Articles Tagged: Renewable Energy

Solar Flim Flam and More Snake Oil

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed that we are all entitled to our own opinions, not just our own facts. Proponents of solar energy are long on opinions and pseudo-facts, just not real ones. What are some of those? It is claimed that 2015 is “on a pace to be the hottest year the […]

Market Assessment Based on Muddled Thinking

Seeking Alpha is a financial and market website. In a recent post, it took ExxonMobil to task for its Chairman’s annual meeting remark about renewables. In answering a question, he said, “We choose not the lose money on purpose”. Seeking Alpha maintains that renewable energy is clearly on the rise (with solar PV showing particular […]

Are state-level renewable-energy laws good policy? No!

There are two reasons why states and environmental advocates have promoted “renewable portfolio standards (RPS).” First, a concern that we would run out of natural gas. Second, a belief that CO2 emissions must be reduced to avoid adverse climate change. Neither reason withstands close scrutiny. The evidence is unmistakingly clear, renewable mandates are a back […]

Smartphones: The SUVs Of the Information Superhighway

We can “revitalize entire communities, and connect people to jobs,” said President Obama a week ago in a discordant speech on the economy at Northwestern University calling for more roads and bridges. During the same week, the president’s Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, was talking at a less-noted event about infrastructure too, the one that […]

It’s Blowin’ in the Wind

Politicians usually campaign one way and govern another. Campaigning is about getting plenty of favorable media attention and rounding up delegates to actually get the nomination. Mrs. Clinton, like every other candidate, will look at where she can get the needed delegates and tailor her messages to those voters. Those messages might seem more pragmatic […]

The Wind Production Tax Credit: Past Its Prime and a Complete Waste

There is no economic or energy justification for reviving the renewable-energy production tax credit. Doing so would be a case of legal larceny whereby the government authorizes stealing from the many for the benefit of the few. The renewable energy production tax credit is a classic case of crony capitalism. The beneficiaries of the credit […]

Analyzing Energy Policy Trends

President Nixon, in his 1974 State of the Union Address, declared: “Let this be our national goal: At the end of this decade … the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need …”[1] Since then, every US president, regardless of party, has echoed the need for energy […]

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