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  • The Post Obama Recovery Begins Here

    09/13/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    If Americans want some cheap fuel for the economy, it would be best to vote GOP this time around because only the GOP has a plan for inexpensive, reliable domestic energy production. Combined with a lifting of restrictions on exportation of unrefined oil, fuel prices could be significantly lower than they are now. And where they are now—lower—has helped the economy greatly in the last month. For years I’ve puzzled over how so many Americans have lost the connection between inexpensive, reliable energy sources and a robust economy. But this month’s retail sales numbers make the connection clear. Retail sales...
  • Disinvestment of Fossil Fuels -- Symbolism and Hypocrisy

    07/13/2014 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California's endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. "As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change," Fossil Free UC explains on its website. This is the global-warming movement at its most honest. Its goal is not change, which requires sacrifice in a plugged-in age; its goal is to "influence change" -- to wit, wag a finger at others and demand they do something symbolic and politically correct. What better...
  • Teen Says He Was Cyberbullied for Pro-Fossil Fuels Shirt

    04/27/2014 11:38:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Apr. 27, 2014 9:58 AM
    A teen said he was cyberbullied for wearing an “I Love Fossil Fuels” shirt on Earth Day. John Digiacobbe said he loves fossil fuels because they’ve been around for millions of years and provide for more than 80 percent of energy. Some of his classmates, however, don’t seem to share that view. Digiacobbe said wearing the shirt prompted comments at school and a “firestorm of negative tweets.” …
  • Chris Hayes Wants to Kill About 5.7 Billion People

    04/25/2014 5:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSNBC host Chris Hayes is getting an alarming amount of attention for his latest effort in The Nation, a stemwinder arguing that the abolition of fossil fuels is like the abolition of slavery.The argument may sound forced, but Hayes has a logical premise that goes something like this: Socrates does not wear sandals; a potato kugel does not wear sandals; therefore Socrates is a potato kugel. It’s also tricked out with quasi-erudition and broad claims such as this one: “Before the widespread use of fossil fuels, slaves were one of the main sources of energy (if not the main source)...
  • The Battle For The Sun (Or Who Will Collect The Rental Income For Solar Energy In The 21st Century?)

    04/21/2014 6:39:54 AM PDT · by shove_it · 18 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 20 Apr 2014 | Zoltan Kiss
    ~snip~ "Let there be light," said the Lord. And there was light and there was energy, and there was solar energy for all of us. You and I are born equal under the sun, with equal rights to the use of our sun's energy. Unless the path in the delivery of solar energy changes, some of us will be making rent payments to some of our neighbors for the use of solar electricity for the rest of our lives, making the wealth divide even more isolating. This article attempts to throw some light on this reality. The fossil fuels that...
  • Obama's Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

    11/13/2013 4:01:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    After fomenting fears of fracking and fossil fuels, the administration's campaign to put food in our gas tanks has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Ethanol was supposed to save the earth and pave the way to energy independence. It has done neither. We are getting closer to energy independence but it is thanks to the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has unleashed our vast reserves of oil and natural gas formerly trapped in shale formations underneath much of the U.S. Fracking was supposed to be environmentally dangerous, a...
  • Climate report struggles with temperature quirks-cast doubt we're cooking planet burning coal,oil..

    09/19/2013 6:41:38 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 9.19.13 | KARL RITTER
    STOCKHOLM — Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming skeptics: The heating of Earth's surface appears to have slowed in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. For years, skeptics have touted what looks like a slowdown in surface warming since 1998 to cast doubt on the scientific consensus that humans are cooking the planet by burning coal, oil and natural gas.
  • Why the latest anti-Keystone pipeline ad is a low blow to Canada

    09/10/2013 7:55:58 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 19 replies
    The Financial Post ^ | August 8, 2013 | Claudia Cattaneo
    CALGARY • An anti-Keystone XL pipeline commercial funded by President Barack Obama supporter and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer confirms what many Canadians have long suspected — American anti-oil activists have gone mad. The commercial was intended to be aired Tuesday evening on WRC-TV, an affiliate of NBC in Washington, D.C., to coincide with the president’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The commercial is so offensive the station refused to air it. While intended as a parody, it insults TransCanada Corp. CEO Russ Girling, whose company is proposing Keystone XL; it’s a low blow to Canada; and it...
  • ‘Keystone oil will travel through America ... Billionaire steps up anti-Keystone campaign

