The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

By John Ruberry While I'm watching snow fall outdoors at Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove, Illinois, the rest of my family is vacationing in southern California. When they drove into California at Needles, just as the Joads did in The Grapes of Wrath, they were also greeted by more desert, as well as … Continue reading The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

China’s nuclear options

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, another victim of the anti-nuclear movement This week, covered up by election coverage, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant closed down for good. Somewhere, a whole bunch of anti-nuclear activists are cheering. To replace Fort Calhoun, Omaha Power will instead use coal fired plants in Nebraska City, unless of course the … Continue reading China’s nuclear options

Last-minute shopping: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

It's Christmas eve, you hate, hate, going to the mall, and you have readers on your list who don't like fiction. I strongly recommend you buy them The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels on Kindle edition, which they can also read on line and in their tablets and cell phone apps. Epstein created the Center … Continue reading Last-minute shopping: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Has Saudi Arabia finally been Checkmated?

Right now Oil prices are dropping faster than we've seen them drop in years. Oil prices sank again on Monday, giving consumers more of a break and causing a split among OPEC leaders about what action should be taken, if any, to halt the slide. The price drop has led to a near free fall … Continue reading Has Saudi Arabia finally been Checkmated?

What if they built a green town and no one came?

By John Ruberry Seven years ago ninety-percent of the small western Kansas town of Greensburg was destroyed by an F5 tornado. Two months later I visited there. Most of the rubble had been cleared away, FEMA housing was prevalent, as was the sound of rebuilding--power saws and hammers at work. The people I spoke with … Continue reading What if they built a green town and no one came?

The unreported propane shortage

By John Ruberry Have you heard about the propane shortage? Probably not. Although, despite my headline, it has been reported, albeit by local flyover country media. Stories such as this one offers more evidence on why we need new media. Liquid propane (LP) is a commonly used fuel for home heating in rural areas, where … Continue reading The unreported propane shortage

Obama Winter: The War on Coal

By John Ruberry The high temperature tomorrow is expected to reach -11 in Chicago tomorrow. That's without the windchill. We may face 48 hours of subzero weather for the first time in twenty years. About two feet of snow has fallen since New Year's Eve where I live in Morton Grove, Illinois. It's snowing here … Continue reading Obama Winter: The War on Coal

Rep Cory Gardner (CO-4) Gets it on Energy

This morning I was on a conference call concerning the Domestic Energy & Job Act which molds together a large collection of energy legislation including: Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, H.R. 4480 (Rep. Cory Gardner, CO-4) Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012, H.R. 4471 (Rep. Ed Whitfield, KY-1) Planning for American Energy Act of 2012, … Continue reading Rep Cory Gardner (CO-4) Gets it on Energy

Dueling Joe Kennedy Narratives

And now Dueling Joe Kennedys: Joe Kennedy of Joe for oil fame: "No one should be left out in the cold" Joe Kennedy Running in the 4th district “The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop” News Center 5 on Joe Kennedy providing low cost oil last winter “Last year … Continue reading Dueling Joe Kennedy Narratives

Erick Erickson reminds us of just how short ten years…

...can be: In the Atlanta area, where I am, gas prices are up $0.77 from where they were a year ago. It is worth noting that Democrats have been politicizing and blocking expanded oil drilling for quite some time. Consider this: “Critics (of Arctic drilling), including Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., say the drilling plan … Continue reading Erick Erickson reminds us of just how short ten years…

Time Magazine’s solution to the oil spill: Raise Taxes!

Rick Stengel gives this as the solution to promote other energy. Higher energy taxes that will solve everything and this is the time to pass it while the crisis is in play. Amazingly nobody on the Morning Joe set challenged him on this. Well once Newsweek is dead and buried (unless Rush buys it and … Continue reading Time Magazine’s solution to the oil spill: Raise Taxes!

Head of the petroleum institute on Morning Joe

This is going to be interesting: Mika is asking him about long term issues: Jack Gerard points out their own people are folks who live there and notes that this doesn't change the energy equation in the country. Ratigan asked about safety caps: Says the US studied caps, Ratigan talks about the quality of rules … Continue reading Head of the petroleum institute on Morning Joe

Once every 41 years? Morning Joe lets the cat out of the bag…

...While Charlie Crist and environmental activists and democrats jump all over the oil spill in the gulf Morning Joe accidentally undermined their argument while bringing on an environmental activist to argue against the drilling. There are a ton of wells in the gulf and in Alaska etc that produce oil every single day. Joe asked … Continue reading Once every 41 years? Morning Joe lets the cat out of the bag…

Say Thanks for Palin and the Tea Partiers for this one…

don't think for one minute that the president would be defying his leftist friends if he didn't need to recover from their pushback. In a move that could help win Republican support for other energy initiatives, President Obama will announce plans Wednesday to open large sections of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and an area … Continue reading Say Thanks for Palin and the Tea Partiers for this one…