Impromptus: The case of the missing battery, &c.
For reasons I could explain, I was re-reading a piece I had written in 2013. (It will appear in a forthcoming collection of mine.) The piece is about Harold Hamm, the Algeresque oilman from Oklahoma. He told me a story — …
The GOP Platform Is Right: Coal Is Clean
Some in the media are alarmed that the just-approved Republican-party platform takes a positive view of fossil fuels. “The platform tosses aside an environmental regulatory structure built on congressional legislation and judicial rulings over more than four decades,” wrote Steven …
Fueling a Future Republican Majority
Battle has been joined in a war that — fought right — promises to realign American politics. Leading environmental activist Bill McKibben says that economic growth is a problem to be “solved.” The economy has grown too large. A new …
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank that has been a loud and trenchant critic of global-warming activism, is under subpoena by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who demands that the organization produce a decade’…
SunEdison’s Subsidy-Fueled Collapse
Even $1.5 billion in subsidies and loan guarantees can’t save a “clean” energy company from bankruptcy.
That’s the takeaway from the looming failure of SunEdison, a company that touts itself as the “largest global renewable energy development company.” Once …
Is the Climate Crusade Stalling?
The Supreme Court’s stay of the EPA’s sweeping Clean Power Plan (CPP) is one of several developments undermining the efforts of President Obama and his fellow climate zealots. The Obama administration expected the CPP to seal the U….
The Biofuel Scam Is Worse than Solyndra
Forget Solyndra. When it comes to misguided federal energy policy, the real scandal involves the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels.
Sure, the corn-ethanol scam — which endures largely because of the Iowa caucuses, …
Is Nuclear Power Really Too Expensive?
One of the ways you can tell when Democrats are out of even remotely plausible arguments is that they turn to cost. They never give a damn what anything costs, until they’ve run out of reasons to hate whatever it …
Rubio Has the Best and Most Serious Energy Plan
A war for the future of the world is going on right now. It includes some regular military action, but the outcome is going to be settled by control over the global supply of fuel and funds. That is why …
The Republican Base Would Welcome the Right Messages on Energy Policy
Even as Democratic candidates for president prattle endlessly about energy issues — Hilary Clinton couldn’t resist a dig at the Keystone XL pipeline during her Saturday Night Live appearance — most Republicans have had little to say about them. This …
How Uncle Sam Underwrites Coal-Powered Automobiles
Tesla Motors recently announced that its latest model, the Tesla 3, will be released at the end of 2017. Almost 400,000 pre-orders have already been placed for the fan favorite that boasts a celebrity clientele including Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney. …
Democrats Ignore Inconvenient Math on Nuclear Power
The Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, doesn’t start until July 25, but a look at the party’s draft platform reveals one fact: Democrats remain hopelessly unserious when it comes to greenhouse gases and climate change.
To be sure, the …
$40 Oil and the Twilight of ‘Scarcity Ideology’
Scarcity ideology pervades modern environmentalism. Indeed, the environmental movement has long relied on the idea that we are running out of, well, everything.
We are running out of food — that claim goes back to 1798, when Thomas Malthus argued that starvation …
Bernie Sanders’s Plan to Punish the Working Class
On Monday, during a campaign event in New York, Senator Bernie Sanders declared his intent to impose a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
By doing so, Sanders has made clear his intent to ruin the U.S. economy, put people …
Hillary: I’ll Put Coal Miners and Coal Companies ‘Out of Business’
As the saying goes, “A ‘gaffe’ is when a politician accidently tells the truth.”
In that case, put Hillary Clinton down as a truth teller, at least for the moment. At a CNN town-hall event Sunday night, the Democratic front …
Paul Krugman Needs an Energy Reality Check
It’s an odd thing to see an economist — and a Nobel Prize winner at that — write an entire column about energy policy that doesn’t contain a single number.
But then, math-averse energy analysis has become one …
Feds Halt New Coal-Mining Leases — Toss Out-of-Luck Miners a Worthless Bone
Remember when those crazy Republicans in Congress were accusing the Obama administration of waging a make-believe “War on Coal”? Well, the New York Times has an update, buried on page A17:
The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to …
Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 732,851,997 …
The Washington Examiner headline had me doing a double-take: “North Carolina town rejects solar farm, fears it will deplete sun’s energy.”
So I read the report, which inauspiciously begins with correspondent Don Hawkins getting wrong the name of …
Marco Rubio’s Energy Plan
Despite President Obama’s best efforts to stop it, the energy economy of the United States is undergoing a profound transformation. No one who lived through the Arab oil embargoes of the 1970’s would imagine that the United States would, …
Securing America’s Energy Future
Today I will be visiting Oklahoma City to meet with some of the leaders of America’s energy revolution. Developments in shale-oil production such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up new and exciting possibilities for a secure …