Update: DOE Appliance Minimum Efficiency Standards

By -- September 19, 2023 3 Comments

“It started with gas cooking.  It will end with getting gas out of homes and business entirely, If they can. Basically, what we’re witnessing is the energy equivalent of ethnic cleansing. I’ve been saying this for years but now it should be obvious.”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Biden Administration has significantly accelerated the pace of minimum appliance efficiency rulemaking. With this acceleration, there has been a marked decrease in DOE’s analytical quality and transparency. The purpose of this update is to summarize:

  1. Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products
  2. Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products; Boilers
  3. Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Water Heaters

Note: In DOE-speak, the term ‘consumer’ means non commercial/industrial, or just residential.

Part 1: Consumer Cooking Products

On April 27, 2023, MasterResource published DOE vs.

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Save Our Cars! (Grassroots pushback against mandated EVs)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 15, 2023 No Comments

A new grassroots coalition has formed to push back against the Biden Administration’s war against consumer-chosen, taxpayer-neutral motor vehicle options in the United States. As such, it is a new battleground against the industrial climate complex (including major car companies), which is at odds with consumers, taxpayers, and freedom.

Here is the pitch:

Tell Biden To Back Off America’s Cars

The Biden administration is moving swiftly to get rid of gas-fueled carsessentially through abolition.

A new proposed rule from Biden’s EPA would allow American automakers to have only ONE THIRD of their total yearly production be traditional gas and diesel powered vehilces, while forcing the remaining TWO THIRDS of all automobiles produced in America to be electric powered. 

This proposed regulation, among others, [is] depriving the American public of vehicle choice that most fits their lifestyle and could easily affect economic growth in this country by stifling transportation.

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Dismantle the Inflation Reduction Act! (CEI letter to Congress)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- August 17, 2023 No Comments

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has been a consistent voice for classical liberalism in energy and climate for several decades. CEI stays scholarly on the intellectual front (thank Marlo Lewis et al.) and activist on the policy front. The latest from the lean, pound-for-pound, heavy hitting think tank (letter of August 16, 2023) follows:

Dear Members of Congress:

On the first anniversary of enactment of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the undersigned organizations strongly urge you to ensure that the IRA’s Green New Deal-type policies quickly come to an end.

We recognize that in the next year complete repeal of the IRA’s harmful energy and environmental provisions is unlikely. However, clear and tangible legislative changes that make genuine progress towards that goal are realistic and expected.

IRA proponents will today be celebrating the bill’s passage.…

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Social Injustice: Climate Activists vs. Nitrogen Fertilizers

By Steve Overholt -- June 6, 2023 No Comments

“Now, climate warriors have arrayed their forces against manmade ‘chemical’ nitrogen fertilizers. The convenient collateral damage in this campaign is the natural gas required to produce this essential plant nutrient.”

Throughout modern history science-based increases in food production and the wealth it generates have brought astonishing reductions in population growth rates. Then came climate alarmism and forced energy transformation.

The farmers toil as many Americans relax and take summer vacations. The agricultural sector today represents only 1.3 percent of our population compared to 30 percent a century ago, producing record harvests through brains, sweat, and science (and CO2 enrichment and longer growing seasons). Yet many of them feel uneasy about the climate-change exaggerators who have them in the government’s crosshairs.

A New Front

It is not only beef from cattle, a methane issue.…

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A 10 Percent ‘Community Solar’ Discount? Think Again!

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Electricity Statism and Misdirection: Introducing Doug Lewin’s “Texas Energy and Power Newsletter” (well-funded propaganda)

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DOE vs. Gas Cooking: A Review of Critical Comments

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Energy and Environmental Review: April 24, 2023

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Headwinds for Offshore Wind (Rhode Island’s RFP a sign of trouble)

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Addressing Wind/Solar Instability: Hardwiring the Grid

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