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  • Obama Decree Unleashes “Behavioral Science” Squad to “Nudge” You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be “nudged” by Obama's new “behavioral science” squads — for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better “serving” the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging “behavioral science” techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their “recommended” vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called “a low-carbon economy.” The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds (Abengoa)

    09/02/2015 7:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Abengoa, a renewable energy multinational company headquartered in Spain, has been a favorite of the Obama administration in getting federal tax money for clean energy projects. Since 2009, Abengoa and its subsidiaries, according to estimates, have received $2.9 billion in grants and loan guarantees through the Department of Energy to undertake solar projects in California and Arizona—as well as the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas. But in the space of less than a year, Abengoa’s financial health has become critical, leading investors to worry whether the company can survive. The company’s stock price on NASDAQ has swooned—from...
  • Like Cheap Natural Gas? Obama’s Clean Power Plan Will Regulate It Out of Existence

    08/14/2015 12:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | Isaac Orr
    U.S. households are saving hundreds of dollars a year because natural gas prices are low, but that’s about to change. Astudy by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will increase natural gas prices to 2007 levels, virtually guaranteeing these savings will soon be wiped out. A study by the Brookings Institution found natural gas prices have plummeted as horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as horizontal “fracking,” has caused U.S. natural gas production to skyrocket to all-time highs, making the United States the world’s top producer of...
  • Stop Obama’s Clean Power Grab

    08/08/2015 9:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2015 | Phil Kerpen
    In President Obama’s first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said, “I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon.” They didn’t. Indeed, largely because of Obama’s own words on the campaign trail, it became clear that under his plan for a cap-and-trade system, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” and that if “somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them.” These facts became well known and contributed directly to the smashing defeat of his proposed cap-and-trade legislation during his first...
  • Obama Puts Rural America In The Cross Hairs

    08/05/2015 4:28:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Yesterday, the president announced his Clean Power Plan, which is aimed to tackle the phantom threat of global warming. In doing so, the president has put rural America, black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and those on fixed-income seniors in the crosshairs. First, let’s go to what Obama said: Now, not everyone here is a scientist -- (laughter) -- but some of you are among the best scientists in the world. And what you and your colleagues have been showing us for years now is that human activities are changing the climate in dangerous ways. Levels of carbon dioxide, which heats up our atmosphere, are...
  • Obama and EPA Imperil Minority Welfare

    07/04/2015 6:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Paul Driessen
    Editor’s note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists frequently claim that climate change will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. In their view, this justifies unprecedented environmental regulations, like EPA's pending “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from coal and gas-fueled power plants 30% by 2030. But what effect will the regulation itself have on poor and minority communities? The plan will result in higher electricity costs for businesses and families, lost jobs, lower incomes, higher poverty rates, reduced living standards, and diminished health...
  • WH Announces Executive Actions and Private Investments to Beef Up “Clean Energy Innovation”

    06/18/2015 7:15:35 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/17/2015 | Warren Mass
    During the Clean Energy Investment Summit hosted by the White House on June 16, the administration announced a series of initiatives that will include “more than $4 billion in private sector commitments and executive actions to scale up investment in clean energy innovation.” A statement posted by the White House press secretary’s office noted that Vice President Joe Biden would “deliver remarks highlighting more than $4 billion of independent commitments by major foundations, institutional investors, and other long-term investors to fund climate change solutions,” but also stated that the White House “is announcing a series of executive actions that will...
  • Obama: I spend most of my time on the economy

    06/20/2015 7:44:08 AM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    investors.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. As President, I spend most of my time focused on what we can do to grow the economy and grow new pathways of opportunity for Americans like you to get ahead. And we’ve made progress. More than 12 million new private sector jobs in the past five years. More than 16 million Americans who’ve gained health insurance. More jobs creating more clean energy. More kids graduating from high school and college than ever before.
  • Hypocrite John Kerry owns millions in oil and gas stocks but the media and the Uniparty protect him

    05/19/2015 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/19/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Is there anything, anything at all that is genuine about John Kerry? When it comes to John Kerry it’s hard to decide which is more revolting, his hypocrisy or that he believes he is fooling us. From his days as a “scruffy” vet just trying to get someone to surrender in Vietnam, to his gigolo marriages, to his hypocritical claims to be a practicing Catholic, Lurch rings as true as a wooden bell. The duplicitous qualities that make him so offensive are excellent traits for membership in Barack Obama’s cabinet. As Secretary of State Kerry has a perfect record of...
  • The EPA Myth of “Clean Power”

