September 2, 2011
Stephen Moore: ‘Green Jobs’ vs. Real Energy Jobs – WSJ.com.
President Obama is expected to seek another $250 billion or so in new stimulus funds next week, with plenty of money for clean energy and the creation of so-called green jobs…
So we now have a national energy policy directing our resources away from cheap, efficient and increasingly abundant fuels like coal, oil and natural gas while we channel billions of tax dollars to 500-year-old energy technologies like wind power that can’t possibly scale up to power a modern-day industrial economy. That’s a shame.
August 31, 2011
Open Fuel Standard: Defeating Al Qaeda: The Energy Offensive.
In the aftermath of the siege and death of Osama bin Laden, counter-terrorism officials prepare for Al-Qaeda’s response. The home front is on alert with heightened awareness for both soft and hard target attacks. There have been numerous false alarms, including the foiled terrorist plot in New York City a couple weeks ago. Intelligence analysts assert that Al-Qaeda is seeking to conduct a large-scale attack, proving to their enemies the group’s resilience and adaptive modus operandi, while rallying support from affiliates.
In the last decade, however, the elimination of key individuals within the terrorist network has left Al Qaeda on the defensive, forcing the remaining operatives into hiding and reducing their effectiveness. Furthermore, intelligence gathering and dissemination has improved tremendously since 9/11. Law enforcement officials have thwarted numerous attacks by radical individuals such as the cases involving Bryant Neal Vinas and Najibullah Zazi, two men who, on separate occasions, traveled from the United States to Pakistan, and underwent weapons and explosives training in Al-Qaeda’s training camps, but were foiled by the FBI before they were able to carry out their missions.
August 29, 2011
Poll: Americans Favor Energy Over Environment.
Despite years of climate change hype promoted by the media and environmental extremists, a new Gallup poll provides further evidence that the percentage of Americans who do not believe in manmade global warming continues to rise. Furthermore, the public recognizes that implementing the environmentalist agenda is deleterious to the economy, and are unwilling to see further damage inflicted on the U.S. economy to implement programs of dubious merit.
As Lydia Saad wrote for Gallup.com: “Americans, by 50% to 41%, say the nation should prioritize the development of energy supplies over protecting the environment when the two goals are at odds. This reflects the continuation of a striking reversal of attitudes compared with those seen from 2001 through 2008, when Americans showed a clear preference for environmental protection.”
August 25, 2011
State Department review to find pipeline impact ‘limited,’ sources say – The Washington Post.
The State Department will remove a major roadblock to construction of a massive oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas when it releases its final environmental assessment of the project as soon as Friday, according to sources briefed on the process.
The move is critical because it will affirm the agency’s earlier finding that the project will have “limited adverse environmental impacts” during construction and operation, according to sources familiar with the assessment who asked not to be identified because the decision has not been made public.
August 25, 2011
U.N. Secretary-General: Renewables Can End Energy Poverty | Renewable Energy News Article.
New Hampshire, USA — United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made renewable energy and its ability to lift the poorest nations to new levels of prosperity a central theme during his visit to Colorado on Wednesday.
With the Rockies as his backdrop, Ban toured the National Renewable Energy Laborary in Golden, where he inspected the flexible thin-film modules produced by Colorado-based Ascent Solar. The facility, he said, represents innovative approaches that for relatively little cost can connect remote areas to the global network of information and ideas.
August 22, 2011
Secretary Chu Signs Off on Two New Loan Guarantees to Develop Alternative Energy.
To support the development of two alternative energy projects, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded loan guarantees to both Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc. and SoloPower, Inc. that, combined, amount to nearly $331 million.
August 16, 2011
Plants versus Photovoltaics: Which Are Better to Capture Solar Energy?: Scientific American. For capturing the sun’s copious energy, there are basically two available engineering models: photovoltaic (PV) cells that turn it into flowing electrons or photosynthetic plant cells that turn it into plant food. So which does the job better? After all, such a judgment might help inform policymakers on whether to pursue biofuels or solar electricity.
August 16, 2011
The U.S. Marines Go Solar – By Greg Pollowitz – Planet Gore – National Review Online. A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear.
By allowing the troops to recharge their radios, GPS devices and other equipment, the green technology freed the Marines of India Company from constant resupply by road and air. And by carrying fewer batteries, they carried more bullets.
August 16, 2011
Jigar Shah on the Barriers to Energy Innovation – By Reihan Salam – The Agenda – National Review Online. Shah isn’t advocating deregulation per se. Rather, he is calling for an approach to regulation that emphasizes openness to alternatives. It’s not obvious that this is the right approach, but it does represent a difference in emphasis from Browner.
August 15, 2011
Guest Column: Energy policy should focus on becoming energy independent – Opinion – Heritage Newspapers. Today, America is under tremendous financial pressure due to our continued federal policies to spend more money than our government brings in. We hear all about entitlement reform and “belt tightening” plans, but energy is mostly ignored.
But, do you realize that America sends one half a trillion dollars to other countries every year in the form of oil imports which contributes to our crisis?