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Posts from January 2017

Federal Energy Efficiency Mandates: DOE’s End Run vs. the Public Interest (Part II)

By Mark Krebs and Tom Tanton -- January 31, 2017

“Perhaps most important is the self-fulfilling prophesy: if renewables are made to look more attractive, they’ll increase in actual use. As they increase in use, according to the EERE Guidance document but not reality, they look more favorable. Rinse and repeat.”

“The net effect of the “guidance” is to artificially discriminate against one of America’s most abundant and cleanest energy forms, natural gas.”

“… we believe DOE should rescind this report and any applications of it within Federal policies and regulations.”

Part 2 identifies some of the more egregious technical flaws in EERE’s “Accounting Conventions for Non-Combustible Renewable Energy Use.” Part I yesterday discussed process deficiencies.

Despite the innocuous appearance of an RFI, what EERE ultimately did was to issue a “Technical Report” which, in fact, is more far-reaching than just “guidance” and would impact a multitude of state and federal programs.…

Federal Energy Efficiency Mandates: DOE’s End Run vs. the Public Interest (Part I)

By Mark Krebs and Tom Tanton -- January 30, 2017

“EERE inappropriately colluded with NRDC, and some in the electric industry, to its predetermined and self-serving conclusions. Clearly, EERE’s mission is to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. This fact makes them biased, consciously or unconsciously. They are an inappropriate custodian of such metrics.”

“Originally limited to technology development, assessment and promotion, some offices in DOE are now using the cudgel of regulation and ‘guidance’ to ensure their favored technologies ‘win’ regardless of the national interest.”

“Taking the form of an RFI, the proposed change is both procedurally and technically deficient, resulting in regulatory guidance that is discriminatory and lacks basis.”

This is Part 1 in a two-part article about an abuse of the Request for Information (RFI) process at the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy (EERE).…

Lord Monckton’s Ten for Trump and America (climate disengagement at hand)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 27, 2017

Upon the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the UK’s Lord Christopher Monckton 3rd Viscount of Brenchley proposed a plan for fundamental reform of climate science and climate policy.

With climate disengagement becoming a clear Trump priority, Monckton’s guide is more pertinent than ever.


1. U.S. withdrawal from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, from the Paris climate agreement and from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: The President of the United States should invite the Secretary of State to serve upon the Secretary General of the United Nations, qua Depositary, immediate notification of withdrawal from the Framework Convention on Climate Change and from all protocols or agreements thereunder, including the Paris climate agreement, in terms of Article 25 [withdrawal] of the Convention, which provides for a year’s delay before the withdrawal takes effect.

Georgia Power’s Nuclear Fiasco: ‘The Stipulated Settlement Should be Rejected’

By Jim Clarkson -- January 26, 2017

‘The Last Days of Night’ (book review)

By William Mogel -- January 25, 2017

No Quarter for Green Globalists

By Viv Forbes -- January 24, 2017

‘America First Energy Plan’ (climate-change histrionics demoted)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 23, 2017

President Trump Needs to Continue to Disengage on Climate

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 19, 2017

President-Elect Trump’s Climate/Energy Policy: 100-Day Action Plan a Good Start

By Robert Bradley Jr. --

“Houston Chronicle” Editorial: A Global-Warming Scare Story

By Chip Knappenberger -- January 18, 2017