    05/18/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | Al Caruba
    What the EPA is attempting to impose on America is a drain on our production of electricity coupled with an increase in its price. It is an obscene attack on our economy There are many things I do not like about the Environmental Protection Agency, but what angers me most are the lies that stream forth from it to justify programs that have no basis in fact or science, and which threaten the economy. Currently, its “Clean Power” plan is generating its latest and most duplicitous Administer, Gina McCarthy, to go around saying that it will not be costly, nor...
  • Reid helped steer tax dollars to well-connected green energy operators

    03/09/2015 12:10:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/09/2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid helped steer billions of federal tax dollars to companies supporting a green energy group run by two of his former staff members and a current campaign operative.The Nevada Democrat pushed for millions of dollars in grants and billions more in federal loan guarantees for corporations that donated to the Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit founded by a pair of former staffers with close ties to both Reid and to a major Democratic PAC associated with the senator, Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reported.One such company, California-based Fulcrum Bioenergy, received a hefty federal grant...
  • Standing By His Woman, Killing His Career

    02/16/2015 5:46:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Come over here, she beckoned, Let me whisper in your ear. If you make me first lady and hire me as “clean energy adviser,” I’ll ignore the 20 years between us. Last Friday afternoon, 67-year-old Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-Oregon) announced his resignation. He and his 47-year-old clean energy consultant/lover Cylvia Hayes will no longer be taking romantic strolls through the manicured gardens of Mahonia Hall. Nor will they be engaging in late-night pillow talk sessions on “energy” at the Tudor-style governor’s mansion. Two days before resigning, Kitzhaber distributed a defiant press release to announce that he would not be resigning....
  • John Kitzhaber must resign: Editorial (The Oregonian)

    02/05/2015 8:06:35 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 2/4/15 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    "I'm not going to consider resigning," said Gov. John Kitzhaber at a disastrous press conference held Friday following revelations about the apparently borderless world of public policy and private gain in which he and fiancée Cylvia Hayes exist. "I was elected by the people of this state to do a job, and I intend to do it." No doubt, the governor does intend to do the job Oregonians gave him, which, simply put, is to pursue the interests of his constituents. That intention, however, is no match for an ugly reality of his own making, whose sordid elements keep surfacing...
  • Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday ( Colorado )

    12/01/2014 6:59:15 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | November 30, 2014 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Craig — Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The next step is for the federal government to review submitted statements made during the past several months in order to make a final ruling on the plan by June. Originally, the deadline was Oct. 15, but it was extended to Monday after the EPA received nearly 750,000 comments before the first deadline, according to the EPA. Northwest Colorado houses two coal-fired power plants, Craig Station in Moffat County and...
  • EPA’s Phony “Environmental Justice” Caper

    09/07/2014 8:45:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    When it comes to energy, climate change, justice and transparency, the Obama Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency want it every possible way. Their only consistency is their double standards and their determination to slash hydrocarbon use, ensure that electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket,” expand federal government command and control, and “fundamentally transform” America.The president was thus eager to give away Seal Team secrets in bragging about “he” got Osama bin Laden. But in sharp contrast, there has been no transparency on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal – or the data and analyses that supposedly support Environmental Protection Agency...
  • US company signs billion-dollar energy deal with Iran

    07/06/2014 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    RT News ^ | July 6, 2014 | RT
    US company World Eco Energy has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175 billion to generate electricity in Iran. The plan is to turn solid waste into power. In April, the US Treasury awarded American-based Boeing and GE a license to sell spare parts to Iran to help the country’s ailing aviation industry. Iran needed new plane parts, as its jets have passed their service life and need proper replacements.
  • Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

    10/08/2013 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 104 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 October 2013 Last updated at 17:25 ET | By Paul Rincon Science Editor
    Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive. Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion. NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world's most powerful laser to heat and compress a small...
  • Study Gives Fracking Green Bill of Health

    09/18/2013 6:02:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 17, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: shale gas is fracking green. A new study confirms that natural gas helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the much dirtier and more carbon intensive coal. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, and it pokes a hole in one of the last gripes greens have about the American shale boom. Prominent greens like Bill McKibben and the misleading documentary filmmaker Josh Fox have criticized fracking for leaking the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, nullifying the fact that burning natural gas emits...
  • Fracking Brings Employment And Economic Revival