    09/10/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Financial Post ^ | September 9, 2013 | Mark Drajem
    Full title: ‘Keystone oil will travel through America not to America’: Billionaire steps up anti-Keystone campaign with US$1M ad blitzThe author of the piece is with Bloomberg so it can not be posted on FR. However, the title says it all. Financial guru and billionaire Tom Steyer has re-invented himself as an anti-Keystone campaigner. He is sponsoring ads in a four-part, US$1 million advertising campaign to convince viewers the Keystone XL pipeline will hurt the economy and communities and should be blocked. Coincidentally (or not so) he is one of Obama's biggest campaign supporters and fund raiser. His activities aren't...
  • EIA Outlook: Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate World Energy Supply

    07/31/2013 9:57:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/30/2013 | Institute for Energy Research
    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its International Energy Outlook 2013 on July 25, reporting that global energy demand will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. According to EIA, most of this growth will come from the developing countries where strong economic growth is driving additional energy demand. EIA estimates that China and India will account for half of the world’s increase in energy consumption through 2040. China, for example, used 3.4 percent more energy than the United States in 2010, but is expected to double U.S. energy demand by 2040. Further, while nuclear and renewable energy are...
  • Ex-NASA scientist says re-industrializing with fossil fuels makes no sense

    05/16/2013 1:35:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published 15 May 2013 | Updated 16 May 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    A noted climatologist and recently-retired NASA research chief has entered the EU’s energy policy debate, with a warning that any re-industrialization strategy that increases fossil fuels use can only be short-term, irrational and economically wasteful. In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv, James Hansen branded the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) “ineffectual” and flawed, and accused energy firms of preferring government bribes over investments in clean technology. Hansen, whose Congressional testimony on climate change in 1988 first popularized the issue in the United States, also said that approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands fuel from Canada to...
  • Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet (video)

    03/20/2013 12:01:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | March 13, 2013 | Paul Feine & Alex Manning
    Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has gotten greener! Even stranger, the greening of the planet in recent decades appears to be happening because of, not despite, our reliance on fossil fuels. While environmentalists often talk about how bad stuff like CO2 causes bad things to happen like global warming, it turns out that the plants aren't complaining. Approximately 19 minutes. Produced...
  • A must watch – Greening the Planet – Dr. Matt Ridley

    03/17/2013 8:15:16 AM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    WUWT ^ | 3/14/2013 | Anthony Watts
    Video showing that the Earth is getting greener BECAUSE of more co2 in the atmosphere and that the use of fossil fuels is preserving nature, not destroying it.
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • Van Jones and Exxon Mobil Support a Carbon Tax

    12/08/2012 7:54:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tom Borelli
    It’s a bad omen for free enterprise, prosperity and liberty when normally warring special interest groups such as big business and progressive activists agree on public policy. During President Obama’s first term big business interests led by the pharmaceutical industry joined the union lobby in successfully making ObamaCare the law of the land. Shortly after Obama’s re-election, history may be repeating itself this time regarding energy policy. While it’s known that politics makes strange bedfellows none can be more bizarre than former White House green jobs czar Van Jones and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson agreeing on a carbon tax....
  • Winners and Losers Energy Policies

    10/18/2012 1:12:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    Governor Mitt Romney strongly supports North American energy independence as the foundation of renewed US employment and prosperity. President Obama is waging war on fossil fuels, job creation, and efforts to end our economic recession and reduce dependence on Middle Eastern and Russian oil. Romney’s emphasis on careful analysis and due diligence brought him and Bain Capital notable winners like AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and Staples. Obama’s focus on ideology, political calculation, cronyism and campaign contributors produced losers and scandals like Abound Solar, Crescent Dunes, Ener1, Fisker, Mountain Plaza, Solyndra, Tesla, and a...
  • 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...
  • Shouldn’t the “crucify them” EPA boss lose his job?

    04/27/2012 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 8 replies
    Remember our post yesterday about your public servant Al Armendariz, regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency, who voiced his agency’s “philosophy of enforcement” in service to America? “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement… I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said: It was kind of like how the Romans used to … conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really...
  • Obama, if wind works so well why are Scots facing "heat or eat?" and paying over $7.00 for gas?

