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  • Constitution defender David Rivkin takes on unjust EPA regulations in D.C. talk

    04/05/2011 1:22:30 PM PDT · by american_steve · 3 replies
    OfficialWire, ^ | 04/05/2011 | Ed Hassell
    Former White House lawyer David B. Rivkin, Jr. will speak about the next landmark Supreme Court case regarding climate issues, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, on April 13 at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The program runs on the sixth floor of the Environmental Law Institute from noon to 2 p.m. with speakers beginning promptly at 12:15 p.m. On April 19, 2011, the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether states and private parties can sue power companies under federal common law for contributing to global warming and compel them to cap CO2 emissions. Many are...
  • A Man-Made Energy Crisis. Obama’s policy is working . . . to raise energy costs.

    03/24/2011 6:53:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/24/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Gas is well over $4 a gallon in most places in California — and soaring elsewhere as well. But are such high energy prices good or bad? That should be a stupid question. Yet it is not, when the Obama administration has stopped new domestic offshore oil exploration in many American waters, curbed oil leases in the West, and keeps oil-rich areas of Alaska exempt from drilling. Last week, President Obama went to Brazil and declared of that country’s new offshore finds: “With the new oil finds off Brazil, President [Dilma] Rousseff has said that Brazil wants to be a...
  • Steve Forbes declares : Energy Crisis Over!

    10/28/2010 7:43:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/28/2010 | Steve Forbes
    The Energy Crisis is Over! Not because of some humongous breakthrough in alternative energies but because of new ways to access two sources widely used today: oil and natural gas. The recent news story about China's national oil company, Cnooc, purchasing a stake in Chesapeake Energy's Texas shale oil and gas fields and agreeing to pony up most of the capital to develop them underscores what an amazing transformation is taking place in the U.S.' energy picture. The word "revolution" is overused, but it's truly appropriate when applied to these technological breakthroughs: hydraulic fracturing--a.k.a. fracking--and horizontal drilling. With fracking, drillers...
  • Chavez turns to Cubans for help with energy crisis

    02/03/2010 9:55:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 507+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/3/10 | Christopher Toothaker - AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez has turned to his friends in Cuba for help in tackling Venezuela's energy crisis, drawing criticism for seeking advice from the communist-led island that has struggled with its own electricity woes. Chavez gave few details on Wednesday about what is expected of Cuba, but insisted that "it's valuable experience that's serving us well." He said that he spoke for hours Tuesday with Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdes after his arrival in Venezuela to lead the consulting team. The decision to seek help from Cuba bewildered Venezuelans coping with the nation's power shortage. "It's laughable...
  • Coast to Coast am (Time Travel show with ART BELL!)

    01/31/2010 9:55:37 PM PST · by divine_moment_of_facts · 46 replies · 1,456+ views
    Coast to Coast am ^ | 2-1-10 | C2Cam Radio Show
    Art Bell is joined by physicist David Anderson, who'll discuss the history of time travel, and the status of time technology from research labs around the world, as well as the moral and ethical implications of this technology. Anderson is the President and CEO of Anderson Multinational LLC, the parent corporation of the Anderson Institute and several other companies, headquartered in Rochester, New York. He holds multiple patents relating to time technology and also for time reactor designs. His published works include more than thirty articles and video lectures on spacetime physics, time control technologies and methods and the philosophy...
  • Time Travel and Energy

    02/02/2010 3:47:17 PM PST · by mission9 · 24 replies · 667+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2-2-2010 | Ranger
    H. G. Wells lives today in the person of David Lewis Anderson, PhD. Over a hundred years ago, the proto-science fiction work, "The Time Machine" explored heady subjects of Time travel, post Armageddon societies, and evolutionary genetics when applied along class lines. A more fanciful yet forward thinking and eloquent novel could not be imagined at the time, turn of the Century late Victorian England. Yet science fictions have become reality so often, that to even question the premise is now laughable....
  • Abiotic Synthesis Of Methane: New Evidence Supports 19th-Century Idea On Formation Of Oil

