Tag: clean energy

Timothy Puko, an energy policy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee and energy reporter Breanne Deppisch to explain the industry’s true role in the Biden administration’s efforts to combat climate change and how the importance of energy security may have put clean energy policies on pause.

Puko also dives deeper into the Democrats’ race to push bills that support decarbonization before the midterm elections in November. But, as our guest points out, there is still a divide on the Left between centrists who favor energy security, like Sen. Joe Manchin, and progressives, who want more aggressive climate change action to be taken.

Oil and gas industry executives met with lawmakers recently to talk about more production and gas prices, which resulted in somewhat of a blame game.

On this week’s episode of “Plugged In,” co-hosts Neil Chatterjee, former FERC chairman, and energy reporter Breanne Deppisch discuss the top energy stories from the last week — including recent policies by the Biden administration that oil and gas companies say have tied their hands as the war in Ukraine continues and more sanctions are put on Russian energy.

Curt Morgan, the CEO of Vistra Corp., joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee to talk about the balance between moving quickly to cleaner energy sources — such as battery or solar — and ensuring the displacement of workers and other human capital from closing plants is minimal.

Morgan, who announced he will soon step down from Vistra, said how you treat people matters and it’s important to offer an environment where people feel they can learn and grow. He also outlined techniques for promoting diversity in the industry.

Frank Fannon, who also served as the first assistant secretary of state for energy resources, joined “Plugged In” host and former FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee to explain the opportunities and pitfalls associated with upcoming sanctions on Russian energy, announced Tuesday by the Biden administration.

Fannon dives deeper into the energy industry and the government’s lack of confidence when it comes to domestic production. Using Iran as an example, he argues that only with a slow transition can the U.S. and other allies successfully move away from Russian oil and gas.

Jigar Shah, director of the Loan Programs Office at the Department of Energy, joins “Plugged In” host and former FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee to talk about all things clean energy and what it takes to secure energy loans.

He digs deeper into his office’s hands-on role in funding projects that aim to cut down on carbon emissions and the importance of projects that help America to become more independent in the energy space.

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On November 23, 2021, Senator Lyin’ Lizzie Warren’s (credit Scott Johnson) office put out an inflation blame diverting press release and sent a letter to a series of named natural gas producers. Surprisingly, one of the named companies refused to be frozen, and responded with publication of a responsive letter to Sen. Warren. This act […]

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A Measured Look at Climate Alarmism: Apocalypse Never

 

Michael Shellenberger is a dedicated environmentalist. He was a progressive political activist for years. He wants a cleaner, greener world. That is why he opposes the Green New Deal. Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, by Michael Shellenberger explains his position.

Shellenberger opens the book by picking apart and demolishing the arguments of those who claim apocalyptic climate change, leading to the death of billions, lies in our near future.  He shows predictions of billions of deaths cannot be supported from IPCC report results. He shows how alarmists deliberately distorted facts – sometimes even making false claims about the reports – to justify their predictions.

Shellenberger also shows following the recommendations of the alarmists will likely have results opposite those claimed. More deaths, especially among the world’s poor, and greater adverse environmental impacts will result.

Counting the Cards in Nevada

 

President Trump is putting Nevada in play for the 2020 election. The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project has always been a political hot potato and a hole in the ground into which Congress pours money. Senator Dean Heller, like Senator Reid before him, is opposed to the Yucca Mountain project, and there are likely not the votes to force the issue. Now the story in important Las Vegas news outlets is President Trump is on Nevada’s side.

This is very savvy. Presidents, Congress, and bureaucrats have been talking but never actually acting to use Yucca Mountain. Over decades, surely smarter answers have emerged than transporting and concentrating high-level nuclear waste in one location.

Recorded on October 6, 2017
A new administration means a new approach to federal energy approach, in the case of Donald Trump’s presidency, a new look at nuclear energy. Hoover research fellow Jeremy Carl, coauthor of Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants, examines the choices available to Trump on clean, green, and fossil energies.