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Modular Nuclear Reactors For Defense And Disasters

May 13, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ While there has been little interest of late in developing new-generation nuclear reactors to power the U.S. electric grid, some new initiatives at the Department of Defense – spurred in part by complaints of dumping by U.S. uranium miners – may just be the spark needed to move the U.S. back into […]

Batteries Cannot Make Renewables Reliable

April 27, 2019 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Utilities are starting to experiment with adding batteries to wind and solar projects. These storage projects are feeding the mistaken belief that batteries can cure the intermittency that makes wind and solar unworkable as a reliable source of power. The reality is that these battery projects are trivial in size […]

Easing The Logjam In Pipeline Infrastructure

February 17, 2019 by

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By Craig Rucker ~ When many of us think of infrastructure, roads, rail lines and airports probably come to mind. Few of us, however, consider the vital role America’s pipeline and energy infrastructure plays in our daily lives. Ideally, the pipeline network brings energy resources from refineries to businesses. But in reality, in many places, […]

US Shouldn’t Hold To Strict ‘Gold Standard’ On Saudi Nuclear Deal

March 21, 2018 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is visiting the U.S. this week, and one issue on his agenda will be to continue discussing collaboration with the U.S. to develop a nuclear power sector. Likely timed to send a message during his visit to America, a House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee will […]

Trump Waives Jones Act To Get Relief To Puerto Rico

September 29, 2017 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ President Donald Trump temporarily waived a shipping regulation to boost relief efforts to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico after pressure from members of Congress on both parties. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the policy change in a Thursday morning tweet. At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be […]

No, Robots Won’t Put Us All On The Unemployment Line

April 13, 2017 by

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By Betsy McCaughey, PhD ~ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is taking flak for saying he’s “not worried at all” about robots displacing American workers. Yet he’s spot on: Robots will soon spark a productivity boom, leading to improved economic growth, higher wages and a higher standard of living. Just what America needs after a decade […]

How Trump’s Presidency Could Retool The Auto Industry

January 7, 2017 by

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By Josh Siegel ~ President-elect Donald Trump’s public campaign to push U.S. companies to make their products in America is already having an impact, especially on one of his favorite targets: the auto industry. On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co., the nation’s second-largest automaker, said it will cancel a plan to build a small-car assembly plant […]

WashPost Keeps Alive Russia-Grid Hacking Story Despite Spectacularly Falling Apart

January 3, 2017 by

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By Tom Blumer ~ A serious case of miscues happened to the Washington Post after reporters Juliet Eilperin and Adam Entous posted a Friday story (now time-stamped as if it was Saturday) claiming in its headline that “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.” The claim, according to the utility involved, is false. As a […]

Powering Countries, Empowering People

September 23, 2016 by

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Affordable energy brings jobs, improved living standards and pursuit of happiness By Paul Driessen ~ For 16 years, in a scene out of pre-industrial America, Thabo Molubi and his partner made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld.” Lacking even a stream to turn a water wheel and machinery, they depended solely […]

Define “Critical” Electrical Power Supply

August 16, 2016 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ Curious. Brian Toohey: Ausgrid, the state-owned NSW electricity distributor, has denied Treasurer Scott Morrison’s claim it provides “critical” communication services to business and government. Morrison said these alleged services raised one of the key national security issues involved in his ban on selling Ausgrid to Chinese and Hong Kong bidders. Ausgrid […]

Australian Election 2016 – Spend, Spend, Spend, Spend

May 26, 2016 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ Yes, for this coming election here in Australia, the Labor Party is racking up billions on its “spendometer”, while the country slowly goes broke. But the Liberal Party Coalition Government aren’t too shabby themselves at spending borrowed money: Here’s a taste of what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and deputy Prime Minister […]

Like Obamacare? You Will Love ObamaNet

February 18, 2015 by

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By Deroy Murdock ~ In his relentless drive to leave no aspect of American life unmolested, Obama’s next stop is cyberspace. Having “reformed” U.S. medicine, Obama now aims to “repair” the World Wide Web. If you like Obamacare, you will love ObamaNet. On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a “net neutrality” […]

