There is no source of energy that is endorsed and approved by environmentalists. Oil and gasoline are their biggest enemies, even though these are the most convenient and potent sources of energy for cars, trucks and locomotives. Environmentalists don't like nuclear energy — the cleanest source of electricity — because they say they are worried about proper disposal of spent fuel. They don't like coal, even though we have lots of it here in the U.S., because they fear air pollution, and more recently, carbon dioxide emissions. Windmills are out, because the environmentalists say they are unsightly and they kill birds. Hydroelectric dams are out, because eco-extremists are willing to weaken the power grid to save a few fish.*
Not only are the energy sources opposed, environmentalists also oppose transmission lines, which carry electric power to the cities; and again, the opposition is for the sake of the birds and the aesthetics. Environmentalists opposed the construction of the Alaska Pipeline in the mid-1970's.
Why do left-wing environmentalists oppose energy? That's easy. Leftists can't stand it when capitalism, industry and "big business" succeed. When that happens, it takes power away from big government. When liberal activists speak about solar and wind power, they claim they want the U.S. to achieve energy independence, but these are the same people who oppose oil drilling in Alaska. The stated concern for plant and animal life is primarily a cover story, although there are people who genuinely believe that animals have rights equal to those of humans.
Be sure to read The Causes and Effects of High Gas Prices, where you will see it's the environmentalists who are driving up the price of gas.
Obama's Keystone Veto Is a Victory for the Lunatic Left. President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline is difficult to understand unless you are aware of the wider context, which is the Left's war on the energy infrastructure of the United States. It isn't just Keystone. The Left is working to block every piece of energy infrastructure of any consequence everywhere in the country, in the hopes that doing so will hobble the oil and gas industries and usher in a new age in which the American economy runs on solar panels and happy thoughts.
Udall Votes Against Special Interest Bill for Keystone Pipeline. Today [1/29/2015], U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a bill mandating approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying it was an unprecedented act for Congress to require the administration to approve a pipeline for a private, foreign corporation. The vote came shortly after Udall offered an amendment to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard, which would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. His amendment received bipartisan support from almost half the Senate, demonstrating significant support for a forward-looking energy policy.
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Greens clueless on energy. In short, if campaigners get their wish and fossil fuels are phased out by 2040, the world will face an energy gap of at least 9.2 billion tonnes of oil equivalent. That is the equivalent of 147 countries with no energy.
Climate scientists beg governments to leave buried fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Vast underground reserves of oil, gas and coal should be classified as off limits if the world stands any chance of averting dangerous climate change, a major study of global fossil-fuel deposits has found. Scientists calculated that a third of global oil reserves, half of gas reserves and more than 80 percent of coal reserves should remain in the ground as "unburnable" to avoid exceeding the 2[°]C "safe" threshold for global warming.
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The Pipeline and the Damage Done. [Scroll down] The point is the oil won't remain underground. It will be extracted, turned into gasoline, and keep cars running all over the world. That means blocking the pipeline, should the president decide to do that, will have no effect on greenhouse gases. That appears to make little difference to the environmental movement. It opposes fossil fuels and anything that facilitates their use, period. There's another reason the green lobby has exerted enormous pressure to kill Keystone. It's a power play. If it works, the political clout of the movement will grow.
Schumer: Dems have enough votes to thwart Keystone oil pipeline. Republicans fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to move the pipeline in the Democratic-controlled Senate last month. Now, flush with a new majority in the Senate, they plan to try again to force approval of a 1,200 mile pipeline from Canadian oil sands to the Gulf coast. Democrats, readjusting to their status in the minority, plan to try to slow it down or make it more palatable with amendments. Schumer said Democrats were planning to try to add amendments to add "clean energy" jobs, require the oil be sold here instead of exported, and require use of US-made steel.
Schumer: Obama Should Veto Keystone Jobs Even if Dems Get Every Amendment We Want. Speaking Sunday [1/4/2015] on Face the Nation, Schumer outlined many of the amendments that Democrats would be seeking but then added, "in conclusion, we will have enough votes to sustain a presidential veto." Bob Schieffer, rightly puzzled, then asked, "So even if these amendments pass, you will still urge the president to veto this legislation?" "Well yes," Schumer conceded.
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American economy stronger than Obama incompetence. The recovery might be robust if Mr. Obama's policies had not hamstrung recovery every step of the way, especially in the energy sector, where the president has been particularly hostile to affordable energy. With his monomaniacal effort to put coal mines out of business, his curbing exploration for oil and natural gas on federal lands, opposition to fracking, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and expensive carbon-emissions regulations, Mr. Obama has been the obstructionist-in-chief to affordable energy. He employed remarkable audacity — the unkind might say mendacity — to take credit for the plunge in the price of gasoline over the past year.
Cuomo Killed Lots Of Jobs By Pointlessly Banning Fracking. New York state found that fracking would mean more than 50,000 jobs for eight economically depressed counties bordering Pennsylvania. In banning it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose green over black gold. [...] Environmentalists and government have been fishing in vain for evidence of health hazards from fracking for many years, but to Cuomo no evidence equals "uncertainties," hence the ban.
Renewable Energy Will Never Work, But Can Nuclear? I am not sure how low the true cost of electricity produced through nuclear energy could go, but I will say this: if climate alarmists really believed the claims they make about global warming — I don't think they do — they would be agitating tirelessly for lightly-regulated nuclear energy.
Purity politics, Democrat-style. On a rainy Monday morning, 50 sodden liberal activists stood on the muddy front lawn of the Capitol Hill home of Sen. Mary Landrieu, advocating for the Louisiana Democrat's defeat. "This house is high and dry, but the coastlines of Louisiana are sinking, very much like Senator Landrieu's career!" Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, shouted into a microphone. The activists behind him, who had inflated a model of an oil pipeline on the senator's lawn using a generator and a window fan, erupted in cheers of "Woo-hoo!" and "Yeah!"
DA drops charges in case of blocked coal shipment. Two environmental activists, who had planned to use the necessity defense against charges of blocking a shipment of coal to a Massachusetts power plant, walked out of court this morning after prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against them. Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara planned to use the unusual defense — arguing that they were acting to prevent harm from global warming to the planet — in a trial slated to start today that would have featured high-profile witnesses, including NASA climate scientist Jim Hansen and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben.
Greens are the enemies of energy. Here in America and elsewhere around the world, Greens continue to war against any energy other than the "renewable" kind, wind and solar, that is more costly and next to useless. Only coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear keeps the modern and developing world functioning and growing.
Dems Frack Backtrack is all about November. In April 2013, the Mora County Commission
voted, 2 to 1, and passed the first-in-the-nation county-wide ban on all oil-and-gas drilling.
It was spearheaded by Commission Chairman John Olivas — an environmental activist. Since
then, two lawsuits have been filed against the little county because of the anti-drilling ordinance.
Olivas didn't just lose in the Democrat primary election, he was, according to the Albuquerque Journal,
"soundly beaten" by George Trujillo — 59.8% to 34.2%. Trujillo campaigned on a repeal of
the ordinance and has said he is open to a limited amount of drilling in the eastern edge of the county.
Mora County's ban on all drilling for hydro-carbons, not just fracking, was incited by an out-of-state group:
the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which has also been active in Colorado.
Lawsuits seek to stop work at coal mines in 3 Western states until more reviews done. Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.
Bill Cosby and wife support opponents of proposed Massachusetts pipeline. Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline. The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls, about 100 miles west of Boston, have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their land.
Bill Cosby: Natural gas pipeline disrespects 'flora and fauna'. Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.
White House Vows to Veto 'Unreasonable' Bill to Expedite Cross-Border Pipelines. The White House has threatened to veto a bill expected to pass the House this week that would remove any Keystone-like delays from pipeline projects that enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico. The North American Energy Infrastructure Act, authored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), requires the secretary of Commerce, with respect to oil pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with respect to natural gas pipelines, or the Secretary of Energy (DOE), with respect to electric transmission facilities, to approve a request for approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance unless it is not in U.S. national security interests.
Admit it, greens — renewables can't power U.S. economy. Big Green activists have taken their crusade against hydraulic fracturing to a number of state capitols for the same reason they oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. They want the fossil fuels that power the U.S. economy to remain in the ground, untapped. The fact that the ongoing natural gas boom is doing far more through market forces to reduce the use of coal than any government regulation is apparently irrelevant to them. But the question they must answer is precisely how they propose to keep the American economy functioning until green power can actually replace fossil fuels. It is an important question, because renewable fuel cannot do the job — not even under the Obama administration's most optimistic projections.
Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.'s Dumbest Debate. From the start, the fight about Keystone XL has been symbolic. As captured by Ryan Lizza in his terrific September 2013 New Yorker article on the topic, Kate Gordon, a leader of the anti-Keystone movement explains, "The goal is as much about organizing young people around a thing. But you have to have a thing." The environmental community, reeling from the failure of cap and trade, needed a fight around which to coalesce. Blocking approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the "tipping point in the fight against climate change," became the rallying cry.
Barbarians at the Power Plant Gate. Although it hasn't attracted much attention outside the business pages, Energy Future Holdings, the largest utility in Texas, is going through the biggest bankruptcy proceeding since the collapse of Chrysler five years ago. The story does not bode well for the future of American utilities. Instead it sheds light President Obama's bizarre notion that the nation can shut down coal plants and replace them with "energy from sun, wind and soil" without suffering the kind of brutal economic consequences now being experienced in Japan and German.
Carter-Obama Energy Policy: From Gasoline Lines to Pipeline Obstructionism. In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter's petroleum price and allocation regulations, premised on the belief that we were running out of supply, put America in the gasoline lines. Thirty-five years later, depletion fears refuted, Carter champions a letter to President Obama urging rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline segment (the last of four legs) on easily refutable arguments, discussed [in this article]. And Obama obliged.
Horses, teepees arrive on Mall for Keystone protest. The "Reject and Protect" protest is a weeklong event hosted by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers and leaders of seven Native American tribes. Protesters said activists also plan to project anti-pipeline messages onto the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday night, hold an interfaith ceremony outside the Georgetown home of Secretary of State John Kerry and stage an unspecified "bold and creative" bit of civil disobedience.
Dems May Regret Steyer's Keystone Payoff. After a lengthy study of the plans for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. State Department issued an 11-volume report back in January confirming what most experts had already concluded long before then: the vital project would not damage the environment or increase the rate of carbon pollution. But liberal activists weren't happy and have used the 90-day automatic review process that followed that report to furiously lobby the administration to stop the construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast refineries. The key player in that effort was Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental extremist who has pledged to give $100 million to Democratic candidates who do his bidding.
Greens Are Reds. The greens are, in short, against almost all forms of electric power, except those that are prohibitively expensive. They are against oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, and hydro, which together account about 90 percent of our electric power production. They want wind and solar energy, which produce about 3 percent of our electricity and aren't even green. We'd have to pave over entire states and vast stretches of desert with solar panels to produce enough electricity to power our $18 trillion economy.
Former US president joins opposition to Keystone XL. Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday [4/16/2014] in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger "more climate upheaval" around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: "Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy." The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come out against the pipeline.
The Democratic Civil War Over Energy. A split is growing in the Democratic Party, one that ought to rival the divisions on the right that the headlines trumpet. Greens are increasingly bitter about President Obama — annoyed that he's dropped climate legislation, scaled back green subsidies, ignored fracking. They've channeled their frustration into the fight against Keystone, warning that they'll turn their significant money and resources against Mr. Obama's party if the president approves more "dirty oil." Since this president cares about nothing so much as winning elections, he's sat on the pipeline for five years.
Activists to Kerry: Keystone a 'bigger mistake' than Vietnam. Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline. After speaking with top State Department officials on Thursday, the activists sent a letter to Kerry, digging deep into the secretary's past when he testified in Congress against the Vietnam War.
Pipeline protesters arrested at White House. They chanted 'climate justice now' and carried signs with slogans such as 'don't tarnish the earth' in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline.
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The Sierra Club Hates Energy. The Sierra Club doesn't want to see the U.S. benefit from coal, oil and natural gas. It wants to see the landmass filled with solar farms and thousands of wind turbines that would not produce enough electricity to meet the needs of nation, let alone a major city. Because they are unpredictable, all require the backup of traditional plants. Nor does the Sierra Club make any mention of the Obama administration's war on coal that has forced 153 plants to shut down. It's Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations that would require new plants to employ carbon capture and sequestration technology that is not commercially available!
Obama's basketball strategy on Keystone XL. Affordable power dissolves liberal fantasies. White House wise men insist on spending the public's money to promote retro power plants such as windmills, which went out of fashion with the Industrial Revolution. Eliminating the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would take cheap crude from the oil sands of Canada down to the Gulf Coast of Texas, is nevertheless a liberal priority.
Report: Keystone Pipeline Will Not Worsen Climate Change. The threat of environmental damage was a major hurdle to the pipeline's approval. [...] Anti-pipeline foes are now effectively out of excuses. The pipeline has shown to be quite popular among Americans of both parties, and the environmental effects have been shown to be a non-issue. The pipeline is expected to create upwards of 2,000 jobs.
Chris Hayes Takes on Obama's 'Addiction' to Oil: Just 'Say No'. Following the release yesterday [1/31/2014] of the State Department report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline, MSNBC's Chris Hayes delivered a blistering rebuke of America's dependence on fossil fuels, likening President Barack Obama's apparent willingness to embrace the project to a drug addicts trapped in a "self-destructive cycle."
NYC Mayor Supports Moratorium on Fracking in NY — 'Too Much Danger'. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the hydraulic fracturing debate in his state during a press conference Thursday [1/23/2014] in Washington, D.C. "The one thing I'm firm about is I don't see any place for fracking," de Blasio told reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors when CNSNews.com asked what his policy would be "as far as developing oil, natural gas and other traditional energy sources in the state." "The science simply isn't reliable enough; the technology isn't reliable enough, and there's too much danger to our water supply, to our environment in general," de Blasio said.
Environmentalists Defend Pedophilia Advocate. Environmentalists are rallying to the defense of an anti-fracking activist who has advocated pedophilia and incest after a Pennsylvania court barred her from entering any land owned or leased by a local oil company. Cabot Oil and Gas won a temporary injunction this week prohibiting Vera Scroggins, director of the anti-fracking group Citizens for Clean Water, from setting foot on any portion of the 200,000 acres of land for which Cabot holds leases.
Fracking protestors glue themselves to wrong gas station. The group thought they were attaching themselves to pumps at a gas station owned by a company called Total. They were upset after the company announced they would invest millions in shale oil and fracking. But there was a pretty big oops involved. Station manager Reezwan Patel told The Bolton News in Ruston Lane UK, "Total don't own the station any more. It is owned by Certas Energy, but the signs haven't changed yet." "We had to close for six hours," Patel grumbled.
Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly pressure executives of at least one energy company.
More Pipelines in the Pipeline. Environmentalists continue to resist pipelines such as the Keystone XL, even though pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries, and in a substantial cost advantage, when compared to road and rail.
Court declines to block big oil pipeline. A big pipeline carrying oil from tar sands crosses many states and is opposed by environmental groups that warn of potential dangers. Sound familiar? No, not Keystone XL. It's the Flanagan South Pipeline, proposed to carry oil between Illinois and Oklahoma. And in a new decision, a federal judge has declined the environmental groups' request to stop the project with a preliminary injunction.
Enemies of the people. The process of developing coalbed methane in the area has been ongoing for many years now. In 2004 a local entrepreneur with a background in coal started drilling for gas, and latterly another company had taken on the task. Neither could make the process economic. In 2011, however, the licence passed into the hands of Dart Energy, a coalbed methane specialist, who have found a way to extract the gas profitably. [...] But this plan reckoned without the intentions of the greens. Despite an incident-free operations history, despite electricity having been generated without incident, despite Dart being a local business, putting money into the hands of local people, a major campaign was launched to try to prevent any further development of the site.
Gore: The Keystone XL pipeline is "ridiculous," an "atrocity," a "threat." Self-titled "environmentalists'" recalcitrance on acknowledging the reality that Canada's oil sands are coming out of the ground — regardless of whether or not the Keystone pipeline's northern extension is built — truly knows no bounds. It's only too bad they don't seem to realize that terrestrial pipelines are the relatively cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly method of transport for oil, natural gas, and petroleum products, and that by blocking the pipeline, they're probably doing more environmental harm than good in the long run.
Canadians Riot Against Fracking. Dozens of anti-fracking protestors were arrested in Canada after throwing Molotov cocktails and torches into at least five police cruisers on Thursday [10/17/2013]. The demonstrators were rallying against a shale exploration project in New Brunswick, Canada, home to the Elsipogtog First Nation tribe, the National Post reported. Many of the protestors were tribe members and New Brunswick locals.
