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Allen Brooks

The Next Phase for the Auto Industry

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Last Friday, in a Rose Garden ceremony, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum regarding vehicle fuel efficiency that will start the next phase for the auto industry. The goal of the memorandum is to improve energy security, increase American competitiveness and job creation, and environmental protection by creating new standards for medium- and heavy-duty […]
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Cape Wind Decision Due This Week: Likely Only First Step

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is preparing to render his decision on the fate of Cape Wind, the 130 wind turbine project to be located in the heart of Nantucket Sound off Cape Wind. The political heat on this decision is rising as the governors of six East Coast states have come out urging […]
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Barack Obama The New Wildcatter?

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Yesterday, while standing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in front of a jet fighter scheduled to fly later this year using biofuel, President Barack Obama announced plans to open more of the nation’s coastal regions for possible offshore drilling. Is President Obama becoming the nation’s wildcatter-in-chief? Not so quick. This looks more like […]
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Will New Energy and Climate Bill Win Public Support?

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The media are reporting that three United States senators are close to unveiling a bipartisan energy and climate bill designed to replace the various bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives yet have failed in the U.S. Senate. Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) reportedly have crafted […]
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A Vision of America’s Driving Future?

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Last night while my wife and I were dinning at a restaurant attached to a shopping mall adjacent to our hotel in Panama City, Panama, we watched taxi cab drivers waiting in line for shopping customers pushing their cars forward in line rather than starting the engines and driving them ahead. A couple of times, […]
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Why Wind Turbines on Curaçao Aren’t The Answer

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As we drove to the beach on Bonaire today, we passed a wind turbine under construction and another in operation. Yesterday, on the island of Curaçao we learned of two major wind farms that are being hailed as the most successful wind farms in the Caribbean. The first, Tera Kora, was built in 1993 and […]
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Our Global Energy Needs in Perspective

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I am on a cruise with my entire family celebrating spring break from Texas schools. We started from Panama and journeyed to two cities in Colombia and are now arriving at the Dutch island of Aruba. Things we have seen or experienced so far have highlighted for me our global energy challenges. My wife and […]
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Do We Really Have 100 Years Of Natural Gas Supply?

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Yesterday’s Houston Chronicle carried a story by Brett Clanton reporting on one of the sessions at CERAWeek’s conference on the future of natural gas. It reported that a new study issued by the conference host, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, says that North America has sufficient potential natural gas resources that would last this country […]
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