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Commentary: actions speak louder than words on oil prices

FuelFix.com Voices blogger Matt Smith takes a look a prices. His starting premise: “With soooooooo much talk swirling about the current oil price drop, I feel compelled to focus less on the rhetoric and more on the data. So the vibe of this post lands somewhere inbetwixt Elvis Presley’s ‘a little less conversation, a little more action’ and one of my bosses favorite phrases: ‘In God we trust, all others must bring data’.”  More »

A Martian Looks at Climate Negotiations

An interesting mind game involves thinking about what a Martian would think if he/she came down and observed the activities in Lima at this year’s COP.  It doesn’t take much a stretch of the imagination to conclude that upon returning to Mars, he/she would report that there doesn’t appear to be intelligent life on earth. […]  More »

U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

The U.S. energy revolution has dramatically impacted the extent to which the OPEC oil cartel can influence the global oil marketplace, fundamentally shifting the geopolitics of energy. Truly, from a U.S. perspective, this is one of the greatest stories of the 21st century. Massive amounts of domestic oil and natural gas production, coupled with increasing […]  More »

Can Renewables Power the Future?

Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as […]  More »

Festive Freebies!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and here on the burrito there are a number of festive freebies being given away to celebrate…. First up, Energy Burrito has just turned five years old (my baby is all grown up…). To celebrate there are five ‘I love burritos’ t-shirts to be won, along with five $10 […]  More »

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]  More »

Run up to OPEC meeting (amid Russian paranoia): Is Canadian heavy oil a Key Saudi Target?

This post was written by Jareer Elass, a Washington-based consultant and previous Mideast editor for Energy Intelligence Group. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years this month, with oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) losing significant market share. Nigeria’s crude oil exports to the U.S. have been […]  More »

Three Pinocchios

Over the past months and right after the Senate defeated legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama said that the pipeline was just to move Canadian oil through the US to the Gulf Coast for shipment overseas.  He has also said that he is concerned about it environmental impacts, the small number of jobs […]  More »

Commentary: The shakeout in US shale

My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose, I know, but this appeals to the contrarian in me. My second favorite is überly-applicable to US shale oil break-evens: ‘For every complex problem there is an answer that is […]  More »

Our Snookered President

The applause for the climate agreement between President Obama and China ought to be an embarrassment.  The President was snookered and apparently doesn’t know.  China promised to cap emissions in 16 years and the President promised to increase emission reduction actions now.  What kind of deal is that?  It’s a bad economic and environmental. China’s […]  More »

Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my […]  More »

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.  More »

The IPCC: Nostradamus Reincarnated

Throughout history, at least back to 2800 BC, the world has had more that its share of apocalytics.  Nostradamus was perhaps the most famous but he had a lot of good company—google  A Brief History of the Apocalypse. Now the apocalyptics rely on sophisticated computer models to convince us that life as we know it […]  More »

Continuing career development: here’s what I’m reading

There is lots out there already on the web, but the downside is that it is difficult to put all of this information into one, cohesive whole on a particular topic. Furthermore, when you do find something particularly interesting, the nature of the article format means that there are limits to how deep a piece can go: you’re hooked from the first sentence, and just as it starts getting good, the article ends!  More »

How Currency Weakness Plays into Commodities

One of my favorite songs of this year is ‘I Forget Where We Were‘ by Ben Howard. The song’s title has been resonating with me recently as I get a wee bit reflective as we approach the twilight of an eventful year. So much has happened across currency markets, it is easy to forget where […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Run up to OPEC meeting (amid Russian paranoia): Is Canadian heavy oil a Key Saudi Target?

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Balanced Energy

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

U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

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.

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

A Martian Looks at Climate Negotiations

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

Commentary: actions speak louder than words on oil prices

Energy in Motion

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

Can Renewables Power the Future?

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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 Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

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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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