Big Wind gusts in lame duck

By Rick Manning Congress returns for a lame duck session that is beginning to look like a regular cornucopia of goodies for all those patient souls on Washington, D.C.’s K Street who, if they deliver, can expect nice bonuses to pad their mid-six figure paychecks. With a bevy of tax credits scheduled to expire on December 31, there will be […]

Dear Northeast, how’s that solar working out for you?

By Marita Noon A couple of months ago, effective in November, National Grid, one of Massachusetts’ two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a “whopping” 37 percent over last year. Other utilities in the region are expected to follow suit. It’s dramatic headlines like these that make rooftop solar sound so attractive to people wanting to save money. In fact, […]

Time is up for wind production tax credits

By Rick Manning “The private sector can be expected to develop improved solar and wind technologies which will begin to become competitive and self-supporting on a national level by the end of the decade if assisted by tax credits and augmented by federally sponsored R&D,” testimony before the House of Representatives Subcommittees on Energy and Commerce offered by the American […]

Congress considers Keystone XL as Louisiana hangs in balance

Photo credit: lightfoot from morguefile.com By Rick Manning Who would have guessed that the November 4 election results would break the logjam on an issue that pits North American energy independence and radical environmentalists determined to stop the use of fossil fuels? Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana did not lose on election day, but she also did not win.  Due […]

Will Obama Regulation Shut Off the Lights?

By Rick Manning National pundits have largely dismissed the large role that energy played in the Democrat wipeout part deux. However, the Obama Administration and his big money environmental extremist allies lost two Senate seats due to the issue, and it is likely to get worse for the greenies in the next two years. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation […]

The oil price election connection

By Marita Noon After years of rising gasoline prices, people are puzzled by the recent drop that has a gallon of gas at levels not seen in nearly four years. Typically in times of Middle East unrest, prices at the pump spike, yet, despite the violence in Iraq and Syria, gallon of gas is now at a national average of […]

Why is Obama fighting a war on carbon energy?

By Marita Noon “You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry —most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the event wrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, […]

Regcession: Why Americans aren’t feeling Obama’s ‘vigorous recovery’

By Marita Noon President Obama is trying, according to CNN, to “convince voters of a vigorous recovery that a majority still doubts.” Describing comments the president made on October 2 at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, CNN calls his attempt, the “political problem inherent in having to describe an economic recovery that many Americans still aren’t feeling.” […]

EPA: Hurting poor families worst

By Tom Toth News for low-income households facing another brutal winter in New England is again bleak. One of the largest energy providers in the region announced recently that energy costs for a typical household could top $150 a month this winter — a 37 percent increase over just last year. For many poorer families, that $40 per month increase […]

‘We can do it better’—Scotland and The West Parallels

By Marita Noon The world watched and waited to learn the fate of Scotland following its vote on the referendum for independence. For many other regions within the U.K., including Wales and Northern Ireland; within Europe, including Spain’s Catalonia and Belgium’s Flanders; and states within the U.S., including Vermont, Texas and Alaska; Scotland’s vote energized and inspired separatists’ movements — […]

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