    07/27/2013 5:21:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport and the gorgeous northern Pennsylvania countryside around it. Friendly, happy people greeted us. New cars, trucks, hotels and restaurants sparkled in a clean, bustling downtown. New roofs topped barns and houses, while late model tractors worked the fields. Former dirt roads are now paved. Men and women again have high-paying jobs, young people are coming back instead of moving away, their salaries are supporting other businesses and jobs, and many are taking college programs in oilfield technical and business specialties, Vince Matteo told me. As president and CEO of the...
  • What Obama Did on His Summer Vacation: Kill 760,000 Jobs (Thank Those Who Voted For Him)

    07/05/2013 1:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2013 | John Ransom
    Prepare for your electric rates to go up, Chevy Jolt drivers. That's what happens when Obama goes on vacation. Under executive fiat, the EPA will shortly be forcing the shutdown of the rest of the coal fired plants in the United States. Obama closed about 20 percent of them in 2011 when he went on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.  With a bigger vacation budget this year, he probably figured "What the hell? Why not close the rest of them?" Since coal generates about half the electricity demanded in the US, the country will have to find other, more expensive ways...
  • This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

    07/04/2013 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Andrew Tarantola
    This stuff could very well revolutionize nuclear power. Thorium-MOX can be formed into rods and used in current generation (Gen II) nuclear reactor with minimal retrofitting. Thor Energy is currently testing the new technology on the small scale. A prototype reactor will power a paper mill in the town of Halden, Norway for the next five years. If the fuel proves to be commercially viable during that test, we could see a sea change in nuclear power by the end of the decade.
  • Is Kleiner Perkins Sorry It Ever Met Al Gore?

    05/13/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.13.13 | WILLIAM TUCKER
    A leading venture capital firm gets taken to the clean energy cleaners. The story in the New York Times says Kleiner Perkins has been “humbled” by the past decade’s performance. That seems appropriate. The nation’s most famous venture capital firm had a stunning 35.7 percent annual rate of return in the decade of the 1990s. That was before they met Al Gore. Somewhere around the time Gore had won his Academy Award for warning the world about global warming, the former Vice President was hired on as a senior partner at KPCB. Fortune wrote an article describing Gore sitting in...
  • Sad news for green lobby: Natural gas is even cleaner than we thought

    04/29/2013 6:55:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Most unwelcome news for the one-track-minded, fossil-fuels-must-die green lobby — and from their usually zealous allies at the EPA, no less — but pretty sweet news for anyone who actually cares about the environment and isn’t especially interested in scaremongering everybody into a big crunchy panic resulting in still more big government dictates that endorse economic slowdown as the solution to environmental problems.One of the organized environmental movement’s biggest arguments against natural gas is that the release of methane, natural gas’s main component, into the air during the production and delivery process is an even more dangerous and potent greenhouse...
  • Where's Our Energy?

    09/22/2012 3:40:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    So there I am, pulling into a gas station in my town, and Tarek is smiling. He owns the station, and right now he's charging me $4.25 a gallon. American motorists may not be better off than they were four years ago, but Tarek certainly is. When President Barack Obama took office, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.84. That means gas prices have more than doubled on Obama's watch. But why? The primary reason is that the system is rigged. Oil companies watch the worldwide speculation market, and if the traders are bidding the price...
  • E-mails about clean-energy loans provide new details on White House involvement

    08/09/2012 8:16:20 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    President Obama’s staff arranged for him to be personally briefed last summer on a loan program to help clean-energy companies, two months before the program was thrust into headlines by the collapse of its flagship, the solar company Solyndra, records show. About the same time, then-White House Chief of Staff William Daley resolved a dispute among administration officials over another project in the program, clearing the way for a $1.4 billion loan, according to documents and sources familiar with the situation.
  • Clean Energy Summit Sparks Political Events, Debate Over Government Role In Renewables

    08/07/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off today in Las Vegas, the debate over alternative energy development and the government's role in its future rages on. The purpose of the day-long event as described on the website is to, “once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence.” But the role of the federal government in the...
  • Fifth Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas to Focus on Clean Energy Choice, August 7

    07/31/2012 5:50:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ^ | July 31, 2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
    Former President Bill Clinton to Give Keynote Address at Nation’s Premier Annual Clean Energy ConferenceLas Vegas, NV — On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, “National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice” returns to Las Vegas at Bellagio Hotel & Resort for the nation’s foremost conversation about clean energy options. As a passionate advocate for energy alternatives, Former President Bill Clinton will give a keynote address during the summit about the importance of taking action and utilizing the power of choice when it comes to clean energy. The annual conference is hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), MGM...
  • Economists Without Calculators (Clean-energy math doesn’t add up.)

