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  • Researchers Have Developed Socks That Generate Electricity Using Urine

    12/11/2015 5:44:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Tech Times ^ | December 11, 7:32 PM | Christian de Looper,
    The new socks are able to store as much as 648 milliliters of urine, almost 22 ounces, using a network of integrated tubes. When the user walks, the liquid is forced through microbial fuel cells that contain bacteria that consume the nutrients in urine and create electricity in that process. In experiments, the researchers were able to use the socks to power a wireless transmitter, broadcasting a message every two minutes. It's not a totally new idea to use urine in the generation of electricity, although the techniques involved normally use an electric pump to provide the pressure to force...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • Why Environmentalists Will Eventually Hate Renewable Power

    04/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2015-04-13 | Donald Kendal
    The proliferation of renewable energy will never please environmentalists. In fact, the more efficient and inexpensive energies like solar and wind become, the more environmentalists will fear and eventually hate them.Currently, arguments against renewable energy are based on the accurate claim they are too inefficient to become widespread. The technology behind solar and wind power are just not where they need to be to justify widespread use. In October 2014, data revealed the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert fell well short of its anticipated output. During an eight-month period in 2013, the solar plant...
  • Hydrogen, hydrogen everywhere...

    03/21/2015 5:36:00 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 121 replies ^ | 20 March 2015 Last updated at 10:21 ET | Matthew Wall
      20 March 2015 Last updated at 10:21 ET   Hydrogen, hydrogen everywhere... By Matthew Wall  Hydrogen is most commonly found in water - H2O - and in fossil fuels   Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. And when you burn it or use it to produce electricity, the only waste product is water.In the era of global warming, it would seem to be the perfect fuel.So why aren't we all driving round in hydrogen-powered cars, moving our goods in hydrogen-powered lorries, and heating our homes and offices with this wonder element?In short, fossil fuels got there...
  • OK, is ANYONE here really off the grid ?

    01/03/2015 3:37:59 PM PST · by knarf · 151 replies
    self ^ | January 3, 2015 | knarf
    I got an e-mail that had one of those, "I'm just a regular guy but I've discovered the secret ... " type message ...
  • Hes Electric Will A Revolutionary Black Box Turn Dale Vince Into Europes Elon Musk?

    09/18/2013 9:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | September 14, 2013 | Mike Butcher
    Dale Vince sits in a spartan office in the corner of Ecotricity, one of the UKs few green energy electricity networks, and taps away on an Apple Mac at his standing desk. The office is bare, other than a normal desk, a couple of chairs and a Union Jack flag hung on the wall. But the Union Jack is not sporting its normal Red White and Blue. This is a Union Jack fashioned in various shades of green. For Vince is a died-in-the-wool ecologist. While running his company, he blogs from a site called Zero Carbonista which has an image...
  • Wind turbines ARE a human health hazard: the smoking gun

    07/25/2013 5:30:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2013 | James Delingpole
    Yeah, they're, like, really green and safe and good for you..How much more dirt needs to come out before the wind industry gets the thorough investigation it has long deserved? The reason I ask is that it has now become clear that the industry has known for at least 25 years about the potentially damaging impact on human health of the impulsive infrasound (inaudible intermittent noise) produced by wind turbines. Yet instead of dealing with the problem it has, on the most generous interpretation, swept the issue under the carpet or worse, been involved in a concerted cover-up operation....
  • Green Energys Too Expensive (Title Needs Correction)

    07/14/2013 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 14, 2013 | Marita Noon
    On Wednesday, July 10, the House passed H.R. 2609which Bloomberg News called a $30.4 Billion Energy-Water Spending Measure. The 2014 Energy-Water Development appropriations bill will cut spending on renewables and other green energy programs in half and was passed mostly along party lineswith 4 Republicans voting against and 7 Democrats for it.
  • Washington Turns Science to Science Fiction

    02/16/2013 12:34:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | February 16, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    If you build it, an Iowa corn farmer was told in the movie Field of Dreams, they will come. That worked out so well for all concerned that the federal government is reviving the approach, with some slight edits. If we mandate it, the science will come, seems to be Washingtons motto. Instead, government has ended up replacing science with, well, fiction. Consider the push for renewable fuels. Its easy to see why lawmakers would want to encourage Americans to grow energy rather than dig it out of the ground. But in their eagerness to create an industry, lawmakers...
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • American Superconductor Plans to Reduce Workforce by 25%; Slashes Third-Quarter View (Wind turbines)