EPA Foils Clean Fuel. By slowing the conversion of vehicles to CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fuel The Environmental Protection Agency is causing needless nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate, and mercury air pollution. It might just as well be renamed the Environmental Destruction Agency. The EPA has set up a system that adds thousands of dollars to the cost of converting a vehicle from gasoline or diesel oil to CNG, thus sapping a large proportion of the possible fuel cost savings (CNG costs about half as much at the pump) from those who are thinking of switching.
Target: Natural Gas. The oil and gas fracking boom increased household disposable income by $1,200 last year as lower energy costs flowed to consumers, according to a new study from IHS Global Insight. So Americans may want to know that President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks natural gas is a "dead end." That nominee is Ron Binz, and in March 2013 he spoke at an Edison Foundation panel on utilities and green technologies. To fight global warming, he argued, government must adopt a "new regulatory model, because that's where it's going to start."
Environmentalism: The Road To A Primitive Existence. The environmental movement is remarkably backward. It prefers to push back man's achievements in return for some vague environmental gain. Today's environmentalists are arguably anti-energy. As others have said, they see energy as a problem, not a solution. Sure, they like taxpayer-funded energy. But it is too expensive for the market, too undeveloped, too unreliable for practical use, and is harder to produce than the energy we easily get from fossil fuels. We can't run a modern and growing economy on costly experimental energy.
Demoralize the anti-oil fringe. It has become a familiar scene at major oil company annual meetings. Protestors, some of whom have purchased token amounts of stock to appear, confound the proceedings by asking oil companies to exit their business in the name of the environment. According to this fringe, oil companies have a responsibility to protect the planet from the scourge of fossil fuels. Oil companies are portrayed as pushing their product while the planet overheats. This black-and-white view of energy policy puts the global warming issue into a moral context. It assumes everyone who believes in catastrophic climate-change theory is good, and those who don't are bad. It also asserts that replacing fossil fuels will make the world better and "sustainable."
Why Environmental Professionals Hate All of the Above. For many environmental leaders, "clean energy" is a moving target. What was acceptable last year is no longer so, and the question is why. In terms of carbon emissions, natural gas is twice as clean as coal. That was once good enough to earn it lukewarm praise from many green supporters. Now, with the U. S. Energy Department projecting that gas will be the fastest-growing global fuel source through 2040, environmental leaders have turned against it. They now claim that hydraulic fracturing causes catastrophic damage to the earth, air, and water, and that natural gas was never that clean to begin with. What's behind this change of heart? Maybe it's the need to continue the struggle.
Barack Obama expresses reservations about Keystone XL pipeline project. Barack Obama has given the strongest indication to date that he holds reservations about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying the project would not create many jobs and could raise gasoline prices. In an interview with the New York Times, the president disputed a main justification for the pipeline — its economic benefits — and reaffirmed he would reject the project if it expanded carbon pollution.
Oh, my: Green group suing the State Department over Keystone XL. After President Obama's big climate-change environmentalist pander-fest in June, during which he contended that his administration will not be approving the Keystone XL pipeline unless they find that doing so "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," his ambiguity understandably sent radical environmentalists into a slow-burning tailspin of panic and desperation.
Trains full of fracked N. Dakota oil are heading our way. Each week, more and more mile-and-a-half long tanker trains filled with oil travel into the Pacific Northwest. The sweet crude — sucked from deep under North Dakota — brings opportunity for business and jobs in the Lower Columbia region and stirs fears the river will become a fossil fuel highway.
Think of the Keystone XL pipeline as an IQ test for greens.
Al Gore says Obama must veto 'atrocity' of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as "an atrocity". The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL. "I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports on the Pacific," he told the Guardian.
Green groups to Obama: Designate lands to stop drilling. Environmental lobbyists are pressing President Obama to turn more western lands into national monuments to prevent oil-and-gas companies from drilling there. The Sierra Club is leading the charge and is sweetening its message with political sugar, saying Obama could thereby help Democrats win House and Senate seats in midterm elections year.
Democrat Congressman: The Keystone Pipeline is Bad Because... Democrat Raul Grijalva of Arizona thinks you'll be persuaded to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline because rocks [...] sink in water. That's the sum and total of his argument. [...] We all fret around here about the low-information voter. How about the low-information politician?
Idiot Dems in California trying to kill fracking despite massive potential for jobs and energy. Estimates are that there's billions of barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale formation and accessing that could provide millions of jobs. But Democrats are proposing everything from banning fracking to burdening it with heavy regulations.
California Dems push anti-fracking bills, aim to curb potential oil bonanza. California is on the verge of a new gold rush. Expanded hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking" — at the Monterey Shale formation is sparking estimates that 15 billion barrels of oil could be accessed, along with millions of jobs and huge contributions to the domestic energy supply. Even the state's green-friendly Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, says "the potential is extraordinary." But standing in the way is a flurry of anti-fracking bills.
Misguided Energy Policy: Alone, Enough to Cause American Failure. Nowhere is the threat to America's future more clear, and more easily avoided, than in the energy sector. Therein, fairytale fears about climate change have grown to the point that the U.S. is now on the verge of committing suicide by turning off many of its most important energy sources to appease loud, misinformed climate activists.
The President's Ruinous Energy Policy: Once More with Feeling. [Scroll down] The reality is that in the decades to come, America will need all the carbon-based fuel it can produce. If the U.S. fails to develop adequate carbon fuels, its economy will decline, and it will be outpaced as a global superpower. Those who endorse the fantasy of a carbon-free future are, in effect, promoting the destruction of America as well. Unfortunately, our current president is one of these.
Keystone XL Opponents Hypocritically Talk Property Rights. Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are increasingly trumpeting private property rights as a reason people should oppose the pipeline. Drawing upon small-government conservatives' wariness of the federal government abusing its eminent domain power, environmental activist groups are suddenly presenting themselves as champions of limited government and private property.
Activists threaten massive protests over Keystone XL. Environmentalists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline are pledging to turn up the heat on President Barack Obama by risking arrest through acts of civil disobedience at fundraisers, political meetings and federal agency offices. The planned protests are designed to build political pressure as Obama nears a final decision on the project. They illustrate the political challenge facing Obama, who risks alienating at least one key Democratic base — environmentalists or labor unions — no matter what he decides.
Relentless Liars: The Great Green Edifice is Crumbling. The Greens regard anything that would provide energy for any reason to anyone as the enemy. That is why "a panel of experts will discuss fossil fuel projects in our state, their impacts, and ways to reduce that pollution." Fuel is not pollution. Fuel is what we use to heat or cool our homes, drive our vehicles, provide electricity, and conduct the business of the nation. The air and water in New Jersey is so clean we actually invite people to live here, start businesses here, and to visit as tourists to enjoy it.
Environmentalists Plan 50,000-Strong Rally Against Keystone XL. Environmentalists, terrified that Barack Obama may abandon them and approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport heavy crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, are threatening a massive act of civil disobedience with 50,000 people willing to be arrested.
The Dream of a World Without Oil. [Mark Z.] Jacobsen's article provides a thorough assessment of the future of WWS [wind, water and solar]. Unfortunately, rather than buttress his argument, his figures undermine the conclusion that we don't need fossil fuels.
Why Environmentalists Are Wrong on Keystone XL. It may seem arbitrary, given the large number of oil and gas pipelines that already criss-cross the US, that this particular one has generated such a high profile debate around energy security and the environment. But this debate isn't really about a pipeline. This pipeline isn't going to make or break the development of Canada's oil sands, nor — as I will show here — is it going to make a measurable difference with respect to climate change. The truth is that the Keystone XL pipeline is symbolic.
Environmentalists 'outraged' by federal Keystone XL report. Environmentalists are angry that the Obama administration's report on the Keystone XL pipeline did not find significant negative effects on the environment. [...] The State Department's draft assessment of the pipeline found that the pipeline won't have a huge impact on climate change, because it won't substantially impact the development of tar sands oil or the amount of oil refined in the Gulf Coast region.
Celebrities seeking to block NY gas drilling may be violating state lobbying law. Celebrities of music, stage and screen who are gaining attention for the effort to block New York from approving a method of gas drilling may soon be getting more attention than they bargained for — from state regulators.
A futile and stupid plan to "save the planet". The Obama administration continues to drag its feet on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canada through the American Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because they hate oil, which they claim causes "climate change."
Obama Possibly Trading Keystone for More Taxes? Pretty much everyone, including all of the major labor unions, is geeked about the Keystone Pipeline, which would create jobs and improve the United State's energy independence. But a bunch of hippies hate it, and the hippies vote, probably illegally in seven states, so Barack Obama is totally against it for right now, you guys. The Earth, it matters so much more than rebuilding the American economy by providing needed jobs to skilled and unskilled laborers in states across middle America, and ending the vice grip that backwards Middle Eastern nations have on our energy consumption.
Domestic Oil Production At Record Level Despite Obama. Earlier this month oil output hit its highest level in the U.S. since the summer of 1992. That's good, but it could be better. The Obama administration won't get out of the way.
Just the Fracks, Ma'am. Natural gas is a cheap, abundant American resource, and cleaner than all of its viable alternatives to boot. It would be hard for a reasonable person not to favor natural gas as a component of our national energy mix, but then anti-frackers like Josh Fox, Yoko Ono and their ilk put little value on being reasonable people. They are the neo-Luddites resisting a modern energy revolution, standing between the people and the prosperity promised by affordable domestic energy.
Protesters march on National Mall, demand Obama stop Keystone XL pipeline. Around 40,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday [2/17/2013] to give President Obama a clear message: the Keystone XL pipeline isn't welcome here. The four-hour event began at the Washington Monument, where politicians and leaders of various eco-groups gave motivational speeches to the crowd.
Global Warming Believers March in D.C.. [Scroll down] The global warming movement has staked a lot on the Obama administration blocking the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil from the rich Canadian oil sands south to the petrochemical complexes of Texas. The problem for Obama is that if the pipeline is blocked, the Canadians will surely build a pipeline to either their East or West coast in order to sell the oil into the world market. So, oil that would have been sold directly into U.S. markets at a good (for us) price will, instead, be cycled through world markets and we will end up paying more for oil that is no longer exclusively ours.
Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada's revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been through years of multiple State Department reviews, and with the southern portion of the project already under construction, it appears that bipartisan members Congress in fact can agree on at least one thing: The administration's level of well-orchestrated stalling on this thing is starting to get downright ridiculous.
With decision looming, green groups press Obama to kill Keystone XL pipeline. More than 70 green groups urged President Obama in a Monday [1/7/2013] letter to kill the Keystone XL pipeline to make good on promises to address climate change. [...] In their letter, the groups said Obama should speak out more often on climate change, impose emissions limits on existing coal-fired power plants and focus on creating clean-energy jobs. They added the president also should shut down the proposed pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
Hollywood's Fractured Logic. One of the most hilarious — if not tragic — events that we as Americans witness is when Hollywood attempts to "inform" the public about energy issues, which often takes the form of fanatical opposition to oil and natural gas development. During a staged protest against the Keystone XL pipeline this past summer, for example, Daryl Hannah and Margot Kidder were arrested while voicing their disapproval of U.S. infrastructure development.
Keystone XL critics now calling for more indepth climate change study. With President Obama poised to decide whether to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline — based on a second, more environmentally-sensitive path — critics now appear focused on derailing the project over a climate change study.
Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline. Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.U.S. donors pump hundreds of millions into Canadian groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline. Pipeline opponents include environmental pressure groups who oppose oil sands because they see its extraction and processing as especially destructive to the environment, and because they oppose carbon-based fuels in general. [...] Unfortunately, U.S. donors' funding of anti-oil sands groups displays a troubling lack of transparency. Approximately $83.7 million — 42 percent — of that funding has been funneled in such a way that the link between foundation grants and the Canadian recipients are unknown to the public.
Frack film's flim-flam. 'Promised Land," a new movie from Matt Damon and John Krasinski, attacks fracking — a new way of getting oil and gas out of the ground, which has become the latest villain of the environmental movement. Last week, I revealed the film's co-writers, Damon and Krasinski, have gone to enormous lengths to twist the narrative to make American energy corporations the villain. At the time, their efforts could be just passed off as just another Hollywood leftist fantasy to explain why the world is not how they think it should be. But now a more sinister possibility has emerged.
Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested in Keystone Pipeline Protest. Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Texas on Thursday [10/4/2012] after she stood in front of an earth-moving machine clearing ground for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, her representative said.
Global protests planned over gas drilling process. More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world on Saturday [9/22/2012], building on public concerns but also using an overly simplified message to spur outrage.
"Frackdown?" Environmental activists protest gas drilling. On Saturday [9/22/2012], activists at roughly 100 events around the globe were scheduled to protest a controversial oil and gas extraction practice called hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Organizers dubbed their activities in North America, Europe and Australia a "Global Frackdown." More than 50 Code Pink members gathered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
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You remember Code Pink, don't you? They're the people who protest Middle East wars, but only while a Republican is in the White House.
Greens Against Green Energy: Big Solar gets the Big Oil treatment. [Scroll down] So solar energy, like corn ethanol, really doesn't reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Now they tell us. And there's more, says the letter: The environmental impact from these solar panels "are long term (decades to centuries)" and they threaten the habitat of "endangered species, including the desert tortoise, Mojave fringe-toed lizard, flat-tailed horned lizard, golden eagle and desert bighorn."
Greenpeace occupies Russia rig to halt Arctic drill. Greenpeace activists said they climbed OAO Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya platform in the Arctic to protest drilling plans on Russia's first major oil project in the ocean. Six ecologists, including the environmental organization's executive director Kumi Naidoo, occupied the rig and interrupted its operation around 4 a.m. local time, Greenpeace said today [8/24/2012] in an e-mailed statement. "The activists are out of reach and have enough supplies to last them for several days," the group said.
Green group urges Interior to delay Shell's Arctic drilling plans. In a report released Monday, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging the government to hold off on approving Royal Dutch Shell's plans for Arctic drilling until more information can be gathered about the project's environmental effects on the region.
Greenpeace urges 3 EU nations to shut 12 nuclear reactors immediately. International environmentalist group Greenpeace has urged three nations in the European Union to shut down 12 nuclear reactors immediately on the grounds that EU tests to assess the safety of reactors have overlooked their flaws.
There is no California. [Scroll down] As gasoline prices soar, California chooses not to develop millions of barrels of untapped oil and even more natural gas off its shores and beneath its interior. Home to bankrupt green companies like Solyndra, California has mandated that a third of all the energy provided by state utilities soon must come from renewable energy sources — largely wind and solar, which presently provide about 11 percent of its electricity and almost none of its transportation fuel.
Hydro bill energizes debate over the nation's dams. Hydropower dams would get a boost, while their skeptics would get punished, under a controversial new bill backed by Western conservatives in Congress. In a bit of tit for tat, the legislation introduced this month would strip federal funding from environmental groups that have challenged hydropower facilities in court over the past decade. The bill further would block federal money from being used to study or undertake dam removals, save for the rare occasion when Congress has authorized the action. [...] American Rivers, the National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited are among the organizations that could be cut off from federal grant funding under the bill; each has been party to a suit potentially challenging hydropower generation, and each has received federal money.
Do Greens Have A None-Of-The-Above Energy Policy? Two environmental groups in April filed suit to block an energy project they said would seriously harm the local ecosystem. It wasn't a coal plant, or an oil refinery, or a nuclear reactor. It was a wind farm — the very sort of "clean" energy environmentalists champion as an alternative to dirty traditional supplies. But the Portland Audubon Society and Oregon Natural Desert Association say a wind farm on Oregon's Steens Mountain, along with needed access roads and transmission lines, would threaten eagles, sage grouse and bighorn sheep and call it the "antithesis" of "responsible renewable energy development."
Sayonara, Sierra. A federal judge denied the Sierra Club's request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the lower half of the Keystone XL Pipeline Sunday [8/5/2012]. The environmental advocacy group recently filed a lawsuit to halt construction of the lower leg of the TransCanada corporation's contested Keystone XL oil pipeline, the whole of which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, traversing eight states along the way.
Radical environmentalists push to destroy dams to reopen salmon spawning habitat. Environmentalists, local Native American tribes and several government agencies want to tear down the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River — one of which created Copco Lake — that stretches 255 miles from Oregon to the Pacific Ocean. Primarily the dams create clean energy to supply more than 70,000 homes and businesses in northern California and southern Oregon with electricity, but opponents say the dams must be destroyed to restore depleted fisheries and reinvigorate their upstream habitat.
