Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:48 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico ships a fair bit of oil as well, that really says very little.

The white paper shifts back and forth between “North American” energy independence and just “energy independence,” seeking to blur that distinction. But one of the key elements of the plan is a “North American Energy Partnership,” which mainly consists of approving the Keystone XL pipeline and any other pipelines Canada and Mexico want to build. There’s also a whiff of the idea that we should gouge Canada and Mexico and purchase their oil at a discount. The white paper makes this outlandish statement that “America still imports more oil from OPEC than it does from Canada and Mexico,” when OPEC consists of practically every oil producing nation on Earth, with much greater capacity than the two North American countries, and yet it’s STILL pretty close, with the US getting 37% of its oil resources from Canada and Mexico, compared to about 50% from OPEC.


Future of Wind Power Tax Credit Uncertain

By: Monday July 9, 2012 2:55 pm

In addition to the “Bush tax cuts,” there are also other important measures that expire at the end of 2012 that we should scrutinize. One big one is the wind power production tax credit, and the uncertainty over its extension is already hurting the industry.

Commerce Department Slaps Large Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels

By: Friday May 18, 2012 6:45 am

Neoliberals and conservatives will get to trot out their favorite phrase, “trade war.” And to be sure, there’s a jobs vs. environment question to be asked about this latest move by the Obama Administration. But the Commerce Department has moved ahead with slapping high tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

Obama Brings Back the American Jobs Act from the Mothballs

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:00 pm

Perhaps showing concern about the softening economic forecasts of recent months, President Obama has provided a to-do list for Congress that would, in his words, “create jobs and help restore middle class security.” The to-do list includes several ideas from the American Jobs Act and subsequent legislation proposals announced in recent months, but there’s a curious omission.

ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 5:12 pm

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the “Trojan Horse” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

Solar Roadways: Edging Closer to Reality

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 5:00 pm

During the course of the recent FDL Book Salon for The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World’s Most Dangerous Fuel, I was reminded to check on the status of Scott and Julie Brusaw’s Solar Roadways project.

Late Night FDL: Isla Waters

By: Friday February 24, 2012 8:00 pm

“The Isla Waters” – “The song was composed by Martin and Andy around a fragment sung by Andy’s grandfather, who was born in Glen Isla in 1900. It tells of a crofter whose life was made difficult by the fact that his local ‘ale hoose’ was across the river from his croft, but miles from the nearest bridge. Crossing to the inn on stepping-stones was easy enough in daylight when sober, but returning after a night of song and powerful whisky was an entirely different matter.”

Eric Cantor Unveils Plan to Fight Tax Cuts with Tax Cuts

By: Monday February 20, 2012 10:15 am

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor claims to be soldiering on with a new set of jobs bills, necessary because the GOP has become defined by their attention to culture war issues rather than what brought them to the House majority. But these plans are either small beer or just another manifestation of the “tax cuts forever” ideology that’s so fashionable in Washington.

Ethanol Fight Moves to Renewable Fuels Standard

By: Sunday January 1, 2012 7:00 pm

The $6 billion-a-year ethanol subsidy really will expire in a matter of days. But that may not spell the end of ethanol-based tax credits. Specifically, the $1.01-a-gallon production tax credit for cellulosic ethanol – made from switchgrass or wood chips or corn husks – is a priority for the renewable fuels industry. That production tax credit does not expire until next year, and the industry wants a five-year extension.

Wind, Solar, Mass Transit Threatened By Expiring Year-End Measures

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 7:30 am

The President showed up unscheduled at a White House briefing today to excoriate House Republicans for fouling up a Senate deal on a stopgap measure to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a doctor’s reimbursement fix. But there are a number of other measures that also will not get extended into next year, including the production tax credit for wind energy.

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