Gov. Sununu Vetoes “Energy” Bills That Would Drive Up Electric Rates

by Steve MacDonald June 20, 2018

Last week we shared a rumor that Governor Chris Sununu was prepared to veto SB 365 and SB 466. Both pieces of legislation were bipartisan sops to green energy that would drive up our already unreasonably high electric rates. That rumor is now a fact. In his veto statement on Tuesday, Sununu said the two […]

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Data Point – Remember that Paris Accord that was never a treaty or an agreement?

by Skip June 17, 2018

Trump rightfully tossed it onto the ash heap of Obama’s “Arc of History” – it rightfully belongs there because it had no worth.  Obama, like many other actions he took during his Presidency, only wanted to be seen as doing something rather than actually doing something and the Paris Accord belongs in it.  What worth […]

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Could EverSource State Supreme Court Victory Mean Lower Electric Rates in NH?

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2018

New Hampshire has a resource problem. We’ve too many ax-grinders protesting energy infrastructure projects but you can’t create electricity with those. Not legally. You need something else. Several somethings. But each and every effort to improve energy infrastructure in the Granite State is protested, blocked, or dragged out in court until the developers give up. […]

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Republican Legisalture Gives NH Gov. Another Opportunity to Redistribute Wealth

by Steve MacDonald May 20, 2018

The NH House and Senate have delivered three ‘energy bills’ to Governor Sununu that favor so-called green generation that drives up electric rates. One (SB446) expands net metering which means more pricey power from a wider range of sources. The second (SB365) prop up wood-burning plants. The third (SB577) subsidizes the Berlin Bio-Mass plant. All […]

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Climate Change Removed as “National Threat”

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2017

President Trump’s National Security strategy will not include the weather as a threat to the nation. “Climate change is not identified as a national security threat,” an official said, adding that the position is consistent with Mr. Trump’s decision earlier this year to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord that was signed by President Obama. […]

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Data Point – Where is our electricity coming from?

by Skip November 27, 2017

The labeled horizontal lines on these charts aim to give a sense of perspective on electricity consumption levels across the world. For example, in the chart below a very large hydro or nuclear plant could produce enough electricity to meet the demands of 100 million people in Ghana; a large hydro, nuclear, or coal plant […]

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Trump EO Will Kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2017

Today Mr. Trump is scheduled to sign an order to alter or eliminate job-killing Obama-Era Executive Orders on energy including the Clean Power Plan. The upcoming order goes even farther than axing the CPP, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy, who got a sneak peek at Tuesday’s order. Here’s what it does: Orders EPA to review and “if […]

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Did Trump Already Renege On U.S. Steel Promise?

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2017

The Keystone XL Pipeline has received a waiver from the Trump Administration allowing it to proceed without requiring the use of U.S. Steel. Politico reported late Thursday night that a White House spokeswoman explained that the project, which has been in the works for the past decade, does not count as a “new” or “retrofitted” pipeline, and […]

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Could Your Solar-Powered Neighbors Increase the Odds of a Power Outage?

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2017

National Geographic suggests that your solar powered neighbors could increase the likelihood of power outages when you need power the most. In an age when more homeowners are using solar panels to generate their own electricity, bad weather usually limits the output of these devices and increases the amount of energy the utility must supply, […]

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Climate Change Page at White ‘Dissappeared’ – “From Day One”

by Steve MacDonald January 21, 2017

The ‘disappearing’ of the Climate Change page at was one of the first changes I heard about yesterday. Less than an hour after President Trump took the oath of office on Friday, the White House’s webpage on climate change disappeared from the Executive Branch’s main site, the latest sign that the new administration will divert resources […]

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Rut-Roh! Solar Creates Heat Islands

by Steve MacDonald October 22, 2016

Unexpectedly. At first blush, the experimental results, published Thursday in Nature Science Reports, seem to contradict computer simulations that said solar photovoltaic arrays, by intercepting some of the sun’s warming rays and converting them into electricity, would have a cooling effect. The UA researchers measured the heat-island effect of a solar array at the UA Tech […]

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Who Do Federal Energy Subsidies Favor?

by Steve MacDonald October 9, 2016

The next time you find yourself in a conversation about government energy subsidies, refer to the chart above. The report lists how much the government is spending in direct support of various forms of power generation. Ten percent goes to “fossil fuels.” Seventy-two percent is spent propping up ‘renewable’ energy if we exclude nuclear (another […]

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Really? 97% “consensus” on human caused global warming?

by Skip July 22, 2016

Again, it’s Prager U day at the ‘Grok! Science is NEVER settled – I have two STEM degrees and I can tell you that which goes for conventional wisdom today can become, bases on the scientific process, a rubble of bad theories and mistakingly done experiments in the future.  History is strewn with lots of […]

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Everything the Left Supports, Defends, or Does Should be Filtered Through this Context

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2016
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Everything the left supports, defends, or does should be filtered through this context. Emphasis mine.      “The chief appeal of war to social planners isn’t conquest or death but mobilization. Free societies are disorganized. People do their own thing, more or less, and that can be downright inconvenient if you’re trying to plan the […]

