MasterResource, a free-market energy blog, continues to attract new talent and a growing audience. We have had approximately 45 authors to date, and our cumulative views have exceeded one-half million.
We are not a mega-blog, but we are an important addition to the energy literature that will, like a good book, be accessed and referenced for years to come.
At Technorati, MasterResource has consistently been in the top 25 (out of 1,550) “green” blogs and has reached as high as #7. But more importantly, serious students of energy policy are regulars at our site, reading our once-a-day, in-depth post or tracking down material on what Enron/Ken Lay really did, what Jim Hansen or John Holdren really said, or what BP was doing under John Browne. We preserve the excesses of the smartest-guys-in-the-energy-room for posterity.
MasterResource has proven adept at discovering important new voices for the energy history, reality, and policy debate.
Ph.D. economist and leading industry consultant Donald Hertzmark was one early find. Robert Peltier, editor of POWER magazine, was another. Kent Hawkins has brought his engineering expertise to MasterResource on the all-important question of wind intermittency and related emissions from fossil-fuel backup.
More recently, solar practitioner and expert David Bergeron has posted with us and plans to cover the the solar field for MasterResource. Bill Griesinger, a financial expert, is another new name that you will hear about more at this site.
Grassroots opposition to industrial wind turbines has brought some experts our way such as Jon Boone and John Droz. Their environmental credentials and in-the-trenches knowledge about wind turbines makes them more than just ‘talented amateurs’ in the energy debate.
And California, California. Robert Michaels and Tom Tanton are covering that state (as well as it can be done) for MasterResource.
The ten principals of MasterResource are introduced here. Three dozen other bloggers from a variety of backgrounds have posted at MasterResource. We invite inquiries from potential energy bloggers: email Rob Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
MasterResource blogs share a common grounding: energy realism over energy hype and alarmism, and a preference for free energy markets over energy statism.
Our worldview can be summarized as follows:
More specifically, MasterResource posts have explained:
Our challenge is to inform the public, academics, policymakers, and even ‘Left” intellectuals that public policy activism must take into account not only ‘market failure’ but also analytical failure (false claims/corrections of market failure) and government failure (political waste in the proffered solution).
We believe that open-minded opponents will come our way when they learn the full story of climate science and of false Gods such as windpower. But these individuals have to want to know. That is the hard part–embracing a challenge culture.
Finally, thanks to you our many dedicated viewers.
Previous MasterResource Reports
Opening post (December 26, 2008)