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‘The Last Days of Night’ (book review)

By William Mogel -- January 25, 2017

“At the heart of The Last Days of Night is the competition between direct current and alternating current, and whether different types of incandescent bulbs infringed on the other’s patent. Underlying all, is how a new technology, electricity, whether via direct or alternating current forced the movement away from other fuels—whale oil, coal gas, kerosene, and natural gas for lighting, and uses other than lighting.”

The book under review, written by an Academy Award screen-writer, is historical fiction based on the fierce rivalry between two 19th century energy titans – Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.

Yet Graham Moore’s The Last Days of Night also touches on issues relevant to today— free enterprise versus protective regulations, the interrelationship of energy markets, technological change, corporate spying, and the practices used by corporate heavyweights to achieve market dominance, including the manipulation of the press.

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No Quarter for Green Globalists

By Viv Forbes -- January 24, 2017

“Starved of public funding and propaganda, and with constant fire at their flanks with bullets of truth, the ‘invincible’ green army will soon falter and run. Give them no rest until their infamous Grab for Global Power called the Paris Climate Treaty is rejected, never to rise again.”

The Opportunity before us is to disarm and defund the Green Globalists now. The US can lead and thus encourage other nations to follow. Under no circumstances should the enemy be allowed to go into hiding or rest.

Remember Napoleon

Napoleon’s Grand Army was defeated in the Battle of the Nations in 1813. The Emperor abdicated and was banished to Elba. But his army was not disarmed and destroyed by the victors – they rested.

Just 2 years later, Napoleon escaped and quickly re-mobilised his army.

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‘America First Energy Plan’ (climate-change histrionics demoted)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 23, 2017

As observed by the anti-fossil-fuel Left, minutes after becoming President Trump, the White House’s climate webpage was deleted and a new page inserted. As it turned out, Obama’s White House (per John Holdren) did not have an energy page.

ThinkProgress (Center for American Prosperity) ominously reported the above substitution:

On January 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Minutes later, the White House website switched hands — and previous pages detailing President Obama’s climate change plans went dark. The new website features, instead, a page dedicated to “An American First Energy Plan,” which details the new administration’s stance towards energy and (a lack of) climate policy.

The new White House home page under ‘ISSUES: Top Issues’ leads with “America First Energy Plan.”

The brief mission statement (reprinted below) can be interpreted as follows:

  • Energy essentialism (a commanding height that requires a free market, not statism)
  • Production, infrastructure first (a radical shift from keep-it-in-the-ground)
  • Worker, consumer, and national welfare (climate-change metric gone)

As to policy specifics, expect:

  • Aggressive public-land mineral development
  • Public infrastructure upgrades funded from new public-land mineral revenues
  • Market protection of ‘clean coal’ power generation, as in state-of-the-art pollution-controlled coal emissions [1]
  • Emphasis on air and water quality, the traditional job of US EPA

The 361-word America First Energy Plan follows:

Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy.

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President-Elect Trump’s Climate/Energy Policy: 100-Day Action Plan a Good Start

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 19, 2017
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“Houston Chronicle” Editorial: A Global-Warming Scare Story

By Chip Knappenberger -- January 18, 2017
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Koch Industries Reaches Out to Energy-Poor Minorities (free-market energy for all)

By Charles Battig -- January 17, 2017
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 16, 2017

By -- January 16, 2017
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Ronald Reagan: Executive Order Providing for the Decontrol of Crude Oil and Refined Petroleum Products (January 1981 for January 2017)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 12, 2017
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President Reagan: Radio Address on Oil Decontrol (Precedent for Trump’s climate disengagement)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 11, 2017
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Exxon Mobil and the Carbon Tax: ‘Upon Further Review’

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 10, 2017
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