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Posts from September 2016

Peak Oil Consensus 2008: Lesson for ‘Settled’ Climate Science

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 29, 2016

“The energy agencies ‘have done a good job of describing the fix we’re in,’ says energy analyst David Greene of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee. ‘They’re recognizing that the non-OPEC world won’t be able to increase production much if at all.'”

“Consensus science” can be recognized when an author with a certain predetermined viewpoint interviews experts that only agree with him/her. While this is common in climate science in favor of alarms and policy action, it has also been prevalent with Peak Oil, the idea that the world will soon, if not already, reach a peak in oil production.

In “World Oil Crunch Looming?Science writer Richard Kerr eight years ago surveyed the experts to find that a major crunch was looming, if not imminent. Consensus science is presented as each interviewed expert is in lockstep agreement.…

Hillary’s Solar Future Has a Bad Past

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 28, 2016

“President Bill Clinton in 1997 announced the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative as part of the buildup to the international negotiation on climate change held in Kyoto, Japan. The goal’s date was 2010. Yet after 40 years of government plans and incentives, the U.S. is not halfway to Bill’s one-million goal.”

“If solar was really cheap, dependable, and competitive, Hillary would not need to be touting solar as the energy future — or espouse special government favor either. Let-the-market-decide would be enough.”

The centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s energy plan for Election 2016 is to boost the nation’s installed solar capacity seven-fold between the time she takes office and the end of 2020 (four years). Going from 20 gigawatts to 140 gigawatts would involve a half-billion solar panels on twenty-five million roofs.…

New Nuclear: IPPs, not Utilities (a step toward market discipline)

By Jim Clarkson -- September 27, 2016

“So on the eve of another round of high risk construction projects, we have a system of scattered companies with weak politicized managements trying to implement expensive new technology with other people’s money. This is truly a recipe for disaster.”

“The technical and environmental case for nuclear power seems compelling. The case for allowing regulated politically-oriented utilities to be managers of the projects is not compelling. The only thing the utilities have learned since the last round of nuclear plant construction is how to protect their stockholders through politics rather than with management competence.”

“The Commission should require 100% of all new power plants be built by Independent Power Producers. Affiliates of the utility should not be allowed to bid on new generation for the territory of any sister company.”

Nuclear financial risk is the most important aspect of the new generation decisions which face the Georgia Public Service Commission.…

Clinton’s Water Plan Runs Up Hill(ary) Towards Money”

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- September 26, 2016

Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 3 of 3)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- September 22, 2016

Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 2 of 3)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- September 21, 2016

Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 1 of 3)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- September 20, 2016

More on Energy/Climate from Trump

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 19, 2016

Profile Costs of Wind Energy: Why are Utilities Overpaying?

By Tyler McNeal -- September 15, 2016

Green Energy Shock: Canadians Confront Climate Policy

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#a_brooks">Allen Brooks</a> -- September 14, 2016