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If present trends continue, the world’s population will increase to more than 9 billion by 2040, with global electricity demand nearly doubling. Meeting these rising demands while trying to avert climate change is likely to be nearly impossible unless zero-carbon nuclear power is expanded to meet those goals.
For those that think today’s low prices at the pump are an excuse to kick the can down the road on new offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico or seismic surveying along the Atlantic seaboard, they’re terribly mistaken.
California has some of the highest energy costs in the nation. In part this is due to an inefficient system that subsidizes the rich at the expense of other consumers.
Despite America’s recent re-emergence as an energy superpower — thanks to revolutionary, Made-in-the-USA extraction technologies — we are still coming to grips with how US shale production has completely rearranged the world’s energy order.
The Paris agreement is silly and destructive as a strategy to engender environmental improvement, but it works beautifully as a mechanism to transform the climate industry into a perpetual motion machine.
Climate negotiation breakthroughs are a dime a dozen. In the current one there are three crucial parameters that will make this agreement only the latest exercise in delusion.
Venezuela’s economy has collapsed due to a crude blend of cheap oil and inspired mismanagement.
The Obama administration is committed to replacing the use of fossil fuels with subsidized solar and wind power. But there is no technology available for large-scale energy storage to meet electricity demand on days when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.