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Budweiser’s 100% Renewable Energy Start: Two Death Projects

By -- July 22, 2019

“It’s time for Anheuser-Busch to shed its superficial ‘green’ veneer and take corrective action to reverse the harms its wind purchases have caused. This includes publicly abandoning the ‘100% renewable energy’ goal which, if continued, is certain to bring more, and greater international destruction.”

The latest in corporate virtue signaling comes courtesy of Budweiser with its Super Bowl ad featuring Bob Dylan, a dog, the iconic Clydesdales, and, yes, wind turbines. The message of the piece is clear: We’re doing our part to better the planet and so can you …by downing a few.

Budweiser’s wind play centers on two 15-year power contracts signed by parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) to acquire wind energy from projects in north-central Oklahoma (Thunder Ranch) and Mexico (the “Eolic Industrial Park of Renewable Energy” or PIER IV).

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James E. Rogers (1947-2018): Political Capitalist

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 18, 2019

At 41, [James Rogers] was named CEO of PSI Energy Inc., a small, financially troubled Indiana utility. Breaking ranks with others in the electric-power industry, he supported legislation putting caps on sulfur-dioxide emissions. “Some of my guys thought I was drinking the environmental Kool-Aid,” he said later. “But I said, ‘Let’s shape this, let’s make some money.’”

– James Hagerty, “Jim Rogers, Head of a Coal-Burning Utility, Crusaded Against Global Warming.” Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2018.

“I made money on sulfur [dioxide], and I’ll make money on carbon [dioxide].”

– James Rogers. Quoted in Eric Pooley, “The Smooth-Talking King of Coal–and Climate Change.” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 3, 2010.

James Eugene “Jim” Rogers Jr. (1947–2018) was a notable political capitalist (rent seeker) of the late 20th/early 21st century electricity market.

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Petulant Joe Romm Tries to Expand His Climate/Energy Reach

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 17, 2019

The good news: Joe Romm has gone quiet (last post: June 26th) at ClimateProgress after a 14-year run as founder/chief blogger. The bad news: he has launched a new venture in the hopes of raising his profile and reach.

He has his work cut out for him. This irritable, emotional physicist-turned-journalist has long turned off conservatives, libertarians, and open-minded independents with his exaggerations (Wiki: ” Romm’s 2006 book Hell and High Water projects that humans have a window of opportunity of only about a decade to head off the most catastrophic effects of global warming”).

He has remained vitriolic and stubborn in the face of contrary evidence regarding dilute, intermittent energies, not to mention his notion of an unlivable climate. He will not engage in open debate with his critics–but likes to work behind the scenes to bully and discredit them.

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Capitalism as Seen by the Left: “The Age of Enron”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 16, 2019
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Let’s Get Uncomfortable! Carbon Guilt Reaches A/C

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 15, 2019
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Costing the Green New Deal and “Deep Decarbonization”: Some Clarifications

By -- July 11, 2019
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Trump Environmental Update: July 8, 2019

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 10, 2019
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Heartland Climate Conference: “Best Science, Winning Energy Policies” (July 25, 2019)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 9, 2019
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 8, 2019

By -- July 8, 2019
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Declaration of Mineral Independence

By Paul Driessen and Ann Bridges -- July 4, 2019
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