the scrutiny they deserve from all sides of the political spectrum.

5 comments

1 Drew Thornley { 12.28.08 at 8:37 pm }

So glad to see this. The energy- and environmental-policy arena is in need of another honest forum for debate and discussion. A place to discuss pros and cons of policy options. A place to discuss true costs and true benefits. Looking forward to it…

2 TokyoTom { 01.01.09 at 12:55 am }

I wish you, Ken and Jerry best of luck with this.

Just a small question for clarification: is this where you try to criticize “political capitalism” across the political spectrum – but while ignoring the oil- and state-friendly positions that you are clearly taking at IER and the American Energy Alliance?

3 Danel { 01.01.09 at 12:12 pm }

Tom,
Which are the oil and state-friendly positions you are talking about?

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