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“Green” Weaponization in Missouri: Ameren vs. Ratepayers, Taxpayers

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- January 11, 2024

“Ameren Corporation claims, putting in SO2 scrubbers would cost more than securitizing Rush Island’s ‘stranded assets.’ However, Ameren is avoiding what it would fully cost to replace Rush Island’s critically needed and reliable capacity.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in Volume 4 of  Notes on Virginia:  “With money we will get men, said Cæsar, and with men we will get money.”[1]

Such threats to keeping our constitutional republic are increasingly evident with the weaponization of many Federal Agencies (e.g., the Department of Justice, FBI, etc.), as well as numerous Biden Executive Orders for federal agencies to fight the “existential” threat of anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

These threats, coupled with the plague of “woke” political agendas promoting “Environmental, Social, and Governance” (ESG) and/or “Diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI), are forcibly reaching leading “investment management” firms (e.g.,…

“Wartime” Climate Policy vs. Natural Gas: Biden Gets Desperate

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- November 27, 2023

“While gas appliances may presently be losing some market share to electricity due to Green New Deal discrimination, there are also increasing indications that the public is both weary and wary of such ‘watermelon’ policies. It’s not about saving the planet from the ravages of fossil fuels; it’s about enslaving the planet by banning fossil fuels.”

Yes, the President of the United States has pulled out a Korean War authority (Defense Production Act) to fight against American energy that Americans prefer. It is an overreach that is being noted widely, as outlined below as well as here and here.

The American Gas Association (AGA) started this latest flurry with a press release November 17, 2023. The same day, Reuters and Fox News published their articles. Epoch Times published its article (and video) on November 20, 2023.…

Review of Proposed Minimum Efficiency Standards for “Consumer Boilers”

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- October 24, 2023

“DOE’s recent appliance efficiency ‘determinations’ are doing more harm than good for consumers and defy objectivity and transparency processes required by the Code of Federal Regulations (the Process Rule)….  Accordingly, this program should be dismantled as DOE has once again proven itself to be unworthy of objectively and transparently serving the best interests of American consumers.”

This post updates my September 19th analysis to examine just-filed comments in opposition to the U.S. Department of Energy’s hell-bent strategy of mandating less choice and higher costs for consumers in return for specious benefits.

Background

On August 13, 2023, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for “consumer” boilers.  The comment period ended on October 13th, 2023.  This NOPR, if finalized, would ban common gas-fired hot water boilers by requiring an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 95%.…

Update: DOE Appliance Minimum Efficiency Standards

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- September 19, 2023

Did DOE “flip the bird” to the DC Circuit?

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- August 8, 2023

Energy Appliance Victory! (DC Circuit vs. DOE)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- July 10, 2023

DOE vs. Gas Cooking: A Review of Critical Comments

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- April 27, 2023

The White House State: ‘Regulatory Reform’ in Sheep’s Clothing (OMB Circular A-4)

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

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