Category Archives: Alternative Fuel

Environmentalist Frenzy Has Mediocre Showing

Environmental groups are finding out that mindlessly opposing jobs, domestic energy, and safety doesn't fire up mobs of people.  An estimated 35,000 showed up to a D. C. rally to oppose the popular Keystone Pipeline. Environmental groups are in search of a mission.  Their success in the 1970's benefited all Americans now like the BRAC Commission of the 1980's, they are in search of a mission because just safeguarding their successes doesn't pay the salaries and raise money well enough.  They have to find threats under every potential of progress.  That is a shame. Environmental groups could become innovative and help us to move to the next phase.  We need better energy sources.  I believe the key is to rally behind safe, clean, and effective storage of energy.  We need, for lack of a better term, the better battery.  We need massive energy storage.  This will make renewable Read more

The Volt Has No Juice

  I have written here many times that Delaware is little more than a scaled down version of the national agenda of the liberal Democrat party, and Gov. Markell is merely a puppet for the Obama administration. Not really surprising since Vice Pres. Biden runs the Democrat party here in the state.   Well it wasn't that long ago that I wrote about the fact that Fisker Motors,the creator of a hybrid electric car, would be laying off about a quarter of their Delaware employees due to faltering sales, this even as gasoline prices continue to rise. Fisker was touted by the Markell administration as being the center piece of economic recovery here in the state of Delaware. It was seen, by liberals, as  the jewel in the crown of greeny technology ment to replace traditional energy sources.   Like the Obama administration, Gov. Markell here in Delaware has been attempting to force this Read more

Dover Sun Park

The Dover Post examined the Dover Sun Park beyond the hype.  It would cause a minor increase in electric rates today, but the long term contract locks in inflation of our rates into the future for the next 20 years.  In fact the number is $65,000,000 in rate increases over the next 20 years.  What could Dover do with $65,000,000 if we didn't want to leave it your pockets where some would argue it belongs? The city desperately needs to renovate its aging water system.  That is  a $31,000,000 bill.  The city needs more police in the face of rising crime statewide.  4 more officers forming vitally needed community police units could be accomplished for around $8,000,000 or so over 20 years including equipment, training, pensions, healthcare, and salaries.  Some of our city streets have not been maintained adequately another $2,000,000 could add several streets to the schedule. We Read more

The Future is Nearer than Some Think

Hydrogen Fuel Cells are a cost effective way to power fork lifts in this Cass Township PA warehouse. Allar said he negotiated a substantially lower monthly service fee for the trucks, supplied by Lift Inc., of Lancaster. Using fuel cells also eliminated the need for an outside maintenance person to change the heavy batteries, clean them, and charge them. The cost of the hydrogen - estimated at $4 to $5 per kilogram by an industry analyst - is more than electricity, but not by much, Allar said. The comparison was helped by a 30 percent increase in electricity prices this year, when rate caps expired, Allar said. Wegmans, which employs more than 350 at the distribution center, also received subsidies: a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority toward the fueling system provided by Air Products & Chemicals Inc. and a 50 percent cost-share from the U.S. Read more

Green Jobs being Hurt by Dems–Guest Post

  Solar-cell manufacturing in Frederick, Maryland, dates back to the mid-1970s. BP Solar, one such company, was so profitable it was in the middle of building a $97 million expansion to create more jobs in the solar panel industry. Now the BP Solar building is being demolished and 320 people in Maryland are unemployed. What happened? The answer is, the federal government got involved and destroyed the free market generated profitability of the making of solar panels. Here’s how: the Obama Administration has spent billions of dollars to create “green jobs.” Through his tax incentives and credits for those businesses that manufacture renewable energy products, he created a glut in the marketplace. With so many businesses now producing solar panels (most of them overseas in anticipation of a booming U.S. market), the cost of panels has been nearly cut in half, making it impossible Read more

He Gives with One Hand and takes….

May GOD bless President Obama, he needs good advise from somewhere. The President stopped his regime from foot dragging on opening up drilling areas as mandated in a law passed in 2008.  The problem is that he opens exploration, but holds back on actual leases to drill. It is like trying to date someone who keeps calling you, but can never seem to find an open date on the calender.  He actually canceled the Alaska leases that could have given more oil in a few short years and opened up a process that takes a decade.  He upset activists on both sides of the issue.   If the announcement came today, I would think it an April Fool's joke. Maybe I need to give the President's men a hint.  Just let Alaskans take care of it.  They value the environment up there and will insure it is done right.  Next hint, since you want to do this in conjunction with more alternative energy being used, Read more

Secretary of State Clinton Gets Another Ouchie

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to India to perform an act of contrition on behalf of United States for our Global Warming sins and to ask India not to do the same thing: "We acknowledge now with President Obama that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change," she said. "We are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes." India, in response, basically told Clinton to stick it her personal methane exit ramp: “There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have been among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions,” Jairam Ramesh, India’s environment minister told Mrs Clinton. “And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the threat of carbon tariffs on our exports to countries Read more

The UK Outsources Its Green Economy While Promising Green Jobs

Check this out, Britain is going to build more wind farms, they're just not going to do it with turbines made there: One of Britain’s biggest employers in the green energy industry is to cease production within hours of a government announcement today pledging as many as 400,000 green jobs by 2015. Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will claim that Britain will become a world leader in low-carbon technology and manufacturing. He will argue that raising household energy bills to pay for investment in wind, solar and tidal power is justified not only by the dangers of global warming but also the opportunity to build a new “green economy”. However, tomorrow morning the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, Britain’s only significant manufacturer of wind turbines, will produce its last batch of seven-tonne blades. More than 600 people employed at the Read more

$328,835

$328,835 is the pricetag for the White House's tragically stupid New York City photo-op according to the Air Force. Check it out: The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said. $328,835 for a picture at a time when many Americans are struggling financially, losing their jobs, and being kicked out of their homes. But, as they say in infomercials, that's not all.... It's being reported that the Feds were totally aware that the moronic stunt would send New Yorkers straight for the Prozac, but they demanded that the public be kept in the dark and "threatened" to punish the city if there was a leak: Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret Read more

Delaware’s Green Economy Suffers A Setback

The GE plant in Newark that makes solar panels is laying off 85 employees:
Rumsey said orders have been falling and inventory piling up as potential customers struggle to find financing for photovoltaic installations, which convert sunlight to electricity. “It’s unfortunate, but we have to align our manufacturing output with the demand that we have,” Rumsey said.
And if you think that’s a big bummer, check out this little tidbit:
But Pichel said the cost disadvantages of making solar components in the United States are becoming pronounced, and he believes more companies will outsource production to China.
Argh.

Madame Speaker, Your Private Jet Awaits

According to Judicial Watch, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her "extended family" are enjoying the benefits of travel via Gulfstream jet on the taxpayer's dime. Here's a little preview: The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. "It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable...The speaker will want to know where the planes are..." wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker.".... During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay Read more

The Real Reason Democrats Obstruct a Real Energy Policy

Harry Reid says Coal and oil makes us sick. We have to stop using fossil fuels. Most Americans disagree so do i. We need alternatives, but it is unreasonable to think that we can stop using fossil fuels anytime soon. This is especially amusing because it is from the Senator blocking Yucca Mountain. The McCain approach to energy is comprehensive.  The Democrat approach is hope for a miracle.  That is an interesting choice.