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Posts from July 2018

Milton Friedman’s Energy Wisdom (would be 106 today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 31, 2018

“Milton Friedman’s timeless energy insights should be appreciated for all time.”

Born on this day 106 years ago, free-market economist Milton Friedman (1912–2006) was one of a kind. Even the dyspeptic Paul Krugman called his rival “the economist’s economist…a very great man indeed—a man of intellectual courage who was one of the most important economic thinkers of all time and possibly the most brilliant communicator of economic ideas to the general public that ever lived.” The Economist (November 23, 2006) called him “the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century… and possibly all of it.”

Milton Friedman’s major professional mark was in monetary economics. But as a public intellectual, writing popular books and a biweekly Newsweek column, he became conversant in different fields, including energy.

Friedman understood how, for much of US history, major energy regulation was sponsored by some segment of the industry.…

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 30, 2018

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- July 30, 2018

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Largest US Wind Project ever, denied on the basis of economics

Carbon Tax: Market Manipulation is Not Market Choice

State asks US Military to pay for wind energy interference (!)…

Lake Erie Offshore Wind Proposal: Economic Cronyism, Environmental Boondoggle

By Sherri Lange -- July 26, 2018

“The Icebreaker six-turbine wind project, now foreign owned, is not a ‘gusher,’ the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of wind, as termed. It is a massive industrialization of Lake Erie, from which none will recover for a very long time.”

“We respectfully ask the Ohio Power Siting Board to examine the weight of all evidence–not hearsay, propaganda, or wishful thinking. If so, the staff-report caveats for approval (July 3, 2018) will prove insurmountable.”

Abstract: Icebreaker Wind, formerly LEEDCo (Lake Erie Development Company), has failed to materially advance its proposal of six-turbine project offshore Cleveland, reflecting an Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) meeting at City Hall, July 19, 2018. Key business, recreational, and conservation organizations of Cleveland, passionate members of the public, as well as representatives of concern from PA, NY, and Ontario, line up to protect Lake Erie from the taxpayer/ratepayer boondoggle.…

Master of Incorrect: Joe Romm (Part III: UAH Temperature Update)

By Joe Romm -- July 25, 2018

Master of Incorrect: Joe Romm (Part II: ‘Hell and High Water’ book, 2007)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 24, 2018

Master of Incorrect: Joe Romm (Part I: “Mideast Oil Forever,” 1996)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 23, 2018

Enviros vs. Zero-Carbon Energy (hydropower, in this case)

By Donn Dears -- July 19, 2018

“Oil Depletion Protocol” (Colin Campbell’s falsified Pretense of Knowledge)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 18, 2018

Marlo Lewis: A Strong Voice for Energy/Climate Realism, Economic/Political Freedom

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 17, 2018

Carbon Capture Coalition: Naked Cronyism

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 16, 2018