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Emperor's New Clothes Column

Since October 2010, General Manager Markus Bryant has been writing a monthly column entitled "The Emperor's New Clothes." He's been ably assisted by freelance editorial cartoonist Bob Lynch, whose work is regularly seen in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Recent columns have focused on the costs associated with environmental regulations. Like the Emperor, not everything in the world of electricity is as it is portrayed in the media and in Washington, D.C. The column also can be accessed on the digital local pages of Country Living magazine.

Part 73 -  The devils is in the details of carbon taxes
Part 72 -  Round 4 of climate policy war of horizon 
Part 71 - Research is key to nuclear future
Part 70 -  Nuclear waste seeking a home
Part 69 - “Fail-safe” nuclear reactors
Part 68 - Should we pass gas for nuclear?
Part 67 -  Convergence and divergence
Part 66 - Searching for honest debate
Part 65 - There are no easy answers​
Part 64 - 2016 election pendulum swing
Part 63 - ‘Flattening’ the solar duck’s flight path
Part 62 - Flying the solar duck
Part 61 - "Fixing" Humpty Dumpty
Part 60 - Civilization depends on adequate surplus energy
Part 59 - Working together toward an energy future
Part 58 - Necessity of robust policy debate​
Part 57 - It’s all in how you see it
Part 56 - Unintended consequences of science advocacy
Part 55 - Confronting the carbon religion
Part 54-  Evaluating renewable energy projects 
Part 53-  Feeling the heat - data vs. politics
Part 52-  Social cost of carbon: Obama’s end run around Congress
Part 51-  Is carbon dioxide a pollutant?​
Part 50 - Evaluating EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Part 49 -  Reinventing the electric transmission grid
Part 48 - U.S. energy traffic jam
Part 47 - Overdue energy infrastructure investment
Part 46 - Restoring regulatory balance and integrity
Part 45 - 'Pure' versus 'dirty' science funding
Part 44 - Compost and political mushroom farming
Part 43 - Climate change deniers
Part 42 - Building a house of cards
Part 41 - Uncensoring science
Part 40 - Government regulations are dictated by organizing principles
Part 39 - The carbon religion
Part 38 - President's "War on Coal" heating up
Part 37 - Energy policy vs. ethics
Part 36 - Microwave oven attack on coal exposes legislative fraud
Part 35 - Magical thinking
Part 34 - Legislative and regulatory confusion
Part 33 - The German lesson - what can we learn?
Part 32 - Skepticism: A mature adult quality
Part 31 - Backdoor regulations by "Sue and Settle"
Part 30 - The goose that laid the golden eggs
Part 29 - Political battles are fought on three fronts in the U.S.
Part 28 - Public "knowledge" about energy issues
Part 27 - Birds of a feather flock together
Part 26 - A future worth choosing?
Part 25 - The "thin veneer" of civilization
Part 24 - The election is over - let the second half of the game begin
Part 23 - "Fueling" agriculture
Part 22 - "Fueling" the economy
Part 21 - Energy policy is the "Gordian Knot" of American policy
Part 20 - Independence always comes with a price
Part 19 - Who approves electric rates?
Part 18 - Dear Congress: It's time for a reality check
Part 17 - Environmental vs. business risk
Part 16 - Government reports and weasel words
Part 15 - EPA notice lays foundation to regulate greenhouse gases... and the economy
Part 14 - The "Other" solar energy
Part 13 - Getting "REAL" about electricity
Part 12 - New EPA regulations - "Another way to skin the cat"
Part 11 - The political process: play or lose!
Part 10 - Running the numbers
Part 9 - Subsidies - Who pays the bill?
Part 8 - Wind power - "Deciding what is feasible"
Part 7 - Wind power economics & operation
Part 6 - The allure of wind power
Part 5 - "Betting" on energy technology
Part 4 - S.O.S. to new Congress "We're all on the same ship"
Part 3 - Power shortage on the horizon
Part 2 - The "uncertainties" of science
Part 1 - Evaluating energy policy choices

Additional Resources

A Rational Look at Renewable Energy and the Implications of Intermittent Power - November 2010, Edition 2.0

 

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