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Posts from April 2012

'Hard Facts: An Energy Primer' (New IER educational effort launched)

By Daniel Simmons -- April 30, 2012

Energy, the master resource, enables high living standards and promises future progress in virtually all areas of human betterment.

Energy heats our homes, lights the night, fuels our transportation, and powers our machines. Affordable energy improves economic efficiency and keeps the cost of goods and services down. All of us as consumers and as business people save money.

Low domestic energy prices create high-productivity jobs at home up. Energy made American great as a key input for a (relatively) free economy, and today’s home-grown energy boom can help keep America great.

Appreciated another way, energy plenty allows us to spend more time with our families and friends–and less time merely working to survive. Moreover, by making transportation less costly, affordable energy gives us greater freedom to live, work, and play how and where we want.…

Progressive Energy vs. "Renewable" Energy

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#aepstein">Alex Epstein</a> -- April 27, 2012

“Renewable energy” has two fundamental conceptual flaws. It’s not really renewable, and it’s not really energy.

What is “Renewable”?

“Renewable” in most definitions approximates to something like “naturally replenished” and it often contrasted with allegedly inferior, “finite” sources. It brings to mind the image of a pizza where a slice, once eaten, magically reappears.

There is no such phenomenon in nature, though. Everything is finite. The sun and the photons and wind currents it generates are not infinite; they are just all part of a very large nuclear fusion reaction. True, that nuclear fusion reaction will last billions of years, but so will the staggering amounts of untapped energy stored in every atom of our “finite” planet.

To obsess about whether a given potential energy source will last hundreds of years or billions of years is to neglect the key issue that matters to human life here and now: whether it can actually provide the usable energy that will maximize the quantity and quality of human life.…

Strident Climate Alarmism: Zwick meets Gleick

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 26, 2012

“We know who the active [climate-change] denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices….  They broke the climate.”

– Steve Zwick, Forbes, April 19, 2012.

As Chip Knappenberger chronicled earlier this week, there are a number of positive developments in climate science that contradict the doomism and negativity of many climate campaigners. There are benefits, not only costs, to greater carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere.

And so it came as a shock, a chill, to read the above quotation from Steve Zwick, the editor of the Ecosystem Marketplace and a contributor (as I am) to Forbes online.…

Windpower Reconsidered: Testimony before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#llinowes">Lisa Linowes</a> -- April 25, 2012

The Folly of E15 Anti-hydrocarbon Policies

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- April 24, 2012

Earth Day 2012: Top 10 Positive Climate Developments

By Chip Knappenberger -- April 23, 2012

"Happy Earth Day" by Julian Simon

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 20, 2012

Health Effects of Windpower on Residences: Canadian Debate Update

By Sherri Lange -- April 19, 2012

Obama's Quiet Executive Order: Reaffirming and Expanding Federal Powers

By Dave Harbour -- April 18, 2012

"Are the Merits of Wind Power Overblown?" (1997 op-ed: How does it read today?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 17, 2012