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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 »

Energy! You Goonie!

Oh my gosh, I hope this picture brings you as much amusement as it does me. With the return of piracy into the mainstream media in the last week, I have been reminiscing about the most fantastic of movies - The Goonies – and how it is inevitably tied back to energy. So here’s some truffle-shuffle-tastic insights to take us from crude to natty to Mikey […]  More »

We Need an Energy Day!

This country’s debt crisis and high unemployment have taken over the sound bites from Congress, the Administration, media, and political hopefuls. Of course, with the US national debt approaching $15 trillion and unemployment stubbornly over 9%, this is to be expected. With US retail gasoline prices dropping to the mid $3 per gallon level, strategic […]  More »

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Defies Al Gore

In 1917, Albert Einstein plugged what he dubbed the “cosmological constant” into his equations explaining why the universe didn’t collapse under its own gravity. He later abandoned the concept, calling it his “biggest blunder.” Today, three astronomers won the Nobel prize for proving Einstein’s original theory correct. It’s no surprise that modern scientists are still […]  More »

The Keystone Pipeline, Again in the News

By Michael J. Economides Last week the U.S. State Department hosted public meetings on TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL project in the six states through which the pipeline would run: Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. On the heels of the project’s final environmental impact statement (EIS), Executive Order 13337 calls on Secretary Clinton […]  More »

Relevant versus Random Facts About Power

Once again this week I found myself going off on a tangent as I was researching something else. My meanderings led me to forraging for facts about power, so here are some relevant, riveting, and random electro-info-nuggets™.  –World net energy power generation is set to increase by 84% from 2008 to 2035.   –Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for […]  More »

Rising Tax Rates ‘Sink All Boats’

If Mark Twain was alive today, he surely would have been referring to President Obama when saying: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The President’s latest stimulus plan hinges on the faulty belief that if the federal government is able […]  More »

Not Too Good To Be True

Some of the latest research on U.S. petroleum reserves paints a refreshingly optimistic picture of our future capacity – not just in shale gas which is often touted as the fuel of the future, but for oil as well. One study from the National Petroleum Council found that the United States and Canada, combined, could be […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

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Balanced Energy

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

Federal Permitting Reform Should Apply to Keystone XL

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.

Oil price slump hurts last remaining “Middle Class”, and exposes market irrationality

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

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: Progress seen on solar front

Energy in Motion

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

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

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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

84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

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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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