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Memorial Day: Hit the Open Road!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 27, 2016

“Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars traveling to visit family, friends, and the great outdoors. Meanwhile, Big Oil will be making huge profits off of these travel expenditures on fuel, while at the same time fighting for decreased public health and climate-change protections.”

Center for American Progress (and Climate Progress), three years ago.

The American Automobile Association predicts that 38 million Americans will hit the open road this Memorial Day weekend, the second highest in history. Affordable, reliable, widely available gasoline and diesel is a big reason. And maybe Americans are fleeing their economic woes under the current Administration.)

While we wait for the anti-energy, glass-emptying Center for American Progress (not Prosperity) to psychologically retool, the rest of us can be optimistic.

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Solar Farms: The Trees Must Go (ground zero in Minnesota)

By Tom Steward -- May 26, 2016

“The owner [of the Lake Pulaski solar project], multinational conglomerate Enel Green Power, recently clear-cut hundreds of mature hardwood trees to make way for tens of thousands of solar panels later this summer.  Angry residents posted dozens of photos of the carnage on the township’s Facebook page, too late to save 11 acres of maple, ash and oak from the chainsaw.”

It’s a given that solar power is unreliable as a source of base load power to meet our daily energy requirements. After all, the sun—at best—shines some of the time. Great River Energy’s experimental solar array in the Twin Cities, for example, operated at 13.6 percent of capacity in 2014. The utility recorded overcast skies a full 70 percent of days, observing clear and sunny conditions just 10 percent of the year.

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NYT’s David Segal Baffled by Charles Koch’s “Good Profit”

By -- May 25, 2016

“In the end, David Segal never did figure out the ‘real point’ of Charles Koch’s Good Profit. ‘Arguably its reason for being,’ he said, ‘is a series of homilies in favor of free markets and against corporate welfare and special pleading of any kind.’

Nope. Not even close. The book’s raison d’etre is to launch an entirely new discipline within the classical-liberal tradition—one in which that tradition’s principles, long applied to individual and political behavior with spectacularly successful results, are adapted to the running of private organizations.”

When David Segal reviewed Charles Koch’s book Good Profit in the New York Times last week, he admitted the work perplexed him. “It takes a while to figure out the real point,” he complained. Perhaps that is because, before coming to the New York Times, Segal spent four years as the Washington Post’s pop music critic and four more as the WaPo’s New York-based style correspondent.

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‘Bradley: Gas, Oil Interests Invite Intervention’ (1996 book review revisited)

By John Jennrich -- May 24, 2016
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The ‘Epstein Energy Eight’ for the November Election

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 23, 2016
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James Hansen on Cap-and-Trade: One More Time (fee-and-dividend can be politicized too)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 19, 2016
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Call for Wind Moratorium in Victoria, AU (precautionary principle invoked)

By Sherri Lange -- May 18, 2016
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Offshore Wind: A Problematic Future (AWEA’s hype falls short)

By Allen Brooks -- May 17, 2016
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Trump’s NO to Climate Alarmism/Forced Energy Transformation (very good news from the campaign trail)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 16, 2016
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Climate: The Real ‘Worrisome Trend’ (Part II: Policy and Intent)

By Joe D'Aleo -- May 12, 2016
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