    11/28/2012 2:02:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2012 | Tess Stynes
    American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) unveiled plans to reduce the size of its workforce by 25% as weak demand weighs on the wind-energy sector, leading the turbine-systems maker to reduce its fiscal third-quarter outlook. Shares were down 15% at $2.35 in premarket trading. Through Tuesday's close, the stock is down 25% this year. The company cited financing and cash flow issues among customers, which it anticipates will lead to shipment delays for some of its products. American Superconductor now expects a fiscal third-quarter adjusted per-share loss of 31 cents on revenue of more than $20 million, from its prior estimate for...
  • Wind industries lay off hundreds of workers

    11/08/2012 3:04:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | November 6, 2012 | Dan Gunderson
    MOORHEAD, Minn. Hundreds of workers in our region are losing their jobs as wind turbine manufacturers cut production. The federal tax credit that subsidizes wind energy is set to expire at the end of the year, and political uncertainty is putting the brakes on the wind industry. More than 500 workers are losing their jobs in the Red River Valley. By the end of November, 345 workers who make wind turbine blades at a Grand Forks, N.D. factory will be out of work. Bill Burga, who heads manufacturing in North and South America for LM Wind Power, the Denmark-based...
  • As Partisan Rancor Rises, States That Back a Loser Will Be Punished

    10/05/2012 5:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 5, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    Never mind the big-tent debate talk from both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney about how their respective politics will benefit all Americans. Theres a broader, ugly truth that as the last traces of purple fade from the electoral map, whoever wins will have little reason to take care of much of the country that rejected them. At least since the dissolving of the solid South in the late 50s and early 60s, both parties have competed to extend their reach to virtually every region. As recently as 1996, Democrat Bill Clinton could compete in the South, winning several states in...
  • LM Wind Power Cutting Around 345 Jobs in Grand Forks

    09/26/2012 11:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WDAZ-TV ^ | September 27, 2012
    LM Wind Power, one of Grand Forks largest manufacturers, announced Tuesday that it would lay off more than 300 employees, including 200 full-time production workers, 15 administrative workers and approximately 130 temporary workers and contractors. The companys announcement cited declining demand and uncertainty over whether Congress would renew the Production Tax Credit, a key wind power subsidy set to expire at the end of the year.
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    08/14/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2012 | Kasie Hunt and Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama assailed rival Mitt Romney's opposition to tax supports for wind power, delivering an Iowa-specific critique Tuesday on the Republican challenger in that crucial Midwestern state. Obama's deputy criticized GOP budget plans to overhaul Medicare, cut trillions of dollars from social programs and lower taxes on high-income taxpayers. Iowa is a center of wind energy production in the United States and the Obama administration credits tax breaks for helping build that industry. Obama has called on Congress to extend the breaks. Romney opposes it. Obama, on the second of a three-day Iowa bus tour, noted that Romney once...
  • Cold Fusion Is Hot Again - Tuesday, July 17th 9p | 12a ET

    07/11/2012 10:18:43 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 205 replies
    Cold Fusion Times ^ | July 9 2012 | Admin
    Cold Fusion Is Hot Again - Tuesday, July 17th 9p | 12a ET "A report on cold fusion - nuclear energy like that which powers the sun, but made at room temperatures on a tabletop, which in 1989, was presented as a revolutionary new source of energy that promised to be cheap, limitless and clean but was quickly dismissed as junk science. Today, scientists believe that cold fusion, now most often called low temperature fusion or a nuclear effect, could lead to monumental breakthroughs in energy production."
  • On the Precipice Of a New Energy Source?

    07/07/2012 7:25:43 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 169 replies
    Journal of Petroleum Technology ^ | July 2012 | Steve Jacobs, COO, and Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies
    Journal of Petroleum Technology July 2012 Guest Editorial On the Precipice Of a New Energy Source? Steve Jacobs, COO, and Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies, and David J. Nagel, CEO, NUCAT Energy Steve Jacobs is chief operating officer of Decision Strategies and has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His specialty is evaluating market opportunities for new and existing technologies and companies. He earned BS degrees in psychology and education from Oklahoma State University. Jacobs is an energy information ambassador for SPE. He moderates and lectures at numerous events around the world....
  • A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy

    06/29/2012 12:19:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | July 2012 | Vaclav Smil
    It takes several lifetimes to put a new energy system into place, and wishful thinking cant speed things along In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the worlds largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. Where would it be, I askedArizona? Spain? North Africa? No, it was to be spread among three locations in rural Bavaria, southeast of Nuremberg. I said there must be some mistake. I grew up not far from that place, just across the border with the Czech Republic, and I will never forget those...
  • Obese woman's body fat causes Austrian crematorium to burn down

