Vladimir Has Left the Building

This remarkable interview on Morning Joe with David Schizer, Dean of the Columbia Law School, recapitulates the last five years of my blogging life.

My tongue-in-cheek reaction:

Ladies and gentlemen, my work here is done.

Beginning at about 2:00:

  • President Obama has dithered over Keystone XL.
  • The benefits of well-regulated fracking far outweigh the risks.
  • The shale boom is greatly benefitting the states of North Dakota, Texas and Pennsylvania. New York opted to sit out this dance.
  • As a consequence of the domestic boom, oil imports are falling like a stone in a well.
  • The private sector, not the Federal government, deserves the credit for the new technology that makes all this possible. Risk taking entrepreneurs like Harold Hamm have fundamentally transformed the energy picture, answering a question our nation’s leaders have grappled with since 1973.
  • “Wind [energy] is approaching viability, but it is not something that we can rely on too heavily for a number of years…”
  • Scarborough: Due to the energy revolution, “there’s not going to be a viable economic model” for the continued development of alternative sources.

All of this to tell my readers that I am hanging up my blogging shoes. I plan to work in my house, work on my relationships, pet my dogs and start reading real books again.

Thank you for your interest, your comments and your suggestions. Best wishes, happy Thansgiving and may our God, the Creator of the Universe, bless you all.

Steve Maley
Formerly Known as Vladimir

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‘Free as the Wind’: The True Cost of Wind Energy

Green activists preach about renewable energy sources, using words like ‘holistic’ and ‘sustainable’. Wind energy is one of their favorites; nothing is as free as the wind, n’est-ce pas?

If we truly consider the holistic environmental impact of wind turbines on the environment and the economy, it’s not a pretty picture. Nor is it sustainable.

We’ve previously looked at the reliance of giant wind turbines on rare earth minerals such as neodymium (for example, here and here). Most of the world’s supply of those minerals comes from China. In a new report, the Daily Mail (UK) takes a close look at the state of environmental stewardship in the People’s Republic’s rare earth mining industry. Continue reading

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Obamacare’s Intended Consequences

Saying “we fumbled the rollout,” President Barack Obama announced a fix to the vexing problem of canceled health insurance policies Thursday. He told insurers they don’t have to cancel plans next year just because of the Affordable Care Act. (Source.)

It should be obvious to any intelligent being, or even an MSNBC talking head, how this plays out.

Step 1. Obama unilaterally rolled back a provision of the Affordable Care Act (“the law of the land”, last I checked). I’ll leave the analysis of the constitutionality of this act to the (real) constitutional scholars.

Step 2. The insurance companies refuse to offer their old products. They have moved on. I’d expect Ford to bring back the Pinto before the insurance companies remarket a product that has been government-certified as ‘crap’. (For more on why this is the case, RedState’s Leon Wolf provides chapter and verse.)

Step 3. Obama: “Don’t blame me. I said you could buy your old policy, but your nasty old insurance company won’t sell it to you.”

Our system cannot tolerate a Chief Executive who will not accept responsibility, and a national press which refuses to hold him accountable.

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America’s Strange Love for Corn Ethanol

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Source: Wikipedia Commons.

In 2007, before our domestic shale boom put a big dent in America’s reliance on foreign oil, the Bush Administration made a massive commitment to biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Standard mandated an ever-increasing consumption of ethanol as a motor fuel through 2022.

Candidate Obama, then junior senator from the nation’s #2 corn-producing state, wooed Iowa’s Democratic primary voters with promises of his commitment to their state’s #1 crop. His surprising caucus victory helped make him his party’s nominee. Once in office, President Obama has surrounded himself with policy advisers with deep Corn Belt roots. Corn ethanol assumed its role as a centerpiece of their green energy, anti-Global Warming agenda.

A new report from the Associated Press documents the utter failure of corn ethanol. Continue reading

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Hey, Edwin and @edwardstrina: We’re Just Not That Into You. #rsrh


Following a dismal ratings scorecard, A&E appears to have dumped "The Governor’s Wife." The network aired all four of the season’s remaining episodes Sunday, Nov. 10, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

The TV show-specific website currently says new episodes air at 10 p.m. on Sundays, but "Duck Dynasty" re-runs rolled on through the time-slot Nov. 10.

The show, which stars former La. Gov. Edwin Edwards and his wife, Trina, lost 35,000 viewers between its first and second episodes in its first night, and reviews from across the country were generally unfavorable.

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Man-Made Disasters: The BP Oil Spill and Obamacare

It is always a good idea to study ones mistakes so as to avoid repeating them. In that light, we will compare and contrast the two man-made disasters will shape the legacy of the Obama Administration: BP’s Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. Continue reading

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This Day in History #nfl #saints

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Is There a Hydrogen Car in Your Future?


Jamie Lee Curtis loves her Honda Clarity in Star Garnet Metallic. (Honda promotional photo.)

A couple of weeks back, I blogged about the State of California’s use of monthly user fees on utilities to create massive programs to benefit alternative energy (“Robbin’ the ‘Hood”: California’s Green Energy Schemes Benefit the Well-Connected). One of the highlighted programs will build 10 refueling stations for hydrogen vehicles at a cost of $15 million. That’s chump change compared to the $1.6  billion total the state spends to encourage green programs, but at $66,000 per H2 vehicle currently on the road, it seems a bit … lavish.

But what the hey, we all claim to have an “all of the above” approach to energy, right? We need to start building infrastructure for the hydrogen-based economy of the future, and there’s no time like the present … Who’s with me?

Hydrogen cars make sense until you look under the hood. Continue reading

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One highlight of LAGCOE 2013: Frank’s Casing’s Float Plane

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The check is in the mail. It’s only a cold sore. Mary Landrieu says you can keep your healthcare plan.

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