Monday Energy Review, Not a good way to start the week.

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I’ve been letting this pile up most of last week while I was doing other things so here is a compendium of stories about what the Obama Administration thinks are good ideas. I think it will cost at least 500,000 jobs and untold money. So, have a nice day, while you can.



Electrical Energy production / Wind Power

Wind Power is More Dangerous than Coal or Oil

David Kreutzer at

June 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm


The recent explosions in Massey’s Upper Big Branch coal mine and on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig highlight the tragedy of workplace fatalities.  Though improvement in statistical averages do little to lessen the loss of those whose loved ones have died, the American workplace has gotten safer which means fewer will be grieving.  The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reached a record low (pdf) in 2008: 3.6 per 100,000 full-time workers. Yet with the recent noted losses in the oil and coal industries, some might think that workplace fatalities could be reduced even more by moving away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.  The facts suggest the opposite. Continue Reading, from Heritage.


Petroleum production

Steve Maley tells us that the new Keystone Energy pipeline which would pass through Nebraska somewhat west of York is in trouble with the US State department:

Keystone XL Pipeline: Bureaucratic Hacky-Sack

Steve Maley

The Obama Administration continues to play bureaucratic hacky-sack with what could be a key element of our nation’s secure energy future: the Keystone XL pipeline project. The new line would increase the export capacity of the Keystone Pipeline (placed in service 2008) by 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil-sands oil per day. The expansion would also facilitate the domestic movement of crude from the key storage hub at Cushing, OK to the large refinery complexes on the Gulf Coast.

Keystone owner TransCanada is willing to take on this massive construction project on its own dime (or rather, its own $7 billion). It needs permission from the U.S. EPA and the State Department, which has jurisdiction due to the international scope of the project. The pipeline should have been under construction by now, were it not for Administration foot-dragging.

Continue reading

Regulatory situation: MACT

  1. From Bloomberg We’ve  talked some about EPA’s campaign to destroy America’s (or at least severely cripple) electricity supply. More data becomes available all the time.

EPA’s Mission Impossible: A Deadline to Destroy Domestic Energy

Andrew Grossman at

August 9, 2011

Last week, Bloomberg reported that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory push against the fossil fuel industry will cost America’s largest utility, the Southern Company, up to $18 billion in compliance costs. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

According to data in a filing by Southern (pdf) last week, the EPA’s new emissions requirements cannot be met in the three years allowed by the agency. The results: more power plant closures, spikes in electricity prices, job losses, and increased power outages.

One of the main methods used to capture emissions is scrubbers. This technology takes an average 54 months to install. That is a year and a half longer than EPA is giving the producers. Southern also says that filter (another method of emission control) installations required cannot be completely at any cost.

And according to Bernstein Research, the EPA’s rules will slash reserve capacity—i.e., the availability of electricity generating capacity to meet peak demand and plug power interruptions—resulting in increased power outages of longer duration. In a hot summer like this one, that means rolling blackouts, loss of air conditioning, and potentially heat-related deaths.

Continue reading

And there is also this from via Custer Public Power District:

NRECA: More Time Needed on EPA Rule

Association says hazardous air pollutant proposal is deeply flawed

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: August 10th, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has badly underestimated the time that electric utilities will need to comply with its controversial proposed rule to control hazardous air pollutants, NRECA told the agency.

Co-ops are concerned that EPA is setting an unrealistic time frame in a proposed major rule.

And, NRECA added, the agency’s “Utility MACT” rule is based on flawed methodology and includes requirements that are unachievable for many power plants.

Read the rest

Natural gas and Fracking

EPA has announced new rules for fracking natural gas:

Energy Biz has the Story

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules for natural gas explorers. That is, those entities that produce shale-gas must reduce their smog-related emissions by 95 percent. But the EPA says that would be done by using proven technologies that can capture natural gas that currently escapes into the air — gas that would be made available for sale.

Groups representing the oil and gas industry are saying that EPA is exaggerating the benefits, maintaining that the pending rules could be the costliest ever — something disputed by the administration that says the rules are based on science. Business is calling the recommended limits on emissions “discretionary” and says that the existing rules are working well.

“EPA’s claim that the ozone health benefits of the proposed standards are commensurate with the costs doesn’t meet the straight-face test,” says Howard Feldman, a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute.  “The ozone benefits are illusory, greatly inflated and would be dwarfed by the costs.  The standards may not be achievable and, worse, could destroy millions of American jobs.”

Like we really need higher NG prices. This has serious ramifications in North Dakota and Texas as well as Pennsylvania which is having a fracking boom.


Farm life

We’ve already talked about the DOT wanting to require CDL’s for the operation of farm equipment so we will just note what some others are saying.


From NPPD comes a report that copper theft is still a problem and reminds us that it causes safety hazards both for the public and for NPPD Crews. You may safely assume that that applies to all electrical suppliers.

And always remember when you are working with long or tall equipment to look up for safety. Stay away from Power lines.

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4 Responses to Monday Energy Review, Not a good way to start the week.

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    So the intelligent answer is move more EPA agents over to owrk in Wind Power.

    Bad joike. The EPA is the first place that needs to be cut. You’ll see an automatic increase in jobs and a decrease in government spending.

    (Loved the death per kilowatt hour–who knew that wind power was more dangerous than fossil fuels? Not to mention the # of birds that die–don’t seem to hear the greenies yelling about that, onder why?)


  2. I like, in a sick sort of way, your joke, freedom. I thought the death/KWH was kinda cool, too. The part they didn’t go into much (at all) is that building transmission lines to all those windmills is only going to make it all worse


  3. Pingback: Thar She Blows! Wind Power = High Death Rate for Birds…and Humans. « freedombytheway

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