energy policy

Reptile dysfunction

...Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the federal government is suffering from “reptile dysfunction.”
As the local paper, The Gonzales Cannon, noted, Patterson has declared that Texas will sue the federal government if it lists the [Dunes Sagebrush] lizard and other previously-unheard-of species on the Endangered Species List, thereby limiting development of West Texas land for oil, gas and heavy-metals exploitation and production.
Speaking at Faye Hardin’s “Insight USA” conference in Lubbock, Texas, on March 29, Texas Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz seized on the issue as well, saying that in Texas, “we talk more about that lizard than the Geico lizard.” He said, “That’s our lizard,” quickly adding, “They make darn fine boots”...
Definitely read the whole column.
And on a related note, why don't we hear more about cogeneration?  I'll tell you why—because it's a viable technology that's based on—gasp!—natural gas.

Anyone for dining in the dark on delta smelt whilst shod in lizard boots?

All Of The Above, None From Below energy policy

Hilarity ensues.

At the Las Vegas Sun: turbine that cost the city [of Reno] $21,000 to install saved the city $4 on its energy bill. Overall, $416,000 worth of turbines have netted the city $2,800 in energy savings.

At the Reno Gazette-Journal, a reminder that this is your tax dollars at work:

Nearly two years after Reno started installing energy-producing windmills at city facilities from downtown to Stead, some have proven to be better at generating electricity than others despite claims made by manufacturers...
...The windmills were installed between April and October 2010 and cost about $1 million out of a $2.1 million federal energy grant given to the city that was part of the stimulus package approved by Congress in February 2009...
...The most successful of Reno’s six operational windmills is located at the city’s water sewer facility in Stead. It features two white blades and has generated 11 megawatt-hours over the last 365 days with an average wind speed of 2.3 miles per hour.
I'm not even going to go there.
And for all you Gaia afficionados:
Before it was constructed in October 2010, it was expected to generate 10.5 megawatt-hours, according to its Scotland-based manufacturer, Gaia-Wind.
Well, then.
But wait!—there's more! Since total reliance on intermittent renewables means that "energy prices will necessarily skyrocket," those entrepreneurial animal spirits in the administration have come up with a couple of new products. Click on the image (from the brilliant Maksim) to embiggen—believe me, it's worth it. 
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