The Obama Energy Plan: A Progress Report Critique

This is an overview of the Obama Energy Plan released in March 2011 as a Blue Print for a Secure Energy Future.  A year later, the White House released a progress report highlighting their accomplishments. My commentary is designed to compare and contrast President Obama’s stated energy strategy with the Romney Energy Plan. The Obama Read more about The Obama Energy Plan: A Progress Report Critique[…]

What’s Missing in the Romney Energy Plan?

“An affordable, reliable supply of energy is crucial to America’s economic future. I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower, rapidly increasing our own production and partnering with our allies Canada and Mexico to achieve energy independence on this continent. If I am elected president, that vision will become a reality Read more about What’s Missing in the Romney Energy Plan?[…]

Setting Limits on Federal Rulemaking

A Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia threw out the US EPA Cross State Air pollution Rule (CSAPR) also commonly referred to as the Transport Rule telling the agency that it cannot create new law through the regulatory process but must live with the law the way Congress wrote it or go back Read more about Setting Limits on Federal Rulemaking[…]

Ethanol from Corn is a Dumb Idea!

There is a lot of hot air blowing in Iowa and across the US Midwestern states—and I am not just talking about politics or wind energy production.  The combination of an extended drought plus the ethanol mandate plus the weak economy plus the 2012 Presidential election cycle has combined into a ferocious debate over all Read more about Ethanol from Corn is a Dumb Idea![…]

Don't Mess with Texas, US EPA!

Don’t Mess with Texas!  That was the bottom line in a 23-page opinion by Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly who headed a three judge panel from the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans reviewing the appeal by the State of Texas of the US EPA action denying approval of a state Read more about Don't Mess with Texas, US EPA![…]

Wait a Fracking Minute!

Pennsylvania Act 13 rules superseding local zoning rules were overturned in a lower court decision.  Act 13 was adopted by the Pennsylvania Legislature five months ago and signed into law by Governor Corbett.  It was designed to create a common set of rules to govern drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the Commonwealth and avoid the Read more about Wait a Fracking Minute![…]

The Duke Mess

Do you remember when you were a kid and got into trouble with your siblings?  At my house, at least, my Dad would line us up and say ‘I don’t know which one of you caused this mess, but if I use my belt on each of your backsides I’ll know I got the guilty Read more about The Duke Mess[…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update

On June 26, 2012 the US Department of the Interior extended the comment period on its proposed rules of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands for sixty days to September 10, 2012 at the request of the Governor of Wyoming and others who said they needed more time to study the implications of the proposed rules.  Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates

California adopted an energy efficiency code in 1978 the first time Jerry Brown was Governor, and now it has updated that code to reflect advanced in technology.  I have not been a big fan of many of California’s crazy regulatory demands, but the Energy Efficiency Code was a good idea in 1978 and it is Read more about The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates[…]