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By Robert Rapier on Nov 8, 2006 with no responses

Prop 87 Post Mortem

Well, I was wrong. I have consistently predicted that California’s Proposition 87 would pass. I knew that support had been slipping as gas prices have fallen, but I still thought that when the time came to vote, the voters would choose to punish the oil companies. But Prop 87 looks to be headed toward a sound defeat tonight. What Went Wrong I can point to numerous things that went wrong with the “Yes” campaign. While I really was pretty ambivalent about the initiative, I was not ambivalent about the tactics that the “Yes” campaign utilized. Several months ago I commented to a person that was associated with the Yes campaign that it almost seemed like they were running a parody… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 4, 2006 with no responses

People in Glass Houses

VentureBeat, a Silicon Valley-based site that focuses largely on venture capital (and venture capitalists), has been hosting a series of essays on California’s Proposition 87, which will be voted on next Tuesday. The owner of Venture Beat, Matt Marshall, recently contacted me and asked if I wanted to provide some “No on 87” essays in response to Vinod Khosla’s series of “Yes on 87” essays. My response to Matt was that I am ambivalent about passage, and so would not write a “No” essay. However, he said that if I wanted to write on alleged misinformation coming from the “Yes” camp, then that would be OK as well. My first essay, Prop 87: Deceptively Marketed, addressed 3 specific claims coming… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 30, 2006 with no responses

What is it about Silicon Valley executives?

Over the weekend, I had an essay posted at VentureBeat on California’s Proposition 87: Prop 87: Deceptively marketed Most of you know that Vinod Khosla and I have butted heads on a few issues, but now Silicon Valley executive Bill Jolitz threw in his $0.02: How naive. Do the research. California is the only oil producing state that DOESN’T tax oil companies for pumping the stuff out of the ground or beneath the water! Why can’t we do a tax like Louisiana or Texas or Alaska, and put it to good use. How ironic that California is more conservative on taxes than Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska. Oil isn’t forever – why don’t we start thinking about our kids for once?… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 25, 2006 with no responses

Prop 87: A Reader Responds

Below is a response from reader Earl Killian, who lives in Silicon Valley. Earl sent me an e-mail a couple of days ago in response to my August essay on Prop 87: California’s Proposition 87 It is getting close to election time, so this is a good time to revisit the issue. Besides the entry above, previous entries on Prop 87 are: More on California’s Proposition 87 Prop 87 Interview Addressing Proposition 87 Criticisms Breaking Down Prop 87 Another Khosla Critic Wow. I have written on that a lot more than I thought (although the 3rd link in the list is a pro-87 guest essay). Anyway, I thought Earl made some very good points in his e-mail, and instead of… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Sep 29, 2006 with no responses

Another Khosla Critic

A reader recently e-mailed me the following link from Reason Online: An Open Letter to Vinod Khosla This letter to Mr. Khosla, from a fellow Indian émigré, echoes a number of points I have made regarding Mr. Khosla and California’s Proposition 87. Some excerpts: Now you have become the prophet of alternative fuels that, you believe, are going to revolutionize the energy industry, much as the internet revolutionized communications. You are impatient to cut by half President Bush six-year timetable to bring cellulosic ethanol produced from farm waste to the market. But, with all due respect, even a man of your stellar track record can’t simply will markets to do his bidding; an economy is not a machine that can… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Sep 27, 2006 with no responses

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Khosla

Note: I am not trying to be disrespectful to Mr. Khosla with this title, nor am I implying that he is a bad guy or a monster. The title is meant to capture his penchant for inconsistent arguments on the same issue, almost as if the issue was being argued by two different people. Mr. Khosla has been much in the news lately. In the upcoming issue of Wired, he again repeats the claim that it is twice as efficient to produce ethanol as it is to produce gasoline: “A typical corn ethanol plant produces 1.3 to 1.8 BTUs for every BTU of fossil fuel input, including the energy required to grow the corn. (Gasoline has half the efficiency of… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Sep 9, 2006 with no responses

Breaking Down Prop 87

Introduction California’s Proposition 87 promises to reduce oil consumption in California, at no expense to the consumer. I am quite sympathetic to the goal of reducing petroleum dependence. This is a goal to which we should all aspire. But I have my doubts that the promises being made by the Proposition 87 campaign can be kept. I also dispute many of the claims made by the Prop 87 proponents. Finally, I have a problem with the way the oil industry is being portrayed in order to win support for this measure. While I do not intend for this to be a point by point rebuttal of Ana Unruh Cohen’s recent essay in support of Prop 87, I do intend for… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Sep 2, 2006 with no responses

Addressing Proposition 87 Criticisms

Background Voters in California will go to the polls in November to decide the fate of Proposition 87, also known as the Clean Energy Initiative. However, the ramifications of this proposition have the potential to be felt nationwide. I have previously written a pair of essays on Proposition 87 that you can find here and here. My position is not so much that I am against Prop 87, and I am certainly not against the intent of Prop 87. But I do have concerns about the proposition, which are explained in my previous essays. In response to my essays, Dr. Ana Unruh Cohen, former Rhodes Scholar and the Director of Environmental Policy at the Center for American Progress, asked if… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 25, 2006 with no responses

More on California’s Proposition 87

Previously, I wrote an essay describing exactly why California’s Prop 87 will raise gasoline prices for Californians: California’s Proposition 87 Yesterday, the Yes on 87 campaign put out a strange press release. It read in part: LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The following memo was sent to the CEO’s of ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, and other oil companies opposing Prop. 87: TO: CEOs of ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, and other oil companies opposing Prop. 87 FROM: Chad Griffin, Campaign Manager, Yes on 87 RE: Staffing Changes at No on 87 The full page New York Times ad run yesterday by your national political operation — the American Petroleum Institute — highlighted a messaging problem within your California campaign against Proposition 87…. Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 16, 2006 with no responses

Prop 87 Interview

I was interviewed yesterday by reporter Marc Strassman from Etopia News. There is a brief story, including a link to the interview, at: California Politics Today #631 The interview went in a lot of different directions (not just Prop 87), and it lasted for almost an hour. It went pretty smoothly for the most part. I misspoke on at least two occasions. Once, Mr. Strassman asked about Peak Oil, and said that most studies suggest that it will happen by 2010. I told him that I didn’t think it would be that soon, but I mentioned that the Hirsch report warned that we would need to begin preparations 20 years prior to the peak, and we are certainly within that… Continue»