    12/20/2009 2:40:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies · 2,252+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11/2009
    Washington, D.C. are reporting laboratory evidence supporting the possibility that some of Earth's oil and natural gas may have formed in a way much different than the traditional process described in science textbooks. Their study is scheduled for Nov./Dec. issue of ACS' Energy & Fuels, a bi-monthly publication. Anurag Sharma and colleagues note that the traditional process involves biology: Prehistoric plants died and changed into oil and gas while sandwiched between layers of rock in the hot, high-pressure environment deep below Earth's surface. Some scientists, however, believe that oil and gas originated in other ways, including chemical reactions between carbon...
  • What Really Happened to the Shah of Iran? [Carter + British]

    04/15/2009 8:39:05 PM PDT · by Cyrus the Great · 16 replies · 1,353+ views
    Payvand ^ | 4/15/09 | Ernst Schroeder
    "In November 1978, President Carter named the Bilderberg group's George Ball, another member of the Trilateral Commission, to head a special White House Iran task force under the National Security Council's Brzezinski. Ball recommended that Washington drop support for the Shah of Iran and support the fundamentalistic Islamic opposition of Ayatollah Khomeini. Robert Bowie from the CIA was one of the lead 'case officers' in the new CIA-led coup against the man their covert actions had placed into power 25 years earlier. Their scheme was based on a detailed study of the phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism, as presented by British...
  • Russia's Unclenched Fist

    02/13/2009 9:27:51 AM PST · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 13, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    Russia’s Unclenched Fist by: Daniel Allen, February 13, 2009 The Russian invasion of Georgia was a wakeup call to policy makers across the United States, Europe and Central Asia. Russia never ceased to be a region of extreme concern, but other countries—Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea—have dominated headlines and discussions recently. The incoming Obama administration, which plans to depart heavily from the policies of the previous administration, has inspired speculation across Washington on what the future of U.S. policy in all areas should involve. U.S. policy toward Russia is no exception. Experts gathered this week at a conference hosted by...
  • The Other Gas Wars

    02/10/2009 9:38:55 AM PST · by bs9021 · 197+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 10, 2009 | Alanna Hultz
    The Other Gas Wars by: Alanna Hultz, February 10, 2009 The most recent gas war between Russia and Ukraine took place January 1st after political tension caused gas price negotiations between the two countries to fall apart and Russia cut gas flows to Ukraine. A few days later, Russia stopped the flow of gas to Europe leaving at least 18 Eastern European Nations with scarce supplies. At an American Enterprise Institute event, Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics discussed how the gas wars affected Russia and Ukraine. AEI describes itself as a...
  • Confronting the Bear

    01/30/2009 9:27:02 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 314+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 30, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    Confronting the Bear by: Daniel Allen, January 30, 2009 Fittingly, 2009 began with an energy crisis. In the middle of a bitter winter, Russia shut off its gas supply to Ukraine, affecting much of the rest of Eastern Europe, over disputed payment agreements. This set the stage for discussions across Europe, Central Asia and the U.S. about the future of energy security for Europe, how Europe and America can counter Russian aggression and what must be done to improve relations between Central Asia and the West. In a conference this week at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Frederick Starr, an expert...
  • Arrogant Consensus

    12/22/2008 7:14:04 AM PST · by CampusKing · 9 replies · 737+ views
    ALG News ^ | December 22, 2008 | Isaac MacMillen
    The number of scientists that are coming out against the “undisputed fact” and “closed discussion” of global warming keeps getting larger as time passes. Last week, we had the 650 scientists in a Senate report who opposed global warming alarmist claims. Even the scientist at the helm of the UN's global warming panel has expressed some caution on jumping to conclusions based on the IPCC’s data.

    11/21/2008 8:51:31 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 54 replies · 1,287+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 21 Nov 2008 | Jeff Head
    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is an avowed socialist, openly talking about applying marxist dogma and principle to our free market. He has stated, among other things, that he openly wants all of the following: Redistribution of Wealth (in his 2001 NPR interview) That he wants to bankrupt the traditional coal industry (in the closing days of the campaign). That he wants off shore drilling and ANWR drilling curtailed (before and during the campaign). That the rest of th world will not put up with Americans driving SUVs, keeping their houses warm, or enjoying their life styles (during the campaign). That...
  • Nuclear Energy on Demand

    10/24/2008 8:16:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 10 replies · 276+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 24, 2008 | Lance Nation
    Nuclear Energy on Demand by: Lance Nation, October 24, 2008 Considered by many to be the most important issue facing America after the economy and the War on Terror, the energy “crisis” is in full motion. And, what happens when a capitalist society determines that a problem needs a solution? Someone invents it. Then someone else commercializes it of course. This is precisely what Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. did. Recently, Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. acquired the exclusive rights to commercialize Dr. Otis “Pete” Peterson’s Hyperion Power Module (HPM). Dubbed “nuclear in a box,” the Hyperion Power Module is a hot...
  • The green bubble bursts--Amid the energy crisis, Dems losing environment high ground to GOP

