Energy Monday

The status of nuclear power globally (click im...

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Lot’s going on, so let’s get started.


From Maley’s Energy Blog


Thoughts and comments below the fold.

Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department’s report is nothing like a green-light to build Keystone XL; it is merely one ticket-punch in the direction of approval. (RedState’s Moe Lane has already blogged about it here.)

The report acknowledges that development of tar sands in Alberta would create greenhouse gases but makes clear that other methods to transport the oil — including rail, trucks and barges — also pose a risk to the environment


Sequester Delays

The automatic budget cuts under the impending federal budget sequestration will adversely affect federal energy activities, warned Heather Zichal, US President Barack Obama’s chief energy and environmental policy advisor.

Oil and gas producers should expect additional delays in permit application processing and regulatory decisions, she said during a Feb. 27 seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Read the rest at the link above.


Then there is this from Steven Haywood writing in the Power Line Blog


It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the fruit-juice vegan energy set.  Where to begin?  How about Japan, which went through the entirely predictable cycle with regard to its nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster of two years ago.  You can follow the cycle in the hilarious New York Times headlines:

Japan Sets Policy to Phase Out Nuclear Power Plants by 2040 (Sept. 12, 2012)

Then, five days later:

Japan, Under Pressure, Backs Off Plan to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2040(September 19, 2012)

Turns out someone had a calculator, looked at the cost, and started saying, “never mind.”  And so just five days ago:

Japan to Begin Restarting Idled Nuclear Plants, Leader Says.

“Still, by making the promise in front of the Diet, Mr. Abe indicated in the strongest way yet that he planned to move ahead with a campaign pledge to reverse his predecessor’s hopes that Japan would begin weaning itself off nuclear energy.”

At the other end of the Eurasian land mass, Germany, which has no nuclear power plants exposed to tsunami risk, says it intends to continue with its plans to shut down its nuclear power plants over the next decade just to be safe.  You never know when you might get a land tsunami, like that old Saturday Night Live land shark.

So how is Germany going to make up the power gap?  According to Bloomberg News, the old-fashioned way—with new coal-fired power plants.  Another triumph for the climate campaign!


[Meanwhile in the US]

Duke Energy, whose corporatist former CEO Jim Rogers plumped for the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, “loaned” $10 million to the Democratic National Committee for the Charlotte convention last summer.  The money was called a “loan” last summer so Democrats could claim their convention was being put on without any evil corporate support.  But now that the election is over it turns out the DNC won’t be repaying the “loan,” and Duke shareholders will have to take the hit.  Can Duke rehire Rogers so he can be fired again, or at least take this out of his bonuses and stock options?

—A new study just out from researchers at Harvard (can’t get any more establishment-certified than Harvard, can you?) concludes that wind power potential is consistently overestimated:


Continue reading Chronicles of Ineptitude


And just for fun, also from Power Line Blog a couple of quotes that seem very apropos to the denizens of Washington lately


About Baldwin (1936):


Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.


And this bit about Chamberlain, from early 1938, applies perfectly to Obama:


When we have the Prime Minister here, what is the good of worrying about the Foreign Secretary?  What is the point of crying out for the moon when you have the sun, when you have the bright orb of day in whose refulgent beams all the lesser luminaries hide their radiance?


Both by, of course, Winston S. Churchill





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