Solar-powered protest fail

Solar energy can’t even handle an anti-fossil fuels blow up toy.

This protest presents the world with a powerfully ironic statement on what happens when you expect renewables (even with battery backup) to provide reliable power.

The video is funny and sad at the same time. Funny for the obvious reason that the solar-powered protest went a teensy bit flaccid. Sad that these protestors don’t appear to see the obvious irony and parallels to our larger energy system.

As in real life, when renewable  energy can’t keep up with demand, you have to plug into a reliable, fossil-fueled energy source.

10. October 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA tells Scientific Advisory Board “don’t talk”

In what appears to be a direct contradiction to the intent of the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy and this administration’s claims to be the “most transparent administration in history,” a memo presented at a “closed-door” July 24th Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting informed members of the advisory board they are not allowed to speak to media or Congress without EPA permission.

That “don’t talk” memo was presented at a closed-door July 24, 2014, portion of EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, and it was not publicly disclosed at the time. Standard SAB procedure follows federal law in requiring publication of materials distributed to SAB members in advance of a meeting.

08. October 2014 by Jason Hayes
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I am the walrus … so I Guess I’m doing fine …

Source: USFWS

Source: USFWS

“I am the walrus, Goo goo g’joob …”

Sadly, more and more climate-related discussion and the policies resulting from those discussions resemble the songs in “The Magical Mystery Tour.”

Proof of that came with the publications of a frightening media release from the World Wildlife Fund and a report from NOAA. Both of these publications have encouraged a rush of media comment and articles, that argue climate change and retreating Arctic ice are unnaturally stressing walrus populations, thereby forcing them to “haul out” (or congregate) in massive groups on ice-free beaches. Ominous statements infect the articles and paint a bleak and foreboding picture for these ostensibly (climactically) oppressed pinnipeds.

01. October 2014 by Jason Hayes
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American energy security another victim of EPA CO2 regs

Electrical meter - Source / Photographer: Casey Fleser, reprinted under a Creative Commons license

Electrical meter – Source / Photographer: Casey Fleser, reprinted under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Here’s one more article pointing out the high and unintended costs of the EPA’s pending GHG regulations.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog describes (from a variety of reports) how prices across the nation could increase by 6%-7%, or even as much as 12%. They also note that overall consumer costs will increase, electricity rates will increase, and electric reliability will decrease, leaving residents and businesses in the dark and potentially stopping a budding American manufacturing renaissance.

30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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A German coal binge

Most people just don’t know that Germany, the darling of the European renewables industry, is in the middle of a massive build-up of its coal-fueled generation fleet. Some, as this WSJ author does, might call it a “coal binge.”

Berlin’s “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power generation and growing.

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30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Earth-friendly?

Deroy Murdock’s recent NRO article on the ‘green-ness’ of so-called green energy takes renewable energy head on. His article demonstrates, once again, that all forms of energy have impacts on the environment. It is, therefore, the job of the energy industry, elected officials, regulators, and the media to provide balanced facts on the relative costs and benefits of energy policy choices. It is also the job of government and regulators to avoid selecting (and promoting) some energy options at the expense of others, especially when the selected energy sources have their own long (and growing) list of environmental and economic negatives they need to address.

30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA whistleblower

Former Sierra Club activist, Dr. Alan Carlin’s story of his whistleblowing experience at the EPA is an interesting read. In this article, Dr. Carlin describes why he was forced to blow the whistle on EPA during the run up to the CO2 endangerment finding, how he was “muzzled” for bringing forth negative comments, and how he sees the EPA now operating outside of their legal mandate.

30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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U.S. CO2 emissions grow

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Source: Washington Post

No great surprise here.

The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.

Two quick notes on this issue. First, CO2 is not pollution, no matter how strenuously media, some elected officials, the environmental industry, and Leo DiCaprio protest. CO2 is, and always has been, plant food. It is an essential chemical component of all life on this planet.

30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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UK ruling confirms Peabody’s right to speak on energy poverty issues

A recent Bloomberg news piece attempted to paint a UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling as a setback for energy producer, Peabody Energy. However, when one takes a moment to read the full article, it is clear that Peabody won a clear and convincing victory in this case.

Peabody Energy Poverty AdA complaint from the World Wildlife Fund asserted that Peabody’s recent “Advanced Energy for Lifeadvertisement, which referred to “today’s advanced clean coal technologies” was misleading. In it’s ruling on the complaint, the ASA ruling claimed that “consumers were likely to interpret the advertisement as a claim that ‘clean coal’ processes don’t produce carbon dioxide or other emissions.” The ASA ruling required that the advertisement be changed before it could be run again.

30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA tops federal regulator list in 2014

No surprise here. The EPA was once again the most prolific, the most expensive, and most restrictive of all the federal agencies in 2014.

Data from the Mercatus Center’s RegData 2.0 database shows that EPA’s air regulators were the top federal regulators in both 2002 and in 2012. However, while the top ten federal agencies publishing the most restrictions* remained the same in those years, the number of restrictions from nearly all of them increased.

Be sure to also check out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 9 charts that help show the growing impacts of federal regulation.

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16. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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