Capitol Protesters Think Fossil Fuels are a Big Fracking Deal. What do you get when you bring hundreds of fervent environmentalists and NIMBYs together on the west lawn of the Capitol to denounce fracking, every single fuel that originates from the ground, and, for old time's sake, Dick Cheney? You get enviro banjo tunes, the "Ecological Our Father" at the interfaith prayer service ("Our Father, who art in the forest..."), and more punny protest signs built off the F-bomb than even Joe Biden could dream up. Do it on a standard hot, humid July day in D.C., and add in the global warming condemnations and simultaneous praises of the solar intensity as an endless wellspring of clean energy.
Sierra Club Sues to Stop Offshore Drilling, and Guess Who Is Funding the Defense. [Scroll down] A little known US law called the Equal Access to Justice Act, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, allows the groups to use lawsuits against government as revenue sources. When they sue, the government has to incur the costs of defending itself against the lawsuits, and also picks up the expenses for the groups suing the government. No one even keeps track of how much money the government has ended up spending on such lawsuits.
I do not like this, Uncle Sam, I do not like the GO GREEN Scam. [Scroll down] Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri said that U.S. huge oil and gas shale reserves are "the most important revolution in the oil sector in decades." The Sierra Club, a left-wing environmentalist group, after touting natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal and oil for years, has "undertaken a massive campaign against the extraction of natural gas from shale." The EPA targets companies that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking), accusing them of environmental contamination of soil and water. Scant evidence is provided of such contamination.
When the Moore Family Lost Power. Electrical power is the central nervous system of our modern economy and our 21st-century lifestyles, and living without it for a few days reminds us how vulnerable we are to being sent back to a pre-Industrial Age. Yet every initiative by green groups is focused on reducing our access to electrical power — although they never admit that explicitly. This power outage was caused by a severe thunderstorm from Mother Nature, but I'm convinced that rolling brown outs are coming, thanks to the radical environmental movement that has taken hold of our body politic.
Environmentalists Oppose Wind Power Line in Idaho, Wyoming. Idaho and Wyoming residents and environmental groups are expressing opposition to a proposed 1,100-mile long high-voltage power line designed to transmit 3,000 megawatts of mostly wind-generated electricity to fast-growing areas in the West. [...] Among the many issues that have been raised by residents and environmental groups are concerns about the power line's effect on the habitat of the imperiled sage grouse.
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The sage grouse is a game bird in Wyoming and Montana. There is no shortage of them, and they are not "imperiled".
Environmentalists Sue to Block Oregon Wind Project. In the suit, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon Natural Desert Association say "energy speculators willing to game the system and take advantage of the state's strong renewable energy mandates" threaten to "radically transform significant portions of terrestrial landscape."
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On another page, I argue — or I let others argue — that windmill power is not a practical source of energy. So if a group of environmental activists goes to court to stop the construction of windmills, that doesn't bother me much. The items immediately above and below are posted on this page because the environmentalists think windmills represent a reliable energy source.
Environmentalists Sue over Proposed California Wind Farm. Three influential environmental activist groups are suing the federal government over plans to build a 100-turbine wind farm on federal land in Kern County, California. The suit, filed by the Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), alleges the proposed North Sky River project poses a threat to the endangered condor, the protected golden eagle, and other birds. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the suit says the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to account for the wind farm's negative impact on the birds.
Five years of environmental red tape, followed by 18 months of construction.
117-Mile, 500,000-Volt Transmission Line Will Support Electric System Reliability. The completion of the nearly $1.9 billion project culminates a rigorous, 5-year-long environmental review and permitting process and 18 months of construction that encompassed both overhead and underground technology as well as different climates and rough, remote terrain.
Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out? America's energy policy is being dominated by environmentalists' priorities — regardless of the impact to the American economy, individual communities, or economically-challenged citizens. The plans to shut down or limit America's abundant, available, and affordable energy are organized, coordinated, and effective. The results will be "lights out in America" — a dim future.
The Sierra Club, ECO Terrorists. The media are finally catching up to America's shale natural gas boom, with even Fortune magazine waddling in with a cover story. But the bigger recent news is that Res Ipsa Loquiturone of the most powerful environmental lobbies, the Sierra Club, is mounting a major campaign to kill the industry.
Shale study's lead author faces 'green' backlash. Faced with mounting criticism, the State University of New York at Buffalo is distancing itself from a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling study released earlier this month by the school's own Shale Resources and Society Institute. But the report's lead author is defending the work by the fledgling institute, saying Monday [5/28/2012] that it's being mischaracterized by environmental activists who oppose any additional domestic fossil-fuel production.
Fights brewing over massive coal-export plans for the Northwest. Physicians fret about an explosion of locomotive exhaust, while mayors grumble about the potential for long traffic-snarling trains. Washington state fears 1,200 new barge trips on the Columbia River could spark more accidents and marine-vessel groundings. Tribes worry that spilled coal could poison aquatic food webs.
Angry at coal? Then turn off your lights. Why is Montana so backwards when it comes to exploiting its natural resources for the benefit they can provide in terms of tax revenue, jobs and powering our civilization? The answer is, of course, the environmental movement, which has placed one issue ahead of all other considerations — and has used schools, mass media and politicians to press their agenda.
Leaked Emails Show 'Grossly Overestimated' Environmental Report to Back Up Mining Ban. Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding answers from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about leaked emails showing that the administration lacked scientific justification for blocking uranium mining on one million acres of previously designated federal lands in Arizona.
Vermont becomes 1st state to ban fracking. Vermont's governor has signed into law the first state ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. There's no drilling currently happening in Vermont, which is believed to have little to no reserves of oil or natural gas.
The Week That Was. A strident opponent of coal-generated electricity, the Sierra Club campaigned that natural gas was the clean alternative. The Club has bragged that it prevented the construction of some 150 coal fired power plants. Now that the EPA has proposed rules to prevent the construction new coal-fired power plants, the Sierra Club has begun a campaign calling natural gas a dirty fuel. Of course, the objective is to cripple the economy by shutting down all forms of energy use and electric power generation.
Environmentalists Oppose Wind Power Line in Idaho, Wyoming. Idaho and Wyoming residents and environmental groups are expressing opposition to a proposed 1,100-mile long high-voltage power line designed to transmit 3,000 megawatts of mostly wind-generated electricity to fast-growing areas in the West. [...] Among the many issues that have been raised by residents and environmental groups are concerns about the power line's effect on the habitat of the imperiled sage grouse.
The Sierra Club Opposes 'Clean Energy'. In March, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D, N.M.) introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, which identifies natural gas and nuclear — along with renewable energy sources — as being "clean." If that definition holds, then groups such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and lots of others will be in the rather uncomfortable position of having to oppose Bingaman's measure even though those very same groups regularly tout the need for more clean energy.
Sky-high Electric Bills Courtesy of Obama EPA's War on Coal. The Obama administration seems to be packed with activists who are pathologically obsessed with obstructing our ability to utilize this "miracle rock." At the same time, the EPA radicals are also throwing roadblocks in the way of our access to, and use of, oil, natural gas, uranium, and every other viable form of energy.
Coal, gas exports meet tough environmental resistance. Last week, the Sierra Club announced that it would use a unique 1970s environmental agreement to halt the construction of a natural gas liquefaction and export plant at Cove Point in Maryland. Energy giant Dominion, which hopes to build the first such plant on the East Coast, plans to move forward and could end up fighting environmentalists in court. The coal industry also has proposed massive export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, where millions of tons of American coal would be prepped for shipment to burgeoning markets in Asia. But those projects have generated an intense backlash from environmentalists and their political allies...
Environmentalists challenge natural gas export plans. Environmentalists are challenging Freeport LNG's bid to export natural gas from a facility in Texas — the latest attempt to undercut a push by more than a half dozen companies to send the fossil fuel overseas. The move by the Sierra Club came in the form of a formal protest lodged with the Energy Department, which is considering a request by Freeport LNG and other firms for licenses to export liquefied natural gas.
Obama's Real Oil Agenda. During a speech in Miami, President Obama planted himself firmly in the use less oil camp. Amidst laughter, he said efficiency was one of the "easiest ways to reduce our dependence on oil." Missing from the phrase was the word "foreign." Was it simply just a slip of the tongue, or something more revealing? Well, just a month earlier when President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, he claimed the rejection was part of his commitment to policies that reduce our "dependence on oil." President Obama does not just want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, as he frequently states, but all oil.
Minnesota Non-Profits Receive $440,000 to Oppose Keystone Pipeline. Three Minnesota environmental non-profit advocacy groups have received nearly half a million dollars in out-of-state foundation funding to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline project, according to a Freedom Foundation of Minnesota analysis. The California funding to state groups comes as a surprise, since Keystone's proposed route does not include Minnesota.
Enviros Whack 100 Coal-Fired Plants. While we are all looking at gas prices, there is another dramatic energy price increase going on that is totally optional; one that is within the President's power to completely reverse. Coal-fueled electricity generation is the lowest cost. Yet, due to cost-increasing regulations, coal-fueled power plants are being shut down at an alarming rate — killing jobs, raising rates, and putting the reliability of the electrical grid at risk.
Obama Vilifies Fossil Fuels. At the very same time that the shale revolution is saving the economy hundreds of millions of dollars per day, directly creating tens of thousands of jobs, decreasing the need for foreign oil, and spurring growth in manufacturing that will lead to billions of dollars of new investment and still more jobs, the president is bashing the oil-and-gas sector. Not only that, but in Obama's new budget, he continues to insist that "clean energy" will drive America's future competitiveness.
Solar power firms in Mojave desert feel glare of tribes and environmentalists. Presence of horned toads and desert tortoises are holding up production at multimillion-dollar sites in California.
Open letter from the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. We [Canadians] must expand our trade with the fast growing Asian economies. We know that increasing trade will help ensure the financial security of Canadians and their families. Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.
Little Green Morons. As this is being written vast new reserves of natural gas are being found all over the nation, but as far as the Sierra Club is concerned, drilling for it poses risks "to our air, water, climate, and people in their communities." Short of putting your head in the oven and turning on the gas, there are no significant risks and haven't been any in the sixty years or so that "fracking" has been used to access natural gas.
Obama loves oil! Not! If the President thinks he won any Greenie Points by kicking the Keystone XL pipeline down the road, he certainly lost them all — and probably then some — with his support for fracking and offshore drilling [in his State of the Union speech]. Radical environmentalists don't want to hear about energy security, objective risks, or practical safety measures: they want to close down hydrocarbons as the work of the climate devil.
Northwest Indiana power plant to shut on March 31. After electrifying Northwest Indiana for more than 80 years, one of Indiana's oldest coal-burning power plants will be switched off by March 31, and 109 workers will lose their jobs. The State Line Energy Station in Hammond, a hulking red landmark between Chicago and Indiana, is closing due to economics, lawsuits and new federal clean-air regulations.
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Free advice for the owners of that plant: Put it in moth balls. Surround the building with fences and guards, and keep the place ready to restart when common sense prevails in this country once again.
Destroying America by Denying Access to Energy. It is the crime of the century that America, home to some of the world's greatest reserves of coal, natural gas and oil, is being deliberately destroyed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior as they do everything in their power to restrict access and drive energy producers out of business. It is common sense that a nation that cannot produce sufficient electricity to turn on its lights and power its manufacturing sector will be destroyed if current Obama administration regulations and actions continue.
Trust deficit made visible by State of the Union. Big Green's minions insist there's no safe way to develop fossil fuels and they comprise a lobbying and regulatory roadblock sufficient to heap mountains of delayed and rejected drilling permits on sites properly leased by oil and gas companies. They have Obama's ear — and apparently the keyboards of his speechwriters.
Al Gore: Obama right to reject Keystone. Al Gore says President Obama made the right call when he denied a permit for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. ... The State Department, which headed the federal review of Keystone XL, has invited TransCanada to reapply, and the company intends to do so. Gore, in his post, says opponents need to be ready.
The Human Story of Hydrofracing. Today, the people, who think of themselves as progressives, are actually against progress.
I Finally Understand Democrats. In order to believe that Democrats have the answer today, you would have to believe:
• That ice ages and the warming periods in between were not caused by man's influence on the earth but a half degree rise in average temperatures over 30 years is.
• That using the equivalent of two gallons of fossil fuel to produce one gallon of ethanol makes sense because it is "renewable."
• That in spite of the fact that one third of the world is hungry it makes more sense to use food for fuel than drilling for a fuel source that nobody can eat.
Environmentalism and the Leisure Class: This week President Obama handed down what may prove to be one of the most fateful decisions of his entire administration when he rejected the plan to build the Keystone XL Pipeline carrying oil from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of Houston. ... In turning down Keystone, however, the President has uncovered an ugly little secret that has always lurked beneath the surface of environmentalism. Its basic appeal is to the affluent. Despite all the professions of being "liberal" and "against big business," environmentalism's main appeal is that it promises to slow the progress of industrial progress.
Hydraulic Fractured Fairy Tales. Fracking is destroying the entire plan of the Gang Green, those environmental zealots; it makes the move to alternative fuels and energy poverty unnecessary, since we are swimming in oil just waiting to be fracked. Gang Green had to find a way to demonize fracking, and have been kicking this earthquake idea around for some time. Now that there was an earthquake or two in Ohio, they have what they need to blame fracking and scare people.
The environmentalists are now going after the production of frac sand in Wisconsin.
Sand mining boom in Midwest emerges in fracking debate. Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity.
Progressives Crave Energy Scarcities. Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries' supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to impede development of the vast, proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and "tight" oil from shale formations.
State of Denial: How New York May Squander Its Energy Boom. [Scroll down] New York State — famous for its hordes of "progressive liberals" who claim to worry so much about the working class — could also be economically humming by creating those high-paying blue-collar jobs so desperately needed in this "he-cession." ... But no — of course, New York's environmentalists are up in arms about fracking (and every other method of energy production that actually works — i.e., reliably produces low-cost energy). This has led to quite a battle, indeed.
When the power fails on a really hot day or cold night, nobody will support this move:
EPA unveils rules limiting mercury, other power plant toxics. The long-delayed final standards have been the subject of a ferocious lobbying and public-relations battle. And it's a fight that could spill onto the presidential campaign trail at a time when GOP candidates routinely accuse Obama of pursuing an overzealous green agenda.
Green groups outraged at accelerated pipeline plan. "Red alert - call the White House and tell them not to back down to big oil on Keystone," environmental activist Bill McKibben said in a tweet. McKibben mobilized some 10,000 demonstrators outside the White House earlier this year to protest the pipeline.
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The same people, or perhaps their parents, used to protest the construction of the Alaska Pipeline, for the same baseless reasons. The Alaska Pipeline has been quite beneficial to Alaska as well as the other states.
The Volt Administration. The XL pipeline would have delivered an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil to the U.S. daily. But bowing to pressure from environmentalists, the president delayed the permit at least until 2013. The administration has proposed $60 billion in tax increases on the energy sector and knee-capped the nuclear industry by blocking uranium mining and pulling all funding for the Yucca Mountain waste disposal site. The Environmental Protection Agency has imposed regulations on coal plants that the agency acknowledges will raise electricity prices.
EPA Fracking Report and Energy Politics. Yesterday's EPA report raising water pollution worries about fracking in Wyoming amounts to psy-ops in the Obama re-election campaign. ... The electorate is coming to realize that there are a lot of new hydrocarbon resources out there in the American interior and offshore. Even the New York Times has noted the oil boom in North Dakota, poster child for the New American Prosperity that lies ahead if we vigorously pursue the energy opportunities that lie ahead. Energy independence is in prospect, and that alone would change the strategic dynamics of world politics, and weaken many of our overseas antagonists. Oil prices could actually drop substantially if the worldwide potential of oil sands, shale, and fracking of natural gas is developed. The biggest game changer of all is the bounty of clean-burning natural gas unlocked by fracking, with which America is particularly well-endowed. The only way Obama can defend his energy policies is to raise fears of pollution.
If the Lights Go Out. Say what you will about Obama Administration regulators, their problem has rarely been a failure to regulate. Which makes the abdication of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission especially notable — and dangerous for the U.S. power supply. Last week FERC convened a conference on the wave of new Environmental Protection Agency rules that are designed to force dozens of coal-fired power plants to shut down. The meeting barely fulfilled the commission's legal obligations, but despite warnings from expert after expert, including some of its own, the FERC Commissioners refuse to do anything about this looming threat to electric reliability.
Environmentalists mount fresh challenge against Shell's Arctic drilling plans. Environmentalists have opened a new front in their campaign to block Shell's planned drilling in Arctic waters near Alaska, by challenging the government's decision to issue the company essential air pollution permits for some of the work. At issue are Clean Air Act permits the Environmental Protection Agency issued last month for Shell Oil Co.'s Kulluk drillship and support vessels, which the firm plans to use while working on exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas starting next summer.