    09/30/2008 4:46:00 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 25 replies · 891+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 30, 2008 | Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
    Amid the energy crisis, Democrats are losing the high ground on the environment to a GOP that is pushing oil drilling. As the election enters its endgame, Democrats and their environmental allies face a political challenge they could hardly have imagined just a few months ago. America's growing dependence on fossil fuels, once viewed as a Democratic trump card held alongside the Iraq war and the deflating economy, has become a lodestone instead. Republicans stole the energy issue from Democrats by proposing expanded drilling -- particularly lifting bans on offshore oil drilling -- to bring down gasoline prices. Whereas Barack...
  • Russia 'backs Georgia peace plan'

    08/12/2008 2:00:08 PM PDT · by austrian · 51 replies · 717+ views
    Russia has approved a plan intended to end fighting with Georgia, brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr Sarkozy, whose country holds the EU presidency, is now in Tbilisi trying to persuade Georgians to accept the deal. Under the plan, both sides would agree not to use force, and all troops would return to the positions they were in before the conflict began last week. Earlier, Russia announced its military activity in the area was completed and witnesses reported troops pulling back. But despite the diplomacy and apparent withdrawal, rhetoric on both sides has remained fiery and analysts predicted a...
  • Senator Salazar Lauds Oil Shale Limitations in Omnibus Bill (i.e., Senator Kenny is an idiot)

    07/23/2008 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Who is John Galt? · 51 replies · 204+ views
    Kenny's web site ^ | 12-17-2007 | Senator Kenny Salazar, Democrat, CO
    WASHINGTON, DC –Today, United States Senator Ken Salazar declared victory for the communities of Colorado’s Western Slope. Efforts by Reps. John Salazar and Mark Udall and Senator Salazar will now ensure that language is included in the omnibus spending bill that will prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from issuing any final regulations for commercial-scale leasing of oil shale and from offering any commercial oil shale leases during fiscal year 2008. Senator Salazar was also able to work in language that specifically reiterates how important it is for the Department of Interior and BLM to cooperate more fully with...
  • Al Gore blackouts

    07/18/2008 12:41:42 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 22 replies · 271+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | 7/17/2008 | Corky Boyd
    Al Gore today called for replacing all carbon based electric power generation with alternative forms, primarily wind, solar, and geothermal in the next ten years...I pulled up these Intellicast wind maps a few hours after he delivered his speech. They cover the entire eastern portion of the country at 10PM EDT. Seems to be a problem. It’s night (no solar) and there’s no wind. It happens!
  • Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare

    05/25/2008 6:08:05 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 67 replies · 94+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-25-08 | SAMANTHA GROSS
    BUSKIRK, N.Y. - A few years ago, Kathleen Breault was just another suburban grandma, driving countless hours every week, stopping for lunch at McDonald's, buying clothes at the mall, watching TV in the evenings. That was before Breault heard an author talk about the bleak future of the world's oil supply. Now, she's preparing for the world as we know it to disappear. Breault cut her driving time in half. She switched to a diet of locally grown foods near her upstate New York home and lost 70 pounds. She sliced up her credit cards, banished her television and swore...
  • Congress Punishes American Oil and America

    03/07/2008 3:08:50 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 142+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/7/08 | Purple Mountains
    Do you remember watching President Jimmy Carter talking to us from the Oval Office in a sweater? Remember how the energy crisis disappeared when Ronald Reagan took office and removed some of the stupid regulations and the taxes? Here we go again. A few weeks ago I published a piece by a psychiatrist who thought modern liberalism was a form of mental illness. Well, a popular definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I don't really think liberal Democrats are pushing us further and further into an energy...
  • California proposes government-regulated thermostats

    01/21/2008 2:55:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 530+ views
    One News Now ^ | January 21, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    Californians may soon have to deal with climate change on a different scale -- and this time the culprit isn't greenhouse gas. The California Energy Commission is proposing a plan which allows the government to regulate household thermostats in the event of an "energy crisis." Under the proposed rules, all new thermostats will be fitted with technology that will allow the government to adjust the temperature of someone's home by plus or minus four degrees. Originally the plans called for mandatory compliance; however, amid public outcry, the plans have been slightly altered to allow an individual to turn off the...
  • Jamie Carter

