REPS (page 5)

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    ‘Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale’

    This isn’t news to Locker Room readers (some recent examples), but I’m glad to read this in The Hill this week from Kathleen Hartnett White. Here’s a brief snippet, with the understanding that there is plenty more where this comes from: Policymakers intent on imposing a…
    Jon Sanders, March 31, 2016
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    Examining the Sierra Club claim that renewable energy is “least cost”

    My newsletter yesterday examines a quotation in the Asheville Citizen-Times from a Sierra Club representative unhappy with the Utilities Commission giving approval to Duke Energy’s plan for converting one of its coal plants to natural gas: Emma Greenbaum, North Carolina organizing representative for Sierra Club, said she is pleased the commission turned…
    Jon Sanders, March 3, 2016
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    REPS: Burning coal is bad for the environment. Burn trees instead.

    Did you know that the renewable energy portfolio standards law was not passed as a jobs program? The renewable energy lobby would like you to think that’s what it’s for. But actually, the law had four stated purposes: Diversify the resources used to reliably meet the energy needs of consumers…
    Jon Sanders, March 2, 2016
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    How lobbyists and economic impact studies trick you

    Jobs, jobs, jobs. Jobs are good, right? The economy needs jobs. Now, let’s draw your attention to jobs right here in my industry. If you just give my industry a subsidy, or a special tax break not available to anyone else, especially not my competitors, then you can create jobs…
    Jon Sanders, February 29, 2016
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    Carbon-tax zealots concede: renewable energy may never compete

    Depend upon it: news stories, industry studies, and especially lobbyists’ materials all frame the success and future importance of solar in terms of government programs. Not consumer demand and certainly not lower rates. The same can be said for the other big nondispatchable energy source, wind. — Rights & Regulation…
    Jon Sanders, February 26, 2016
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    ‘MythBusters’ could do a whole season on renewable energy malarkey

    Some takeaways from Dan Way’s Carolina Journal report yesterday: 1. Your facility can get all its electricity from traditional fuel sources and pretend they’re powered by renewable sources. (Media, environmentalists, corporate PR people, and especially renewable energy lobbyists love perpetuating that fiction.) The Duke customer could purchase as much as 100…
    Jon Sanders, January 27, 2016
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    Putting inconvenient facts down the memory hole — a local example

    In today's Carolina Journal, publisher Jon Ham decries "a disturbing trend among mainstream news outlets these days"—which is "putting inconvenient news or facts 'down the memory hole.'" Ham's examples come from national media. I will provide a local one, from the Fayetteville Observer. But first: What on earth would make news or facts inconvenient to a fact-based news organization? Do we feel compelled to describe opening a car hood as inconvenient to a mechanic? Or reading a book as inconvenient to a scholar?
    Jon Sanders, January 15, 2016
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    How utterly, utterly impossible is battery storage for renewable electricity

    Here is a line from this past Sunday’s issue of Fayetteville Observer, where real-world, adult concerns about the marked inefficiency of nondispatchable energy sources, the subsidies they receive, the costs imposed on poor ratepayers by playing crony games with a state monopoly over an indispensable household necessity, the practicalities of battery…
    Jon Sanders, January 11, 2016