Tag Archives: green cronyism

Carolina Journal exposes layer upon layer of solar cronyism

I’ve long noticed two prongs of the solar lobby‘s message to legislators and the media — two messages that I think are completely at odds with one another: Solar is a powerhouse industry in North Carolina. Second in the nation in solar! Solar cannot make it as an industry on its own. Not without extensiveContinue Reading






If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

Since the renewable energy industry cannot build itself by winning customers and investors on the strength of its own merits, they have to win politicians — who can force people to be their customers and investors. Dan Way at Carolina Journal has the latest. He quotes one of the lobbyists, Paul Shumaker, as saying the big takeaway for RepublicanContinue Reading






Public policies favoring renewables are threatening upheaval in power markets

You can’t have a competitive environment when utilities have to purchase any renewable power that’s produced and when state and federal subsidies and tax credits artificially lower their actual costs by making consumers pay for them in their role as taxpayers. The problem is, these phony state supports aren’t just getting renewables a foot inContinue Reading






Detroit News editorial: ‘Green energy’ hurts the poor

The editorial, by Utah State professor William Shughart and researcher Michael Jensen, reiterate points made here. They argue that the politicized drive for “green energy” is drowning out the much greater problem of energy poverty. (The chart on the right comes from a recent Locker Room post about energy poverty in North Carolina.) “Modern progressives,” theyContinue Reading






Federal energy subsidies and the battle between cronies

The New York Times asks, “What would happen if the federal government ended its subsidies to companies that drill for oil and gas?” The American oil and gas industry has argued that such a move would leave the United States more dependent on foreign energy. Many environmental activists counter that ending subsidies could move theContinue Reading






Even more reasons why renewable energy mandates make electricity cost much more than it should

Here’s a graph for you. Further down I’ll explain what it means:






A low-cost energy source that lowers rates and CO2 emissions, to boot

That would be natural gas. Because of technological change in natural gas exploration, our rates are falling, on net (offsetting increases owing to the REPS law): Also falling: carbon dioxide emissions, as the federal Energy Information Administration has shown is mostly because of change to natural gas in electricity generation: But for some reason, a lobbyContinue Reading






Natural gas did most of this. Lower emissions from fracking. Or as the ‘Clean Energy C[ronies]’ call it, HYDRO-FRACKING!

Here’s an interesting graph from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration today in a release entitled “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 are 12% below their 2005 levels“: The EIA explains:  In 2015, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were 12% below the 2005 levels, mostly because of changes in the electric power sector. Energy-relatedContinue Reading