Category Archives: Energy

How Could We Possibly Spend All That Money? The Electrical Grid Edition

If you remember back when the stimulus bill was being discussed, one of the claims made by many, including some so-called progressives, was that it’s really difficult to figure out how to spend a lot of money. Of course, I … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords | 2 Comments

The Problems With Carbon Taxes

Noah Smith has a really good post about the problems with carbon taxes. I want to raise two more. The first involves a slight disagreement with Noah, who writes: 1. Carbon taxes are politically infeasible in the U.S. A few … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Energy, Environment, Taxes | 2 Comments

Japan Now Has to Create a Third-Best Option for Energy Generation

I’ve described nuclear power as the second-best option. Just to be clear, I don’t like nuclear power, but, in my opinion, decommissioning nuclear power plants should be the last step on the path to renewable energy, not the first. Well, … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Nukular Stuff

The Second-Worst Thing About the GOP Becoming the Batshitloonitarian Party: The Carbon Reduction Edition

Of course, the worst thing about the GOP becoming the batshitloonitarian party is, as I’ve noted before, they are batshitloonitarians. But one thing it also does is transform merely sane, although not very good, options, into ‘liberal’ policies, when, in … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Housing

What’s Wrong with This Energy-Saving Graphic?

I’m all for energy conservation–at this point, the CO2 release situation (i.e., global warming) is so dire that anything buys us time. But there’s something wrong with this picture: (from here) It’s a house. A single, detached house. It’s worth … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Global Warming, Housing | 4 Comments

When Heating Aid Collides With Austerity: Today’s Installment in Devil Take the Hindmost As Public Policy

It’s cold out, especially in the Northeast, and that means it’s time for ‘fiscal conservatives’ to attempt to help poor elderly people freeze to death. No, I’m not kidding (boldface mine): Congress is considering cutting $1 billion out of the … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Democrats, Energy | 4 Comments

If Solyndra Is a Failure, the Bush Administration Is Also to Blame

You might have heard of the supposed ‘scandal’ surrounding the failure of the government-supported Solyndra solar panel manufacturer. What’s gone unnoticed is the role the Bush Administration had in supporting Solyndra: July 2005: The Bush Administration signs the Energy Policy … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Democrats, Energy, Little Lord Pontchartrain

Actually, Apartment Buildings Are Sexy

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is something you should do–and you don’t have to wait for anyone else. But there is a larger issue of how we live and organize our communities that also needs to be addressed.
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Posted in Energy, Environment, Housing, Transportation | 7 Comments

House Republicans Heroically Protect the Republic from the Scourge of Light Bulb Vigilantes

Or something. Abject lunacy is clearly a contagious disease.
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Posted in Conservatives, Energy, Environment, Fucking Morons | 34 Comments

Why Do We Fetishize Budget Deficits and Not Trade Deficits?

Deficits don’t matter, the causes of those deficits do.
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Posted in Economics, Energy, Jobs, Oil | 4 Comments