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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 26, 2015

By -- January 26, 2015

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (see WiseEnergy.org for more).

For public education, every three weeks at MasterResource we offer this newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters.

There is very positive news this cycle:

1- The best news in a long time is about the 12± year brawl to stop the ridiculous Cape Wind project. It finally seems to be fatally wounded, due to a combination of economic, legal and political matters. Kudos to those warriors who stuck with the fight, through thick and thin.

2- Also sensational news is the almost unanimous vote by the West Virginia state legislature to kill their RPS — the first state to actually do this. On that same note, this Reason Foundation Report came out blasting the inadequacies of such RPS mandates. And yet another report also came out on the same topic: How Lawmakers Can Lower Your Electric Bill.

3- The US Department of Defense filed a formal objection to a proposed Maryland wind project, claiming it was a threat to national security. To our knowledge this is the first time the DoD has been emboldened to take a firm stance against the “politically correct” wind energy charade. Hopefully the military will have similar courage in the future.

4- Dr. Robert Lackey gave an exceptional talk, about Scientists being biased. This is one of the most important issues of our times, and it is rare that it is spoken about so candidly. (Here is the preferred audio version.)

5- And in a continuation of great news, I came across the Changing Minds website. I’ve never seen a site with so much exceptional Public Relations related information. As we are repeatedly reminded: the wind energy fight is ultimately a PR matter.

Greed Energy Economics:

NU, National Grid Terminate Cape Wind Contracts

Wind Energy Dead in the Water off Cape Cod

West Virginia’s Legislature votes to kill state’s RPS

Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards

Report: How Lawmakers Can Lower Your Electric Bill

Banks Refuse to Lend for Properties Neighboring Wind Projects

Wind Project Liens Filed Against Local Farmers Holding Leases

Think Again Before Your Liberties are Gone with the Wind

World Wildlife Fund—Masters of Wind Energy Spin

The Case against the Wind PTC

Oil’s ‘Swoon’ Is Not an Argument for Carbon Taxes

An independent analysis of a Smart Meter program

Getting Renewable Incentives Correct With Residential Demand Charges

The Goldilocks Dilemma: What’s the Right Price for Renewables?


Turbine Health Matters:

Noisy turbines face ban as ministers launch review into “annoying” sound levels

Michigan wind farm sued over impacts on neighbors

Noise Specialist Cheers Wind Project Report

Low Frequency Noise Intrusion


Miscellaneous Energy News:

US DoD files a formal objection to a Maryland wind project

Huron County Looks to Wind Energy Moratorium

Greens clueless on energy

Thermal Solar Energy—Some Technologies Really Are Dumb

US EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan

EPA Uses Junk science to Wage War on Coal

TV Reception Poor after Wind Turbines Placed in Service

Wind dealings in Legislature prove Maine democracy is an illusion

Scotland: an energy parasite

Green Energy Powered our Past, but cannot Provide for our Future

Radio interview of Audra Parker and Kristi Rosenquist re wind energy

Hawaii: Recent Rolling Blackouts Caused by Lack of Wind

US China Wind Energy Manual

Iberdrola Open House Meeting Report


Nuclear Energy:

An Open Letter to Environmentalists on Nuclear Energy

UK Study Plants Seeds for SMR Rollout

TVA Moves Ahead with SMR Plan


Manmade Global Warming:

Important Talk: Science Misuse in Environmental Policy (Audio)

New Peer-reviewed Study: Why Climate Computer Models Run Hot

Dr. Richard Lindzen: Climate Alarmism Is a Doomsday Cult

Climate Change and Free Speech

The Unintended Consequences of Climate Change Policy

The polarization of the climate debate has gone too far

97% Of Climate Scientists Agree” Is 100% Wrong

On the futility of climate models: “simplistic nonsense

How Many Of World’s Poor Will Climate Alarmists Let Die?

A climate denying conspiracy theorist becomes Brazil’s new minister of science

Climate skeptics gain platform at Indian Science Congress

A new satellite shows that most CO2 is coming from the rain forests and rice paddies of the Third World

Atmosphere above Japan Heated Rapidly Before M9 Earthquake

America’s Best Climate Prediction Expert Finally Gets Noticed

Short Video: Resisting the Green Dragon

Oregon teens who sued Governor over climate change head to court

Merchants of Smear

Why You Are Being Misled on Global Temperatures

White House Methane Madness

Massive Tampering With Temperatures In South America

UK’s Climate Change Act Based on Junk Science

Global Warming and Government Work


Was 2014 the Hottest Year Ever?

Climategate: The Sequel

Climate Alarmists Warm It Up

Satellite Data: 2014 ‘Not Even Close’ to Warmest Year

Was 2014 the warmest year on record? No, it wasn’t.

IBD Editorial: Is 2014 The Hottest Year Ever? Satellites Say No

2014: Among the 3 percent Coldest Years in 10,000 years?


Sea Level Rise Articles

Is Sea Level Rise Accelerating?

Sea Level Changes as Recorded by Nature Itself

Ocean ‘calamities’ oversold, say researchers

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Defies Critics, with Four Year High

Our proposed national energy slogan is “All of the Sensible” (in contrast to the absurd “All of the Above”). Once legislators have grasped that concept, the foolishness of the “leveling the playing field” idea also becomes apparent. (Should the 18-wheeler trucks and golf cart playing field be leveled?) Additionally we should be using the term “unreliables” when speaking of renewables. Please pass these on. [US citizens should make sure to get up-to-speed with what is on ourPTCFacts.Info pages, as the PTC is still a political issue.]

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Thank you for your support.

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One Comment for “AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 26, 2015”

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