Energy in America: No Bridge to Oil. North of the Arctic Circle, the tiny village of Nuiqsut, Alaska, has become the latest flash point in the struggle between oil drilling and environmentalism. The town, with a population of 400, nearly all Eskimos, sits on the edge of the Colville River and the National Petroleum Reserve, or NPR. How isolated is it? It takes four flights and eight hours to get there from Seattle. Conoco Phillips wants to build a road bridge and pipeline over the river to connect to the nearby Alpine development, which sits just outside the NPR. But the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the plan telling, the oil company it had to go under the river.
Piping Up Oil Jobs. Let's say your neighbor invites you over to her holiday party and you respond: "No way, you're an animal killer. Last year, you served meatballs at your party and I'm against animal cruelty." Don't expect your neighbor to ever talk to you again. Likewise, Canada has offered America an invitation to create jobs and slash her dependence on Middle Eastern oil. The U.S. State Department released in-depth economic and environmental reports stating that it would be in America's "national interest" to accept Canada's offer. Yet, the Obama administration ignored the State Department and snubbed our northern neighbor by delaying the project on the basis of alleged environmental concerns.
Hey Obama: Gas Up and Go. [This is] the most anti-oil, anti-energy administration this country has seen since the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter. ... But that's what happens when your president goes on a jihad against American energy. Obama has opposed coal, he wants to be punitive against the oil industry, won't allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and, in a politically cowardly move, stalled plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. The only energy Obama seems to support is the mass anger of Occupy Wall Street.
'Lazy' Isn't America's problem. President Obama was wrong to say at the Asia-Pacific economic summit that America has gotten "lazy" in the last few decades at attracting foreign investment. What he should have said, in light of his administration's handling of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is that America has become quite adept at blocking it.
Powering Down: Federal regulation is killing energy development. American energy policy is increasingly defined in terms of what is prohibited, not what is promoted. Coal, nuclear, and natural "shale" gas all have been hampered by the current administration.
Obama's New Job Plan: Kill 400,000 Jobs Immediately. The decision by the Obama administration to delay any action on the XL Keystone pipeline until after the election is a fitting development for an administration that has pursued a bankrupt energy policy, a bankrupt jobs policy and is quite literally bankrupting the country with politics thinly veiled as policy.
U.S. to Delay Decision on Pipeline Until After Election. The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday [11/10/2011] that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.
Obama delays oil pipeline plan, discards 20,000 jobs. Roughly 20,000 oil industry construction jobs are being thrown under Obama's 2012 campaign bus, largely because the president needs to pump up his sagging support among the environmentalists.
U.S. to seek new Keystone route, delaying approval. The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday [11/10/2011] it will explore a new route for a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, delaying a final approval beyond the 2012 U.S. election, sources briefed on the matter said.
Green Energy Skepticism. Although our energy needs have been increasing rapidly, the U.S. didn't build a new refinery between 1998 and 2008, even then over the strong objections of liberal progressives.
How the EPA Is Like DDT. Asthma is a perplexing disease for which, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no known cause. According CDC statistics, the percentage of the general population with asthma increased by 265% from 1980 to 2009. According to EPA statistics, from 1980 to 2009, the emissions of sulfur dioxide when down by about 76% and, from 1995 to 2009, emissions of nitrogen dioxide went down by about 48%. There is no statistical relationship or known causal relationship between asthma and emissions of these compounds. Yet, when announcing the new cross-state emissions rules in 2011 to further restrict emissions of these compounds, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claimed, without evidence, the new regulations will prevent 400,000 new cases of asthma each year.
Keystone Pipeline Delay Puts Energy Future On Hold. The administration's industrial policy of picking winners and losers, particularly in the energy sector, has given us such white, or should we say green, elephants as the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. It has an opportunity to pick a real winner — the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada's rich tar sands to the American market. So far the administration has given lip service to the project, with final approval seemingly in the hands of the State Department, since the pipeline crosses an international border.
Dissecting pipeline protests from the White House to the Cornhusker State. The Keystone project is opposed by environmental groups who view the pipeline as an endorsement of Canada's decision to extract and sell oil sand resources. China, undeterred by any "green" opposition and always seeking new sources of supply, has already invested over $15 billion in the Canadian operations. China's government hopes the U.S. will turn down the pipeline project so that the resources can be put on tankers to supply the energy-hungry nation.
Obama faces choice on Keystone pipeline: Big Labor or Big Green. [The Keystone XL pipeline] would transport crude oil produced in Canada's Alberta tar sands region to refineries in Texas. Not only would U.S. dependence on OPEC nations for oil be significantly reduced, building the pipeline would also, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute, create as many as 435,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2035. But incessant delays since 2008 caused by the cumbersome permitting process and environmental impact assessments have put the project in jeopardy. Even if federal officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, and, finally, President Obama, ever get around to approving the project, TransCanada will then face additional years of costly litigation by extraordinarily well-funded Big Green environmental groups.
Obama to Be Involved in Keystone XL Pipeline Decision. President Obama says he will be closely involved in the decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that has pitted two of his key constituencies, labor unions and environmental groups, against each other.
Obama's Regulatory Excess and Abuse. Shortly after Obama took office, his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "canceled land leases for energy development on 77 parcels of land in Utah. Then he canceled a pending oil-shale lease sale based on his expert judgment that it 'didn't meet the smell test.'" Kerpen adds, "Overall there has been a steep drop-off in leasing on federal lands.... 2010 saw a 79 percent drop in leasing in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming from 2005. Total onshore royalties dropped 33 percent in just two years." Even more virulent is the Obama Administration's attack on coal, which the President seems to have targeted for quick phaseout, even though we have the world's most expansive coal reserves, offering 200 years of inexpensive energy.
Greens Flummoxed By Cheap, Clean U.S. Gas. Green groups have a major new concern: fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from shale deposits far underground. What they don't have is much hard evidence that fracking is a danger. Fracking already is producing a bonanza in the U.S. Theoretically it could provide enough to replace all coal-powered electricity with cleaner-burning natural gas.
Windmills stopped at night after bat death. Thirty-five windmills at a western Pennsylvania wind farm have been silenced at night since a bat that belongs to an endangered species was found dead under one of the turbines.
Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat. Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday [10/17/2011]. The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife's Pennsylvania field office.
Eco loons go bat crazy. The warped mentality that puts the (imaginary) needs of bats perfectly capable of looking after themselves before those of humans differs little from the warped mentality which demands that stretches of countryside be carpeted with environmentally unfriendly, economically ruinous wind farms... This mentality in turn causes real people — not fluttery, squeaky, nocturnal insectivores, but actual humans with families, friends, histories, consciousness, emotions etc — genuine suffering and distress. As this newspaper reports today, at least 2,700 people are dying every year because they can't afford to heat their homes in winter. And one of the main reasons they can't do so is because of the misguided policies of eco-zealots...
Fracking gets a clean bill of health. [Scroll down] This accident was among the most serious that can happen during the completion of an onshore shale-gas well. Yet nobody was injured, the public was never in danger, and there was no lasting impact on the environment, as the analysis shows. ... But don't expect the anti-fossil-fuel crowd to let scientific evidence get in its way.
Is There Any Real Shortage of Oil? Several arguments have been used in preventing the development and use of our hydrocarbon resources. One is that smoke and harmful pollutants from the exhausts of automobiles and coal-fired plants generating electricity harm the environment and the people. Certainly there was once some truth in that, but major strides have been made in cleaning up our air. Exhausts of automobiles have been greatly improved, along with efficiency of engines. The output of pollutants of generating plants has been greatly reduced. But things like this will never satisfy the environmental radicals. They want to completely eliminate the use of our hydrocarbon resources, and I believe that the real reason is that they want to destroy our American way of life, in all of its aspects.
Environmentalists Sue to Block TransCanada Pipeline — Before It's Approved. U.S. officials illegally allowed a Canadian company to begin preparing the route for its proposed 1,700-mile-long oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas even though the project hasn't gained final government approval, three conservationist groups contend in a lawsuit.
Green groups sue Interior to thwart Shell's Arctic drilling. Environmental and Alaska native groups are suing the Interior Department over its approval of Royal Dutch Shell's plan to begin drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast as soon as next year. The groups allege that Shell lacks adequate oil-spill cleanup plans.
Greens want terror oil in your gas tank. Canada, not the Middle East, is the No. 1 supplier of oil to the United States, a symbiotic relationship that has existed for decades. What's more, the Canadian province of Alberta is home to the world's third-largest petroleum reserves. Viewing America as the most logical market for its expanding production, the government of Alberta and the TransCanada Corp. are proposing a pipeline called Keystone XL to bring crude oil from Alberta to refineries along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Green Twilight. Rational opposition to the greens has consistently misinterpreted the movement's core beliefs. Critics have concentrated on arguments that wind, solar, and squirrel-on-a-treadmill power cannot replace brute force methods such as nuclear, coal, and oil. That electric go-carts are no substitute for technologically mature internal-combustion cars, that bullet trains cannot possibly compete with jetliners. All this is true — and all this is irrelevant. It's all irrelevant because green initiatives are not meant to replace anything. They are intended to form the basis of a new, deindustrialized society with minimal power generation, limited air travel (or travel of any sort, for that matter), and local, nonindustrial economies. In a green society, there will be no massive power plants, no private automobiles, no jetliners.
Conservation: Everyone is for it — in the abstract. In practice, not so much. The most efficient way to conserve energy is not to use an electronic device at all. Yet Americans are using more and more. The typical U.S. household had one TV set in 1978. Today it has 2.5. ... Eighty-seven percent of homes now have central AC. Anyone want to give up theirs? Combine such trends with population growth, and Dominion expects demand to soar 30 percent in the next decade and a half. Where will the juice come from?
Watermelons v the Shale Gas Miracle. [Scroll down] I hear reports that the shale gas deposits in the North East of England may be larger still; and that those under the North Sea may dwarf even these. We are talking, in other words, of cheap energy sufficiently abundant to supply our needs for at least the next century, possibly much longer. This means in turn that our industry will become more competitive, the cost of heating and lighting our homes will fall dramatically, and that our economy suddenly now has an opportunity to grow even as those in much of the Western world are collapsing. So why aren't we out on the streets, celebrating, drinking and rutting like it was VE Day all over again? In a word: Watermelons.
Solar, We Have a Problem. It's called the SunShot Initiative, mirrored after President Kennedy's man-on-the-moon mission. ... The DOE is calling for man-on-the-moon-type missions, but we already have men on the moon. Their names are coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power. ... In reality, the biggest threat to our electricity security is our federal government preventing access to our abundant domestic resources, most notably coal and natural gas.
President Obama and the EPA's War on Jobs. For some time now, I and others have been documenting the relentless assault on economic growth by the EPA under President Barack Obama. I feel like a broken record at times trying to beat this drum and get people to realize that while Obama doesn't keep all of his campaign promises, destroying the coal industry is one that he has done everything he can to stay true to. For anyone that paid attention during the 2008 presidential cycle, Obama made it clear that it was his intention to bankrupt the coal industry through regulation and legislation.
Want More Jobs? The Low-Hanging Fruit Is Energy. Everyone knows that Obama's jobs program is a joke; but let's assume that you actually do want to help create a million or more jobs, while simultaneously increasing government revenues by many billions of dollars. How would you do it? It's actually easy: just stop the irrational antagonism to energy development that is America's most glaring public policy failure.
Actresses and Professors Protest the Pipeline. It seems odd that anyone would oppose construction of a pipeline that would help secure America's energy future by ensuring supplies from a reliable ally like Canada.
Governor asks Obama to bypass the Congress...
Nebraska governor asks Obama to nix Keystone pipeline. Nebraska's governor urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday [8/31/2011] to block TransCanada's planned Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, saying it could hurt a regional water source.
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Or it could do any number of other things, but the one thing it is sure to do is to deliver cheap oil to U.S. refineries.
Gore urges Obama to block pipeline for 'dirtiest source of fuel on the planet'. Former Vice President Gore called on President Obama late Wednesday [8/31/2011] to reject a pending permit application for a controversial pipeline project, calling the oil that it would carry "the dirtiest fuel on the planet."
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I thought coal was supposed to be the dirtiest fuel. In any event, the dirtiness of a coal mine(r) doesn't matter to most people, as long as the coal goes straight to a power plant and is converted into electricity. I would burn coal in a potbellied stove or even in my fireplace if that was the only way to keep warm in the winter.
Arrests continue at White House oil pipeline protest. U.S. Park Police arrested another 45 environmentalists near the White House Sunday [8/21/2011], the second day of a two-week demonstration urging President Obama to block a proposed pipeline that would greatly expand imports from Canada's oil sands projects. Police say 110 people over two days have been peacefully arrested after engaging in civil disobedience in front of the fence north of the White House.
Ruby Red Tape. The abstraction known as "regulation" is often invoked as a reason businesses aren't growing or hiring fast enough, and with good reason. Anyone wondering what that means in practice should consult the epic saga of the Ruby pipeline.
Legal challenge to licensing of U.S. nuclear plants. A group of 25 anti-nuclear organizations will file legal challenges today [8/10/2011] that aim to slam the brakes on licensing actions at the nation's commercial nuclear plants, based on preliminary reviews of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant this year.
Inhibiting an Oil and Gas Boom. The fossil fuel shale extraction industry, where technological advancements and discoveries of huge reserves of oil and natural gas hold great promise for the nation's future energy needs, is under attack. In June the New York Times ran a dubiously sourced series of stories that sought to show the bullishness on natural gas is overblown.
New EPA rules to devastate coal industry. The coal industry is crying foul over new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations which they say will be among the most be costly rules ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants. The result, industry insiders say: substantially higher electricity rates and massive job loss.
How Environmentalists Cause War and Repression: No other group has done as much to keep America dependent on foreign oil as the environmentalists have. After leading successful campaigns against nuclear power and domestic drilling, the green movement may lecture on "oil wars," but it is responsible for most of them.
Choking off the supply of uranium:
20-year mining ban planned for Grand Canyon area. The Obama administration said it intended to place a 20-year ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres of land bordering the Grand Canyon, moving to protect an area that is a crucial water supply to the Southwest and where uranium mining claims have jumped 2,000% over the last seven years. ... Environmentalists said the decision would keep the Grand Canyon panorama from being gradually industrialized.
Environmentalists push to keep U.S., others from oil drilling in Arctic. Environmentalists are toiling to stop a modern-day gold rush at the top of the world, as the U.S. and four other countries scramble to stake claims to potentially vast oil riches under the frozen waters of the Arctic Sea. Environmental activists such as Greenpeace are opposed to any resource extraction in the region.
More Enviro-Anomalies. The believers in eco-faith who form the core of the environmentalist movement have been pushing "renewable energy" sources (paradigmatically wind and solar power) while waging a jihad against all forms of fossil fuel. Nowhere has this cult of the renewable been as strong as it has been in California, where Governor Jerry Brown, long a high priest of the environmentalist faith, is back in power.
More Enviro-Anomalies. [The obscure dunes sagebrush] lizard, supposedly dying out, has a habitat that stretches across southeastern New Mexico and west central Texas, smack-dab in the middle of the longest-exploited and most productive oil field in America, the Permian Basin field.
Sierra Club already using EPA Clean Air regs to shut down manufacturing jobs. Since 2005, anytime a new coal-fired power plant was proposed anywhere in the United States, a lawyer from the Sierra Club or an allied environmental group was assigned to stop it, by any bureaucratic or legal means necessary. And they succeeded. According to The Los Angeles Times, by 2008, the coalition claimed to have stopped construction of 65 power plants nationwide.
Solar energy plans pit green vs. green. Janine Blaeloch, executive director of the Western Lands Project, a non-profit group that examines the impacts of government land privatization, supports developing America's renewable energy sources but says fields of mirrors along miles of open desert isn't the way to do it. "These plants will introduce a huge amount of damage to our public land and habitat," she said.
EPA bullies its way to first CO2 emissions limit. The EPA is finally getting around to setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, like power plants — coal industry watch out. ... if the Lake Side limit becomes a precedent or standard for power plant emissions, coal-fired electricity production could be significantly constrained.
Alternative Energy and the King Canute Strategy. For two centuries the American economy has been driven by ever cheaper energy, from the steam engine to modern coal and nuclear electric power, and of course petroleum-based transportation. As costs of production and transport declined, incomes rose. Now environmentalists seek to reverse the process. They propose to raise the cost of our cheapest and most important energy source, coal. Subsidies for production of wind and solar energy already in place induce investment in much higher cost solar and wind power energy. Since the most efficient locations for solar and wind energy do not coincide with concentrations of population and energy demand, transmission costs must be added to costs of production. It is the Industrial Devolution of the 21st century.