    06/27/2012 3:38:40 PM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 51 replies
    NewsCore ^ | 6/06/2012 | none
    <p>GRAZ, Austria A devastating fire which gutted a crematorium in southern Austria was caused by an obese woman's excessive body fat blocking an air filter, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.</p> <p>The fire occurred at the facility in the city of Graz in mid-April. Firefighters had trouble extinguishing the blaze due to a thick layer of insulation lining the crematorium's walls.</p>
  • Sanyo to close solar factory in California (subsidies have run out)

    02/04/2012 1:01:41 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 11 replies ^ | 02/03/12 | Ucilla Wang,Todd Woody
    Snips from excerpt website: Japanese solar company Sanyo plans to lay off about 140 employees in California, or about 40 percent of its manufacturing workforce in the United States, as it shifts its strategy in order to compete with large rivals, particularly those from China. The company, which is part of Panasonic, is buiding a large factory in Malaysia that will make wafers and turn them into solar cells and then panels. Panasonic plans to invest 45 billion yen (about $580 million) in the new factory. A fellow manufacturer in Japan, Sumco, announced Friday it would get out of the...
  • Taxpayers getting sunburned again

    01/23/2012 11:38:40 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 1-22-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Despite history and current events involving alternative energy companies many Americans buy into the notion that for good things to happen, the government needs to be involved, even in charge. How many Solyndras is too many?
  • This electric car news isnt as good as it sounds at first

    01/17/2012 3:45:48 PM PST · by landsbaum · 18 replies
    Electric car enthusiasts those who want someone else to subsidize their extravagances and then pretend that the electricity they use isnt created with fossil fuel anyway may at first find something to cheer about in this news from England. There are now more charging stations than electric vehicles on the road, reports the MailOnline. . . . But we need to read a bit more in that Mail story. The reason there are more electric charging stations than electric cars isnt because there are so many stations. Its because there are so few electric cars.
  • Taxpayer-Funded Green Job Losses Easy as A123

    12/02/2011 2:27:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    Its another day, and another round of layoffs by a recipient of millions of dollars under the Obama Administrations renewable energy initiatives, administered by the mismanaged Department of Energy. This time the Recovery Act largesse taken out of the hide of taxpayers went to A123 Systems, Inc. The Massachusetts-based energy storage company was given $249.1 million to help launch two battery-manufacturing plants in Michigan. A123 also received grants and tax credits from the state that could total more than $135 million. In a separate federal grant as a subcontractor for another grantee, A123 received nearly $30 million...
  • Livestock Farmers Say Ethanol Consumes Too Much Corn

    11/23/2011 3:24:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation's ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year. The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and...
  • GE's Immelt worries U.S. not leading on renewables

    11/03/2011 1:24:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 3, 2011 | cott Malone
    * China eyeing "vastly superior" scale, Immelt warns * "I worry a little bit about us," Immelt says of U.S.* GE "all-in" on solar, sees potential $20 bln business By Scott MaloneNov 3 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's Jeff Immelt worries the United States may lose ground to China in the renewable energy sector because it is not prepared to invest in solar, wind and other technologies on the same scale.But the chief executive of the largest U.S. conglomerate said his company remains undaunted and will continue to work in the sector despite the recent bankruptcy of solar panel maker...
  • Obama, Liberals, And Destructive Energy Policies

    10/30/2011 5:17:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 30, 2011 | Austin Hill
    Energy independence.Doesnt that sound like a great idea? Unfortunately, in the era of Barack Obama the goal of enabling the United States to meet its own energy needs has been subverted by some very destructive politics. First, the term energy independence has been confused with the term green energy. While some people use the two expressions synonymously, the Obama Administration has gradually phased-out references to energy independence and moved towards green energy references exclusively. This language shift from the Obama Administration raises some important questions: are we no longer seeking to become energy independent? And if we are still seeking...
  • America Going Green: U.S. to Provide 71% of Worlds Biofuels by 2021?