    03/26/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies · 5+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Scotland, one of Barack Obama’s models for his bogus wind power scam has literally seen the wind go out of her socialist politically correct sails. Scotland is the poster boy for the failure of wind power as a genuine source of energy. All of the high and mighty talk about wind as a viable alternative source of energy is now gone, not in the strong productive winds of the drawing board, but with the gentle breezes that are Scotland’s reality. The Scottish government’s ill-advised but politically correct “wind; not fossil fuel” scheme has so devastated the average Scottish household’s economy...
  • Wind energy to the rescue. Well, not exactly…

    03/09/2012 1:44:41 PM PST · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    So, how is that alternative, renewable wind energy coming along? No need to split hairs. Give us a general idea. “To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero,” says Matt Ridley at the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Oops...
  • Obama advisers push oil pipelines for jobs--House has acted on ideas in report

    01/17/2012 6:47:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama’s jobs council endorsed a wide range of pro-growth proposals Tuesday that includes building oil pipelines and expanding drilling in the U.S., steps that House Republicans promptly noted are being blocked by Senate Democrats. “The Road Map to Renewal” submitted to Mr. Obama by his team of industry leaders embraces more domestic production of fossil fuels. The report doesn’t specifically mention the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline on which the Obama administration has delayed a decision, but it does advocate building more domestic pipelines. “Policies that facilitate the safe, thoughtful and timely development of pipeline, transmission and distribution projects...
  • Will The EPA Choke Oil Shale Production

    12/01/2011 5:20:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 1, 2011 | IBD staff
    New Energy: The latest salvo in the administration's war on energy may be new rules and permits to regulate a process to get oil and gas from porous rock, sacrificing jobs and economic growth while under review. There are a few areas of the U.S. that are booming. Two of these are in North Dakota and Pennsylvania, states that sit atop two massive shale rock formations, the Bakken and the Marcellus. Extraction of oil and natural gas from these formations have created jobs and economic growth in the midst of a stagnant and parched economy. The oil and gas is...
  • Are we sitting on unlimited fossil-fuel resources?

    06/03/2011 12:34:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    You’ve heard that we’re running out of oil. You’ve heard that natural gas has a finite and ever-shortening supply. The media has been reporting on Peak Oil for decades, and the peak has always been just around the next corner. But what if that weren’t true, and for practical purposes, the US has an unlimited supply of fossil fuel for its energy needs? Would that not undercut the entire notion of an energy crisis, except as self-inflicted?Get ready for a paradigm change, courtesy of … Salon? (via Ace) Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels,...
  • Global Warming News From The Brits (UK dooms itself)

    05/29/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 29, 2011 | Dennis Avery
    CHURCHVILLE, VA—My colleague Bennie Peiser, of Britain’s Global Warming Policy Foundation, offers some of his latest man-made global warming news: The Sunday Times noted on May 22 that the UK government has agreed to cut its greenhouse emissions 50 percent by 2027. As a result, “Tata Steel last week announced it was cutting 1,500 jobs at its Scunthorpe and Teeside plants. The company, which employs 21,000 in Britain, has held high-level talks with government in recent weeks over its energy plans. . . . Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe warned that he could be forced to shut the firm’s Runcorn chlorine...
  • The Solution to the Energy Crisis is Right Here

    05/27/2011 1:38:38 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 05/27/2011 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    The Solution to the Energy Crisis is Right HereMark W. Hendrickson  Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant producer of petroleum on the planet. Nature endowed the Arabian Peninsula with gigantic deposits of this vital source of energy. Many of us have lamented the quirk of nature that placed much-needed oil in the most geopolitically unstable region in the world.Although Saudi Arabia is the king of oil producers at present, there is another country that has far more extensive deposits of fossil fuels. Because fossil fuels are the most economical and reliable energy sources known to man, the country that...
  • Donald Trump's plan to lower $4-a-gallon gas prices

    04/25/2011 2:56:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 04/25/11 | Peter Grier
    Donald Trump's plan to lower $4-a-gallon gas prices Donald Trump, sounding increasingly like a serious presidential candidate, suggests OPEC and a lack of drilling are the causes of high gas prices. He has a multipoint plan. By Peter Grier, Staff writer / April 25, 2011 Believe it or not, Donald Trump is sounding more and more like somebody who might actually run for president. As opposed to someone who is just talking up running for president as a means to boost ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice.” In a Fox News interview a few days ago he noted that “a lot of...
  • The Fossil-fuel bonanza makes peak oil theorists look ridiculous. Plenty of Oil right here.

