• The Middle East Convulses, But Thanks To Fracking America Hardly Notices

    • Date: 06/11/19
    • Daniel Markind, Forbes

    The Middle East turned on its axis last week. Thanks in large part to the shale revolution, few Americans heard about it – and most did not care who did.  Last week, the governments of both Lebanon and Iraq resigned. Seemingly organically, large protests erupted in both countries cutting across the ethnic divide. In each case, the protesters […]

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  • The UK Shale Gas Fracking ‘Ban’: Who Wins, Who Loses?

    • Date: 03/11/19
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK government’s new long-term moratorium on shale gas exploration will reduce competition and increase prices in the markets supplying methane to produce the large quantities of hydrogen without which the Net Zero emissions target for 2050 is infeasible.  Odd though it may seem, a shale gas “ban” makes climate change mitigation even more expensive. In […]

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  • Roger Pielke Jr: The World is Not Going To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 50% By 2030, Now What?

    • Date: 28/10/19
    • Roger Pielke Jr., Forbes

    Anyone advocating a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 is engaging in a form of climate theater, full of drama but not much suspense. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that “limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Specifically, “Global net human-caused emissions […]

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  • Current Costs of British Renewables Subsidies per Household

    • Date: 14/10/19
    • Dr John Constable, GWPF Energy Editor

    The total annual renewables subsidy impact on UK household cost of living is £9 billion — which comes to £340 per year per household. The low and much-publicised offshore wind bids for Feed-in Tariffs with Contracts for Difference (FiTs CfDs) continue to confuse many analysts, even those from whom one might expect clear-eyed caution. A […]

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  • Nuclear Fusion Research in the United Kingdom

    • Date: 06/10/19
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The ludicrous disparity between overly generous renewables subsidy and the barely adequate support for long term nuclear research shows that at some not very distant point we will have to stop pretending that seven billion people can live on sunbeams and the breath of heaven Starting with a grant of £20 million, the UK government […]

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  • Hail Shale: Don’t Panic Over the Saudi Attack and the Oil Supply

    • Date: 18/09/19
    • Donald L. Luskin and Michael Warren, The Wall Street Journal

    OPEC would have had to cut output anyway, given the dramatic increase in American shale oil production. The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure last weekend took out about half of the kingdom’s production capacity. Yet the market reaction was muted, with global oil prices rising only to where they were in May. Markets seem […]

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  • Solar Energy Badly Harms the Environment. It Must Be Taxed, Not Subsidised

    • Date: 02/09/19
    • Sanjeev Sabhlok, The Times of India

    Solar energy can do a few useful things. It can power a radio in an off-grid location. But it can’t support our day-to-day life. The Modi government has been shovelling scarce taxpayer resources into solar energy, with a further $6.5 billion promised till 2022. This is over and above indirect subsidies that people pay through […]

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  • Telling the Story of a Blackout

    • Date: 21/08/19
    • Dr John Constable, GWPF Energy Editor

    There can be no doubt now that the UK’s electricity system is increasingly fragile. Will the consumer accept the extremely high costs of addressing renewable energy problems in order to secure this fragile electricity system? Or would they prefer a major policy rethink? In an earlier post, this blog has noted the evident concern of […]

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