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Posts from October 2013

Halloween Thoughts from Obama’s Science Advisor

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 31, 2013

 “Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”

– John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich[1]

Doom and gloom—and falsity—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and now President Obama’s initial and still science advisor.

What else has the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy said? And can we assume that he still holds and trumpets these views to Obama?

It’s Halloween, a good time to refresh memories of the man who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!

Read—but don’t be frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in intellectual and empirical trouble. From Julian Simon to Bjorn Lomborg to Indur Goklany to Matt Ridley, the technological optimists have the upper hand in a debate that continues to be one-sided.…

California Energy Update: Part II

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- October 30, 2013
  • CA’s Green Energy Swan Turning Into Ugly Duckling; $5 Gas in CA? Lack of Cap-and-Trade Price Ceiling Could Bring It;
  • Santa Barbara Picks Drilling Over Greening;
  • Green Actions Cause One-Third of Human Caused Earthquakes; Study Questions Whether Fracking Causes Earthquakes;
  • New Fracking Website Posted Online by Western Petroleum Association

California’s Green Energy Swan Turning Into Ugly Duckling

In the upside down world of California energy, no longer are the hot summer months or the occasional winter cold snap the only peak period of hourly risk to the state’s electric grid. The new daily peak hours of each day from 4 pm to 7 pm during the “shoulder months” of March, April and May and September, October, and November are the new peak month/hour times. What is causing this shift in peak time power is California’s transition to solar energy as the major source of base load power during day.

The New Renewables Narrative: Buyer Beware

By Marita Noon -- October 29, 2013

“Georgia … Texas … Arizona…. One story is an anomaly; two, a coincidence; three, a trend. When a so-called conservative Republican talks green energy and sounds like he or she is hitting the right notes, be careful. It’s probably the wrong song.”

Creating jobs…. enlarging the tax base… access to markets … energy choices for consumers…. monopoly busting … resource conservation….

The words and terms are being used by two government dependent renewable energy industries to sucker citizens and legislators to retain, if not enlarge, their taxpayer subsidies and ratepayer cross-subsidies in the current energy debate.

Make no mistake: This is an organized attempt to hoodwink  Republicans, conservatives, limited-government and free-market supporters, and even fiscally minded Democrats. Yet the means and ends of the deceivers are 180 degrees from what ordinary fiscally prudent citizens would support if they understood the gloss and what was underneath the hood.

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 28, 2013

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- October 28, 2013

Repsol, Burned in Argentina, Comes to Alaska (but will the state’s tax reform survive referendum?)

By Dave Harbour -- October 25, 2013

The Positive Social Benefits of Carbon Dioxide

By Viv Forbes -- October 24, 2013

Windaction News Issue: October 23, 2013

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#llinowes">Lisa Linowes</a> -- October 23, 2013

Google’s Green Energy Brag: $375 Million from Taxpayers (or more)

By Glenn Schleede -- October 22, 2013

A Conservative, Biblical Case for Windpower? (a red-state, Tea Party strategy at work)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 21, 2013

$0.11/kWh: Why Wind Is More Expensive than Advertised

By Michael Giberson -- October 18, 2013