    04/10/2011 6:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 04/10/2011 | Peter Foster
    In his devastating 2008 book, An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson noted the perhaps unprecedented hypocrisy surrounding the climate issue. “Fortunately,” he concluded, “the gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to global warming, between the apocalyptic nature of the alleged threat and the relative modesty of the measures so far implemented (not to mention the sublime disregard of international obligations solemnly undertaken), is far greater than I can recall with any other issue in a lifetime of either observing or practising politics.” Even more fortunately, as...
  • Editorial: A Meltdown Of Fearmongers

    03/15/2011 5:49:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 15, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: If we drop oil exploration after Deepwater Horizon, coal mining after Chile and nuclear power after Fukushima, what's left? A world without nuclear power would not be risk-free or cleaner. When Navy crewmen returned from disaster-relief missions in Japan to the deck of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, it was breathlessly reported that they'd been contaminated with radioactive particles from the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima. A scene from the end-of-the-world epic "On The Beach" this was not. They were treated with good old-fashioned soap and water, and their clothes were discarded. According to the Navy, the exposure received...
  • Secretive U.S. biotech company develops bacteria that delivers energy cost equivalent of $30/BBL

    01/18/2011 7:27:49 PM PST · by SCPatriot77 · 49 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | January 18, 2011 | NEIL REYNOLDS
    In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically adapted E. coli bacterium – that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline. This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.” . . . Joule says it now has “a library”...
  • Shale Gas—Abundance or Mirage? Why The Marcellus Shale Will Disappoint Expectations

    10/29/2010 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies · 1+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | October 28, 2010 - 10:20am | aeberman
    Shale gas plays in the United States are commercial failures and shareholders in public exploration and production (E&P) companies are the losers. This conclusion falls out of a detailed evaluation of shale-dominated company financial statements and individual well decline curve analyses. Operators have maintained the illusion of success through production and reserve growth subsidized by debt with a corresponding destruction of shareholder equity. Many believe that the high initial rates and cumulative production of shale plays prove their success. What they miss is that production decline rates are so high that, without continuous drilling, overall production would plummet. There is...
  • NERC Releases Assessment on Resource Adequacy Impacts of EPA Regulations

    10/27/2010 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 6 replies · 1+ views
    In the United States, several regulations are being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that directly affects the electric industry. Depending on the outcome of any or all of these regulations, the results could accelerate the retirement of a significant number of fossil fuel-fired power plants. EPA is currently developing rules that would mandate existing power suppliers to invest in retrofitted environmental controls at existing generating plants or retire them. The most significant proposed EPA rules have been in development for over ten years and are currently undergoing court-ordered revisions that must be implemented within mandatory timeframes. The...
  • Thank God (and Mother Earth) for "Fossil Fuels"!

    06/30/2010 10:09:14 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 10 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 6/29/2010 | RedNeckoBlogger
    Petroleum and the so-called “fossil fuels” (coal, natural gas, etc.) are among the greatest gifts ever given to the human race by Mother Earth (maybe even God)! They have been used to produce thousands of useful products… motor fuels to medicine to many of the building materials that make our houses homes. There are also used for uncountable other life benefitting miracles we cannot imagine! With the passing of time and the accumulation of knowledge and experience, they also have become more and more “clean”. Most of human history has been a struggle to survive, with the large majority of...
  • 'Tough' O won't face real oil threat

    06/17/2010 3:54:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 359+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 17, 2010 | Adam Brodsky
    Barack Obama has finally become a wartime president. Unfortunately, the enemy happens to be an oil com pany. Talk about missed opportunities: In Tuesday's Oval Office speech, the president could have addressed a genuine national-security imperative -- specifically, the need to stop showering billions of US petrodollars on America's enemies: Iran, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia . . . Instead, he talked about oil economics -- and got it all wrong. Obama started channeling George "Bring It On" Bush last week, promising some presidential butt-kicking in response to the BP spill. Likening the accident to 9/11, he said it was "assaulting our...
  • Malaise At Mellon

    06/03/2010 4:47:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 654+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 3, 2010 | Investors Bsiness Daily staff
    Deja Vu: In a Carteresque speech Wednesday, the president said we should tax our way out of despondency and dependence on fossil fuels. The American dream isn't slipping away. It's being stolen by big government. It might as well have been President Carter addressing the audience of students and faculty at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. Instead it was President Obama who spoke of our dependence on fossil fuels and blamed everybody and everything, except for a lack of presidential leadership, for our current situation. On July 15, 1979, President James Earl Carter gave what has become known as the "malaise"...
  • Obama: End dependence on fossil fuels (jeopardizes U.S. security and "smothers our planet.")

