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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Solar Sucks

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2015
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From The Taxpayer Protection Alliance (TPA), a study out on solar subsidies: “Filling the Solar Sinkhole: Billions of Bucks Have Delivered Too Little Bang.” In spite of government’s best efforts to encourage innovation by solar energy companies and encourage Americans to rely more heavily on solar electricity, solar power continues to be a losing proposition. […]

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Stop Teasing the Locals with Tax Credits

by Steve MacDonald February 24, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena The Coös County job creation tax credit is on the top of the committee’s list for evaluation in 2015.  The credit is also part of a new piece of legislation that would expand the program into a second New Hampshire County. Is this wise? Since the tax credit’s […]

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Data Point – Oil Inventories

by Skip February 11, 2015

A report from the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said that US Crude inventories rose by 4.9 million barrels last week. This was more than the 3.6 million barrel increase that was expected. “At 417.9 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at the highest level for this time of year in at least the last […]

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Senate Passes Keystone XL 62-36

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2015
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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 29, 2015 Contact: Greg Moore, 603-303-9297 or                                AFP-NH on Keystone XL Senate Passage CONCORD — Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire State Director Greg Moore released this statement following the Senate’s final passage of […]

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Shea-Porter Votes NO on Jobs And Cheap Energy Again…

by Steve MacDonald November 16, 2014
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Soon to be former congressperchild (can’t use ‘man’ or ‘son’ that would be sexist) Carol Shea-Porter, had an opportunity to vote for the Keystone XL pipeline this past week. She was not one of the 31 House Democrats to reach across the aisle in search of a solution to create jobs or lower energy prices.  […]

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Democrats “Respecting An Establishment of Religion” Sun God Edition

by Steve MacDonald November 10, 2014
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One of the richest companies on the planet (Google) along with well heeled left-wing opportunists posing as an energy concern, wanted to build a bad idea but couldn’t get anyone else to help pay for it.  So they ask Democrats in the department of energy for money–post Solyndra etc., Democrats in California–always willing to make […]

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Obama Administration politicizes your Halloween pumpkin carving

by Skip October 31, 2014

I really like the one that Steve has up – a bit “non Halloween-ish” but if you have to go off topic, go patriotic!   However, once again deciding that political and government issues MUST be thrust into every area of our privates lives comes the US Department of Energy.  Never leave ANY occasion alone in […]

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GrokSHOT! – A ‘Use’ For Democrats

by Steve MacDonald October 26, 2014
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There are typically a dozen or more great sound-bites in every show, and rarely enough time to do them all justice. But this was the best remark from last weeks show and we didn’t want you to miss it.  NH House candidate Robert Forsythe joined us, and at one point in one of our many […]

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An Intelligent Conversation About Energy

by Steve MacDonald October 22, 2014
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Former State Senate Candidate Steve Kenda continues the discussion of energy along with Susan Olsen (our on staff energy expert), as we delve into capacity, delivery, plant shutdowns, and what New England needs realistically to meet the demands of the Northeast market.  Then there’s the circular cabal within the PUC, we talk China’s pollution, RGGI, […]

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O’Bama’s Irish Reparations?

by Steve MacDonald October 21, 2014
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Former State Senate Candidate Steve Kenda joins us eventually–(paving delay on 93 North)–for a detailed discussion on New Hampshire’s energy and electricity situation –not good, by the way.  (That discussion carries over into segment three.) But before we get there we ask “where are the Irish reparations from the Federal government?”  We discuss a few […]

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