Solar panels, exotic batteries, electric cars, and a parade of cellulosic (non-food) biofuel and of course wind.
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It’s been a tough five years for anyone seeking a rational and production-oriented energy policy from Washington.
Department of Interior leasing policies still block most oil and gas development on both on-shore and offshore public lands, even as a multi-decade statutory drilling offshore moratorium, expired in 2008. Today’s hydrocarbon boom relies on private property, or on state or county lands.
EPA’s war on coal is real, and it mobilized after a 2007 Supreme Court decision declared that carbon dioxide, and other so-called “green house gases,” were actually “pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. An oft-threatened regulatory storm began after “cap and trade” legislation failed in an overwhelmingly Democrat Congress.