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Posts from December 2018

Texas’s CREZ Transmission Line: Wind Power’s $7 Billion Subsidy (ratebase socialism as ‘infrastructure improvement’)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 16, 2018

Do not think that the wind power industry has market viability.

Beware EPA ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ Models

By Shawn Ritenour -- February 14, 2018

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we could scientifically determine the cumulative costs or benefits that result over the next three hundred years from our choices in the present? It may be nice, but it is impossible. ”

“Because [mainstream climate] models produced such wildly different results depending on the projections and assumptions baked in the mathematical cake, economist Robert Pindyck concluded after an extensive review of such models that they are so badly flawed as to make them virtually useless for policy.”

When former President Obama wanted to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, he instructed his economic advisors to construct a way to calculate their effect on society. The metric adopted by the EPA to guide them in their quest to regulate the economy is a metric called the “social cost of carbon” (SCC).

Julian Simon Remembered (would have been 86 today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 12, 2018

““If environmental alarmists ever wonder why more people haven’t come around to their way of thinking, it isn’t because people like me occasionally voice doubts in newspaper op-eds. It’s because too many past predictions of imminent disaster didn’t come to pass. That isn’t because every alarm is false — many are all too real — but because our Promethean species has shown the will and the wizardry to master the challenge, at least when it’s been given the means to do so.”

– Bret Stephens, “Apocalpyse Not.” New York Times, February 8, 2018.

“[Julian] Simon found that humanity progressed not only by solving immediate problems within the existing institutional framework but also by creatively improving the framework over time. . . . In the short run, members of society adopt localized technical and contractual fixes.

Mexico’s Energy Reform: Don’t Backslide (a la Venezuela)

By Richard Sigman -- February 9, 2018

Joe Romm UAH Temperature Update (versus September 2017)

By Joe Romm -- February 8, 2018

California Water Rationing: Unintended Consequences (rural areas are next)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- February 7, 2018

US Electric Vehicle Report Card: 2017

By Donn Dears -- February 5, 2018

Sensing but Not Hearing: The Problem of Wind Turbine Noise (Interview with acoustician Steven Cooper, AU)

By Sherri Lange -- February 2, 2018

T. Boone Pickens: Contra-Capitalist (a ‘man of system’ sought more fame and fortune)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 31, 2018

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 29, 2018

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- January 29, 2018