    06/27/2012 1:33:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    Last week, just before the opening of the U.N.’s Earth Summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the New York Times ran an op-ed that decried the rapid rise in carbon dioxide emissions during the two decades since a similar meeting was held in Rio.The authors of the article — Christian Azar, a professor at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, and two economists from the Environmental Defense Fund, Thomas Sterner and Gernot Wagner — claimed that the world needs to “kick its addiction to fossil fuels” and that renewable energy provides the road to salvation because “the seeds of an...
  • Green Industry Tells Obama to (Shut the Hell Up)

    06/25/2012 7:06:35 PM PDT · by rightjb · 5 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 6-25-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    “Mr. Obama, the clean energy industry called and they want their reputation back.”It has been clear from the beginning that Obama positioned the whole “green” hype to do four things: Siphon off taxpayer money to be used for crony donor kickbacksTake over more government control of business Create and use as his own “Green Labor Union” forceKill our economy ala Piven by increasing regulations and taxes I never could understand the roll of the openly Marxist radical Van Jones, until you realize that under him “everything” would be a green job.  Effectively Jones would use the government to fund or...
  • Global clean-energy 'revolution' falters ahead of Rio

    06/18/2012 9:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 18 June 2012 | Timothy Spence
    A UN push to provide electricity to more than one billion people who live off the grid is threatened by indecision at an important global development conference this week, despite robust support from EU leaders. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has called for a “global clean energy revolution” to provide electricity to the developing world by 2030 and he won commitments to the plan from the European Commission earlier this year. But negotiators meeting in New York ahead of the 20th anniversary Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro appeared to fall short of agreeing commitments to provide sustainable energy in...
  • The Sierra Club Opposes ‘Clean Energy’

    05/08/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 8, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    ‘Clean energy” is the political darling of the moment. President Obama has made the promotion of clean energy one of the centerpieces of his administration and his reelection effort. The Democratic National Committee claims that “clean energy” investments are “helping pave the way to a more sustainable future, creating new jobs and entire industries here in America.” Last month, the Center for American Progress, a leftist think tank, released a report that touted the need to build a clean-energy economy.On Sunday, an editorial in the New York Times extolled the benefits of renewable energy and declared that the “clean...
  • Dem. lawmaker 'proud' that EPA regs have 'scrapped' three coal power plants in Nevada

    04/16/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 26 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | April 15, 2012 | Victor Joecks
    In case you needed any more evidence that President Obama's "all of the above" talking point on energy policy is a joke, Nevada Assemblyman "Tick" Segerblom, D.-Clark County, just wrote an op-ed bragging about how a recent ruling from Obama's EPA will kill coal power. Media analysts from left and right are predicting that the most recent EPA rule-making decision spells the ultimate end of Big Coal as utilities turn to cleaner, cheaper sources for energy. In the five years since the Supreme Court made its ruling, Nevada has moved faster than many other states to accommodate a new regulatory...
  • Low Voltage: Obama Failure as Investor-in-Chief

    02/01/2012 10:32:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Even before he took the oath of office, Barack Obama embraced the financial crisis of 2008.  In the words of his then Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” and Obama saw the recession as an opportunity for him to play investor picking winners and losers with hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars.  This was his moment to “transform” the American economy to match his vision for a brave new world.  Lavishing billions on green technology was high on Obama’s list of favorites.  In just three years, his Administration has pumped $80 billion into...
  • Obama's Misstatements on the Union

    01/27/2012 4:53:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Only a president long shielded from criticism and accountability could make the kind of State of the Union speech President Obama did Tuesday night. It's hard to know where to begin, given his repetition of tired ideas from his previous SOTUs, his taking credit for successful policies he resisted and omitting failed ones he promoted, his numerous misrepresentations on issues big and small, and his glaring refusal to address the main issues that threaten the nation. Let me touch on just a few highlights in this brief space. Excessive spending is the primary threat to our nation's and Americans' financial...
  • Editorial: Obama has greens squirming a bit

    01/26/2012 5:08:33 PM PST · by landsbaum · 7 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 1-26-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other loyal Democratic Party constituencies have learned about being taken for granted. Like blacks and union members before them, the green lobby is discovering that, despite promises to champion their cause, reelection campaign rhetoric commands higher priority. It's safe for the president to offend loyalists. To whom would they...
  • EDITORIAL: The dirty politics of clean energy