Environmentalists sue Texas over coal plant permit. Environmental groups have challenged in court a decision by a Texas state agency to grant an air permit to a proposed coal-fired power plant in South Texas.
Meet the sand dune lizard. He's also known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard; this endearing little critter is native to the American Southwest. Specifically, eastern New Mexico and West Texas. ... You see, the favored habitat of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard also happens to be a favored habitat of the Domestic Production Crude Oil Rig: the US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to declare the former to be an endangered species, and you know just how this story ends, right?
Greens vs. Energy. This April 22, if you find yourself frustrated at rising gasoline prices, or rising electricity prices, or rising natural gas and heating oil prices, make sure you place plenty of blame on the environmentalists behind Earth Day; for decades they have found a reason to oppose every practical form of energy in the name of "saving the planet." ... Environmentalists have long thwarted drilling and mining projects on the ground that fossil fuels "destroy the environment." What they neglect to mention is that over the last 200 years, fossil fuels, in fueling industrialization, have improved our environment in life-changing ways — industrialization has brought far cleaner air and water, with far less susceptibility to poisons or diseases, and with far less vulnerability to climate.
Just sit in the dark. This is progressives' idea of "progress." They've railed against every economically viable form of energy — coal, oil, natural gas. Now, post-Japan, they'll be crossing atomic power off the list, too.
Let's wean ourselves off of
Against All Energy Anywhere. Were it not for Green propaganda, the U.S. would not be wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on idiotic wind and solar farms that are utterly dependent on government subsidies and mandates that require utilities to use the pitifully small amounts of electricity they produce. The same can be said of the equally idiotic regulatory mandates for ethanol that drive up the cost of every gallon of gas pumped while, at the same time, reducing the mileage and damaging to your car's engine. Even Al Gore thinks ethanol is a bad idea. Ironically, more people have died from wind turbines than nuclear plants. In 2008, there were 41 recorded deaths. The carnage on birds and bats is rarely mentioned by the media.
Are environmentalists an obstacle to clean energy production? [Scroll down] Recent examples include environmentalist lawsuits seeking to block construction of a solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert due to threats to the endangered desert tortoise and environmentalists suing to block the construction of a 75-wind turbine project in Nevada due to threats to local wildlife. Rob Mrowka, an ecologist for Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity, told The Ely Times of Ely, Nev., that a green energy project's location sometimes outweighs considerations such as climate change. "We've got environmentalists out there who are fighting with environmentalists over whether or not they want renewable wind power or they want to save the chicken," Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller regarding Oklahoma environmentalists and their effort to block construction of wind farms because of how it could negatively affect prairie chickens.
Fearing EPA's Carbon Tax. The EPA is moving to impose tough limits on carbon emissions from the big power plants across the country — and then plans to screw the new carbon limits down tighter and tighter. Farmers' fuel and electricity costs would go through the roof, along with everybody else's. The goal, after all, is to make the coal, oil, and natural gas that power most of our power plants too expensive to use. They need to make all our electricity at least slightly more expensive than the ultra-costly solar panels and wind turbines that have failed to produce "Green power" in Europe and, thus far, fail to provide much energy here at home.
Obama is AWOL in Oil Crisis. We have a major oil crisis unfolding now and where's Obama? ... We now, this week, have oil prices busting through $100 a barrel. This will create major havoc to our already anemic economy. How did we get here? Our president has a moratorium on nearly all domestic oil production: we can't drill off our coasts, nor Alaska and certainly not the gulf. We can't build nuclear power plants, dam rivers, explore for natural gas or mine coal. We're stuck with windmills and failing solar power companies — companies that can't even stay in business after billions in taxpayer subsidies. This is an energy policy written by hippies.
The Green Double-Cross Begins. I have a very basic axiom about environmentalists and energy; call it "Hayward's First Law of Green Thermodynamics," and it goes as follows: There is no source of energy, no matter how clean, that left-environmentalists won't oppose if it becomes practical to scale up.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
George Soros Handicapping American Energy. I have written numerous columns regarding the actions George Soros has taken over the years to hurt American oil and gas companies. He has a vested interest (to the tune of at least a billion dollars) in trying to rig the system to make his "clean energy" investments pay off. Since these investments need oil and gas to be high-priced, anything he can do to harm the companies that bring this bounty to the surface help those green schemes. One of his favorites among the Soros-funded 527 Astroturf groups is MoveOn.Org, which recently protested against the development of shale gas, America's greatest hope to wean ourselves off of dependency on foreign sources of energy.
Five Dollars a Gallon? Conservative thinkers have been saying for years (decades?) that we need to build up our own oil resources here at home so we're not at the mercy of the oil Imams of the Middle East. We should have allowed more off-shore drilling. We should have allowed Alaska drilling. And shale. There are ways to do these things safely and cleanly. But it wasn't done. The environmentalists wouldn't let it happen.
The Wind-farm Eruption. [Scroll down] The uber radicals at the top of the various "green" movements — and high in the Obama administration — are for wind energy precisely because it doesn't work. (Think about it. None of the projects/techniques/schemes of providing energy supported by the government has any chance to produce industrial-grade power in significant quantities. All of those that have a chance — such as coal-to-liquid fuel conversion and community-sized, inherently safe reactors — are stifled by the environmental bureaucracy for various reasons, primarily global warming and nuclear waste. Both rationales are almost exclusively based on counterfactual claims, poor hypotheses, and hysteria rather than real danger. A reasonable person would have to say that it is too coincidental that radicals always land on the side of the argument for reducing the energy assets of the United States. I think it is important that we all realize this and assess all government programs in light of it.)
There is nothing 'smart' about rationing electricity. [Scroll down] As we have seen before, there are elements in the Green movement who actively want to revive wartime-style rationing and who welcome shortages and inconvenience, because they believe this is the price we must pay for "Saving The Planet." What is a matter of the direst concern is when such a fringe mentality becomes part of the political and economic mainstream. Rationing our energy supplies it is not progress. It is a step back — quite literally — towards the Dark Ages.
California's environmental regulations cause economic blackout. The origin of the modern environmental movement and the creation of Earth Day are often said to have their origins in the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. "Californians have largely treated environmentalism as a 'religious sacrament' rather than as one component among many in maximizing people's quality of life," note the editors of Trends magazine, commenting on California's decline. Nowhere is this more evident than the state's hostility to energy production.
President Stupid. You have to be stupid to openly declare that you want to drive the coal industry out of business when it provides half of all the electricity the nation uses every day, but that is precisely what President Stupid's administration is doing. You have to be stupid to declare a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico after courts have twice told you to remove it.
No Coal, No Power, No Gas. During the early February cold spell in the southern plains, when wind chills in Dallas dipped to minus twenty degrees, Texans were going without power to heat their homes and businesses even as the state was sitting on massive surpluses of natural gas. Even hospitals were having to switch to emergency generating systems. And this in the state with the largest energy production capacity in the continental US. How was it that Texas suffered an extended period of rolling blackouts at a time when there's a glut of coal and natural gas waiting to be used?
White House Lies On Blackouts Exposed. [Scroll down] Maxed-out energy grids are a direct consequence of a shortage of new power plants to meet demand. Indeed, contrary to another of [When Obama Communications Director Dan] Pfeiffer's falsehoods when he claimed that Texas was not subject to EPA restrictions, one of the delayed power plants that could have alleviated the energy shortage, the Las Brisas Energy Center, has been the subject of an EPA battle with Texas state authorities for the past three years. A federal court ruling last month gave the EPA permission to proceed with greenhouse gas regulation in Texas, temporarily superseding Texas' non-compliance with the new regulations which came into force on January 2. The White House's claim that EPA regulations are not currently affecting Texas is a complete fabrication.
Reaction to the State of the Union speech:
On Energy, Obama's Full of Hot Air. [Scroll down] The EIA [Energy Information Administration] affirms that "most renewable generation technologies are not economically competitive with fossil fuels over the projection period" of 2007-2035. Plus, one of the only two renewable energy sources deemed viable up until then is hydropower. But the president didn't even present it as an option, and many environmental hard-liners want us to dismantle hydropower dams, not build more of them.
Mojave Desert solar power farm:
U.S. Losing Resource Wars to ... Turtles. [Scroll down] A big win for America's fledgling green-energy industry? Not in the eyes of the Western Watershed Project, a conservationist NGO which has just filed a federal suit to stop the project. Watershed's complaint: the sun farm threatens the habitat of the Desert Tortoise, a reptile registered on the Endangered Species List. Or, to be precise, the project — a 6-mile square footprint in Mojave's 50,000 square mile expanse — threatens 25 Desert Tortoises documented by wildlife biologists in their site survey.
Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant. A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation's renewable energy goals from the environmental community.
Sierra Club Sues California's Green Gov to STOP Solar Power Plant. Like everything else, the eco-mentalists love the idea of renewable energy, as long as it's situated next to poor people, not in their pristine back yard.
Clean Energy: The Nuclear Solution. [Scroll down] The environmentalist lobby doesn't like nuclear any more than it does coal-fired generation, mainly because it works! The alternatives they give are non-solutions.
The EPA Versus the USA. It seems almost beyond reason that a single U.S. agency could so hate America that it was prepared to ignore the Constitution, distort a Supreme Court decision, and impose its will on the nation in the name of totally discredited science. That, however, is what the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to do... The use of fossil fuels — coal, oil, and natural gas — accounts for 85% of America's energy sources. The EPA proposes to limit or end their use. As such it is an enemy of the people and Congress must act to stop this insane agency before it destroys the nation.
Fight Back Against Obama's Lawless EPA. On November 15, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency issued a 100-page, highly technical "guidance" document proposing that as of January 2, 2011, large sources of greenhouse gas emissions — such as power plants, steel operations, and petroleum refineries — be required to obtain preconstruction and operating permits limiting their greenhouse gas emissions and to install the "best available" technology to do so. ... Previously, no such permits were needed, and no greenhouse gas limits existed. It is widely agreed such new rules will drive up the costs of electricity, iron and steel, gasoline, and anything else produced by large operations, with these costs passed along to consumers already staggered by a jobless "recovery" from the recession.
The top 5 overlooked energy stories. [#2] Clashes over power lines: The Obama administration has made it clear that it wants to expand the country's reliance on renewable energy sources like wind and solar. But that requires huge investments in massive power lines necessary to bring renewable electricity from one side of the country to the other. Electric utilities have been fighting for months about who should be required to pay for those new power lines.
Green v. Green. I love it when holier-than-thou greenies attack one another. ... But yesterday, driving the streets of Berkeley, I came across a new variant in the Green v Green struggle.
The Left and Energy Policy. There are several factors that contribute to a nation's future prosperity. One of the most important is an efficient and dependable supply of energy. A modern economy cannot function without adequate energy sources to power its electrical grid, supply its industries, heat its offices and homes, and fuel its transportation needs. These facts are self-apparent, even to the left, so why is the left attempting to hamstring every promising new source of energy available to America? I can think of only one reason: because the left, as its main objective, wishes to bring America to its knees.
Greenpeace seeks to halt North Sea drilling. Environmental activist group Greenpeace on Friday [11/12/2010] filed a legal claim to force the government to stop deepwater drilling in the North Sea, which it says threatens the environment and could even cause oil spills similar to the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
The Hollywood left blocks new oil field drilling. The primary importance of a vigorous, healthy American oil industry is essential to achieving energy independence and maintaining American freedom. I would wager there are very few Tea Partiers driving electric cars home to solar-paneled houses. I believe it's time, therefore, that Americans get behind the oil industry and petition our elected representatives to do something about the absurd level of red-tape and smoke thrown up by leftists every time an oil company wants to drill for more of the one natural resource Americans need most: Texas Tea.
Environmentalists Blocking Wind Farms? And Solar? And Geothermal? Kansas is ranked second in the nation behind Montana for wind energy potential, a fact which should have environmentalists jumping for joy. Instead, they're trying to block the construction of transmission lines to wind farms in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma. Why? Well it all has to do with the lesser prairie chicken. According to a story by the Hutchinson News in February of this year, ranchers and wildlife officials in the area are teaming up with groups like the Sierra Club to block the construction of the lines, which would apparently run through prime breeding territory for the bird.
Environmental groups sue to block wind farm. Some conservationists have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the startup of Maryland's first industrial wind farm because it allegedly threatens federally protected Indiana bats.
Green group sues Interior to reinstate offshore drilling ban. The Center for Biological Diversity filed litigation against the Interior Department Friday [10/22/2010] that seeks re-instatement of the federal deepwater drilling ban, alleging Interior lifted the moratorium this month without enough ecological study.
More about offshore oil drilling.
Facts oiled up. James Hansen, the head of one of President Barack Obama's NASA labs, came to Canada last week to tell us not to allow a French company called Total to proceed with its Canadian oilsands project. Even for Obama, that's quite a foreign policy accomplishment: Interfering with two allies at once.
GE's Really Big, Bad Ideas. China is building a new coal-fired plant almost weekly in order to ramp up its ability to compete internationally. It is no accident that the nations that use the most energy are also the most successful. It has been U.S. energy policy to slow the building of coal-fired plants even though the U.S. is estimated to have several hundred years of coal with which to supply their needs and ours.
Cops save, arrest Greenpeace activists. Four Greenpeace activists who had clung to an oil rig off western Greenland with rock-climbing gear were arrested on Thursday [9/1/2010] after an Arctic storm forced them to abandon their environmental protest.
Dems Propose Back Door Energy Taxes. While Harry Reid may have allowed the energy tax hikes to die on the floor of the Senate, liberals nationwide have continued their attacks on the energy industry. The Gulf oil spill is barely a fond memory of a moratorium and Democrats are already seizing on the incident to push a host of job-killing, industry-kneecapping taxes and regulations designed to do what they failed to do legislatively: take down the American energy industry.
The green jobs con job. The green agenda is straightforward: to replace conventional energy sources with unconventional ones — wind, solar, ethanol, etc. — that have failed the test imposed by market competition. That these unconventional energy sources must be subsidized heavily (or the conventional forms hindered) in order for them to survive is highly revealing; but the central point here is that green policies inexorably have the effect of making energy more expensive.
No Science, Fake Science, and the Destruction of the Nation. Any scientist who has not sold his soul to the environmental movement will tell you that the reason that greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), do not cause any warming is due to the fact that they have to conform to the laws of thermodynamics. The first law states that "energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It can only change form." Energy produced by coal, natural gas, oil, or nuclear is energy that has changed from one form of matter to another. The attack on these sources of energy is a direct attack on the economic success of America and it is one that is at a dangerous peak of activity generated by the Obama administration, primarily through the Environmental Protection Agency. There is simply no such thing as "dirty energy."
IER: Administration's Assault on Energy Continues. In response to the U.S. Interior Department's announcement that it will add even more red tape to the already lengthy permitting process for deepwater oil and gas production, Daniel Kish, Institute for Energy Research senior vice president for policy, released the following statement: "The Administration continues its assault on US energy production, this time trying to convince us that a shortage of paperwork led to the Gulf spill. No amount of Government Green Tape would have stopped the spill, and in fact, Americans saw that it actually made cleanup harder."
More about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Clean Energy: The Nuclear Solution. [Scroll down] The environmentalist lobby doesn't like nuclear any more than it does coal-fired generation, mainly because it works! The alternatives they give are non-solutions.
There is no global warming and no need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The vast bulk of CO2 is natural. The Earth produces 97% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. The atmosphere is essentially and overwhelmingly water vapor. CO2 plays no role in climate change. Cap-and-Trade is a tax on energy use and Americans are constantly told that energy use in any form — coal, oil, natural gas, or nuclear — is bad. That's not just a lie, it is insane.
More about carbon dioxide.
Protests spew over Montana-Gulf pipeline plan. Environmental groups and landowners, upset by last month's oil spill in Michigan, are urging the Obama administration to deny a proposal for an oil pipeline that would go from the Montana-Canada border to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Obama is Strangling Big Oil. There was no "official" announcement. Not in so many words. Connect the dots of what has occurred in just the past two weeks to deep-water oil drilling, shallow-water drilling, and oil refining. The effect is the same. Barack Obama is shutting down Big Oil.
The Smart Grid Trojan Horse. For decades, utilities satisfied unbridled energy demand growth by constructing new generating plants. The concept was pleasantly simple: Predict the pace by which energy consumption would increase and build generating plants to keep ahead of it. Then came environmentalism and its evil twin, mindless anti-capitalism, both rooted in the counterculture of the 1960s. Thereafter, utilities began to evolve at the point of a gun. Every aspect of generating electricity came into question under a variety of federal energy acts and environmental regulations.