    06/02/2010 11:33:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153 replies · 3,063+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/10 | Julie Pace - ap
    PITTSBURGH – Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance his agenda, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and send him a clean-energy bill that would help the nation end its "fossil fuel addiction" for good. Obama predicted that he would find the political support for legislation that would dramatically alter the way the nation fuels its homes and its cars, including placing a price on carbon pollution, even though such legislation is politically divisive and remains bogged in the Senate. "The votes may not be there...
  • US top scientists urge coal, oil use penalties (carbon tax on fossil fuels or emissions cap&trade)

    05/19/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 954+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Ditching its past cautious tone, the nation's top scientists urged the government Wednesday to take drastic action to raise the cost of using coal and oil to slow global warming. The National Academy of Sciences specifically called for a carbon tax on fossil fuels or a cap-and-trade system for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, calling global warming an urgent threat. The academy, which advises the government on scientific matters, said the nation needs to cut the pollution that causes global warming by about 57 percent to 83 percent by 2050. That's close to President Barack Obama's goal. "We really...
  • (NJ) Salem reactors poised to play a vital part in nation's new energy policies

    04/18/2010 1:40:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 403+ views
    star ledger ^ | 04.18.10 | Abby Gruen
    Spikes of corn stalks are scattered along miles of fog-shrouded fields in Hancock’s Bridge on a spring morning — an eerie suggestion of the bayonets used in the Revolutionary and Civil War battles that were fought there. On the horizon is the billowing cooling tower of the Salem Nuclear Power Plant, which is taller than the length of a football field. It is a stark reminder that this historic rural hamlet relies on an industry that is playing a major role in the nation’s debate over energy policy. The contrast is not lost on Ellen Pompper. Her family moved to...
  • Drill, Mr. President, Drill

    03/31/2010 4:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,007+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 31, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAYLY Staff
    Energy: As the administration loosens restrictions on domestic energy development and offshore drilling, a reviled company develops technology to unlock America's vast shale resources. Drill, baby, drill. We have been among President Obama's harshest critics when it comes to the administration's overly restrictive energy policy, so we were pleasantly surprised to see him announce on Wednesday some light at the end of the pipeline. Some light, for many restrictions will remain in an energy policy best termed schizophrenic. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., Obama announced the welcome news that his administration will let lease sales go...
  • Politics and Peak Energy – Have we Reached the Tipping Point

    03/22/2010 5:35:12 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies · 206+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 03/22/2010 | John Howe
    Economic success, growth, and an affluent (happy) consumer lifestyle directly depend on an abundance of inexpensive energy. Conversely, the quantity and type of energy consumed can have a very adverse effect on the surrounding environment and world ecological balance. It then follows that politics, the subject of governing civilized societies, is also directly dependent on the common denominator of energy, just at a time that we are facing the imminent and terminal decline of our prime energy source, oil, and ultimately all finite fossil fuels. Yet, the advocates of different positions, for instance, climate change (man made or not), or...
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Future Fuels: Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban. This is a policy for economic suicide. They don't qualify as an official group of victims, but carbon-Americans, as they have been called, did not have much to cheer about last week, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu addressed CERAWeek 2010, a premier industry conference hosted by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under...
  • Green fuels cause more harm than fossil fuels, according to report

    02/28/2010 7:26:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 533+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | March 1, 2010 | Ben Webster
    Using fossil fuel in vehicles is better for the environment than so-called green fuels made from crops, according to a government study seen by The Times. The findings show that the Department for Transport’s target for raising the level of biofuel in all fuel sold in Britain will result in millions of acres of forest being logged or burnt down and converted to plantations. The study, likely to force a review of the target, concludes that some of the most commonly-used biofuel crops fail to meet the minimum sustainability standard set by the European Commission. Under the standard, each litre...
  • Costly Proposed Air Standards Lack Scientific Basis