    12/27/2011 9:06:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Editorial
    Federal funds skew business investment during Obama termDisturbing revelations continue to emerge about how more than half a billion dollars of taxpayer dollars were shoveled into the Solyndra solar-panel boondoggle. It is becoming increasingly clear that the only “green” involved in this scandal is money. There is no compelling reason to empower the government to use public funds to engage in risky investments. There also is no reason to believe that government bureaucrats - especially political appointees, not usually known for their business acumen or technical expertise - are smart enough to pick winners in competitive business sectors. Energy Secretary...
  • Energy of the Future: Spaced Based Solar Stations

    11/15/2011 11:04:23 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15/11/2011 | James Burgess
    A solar power station in space measuring several kilometres in length may sound like something from a science fiction film, but the reality is that this idea could well be operational and supplying much of the worlds energy requirements within less than 20 years. Space based solar power stations are not a new idea, in fact they have been researched since the 1970’s. Back in 2009 the Californian state regulators granted approval to the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Solaren Corp. to start creating a solar based power plant in space. Solaren, founded by veterans of Hughes Aircraft, Boeing...
  • Green energy, high prices, and political manipulation

    10/22/2011 7:29:37 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2011 | Ron Arnold
    Three years ago, a winner was chosen to make Rhode Island the nation's first state with an offshore wind farm. Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri made the announcement: Deepwater Wind Inc., -- a well-capitalized New Jersey wind power development company with hotshot lobbyists -- won the contract. Carcieri unveiled the $1.3 billion, 800-job venture in language fit for a legacy: "This is much more than an energy project. This is about creating a new industry in Rhode Island; an industry that puts Rhode Island at the epicenter of the emerging alternative energy market."
  • SANDERS: War on energy at home creates disasters abroad

    09/26/2011 9:01:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2011 | Sol Sanders
    President Obama’s war on fossil fuels is adding to instability in a world already racked by international debt, demographic pressures and unpredictable, galloping technological advances. The domestic implications of his policies are increasingly apparent: The closing off of prospecting and drilling is costing tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of jobs. The attempt to choose winners and losers through “green energy” subsidies is producing market distortions, huge losses of taxpayers’ funds and corruption rarely seen since the Soviet Union’s Gosplan. Using executive fiat for arbitrary environmental rulings after Mr. Obama’s “cap and trade” climate plan quietly died in Congress is eroding...
  • Video: Energy Sec. Chu claims government played ‘intimate role’ in all U.S. tech development

    08/31/2011 10:08:07 AM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 11 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | August 30, 2011 | Victor Joecks
    No joke. Here's what Secretary Steven Chu, a top official in the Obama administration who's in charge of the U.S. Department of Energy, claimed today at Sen. Harry Reid's National Clean Energy Summit: So the government played an incredibly intimate role in all the technologies that led to prosperity in the United States, and we must not lose sight of that fact. And if you don't believe he said that — and given how ludicrous that statement is, I wouldn't blame you — here's video of his comment (30:50 mark). Browse through these lists of 10 popular inventions and the top...
  • Biden to give keynote speech at energy summit

    08/07/2011 10:36:03 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/04/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Vice President Biden is slated to deliver the keynote address at a Las Vegas energy summit hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) later this month. The fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit will also feature remarks from Center for American Progress President John Podesta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), among others. “The Obama administration has proven time and again it understands the importance of building a competitive 21st-century economy through clean energy investments and policies that are focused on putting people back to work, reducing costs for consumers and...
  • Face palm: EPA bureaucrat tap dances during testimony ( on regulation of greenhouse gases (CO2)

    04/17/2011 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 16, 2011 | Ryan Maue
    EPA Deputy Administrator Mathy Stanislaus EPA Deputy Administrator Mathy Stanislaus should be given credit for showing up Thursday to an Environment and Energy subcommittee hearing, but may not be returning any time soon.  Let’s just say his performance was cringe-inducing as he spun like a top attempting to deflect the very pointed, and basic yes-or-no questions of Rep. Cory Gardner (R – Colorado).  An exasperated Stanislaus even resorted to a face-palm maneuver to regain his rhetorical footing.  Of course, YouTube video exists…see below.It’s clear that the GOP wants to eliminate the EPA’s current attempt/ability to regulate greenhouse gases (CO2) and,...
  • Mark Landsbaum: Your money's gone with the wind (and solar)