Myths Associated with the 'Smart' Electrical Grid. [Scroll down] Let me be clear about one thing: generation capacity is dangerously low in some locations, and in a few specific locations, transmission capacity is stretched dangerously thin. Those are local issues, and not a national problem. And one of the largest reasons why generating capacity is dangerously low in some locations is that building has been difficult due to political and legal resistance.
Environmentalists Oppose All Man-Made Power. What are we to think about a movement that makes war on industrial-scale power generation? In seeking to cut off the motive power of industry, environmentalism is attempting to destroy the Industrial Revolution by starving it to death. Such a reversal would begin a new Dark Age for mankind — a Dark Age in which Americans would be compelled to accept a standard of living well below that of the Third World — a Dark Age that would begin with the deaths of billions of human beings who would have become the "surplus" population that could no longer be supported in a world without industrial production.
Obama's Affordable Energy Policy: Safe, Legal and Rare. Undermining access to abundant conventional energy sources has proved to be a key component of Barack Obama's promised "fundamental transformation" of America. To be fair, he was uniquely candid when vowing that "under my plan of a cap-and-trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." This interview received limited coverage despite also revealing plans to "bankrupt" politically disfavored industry while also raising "billions of dollars."
Environmentalists Prevent Cleaner Power Plant Construction. In 2007, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation proposed a state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kansas. This plant represented a $3.5 billion investment in one of the most rural areas of the country, $78 million in annual payroll during the construction phase, and more than 300 permanent jobs and $15 million in payroll once it was completed. The plant, with two 700-megawatt generators, would have used technology to limit emissions. It would have been a huge economic boon to an area which largely relies on the meatpacking industry, tourism, and agriculture for jobs. Then a bureaucrat on the other end of the state killed it.
Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy. In the years ahead we'll need to greatly increase our electricity supply. While it is important to continue to develop renewable energy sources, they are not likely to be nearly enough to meet the growing demand. Coal is still a great resource and clean coal technology is rapidly becoming a reality. After a dormancy of nearly 30 years, it's time to bring back nuclear power, which is safe and clean. Anti-development and anti-energy activist groups are attempting to deceive the public into believing that we can wean ourselves off of oil in the near future. Perhaps in the decades ahead that worthy goal will be realized, but in the meantime there is no viable substitute for petroleum — the most powerful and versatile fuel known to man.
Environmentalists Also To Blame For Exxon Valdez And Gulf Spills. Environmentalism did not cause the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but it did help make it possible, just as 1989's Exxon Valdez disaster, which the Gulf Oil spill has now eclipsed, was also ironically made possible by a desire to protect the environment. The original plan when oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope was to build a pipeline directly to the northern border of the 48 contiguous states. Groups like the Sierra Club waged a major battle against both the Prudhoe Bay development and the pipeline.
Renewable Energy: There Ain't No Free Lunch. Catch words these days for the favored form of energy include "green," "clean," "renewable," and "sustainable" — among others. Yet nobody can quite quantify what exactly "green" means. Examples pointed to by proponents include wind and solar, with a few pointing to hydroelectric power, biomass, and fuel cells. But those examples, and the logic behind them, fail the very definition of renewable (or clean, green, or sustainable for that matter).
Obama's EPA stifles new energy gains. [Scroll down] This week, it's Lisa Jackson, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency head, putting another pillow over the face of the energy industry: A "comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality and public health." ... Jackson forgot to mention "concerns" about hydraulic fracturing come only from environmental groups seeking to stop all uses of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas.
Enviros play dirty on coal, natural gas. [Scroll down slowly] Environmentalists talk about how they plan to replace coal with an array of "green" alternative energy sources, including biomass, solar, wind and ethanol. What they don't want to talk about is the fact that there's no way those sources are going to replace coal-fired power production by 2030. And they don't want to talk about the fact that there's another extraordinarily plentiful and much cleaner energy source — natural gas — that can readily replace coal and lower energy costs more effectively than any alternative source. In fact, the same environmentalists who are shutting down coal plants are also opposing increased natural gas production.
State Panel Calls Fort Worth's Gas Production Safe. Natural gas drilling in the Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan area is releasing few or no hazardous emissions, and producers are complying with state health standards at all locations, reports the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The commission released its findings after conducting a comprehensive study of natural gas sites in response to environmental activists' assertions the sites were endangering public health and should be shut down.
It's Always "Earth Hour" in North Korea. [Electricity] is the difference between the Dark Age and the present age... but not for everyone. Much of Africa is in darkness. too. People who hate civilization and the humans who created it are welcome to live out in the wilderness or in some primitive backward country where they burn dung to cook their meals. If America doesn't start building more coal-fired plants, nuclear plants, and other generators of electricity, we too shall live in darkness when the sun goes down. Be warned, the present administration is doing everything possible to make that future happen.
The Greens Hate Energy, America, and You. "There's nothing like a fresh start. On his first day in office, President Obama could make four decisions that would start 2009 with a 'clean slate' of energy policies," said Friends of the Earth[. A]t the same time, the Sierra Club announced its own "Clean Slate Energy Agenda" that — surprise — was the same. The focus of both is on energy use and accessibility. Both want a lot LESS energy use. Along with all other environmental organizations both use the bogeyman of "global warming" to demand huge reductions in "emissions." ... This is the objective of one of President Obama's earliest executive orders. Driving up the cost of owning and operating a car directly strikes at the ability of Americans to be mobile and independent. Justifying it as necessary to reduce global warming is just a big fat lie.
The President's Tax Hike on Drilling. One well-publicized element of President Obama's proposed budget is the elimination of "subsidies" for fossil fuels. But, in large part, these are not subsidies at all. ... Obama, in proposing to eliminate expensing of these drilling costs, is not abolishing a tax subsidy, but is imposing a tax penalty. And, given his often-articulated disdain for fossil fuels, he is probably quite aware of this fact.
How to spell Obama energy policy: 'D-e-l-a-y'. The need to develop America's bountiful fossil fuel resources will only intensify as our economy grows and those of emerging world economic powers like China and India similarly expand. But President Obama is moving national energy policy in exactly the opposite direction. Instead of aiding exploration and development of available fossil fuel resources, the administration appears to be doing everything possible to slow or even stop it.
Obama's Tonya Harding energy policy: Politicians would have us believe there's a Brave New World of renewable energy out there. But like the book, the reality of our current energy policy is more of a dystopia. Case in point: With great fanfare last October, President Obama took a trip to Florida to celebrate raising the electricity bills of Sunshine State residents. Well, not really. But that is in effect what happened.
Power plants criticize proposal to block use of seawater for cooling machinery. [California] water board regulators are mulling a plan to force the power companies to spend billions to stop vacuuming the ocean for water to cool their machinery. Mostly, the companies don't want to.
Energy Suicide: Unplugging America. The U.S. is home to huge reserves of coal. It is often called the Saudi Arabia of coal. The same applies to oil. For all the talk of "energy independence", the U.S. through its energy policies has been embarked since around the 1970s on something I call energy suicide. If there is one thing the Greens truly hate it is the fuels we use to maintain our economy and our lifestyle. High on the list is coal, but it is essential to understand that the Greens are at war with oil and nuclear power as well.
In California, quest for cleaner power hits tortoise-sized speed bumps. On a strip of California's Mojave Desert, two dozen rare tortoises could stand in the way of a sprawling solar-energy complex in a case that highlights mounting tensions in the United States between wilderness conservation and the quest for cleaner power.
Our National No-Energy Policy: Thomas Pyle, the president of the Institute for Energy Research, recently offered a chilling description of our national energy focus. "When it comes to paving the way for the responsible development of homegrown, job-creating energy resources, no administration in history has done more to ensure producers do less."
You Have to Watch Both of Obama's Hands. [Scroll down slowly] Utilities have to hold back on investments in coal-fired plants until the situation is clarified. Which might just suit Vice President Joe Biden, who announced during the campaign that no coal plants would be built during an Obama administration. [...] The president seeks relief from the [OPEC] cartel by talking of "energy independence," while Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar decides to "improve protection for land, water and wildlife" by imposing new regulations that make it more difficult to develop oil and gas resources on 260 million acres of federal land.
Obama turns off homegrown energy. The Interior Department has collected only one-tenth as much revenue from oil and gas lease sales in 2009 as it did in 2008. Revenue from such lease sales produced a return for the taxpayer of $942 per acre in the last year of the Bush administration, compared with only $254 per acre in the first year of the Obama administration. Presently, not quite 3 percent of the 2.46 million available [acres of public land] are leased and that percentage is headed down. Under Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, fewer acres on- and off-shore were leased in 2009 than in any previous year.
Cheap Natural Gas and Its Enemies. A vast reservoir of clean-burning natural gas could be available at reasonable cost in the coming years, freeing us from some of our dependence on imported energy. Yet there are those who consider such a development a threat.
Top Ten Green Auto Headlines of 2009. Higher fuel-economy standards forced increased production of nickel-hydride batteries for hybrids, which in turn jump-started the nickel-mining industry. Green jobs? Nope. "Environmental groups find the rush to bring in mining projects alarming," reported the Detroit News as the National Wildlife Federation filed suit against mining permits in job-starved Michigan.
Save the Planet by Banning Ice Cream. If you believe the global warming crowd, then you must believe that we have to minimize our energy consumption. Are you willing to wear the same clothes for years to forgo the energy needed to produce new ones? Are you willing to live without cars, air conditioning, television, heat, holiday dinners, computers, and ovens? If this seems extreme, consider their premise: Our use of energy, in any amount, takes us that much closer to destruction, therefore any reduction must be good.
Big Oil Bites Back. Wednesday [5/27/2009], Chevron was descended upon by a zoo-full of San Francisco leftists pushing rain forest sentimentalism, Burma, and other pet causes dear to the no-soap crowd. They journeyed all the way to San Ramon, Calif. to shout "Shame on you!" and "No blood for oil" and worse yet to make demands on the company. ... The real aim of all these attacks is to end these companies' world leadership in oil extraction. The green groups want to put an end to what the oil companies do best, from finding oil in the world's most hostile climates like the Arctic Sea, to extracting oil from abandoned wells, to drilling oil 12 miles through salt walls under the sea. The ultimate goal is less oil to power American industry and to maintain the quality of private life.
L.A. may drop plans for controversial transmission line. Los Angeles officials said the city may abandon plans to build a highly controversial "green" power transmission line through unspoiled desert and wildlife preserves on a route east of the San Bernardino Mountains, focusing instead on alternative pathways mostly along an interstate highway where high-voltage lines already exist.
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Does anyone remember the California energy crisis of 2000? They're setting themselves up for another one. The lunatics of California would rather have "unspoiled desert" in their state than electricity in their homes. And if you live anywhere near a desert, wouldn't you want to have air conditioning?
Greenpeace protesters occupy Alberta oilsands site. A group of Greenpeace activists have scaled three smokestacks at a Shell oilsands upgrader plant in northern Alberta in a call for action on climate change. Three of the protesters were arrested as they tried to gain access to the site.
Judge blocks drilling on refuge. A federal judge has indefinitely blocked gas and oil drilling on a wildlife refuge that sits next to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in south-central Colorado. U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller on Thursday [9/3/2009] granted a preliminary injunction, ruling environmental groups presented adequate evidence that drilling would cause irreparable injury to Colorado's Baca National Wildlife Refuge.
Renewable Energy, Meet the New Nimbys. Environmentally friendly energy projects are running into the same cries of "not in my backyard" that stymied a previous generation of alternative-power efforts. Even as Americans tell pollsters they are eager for alternatives to fossil fuel, some are fighting proposals for solar and wind projects and for the thousands of miles of transmission lines that would be needed to carry the cleaner energy to market. The protests echo grass-roots opposition that has blocked nuclear plants and energy producing trash incinerators for decades.
EPA to Kansas: Start over on coal plant proposal. A federal official has told Kansas to start over its review process for a proposed coal-fired electric plant in southwest Kansas that Gov. Mark Parkinson had endorsed. Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, plans to build the electric plant in Finney County. Sunflower had wanted to build two plants, but Rod Bremby, the state's secretary of health and environment, rejected an air-quality permit for them in October 2007, citing their potential carbon dioxide emissions.
US nuclear recycling faces the axe. Earlier this week, the administration of President Barack Obama quietly cancelled plans for a large-scale facility to recycle nuclear fuel. The move may prove a fatal blow to the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) set up by previous president George W. Bush.
Six charged after Niagara Falls observation tower stunt. State Parks Police arrested six activists who unfurled a 70-foot banner this morning off the observation deck in Niagara Falls State Park in protest of the use of tar sands oil.
The sun and the oceans do not lie. The moves now being made by the world's political establishment to lock us into December's Copenhagen treaty to halt global warming are as alarming as anything that has happened in our lifetimes. Last week in Italy, the various branches of our emerging world government, G8 and G20, agreed in principle that the world must by 2050 cut its CO2 emissions in half. Britain and the US are already committed to cutting their use of fossil fuels by more than 80 percent. Short of an unimaginable technological revolution, this could only be achieved by closing down virtually all our economic activity: no electricity, no transport, no industry.
Boom in hydropower pits fish against climate. The Rocky Reach Dam has straddled the wide, slow Columbia River since the 1950s. It generates enough electricity to supply homes and industries across Washington and Oregon. But the dam in recent years hasn't produced as much power as it might: Its massive turbines act as deadly blender blades to young salmon, and engineers often have had to let the river flow over the spillway to halt the slaughter, wasting the water's energy potential.
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Properly designed hydroelectric facilities include screens and fences to keep fish and debris and swimmers out of the turbines.
Closing the Door on Building New Coal Power Plants. Community [i.e., environmentalist] opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or postponed in the United States — 59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first three months of 2009. This covers nearly half of the 200 or so U.S. coal-fired power plants that have been proposed for construction since 2000.
Obamamotive. [Scroll down] Don't get the idea that this is about clean energy. If it were, the Obama administration would be pushing for nuclear power as the rest of the world is doing. A May 20th AP article reports that President Obama has agreed to "transfer sensitive nuclear items" to the United Arab Emirates to help that nation build its nuclear power industry to supply the UAE's "growing demand for electricity." It seems the United Arab Emirates can produce electricity from clean, inexpensive nuclear power and the Obama administration will help them, but the United States will have to make do with windmills and solar panels. To add insult to injury, the article points out that as part of this agreement the UAE will buy the nuclear fuel from the US.
"No Coal" Goal. The road to Copenhagen in December 2009, where the United Nations will attempt to come up with a successor to the Kyoto (global warming) Protocol, is already before us. The signs along the road indicate the global-warming alarmists are already blitzing the general public and the media about the supposed need to severely limit fossil-fuel usage, particularly coal.
Los Angeles will end use of coal-fired power. Los Angeles will eliminate the use of electricity made from coal by 2020, replacing it with power from cleaner renewable energy sources, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. Consumers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest city-owned utility in the United States with 1.45 million electricity customers, will see higher power bills in the fight against climate change, he added in his inaugural speech for his second four-year term as mayor on Wednesday [7/1/2009].
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Guess what, L.A. — the climate will inevitably change, and you'll be stuck with higher electric rates for no reason!
No Energy from this Executive. "As I've often said, in the short term, as we transition to renewable energy," President Obama stated in April, "we can and should increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas. ... We still need more oil, we still need more gas. If we've got some here in the United States that we can use, we should find it and do so in an environmentally sustainable way." Does anyone believe Obama was serious about this? Given his practice of misdirection — saying one thing, doing another — no one should have. Now, nearly five months into the Obama presidency, it's clear he didn't mean a word of it. His administration is impeding, not promoting, increased production of oil and gas, as it is of coal and nuclear power.
America's Nuclear Power Lag: While President Barack Obama welcomed the "peaceful development" of nuclear power plants in Iran and other countries which do not see themselves as friends of the United States, he and his liberal Democratic colleagues seem intent on killing off the remnants of the nuclear power industry in the United States. Although candidate Obama said he would consider nuclear power use if a reasonable solution can be found to storing nuclear waste, President Obama has taken absolutely no action in developing civilian nuclear power. The comprehensive energy program of the Democratic Congress, the Waxman-Markey bill does not even mention nuclear power.
FutureGen 'Clean Coal' Project Scaled Back by Obama. The scope of the stalled FutureGen "clean coal" project in central Illinois is being scaled back by the Obama administration in an effort to revive the plans for a coal-fired power plant that spews fewer gases into the air. The U.S. Energy Department said today [6/12/2009] it will support a modified version of the proposal, seeking to build a plant in Mattoon, Illinois, that can capture and bury 60 percent of its carbon emissions. The Bush administration had crafted the original idea for a plant that could trap almost 100 percent of emissions, and then canceled it after costs exceeded estimates.
