Supreme Court Cannot Litigate Physics, or Markets

February 11, 2016


Try as they might, the Supreme Court won’t be able to stop technologies whose time has come.


While the Clean Power Plan was expected to be the main tool for the United States to fulfill its part of the pact, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters in a briefing that it was only one part of the nation’s response to climate change.

The long-term extension of the tax credits for renewable energy last year will continue to provide momentum that will transition the power sector toward cleaner sources of energy, Schultz said.

“The inclusion of those tax credits is going to have more impact over the short term than the Clean Power Plan,” he said.

Greentech Media:

As installation costs continue to decline and retail electricity rates climb, residential solar economics have become increasingly attractive across the United States. According to the latest report from GTM Research, U.S. Residential Solar Economic Outlook: Grid Parity, Rate Design and Net Metering Risk, 20 U.S. states are currently at grid parity, and 42 states are expected to reach that milestone by 2020 under business-as-usual conditions.


Los Angeles Times:

California led a record-breaking year for solar power in 2015 that included the addition of more than 20,000 new jobs within the state — more than half of the positions the industry created nationwide, according to a new report.

The California Solar Jobs Census report released Wednesday found that roughly one out of three employees in the solar industry works in California.

By the end of 2015, that total number of solar workers in the state exceeded 75,000. That’s more than all jobs held at state’s five largest utility companies combined, according to the California Solar Energy Industries Assn.

“Solar power is a bright spot in California’s economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the solar association. “While conventional energy industries are losing jobs, we are seeing record growth, and bringing clean air and climate solutions along the way.”

Greenpeace Energy Desk:

So here’s a thing. All of the net increase in the EU’s power generating capacity came from renewable energy last year.

The data from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) shows that whilst some new coal and gas capacity did come online, more was retired.

That is to say the amount of fossil fuel (and nuclear) generating capacity reduced whilst the only thing to increase was wind and solar. Biomass also saw a fall.

Here’s what this looks like, in chart terms:


7 Responses to “Supreme Court Cannot Litigate Physics, or Markets”

  1. miffedmax Says:

    These guys don’t really believe in free markets and freedom from regulation. The fossil fuel industry has been the beneficiary of huge tax breaks for 100 years, and without a remotely level playing field renewables have out-innovated and outperformed them. The big energy companies could have gotten in on the ground floor of this research, but chose not to. Now they’re paying the price.

  2. Problem with the decision making on the high court goes beyond the fact that 5 of the justices are right wing ideologues. They may also be science illiterates. Remember that Scalia wrote a minority opinion supporting teaching “Creation science” in schools. If you read his opinion, he obviously didn’t understand what a scientific theory was and that unlike religion, theories have to be testable.

  3. Tom Bates Says:

    Obama cannot rewrite physics either. Here is the actual warm up from CO2.

    That is 0.00014705882 percent of solar gain or about .08F gain. If CO2 doubles the warming will go up 6 percent to 0.00015588235 percent of solar gain or 0.0848F. that is not very much no matter how you torture the numbers.

  4. Tom Bates Says:

    Here is the actual cost of energy in the EU. much higher than in the US.

    If you do not mind a doubling of your electric rates go for it. All California installs are happening because the legislature is stealing money from one group of taxpayers and giving it to another group of taxpayers, mostly the guy who owns Tesla as he gets all the federal and state tax credits in this ponzi scheme from all the leases. He makes sure he gets leases by tripling the costs from actual retail to any homeowner who wants to buy the system and get the taxpayer payments themselves. Than he turns around and ups the cost of electricity on the leases every year by 8 percent for 25 years. Which what I found out when I talked to Solar city and compared costs.

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