One thousand in-depth posts, 135 different contributors, and 1.2 million views to date–MasterResource has stature as a free-market movement-wide energy blog.
With 415 categories in our index, MasterResource is a lasting research tool, not only a day-to-day contribution to energy scholarship and current political debates. And we have achieved critical mass; ‘Google’ an energy-policy-related term along with MasterResource, and there we usually are!
Our content promises to stand the test of time. Our headlines do not have Stunner or Stunning as does a rival blog selling energy/climate alarmism. Our contributors are wed to reality, not to think-it-and-make-it-is-real and wish-it-and-it-can-happen postmodernism.
Wind Power Niche
One particular niche at MasterResource has been giving voice to the growing, articulate grassroot opposition to industrial wind parks. Such turbines generate a heavy environmental footprint, not only small, unreliable bursts of electricity. Our category, Grassroots Opposition, Windpower, is full of confessionals where former wind supporters saw the light of economic and environmental reality. Here are three from the past year:
* Walter Cudnohufsky: My One-Time, Tacit Support of Industrial Wind: A Confessional
* Michael Morgan: Why I Turned Against ‘Green’ Windpower
Regular contributors Jon Boone (see here and here); John Droz Jr (here and here); Tom Stacy (here and here); Sherri Lange (here, here, and here); and the tireless Lisa Linowes have helped make MasterResource a top thirty “green blog” (out of more than 10,000) according to Technorati (#21 as of March 12).
Countless hours spent by Kent Hawkins on calculating the lost reductions from (intermittent) wind power given fossil-plant cycling is another example of a great American (sorry, Kent, you are Canadian) volunteering time to do what is politically incorrect for the U.S. Department of Energy to do.
And posts by such concerned citizens as Brad Blake, Wayne Gulden, and, most recently, Mary Kay Barton evaluate wind in light of energy alternatives and national energy policy. (And who have I left out–apologies)
Expect MasterResource to continue to chronicle the growing Civil War between grassroots environmentalism and Big environmentalism.
MasterResource was conceived in late 2008 as a free-market-movement energy blog. Big names in the energy analytic field, including Ken Green of AEI, Marlo Lewis of CEI, and Jerry Taylor at Cato, lent their reputations and blogged to get things going. Climatologist Chip Knappenberger was recruited to cover technical science issues for the blog.
While not a megablog, ours is a high-quality contribution from not only the well known but also the talented ‘amateurs’ who do what far too many ‘experts’ do not do: uncover the inherent problems of politically correct, market incorrect energies. Comments from our loyal, sophisticated readership add substance to many of the in-depth posts.
MasterResource has covered a variety of energy issues on the state, federal, and sometimes international level. But our most active area has been the growing backlash against industrial wind turbines. MasterResource is a leading voice for citizens, environmentalists, and small-government advocates who have united against this intrusive, uneconomic, sub-quality, government-enabled electricity source.
MasterResource has become a ‘go-to’ blog in a number of key areas:
MasterResource advances the ideas of Julian Simon (1932–1998), the scholar who changed his mind about Malthusianism after reviewing the data and became a guiding light for realism and ensuing optimism.
Good Tone, Open Scholarship
MasterResource welcomes opposing views in our comments. We do not block critical comments except when couched in spite and argument ad hominem.
Economist Peter Boettke’s approach to scholarly discourse continues to resonate with us. “As we engage in debate with our intellectual adversaries,” he has stated, “we should remember three core rules of engagement:”
(1) the principle of charitable interpretation — always give your opponent the best interpretation of their argument and motives;
(2) adopt a value neutral analytical approach — strictly take ends as given and limit your analysis to the effectiveness of chosen means to those given ends; and
(3) always try to find common ground with your opponents with respect to intellectual curiosity and not necessarily policy conclusions.
Toward the Future
We continue to uncover talent that challenges the politically correct with reality-based energy insight. If that is you, or if you know someone who deserves a voice at this site, I can be contacted at [email protected].
How can MasterResource improve? Let me know, and be sure to add your voice as comments on our weekday posts.
Prior MasterResource Activity Reports:
Opening post/comment (December 26, 2008)