    10/26/2011 9:26:04 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 10/26/2011 | John Daly
    A recent study, released on 11 October, Biofuel Markets and Technologies released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3 billion from its current level of $82.7 billion, with ethanol production accounting for $78 billion of future worldwide biofuel production, while predicting that biodiesel production will reach $25.5 billion. Perhaps not surprisingly, Pike Research predicts that the US will become the worlds leading biofuel producer, accounting for 71 percent of alternative fuel by 2021. Colorado-based Pike Research on its website defines itself as a market research and consulting firm that provides...
  • Will PetroSun's Algae Biodiesel Grow On Investors?

    10/12/2011 10:33:31 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 25 replies
    Alt-Energy Stocks ^ | March 15, 2008 | Tom Konrad
    For those looking for world changing technology in cold fusion or its more ambiguous moniker, LENR, I invite them to return to 2008 to examine a cutting edge company with a grand plan. The had a test plant on the Texas coast, foreign partnerships and agreements, land cleared for a new plant, scientific minds at work and the figures to prove it. The company (a few founder/investors in LaJolla, Ca.) sold stock and the price went to about $1.50 a share. An office was opened in Scottsdale, Arizona (if you've been to LaJolla Scottsdale looks shabby by comparison). The company...
  • Germany Its Not Easy Being Green

    09/30/2011 2:48:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies ^ | 09/28/2011 | John Daly
    Forty-one years ago on Sesame Street, Kermit the frog sang a plaintive song, Its not easy being green. In a gesture of solidarity, perhaps he should fax the lyrics to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose government is suddenly discovering the costs of weaning itself off nuclear energy. In the wake of Fukushima, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on 30 May that Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest, would become the first industrialized nation to shut down all of its 17 nuclear power plants (NPPs) between 2015 and 2022, an extraordinary commitment, given that Germanys 17 NPPS Germany produce...
  • Wind Power's Political Payoff

    09/27/2011 2:24:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 3 replies
    RealClearEnergy/IBD ^ | September 27, 2011 | Staff
    Our ever-campaigning president heads off to a fundraiser held by a politically connected businessman whose company took a $100 million stimulus tax credit. Solyndra didn't stop pay-for-play the "Chicago Way."
  • China is Interested in Biofuels - Why Not the West?

    09/14/2011 9:12:42 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 21 replies ^ | 13/09/2011 | John Daly
    China, arguably the worlds most influential and dynamic economy, is beginning to eye renewable as a partial solution to its voracious and growing energy needs. If Beijing determines that biofuels represent the future, expect to see the current modest western investment field to change dramatically. As yet, Chinas involvement is modest. According to a PetroChina company official, the firm intends to increase its production of biofuels by 2015 to 1.1 million tons and import and additional 470,000 tons. PetroChina, a traditional hydrocarbon company, is clearly thinking outside the box to increase its alternative energy portfolio. According to PetroChina's Petrochemical Research...
  • Coal and Ethanol Are Not Alternative Energy Policy

    08/08/2011 7:55:09 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 08/04/2011 | Andrew Smolski
    The domestic alternative energy policy in the US seems to rotate on semantics and adding words to other words to make it look like something is going on. However, the truth of the matter is, energy policy is as defunct as ever and on most fronts the US is lagging far behind. Mostly it is a disregard of what the economist Herman Daly has pointed out about the macro-view of the macro-economic system. His idea is that the ecological system is closed and finite, not infinite created by God for our own personal use, which needs to be included into...
  • Tripling Americas Fuel Production - Most alternatives to oil are pipe dreams. This one is not.

    08/01/2011 2:23:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 27, 2011 | Robert Zubrin
    Tripling America's Fuel ProductionMost alternatives to oil are pipe dreams. This one is not. The United States currently produces 8 percent of the world’s liquid fuel but uses 25 percent, making up the difference by importing 5 billion barrels of oil annually. With prices currently near $100 per barrel, this dependency will cost us $500 billion this year, an amount equal to the nation’s entire trade deficit. Furthermore, at a time when Congress is seeking to keep taxes light in order to boost job creation, our dependency will impose a tax on our economy equal to 20 percent of what...
  • The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA

    07/25/2011 4:55:41 PM PDT · by bananaman22 ^ | 25/07/2011 | Andrew Smolski
    Alternative energy (or renewable energy) is a new manufacturing industry paradigm that is in its infancy. However, the discussion is not new, and it looks as if the United States has positioned itself to be behind history on what can be a very promising industry for a stumbling economy. After the oil shortages in the 70s, government officials began discussing energy policy as a matter of national security, but this misses the point of a globally competitive economic world. It was too early then to begin thinking that China could out-invest the United States in order to produce an alternative...
  • Electric cars not so green after all?

