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Posts from March 2020

Rent Seeking Goes Viral (competing energies seek special favor)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 31, 2020

“We write on behalf of our millions of members, supporters and employees to ask that you prioritize enacting a robust package of critical clean energy tax incentives this year. These incentives create jobs, boost energy independence and cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” (Renewable Energy Groups, February 27, 2020)

“The fuel security provided by coal reserves at power plants offers resiliency to a system that is bracing for uncertainty, and it is imperative to keep these plants online—whether through the use of the Defense Production Act or other means—in the interest of national security.” (National Mining Association, March 18, 2020)

When government favor is offered to some businesses or industries, expect other businesses or industries to ask for the same–or more. In the current Pandemic, competing energy trade associations predictably wrote letters to lawmakers and have lobbied hard behind the scenes to get special treatment.…

Fossil-fuel BP vs. Fossil Fuels (a contra-capitalist company at work)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 30, 2020

“… we have set ourselves the ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero…. We will need support from partners, investors, policy makers, customers – and trade associations…. (Bernard Looney, CEO, BP, 2020)

“BP’s $100-million annual investment in clean energy equals only about 1 percent of the company’s overall expenditures of $12.5 billion.  While this positions the company to gain market share in a growing industry, it does little to reduce vulnerability to policies that reduce demand for carbon-intensive products.” (Seth Dunn and Christopher Flavin, 2002, p. 41)

BP is a fossil-fuel company with token investments in solar, wind, and biofuels. The new CEO, Bernard Looney, is taking the company back to the John Browne’s “beyond petroleum” days.…

Green New Deal 2: “A Green Stimulus to Rebuild Our Economy” (the intellectual virus continues)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 26, 2020

“We must also begin planning our economic recovery in a way that protects us from the impact of climate change and … accelerates a just transition off fossil fuels….”

“The ideas here draw on proposals from a range of Democratic primary campaigns, in particular those of Corey Booker, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.”

Reproduced below is an “Open Letter and Call to Action to Members of Congress” by a ad hoc group advertising itself as “climate and social policy experts in academia and civil society.” Signatories include

While fringe, the 5,000-word manifesto is noteworthy as an example of the latest Green New Deal thinking.…

The SPR: Consumer ‘Insurance’ or Producer Cronyism? (time to privatize)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 25, 2020

“How Embarrassing. This Is a National Emergency” Wind and Solar try a 11th hour sneak

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 24, 2020

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 23, 2020

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- March 23, 2020

Obama’s Trumpian Oil Moment Eight Years Ago

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 20, 2020

McKibben goes McKibben on COVID-19 (Malthusians get ‘dizzy’ about the human scourge)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 19, 2020

Normalizing Bill McKibben (New Yorker hands the pen to fringe deep ecologist)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 18, 2020

We Interrupt This Newsletter: March 16, 2020

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- March 16, 2020