    04/17/2011 3:38:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | April 17, 2011 8:01 a.m | Mark Landsbaum
    Renewable energy is all the rage. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last week to encourage more of it. The law "encouraged" in the way government encourages everything: Do it or else. Rather than produce a mere 20 percent of California's energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by the year 2020, state utilities now are ordered to generate a third of it that way. President Barack Obama trumpets similar lofty-sounding goals for the nation, although he's not having as much success, considering Congress isn't as rabidly left-leaning green as California's Legislature. California Gov. Jerry Brown, sitting,...
  • Nuclear future beyond Japan : Purported cold fusion advance aimed at energy woes

    03/19/2011 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Normandy · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2011 | Frank Perley
    Just as Japan’s earthquake raises fears of catastrophe from a nuclear meltdown and Mideast turmoil jeopardizes the world’s supply of conventional energy, along comes word of a possible scientific breakthrough that holds out the hope of cheap, abundant power. Cold fusion - discredited and vilified in the past - is back in the news. The potential benefits are great enough that, despite past failures, the technology deserves a fair hearing from the scientific community this time.
  • Waxman, Markey, and Inslee’s argument ( And why the EPA must lead to the Clean Energy Future )

    03/15/2011 8:45:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 15, 2011 | by Anthony Watts Anthony Watts
    Last week the House Energy & Power Subcommittee marked up H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act. Today, the full House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up the bill.Opponents, especially Reps. Waxman, Markey, and Inslee, viciously attacked the bill last Thursday. Their arguments are reviewed in detail at the blog GlobalWarming.Org. The post concludes with this summary of the Waxman-Markey-Inslee argument as follows: We know what is good for America and the world. It’s a future without fossil fuels. We can’t persuade the people’s representatives to support our agenda and turn it into law. Therefore, it is necessary for...
  • "Put the brakes" on nuclear power plants: Lieberman

    03/13/2011 10:32:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 97 replies
    REUTERS ^ | March 13, 2011 | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - The United States should "put the brakes on" new nuclear power plants until fully understanding what happened to the earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's homeland security panel said on Sunday.
  • Global Warming By Another Name

    03/07/2011 5:05:08 PM PST · by yup2394871293 · 6 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | March 7, 2011 | Shikha Dalmia
    Obama's clean energy boondoggle will be expensive for America President Barack Obama uttered not a peep about global warming in his State of Union this year. No dire warnings about climate apocalypse. No calls for cap-and-trade. Has this cold winter convinced him to put his global warming agenda on ice?Hardly. Indeed, even in this age of deficits and debt, the president’s budget is chock full of global warming items—except he wraps them around a new cause: clean energy.And that may be enough to get Republicans to sign on.That "clean energy" is code for "anti-warming" is obvious, given that even Environmental...
  • Wind Power FAIL ( Turbines all Froze Up!....too Cold and Wet)

    02/17/2011 6:31:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | Greg Weston
    Here’s the story: “We can’t control the weather,” Julie Vitek said in an interview from company headquarters in Houston, Texas. “We’re looking to see if we can cope with it more effectively, through the testing of a couple of techniques.”She says the conditions in northern New Brunswick have wreaked havoc on the wind farm this winter.“For us, cold and dry weather is good and that’s what’s typical in the region. Cold and wet weather can be a problem without any warmer days to prompt thawing, which has been the case this year.“This weather pattern has been particularly challenging.”Full article here...
  • China announces thorium reactor energy program, Obama still dwelling on “Sputnik moments”

    01/31/2011 12:36:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 30, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    President Obama in his recent SOTU address said that “this is our generation’s sputnik moment” referring to the need to use science and technology to develop cheaper clean energy (among other things). It seems the Chinese were listening because last week they announced a focused effort to achieve technological leadership in thorium molten salt reactors.From EnergyFromThoriumThe People’s Republic of China has initiated a research and development project in thorium molten-salt reactor technology, it was announced in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) annual conference on Tuesday, January 25. An article in the Wenhui News followed on Wednesday (Google English translation)....
  • Was this part of the inspiration for Obama’s SOTU goal: “by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity .....

    01/27/2011 9:38:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 26, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Was this part of the inspiration for Obama’s SOTU goal: “by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources”?During last night’s State of the Union Address, president Obama essentially abandoned AGW proponents, and shifted the focus to energy, including uttering the greens most dreaded term: “clean coal”. He also set a bold goal that raised some eyebrows: I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this...