    12/24/2007 5:01:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 247+ views
    IBD ^ | December 24, 2007
    Energy Policy: It's tempting to make fun of Hillary Clinton's prophecy of oil prices plunging with her inauguration. But a female reincarnation of Jimmy Carter, reviving his disastrous energy policies, is no laughing matter.There's an overarching dream that animates many politicians of the left: to lead a government in peacetime that inspires the populace to sacrifice with the same zeal they would if they were living in wartime. President Carter was all set in the summer of 1979 to give a speech calling the country's energy challenges "as serious as war itself and deserving of the same sustained national effort."...
  • Worst President Ever?

    02/12/2007 6:33:02 AM PST · by presidio9 · 278 replies · 5,166+ views
    The Nation ^ | Feb. 11, 2007 | Nicholas von Hoffman.
    A question that seems to be on everybody's mind these days turns out to be: Is George Bush the worst President in American history? But how do you judge? Is he the most morally disgusting? The worst mangler of the English language? Ever since the atom bomb was dropped, we've had a whole string of bozos who cannot pronounce the word "nuclear." How much should that count against them? Is John Tyler, our tenth President, a candidate for worst President? Some people who have never heard of this guy have heard of the campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too." Well,...
  • How Media and Attorney General Demonized Power Companies During 2001 California Energy Crisis

    12/31/2006 11:30:58 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 11 replies · 597+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | December 31, 2006 | Wayne Lusvardi
    How Media and Attorney General Demonized Power Companies During 2001 California Energy Crisis The Pasadena Pundit Below is an excerpt from "Can Electricity Restructuring Survive? Lessons from California and Pennsylvania" in Electric Choices: Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power (2006) by Andrew N. Kleit. (At the peak of the California Energy Crisis)"...on January 17, 2001, Duke Power offered to operate an inefficient and polluting (fossil fuel) generator for $3,880 per megawatt hour with most of the proposed fee representing a 'credit premium,' because it estimated that there was only a 20% chance that it would ever get paid. The...
  • Will Mexico Soon Be Tapped Out?

    08/07/2006 9:09:23 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 14 replies · 700+ views
    LA times ^ | 7-24-2006 | Marla Dickerson
    Output at Mexico's most important oil field has fallen steeply this year, raising fears that wells there that generate 60% of the country's petroleum are in the throes of a major decline. Production at Cantarell, the world's second-largest oil complex, in the shallow gulf waters off the shore of Mexico's southern Campeche state, averaged just over 1.8 million barrels a day in May, according to the most recent government figures. That's a 7% drop from the first of the year and the lowest monthly output since July 2005, when Hurricane Emily forced the evacuation of thousands of oil workers from...
  • CA: Little risk to Schwarzenegger of blackouts, thanks to Gray Davis

    07/21/2006 8:15:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Despite a midsummer heat wave that has pushed energy use to an all-time high this week, experts say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably does not have to fear the blackouts that ended former Gov. Gray Davis' political career. And he has Davis to thank for that. The long-term contracts Davis signed, at great political cost, guarantee plentiful energy for the next few years at what now look like good rates. "In an interesting twist of fate, he's benefiting from the decisions that his predecessor suffered for," said Frank Wolak, a Stanford economist who specializes in energy. "The terrible contracts" Davis...
  • FERC Nominee Spitzer Cautions Against Dependence on LNG-(LNG - liquid natural gas)

    07/04/2006 9:29:03 PM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 358+ views
    ntelligence Press ^ | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 | ntelligence Press
    FERC nominee Marc Spitzer Wednesday cautioned against the nation's growing reliance on liquefied natural gas (LNG), saying the United States shouldn't put all of its "eggs in one basket." "I'm not naysaying LNG as a natural gas alternative. But again to put all you eggs in one basket doesn't seem to me to be the right choice," the Arizona regulator said during a brief confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Spitzer has been tapped for a five-year term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expiring June 30, 2011. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace...
  • How gas price controls sparked '70s shortages

