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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 31, 2016

By -- May 31, 2016

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 insightful articles in this issue are:

MIT Report: Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables

Peer Reviewed Study: much of the effort to combat global warming is actually making it worse

The Assault on Science

New Discovery May Scale Back Climate Alarm

Climate Science Obsessively Focused on Computer Modeling

Green Indoctrination at School

Serious Problems with Science Journalism

Real Science vs Catastophism [See section below on Free Speech]

Danish Government: Cost of Wind Energy is Too Expensive

The Energy Return of Solar PV

3 Ways Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) Overcome Existing Barriers to Nuclear

ERoEI for Beginners

US Energy Manifesto

Wind Project Decimates 80% of a Protected Species

Wind Energy Results in Animal Deaths and Deformities

Greed Energy Economics:

Danish Government: Cost of Wind Energy is Too Expensive

Nordic Alternative Energy Turns Stagnant

The Energy Return of Solar PV

Solar Power Investments Don’t Pay Off

IRS Over-reach on Wind Energy: Likely Illegal

Renewable Energy Destroying Ecosystems:

Wind Project Decimates 80% of a Protected Species

Wind Energy Results in Animal Deaths and Deformities

Make Comments on Proposed USF&W Raptor Rules

Fire at World’s Largest Solar Facility

Miscellaneous Energy news:

MIT Report: Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables

3 Ways Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) Overcome Existing Barriers to Nuclear

ERoEI for Beginners

US Energy Manifesto

Down Wind movie exposes wind energy deception

Oklahoma landowners register private airstrips to keep wind farms at bay

Wind turbines do not reduce pollution or the carbon footprint

Colorado Supreme Court embraces the rule of law, not fear mongering

Battle Over Fracking Causing Green Civil War

Killing US Coal Also Means Burying US Steel Industry

Energy suppliers must hang together, or they will all hang separately

Wind developer colluding with resident to influence decision

A new NC Solar & Wind Energy Bill

Two NYS Energy Agencies Receive Subpoenas in Federal Investigation

Wind & Solar Nearly Fry Germany’s Electric Grid

Letter – Energy Sense

Inexpensive way to Shield a Smart Utility Meter

Major Military Facility Expresses Concerns about Nearby Wind Development

Manmade Global Warming Articles:

Peer Reviewed Study: much of the effort to combat global warming is actually making it worse

The Assault on Science

New Discovery May Scale Back Climate Alarm

Climate Science Obsessively Focused on Computer Modeling

Green Indoctrination at School

Serious Problems with Science Journalism

Real Science vs Catastophism [See section below on Free Speech]

Latest NOAA SLR Numbers Show No Acceleration

Study: The Paris Agreement, A Critical Assessment

Is the Era of Great Famines Over?

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Memorial Day: Hit the Open Road!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 27, 2016

“Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars traveling to visit family, friends, and the great outdoors. Meanwhile, Big Oil will be making huge profits off of these travel expenditures on fuel, while at the same time fighting for decreased public health and climate-change protections.”

Center for American Progress (and Climate Progress), three years ago.

The American Automobile Association predicts that 38 million Americans will hit the open road this Memorial Day weekend, the second highest in history. Affordable, reliable, widely available gasoline and diesel is a big reason. And maybe Americans are fleeing their economic woes under the current Administration.

While we wait for the anti-energy, glass-emptying Center for American Progress (not Prosperity) to psychologically retool, the rest of us can be optimistic.

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Solar Farms: The Trees Must Go (ground zero in Minnesota)

By Tom Steward -- May 26, 2016

“The owner [of the Lake Pulaski solar project], multinational conglomerate Enel Green Power, recently clear-cut hundreds of mature hardwood trees to make way for tens of thousands of solar panels later this summer.  Angry residents posted dozens of photos of the carnage on the township’s Facebook page, too late to save 11 acres of maple, ash and oak from the chainsaw.”

It’s a given that solar power is unreliable as a source of base load power to meet our daily energy requirements. After all, the sun—at best—shines some of the time. Great River Energy’s experimental solar array in the Twin Cities, for example, operated at 13.6 percent of capacity in 2014. The utility recorded overcast skies a full 70 percent of days, observing clear and sunny conditions just 10 percent of the year.

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NYT’s David Segal Baffled by Charles Koch’s “Good Profit”

By -- May 25, 2016
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‘Bradley: Gas, Oil Interests Invite Intervention’ (1996 book review revisited)

By John Jennrich -- May 24, 2016
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The ‘Epstein Energy Eight’ for the November Election

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 23, 2016
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James Hansen on Cap-and-Trade: One More Time (fee-and-dividend can be politicized too)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 19, 2016
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Call for Wind Moratorium in Victoria, AU (precautionary principle invoked)

By Sherri Lange -- May 18, 2016
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Offshore Wind: A Problematic Future (AWEA’s hype falls short)

By Allen Brooks -- May 17, 2016
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Trump’s NO to Climate Alarmism/Forced Energy Transformation (very good news from the campaign trail)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 16, 2016
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