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Dangerous ‘Deep Decarbonization’ (Krebs PowerPoint to Cooler Heads Coalition)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- January 13, 2023

“Rare Earths,” Electrification Mandates, and Energy Security (Part II)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- January 12, 2023

“What we have is one-way bureaucratic command-and-control making poor decisions with funding derived from captive consumers and one-sided radical agendas. Accordingly, the environmental zealots demonize fossil fuels, while maintaining that only wind and solar are ‘green’ enough to ‘save the planet.’ This itself is greenwashing.”

Like Rob Bradley’s “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not ‘Green’” (see Part I), my colleague Tom Tanton wrote a major piece about the over-regulation of the rare-earth extraction industry in the U.S.: “Dig it!  If you want more information on the importance of rare earths within the U.S economy, this would be a good place to start.

The long-term feasibility of this transition to renewables simply assumes sufficient raw materials exist for it at all. Professor Michaux of the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has studied these issues, probably more extensively than anyone else and thinks not. Professor…

“Rare Earths,” Electrification Mandates, and Energy Security (Part I)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- January 11, 2023

“My major argument: any planned transition to an all-electric renewable energy monoculture is likely to fail, at least in America. That is mainly because peak winter heating requirements can greatly exceed peak summer cooling requirements by as much as 400 to 500 percent in cold climates and because the required minerals are severely limited.”

On August 27, 1997, the Cato Institute published “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not ‘Green’,” written by Robert L. Bradley Jr. (A 58-page PDF of the study is available here and a 25th anniversary review here.)  Bradley’s piece focused on the many stark ecological tradeoffs of politically favored renewables, as well as the high cost/low value associated of dilute, intermittent sourcing. This post extends that thinking to the deep decarbonization/all-electrification government program.

Rare earth minerals, on which the forced transition to “clean energy” depends, are critically constrained by many of the same factors as fossil fuels.…

Gas Furnaces and Big Brother Revisited

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- November 3, 2022

Environmentalists Petition EPA to Ban Natural Gas Use in Buildings

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- September 9, 2022

All-Electric Forcing in the “Inflation Reduction Act” (up to $14,000 per home)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- August 9, 2022

The Department of Energy’s Intent to Eliminate Non-condensing Furnaces

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- July 7, 2022

‘The $287 Million Pipeline No One Needed’: Deconstructing an Anti-Natural Gas Argument

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- May 18, 2022

Energy Efficiency under Biden’s DOE: An Update

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- March 30, 2022

Energy Efficiency Policy Under Trump (Part III: Litigation)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- December 10, 2020