    05/15/2006 11:24:11 AM PDT · by JZelle · 7 replies · 935+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-15-06 | Patrice Hill
    Proposals to control gasoline prices and tax producers' windfall profits were popular ideas that were tried -- without much success -- during the oil shocks of the 1970s and 1980s. The era of price controls is most remembered for long lines at gas stations. The controls were put in place by the Nixon and Ford administrations in reaction to a jump in fuel prices caused by cuts in production by the newly formed international oil cartel, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
  • Excerpts from James Woolsey's visit at the Tribune-Review

    05/02/2006 2:23:04 PM PDT · by GOPwatch · 3 replies · 476+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | May 2, 2006 | Jason Cato
    Excerpts from James Woolsey's visit By Jason Cato TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, May 2, 2006 Excerpts from former CIA Director James Woolsey's visit Monday with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: On the motivation behind part of the Iraqi insurgency:
  • Will America Face an Oil Crisis Soon?

    04/17/2006 1:32:48 PM PDT · by SLB · 160 replies · 3,233+ views
    CBN ^ | 2006 | Dale Hurd – (CBN News) - Some believe that the world as we have known it is about to change. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) is talking about what he thinks could be the biggest challenge in our nation's history. "The world has never faced a problem like this," Bartlett said. A huge and sustained increase in the price of oil that would devastate our economy and the world economy, and would force all of us to change the way we live. Why? It is a phenomenon known as "peak oil." The idea is that oil is a finite resource. There is...
  • Another California energy crisis looms, draft report warns

    09/16/2005 9:59:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 974+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/16/05 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Four years after electricity prices soared and blackouts rolled across California, the state is in danger of another energy crisis – this one involving gasoline and natural gas as well, said a draft report Friday. The state is a captive of its own geographic and regulatory isolation, separated by miles and mountains from many refineries and fossil fuel sources. Moreover, the state sets stricter fuel standards to trim air pollution, driving up prices and limiting availability as is evident in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, said the California Energy Commission. "California's way of life is threatened by its...
  • An Open Letter to Senators Pete Domenici (R) & Jeff Bingaman(D)

    09/14/2005 7:08:04 AM PDT · by BOBTHENAILER · 46 replies · 3,139+ views
    September 14, 2005 | BOBTHENAILER
    Dear Senator, This letter is written in extreme opposition to the recently proposed regulations by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division. A little historical background is needed to prove this opposition is correct. The background follows: The current Energy Crisis facing all Americans has roots going back at least 30 years (lack of newly built refineries), but this letter will dwell mainly on recent events, regulations, court cases, lack of legislative fortitude, and most particularly the apparent merging of philosophies between extreme environmental mega-organizations such as the Sierra Club & Natural Resources Defense council, et al and State and Federal...
  • Support Grows for Nuclear Power Plants

    08/18/2005 9:13:19 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 65 replies · 923+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 16, 2005 | Rasmussen Reports
    As the price of oil surges, so has support for building nuclear power plants in the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Americans support the nuclear power option by a more than 2-to-1 margin (55% to 24%). In June, before the latest surge in oil prices, the country was more evenly divided on that question--44% in favor and 35% opposed. Much of the growth in support for nuclear power plants can be found among women and Democrats. However, men and Republicans remain even more supportive. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Americans believe it is somewhat or very important...
  • Lockyer's Criminalizing of Energy Firms under California's Alice in Wonderland Antitrust Laws

    05/23/2005 7:41:35 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 526+ views ^ | May 23, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Lockyer's Criminalizing of Energy Firms Under California’s 'Alice in Wonderland' Antitrust Laws Almost 45 years ago current Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan prophetically wrote: “The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland: everything seemingly is, yet apparent isn’t, simultaneously. It is a world in which actions designed to limit competition are branded as criminal when taken by businessmen, yet praised as ‘enlightened’ when initiated by the government. It is a world in which the law is so vague that businessmen have no way of knowing whether specific actions will be declared illegal until they hear the judge’s verdict...
  • "Ask Why" You Should Go See "Enron" - The (so-called) "Documentary" Movie?

