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In the Pipeline: 8/19/13
08/19/13
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Woods (Dynegy), Spitzer (Steptoe), Naeve (Skadden), Santa (INGAA), Kelliher (NextEra), Kelly (Akin Gump), Bailey (Cheniere), Moler (Exelon pensioner), Brownell (Comverge or Spectra, whichever you prefer). Say what you want, these people have vested interests that are very much involved with who might be the next Chairman of FERC. So let's not kid anyone about why they signed that letter. PoliticoPro (8/16/13) reports: "When a dozen former FERC commissioners lined up last week to defend...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/16/13
08/16/13
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Chris Warren|
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You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...

The Boston Globe  (8/9/13) reports: “A group of environmentalists has dropped its campaign to place a so-called carbon tax on the next statewide ballot, citing the complexity of the issue, weak fund-raising, and potential constitutional challenges to the question. The group, the Committee for a Green Economy , had hoped to place a question on the 2014 ballot asking voters to approve a new tax on gasoline, heating oil, and other...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/15/13
08/15/13
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Chris Warren|
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Question: Would Warren & Co. go all in on wind if they weren't able to feed themselves greedily from the public coffers?  

The Daily Caller  (8/13/13) reports: “A subsidiary of the Warren Buffett-owned MidAmerican Energy Holdings is looking to capitalize on federal tax subsidies by installing 448 wind turbines across five Iowa counties in order to generate up to 1,050 megawatts of power by 2015. Construction on the wind farms is scheduled to begin next month, meaning MidAmerican will...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/14/13
08/15/13
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Watch as the RFS advocates come crawling to Washington and beg them to prop up their industry by forcing you to buy their product. 

Fox News  (8/13/13) reports “Only in Washington can an expensive, unnecessary regulation be considered common sense. The Obama administration is digging in its heels when it comes to repealing harmful energy regulations that increase consumer costs with little benefit to the environment. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a classic example of hugely...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/13/13
08/15/13
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Chris Warren|
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Broken promises. SEC investigations. Empty lots. No product. In other words, pretty standard stuff for anything with the word "Green" in it.

The Washington Post  (8/10/13) reports: “Just off the legendary Highway 61, where crop-dusters perform acrobatics above billboards for Mississippi Delta casinos, is the place where Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe pledged to build a $60 million factory for his electric-car company. On a recent summer day, a bird was skittering over...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/12/13
08/12/13
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Chris Warren|
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All future measurements should be in fruit-based units.

Forbes  (8/10/13) reports: “There’s much screaming and shouting from the usual suspects about the new radiation leak discovered at Fukushima, the stricken nuclear power plants in Japan. What they’re not telling you is that the radiation leakage is around the same as 76 million bananas. A fact which should help to put it all into some perspective. Here’s Greenpeace: Environmental group Greenpeace said Tepco had ‘anxiously hid...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/9/13
08/09/13
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Chris Warren|
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Congress should take this as a teachable moment and mandate that the plant generate all its electricity from wind or solar and that Congress will rely on no other powerplants.  I suspect the Republic would be a lot safer if staffers and Members had to get by on a few hours of electricity a day.

The New York Times  (8/8/13) reports: “As part of the climate change agenda he unveiled this year, President Obama made a commitment to significantly reduce the federal government’s dependence...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/8/13
08/08/13
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I bet you did not know that Commissioner Binz is the hand-picked successor of the current FERC chairman, who himself is hostile to coal, natural gas, and anything, really, that works.

Complete Colorado  (8/7/13) reports: “As Ron Binz campaigns to be confirmed as the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, much of the emphasis has been on his position as an activist for what he considers to be low or no carbon energy sources, predominantly Big Wind. (Forget the fact that wind...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/6/13
08/07/13
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Do you think the protesters drove there?

Reuters  (8/4/13) reports: “Police arrested more than 200 demonstrators for trespassing at Chevron Corp in the California city of Richmond on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a massive refinery fire and to protest a proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The arrests came as a throng of sunflower-carrying picketers chanted, 'Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go,' as people of all ages walked onto Chevron's property to draw...Continue Reading...
In the Pipeline: 8/7/13
08/07/13
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These suckers are floating around London’s sewers and they’re spun up about fracking? I'm not a betting man, but I'm willing to wager that burning "fatbergs" is much dirtier and less efficient than hydrocarbons.

Newsy  (8/5/13) reports: “Workers at a water company in London have made a historic and disgusting find — a so-called ‘fatberg.’ It’s a combination of fat poured down drains along with flushed wet wipes. The two coupled together to create a massive clump of waste. The...Continue Reading...