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Articles by Kenneth P. Green

Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.
Can Obama Punt Keystone into 2016? Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline has taken more than five years to approve and Washington bureaucracy will likely delay it for months if not years to ...
More Pipelines in the Pipeline Thursday, December 5, 2013
Environmentalists continue to resist pipelines such as the Keystone XL, even though pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries, and in ...
The 'Science' of Global Warming, Part 1 Monday, October 7, 2013
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report is a document intended to further the narrative of catastrophic man-made climate change.
Depending on Energy, Not Energy Independent Monday, December 17, 2012
When considering energy independence, one has to strive for clear thinking and consider all of the potential tradeoffs and potential unintended consequences ...
The Impossibility of Rapid Energy Transitions Thursday, December 6, 2012
Understanding energy system inertia and momentum is key to judging whether a rapid transition toward any type of energy is feasible.
Why Growth Is the Environment’s Best Friend Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The single best thing we could do to minimize energy’s impact on the environment is to not only maximize our own economic growth but also to help developing ...
Energy Is Everywhere Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Nearly half of what people pay for energy comes ‘embodied’ in the various goods and services that they use, and about half of that comes down to two things: ...
Homo Sapiens or Homo Igniferens? Wednesday, September 19, 2012
We are not simply beings that use energy; we are beings that exist only because we harnessed energy, and our use of energy has shaped our bodies and culture ...
Subsidy-Powered Vehicles Monday, August 13, 2012
Even with modern technology, electric cars are not capable of satisfying consumer desires. Policymakers should end their wasteful counter-market pursuit of ...
Dissecting the Carbon Tax Friday, July 13, 2012
Even in flush economic times, carbon taxes would be bad policy. When economies are already laboring under too much spending and are at diminishing-return ...
Energy Abundance vs. the Poverty of Energy Literacy Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Energy is all around us and we consume copious quantities of it. We only question it when it’s expensive or not there. Therein lies a challenge for politics ...
Why Are Gasoline Prices High (And What Can Be Done About It)? Sunday, March 11, 2012
Policymakers often blame high gasoline prices on oil company profits, collusion, or speculators, but knowing what really goes into the cost of gasoline is key ...
Government Is a Lousy Venture Capitalist Friday, February 24, 2012
While government has a legitimate and valuable role in basic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research, it is a lousy venture capitalist and ...
Not Free to Choose: The Reality behind Clean Energy Standards Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The new stealth approach to energy policy being pushed under the guise of a Clean Energy Standard is frankly dishonest.
Rotten Wind in the State of Denmark Monday, July 18, 2011
Denmark is yet another country that has made wind power a hallmark of its energy policy. But are the lofty claims about Danish wind true? No.
With Climate Change, Life Imitates Art Monday, June 20, 2011
Some people dispute that science fiction predicts reality. I would refer those people to the recent changes in the debate over climate change.
On Green Energy: Italy and the Eco-Mafia Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Mafia like ‘green jobs,’ but Italians shouldn’t.
On Green Energy: Plainly Not Helping Spain Tuesday, May 3, 2011
For Spaniards, renewable energy has gotten old.
Green Energy: Don’t Envy Germany Saturday, April 23, 2011
Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed as setting a standard for the rest of the world. It is instead a cautionary tale.
On Green Energy: Renewable Energy Fails to Green the U.K. Economy Friday, April 15, 2011
Pursuing a new green energy economy in the United Kingdom has led to lost jobs and higher energy prices.
On Green Energy: A Dutch (Re)Treat Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Dutch have been enamored of wind power for hundreds of years. But even they may have finally had enough tilting at windmills.
Obama’s Energy Blueprint: Same Silliness, Different Day Thursday, March 31, 2011
The president offers a list of ideas that fly in the face of fundamental realities.
A Punching Bag No More Saturday, March 26, 2011
The traditional, thin plastic bag, though increasingly demonized and taxed, has better environmental performance and is likely to be considerably safer for ...
Cap-and-Trade by Any Other Name … Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Renewing the threat: those in Congress smart enough to reject cap-and-trade should be smart enough to reject it again, even if it is couched in different ...
Moderate Republicans and the Ratchet Effect Friday, September 24, 2010
While the Left claims to want bipartisanship and compromise, the incremental clicks of the ratchet only go in one direction: toward European-style social ...
The National Academy of Blacklists Thursday, July 8, 2010
The National Academy of Sciences creates virtual blacklists of scientists who dare to disagree with ‘the consensus.’
Creating a Problem for Climate Skeptics Monday, March 22, 2010
By conflating creationism with climate skepticism, creationists can only harm their fellow man by greasing the skids for draconian climate policies.
The Meaning of Motley CRU Thursday, December 3, 2009
It’s time for climate science to clean house. Whatever investigations come of Climategate, they should not stop with the United Kingdom.
Who Should ‘Go First’ on Greenhouse Gas Control? Friday, April 17, 2009
The argument that the developed world should be the first to cut greenhouse gas emissions is illogical when viewing climate change as the long-term challenge ...