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Posts from December 2013

A New Oil Champion–Me!

By Erin Connors -- December 31, 2013

“When I returned to work this past summer, I felt completely different. The noise at the refinery wasn’t just oil traveling through the pipes, it was the blood of civilization pumping triumphantly. Every day, humans continue to choose fossil fuel energy because it is one of the best forms of energy, and I work at a refinery, helping people to use that energy.”

Here’s the scene.

You’re at a party. You’ve just been introduced to someone and you’re making small talk and exchanging information. Where are you from? What brings you here? Work? What do you do for a living?

Easy questions, right? Not if you work in the oil industry—because you have every reason to expect a negative response when you answer them. You hesitate and shift your weight, preparing for the coming judgment.…

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 30, 2013

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- December 30, 2013

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is a wealth of energy and environmental resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.


U.S. Production Tax Credit (PTC)

Sen Grassley re the PTC

Democrats push to extend clean energy tax credits as deadline looms

US Senators oppose a PTC extension

Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

MasterResource Turns Five

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 26, 2013

On December 26, 2008, the free-market energy blog MasterResource began. Some 1,440 posts (from 150 authors) later, we are nearing two million views.

The original idea of MasterResource was to bring a distinguished group of energy experts together to attract a wider audience. The thinking was that a movement website would provide the critical mass to be heard in an increasingly crowded blogosphere.

Here was the original concept as explained in our first blog five years ago today:

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.

Fighting AWEA in OH, MI, and DC: Thank You Volunteers for a Great 2013!

By Kevon Martis -- December 23, 2013

Micro-Hydro: The Regulatory Noose (Logan City vs. FERC)

By Megan Hansen and Ryan Yonk -- December 20, 2013

Supreme Court Global Warming Case: What Legislative History Reveals about Congressional Intent

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#mlewis">Marlo Lewis</a> -- December 19, 2013

Let the PTC Expire: Letter and Signatories (100+ groups and counting)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 18, 2013

California Energy Update: Part III

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- December 17, 2013

Wind Power Unclothed: ‘Economics in One Lesson’ Applied (Hazlitt in 1946 versus AWEA today)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#tfisher">Travis Fisher</a> -- December 16, 2013

Textbook Government: Time for Real World Teaching?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 13, 2013