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Why Keystone XL Still Matters – 6 Years and Counting

Today marks the six year anniversary for TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit to build the remaining portion of the Keystone Pipeline system, better known as Keystone XL. After six long years of pushing paper in Washington, political rhetoric, and redundant studies, we still have inadequate infrastructure to manage the growing supply of crude oil […]  More »

Want to improve your business acumen? Take some tips from Gordon Ramsay

Believe it or not, you can learn a lot from reality television.  More »

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-productive To Industry’s Safety Goals

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in the chorus today with a new twitter feed bashing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chamber says its members, who comprise 3 million businesses across the U.S., can “count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington.”  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a premiere organization […]  More »

It’s Good to be Bad

Not meaning to be villainous – like my British counterparts in the Jaguar commercial - but it would seem that sometimes ‘it’s good to be bad‘. And here are some immediate examples across commodityland™. The first topic we are going to look at in dastardly detail is retail gasoline prices. Prices generally peak in the first half […]  More »

Worldwide Push to Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy: Key Near-Term Strategy to Reduce Global CO2 Emissions

This post was written by Lew Fulton, co-Director of the Next STEPS program at University California, Davis. A shift to low-carbon fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and biofuels will be necessary to decarbonize transportation over the next several decades. However there is another important near-term strategy that can also produce enormous benefits: improving conventional vehicle […]  More »

CPUC Abandons Safety in PG&E Decision

After four years of political limbo, administrative law judges for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week released their recommended enforcement actions against California’s largest utility.  Stemming from PG&E’s 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the recommendation will do little, if anything, to improve safety, and could actually undermine the company’s efforts to upgrade […]  More »

America’s New Energy Paradigm

Since the first Arab oil embargo, US energy policy has been driven by the search for “independence”, concerns about energy security, a commitment to alternatives to move the economy off oil.  Policy initiatives have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars in pursuing these objectives because they were not based on energy realities. Over the past […]  More »

Job negotiations: If you feel you’re getting a raw deal, you probably are

One of the best parts about writing this column has been hearing from readers around the world, and this week I’ll share one such exchange to illustrate how a “good” negotiation should go.  More »

TCAP Mailbag: Discounts Set to Expire?

“Is it true that the state will soon discontinue its bill assistance program for low-income Texans? And if so, are there low-income programs that can take its place?”  More »

Commentary: Mixing energy and pop: If Katy Perry and I were to do a duet…

…I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I am working on pitching her. Roar - We could definitely belt this one out. Not only does roaring louder, louder than a lion sound like fun, […]  More »

The New World of Energy Management

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) the relationship between electric power consumption and economic growth is changing after decades of being very strongly correlated.  Between 1975 and 1995 the “two growth measures were nearly equal in value.”  Looking to the future, EIA estimates that the “rate of projected growth in electricity use will be […]  More »

The oil & gas industry, enabler of new experiences and new friendships

Today I want to write about a fun experience I had, further proof that the oil & gas industry is a great enterprise through which people can come together, while learning and trying new things.  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

Views from the University of California at Davis' Amy Myers Jaffe.

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-productive To Industry’s Safety Goals

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Balanced Energy

U.S. energy policy discussion with David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance

Candidates who engage voters on energy issues will win in November

Barrels and BTUs

SMU energy bloggers featuring Bruce Bullock

Capacity Markets for Texas Electricity: The Real Story

Building Hydrocarbon Bonds

David Vaucher writes about creating bonds within and outside of the energy business.

Want to improve your business acumen? Take some tips from Gordon Ramsay

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

America’s New Energy Paradigm

CenterPoint Energy Insights

Information, analysis and tips to help you use and purchase energy more wisely

A new way to shop for electric plans in Houston

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E-City Beat

Strategic thinking from the energy capital with Lane Sloan

Houston’s first Energy Week

EconMatters

Global economic and market analysis that matters with Dian L. Chu

Coal: A ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Getting Longer In the U.S.

Energy (Geo)-Politics

Global energy politics with Michael Economides

China’s Natural Gas Paradigm Shift

Energy Burrito

Financial market ingredients diced and wrapped with Schneider Electric’s Matt Smith

It’s Good to be Bad

Energy in Motion

A former top U.S. regulator gives his expert opinions on the biggest issues facing the nation's energy boom.

Why Keystone XL Still Matters – 6 Years and Counting

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Flatt Out Environmental

Environmental law and energy with Victor Flatt

Let the complaints begin…

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Oilpatch Online

Energy analysis with Allen Brooks

Outlook for Gulf of Mexico and Food Not Good

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Recharge Ratepayer Report

Energy policy for Texas consumers, featuring R.A. Dyer of RechargeTexas.com

TCAP Mailbag: Discounts Set to Expire?

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TPH Energy Thoughts

Energy insights from Dan Pickering and the Tudor Pickering Holt Team

Pickering: A conspiracy among gas drillers or those who write about them?

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Wood on the Wires

Energy infrastructure with Pat Wood

So what about that Energy Bill?

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