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Grist Wants CAP-and-trade, Not a “Poison Pill” Carbon Tax

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 31, 2009

A contributor to Grist, which advertises itself as “a blogful of leafy green goodness,”  is saying NO to a carbon tax and YES to a take-no-prisoners cap-and-trade program.  A comment on the post succintly lays out the blueprint of a stringent cap-and-trade program:

W. S. Jevons (1865) on Coal (Memo to Obama, Part III)

By Robert Bradley Jr. --

Each renewable energy, Jevons explained, was either too scarce or too unreliable for the new industrial era. The energy savior was coal, a concentrated, plentiful, storable, and transportable source of energy that was England’s bounty for the world.

There was no going back to renewables. Coal–and that included oil and gas manufactured from coal–was the new master of the master resource of energy in the 18th and 19th centuries. As Jevons stated in the introduction (p. viii) of The Coal Question (1865):

W. S. Jevons (1865) on Waterpower, Biomass, and Geothermal (Memo to Obama, Part II)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 30, 2009

W. S. Jevons in his early day recognized a central problem of windpower for powering machinery–intermittency. The wind does not always blow, and it cannot be known when this will occur, making an even flow of power (as from conventional sources) impossible short of cost-prohibitive battery backup.

What about the other renewables of the day: water power, biomass, and geothermal?

The Buzz about Antarctica

By Chip Knappenberger -- January 29, 2009

W. S. Jevons (1865) on Windpower (Memo to Obama, Part I)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 28, 2009

Obama’s “Bold” Action on Climate Change

By Jerry Taylor -- January 27, 2009

“Houston Chronicle” Editorial: A Global-Warming Scare Story

By Chip Knappenberger --

Doesn’t Anybody Read History? (False alarms recycled from the 1970s)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_lynch">Michael Lynch</a> -- January 26, 2009

At World Economic Forum: “New Model” Sought

By Robert Bradley Jr. --

Why Do the Alarmists Feel Bad About Debates–and Debating?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 25, 2009