Alternate Energy

Keep the Turbines, Kill the Cats

By on 9.30.10 | 11:35AM

The Washington Post today has another of their "scientists say" articles (they're actually just wildlife advocates -- well, only certain wildlife, as you'll see) about how too many birds are falling prey because of excessive outdoor cats:

Scientists are quietly raging about the effects that cats, both owned and stray, are having on bird populations. It's not an issue that has received much attention, but with an estimated 90 million pet cats in the United States, two-thirds of them allowed outdoors, the cumulative effect on birds is significant, according to experts....

"Two-thirds of all bird species are in decline in the U.S.," said Steve Holmer, a policy adviser with the American Bird Conservancy in Washington. "Cats are a contributing factor."

DeMint: Not So Fast, Ye Lame Ducks

By on 9.28.10 | 10:37AM

The Hill (via Drudge): 'Dems to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame duck session:'

Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election.

The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers to act before the start of the 112th Congress, when Republicans are expected to control more seats in the Senate and House.


Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is intent on passing a renewable electricity standard.

As I note today in the Washington Times, Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is co-sponsoring the RES legislation, which they announced at a press conference last week. Doesn't the Kansas Senator (also the GOP nominee for governor) look proud?

Green Economy Cash Favors from DC Abound

By on 9.27.10 | 3:34PM

Vulnerable Rep. Betsy Markey, and many fellow Colorado Democrats, has been the beneficiary of liberal billionaire heiress Pat Stryker's generous political contributions, which helped transform it into a Blue State a few short years ago. Now it appears that Markey has returned the favor by helping one of Stryker's investments, a solar company, get $400 million in federal loan guarantees and by voting for the Waxman-(Ed) Markey cap-and-trade bill. Complete Colorado has the story:

Environmentalist Hypocrisy

By on 7.8.10 | 4:12PM

That Big Oil (or whatever fossil fuel industry) funds free-market, limited government organizations and candidates (who also tend to fit into the global warming realism camp) is a familiar line of attack forwatermelon groups and the formerly mainstream media.

Big Implications for Wind Energy

By on 4.20.10 | 2:49PM

Some media organizations are doing stories this week about the Cape Wind energy project, which for so long was opposed by Sen. Ted Kennedy.

So Long, Solar

By on 3.27.10 | 9:05AM

Oh, the glory days of almost a month ago, when advocates promoted the promise of solar energy in the United States.

Another Classic Colorado Ballot Initiative

By on 3.26.10 | 3:46PM

After yesterday's revelation about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dismantling of his state's global warming regulatory infrastructure, today a grassroots citizens group announced they would attack the renewables rent-seeking industry via a Colorado ballot initiative.

I Got Your Energy Security Right Here

By on 3.9.10 | 4:35PM

Some folks (like former Virginia Sen. John Warner) warn that climate change is an "energy security" issue, and that by erecting a few farm field pinwheels and sun soakers or by burning food that we'll solve the problem. 

The Energy Spectator

People of Plenty

By 5.5.09

Natural gas comes to America's rescue -- once again we luck out.

The Energy Spectator


By From the March 2009 issue

There are those who think turkey droppings and French fry grease offer a path to energy independence.