West Virginia University professor James E. Smith and graduate student Alex Hatch report that the United States economy has begun to grow steadily despite falling oil consumption. Moreover, worldwide energy demand dropped significantly between 2013 and 2015 and the trend is continuing despite growing world populations and expanding energy availability. They note that , worldwide (not just in today's rich countries), the only thing limiting our future progress and comity is our imagination and ingenuity.
Wind and solar are in the subsidy business, not the electricity business.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen corrects some assumptions in an earlier article about the energy, land, and materials requirements for creating a totally wind-powered United States. The numbers are staggering -- even though based on best-scenario assumptions. The real world situation would likely be much worse. Simply put, the goal of a 100% wind powered nation is a pipe dream.
What if wind, solar and electric vehicles operated in a fair market?
Must life in the future be "poor, nasty, brutish and short?"
To function, power grids require demand to exactly match supply, which is an enormous problem for variable wind and solar power.
Australia’s electricity shortages should be a warning sign to the U.S. to avoid relying too heavily on green energy sources like wind and solar while mass exporting natural gas. CFACT is in Australia for the "ECOCITIES World Summit" and the Down Under premiere of "Climate Hustle."
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains the huge costs and inefficiencies of replacing fossil fuels with wind, solar, and biomass fuels.
“I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Iowa. “As the birds fall to the ground.”
Nuclear provides the cleanest power, yet environmental groups will soon petition South Carolina regulators to shut down partially-completed reactors in an attempt to boost subsidies for inefficient wind and solar.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen urges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to revise the review process for threatened and endangered species to include broad-based Extending the review beyond the litigants and the agencies to include all parties impacted by the designation to have a voice. Only then can the review incorporate all the topics addressed by experts and affected parties -- people who can help evaluate the science and policy implications for the affected species, as well as for farming, construction, jobs, families, and other species. This article focuses on recent designations of bumble bees.
The New York Times trumpeted the high number of people servicing and installing solar panels. The job numbers actually underscore how wasteful, inefficient and unproductive solar power actually is.
An offshore wind farm in Rhode Island went online Monday, but building it cost $150,000 for every household powered.
90,000 homes in Australia experienced major blackouts five times over the last six months. Thousands left in the dark in Belgium and placed on high security after the electric grid went down. Who's next? WATCH NOW
CFACT advisor Larry Bell argues that the time has come to end the so-called production tax credit for wind turbines that produce intermittent power, require major balancing of the grid, require constant maintenance, devastate bat and bird populations and create health problems for nearby residents, and increase the cost of energy to all.