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Peltier: 'Chart a New Course' (POWER magazine editor rejects windgas for gas)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 5, 2011

“The cost for wind’s little or no environmental benefit is high.”

– Robert Peltier, “Chart a New Course.” POWER, September 2011, p. 6.

POWER magazine’s editor-in-chief, Dr. Robert Peltier, is in the energy reality business. An honest broker, the professional engineer and former Stanford University professor assesses rival technologies as he sees them. And so at times, he is at odds with groups such as the American Wind Energy Association that peddle uneconomic technologies.

Peltier’s lead editorial in the September 2011 issue of POWER magazine is notwworthy for its arguments and for its import in the history of energy thought.

Future scholars will look back on our present debate and assess who had the best arguments, and who was willing to take risks to advance them–and who were the for-hire millers using half-truths and PR hits to evade the implications of consumer choice, technological reality, and sound science (and yes, climate science is hardly settled in favor of alarmism but just the opposite).…