    04/27/2005 1:00:14 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 18 replies · 1,125+ views ^ | April 27, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    "Ask Why" You Should Go See "Enron" - The (so-called) "Documentary" Movie? Written by Wayne Lusvardi The tabloids, newspapers, and the Net are abuzz with the announcement of the release of the new "documentary" film by Alex Gibney, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," after the book by the same name by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, journalists for Fortune Magazine. Gibney is the co-director of the film The Trials of Henry Kissinger which makes the case that Henry Kissinger should be put on trial for Vietnam War era crimes. Net journalists and bloggers are having a feeding frenzy...
  • Peak Oil: Life after the oil crash

    03/14/2005 7:16:08 PM PST · by jaime1959 · 196 replies · 3,875+ views ^ | 2/25/05 | Matt Savinar
    Dear Reader, Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon. This is not the wacky proclamation of a doomsday cult, apocalypse bible prophecy sect, or conspiracy theory society. Rather, it is the scientific conclusion of the best paid, most widely-respected geologists, physicists, and investment bankers in the world. These are rational, professional, conservative individuals who are absolutely terrified by a phenomenon known as global “Peak Oil.” "Are We 'Running Out'? I Thought There Was 40 Years of the Stuff Left" Oil will not just "run out" because all oil production follows a bell curve. This is true...
  • Enron Shutdown of Power Plant Didn't Mean Diddly Squat to California Crisis

    02/08/2005 7:27:47 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 7 replies · 734+ views ^ | February 9, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi and Charles B. Warren
    Enron Shutdown of Power Plant Didn't Mean Diddly Squat to California Crisis Written by Wayne Lusvardi and Charles B. Warren Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - from A tape currently being bantered around in the media by an attorney for Shohmish County Utility District of an Enron trader asking a plant operator to shut down a 52 megawatt (MW) Las Vegas power plant at the peak of the California energy crisis on January 17, 2001 apparently indicts Enron of wrongdoing in the mind of the public. Is there another story behind this story?
  • Feds: Enron made more than $1.6 billion on Western energy crisis

    01/31/2005 5:25:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 615+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 1/31/05 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON - Enron Corp. profited more than $1.6 billion from Western states during the energy crisis, money the bankrupt energy company may be required to return, federal energy officials said Monday. It was the first federal accounting of Western energy crisis profits by Enron, whose traders are accused by California officials of gaming the state's power market and scheming to rip off consumers. The total was revealed in testimony Monday by a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission financial analyst in a case before a FERC administrative law judge. FERC ordered the judge last summer to determine the total amount Enron should...
  • The unsung heroes of the California energy crisis

    01/29/2005 2:15:42 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 10 replies · 444+ views
    Chronwatch ^ | January 29, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi and Charles B. Warren
    The Unsung Heroes of the California Energy Crisis Written by Wayne Lusvardi and Charles Warren Saturday, January 29, 2005 - Mirant settlement belies real culprits of California energy crisis The headline “Mirant to Pay $750 Million to Settle California Claims” was splattered across the pages of newspapers on January 14 reporting the Mirant Corporation’s agreement to settle claims that it manipulated power prices during California’s energy crisis in 2000 and 2001. As part of the settlement, the State handed Southern California Edison $101 million, Sempra Energy’s SDG&E $24 million, and PG&E will receive an uncompleted power plant. The settlement...
  • California's "Bogus" Energy Crisis in Retrospect

    01/04/2005 1:40:18 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 42 replies · 965+ views ^ | 1/4/05 | Wayne Lusvardi and Charles B. Warren

    10/14/2004 4:41:51 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 28 replies · 455+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 13 October 2004
    Lockyer alleged overcharging during crisis.A federal appeals court Tuesday tossed out several lawsuits brought by California's attorney general accusing energy companies of overcharging state power customers millions of dollars during the energy crisis. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal law allows claims for refunds through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, not the courts. In July, the circuit issued a similar decision when it said Attorney General Bill Lockyer could not sue Reliant Resources Inc., Dynegy Inc. and other firms on allegations they double billed energy customers. (Excerpt...see source above for entire story)
  • With energy crisis over, legal fallout continues

    04/16/2004 9:30:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 109+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/16/04 | David Kravets - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The legal fallout from California's energy crisis is far from settled. Among the most pressing unanswered questions are how much the energy market overcharged and whether the government will prosecute more than the seven individuals already indicted for manipulating power prices. California's energy troubles began in May 2000 with the confluence of a booming economy, an ill-fated deregulated energy market, manipulation of that market and a drought slowing hydropower stations in the West. Discord abounds over how these factors caused energy prices to skyrocket. What remains are dozens of energy-related lawsuits and a handful of criminal...
  • State feels fallout of energy crisis, producers are...eager to build...can't get the cash

