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Posts from August 2015

AWEA’s Eagle Mortality Defense: A Response

By Jim Wiegand -- August 31, 2015

“Wind projects are the number one source of golden eagle fatalities, mortally wounded eagles, and eagle carcasses found in the regions of wind farms. It is very telling that Mr. Anderson would compare this regional slaughter to every other source of human-related eagle mortality on a planet occupied by 7 billion people.”

In the weekend Wall Street Journal, John Anderson of the American Wind Energy Association wrote a deceitful rebuttal to Robert Bryce’s August 19th opinion-page editorial, “Obama’s Wind-Energy Lobby Gets Blown Away: California Judge Rules in Favor of Bald Eagles and Against 30-year Permits to Shred Them.”

“Chalk one up for the bald eagle,” Bryce began. “The avian symbol of American freedom has beaten the Obama administration and the wind industry in court, though the majestic birds still don’t stand a chance when flying near the subsidy-fueled blades of green-energy production.”…

ABC’s ‘Victory’ over FWS & Big Wind: Much More Must Be Done

By Jim Wiegand -- August 27, 2015

“For this case the Fish & Wildlife Service stated that the rapidly expanding wind industry will ‘not affect endangered or threatened species or designated critical habitat.’ This is a complete fabrication or is delusional at best.”

On August 11, 2015, a decision was handed down in a Federal Court setting aside the 30-year Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) killing permits. The suit to stop these permits was filed on behalf of three parties all connected to the conservation group American Bird Conservancy (ABC). The defendants in this case were none other than the FWS and representatives of the wind industry.

In the aftermath of this decision ABC is claiming a major victory for our eagles. Though it is a comfort to know that the corrupt wind energy bullies had their 30 permits set aside, there is no comfort in knowing that this ruling will not stop the wind industry’s hidden slaughter of eagles.…

America’s 1926 Oil Glut: Drive for Mandatory Proration by Independents Begins

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- August 26, 2015

“Beginning in late 1926, the rapid development of the large Seminole field in Oklahoma made the pendulum swing the other way. Voluntary proration­ was first tried with little success. Local producers appealed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for compulsory action. Output of one‑half million barrels per day was driving prices down, which threatened many firms.”

Mandatory proration, a government intervention re­stricting open‑flow production to a predetermined “market demand,” began almost simultane­ously in the sister oil states of Oklahoma and Texas in 1927. Other important oil states followed – except for California and Illinois that either practiced voluntary production cutbacks or none at all. [1]

California’s  free-market position did not result from free-market ideology; it was the victory of integrated Standard Oil of California (now Chevron) over the dogged mandatory-proration lobbying of their non-integrated rivals.

The Brave Judith Curry (Part II)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- August 25, 2015

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 24, 2015

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- August 24, 2015

The Fruitful Earth and CO2 Fertilization: A Biblical Defense (Part II: Righteousness)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#craig-d-idso">Craig D. Idso</a> -- August 20, 2015

The Fruitful Earth and CO2 Fertilization: A Biblical Defense (Part I: Essential Questions)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#craig-d-idso">Craig D. Idso</a> -- August 19, 2015

Brattle Group: Statism for Electricity (chairman Peter Fox-Penner makes his case)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#robertmichaels">Robert Michaels</a> -- August 18, 2015

Refrack Resourceship: Why the Carbon-based Energy Era Is Still Young

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- August 17, 2015

Bald and Golden Eagles Victorious: Court Invalidates 30-Year “Eagle Take” Rule (feds vs. federal law)

By Robert Johns -- August 13, 2015