Junk vs. Quality Energy

American Enterprise

Both the Senate and the House passed energy bills this summer, which they hope to reconcile early this fall. All energy bills are basically shopping lists, and notwithstanding the dismal talk of disappearing supplies, the list of possible energy sources grows ever longer. The debate comes down to which hydrocarbon, carbohydrate, fissile element, photovoltaic semiconductor, or 100-foot windmill blade belongs higher on the list.

Getting Over Oil

Commentary

THE UNITED STATES consumes about 7 billion barrels of oil a year. Quite a few of those barrels come to our shores from the Persian Gulf, a fact that has elicited, since 9/11, a surprising convergence in our politics. Today, it is not just leftwing environmentalists who complain about our consumption of oil but also a range of sober-minded centrists and conservatives, from commentators like Fareed Zakaria and Max Boot to former Clinton CIA director R. James Woolsey to one-time Republican officials like Robert McFarlane, C. Boyden Gray, and Frank Gaffney. The concerns of these "oil hawks" (or, less felicitously, "geo-greens," as the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls them) touch only incidentally on the environmental issues that previously drove most energy activists. Their primary aim is not to "save the earth" but rather to secure our own small corner of it.

The End of M.E.?

Mechanical Engineering

They call this "convergence." Old lines are changing, or disappearing altogether. What it's doing under the hood is downright electrifying.

Heavy Iron = Energy Independence

New York Sun

So, will high oil prices finally force everyone to buy cars the size of toaster ovens, or ride bicycles? Suburban-driving soccer moms, or working Joes driving delivery trucks or taxis may find themselves thinking along those lines every time they pull up at the pump. But the highway of the future won't be crowded with cars like the dinky Honda Insight or Toyota Prius. SUVs will survive and thrive.

The Art of Energy: The Future will not be Painted in Oil

Slate.com

The past, present, and future of our energy economy are on display at the Museum of Modern Art. Don't look for a barrel of crude; admire, instead, what curator Terence Riley describes as "a remarkably beautiful object, half metal, half composite, that goes together in this crazy way that only a computer could understand." A mere 4 feet long, this relatively small but stupendously powerful exemplar of indigenous American craft is a fan blade from a jet engine that powers a Boeing 777. The unnamed artists who created it work for General Electric, the corporate Medici of the modern turbine.

Q&A: Why the Environmentalists Have It All Backward

The Star-Ledger

Everything you think you know about energy is wrong.

In their new book "The Bottomless Well," Mark Mills and Peter Huber preach that efficiency is wasteful, waste is good and fossil fuels are the next best thing to nuclear power. They say America can thank environmentalists for extra coal burned today.