Archive for December, 2006

Good plug in news!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
The Dept. of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reports that there is sufficient spare "off-peak" electricity production and transmission capacity tofuel 84 percent of the country's 220 million vehicles were they plug-in hybrid electric vehicles: "We were very conservative in looking at the idle capacity of power generation assets," said PNNL scientist Michael Kintner-Meyer. "The estimates didn't include hydro, renewables or nuclear plants. It also didn't include plants designed to meet peak demand because they don't operate continuously. We still found that across the country 84 percent of the additional electricity demand created by PHEVs could be met by idle generation capacity." In the meantime, big kudos to the Senators and Representatives, led by the co-sponsors of the bipartisan Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act, who sent letters to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking them to work together toward allocating $90 million in budget year 2008 to speed the commercialization of plug-in hybrids. Click to view the House and Senate letters.

Does this sound like a free market to you?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
A government negotiates with a group of governments over price and allocation of a resource. Private companies own about 6% of this resource, the rest is owned by government controlled companies. Could it possibly be more clear that the oil market is not free?

VDH on Blood and Oil

Monday, December 4th, 2006
Once again, Victor Davis Hanson has written an article so excellent that it is hard to choose an excerpt. One choice paragraph: "In World War II, an energy-independent United States bombed the oil fields controlled by the Third Reich to stop Adolf Hitler's killing. Today a wartime but energy-hungry America is daily enriching our worst enemies." Go forth and read it all.