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Direct-Use Natural Gas Needs a Free Market Too (‘deep decarbonization’ easy target for elimination in new policy era)

By Mark Krebs -- January 4, 2017

“The basic strategy of deep decarbonization is to ‘electrify everything’ because, theoretically, someday soon, wind and solar could affordably displace all fossil fuels. The analytical basis of such beliefs, however, comes up radically short.”

“Alternatives to electricity should also be given a fair chance to compete for consumers—free of regulatory bias.”

“The economics of natural gas direct use is also superior to natural gas via the electric grid because it is far less capital intensive.”

The Rolling Stones song playing in the background during President-Elect Trump’s victory speech contained an important message to the American People:

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need.”

Something else the American people need is the continued right to choose natural gas for their homes and businesses.

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Alex Epstein: Ready to Make 2017 the Year of Fossil Fuels (energy education for the moral high ground)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 3, 2017

“I have found that if we reframe the conversation to always focus on the full context of human flourishing, many people will be won over.” (Alex Epstein)

Fasten your seatbelts. This is the year of energy realism and elevating the politically incorrect, economically correct into the mainstream. Donald Trump energy policy promises to be free-market-oriented in a way that has been absent through recent Republican and Democratic administrations.

A leading voice for an energy/climate realism is Alex Epstein, a one-man dynamo for clear thinking in a field dominated by want it, think it, emote it … and it is. 

In writing and by lecture, Epstein is ready to convince a Rotary Club or Prime Time America on the benefits of consumer-chosen, taxpayer neutral, economical, reliable energies. He will debate anyone anywhere–and should get more chances than ever in this new policy era.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 2, 2017

By -- January 2, 2017

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

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Irish High Court Finds Wind Turbine Maker Liable for Noise Nuisance – Seven Irish Families to Get Millions in Punitive Damages

Outstanding podcast on Energy and Climate Change

Excellent Study: Energy Deregulation

Per Capita Energy Productivity for Primary Sources of Electrical Energy

China Closer to Harnessing Clean, Limitless Energy from Nuclear Fusion

Trump Has Better Ideas on Energy

Cutting the Crap at DOE (See new Newsletter section on Trump & Energy)

Sweden Denies Permit for World’s Largest Wind Project, Due to its Military Interference

Obsolete Calculations of Cost of Carbon

The Social Cost of Carbon

Southern Baptist leaders defend Trump’s pick to lead EPA (See new Newsletter section on Trump & AGW)

100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering

New Study Casts Doubt on Key Climate Change Predicting Metric

97% Consequential Misperceptions: Ethics of Consensus on Global Warming

Biggest Fake News Story: Global Warming and Phony Consensus

Skeptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold


Greed Energy Economics:

The Social Cost of Carbon

Per Capita Energy Productivity for Primary Sources of Electrical Energy

Energy Subsidies

The $3.5 Trillion Fracking Economy Is About To Get A Lot Bigger

More IRS Wind Energy Shenanigans


Turbine Health Matters:

Irish High Court Finds Wind Turbine Maker Liable for Noise Nuisance – 7 Irish Families to Get Millions in Punitive Damages

Ontario Wind Turbine Health Study Begins

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources


Renewable Energy Destroying Ecosystems:

The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge

Final US wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths

EPA Finds No Widespread Water Pollution From Fracking

Fracking-Contaminated Groundwater: The Myth that Failed

UK Court Gives Fracking Green Light


Miscellaneous Energy News:

Outstanding podcast on Energy and Climate Change

Excellent Study: Energy Deregulation

China closer to harnessing clean, limitless energy from nuclear fusion

Sweden denies permit for world’s largest wind project, as it would interfere with its military

Wind turbines hinder military readiness, Texas state lawmaker argues

Look at Reviving a Discounted Source of Energy

Three worthwhile SMR presentations

UK Electricity Part 3: Wind and Solar

Why Big Mining Loves Big Green

NYS Cuts 2017 Renewable Energy Targets by 94%

NY County Passes Broad Resolution Against Wind Turbines


Trump and Energy:

Trump Has Better Ideas on Energy

Cutting the Crap at DOE

Trump Signals Push for American Energy Boom

Trump Opens The Door To U.S.

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An Eight-Year Anniversary

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 28, 2016
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Yes, ‘Inside Climate News,’ the Fossil Fuels are Thankful (as are consumers and taxpayers!)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 27, 2016
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The Carbon Scrooges

By Thorpe Watson -- December 23, 2016
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Hero or Villain: The Myth of Harmful CO2

By Vijay Jayaraj -- December 22, 2016
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Reset at Resources for the Future? (latest fundraising pitch hints at intellectual diversity)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 21, 2016
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LED Highway Lighting: Quality Issues (new AMA warning)

By Allen Brooks -- December 20, 2016
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The War on Pipelines: The Radical Left Goes Midstream

By Donn Dears -- December 19, 2016
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