Archive for Energy Conservation

To Nuclear or not to Nuclear?

In the three pieces attached, we see the complexity of the nuclear power argument. Two respected former Governor’s have differing views on whether or not the proposed PSE&G subsidy proposal is a good idea. The current Governor has forced a change in the prior legislation to include more perks for renewable energy.

So what is a legislature to do?

nuclearThe issue is certainly complex and it raises an interesting question about the entire issue of subsidies for power generation. We have discussed this before. Some of my Libertarian friends think that renewables receive too many subsidies at the expense of older forms of power generation. My Green friends think that this is necessary to even the playing field.

Clearly, nuclear does not generate greenhouse gases…but it does generate very dangerous waste with no plan on how to store it safely. All forms of energy generation get some form of subsidy…some for more than 100 years…So, it seems to me, if New Jersey wants to subsidize its existing nuclear plants, than it has to make a policy call…

Do we want multiple forms of non-greenhouse gas power generation or do we want to continue with fossil fuels?

I think that the new legislation partially answers that question.

Of course, the devil is in the details as they say. Should there be transparency? Should Rate Counsel be involved? These questions are too complicated for this post…

Read the full articles:
N.J. nuclear bill returns — amid new controversy
Gov. Kean: Don’t rush bailout of PSEG’s nuclear plants. Wait for Murphy
AN ENVIRONMENTALIST’S CASE FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY

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Let’s Ignore Climate Change to Make it Go Away

epa quiet climate changeCan you really believe that the EPA is now gagging scientists and preventing them from speaking at conferences that discuss climate change? I suppose when we have an administrator that is a shill for polluters, it should come as no surprise that this would happen.

Whether or not you agree with anthropogenic causes as the reason for climate change or not, can there really be harm in discussing the science and what might be done to mitigate the damage at a conference?

This is getting out of hand.

Read the full article:
The Latest: EPA Scientists Won’t Speak on Climate Report

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Buy Me, Give Me, Take Me, Send Me…Americans’ view on how to deal with Air Pollution.

If you have followed my blog, you know by now that I have stated that there is no correlation between peoples’ attitudes and their actions. In the latest work conducted by Scientific American, we see this borne out when it relates to climate change policies.

climate change policiesTheir research shows that people want something done to curb the damages and risks of climate change…but, and this is a key point, only if it does not cost more money.

One of my many fine teachers used to make the above statement about his students. He was referring to our desire for good grades and the fact that so many did not want to work for them. But the statement is appropriate here as well.

There are costs associated with everything. The only reason that inaction on climate issues appears cheaper is that we have been subsidizing industries that create the problem for over 100 years. Indeed, we now see that the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt dines with as many as 24 of the largest climate change gas emitters in the world to get his marching orders on keeping them in business.

There is no such thing as free people…

Read the full article:
Most Americans Want Climate Change Policies

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FORMER ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN WORRIED…BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID

As you know by now, I had the privilege of working for Christie Whitman for a number of years. We did not always agree on policy or issues, but we were always able to come to a meeting of the minds on the big issues. More importantly, this is a person who does not express concern unless that concern is warranted.

christie whitman epaSo, when I read an Op-Ed that expresses such a deep concern about how the EPA is now being run, and the direction that it is moving, I am even more concerned than I was when I last said that Mr. Pruitt needs to be removed from his office.

His blatant disregard of the scientific method, his self – centered (a hall mark of this administration) let’s just have fossil fuels attitude and his dangerous love of ignorance are frightening. Very frightening.

Say what you will, when Administrator Whitman is worried, you should be too.

Read the full article:
Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A.
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