Our Self-Created Energy Problem. Canada, rarely thought of as an oil-rich nation, is in fact awash in crude. Indeed, it is America's primary source of imported oil. The province of Alberta alone holds 173 billion barrels of crude. Some government analysts say that's enough to supply U.S. petroleum needs for 24 years. This Canadian crude doesn't gush from the ground. The tarlike oil is mixed with sand and has to be extracted using heat. The process emits more carbon dioxide that conventional drilling. Environmentalists, who've yet to see any oil they like, consider it dirty oil.
Get The Frackin' Gas. An oil company wants to invest its profits in clean-burning American natural gas. A Hungarian billionaire and a "green" politician want to stop it. This is the real Climate-gate scandal.
America "awash in natural gas" but will enviros stop its production? Fossil fuels account for 84 percent of all the energy America uses now and they will account for 78 percent in 2035, according to U.S. government projections that include the most likely levels of growth in renewable energy source like wind and solar. That in turn means we are going to need all the oil and gas we can find and produce for the foreseeable future.
The Danger of Environmentalism. A grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism. The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.
Environmentalism vs Creativity: For decades environmentalists have cried that man should adopt an "alternative" form of energy. But in this freest country on earth, exactly how have they exercised their liberty to try and make their dream come true? Well, they support like-minded politicians — who've invented nothing but obstacles to innovation. They march in protests — that have created nothing but vandalism. And they rage against capitalism — the only system by which worthy creations can effectively be financed, marketed and widely distributed.
Environmentalist Economic Strangulation. Solar energy requires vast territories for solar cells — as many as 46,000 square miles would have to be covered by solar panels. One logical place for a "solar energy farm" would be the wide-open, sunshine-rich, sparsely populated Mojave Desert. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) already has nixed that possibility in the name of wilderness protection. As a frustrated Gov. Schwarzenegger lamented, if you can't put solar panels in the Mojave Desert, then where can you put them?
Dianne Feinstein: I Brake for Turtles. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, thinks he has a partial solution to America's dependence on foreign oil. But he says liberals and environmentalists are rejecting his plan to make it easier to build solar and wind power stations. California's Mohave [sic] Desert is an inhospitable place, he notes, but 19 companies think it's perfect for siting solar or wind facilities on 500,000 acres owned by the federal government there. But Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who used to be San Francisco's mayor, is having none of it. She is pushing legislation to turn the land into a national monument, which would prevent such development.
Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels. California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.
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Democrats like Ms. Feinstein are constantly crowing about "energy independence," yet they seem to find insurmountable problems with everything from oil wells to windmills and solar panels. I wonder... what energy source would she suggest we all use? And how much time does she spend in the currently-unspoiled desert?
Feinstein to introduce legislation to establish 2 national monuments in Mojave Desert. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she plans to introduce legislation today to establish two national monuments on roughly 1 million acres of Mojave Desert outback that is home to bighorn sheep and desert tortoises, extinct volcanoes, sand dunes and ancient petroglyphs. Its centerpiece, Mojave Trails National Monument, would prohibit development on 941,000 acres of federal land and former railroad company property along a 105-mile stretch of old Route 66, between Ludlow and Needles.
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Why is Senator Feinstein so eager to "prohibit development?"
Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday [12/21/2009] to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region. ... Her intervention in the Mojave means it will be more difficult for California utilities to achieve a goal, set by the state, of obtaining a third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020; projects in the monument area could have supplied a substantial portion of that power.
NIMBY Feinstein nixes solar, wind farms. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees the Interior Department, has scuttled plans to build 13 multi-million dollar solar plants and wind farms on a million acres in California's Mojave Desert proposed as a national monument. Feinstein's move will severely complicate her state's quixotic effort to obtain a third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Obama nukes nuclear storage. For more than two decades, the Congress, the president and the sprawling federal bureaucracy have worked to find a safe place to store the waste of nuclear reactors. Yucca Mountain, a remote formation in the deserts of Nevada, was the chosen site. Now President Obama, bowing to the demands of a fraction of anti-nuclear activists, has thrown 22 years of hard work up in the air.
Yucca Mountain, Though on Hold, Would Be Very Safe. President Barack Obama has proposed a budget that would eliminate funding for the nearly completed Yucca Mountain storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. Proponents vow not to abandon the plan, and they have strong scientific reasons to support it. Yucca Mountain was selected as the nation's first repository for high-level nuclear waste because of its many natural barriers preventing the escape of radioactive particles. These include the mountain's surface soils, its overall physical shape, the thick rock layers above and below the levels used for storage, and the very impermeable materials located below the area's deep water table.
Obama Budget Abandons Yucca Mountain. In a significant energy policy redirection, the Obama administration appears poised to pull the plug on funds for permanent nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. President Barack Obama's recently unveiled budget eliminates funding for the Yucca Mountain geologic repository, in spite of years of planning and almost $8 billion invested in the project.
Harry Reid's Land Grab: The 1200-page, pork-laden, $10 billion proposal locks up millions of acres of energy-rich property by designating it as environmentalist-friendly "federal wilderness" area where not even as much as a bicycle would be permitted to travel across the land. Many of these areas recently became available when the ban on domestic drilling in Western states expired last fall and the liberal left couldn't muster the courage to keep it in place due to rising energy prices. Now Democratic leaders are using different legislative strategies to put a new kind of ban in place.
Lost In An Energy Wilderness. Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar canceled 77 Utah oil and gas leases that had gone through seven years of studies, negotiations and land-use planning. They were rejected because temporary drilling operations might be "visible" from several national parks more than a mile away. We are not making this up. Some of these parcels are in or near the Green River Formation, an oil-rich region in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming that's been called the "Persia of the West."
The Long Awaited Re-Emergence of the Silent Majority. Radical environmental legislation, in the form of endangered species acts, clean water acts, salmon recovery acts, inhibiting or outright prohibiting energy source extraction, power generation by any energy means, or the construction of oil refineries, and the fraud that is man-caused global warming in the form of CO2 emission limits and the insane cap and trade policies, has cutoff American creativity, ingenuity, industriousness and its envied economy, bringing the economy to its knees and rendering the United States a third-world country.
Cap and Trade Primer:
Eight reasons why cap and trade harms the economy and reduces jobs. The most popular way to regulate carbon dioxide emissions is through a cap and trade program. President Obama and many policymakers support some form of this regulatory policy. ... These proposals are very, very costly and economically damaging. If enacted, last year's flagship cap and trade proposal, the Lieberman-Warner bill, would increase the cost of gasoline by anywhere from 60 percent to 144 percent and increase the cost of electricity by 77 to 129 percent.
A Country at the Mercy of Environmentalists. For several decades, environmentalists have managed to get Congress to keep most of our oil resources off-limits to exploration and drilling. They've managed to have the Congress enact onerous regulations that have made refinery construction impossible. Similarly, they've used the courts and Congress to completely stymie the construction of nuclear power plants. As a result, energy prices are at historical highs and threaten our economy and national security.
Pickens plan is hot air that may burn America. Radical environmentalists with the ear of Washington's new one-party political leadership oppose new domestic oil, natural gas and coal exploration and constructing new nuclear power plants. Nothing but "alternative" energy seems acceptable. One of the most prominent alternatives is the "Pickens Plan," trumpeted by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens.
Did someone mention T. Boone Pickens?
Let's sit in the dark and freeze to death. We keep hearing about alternative energy. President Obama is calling for a Manhattan Project on alternative energy. We already had a Manhattan Project on alternative energy 65 years ago. We called it the Manhattan Project. Its research eventually led to the development of nuclear power plants. France gets 87 percent of its electricity from nuclear power. We stopped building nuclear power plants in the United States 30 years ago after a movie starring Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon scared everyone, and there was a non-fatal accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant.
When green has shades of gray. Green-energy advocates and land preservationists in California are on opposite sides of a proposal to place solar-mirror fields in the Mojave Desert. The dispute is reminiscent of the battle over wind power in Nantucket Sound — a clash of competing "goods" where all the players wear green hats. But as with Cape Wind, the threat of global warming is too great to keep all undeveloped land off the table.
Capitol Hill's Coal-Fueled Power Plant Dims Clean Energy Hopes. As Congress tries to clean up the nation's energy sources and cut gases blamed for global warming, it is struggling to do so in its own backyard. The Capitol Power Plant, a 99-year-old facility that heats and cools the hallowed halls of Congress, still burns coal and accounts for one-third of the legislative branch's greenhouse gas emissions. For a decade, lawmakers have attempted to clean it up.
Controversy Over Yucca Mountain May Be Ending. More than two decades after Yucca Mountain in Nevada was selected to be the national nuclear waste repository, the controversial proposal may finally be put to rest by the Obama administration. In keeping with a pledge President Obama made during the campaign, the budget released last week cuts off almost all funding for creating a permanent burial site for a large portion of the nation's radioactive nuclear waste at the site in the Nevada desert.
Has Obama killed nuclear power? It looks like Obama's budget intends to give up on implementing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Congratulations, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV). So, nuclear waste would continue to sit around nuclear power plants. Which means nobody is going to build anymore nuclear power plants in the U.S. ever.
Yucca Mountain Site is Ideal for Spent Nuclear Fuel. Spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste have been accumulating in the United States for nearly 60 years, when nuclear materials were first used to produce electricity and to develop nuclear weapons. Waste that was planned for disposal at the Yucca Mountain storage facility in Nevada resides instead in temporary storage at 121 sites in 39 states. After decades of scientific study, it is clear no legitimate safety issues preclude opening Yucca Mountain for the storage of spent nuclear fuel.
Utility Suspends Nuclear Plant Effort. A utility in Missouri said Thursday that it was suspending its efforts to build a new nuclear reactor, making its proposed plant, Callaway 2, the first of the so-called nuclear renaissance reactors to fall by the wayside. The industry has been looking forward to its first construction start in 30 years. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 17 companies have filed applications to build 26 reactors.
Discovered: 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Good news for America undermines the green energy agenda. The Wall Street Journal reports a huge new discovery of natural gas — a fossil fuel so clean even liberals can stand it. ... Good news, right? It's good for consumers, it's good for the country and the economy, and it's good for the world's resources. ... But it's bad for the Fear Industry ... it's bad for our media airheads, who have to think of whole new scare headlines ... it's bad for the Green Doom Brigade.
Obama sounds death knell for nuclear power. Under the guise of cutting wasteful spending, President Obama is terminating support for the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada. While not unexpected, this development means that there will be no place to store nuclear waste, probably for decades, other than at temporary storage locations at each of the nation's nuclear power plants.
Democrats are opposed to coal-fired power plants — unless they own them.
Green lobby guides Democrats on climate bill. Democratic lawmakers who spent much of the Bush administration blasting officials for letting energy lobbyists write national policy have turned to a coalition of business and environmental groups to help draft their own sweeping climate bill. And one little-noticed provision of the draft bill would give one of the coalition's co-founders a lucrative exemption on a coal-fired project it is building.
Let's Get Real About Renewable Energy. Let's start by deciphering exactly what Mr. Obama includes in his definition of "renewable" energy. If he's including hydropower, which now provides about 2.4% of America's total primary energy needs, then the president clearly has no concept of what he is promising. Hydro now provides more than 16 times as much energy as wind and solar power combined. Yet more dams are being dismantled than built. Since 1999, more than 200 dams in the U.S. have been removed.
Blowhards. For the last seven years and counting, the green entrepreneur Jim Gordon has been trying to build a fleet of wind turbines in federal waters near the upscale seascapes of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The site seemed ideal, given the stiff ocean breezes and the eco-friendly politics in Massachusetts. The company says its 130 towers could meet 75% of the region's electricity needs and reduce carbon emissions by some 734,000 tons every year. The sort of people who can afford to use "summer" as a verb are in favor of all that. Completely in favor, really. But they did want to raise one quibble. Unfortunately, the wind farm would create "visual pollution" in Nantucket Sound, particularly the parts within sight of their beachfront vacation homes.
Saving lives with coal. Since 1970, unhealthy power plant pollutants have been reduced by almost 95% per unit of energy produced. Particulate emissions (soot) decreased 90% below 1970 levels, even as coal use tripled, and new technologies and regulations will nearly eliminate most coal-related pollution by 2020, notes air quality expert Joel Schwartz. Moreover, the vast bulk of modern power plant particulates are ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate. "Neither substance is harmful, even at levels tens of times greater than are ever found in the air Americans breathe,"Schwartz says.
Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas: You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas. It is shocking, but true, to learn that the entire Global Warming frenzy is based on the environmentalists' attack on fossil fuels, particularly gasoline.
Lawmakers ask coal-fired plant near Capitol to switch to gas. Four days before a planned civil disobedience action at a coal-fired power plant near the U.S. Capitol, the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate asked Thursday for the plant to replace all its coal with natural gas. ... The power plant, three blocks south of the Capitol, has been running every day since it went into service in 1910. It provides heating and cooling for the Capitol, the Library of Congress and about 20 other federal buildings on Capitol Hill, using both coal and natural gas.
Radical Environmentalism Is An Unmitigated Farce. My other issues with environmentalists have to do with their getting in the way of a free society to provide the resources necessary to keep that society going economically. Environmentalists have stopped oil refineries and nuclear power plants from being built for over 25 years. That's why a gallon of gas is now well over $2.00 [in September 2005] and will not likely come down and that's why our power capacity is at or near maximum. ... Environmentalists have stopped the drilling for oil in areas of known oil reserves, thus making us more dependent on foreign sources and driving up the cost of oil and oil-associated products, accordingly.
Energy in the Balance. Take the example of renewable energy projects, the very sort about which environmentalists often wax lyrical. But "the greens are blocking the very transmission network needed for renewable electricity to move through the economy," according to The Wall Street Journal. The utilities willing to spend $1 billion to build the needed 240 miles of transmission line are projecting a completion date of 2014 at the earliest because of the length of permitting hearings and subsequent appeals.
Minnesota Green Group Fights Wind Power Transmission Line. A Minnesota environmental activist group is fighting against the construction of power lines to deliver wind power to the state, shortly after environmental activist groups successfully pressured the state government into enacting renewable power mandates. Less than two years after the state legislature passed an aggressive renewable power mandate, the Citizens Energy Task Force has registered as a "legally intervening party" and is drafting legal arguments asserting the proposed wind power transmission lines unlawfully threaten regional wildlife.
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Environmentalists apparently thrive on problems rather than solutions. They want to replace reliable oil and gas with intermittent wind and solar power. They want us to use the power of the wind, but they oppose the construction of electric transmission lines. There is no way to satisfy environmentalists, other than to stop using energy altogether.
Clean-Coal Debate Pits Al Gore's Group Against Obama, Peabody. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and his Alliance for Climate Protection say clean-coal technology is a fantasy. Peabody Energy Corp., the biggest U.S. coal producer, says another prominent Democrat has pledged to make the technology a reality: President Barack Obama.
New Utah Power Plants Restricted by Referendum. Sevier County, Utah voters have approved a referendum requiring public approval for new coal-fired power plants, placing severe restrictions on the ability of power companies to meet growing electricity demand in the region. The vote may be challenged in court. Sevier Power Co. is seeking to build a 270 megawatt coal-fired power plant on 300 acres of privately owned land in central Utah near the town of Sigurd. With passage of the referendum, Sevier Power's proposal will be subject to a special election.
Court halts Utah oil and gas leases. A judge late Saturday [1/17/2009] halted the Bush administration's efforts to open 110,000 acres of federal land in Utah to oil and gas exploration, ruling that the danger of damaging the pristine land required further study before leases were awarded. The leases to the parcels had been auctioned off Dec. 19 in a move that environmental groups said was a last-minute gift to the energy industry before President Bush left office.
A "gift to the energy industry" is a gift to the energy consumer. Personally, I'd rather enjoy cheap gas in my neighborhood than "pristine land" way out west.
Environmentalists file 11th-hour lawsuit to block proposed lease sales in Utah. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday as a last-ditch effort to block the sale of leases for 110,000 acres of federal land in Utah that the Bush administration plans to auction off on Friday. Critics say the proposed lease sales are an 11th-hour attempt by the administration to leave its mark on the striking, energy-rich red-rock landscape of southern and eastern Utah.
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Read between the lines: The landscape is "energy-rich" and the environmentalists don't want that energy to be tapped.
