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Case Study: "Three Friends" and the Texas Wind Industry

In recent years, Texas has become the nation's leader in wind energy. In 2014, wind farms in the Lone Star State had the capacity to produce more than 12,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3.3 million homes. But given the unpredictable nature of wind, they produce, on average, only 33.9 percent of their maximum capacity, writes NCPA Research Associate John McDonald. However, some wind advocates think the nation-wide demand for electric power can be met by transporting electricity produced from renewable sources in remote areas to far-away population centers. Given the results of a recent attempt to connect the three U.S. electrical grids, the demand for renewable energy may be less than they think.

Why Exxon is not the Problem

NCPA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jacki Pick’s op-ed in The Washington Times details the Constitutional threat posed by the efforts by attorneys general of several states and territories who have launched a RICO (racketeering)-styled legal inquest to fine -- and potentially even jail -- Exxon-funded scientists and thought leaders whose work casts doubt on the prosecutors' state-sanctioned, politically correct views on climate change.

New York Primary "Fracking" Fight

Bernie Sanders is demanding a nation-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" while he campaigns in the state of New York...

Oregon & EPA Launch Aggressive Moves Against Coal

Oregon announced that it plans to officially wean itself off coal consumption...

Utah Joins Oklahoma in Rejecting Clean Power Plan

The state of Utah has now joined Oklahoma in outright rejecting complying with the Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court halted the regulations earlier in February...

Obama Announces $98 Billion More in Wasteful Transportation Spending

The Fast Act transportation bill and the new transportation proposal both fail to address several key problems with the Highway Trust Fund and the federal gas tax...

Supreme Court Ruling Temporarily Helps Coal Industry

The Supreme Courts' recent ruling temporarily holds off increased regulations on the coal industry...

Supreme Court Votes Against Clean Air Act

The U.S. Supreme Court vote Tuesday dealt a major blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act...

Cruz's Victory Against Ethanol Cartel

Ted Cruz won a major battle against the ethanol cartel in Iowa on Monday night...

"Green" Energy: The Color of Money

Spain-based Abengoa, Inc. has received billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars...


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