April 19, 2017
Walls Street Journal

Now that tax day has passed, I must thank you, my fellow federal taxpayers. You all are the wind beneath my solar panels. Pardon me for mixing energy metaphors, but it’s only appropriate that I express appreciation for the generous subsidy you provided for the 28-panel, four-array, 8,540-watt photovoltaic system I installed on my metal roof last year. (Subscription Required)

March 27, 2017
Tulsa World

Ann Mahoney Bryce, a pioneer of Oklahoma television, matriarch of a longtime Tulsa family, and widow of Walter Bryce, the founder of Bryce Insurance, died peacefully at her home on March 23. She was 92.

March 27, 2017
City Journal

A few years ago, a group of climate scientists infamously changed the numbers in their data set so that they could “hide the decline.” In what is now known as the Climategate scandal, the scientists/activists fudged the underlying data to bolster their claims that global temperatures were rising due to increased carbon-dioxide emissions.

February 27, 2017
Los Angeles Times

Urban voters may like the idea of using more wind and solar energy, but the push for large-scale renewables is creating land-use conflicts in rural regions from Maryland to California and Ontario to Loch Ness.

Since 2015, more than 120 government entities in about two dozen states have moved to reject or restrict the land-devouring, subsidy-fueled sprawl of the wind industry.

February 27, 2017
City Journal

In his recent State of the State report, New York governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the Empire State must “double down by investing in the fight against dirty fossil fuels and fracked gas from neighboring states.” But by negotiating the premature closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant with Entergy, Cuomo has virtually assured that New York will be burning even more natural gas for electricity generation than it is right now. Indeed, in 2016 alone, gas-fired electricity generation in New York increased by nearly 8 percent.

February 10, 2017
New York Post

Gov. Cuomo doesn’t like nuclear energy.

Last month, he finalized a deal that will prematurely shutter the Indian Point Energy Center, the twin-reactor facility that supplies about 25 percent of New York City’s electricity.

January 27, 2017
City Journal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo won a political victory earlier this month when Entergy Corporation announced it would shut down its nuclear reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center by 2021. For years, Cuomo has been campaigning for the closure of the 2,083-megawatt plant. He has long contended that Indian Point isn’t safe.  Last June, he even claimed that the nuclear facility is “not a reliable generation resource.”

January 9, 2017
New York Post

Gov. Cuomo just struck a deal to shutter the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center by 2021. Cuomo has been agitating to close the plant for years. But his win is a loss for New Yorkers who need reliable and affordable electricity. The shutdown also contradicts Cuomo’s push to cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

Other than that, it’s a great deal.

January 4, 2017
Investors Business Daily

Another day, another pipeline protest by "keep it in the ground" activists.

On Dec. 8, a dozen people swarmed a construction site near the Hudson River in an attempt to halt construction of Spectra Energy's AIM pipeline, which is designed to carry natural gas from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The protesters, who call themselves the HudsonStand12, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest by authorities in Cortlandt, New York.

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December 2016
Manhattan Institute

December 16, 2016
National Review

As the Trump transition team prepares to take power in Washington, they should be making the conservative case for nuclear energy.

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump declared: “Nuclear power is a valuable source of energy and should be part of an all-the-above program for providing power for America long into the future. We can make nuclear power safer, and its outputs are extraordinary given the investment we should make.”

December 1, 2016
City Journal

On the surface, the fight over renewable-energy siting in western New York looks hopelessly mismatched. Governor Andrew Cuomo—the scion of a Democratic political dynasty and the leader of a state with nearly 20 million residents—is pushing a scheme that will require the state’s utilities to derive 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2030. Cuomo’s highest-profile opponent is Dan Engert, the Republican supervisor in the Niagara County town of Somerset—population 2,700. Last year, Engert won a third term by garnering about 400 votes. So, yes, Cuomo versus Engert looks like a mismatch. But here’s a tip: don’t bet against Engert and his allies.

November 15, 2016
National Review

Big Wind lost big last Tuesday.

While it’s not clear what Donald Trump’s election means for federal energy policy, it’s abundantly obvious that the wind-energy sector’s agenda was crushed in Vermont. Indeed, thanks to the resounding — and somewhat improbable — election of a new Republican governor, Phil Scott, it is possible that Vermont could ban construction of new wind projects. And in the towns of Grafton and Windham, voters rejected the proposed Stiles Brook wind project by big margins.

November 8, 2016
New York Post

The Left’s unthinking demonization of natural gas continues.

Last month, 15 people were arrested at a rally outside the offices of New York Sen. Charles Schumer as part of the ongoing effort by activists to halt the construction of the AIM pipeline, which is designed to carry natural gas from the Appalachian basin to southern New England.

October 26, 2016
National Review

The latest WikiLeaks dump contains plenty of insider dirt on John Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress and the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton. Perhaps the tawdriest story to be exposed by Podesta’s pilfered e-mails is the bragging by an employee of ThinkProgress, an arm of the Center for American Progress, about how they got Roger Pielke Jr.’s scalp.

