Obama’s Non-stimulating Stimulus

By Kenneth P. Green -- January 16, 2009 3 Comments

According to USA Today, the energy elements of Obama’s “stimulus” package add up to about $58 billion. He’d use $32 billion to fund a smart electricity grid;$20 billion for Renewable energy tax cuts and a tax credit for research on energy efficiency and clean energy, plus a multiyear extension of the green energy production tax credit; and $6 billion to weatherize modest-income homes.

There’s not all bad here.…

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W. S. Jevons (1865) on Coal (Memo to Obama, Part III)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 31, 2009 5 Comments

Each renewable energy, Jevons explained, was either too scarce or too unreliable for the new industrial era. The energy savior was coal, a concentrated, plentiful, storable, and transportable source of energy that was England’s bounty for the world.

There was no going back to renewables. Coal–and that included oil and gas manufactured from coal–was the new master of the master resource of energy in the 18th and 19th centuries. As Jevons stated in the introduction (p. viii) of The Coal Question (1865):…

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Sarah Palin’s Energy Plan: Not Much to Like (Republicans had better do better than this)

By Jerry Taylor -- April 27, 2009 11 Comments

Last month, our friends over at the Heartland Institute published a front-page lead story in the April, 2009 edition of Environment & Climate News. Alyssia Carducci’s “Palin Energy Plan Receives High Praise” begins:

“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has announced an ambitious plan to produce half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Palin’s plan, which empowers local municipalities to identify and develop the most cost-efficient renewable power sources available to them, won immediate praise from environmental groups, consumer groups, and industry.”

This article is yet more evidence that the inexplicable conservative love affair with Sarah Palin remains unrequited—at least, when it comes to economic policy in general and energy policy in particular. But Republicans, as the kids might say, “She’s just not that into you.” Let’s examine the litany of problems with Plain’s approach to energy.…

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W. S. Jevons and UK Coal Revisited (worth re-reading weekend)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 20, 2009 No Comments

In an earlier post at MasterResource, W. S. Jevons (1865) on Coal (Memo to Obama, Part III), the hall-of-fame-economist explained how coal was a godsend to Britain, powering the industrial revolution in a way that renewable energies could not.

I am reminded of Jevons with the headline from the June 17th Guardian, “Carbon capture plans threaten shutdown of all UK coal-fired power stations.” It read in part:

All of Britain’s coal-fired power stations, including Drax, the country’s largest emitter of carbon, could be forced to close down under radical plans unveiled by government today. Ed Miliband, the energy secretary, is proposing to extend his plans to force companies to fit carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) onto new coal plants – as revealed by the Guardian – to cover a dozen existing coal plants.

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Energy as the Master Resource: Where Left, Right, and Center Agree

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 3, 2009 5 Comments Continue Reading

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Energy Plan: Please Forget It

By Jerry Taylor -- July 6, 2009 2 Comments Continue Reading

The Iron Age & Coal-based Coke: A Neglected Case of Fossil-fuel Dependence

By Vaclav Smil -- September 17, 2009 11 Comments Continue Reading

Obama’s Lost Olympic Bid in Copenhagen: Remembering Chicago’s (Electric) World’s Fair of 1893

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 5, 2009 1 Comment Continue Reading

Horsepower Sure Beats Horses! (Part II: transportation gains from the ‘master resource’)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 9, 2009 No Comments Continue Reading

Windpower Is Not an Infant Industry!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 13, 2009 10 Comments Continue Reading