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In the TV show ‘How I Met Your Mother’, there is an episode which deals with the condition ‘Revertigo’. This occurs when you are reminded of something from the past, and it triggers you to act like you did at that time.  As humorous as it sounds, it is no laughing matter. And it exists as much in commodityland™ as it does in TV shows. So here […]  More »

Dems Overlook 90 More Profitable Industries, Decry Big Oil Earnings

In the midst of several major oil companies reporting their third-quarter earnings, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is leveraging those figures to launch attacks on its opponents. The strategy behind the assault entails pointing to positive corporate earnings to justify selectively levying putative tax hikes on the oil and gas industry. However, attempts to position […]  More »

Six Degrees of Separation From My Cousin Paul to The Underwear Indicator

My cousin Paul told me a very funny story. He was walking along a street in East London when a car blaring out dance music pulled alongside him. Expecting some obnoxious teenager to open the car door, he was surprised when an 80 year-old man emerged. ‘Please can you help me, sonny?’ the man pleaded, music […]  More »

Cheniere to Export LNG: The Beginning of a New Energy Era

By Michael J. Economides It takes a visionary (Sharif Souki), a surfeit of US natural gas and a 4-to-1 price disparity between what the US and what other people pay and you have the makings of perhaps, if not the biggest certainly part of the biggest, energy stories for some time. The just announced 20 […]  More »

Harry Reid and the Keystone Pipeline

By Michael J. Economides When thinly disguised ideological objections are in the background, the superficial public arguments that politicians employ can be off base to outright silly. This is the case in the October 5 letter by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton objecting to TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, […]  More »

Energy, Youth and Our Future

One of the many fascinating exhibits the 12,000 guests of Energy Day enjoyed this past weekend was the winning plan – designed by four middle school girls – in the Energy City of the Future competition. The plan, previewed here by CEA’s David Holt, presents a city that makes the most of all of our natural resources, including […]  More »

The Top Ten Energy-related Halloween Costumes for 2011

Yep, it’s that time of the year when we plan what to wear on this most ghoulish of holidays. So here are some tips – straight from Base Camp Burrito - with the top ten energy-related Halloween costumes for 2011:  1) Energy Vampire. Become your favorite energy-sapping appliance. Fangtastic.   2) Pick a solar-related theme. Be it just a sunny day costume, […]  More »

Obama Energy Policy Allows China, Castro to Drill Closer to U.S. than American Firms

Origins of the phrase “inside the Beltway” stem from the relatively small 64-mile Interstate loop that encircles the Washington, D.C. metro area. If that small figure sounds familiar, it’s because it’s about the same distance between the U.S. coast line and an estimated 5 to 20 billion barrels of oil. With oil prices hovering around […]  More »

Obama Energy Tax’s Impact on Shipbuilders, Shoemakers, Steel Workers

In 2008, President Obama catapulted his way to the White House in part on his promise to “green” the economy. Three years later, the administration is still over 4 million shy of delivering on the 5 million green jobs promised, taxpayers are on the hook for the hundreds of billions of dollars loaned to now-bankrupt […]  More »

It’s Sky-way or the Highway! (The Aviation or Automobile Quiz)

In the last week I have been doing some digging into the topic of flight. But rather than just throw out some random facts, I figured I’d make you do the work. So here are ten questions from which you simply need to decide what form of transport it relates to: aviation or automobile. There is even a bonus […]  More »

Oxford Climate Book Contradicts IPCC Findings

Though Mark Twain originally provided Rudyard Kipling with the advice to “get your facts first, and then you can distort ‘em as much as you please,” it appears as if some modern day writers have adopted the mantra. In a chapter of the newly released book entitled “The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society,” […]  More »

Cyprus Oil and Gas

By Michael J. Economides The January 2011 announced discovery of some of the largest offshore natural gas reservoirs in the world, 90 kilometers west of Haifa and not much further than that from Cyprus has created some understandable excitement among Cypriots. The potential for large hydrocarbon accumulations in the same Messinian geologic formation, underlain Cypriot […]  More »

Flawed Forecasts Trumped by Innovation and Technology

The first oil well in the United States was drilled in Titusville Pennsylvania in 1859.  In 1901, there was an oil boom in East Texas which is what most Americans recognize from movies. That boom changed our way of life by giving us unrestricted mobility. Ever since the discovery of oil, there have been predictions […]  More »

We Are All Energy!

How often have you said you feel full of energy … or that you don’t have the energy to complete another task, walk that last mile, or just stay awake? We don’t always connect that kind of energy with the kind that comes out of the ground or from other natural resources on our planet, […]  More »

Shale Gas & the Re-Shaping of European Power Politics

By Peter C. Glover & Michael J. Economides As The High Stakes Pipeline Game points out, Russia clearly holds now the balance of power when it comes to European energy security. However, the current Eurozone economic crisis and the development of massive European shale gas reserves are set to combine to re-shape entirely the landscape […]  More »
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