    02/02/2010 9:23:13 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 147+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-02-10 | Bob McCarty
    In testimony delivered in Houston today, officials with the American Petroleum Institute said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new ozone pollution standards would exact significant costs on consumers, jobs and the economy without delivering commensurate benefits. Furthermore, they said there was no solid scientific justification for imposing the more stringent standards.
  • No Substitute For Fossil Fuels

    12/22/2009 5:09:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: Earlier this year, Congress approved a scheme to pour $80 billion — on top of the tens of billions already spent — into renewables. A government report released last week indicates the money will be wasted. Renewable energy is the shiny gem that everyone wants but no one can have. Not even a president. Campaigning last year in Lansing, Mich., President Barack Obama said that it was his goal for the U.S. to generate 10% of its electric power from renewable sources by 2012 and 25% by 2025. But he cannot, by the force of will or executive order,...
  • Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves on Earth

    11/30/2009 10:29:59 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 71 replies · 2,144+ views
    NASA ^ | February 13th, 2008
    Saturn's orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. ... Cassini has mapped about 20 percent of Titan's surface with radar. Several hundred lakes and seas have been observed, with each of several dozen estimated to contain more hydrocarbon liquid than Earth's oil and gas reserves. The dark dunes that run along the equator contain a volume of organics several hundred times larger than...
  • Power To Spare (Palin vs. Biden on energy)

    11/05/2009 4:53:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies · 702+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • Easier to find oil ( Abiogenic ? )

    09/11/2009 11:46:37 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 54 replies · 1,623+ views
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology ^ | September 9th | Peter Larsson
    Researchers at KTH have been able to prove that the fossils of animals and plants are not necessary to generate raw oil and natural gas. This result is extremely radical as it means that it will be much easier to find these energy sources and that they may be located all over the world. “With the help of our research we even know where oil could be found in Sweden!” says Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the KTH Department of Energy Technology in Stockholm. Together with two research colleagues, Professor Kutcherov has simulated the process of pressure and heat that occurs...
  • Shifting Oil Sands

    09/01/2009 5:03:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1,027+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 1, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: We balk at importing "dirty" oil from Canada, but others aren't so reluctant. Exempt as a "developing" nation from Kyoto-like agreements, China has decided to help Canada develop its energy-rich oil sands.The Financial Post reports that PetroChina International Investment Co. has struck a deal to buy a 60% interest in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.'s McKay River and Dover projects for $1.9 billion. China has been establishing energy beachheads around the world in its quest to keep its growing economy fueled. With possible conflict brewing between Israel and Iran, Beijing recognizes the need for reliable suppliers like Canada in an...
  • Why Oil Still Has a Future

    08/30/2009 8:10:44 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 1,131+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 31, 2009 | Daniel Yergin
    On Aug. 28, 1859, in the backwoods of northwest Pennsylvania, the first successful oil well went into production in the United States, ushering in an energy revolution that would make whale oil obsolete and eventually transform the industrial world. Yet 150 years later, even as demand increases in developing countries, oil's position in the global economy is being questioned and challenged as never before. Why this debate about the single most important source of energy—and a very convenient one—that provides 40% of the world's total energy? There are the traditional concerns—energy security, diversification, political risk, and the potential for conflict...
  • James Hansen's Political Science

    03/02/2009 6:38:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,696+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 2, 2009
    Climate Change: NASA's James Hansen leads a protest against a District of Columbia power plant in the middle of a snowstorm. Meanwhile, a scientist fired by Al Gore says we need to emit more carbon dioxide, not less.Speaking before Bill Clinton's Global Initiative in New York City last Nov. 2, Gore advocated the concept of civil disobedience to fight climate change. "I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration," Gore said to loud applause. Following Gore's lead, a...
  • Slump May Limit Moves on Clean Energy

    11/25/2008 8:31:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 334+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2008 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Just as the world seemed poised to combat global warming more aggressively, the economic slump and plunging prices of coal and oil are upending plans to wean businesses and consumers from fossil fuel. From Italy to China, the threat to jobs, profits and government tax revenues posed by the financial crisis has cast doubt on commitments to cap emissions or phase out polluting factories. Automakers, especially Detroit’s Big Three, face collapsing sales, threatening their plans to invest heavily in more fuel-efficient cars. And with gas prices now around $2 a gallon in the United States, struggling consumers may be less...