New Opportunities for US Natural Gas Industry with Japan’s Entry to TPP

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During his confirmation hearing, Secretary of Energy designate Moniz gave a strong endorsement for the export of natural gas, and just last week the US Trade Representative gave the go ahead for Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP). The Trans-Pacific Partnership was one of the first Obama initiatives to strengthen trade between the US and […]
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It Works in Theory Just Not in Practice

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On April 8, George Schultz, one of the nation’s most distinguished public servants, and Nobel laureate Gary Becker wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining Why We Support a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax. The Foundation for their argument is that a different approach is needed to address environmental externalities, reduce C02 emissions because […]
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Lift the Cloud of Uncertainty: Why The Next Secretary of Energy Needs to Move on LNG Exports

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This week, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. will hear from President Obama’s nominee to head up the Department of Energy (DOE): Ernest Moniz. Dr. Moniz, a highly respected authority on energy issues, currently heads up the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative and has previously worked at DOE and other parts of government. His confirmation appears […]

Obama’s War on Mobility

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The Obama Administration has decided to once again tinker with the chemical composition of gasoline with a rule that would force another reduction in the sulfur level of gasoline by two-thirds.  The alleged justification is clean air and protecting the catalytic converters on cars and trucks.  EPA claims that this is a minor change that […]
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Hydrocarbons Forever?

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Beginning with King Hubbard, the creator of the Peak Oil Theory, geologists and others have been predicting the end of the oil and gas era for decades.  In fact the predictions of resource exhaustion predate Hubbard by decades.  And, like the horizon these predictions keep receding as the end dates are approached. In this decade, […]
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Zealotry Once Again Trumps Pragmatism

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In choosing Ms. McCarthy, the President signaled that the course of excessive regulation set by Lisa Jackson’s EPA would continue.
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Hot Air About Natural Gas Exports

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In his February 1 article on Reason.com, Ron Bailey writes, “To the extent we live in a ‘post-truth’ era” lobbying policy-makers “is in good measure because it pays so well to dissemble, exaggerate, and spin for government grants and favors.”  If he had written that today, he might have been referring a recent Wall Street Journal opinion […]

When Illusions Confront Reality

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The illusion of the electric car replacing the internal combustion engine didn’t begin with President Obama but he gave it a big boost with his $800+ billion stimulus package. And, crony capitalists were all too willing to take taxpayer money to pursue a grand illusion.  Some no doubt were motivated by the technological challenge but […]
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Azerbaijan supplies resources from underground to Outerspace

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In a little over 20 years, the Republic of Azerbaijan has gone from a country controlled by the Soviet Union to a free nation with growing prosperity.  Its natural resources have been used to improve it economy and the standard of living for the people. This week, Azerbaijan takes another step forward in its modernization when it launches a communication satellite becoming the […]
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The Anti-Environment Environmentalists

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No matter what our political orientation, we are all environmentalists and the spectrum of our environmental beliefs runs from pale to dark green.  The dark green environmentalists are often characterized as zealots. It is not unfair to assert that many, if not most, who are characterized as environmental zealots use the environment as a Trojan […]
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