January 30, 2010
WE'VE ALREADY said that President Obama's State of the Union address didn't convince us that he had a real plan to improve the tone of politics in Washington. But on energy, Mr. Obama did reach out to Republicans -- not just rhetorically, but with substantive concessions meant to revitalize a foundering legislative effort. The president spoke of "building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants" and "opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. " Mr. Obama made Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's response -- that "this...
July 27, 2008
Elizabeth Razzi's column in the July 19 Business section, "Keep Your Energy Dollars From Going Up in Smoke," overlooked two points: A home energy audit is the best way to pinpoint where energy dollars can be spent most effectively, and energy improvement projects may qualify for tax incentives. In my case, an audit showed that a problem in a utility closet allowed air from the attic -- not heated or cooled -- to mingle with heated or cooled air in the rest of the house. My audit cost a bit over $300; acting on its recommendations cost about $1,400.
June 30, 2008
In the June 25 Metro story about the proposed coal plant in southwestern Virginia ["Debating Coal's Cost in Rural Virginia"], Dominion Virginia Power's chief environmental officer was quoted as saying, "You just wouldn't be able to do enough wind to meet our energy supply [needs]. " Definitive though that may sound, it is not true. We have plenty of wind and solar resources in this country, and we have all the technology we need to begin phasing out coal. All it takes is turbines, transmission and energy storage.
June 18, 2008
Regarding the June 17 front-page story "McCain Seeks to End Offshore Drilling Ban": I am extremely disappointed in the Democratic Party's approach to energy issues. The Democrats seem determined to undermine our way of life by eliminating all rational means of producing energy. We need two things: a portable energy source for transportation and a nonpolluting way to produce electricity. Until we can change to an alternative fuel, such as hydrogen, we must use oil for transportation, and we need to produce more of it. But Congress is...
January 15, 2009
No deputy secretary of energy has been announced, but the nominee could well come from among the suits pictured here as they attended Secretary-designate Steven Chu 's confirmation hearing yesterday. On the far left is Trudy Vincent , who is helping with the confirmation process. To Chu's right, working our way left, are Dan Utech , who handled environmental issues for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.); Jason Grumet , a campaign energy adviser; Dan W. Reicher ; former assistant energy secretary and now at Google; and ...
September 12, 2012
Regarding the Sept. 10 editorial " Low on energy ": The editorial's subhed was "Neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Romney has a workable plan to reduce carbon burning. " Yes, and isn't it wonderful? If President Obama's plan had worked, energy prices would have already "necessarily" skyrocketed, as he predicted in a 2008 interview, thus handicapping any chance of the economy recovering this decade from the depredations of the president's other policies. The real distinction between the two candidates is huge.