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Shale Oil 2.0 is Coming…

by Steve MacDonald June 15, 2016
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The cost of a barrel of oil dropped to as low as $28 per barrel recently, thanks to the Saudi’s flooding the market. The oil sheiks were hoping to ruin their American fracking competitors with price pressure. Shale oil responded by backing off or shutting down production as prices made profits impossible, but as I […]

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Denmark Can No Longer Afford its Green Energy Utopia

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2016
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This is amusing, The cost of Denmark’s renewable energy policy has been too high, according to Denmark’s climate and energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt The minister made the statement in response to a report by the climate and energy ministry to parliament which shows that subsidies for offshore windfarms – which are paid by businesses […]

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Blogline of the Day: China and manufacturing

by Skip April 23, 2016

China is ‘celebrating’ U.S. efforts to reduce its carbon emissions because ‘they will end up inheriting’ much of America’s manufacturing base.” -Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (H/T: Instapundit)

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This Should Make a Few Progressive Climate-Cultists Bleed Out Their Eyes

by Steve MacDonald April 21, 2016
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I can almost hear them surfing to Think Progress or some other ‘bought-and-paid-for’ left-wing turd-flinger in search of the official rebuttal… Prager U

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Data Point – Electric costs up under Obama

by Skip April 10, 2016

The average American’s electric bill has gone up 10 percent since January, 2009, due in part to regulations imposed by President Barack Obama and state governments, even though the price of generating power has declined. President Obama openly ran in 2008 on a platform of making electricity rates ‘skyrocket’ and bankrupting anyone who dared to build […]

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Guest Post – Harold Turner on Net Metering and Free Markets

by Skip December 27, 2015

This first appeared in the Concord Monitor (reformatted, emphasis mine): First, what is “net metering”? It is the process of using a new “smart meter” to monitor and record the flow of electricity at your home, business or municipal building, both to and from your local electrical utility.  My smart meter has been in place in […]

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GrokTALK! – Power Play

by Steve MacDonald December 21, 2015
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We explore energy deregulation and its effect on rate payers, power plants and providers, investment, and cost-recovery, with industry expert Susan Olsen. Full podcast here. GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast.  Click the icon to listen on iTunes, TuneIn, iHearRadio, Sticther Radio, or Spreaker.

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Guest Post by Freedom Partners: Hillary Clinton

by Skip December 8, 2015

FREEDOM PARTNERS PRESS OFFICE MEDIA@FREEDOMPARTNERS.ORG 703.888.2527 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/8/2015 VIEW ONLINE HERE Hillary Clinton Once Again Trying To Solve Problems That She Caused Arlington, VA — Hillary Clinton is in New Hampshire today, where she will propose yet another tax credit . . . this time intended to aid the manufacturing industry. Clinton pledged […]

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Update to “GrokTALK! Off Air Due EPA Regulations….”

by Skip December 6, 2015

Yes, we were about to start our GrokTALK! show yesterday when we had the lights flicker twice and then all the lights on our equipment went dark.  Mike put up this quick “tongue in cheek” post but the the Union Leader had the real reason: Hawk takes out power to 13,000 CONCORD — A hawk […]

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Guest Post: Federal carbon plan will make energy costs soar

by Skip December 4, 2015

By Rep. VICTORIA SULLIVAN for the Concord Monitor: As the home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire residents are going to have plenty of opportunities in the coming months to find out where national, state and local candidates stand on critical policies. If they value their pocketbooks and want federal agencies to operate within […]

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Would “No Labels” Give Me The Problem Solver Seal of Approval For This?

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2015
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In yesterday’s Granite Status, Dan Tuohy advertised the NO LABELS Problem Solver Convention. (Someone is still paying their freight, what a joke). NO LABELS will be giving its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval” to presidential candidates who commit to a set criteria: 1.) Embrace a “National Strategic Agenda” 2.) If elected, agree to begin work on […]

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All that crap we hear about energy conservation saving more than new energy sources?

by Skip August 13, 2015

Er, not so much.  Just like how the Government standards on saturated fats have just been dropped (e.g., meats, dairy, eggs) and now it seems that the low carb diet is now falling out of favor.  Yes, so much for settled science.  And again, we are seeing that in governmental policy that the best watt […]

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Doesn’t work – another reason why Reagan said that Government is the problem

by Skip July 12, 2015

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”   – President Barack Obama, Inauguration, 1/20/09 Naw, it doesn’t.  From the Daily Signal (emphasis mine): […]

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Conservative Policies

by Susan Olsen June 29, 2015

“For example, how about a “fundamental right” not to pay income taxes in a percentage exceeding that which other Americans are charged? Why isn’t the progressive income tax a violation of the equal protection clause? That is a much stronger argument than the one the Court has just accepted on gay marriage. Or, how about […]

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Drilling Our Way to Energy Independence is Possible…

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2015
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DRILL BABY DRILL: The fracking boom has helped bring down energy prices, something many said couldn’t happen. By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena If we could jump in the way back machine to 2008, we would not see a day go by where Democrats were not reminding us that we were never going to […]

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Neither Will NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen…

by Steve MacDonald April 27, 2015
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..but we are waiting for her thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s involvement in this Uranium scandal. (We know her hubby Billy got nothing.)

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