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Matt Smith

Straight-shooting From CLNG President Bill Cooper On LNG Exports

My recent posts about LNG exports seem to have struck a chord with the energy community; features across various sites have yielded positive feedback, while being name-checked and linked to by the Wall Street Journal has done nothing to hinder readership. All this traction has culminated in a most wonderful opportunity to quiz the President of the Center for LNG (CLNG), […]
Categories: Natural gas

EIA’s Reports This Week on Shale, Gales, and Tipping the Scales

Alrightee, there have been a number of key reports from the EIA this week which have prompted me to present some pertinent points, and pose some ponderations. So below is the skinny from three reports on shale,  gales (well, hurricanes), and tipping scales (…of market balance).  Shale Oil and Shale Gas Resources First up is […]
An LNG carrier departs an Australia harbor. (kenhodge13/Flickr)

Commentary: Weighing up the prospects of LNG exports

Voices blogger Matt Smith breaks down the key points of a recent study on LNG exports, noting that shipping U.S. natural gas overseas will increase prices for consumers at home, but modestly.

Weighing Up LNG Exports (Part 1)

This post is more of an appetizer compared to a more hearty meal which is to follow. The main course served later delves into a study on LNG exports and their potential economic impact. But before tucking into that, it seemed prudent to recap recent events regarding LNG exports and all that gubbins. –There have […]
Categories: LNG, Natural gas

Interview With Nick Grealy, The Shale Gas Guru

Nick Grealy is one of the leading advocates of shale gas in Europe. As well as being the publisher of the site No Hot Air, Nick consults on the impact of shale gas, and has appeared in front of UK Parliamentary Committees and on such shows as BBC’s Newsnight to discuss the topic. Nick is very passionate, […]

Commentary: Joining the dots between record low mortgage rates and the recent sell-off in oil

Commodities — specifically oil, which has taken part in the risk-on trade for much of the recovery of the last few years — is diverging from the equity market.
Categories: Crude oil

Key Takeaways From This Week’s Reports From The IEA, IMF, and EIA

There has been an acronymtastic set of reports this week from the IEA, IMF, and EIA. So from these nine letters come six charts out of three reports. Alphabetti spaghetti indeed.  First up is the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, which highlights a couple of key trends through some simple graphics. This first one is economic growth […]
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Ten Deteriorating Data Points

This is usually the time of year where I am preoccupied by fears of relegation for my beloved soccer team, West Ham. However, with seven games to go, they appear to be almost certainly safe from ‘the drop’. Which is refreshing. It is therefore ironic that I see nothing but relegation and demotion in the […]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents………Energy

Some would say that energyland™ is incomparable to the genius that is film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, but I say poppycock! For energyland™ contains as many twists and turns on a daily basis as a Hitchcock thriller. So without any more suspense, let us join the dots betwixt the two. Psycho – UK natural […]
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas

Rise of the Guardians…From the Easter Bunny to Energy

So I wanted to write an Easter-related post and my mind immediately jumped hopped straight to ‘Rise of the Guardians‘  – my most recent encounter of the Easter Bunny (via my kiddos). So from Santa to Sandman and beyond, here is the rise of the guardians…. in energyland™.  First up, it is difficult to consider a more […]
Categories: Crude oil, Eagle Ford, Europe