AEA Applauds WV Delegation & Rep. Cramer for Standing Up to EPA
06/09/15
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Recently, several members of Congress have taken the initiative to fight back against the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The rule, to be finalized sometime this summer, will shutter roughly 90 GW of coal-fired electricity , according to the Energy Information Administration. This will threaten the reliability of the grid and cause electricity prices to skyrocket. In March, Sen. McConnell urged states to protect their sovereignty over state energy policy by refusing to submit a State...Continue Reading...
Climate Activists ADMIT They Are Moving the Goalposts
Last month I wrote a post titled, “Climate Change Crowd Moves Goalposts—Again.” I was referring to the rhetorical strategy of de-emphasizing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a metric for gauging the impact of climate change. I speculated that this was because the climate change activists recognized that on the original terms of the debate—as staked out in the IPCC reports, for example—their case was quite weak. Somebody who knew how to actually read the latest IPCC report would see...Continue Reading...
Science Sides with Hydraulic Fracturing
09/19/14
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A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that neither hydraulic fracturing nor horizontal drilling is contaminating drinking water near well sites. This adds to a growing body of research showing that hydraulic fracturing is a safe way to access natural gas and oil. National Academy of Sciences Study Lead researcher and earth science professor Thomas Darrah found, “no unequivocal evidence” that gas in large quantities had migrated from...Continue Reading...
How Much Water Does Hydraulic Fracturing Use?
08/28/14
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Environmental groups have historically and continuously looked for ways to attack affordable, reliable sources of energy like natural gas and oil. Much of their recent attack has focused on hydraulic fracturing because the term “fracking” makes it sound like it is a bad thing. But now some groups are calling attention to the “hydraulic” part of hydraulic fracturing by claiming that hydraulic fracturing uses too much water, even though water has been used in the process for...Continue Reading...
Conservatives Shouldn’t Trust Stelzer on Carbon Tax
08/25/14
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Irwin Stelzer has a PhD in economics from Cornell and decades of experience in academia, the financial world, and public policy. He is a frequent columnist in right-leaning outlets and was the editor of the 2004 The Neocon Reader. As such, readers may have taken Stelzer very seriously when he recently argued in The Weekly Standard  that conservatives should support a carbon tax because it would (he claims) be good for economic growth. Yet as I’ll show, Stelzer’s article shows that...Continue Reading...
BRADLEY: The Moral Imperative against Divestment
08/20/14
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Institute for Energy Research Founder and CEO Robert Bradley published the following op-ed last month in the Findlay Courier on the University of Dayton's decision to divest from fossil fuels: Citing “the negative consequences of climate change,” the board of Trustees of the University of Dayton (UD) recently voted to divest its oil, natural gas, and coal stocks. By ridding its $670 million investment pool of fossil fuels, UD hopes to protect “the world’s most vulnerable people”...Continue Reading...
Markets, Not Govt., Will Improve Energy Security
08/18/14
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Senator Edward J. Markey provided the Institute for Energy Research (IER) with questions for the record after the hearing he held on “U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues” on July 22, 2014. Below are IER's responses to those questions: I have responded to each of the questions from Senator Markey below. I would like to make it clear at the outset that I am in favor of all energy technologies. However, I believe that the energy marketplace...Continue Reading...
EPA’s Expanded Definition of Cellulosic Biofuels: A+ Grades for C- Performance
08/08/14
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Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule expanding the types of fuels that can qualify as cellulosic biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS).[i]    For the EPA this is perfect timing, as it still has yet to finalize the RFS standards for 2014, but is proposing to significantly increase the cellulosic target.  It’s current proposal would require the blending of 17 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel - up 11 million gallons from the 2013 target...Continue Reading...
Solar Power’s Great, If We Ignore Its Problems
08/05/14
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The following graphic was recently making the rounds on social media: The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany: 

(Source .) The purpose of the graphic, of course, is to show what a “no brainer” it is for humans to switch to solar-powered electricity plants. Many people presumably saw that graphic and were pleasantly surprised to see how little it would take, in order to provide for all of Earth’s electricity needs using solar. But in this...Continue Reading...
Chicago's Proposed E15 Mandate is Bad News for Consumers
08/01/14
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Five members of Chicago’s City Council have proposed an ordinance to require all self-serve gas stations within the city to offer mid-grade E15 at their pumps. This mandate will harm the small business owners that operate many of these gas stations and it will likely lead to more damaged engines as consumers use E15 in engines that were not specifically designed for it. Hopefully, the Chicago City Council will reverse course. E15 is a blend of gasoline with up to 15 volume percent...Continue Reading...