Monthly Archives: January 2010

SOTU From an Energy Perspective

Wednesday’s State of the Union address was as much about the subjects the President avoided as about the issues or policies he proposed. The word “wind” occurs not once in the speech. References to solar energy have to do with … Continue reading

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The Leaning Tower of Global Warming

Australian blogger Jo Nova provides a quick recap to help the casual reader keep track of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scandals. The Four ‘Gates’ of the IPCC Let’s see. There’s Climate Gate, showing that the peer … Continue reading

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Bad Things Happen When We Move Oil Around In Boats

We have to import oil in boats because 1) many Americans are averse to exploring for it at home, and 2) our appetite for oil is unabated. If we explored more in the U.S., we could move the oil in … Continue reading

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Energy 101: Hydraulic Fracturing

This week, several news stories converged on an odd topic: hydraulic fracturing. Fracking Schematic. Note: Vertical scale grossly underrepresents the depth of the producing formation. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, has been used since the 1950s to stimulate oil and gas … Continue reading

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EIA Energy Outlook 2010-2035: Lowered Expectations, Wishful Thinking

Here’s the Executive Summary of Vladimir’s conclusions, based in large part on a highly developed olfactory system, especially sensitive to the aroma of bovine feces: The U.S. economy uses enormous quantities of energy. Even small changes in the fuel mix … Continue reading

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The Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy compiles and analyzes en

The Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy compiles and analyzes energy-related statistics. One of their key reports is the Annual Energy Outlook. On December 14, EIA released its look at the next 25 years, the Annual Energy Outlook … Continue reading

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Slide 6 illustrates the difficulty of dramatically changing the energy use picture. Just a

Slide 6 illustrates the difficulty of dramatically changing the energy use picture. Just as an aircraft carrier can’t be turned on a dime, neither can the enormous energy-consuming engine that is our economy. For the last several years, the U.S. … Continue reading

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This slide presents a very important concept. The Obama Administration, and the Left in ge

This slide presents a very important concept. The Obama Administration, and the Left in general, see the prosperity of the U.S. as a problem to be remedied. Some would suggest, as RedState diarist Bernard Chumm has pointed out, deliberately crippling … Continue reading

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