    06/13/2011 1:56:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/13/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column for The Week in which I questioned the notion of electric cars being a green option. My arguments got swift rebuttals from backers of electric cars, but a new study produced in partnership between the British government and the car industry shows just how correct I was. Not only do electric vehicles produce just as much carbon in their overall cycle as internal-combustion engines, the need to replace the batteries actually makes the less green than current technology (via Jeff Dunetz): ELECTRIC cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than...
  • Palin: End All Energy Subsidies

    06/01/2011 5:55:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 1, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: The former governor of energy-rich Alaska calls the administration's bluff: End tax breaks for all forms of energy, she says, and let the free market pick winners and losers. End the ethanol pandering too. She isn't running, or riding, for president, at least not yet. But at a stop on her One Nation bus tour, Sarah Palin offered a winning idea for an economy strapped for energy and jobs and saddled with unsustainable debt. "I think all our energy subsidies need to be re-looked at today and eliminated," Palin told Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics during a...
  • Alternative Energy and the King Canute Strategy (The delusion to replace coal, oil & nuclear)

    05/12/2011 7:23:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/12/2011 | Charles Stewart
    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...
  • Obamas fuel alternative vehicle push may lead to fleets using more gas

    05/09/2011 7:01:48 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    EGM ^ | May 09, 2011 | Stephen Calogera
    President Obamas plan to have the government employ a fleet of vehicles that uses alternative fuels, such as ethanol, may actually end up increasing the use of gasoline, rather than decreasing it. Last year, 55% of fleet vehicles capable of running on E85 a blend of 15% gasoline and 85% ethanol were given waivers for conventional gas, because E85 was no where to be found. That makes sense however, as E85 is only carried in about 1% of filling stations nationwide. If you dont have the infrastructure, its going to be tough to use the fuel in these...
  • Obamas Empty Gasoline Tank

    04/06/2011 6:25:25 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies ^ | 05/04/2011 | Llewellyn King
    There is a piece of doggerel which goes: They said it couldnt be done. So I went right to it -- that thing they said Couldnt be done. And I couldnt do it. And that is the way it has been with presidents since the 1973 oil crisis. All of them -- from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, who has just joined the club -- have wrung their hands and exhorted Americans to use less oil in general and less foreign oil in particular. Nixon had his commerce secretary, Peter G. Peterson (he of enormous wealth these days), promise far...
  • Green Fantasy Meets Harsh Reality

    04/02/2011 9:51:54 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 13 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 4/2/11 | Scott Connery
    Despite some rather daunting technical difficulties, many people including President Obama, are pushing hard to have "alternative energy" take a bigger role in our nation's energy production. In fact, Obama plans to reduce our oil imports by 1/3 and using alternative energy as the main replacement. Alternative energy may be expensive and in it's infancy, but surely the enlightened hand (and pocketbook) of the federal government can transform these technologies into a mature, reliable, and pollution free power source? Obama, and the Democratic party have made that claim part of their party platform. In fact, they say alternative energy will...
  • Obama calls to cut oil imports by 1/3. Why won't he drill?

    03/31/2011 3:29:42 PM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 18 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/31/11 | Scott Connery
    In a speech yesterday, President Obama laid out the preposterous goal of reducing our oil imports by 1/3 before 2025. Even while he was making the goal, he acknowledged that many presidents had made the claim before, but none have ever delivered. However, even he seems dubious about achieving his goal. He said "when you look at the long-term trends, there are going to be more ups in gas prices than downs in gas prices. This came after an admission that even present prices were hurting our economy. That's probably why he gave himself such a long deadline. It's easy...
  • The Green Jobs Fantasy

    03/10/2011 3:29:18 PM PST · by Scottmkiv · 12 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/10/11 | Scott Connery
    Various Democratic politicians and sundry environmentalists have promised us that alternative energy and "green industry" can revive our economy. In June of last year, President Obama said, "the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs." Kentucky Rep Ben Chandler says the ACES clean energy bill, "is not just about our environment, but it is about the future the future of our economy, the future of our jobs." The "Center of American Progress" claims, "a new Green Recovery program that spends $100 billion over two years would create 2 million new...
  • How Green Is Your Lost Job?