October 20, 2016
National Review

A foreign wind-energy company is in such a hurry to collect the maximum possible amount of subsidies from the U.S. Treasury that it has taken an unprecedented step: It has promised to share the federal gravy with individual voters in two Vermont towns, Grafton and Windham. Earlier this month, Spanish energy company Iberdrola announced that it plans to distribute about $565,000 per year among 815 registered voters in the two towns. The payments would continue for 25 years.

What Happens To An Economy When Forced To Use Renewable Energy?

October 12, 2016
Manhattan Institute

October 9, 2016
City Journal

Back in 2008, Daniel Day-Lewis won the best-actor Oscar for his role in There Will Be Blood, a movie about the early days of the oil industry in the United States. Eight years later, there’s plenty of blood being shed in the oil and gas sector. Oil prices are down about 50 percent since June 2014, and huge job losses have followed. Last year, the global oil and gas sector lost about 250,000 jobs. In Texas alone, about 100,000 oil and gas jobs have been lost since 2014. For comparison, that’s more jobs than the entire domestic wind industry claims (88,000). Since early 2015, more than 40 Texas oil and gas companies have filed for bankruptcy, and some 75 others are on what consulting firm Deloitte calls its “danger list.”

October 2, 2016
The Dallas Morning News

Last year, Texas lost more jobs in the oil and gas sector (about 100,000) than the number of jobs in the entire U.S. wind industry (88,000).

Oil prices are down about 50 percent since June 2014. And since early 2015, more than 40 Texas oil and gas companies have filed for bankruptcy, and some 75 others are on what consulting firm Deloitte calls its danger list.

September 22, 2016
National Review

Amid the avalanche of criticism aimed at Hillary Clinton in recent weeks about Pneumonia-gate, the Clinton Foundation, and her never-ending e-mail troubles, the Democratic nominee actually made an important policy statement, one that puts her directly at odds with America’s biggest environmental groups as well as her own party’s platform.

What did Clinton do? She endorsed nuclear energy.

September 8, 2016
Inside Sources

The corn ethanol scam is now a climate-change scandal.

The decade-old boondoggle that was aided and abetted from the get-go by big environmental groups, including the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council, has been exposed — again — as being worse for climate change than conventional gasoline.

September 2, 2016
National Review

Bill McKibben loves the climate. Unfortunately, he hates the environment.

For proof of that, consider McKibben’s recent cover story in The New Republic, where he asserts that the U.S. must mobilize to fight climate change with the same fervor the Allies used to defeat Hitler during World War II. After citing a few examples of recent weather events, which, in his view, prove that global warming is happening now, McKibben writes, “If Nazis were the ones threatening destruction on such a global scale today, America and its allies would already be mobilizing for a full-scale war.”

August 9, 2016
National Review

The backlash against Big Wind is taking place from Maine to California. But few states have seen more resistance to the landscape-destroying sprawl of wind energy than Vermont. Indeed, wind energy has emerged as one of the most prominent issues in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in the Green Mountain State.

July 28, 2016
City Journal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable-energy ambitions are running headlong into the hard realities of maintaining a reliable electric grid. On July 8, the New York Independent System Operator, the agency charged with managing the state’s grid, provided comments on the governor’s plan to require utilities to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2030. The NYISO maintains that to keep the lights on, the state will have to spend heavily on new transmission infrastructure to accommodate more renewables, preserve all of its nuclear capacity (including the controversial Indian Point Energy Center), and build even more onshore wind-energy capacity in upstate communities. Five days after the NYISO filed its comments, Cuomo’s energy czar, Richard Kauffman, fired off an angry—and rather bizarre—letter to Brad Jones, the NYISO president and CEO. Calling the grid operator’s comments “misleading, incomplete, and grossly inaccurate,” Kauffman claimed that the NYISO showed “an alarming lack” of understanding of “how a modern grid can be developed and operated.”   

July 19, 2016
National Review

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.

July 14, 2016
Fox News

If you need another example of the growing backlash against the encroachment of the wind industry, consider this: residents of Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania, are booing the Sierra Clubbers. 

June 16, 2016
LA Times

If you are concerned about climate change, then you should take note of this: Over the past eight months, utilities from New York to Nebraska have announced plans to shutter six nuclear reactors by 2019. These closures will come on the heels of earlier ones - five reactors have been shuttered over the past three years alone. The latest closure announcement came earlier this month when Exelon Corp., the country's largest nuclear-energy producer, said it would close  three reactors at two sites in Illinois by 2018.

June 6, 2016
National Review

Last month, during its annual conference, the American Wind Energy Association issued a press release trumpeting the growth of wind-energy capacity. It quoted the association’s CEO, Tom Kiernan, who declared that the wind business is “an American success story.”

May 26, 2016

There’s no better — or bigger — illustration of the reversal of America’s energy fortunes than the Gaslog Salem, the 98,000-ton, 935-foot-long liquefied natural gas tanker that left port in Cameron Parish, La., in late April bound for Portugal. 

Since February, more than half a dozen tankers loaded with domestic natural gas that’s been frozen to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit have left U.S. waters headed for ports in India, Brazil and the Middle East.

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