Intriguing Mystery In Tibet (Part One) The Airport In The Wilderness

October 3, 2014 by

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By Anton Lang ~ Why would China construct a major airport in one of the most inaccessible places on Earth, right on the bank of a River prone to probably the greatest potential for major flooding on Earth? If those two things I mentioned in the opening paragraph were not enough of a problem, the […]

Parasitic Power: Solar Energy’s Five Fatal Flaws

August 23, 2014 by

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By Viv Forbes ~ The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. It provides our daily warmth and light and the rotation and orbit of the earth turn its steady output into fluctuating day and night, summer and winter. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it […]

A How-To For Economic Growth: North Dakota’s Surge

January 20, 2014 by

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By David Kreutzer, Ph.D. ~ A modern retelling of “The Little Red Hen” would include ducks and pigs that not only didn’t help grow the wheat and bake the bread, but who wanted to eat the bread after hobbling the Red Hen while she did the work. Politicians in both Washington and New York want […]

Former Australian Labor Government Kept Quiet About Another $1.4 Billion NBN Blowout

November 3, 2013 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ The former Australian Labor Government knew its NBN plans were blowing out – again – by up to $1.4 billion but kept the news secret: A CABINET briefing document obtained by The Weekend Australian confirms the Rudd government was aware of significant risks to the National Broadband Network rollout and that […]

Obama Said This With A Straight Face

October 23, 2013 by

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By Amy Payne ~ “Thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak.” Yes, President Obama actually said that yesterday about Obamacare. As we all know, for the vast majority of people, the opposite is true. SIGNING UP? Most people have found it impossible to sign up for coverage through the Healthcare.gov […]

AP Claims California’s $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Got ‘Overwhelming’ Voter Approval (Of 52.7%), Would ‘Span the State’

October 21, 2013 by

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By Tom Blumer ~ In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion “Big Dig” in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far […]

Sessions And Ryan To LaHood: Halt The High-Speed Train To Vegas

March 9, 2013 by

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By Emily Goff ~ Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) sent a letter yesterday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging the Department of Transportation to reject a $5.5 billion gamble on high-speed rail. The train, called XpressWest, would run from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, […]

Electric Power Blackout: The Power of One

December 8, 2012 by

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By Ken Chrosniak ~ There exists a clear and present danger to you, your family and your community; the loss of sustained electric power.  As of now, absolutely no government entity (except for the Department of Defense (DoD)) has initiated plans for survival from a catastrophic breakdown of our electric grid over multiple regions of […]

10 Ways the Obama Administration Is Hurting America’s Energy Economy

October 2, 2012 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ One of the few bright spots over the past few years in America’s economy has been energy production, but this has occurred largely in spite of this Administration’s energy policies, not because of them. And the simple fact remains that our energy economy could be even brighter, but egregiously burdensome regulations […]

XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project: Speeding Toward a Taxpayer Bailout

August 23, 2012 by

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By Emily Goff and Michael Sandoval ~ Outdated forecast data containing rosy economic assumptions and signaling potential cost overruns plagues the planned $6.9 billion XpressWest high-speed rail project connecting Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, according to a new Reason Foundation report. If it fails, the seriously flawed plan could put taxpayers on the hook […]

Mining Boom Slows In Australia – The Miners Weren’t “Greedy” When They Warned Us

August 23, 2012 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ Wakey, wakey. The shelving of the Olympic Dam expansion is not just a $30 billion loss to South Australia and the nation. BHP Billiton is also saying: Now will we wake up from this dangerous fantasy? The fantasy is that fat-cat miners are just trying to rip off Aussie battlers when […]

Storm Warning: The Gloomy Forecast for EMPs

July 7, 2012 by

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By Jessica Zuckerman ~ Almost a week after the D.C. area was pummeled with raging storms, many individuals are still suffering in the July heat without lights, phone lines, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. In the immediate aftermath of this event, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, Marylanders, and Virginians were left without power. Storms […]