Environmentalists look to Obama to limit drilling. Environmentalists on Monday [11/10/2008] applauded an announcement that U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama would consider curtailing oil and gas drilling in some areas, and expressed hope future energy policy decisions would contain more environmental protections. The co-chair of Obama's transition team, John Podesta, said on Sunday that Obama probably would reverse an executive order by President George W. Bush allowing drilling in fragile lands in Utah.
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What is fragile land?
Democrats Still Aren't Serious About Drilling. After a five-week paid vacation, Democrats are back in Washington and claiming that they want to do something about oil prices. But the problem is that their plan, which passed the House yesterday [9/16/2008] and will likely come up for a vote in the Senate later this week, will not produce a single drop of oil. Why? Because it does nothing about environmental groups that are suing to stop drilling.
Second thoughts on warming: President-elect Barack Obama wants to phase out coal-based electricity generation, switch to renewable energy and follow Europe's lead on climate change. That could prove difficult. Coal generates half of all U.S. electricity. Wind provides less than 2 percent of all electricity and cannot be relied on when it's needed. Europe's lead can't even be defined, much less followed.
Biden: 'No coal plants here in America'. Some great rope line video from Joe Biden's recent Ohio swing, where he was asked by an anti-pollution campaigner about clean coal — a controversial approach in Democratic circles for which Obama has voiced support, particularly during the Kentucky primary. Biden's apparent answer: He supports clean coal for China, but not for the United States. "No coal plants here in America," he said. "Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean."
Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants. Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday [9/24/2008] to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon. The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy Award, told a philanthropic meeting in New York City that "the world has lost ground to the climate crisis."
Gore's Rebellion. Speaking last Wednesday [9/24/2008] on a celebrity panel in New York, the Nobel Prize Laureate proclaimed: "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration." He added, "clean coal does not exist." Mr. Gore didn't explain how far he thinks his young acolytes should go in their rage against the coal-burning machines that provide about 50% of U.S. electricity. Sit-ins? Marches against power plants? How about trashing power lines: What could he mean by "civil disobedience"?
Gore the Vandal: Did you see the news item about Al Gore's speech this week in which he urged "civil disobedience" to stop the construction of coal-fired plants to meet our nation's growing need for more electrical power? Gore epitomizes what I suspect future generations will call "The Great Global Warming Hoax", but in the meantime, he is able to generate the bogus science and anti-energy propaganda that is at the core of environmental ideology.
Up in smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of a permit for a Utah coal plant this week spells trouble for three coal-fired power plants proposed in Nevada. Environmentalists are hailing the decision, released Thursday [11/13/2008] by the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board, as the final straw for new traditional coal plants. Utah's permit was denied because it did not limit greenhouse gas emissions ... .
Outdoor wood boilers under fire. Who doesn't love the smell of a wood fire? The scent of a burning oak or maple log can brighten even the dreariest winter day. ... The problem is a home furnace called an outdoor wood boiler. The furnaces are designed to burn wood, wood pellets or corn in an outdoor shed, heating water that is piped into the house. Unlike a wood stove or a campfire, however, wood boilers give off copious amounts of smoke.
Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry. Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing.
Palin Attacks Obama on Coal Production. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin unleashed a new volley against Barack Obama on a four-city tour of Ohio on Sunday [11/2/2008] by touting newly released audio comments made by the Democratic presidential candidate promising to restrict the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. The issue is particularly sensitive in coal-rich Ohio, West Virginia, and Colorado. Obama made the comments to the San Francisco Chronicle in January, which were posted on YouTube over the weekend.
Ohio Coal Association Says Obama Ticket Not Supportive of Coal. Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association (OCA), today [11/3/2008] issued the following statement in response to just-released remarks from Senator Barack Obama about the nation's coal industry. "Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.
Palin, Obama Camp Spar Over 'Bankrupting' Big Coal. Is there more daylight between Republican and Democratic energy proposals than commonly thought? In the election's final weekend, coal once again became the battlefield, with a broadside attack from Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Sen. Barack Obama's plans to "bankrupt" the coal industry. She referred to a January interview Sen. Obama gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said that new environmental regulations — including caps on greenhouse-gas emissions — would make traditional coal-fired plants terribly expensive.
We Cannot Worship Nature and Remain Free. When I heard Barack Obama promise to bankrupt the coal industry I did not hear a man at war with coal — I heard a man at war with man. His harsh words for the coal industry sprang from his near deification of nature and his subsequent willingness to sacrifice not only our livelihoods in the name of "environmental responsibility" but our freedom as well.
The Great Global Warming Swindle. A very large section of the world's population still does not enjoy the benefits of electricity. ... These people burn wood or dried dung in their homes to cook their food. They have no artificial light or heat in their homes (huts). Their wretched fires give off horrific amounts of smoke and eat up fuel (trees). When it gets dark they must sleep. When it gets cold they shiver (it gets cold in Africa too you know). And of course no electricity also means there are no fancy things like water purification plants. ... Getting electricity is a matter of life and death for about a third of the world's population. Africa has coal and oil, but the greens say these must be left untouched. This is barbaric.
The fruits of environmentalism:
UK faces blackouts within 10 years after closure of coal power plants. Britain faces blackouts within ten years as power stations go out of service. Energy experts claim government dithering has failed to guarantee the construction of new plants. Nine oil and coal-fired power plants are to close by 2015 because of an EU directive that aims to limit pollution. At the same time, four ageing nuclear power plants will also be shut.
Utah coal plant permit blocked by EPA panel. The Environmental Protection Agency was blocked Thursday [11/13/2008] from issuing a permit for a proposed coal-burning power plant in Utah without addressing global warming. The ruling by an agency appeals panel means the Obama administration probably will determine the fate of other similar plants. The panel said the EPA's Denver office failed to adequately support its decision to issue a permit for the Bonanza plant without requiring controls on carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas.
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Note to Associated Press writers: Please note that "the leading greenhouse gas" is water vapor, not carbon dioxide.
Harry Reid Sneaks in Oil Shale Ban. Leave it to Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid to crash the Energy Freedom party. Not only is he crashing the party, he's doing so through the side door where he thinks no one can see him. Just when it appeared that we could celebrate Congress lifting the ban on oil shale, Senator Reid "has decided to sneak an extension of the oil shale ban through as Congress fights over the financial bailout."
Cheap Natural Gas and Its Democrat Enemies. We have the power to tap vast shale gas reserves that lie under our feet through large swaths of America, but special interest groups aligned with the Democratic Party are trying to frustrate plans to bring this cheap, plentiful, and clean energy to the surface. Who are the irresponsible parties?
Environmentalists balk at drilling off NJ coast. With oil and gas drilling heating up as an issue in the presidential race, environmentalists and the governor reiterated their opposition to tapping reserves off the state's coast, saying it would endanger the environment and the tourism industry on which New Jersey is so dependent. "It is a dark, dark day for the natural coast. Some might say it's as black as oil," said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, who joined environmental and fishing groups at a news conference Wednesday on the Avon boardwalk.
Congressional corruption: The energy crisis comes to rest at the feet of the Democrats. For more than 30 years, the Democrats have used whatever rules and procedures necessary to block or prevent the energy industry from keeping up with the growing demand. Democrats have prevented the construction of a single nuclear plant, or a single oil refinery, and the development of our domestic energy resources. It is the Democrats that are now preventing even a reasoned debate.
Pedaling no-gas options. Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives sent a message last week to hard-working commuters forced to pay historically high prices for gasoline: Ride a bike. The message was buried on page 255 of a 290-page bill the Democratic leadership introduced at 9:45 p.m. last Monday night, forced through the Rules Committee at 10:00 p.m., and put up for a "debate" and final vote — with no amendments allowed — on Tuesday evening [9/16/2008].
Who Are You Calling Stupid? [Scroll down] There's a reason why we don't have more coal-fired and nuclear plants generating the electricity we need. There's a reason our electric power grid is not being upgraded to meet our future needs. There's a reason oil companies won't spend billions to build new refineries. There's a reason food costs more when corn is converted into fuel instead of food. The reason is thirty-one years of government regulations and general interference with the power and energy industries that must answer to their investors while coping with "environmental" laws that slow or render impossible the provision of our energy needs.
We Can Thank Shortsighted Politicians for High Energy Prices. For decades left-leaning politicians have advocated higher prices and less energy. They were going to save the environment by punishing Americans into driving less and driving smaller cars. Now their policies have succeeded with a vengeance. The very left wing politicians who favored a policy of no oil and gas exploration, no use of coal, no development of nuclear power, and no aggressive development of new technologies are now panic-stricken that their policies of higher prices have led to higher prices.
Environmentalism's Big Lie: Renewable Energy. Claims that renewable energy can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power are a fraud. In California, moreover, environmentalists have revealed that their real attitude toward renewable energy is no less hostile than their attitude toward all other forms of man-made power. After the installation of hundreds of "alternative" energy plants in the state — in the nation's most ambitious program to build environmentally correct power plants — the greens have begun to reject one renewable power technology after another.
A Step Back From Enviro Lunacy. Lobbyists and litigators for environmental restriction groups have produced energy policies that I suspect future generations will regard as lunatic. We haven't built a new nuclear plant for some 30 years, since a Jane Fonda movie exaggerated their dangers. We have allowed states to ban oil drilling on the outer continental shelf, prompted by the failure of 40- or 50-year-old technology in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969, though current technology is much better, as shown by the lack of oil spills in the waters off Louisiana and Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina.
Color Energy Woes Green. The global economy depends on available, affordable energy. Many place their hopes for abundant energy supplies in yet-to-be-imagined technologies. But while researchers tinker with far-off possibilities, there's something we should do right now to keep our primary energy sources flowing — break the radical environmentalists' chokehold on national energy policy.
Seeing The Light: Most of France's electricity has been generated by nuclear power for years, and now Great Britain is again looking to atomic energy. Why can't we increase nuclear output in this country? The answer is, of course, irrational opposition by environmentalists. They screech about greenhouse gas emissions from gas- and coal-fired electric plants but, with a few exceptions, they fanatically resist the most reasonable alternative: nuclear power.
Greens Will Leave us Cold and Hungry. Earthworks is about to initiate its own "No Dirty Energy" campaign "to alert the public to the climate, ecosystem and community risks associated with mining and burning the world's dirtiest fuel sources?" Labeling coal and oil "dirty" is pure PR and ignores the fact that coal, a cheap and abundant energy sources, provides just over fifty percent of America's electricity, an energy without which the entire nation would cease to function. It ignores the way the Green's campaign against oil has for four decades thwarted the right of American's to access and use its national oil and natural gas reserves yet to be found and extracted from 85% of our coastlines or the well-known fact that billions of barrels of oil remain untapped in ANWR.
Blame the greens when the lights go off. In successive weeks, Greenpeace has denounced proposals for new coal-fired power stations and a new generation of nuclear power plants. It may be true that clean-coal technology is a long way off, but whatever other complaints can be made about it, nuclear power is an alternative to fossil fuels and honest greens are hard-headed enough to admit it. James Lovelock, the greatest environmentalist of our time, describes it as 'the one safe, available, energy source' and despairs at the green movement's 'irrational' objections.
The Nancy Pelosi of Kansas. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas has spearheaded Kansas efforts to ban new coal plants, becoming the first state to reject new energy generation on health (read global warming) grounds. [...] But as Planet Gore's own Sterling Burnett has reported, 13 potential Kansas wind-farm projects are endangered as a direct result of the state's rejection of the coal plants!
Britain Plans World's Biggest Tidal Power Station. Great Britain is mulling plans to build the world's largest tidal power station. Though the climate-friendly energy source is expected to provide 5 percent of the country's power, environmentalists oppose the project, which they say will destroy vital wildlife habitat.
Uranium mining potential: What does uranium have in common with Arctic oil, offshore natural gas, coastal wind and cellulosic ethanol? They're all sources of energy that government bureaucrats have declared off-limits — needlessly. Just last month, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, declared an emergency situation to withdraw public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon from uranium mining.
Virginia Is Sitting on the Energy Mother Lode. Virginia is one of just four states that ban uranium mining. The ban was put in place in 1984, to calm fears that had been sparked by the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor on Three Mile Island outside of Harrisburg, Pa. in 1979. ... [Henry Bowen and Walter Coles] are asking the state to determine whether mining uranium really is a hazard and, if not, to lift the ban. But they've run into a brick wall of environmental activists who raise the specter of nuclear contamination and who are determined to prevent scientific studies of the issue.
Interior to halt uranium mining at Grand Canyon. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce Monday that his department is temporarily barring the filing of new uranium mining claims on about 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, an Obama administration official said. The land is being "segregated" for two years so that the department can study whether it should be permanently withdrawn from mining activity, said the official, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Democrats' Drilling Bill Angers Environmental Purists. All summer long, House Republicans staged weekly news conferences outside the Capitol calling for more offshore oil drilling. And they were usually met by an assortment of environmental protesters chanting in unison, trying to drown out the GOP's pro-drilling voices. Some even wore polar bear costumes to protest Arctic drilling proposals.
Did someone mention polar bears?
No Energy, Please. Andrew Mencinsky, executive director of Surfer' Environmental Alliance, called the natural gas project "an ecological disaster waiting to happen — one that could be triggered by an accident or a terrorist attack." Yeah, right. Terrible things could happen, might happen, or may happen. In fact, accidents happen. That's why they're called accidents. People and businesses go about their lives acting with reasonable caution. We don't live our lives based on what the Greens call "the precautionary principle", the belief that any possibility of a problem is sufficient reason to not precede with any project. Were that the case none of us would never get behind the wheel of our car because auto accidents kill about 40,000 Americans every year.
So much for "checks and balances."
Uranium mining halted by House. House Democrats on a single committee used an emergency power Wednesday to halt new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon, in a move Republicans say violates the Constitution. Voting 20-2, the Natural Resources Committee passed a resolution declaring an emergency and directing the Interior Department secretary to block new claims. Under a 1976 act of Congress the new resolution has the force of law, without needing the full House or Senate.
Legislating from the bench:
Georgia Judge Blocks Coal Power Plant. In yet another skirmish involving arguments over human-induced global warming, a Georgia judge has halted construction of a coal-fired power plant. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore invalidated a state-issued permit for the $2 billion, 1,200-megawatt Longleaf Energy Plant. Moore's decision, handed down July 1, stated Dynergy must first obtain a permit from state regulators limiting the amount of carbon dioxide the plant would be allowed to emit.
Enviros sue to stop drilling. A coalition of 10 environmental and wildlife organizations filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday [7/11/2008] in an effort to stop hotly contested drilling on the Roan Plateau. The Roan Plateau, northwest of Rifle, has become a battleground between energy interests and environmentalists who hope to keep drill rigs off the top to protect deer and elk habitat and creeks full of native cutthroat trout.
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If my car ran on cutthroat trout, I'd root for their side.
Let's Drill. Eighty-five percent of the untapped domestic sources of oil have been put off-limits. There's a federally mandated moratorium on drilling offshore, and huge roadblocks to exploiting the oil on the vast federal lands have been erected. "What keeps these areas closed are exaggerated environmental fears, strong prejudice against oil companies and sheer stupidity," wrote Robert Samuelson recently. Lifting the moratorium requires action by Congress and the White House. So don't hold your breath. The Democratic Congress is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environmental lobby, which regards oil exploration, much less drilling, as a sin against nature.
Shut Up and Produce Some Oil. Liberals are flailing about looking for some political cover on energy and gas prices. For decades now, they have supported the policies of extremists who have systematically sought to shut down every major energy source for our economy. We can't drill for oil offshore, we can't drill in the frozen tundra of north Alaska, we can't even develop oil shale on the mainland. Liberals are even opposing the development of new oil discoveries in the Plains states.
Report: Most oil, gas beneath public lands off-limits. A new report from the Bush administration says most of the oil and more than 40% of the natural gas beneath public lands in the United States are off-limits to drilling. Rolling back environmental safeguards and employing new drilling technologies would give energy companies access to 19 billion barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, administration officials said Wednesday [5/21/2008].
Coal Power Opposition Raises Blackout Possibilities. The lights may soon go out in the Washington, DC metro area and other parts of the country due to environmental activist opposition to coal-fired power plants, energy analysts are warning. "Electric power has already become painfully expensive in Washington and its suburbs. Now, local utilities, say, it could become something even worse: scarce," the Washington Post reported on February 3.
Protest halts coal train for six hours. Thirty-seven demonstrators were arrested after about 1000 people halted trains in Newcastle yesterday [7/12/2008] in a protest against the coal industry's role in climate change. Three coal trains bound for Carrington Coal Terminal — one of the ports which make Newcastle the world's biggest export point — were halted for about six hours after about a dozen protesters chained themselves to carriages. Hundreds of others lined the fence as mounted police held them back from the rail line from 11:00 am until about 2:30 pm.
"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."
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