    03/01/2011 4:55:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 1, 2011 | Staff
    Power: A study of renewable energy in Scotland shows that for every job created in the alternative energy sector, almost four jobs are lost in the rest of the economy. We've seen this movie before. Not only has the sun set on the British Empire, but the promise of wind apparently is deserting it as well. A new study called "Worth The Candle?" by the consulting firm Verso Economics confirms the experience of Spain and other countries: The creation of "green" jobs destroys other jobs through the diversion of resources and the denial of abundant sources of fossil fuel energy....
  • Wind-powered car sets records in a 3,100-mile road test

    02/20/2011 6:34:11 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 14 replies ^ | 02/16/2011 | Ryan Fleming
    Two German inventors have created an electric vehicle that recharges the battery through a wind turbine carried in the car. To test the vehicle, the duo recently completed a 3,100-mile trek across Australia.
  • Kelly McParland: Ontario quietly reverses field on wind, solar energy

    02/12/2011 9:00:13 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2011 | Kelly McParland
    Times of international turmoil are great moments for domestic governments to make important announcements they dont want to be noticed. Especially if the announcement involves a sudden reversal in policy that could seriously embarrass the government. So Friday afternoon was an ideal time for Ontarios Liberal government to take a big chunk of its alternative energy program and chuck it overboard. .. After years of touting wind projects as a critical piece of the alternative energy puzzle, the government let slip very quietly that offshore wind projects are no longer part of the game plan. Turns out there...
  • Corn Futures Spiking as USDA Reports Decrease in Supply

    02/09/2011 7:09:24 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 26 replies
    Financial Advisory ^ | February 9th, 2011 | staff
    According to research from the Chicago Board of Trade, futures markets for corn in March spiked 3.6 percent, or 24.25 cents per bushel. Currently the price of this commodity is hovering around $6.98. The core futures markets of corn, wheat, and soybeans, have jumped 97 percent, 107 percent, and 56 percent respectively. The outlook for international food and grain supplies are looking more uncertain after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported its expectations that corn supply would decrease to lowest level in 15 years, the Wall Street Journal reported. The supply of corn has been depleted for a...
  • Over-dependence on Wind Power Causes Energy Emergency in Texas

    02/03/2011 6:28:53 AM PST · by detective · 146 replies
    KFWO News Talk ^ | February 2, 2011 | Robert Snyder
    As was discussed on the February 2nd edition of Pratt on Texas, the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) rolling blackouts across the state could have been prevented with better planning and policy. Electrical engineer, Ross Aten, joined Robert Pratt to talk about how too many coal and natural gas power plants within ERCOT were taken offline for maintenance. Ross also explained that if you, ran the numbers, the only way ERCOT could have met peak winter demand usage is if wind energy across the state was producing at significant totals. However, because of the ice storm and lack of...
  • Solar Eclipse (Pity the poor investors of solar and wind companies. Declining profit prospects)

    12/17/2010 7:54:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    The prospects for solar and wind companies have declined significantly in the last few years. Those who have been unfortunate enough to invest in solar and wind enterprises have, on the whole, experienced mediocre returns even as the overall market has risen 50% since its low of March 2009. Over the last twelve months, one popular global alternative energy index fund has declined in price from $25 to $20.50. Over the past two years, it has produced a return of zero. There are several reasons for the declining prospects of alternative energy companies. Competition has become fierce, supply has...
  • It's Time to Start the Repeal of Green Energy Subsidies

    11/23/2010 8:06:58 PM PST · by seamus · 13 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable (via The Cincinnati Enquirer) ^ | November 23, 2010 | Paul Chesser
    In last months of his successful campaign, Gov.-elect John Kasich in a statement that almost all politicians would deem risky due to fear of inflaming the Big Green lobby told the Dayton Daily News that he would seriously consider a repeal of Ohios Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. These mandates for utilities to generate minimum percentages of their power generation from expensive renewable sources drive up electricity rates for everyone. Paul Chesser has a piece in the Cincinnati Enquirer that encourages Kasich, now that hes won, to push for the AEPS repeal and its associated job destruction and Big...
  • Italy seizes $1.9 billion of assets as Mafia goes green

    09/14/2010 12:49:17 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2010
    ROME (Reuters) Italy Tuesday seized Mafia-linked assets worth $1.9 billion -- the biggest mob haul ever -- in an operation revealing that the crime group was trying to "go green" by laundering money through alternative energy companies. Investigators said the assets included more than 40 companies, hundreds of parcels of land, buildings, factories, bank accounts, stocks, fast cars and luxury yachts. Most of the seized assets were located in Sicily, home of the Cosa Nostra, and in southern Calabria, home of its sister crime organization, the 'Ndrangheta. At the center of the investigation was Sicilian businessman Vito Nicastri, 54,...