Mark Krebs: Digging Down on Energy Efficiency Claims (an interview)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 16, 2016 7 Comments

“DOE and its environmental allies are trying their best bypass the adaptation of full fuel-cycle analyses through their jihad against carbon; which includes natural gas, or at least its direct use. Apparently, natural gas is still considered to be “clean,” but only if burned in electric power plants.”

MR:    Tell us about your interest in the energy efficiency debate from a natural gas perspective.

MEK: When I was a medic during Vietnam, I saw the crucial need for reliable and affordable energy in third-world countries I served in, such as vaccines for refrigeration.  So researched and became aware of the term “appropriate technologies,” and I began reading works by Dr. Ernst Friedrich “Fritz” Schumacher. One book was Small is Beautiful.

While Schumacher wasn’t exactly advocating free markets, his writings certainly endorsed free, locally directed, choices as opposed to the imposition of central government dictation of energy programs.

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Direct-Use Natural Gas Needs a Free Market Too (‘deep decarbonization’ easy target for elimination in new policy era)

By -- January 4, 2017 1 Comment

“The basic strategy of deep decarbonization is to ‘electrify everything’ because, theoretically, someday soon, wind and solar could affordably displace all fossil fuels. The analytical basis of such beliefs, however, comes up radically short.”

“Alternatives to electricity should also be given a fair chance to compete for consumers—free of regulatory bias.”

“The economics of natural gas direct use is also superior to natural gas via the electric grid because it is far less capital intensive.”

The Rolling Stones song playing in the background during President-Elect Trump’s victory speech contained an important message to the American People:

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need.”

Something else the American people need is the continued right to choose natural gas for their homes and businesses.

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Reflections … and the Year Ahead

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 4, 2021 3 Comments

“Soon enough, citizens and voters will wise up to the false promises and cronyism of political energy. MasterResource will be an intellectual resource to help win the day for the master resource and the human ingenuity behind it.”

There is life outside of energy research and related public policy. I discovered some of it during the last ten days with limited responsibilities on the avocation/vocation front. But it is time to re-engage–and take time to look back and forward.

There is life outside of energy research and related public policy. I discovered some of it during the last ten days with limited responsibilities on the avocation/vocation front. But it is time to re-engage–and take time to look back and forward.

A Look Back

MasterResource, “a free market energy blog,” just turned twelve years old.

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Energy Efficiency Policy Under Trump (Part III: Litigation)

By -- December 10, 2020 1 Comment

“The end-result [from ignoring one properly identified modelling “error”], unwittingly or otherwise, massively skewed EERE’s economic ‘determinations’ in favor of stricter standards for commercial packaged boilers. This ‘error’ also exists in other proposed rulemakings. In other words, EERE likely ignored this correction request to avoid embarrassment by exposing deep analytical biases within EERE, its Labs and contractors.”

This post concludes a three-part series on the highs and lows of the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology during the Trump window of opportunity. Part I was an overview, and Part II examined EERE’s process rule and overhaul efforts to date.

Historically, Final Rules become that when published in the Federal Register. Prior, such rules have been subject to change pursuant to the “error correction” procedure codified at 10 C.F.R. § 430.5 (etc.).

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Energy Efficiency Policy Under Trump (Part II: EERE’s Process Rule & Overhaul)

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Energy Efficiency Policy Under Trump (Part I: A Mixed Bag in the Swamp)

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Gas Industry to DOE: Don’t Ban Non-condensing Gas Appliances

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A Malthusian Confronts Renewables (review of ‘Planet of the Humans’)

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Stimulus IV: Last Chance for the Green New Deal?

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EERE Reform: Brouillette’s Turn (‘deep decarbonization’ threat still alive)

By Mark Krebs and Tom Tanton -- October 24, 2019 7 Comments Continue Reading