    04/11/2004 6:06:53 PM PDT · by randita · 42 replies · 285+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 4/11/04 | David R. Baker
    State feels fallout of energy crisis Producers are ready and eager to build, but they can't get the cash David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, April 11, 2004 ©2004 San Francisco Chronicle On 14 windy acres at the edge of a Hayward industrial park, Calpine Corp. has everything it needs to build a power plant. Everything except the cash. The company already has the blessings of government officials. It has a source of fuel -- a natural gas pipeline running through the park. Water from a sewage treatment plant, literally across the street, will cool the turbines if they're...
  • ANWR Flash Movie

    03/31/2004 4:01:37 PM PST · by jfreif · 33 replies · 193+ views ^ | 3/01/04 |
    Watch this FLASH movie and tell of your friends and family about!!!
  • Reliant Says Indictment Expected

    03/08/2004 6:46:24 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 232+ views
    Associated Press | March 8, 2004
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors plan to indict a unit of Reliant Resources Inc. and four current and former workers in what would be the first criminal case against a company accused of manipulating power prices during California's energy crisis, the company said Monday. Reliant said the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California in San Francisco notified the company Friday of its intention to seek the indictments. The charges are based on allegations that the subsidiary, Reliant Energy Services, manipulated the prices for two days in June 2000 by curtailing Reliant's electricity generation. The subsidiary is...
  • CA: Regulators dismiss cases against 31 companies in energy crisis (AG office FERC'd again)

    01/26/2004 9:29:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 235+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/26/04 | AP - Washington, DC
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal energy regulators have dismissed cases against half the companies required last summer to justify their pricing and marketing strategies during California's 2000-2001 energy crisis.</p> <p>The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved settlements amounting to $142,000 in refunds from five companies, and dismissed cases against 31 other companies and municipal power districts, agency spokesman Bryan Lee said Monday. The actions were taken at a FERC meeting Thursday.</p>
  • Court Voids a Bush Move on Energy

    01/14/2004 9:09:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2004 | Matthew L. Wald
    Should be titled, "Court acts illegally on energy": Court Voids a Bush Move on Energy by Matthew L. WaldJanuary 14, 2004The rule, which applies to central air-conditioners for houses, was one of several published by the Clinton administration during its last few days in office. It was effectively rescinded in a memorandum sent by Andrew H. Card Jr., chief of staff in the Bush White House, to the Energy Department, which formally acted in the early months of the new administration. Tuesday's decision, by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York,...
  • Davis Declares Official End to California's Energy Crisis

    11/13/2003 8:27:48 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 123+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/13/03 | Jennifer Coleman
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three years and billions of dollars after California's botched attempt at electricity deregulation led to blackouts and bankruptcies, Gov. Gray Davis has declared an end to the energy crisis. The recalled governor issued a proclamation Thursday ending the state of emergency he declared on Jan. 17, 2001, as wholesale electricity prices hit record highs and California suffered rolling blackouts. The crisis, which aggravated the state's budget deficit, played a key role in Davis ouster in last month's recall election. The utilities had been struggling since May 2000, when wholesale prices suddenly soared but retail rates...
  • Need help from my fellow freepers. Deregulation questions.

    08/25/2003 4:54:11 PM PDT · by Sir_Humphrey · 12 replies · 172+ views
    I am researching this matter for classes which start next week. Does anyone know which states which were hit by the blackout in the Northeast were deregulated? In light of the recent columns by Krugman and Conason (which blamed the blackout on deregulation). Of course if the editorial page of the NY times says it, it will just be a matter of time before young Democrats start chantting the mantra. I need to counter this BS, but I don't know where to begin. I can't seem to find out which of the effected states were deregulated. What websites would be...
  • France Asks People to Cut Electric Use 2 hours, 40 minutes ago

    08/12/2003 12:47:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 63 replies · 666+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-12-03 | By PAMELA SAMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    PARIS - France's power company asked people to use less electricity Tuesday as some plants were forced to cut output during a Europe-wide heat wave that has fanned wildfires and killed dozens of people. One French medical expert said at least 100 Parisians have died of heat-related illnesses — a claim that if proven would quadruple the number of deaths blamed on the heat wave. With river temperatures hitting record highs, some plants that use water in production are cutting back, and six have stopped altogether. Plants are constrained by regulations limiting the amount of hot water they can discharge...