Capitolizing on Energy

Views on D.C. energy and politics with William O’Keefe

Catastrophe is always on the Horizon

The IPCC just released its last assessment report dealing with mitigation.  Like the two previously released work group reports, the latest also sounds the alarm bell that catastrophe is just around the corner unless dramatic action is taken soon.  The latest report calls for a 40% reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2050. With […]  More »

The Bankrupt Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Last week with much fanfare, the IPCC released its Summary for Policy Makers on climate change impacts.  The Panel’s chairman declared that this report was its most terrifying because human caused climate change was going to cause famine, disease, extreme weather, and war.  These effects will occur because crop yields will be reduced as will […]  More »

The Unintended Consequences of Going Green

The Ukraine crisis and the possible use of natural gas as a weapon against the Ukraine and Western Europe is an unintended consequence of EU excessive focus on emissions reduction and green energy.  By focusing on its green agenda to the exclusion of energy and economic security, European nations have made their current energy problem […]  More »

Natural Gas: The Hostage of History

On March 25, Senator Landrieu, the new chair of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing addressing the logjam on exports of natural gas.  That this hearing should even be held is a prime example of the unintended consequences of federal laws that have long since become obsolete. In 1938, Congress […]  More »

The Consequences of Procrastination

The Crimean situation demonstrates the unintended consequences of procrastination and policy driven by climate ideology.  Although the US and EU may impose biting sanctions on Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine, the economic and political consequences may be worse because of the repeated failure of the West to face up to the reality of […]  More »

The Wrong Kind of Bi-Partisanship

Senators Levin (Michigan) and Inhofe (Oklahoma) have recently introduced legislation to promote the adoption of natural gas vehicles( NGVs).  While the nation would benefit from a greater effort between republicans and democrats to find common ground, this initiative would take us further down a road that should be less traveled.  When legislation is introduced to […]  More »

Growing Momentum for Energy Exports?

Support for lifting restrictions on U.S. energy exports is gaining momentum in Congress.  Recently, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee put their support behind the growing chorus to lift restrictions on U.S. energy exports.  They join Senators Murkowski and Landrieu, the ranking member and now-chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. […]  More »

The Death Knell for Climate Change Orthodoxy?

In the short space of less than two weeks, there have been several  climate change actions that might be signs bordering on desperation.  First, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that climate change was like a weapon of mass destruction.  And then, President Obama announced plans for additional heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas […]  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: Keystone XL — the cost of politics and illusion

As more time has gone by and more analyses completed, it is absolutely clear that Keystone has been driven by politics and bogus claims. Not science or the national interest.  More »

Punish Success And Reward Rent Seeking and Bigger Government

Real Clear Politics recently ran an article by a writer from the so- called Center for American Progress.  I say so-called because from the content of the article, the organization would be more accurately named the Center for American Distress or the Center for Political Bambozzle.  It uses and misuses tired old assertions about oil […]  More »

Climate Change: The Crumbling Foundation

In the early days of the Global Warming debate, now called climate change, writer Ron Bailey in an article observed, freeze or fry, wet or dry the problem is always the same—human consumption of fossil energy—and the solution is also the same—more government control over energy use and personal freedom.  The recent “arctic vortex” has […]  More »

No Scarcity of Economic Ignorance in Congress

With US oil production booming, pressure has increased to repeal an archaic law that prohibits the export of crude oil without a license.  The law dates back to the early 1970s when OPEC nations imposed an embargo on exports to the US.  That was a time when many in the nation were obsessed with predictions […]  More »
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