Category Archives: Energy & Environment

Principles and Consequences

Let’s talk about something that doesn’t have anything to do with politics.  Let’s talk about principles. A principle is a rule to inform one’s behavior, particularly when the consequences of that behavior aren’t predictable or consistent.  However, when followed, individual … Continue reading

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“Insider of the Year” nominations are in! And the prestigious “Sleazie” statue goes to…

This may be a bit risky with nearly two months left in the year, but if there’s some kind of “taxpayers’ friend” award for 2011, I’d like to go ahead and nominate Solyndra.  That’s the insider-connected green company that got … Continue reading

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Inaugural post, and some econ nerd guilty pleasure

Welcome. This is my first official post.  You may notice that there are actually several posts dating back a few years, but those are uploads of older writings to get things started.  Most are letters to the editor of my … Continue reading

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No wait, let’s grow weeds and burn that instead!

[After my latest letter on ethanol was published, a local farmer took exception to my analysis and pointed out some information that wasn’t in the SJ-R article I referenced.  Then he got a little personal.  See it here. So I … Continue reading

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Here’s an idea — let’s burn food!

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] The article in the SJ-R on the decline in US gasoline consumption has an interesting bullet point illustrating how completely detached from reality our government energy policies have become. To quote: “By 2022, the country’s fuel mix … Continue reading

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More sustainable stupidity

With the state legislature located in Sangamon County, you’d think we’ve already filled our quota for hosting economic disasters.  Apparently not.  As outlined in the 10/09/2010 State Journal-Register, a U.S. subsidiary of a German outfit is working on siting a … Continue reading

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Save the environment – call a plumber

After my last letter to the editor got published, the Wife made remarks implying I’m using too many numbers and esoteric economic concepts, which could keep my ideas from being clearly conveyed. Actually, her exact words were “would you quit … Continue reading

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Sustainably stupid

So, our Community Organizer-in-Chief just announced that we’re giving $2 billion in subsidies (a.k.a., “prepaid bailouts”) to a couple of companies to build some state-of-the-art solar powered money vaporizing plants. Okay, I realize they’ll also generate some electricity as a … Continue reading

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Windy Power

[Not submitted.  I sent an inquiry to the reporter to verify the numbers as published and it turned out she’d boggled up the numbers.  She was very nice about admitting the error.  CWLP is still paying more than cost for … Continue reading

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