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The Ultimate Commodity Christmas Gift: The Crude Oil 8-Ball

This is a product we sold a couple of years ago on Energy Burrito, and due to resurgent demand it is available for purchase again this Yuletide. I’m sure you will agree, it is the ultimate commodity Christmas gift. If you are looking for a reason as to why crude prices are rallying, look no further than The Crude Oil 8-ball:  More »

New Climate Change Email Scandal Casts Pall Over U.N Negotiations

Two years ago, reporters coined the term “Climategate” to describe emails between a group of elite climate scientists that showed them admitting to falsifying data and even conspiring to smear those who dared to question their findings. Many of those exposed during this 2009 scandal were deeply involved in controlling the scientific assessments of the […]  More »

Crude, Coal, Carbon, and Natural Gas Fundamentals which are Surpassing Expectations

There are a number of different aspects in Commodityworld™ which are far outpacing expectations, and changing market dynamics because of it. Here are ten of them: 1) North Dakota oil production. It is seemingly on an exponential charge higher due to the discovery of the Bakken oil shale play. Not only has North Dakota oil production quadrupled since 2005, but it is set to […]  More »

Houston: Survey says … consumers still confused?!

As a media spokesperson and vice-president of Corporate Communications for CenterPoint Energy, I’ve known for a long time that unless there’s a natural gas leak or widespread power outages, much of what our businesses do is “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” for most consumers. But last week, I read a consumer survey report from the Guild Group out […]  More »

Wyoming CO2 Sequestration Project Falling Apart

By Michael J. Economides About two years ago, on February 20, 2010, in the Wyoming Tribune and under the title “CO2 sequestration isn’t practical” I offered to “save the state of Wyoming from wasting $45 million.” Well, a recent story in the Wyoming Tribune was headlined “Wyoming CO2 storage project may get put on hold”. […]  More »

Guest Voice: Texans paying more for electricity under deregulation

Is the deregulated electricity market finally paying off for Texas consumers? After all, average prices statewide have come down since 2008. Consumer complaints also are falling. Doesn’t that mean that success has arrived at last?  More »

Current Factors Affecting Longer-Term Pricing For Natural Gas and Crude Oil

Given the focus placed on prompt month commodity price movements, it’s easy to ignore the bigger picture and forget….this isn’t everything they are. So here are six pertinent factors which are impacting the bigger picture: the longer-term outlook for our dearly beloved commodities. 1) CRUDE OIL - The latest zinger of a market-mover for crude oil, and specifically […]  More »

Guest voice: Complaints decline, but still three times higher than pre-dereg years

Here’s another good news, bad news story for the Texas electricity market.  More »

Supercommittee Countdown Carries High Stakes for Oil, Gas

As the deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction report (November 23) approaches and we eagerly await its recommendations, one thing is abundantly clear: The time for talk is over. Substantive solutions are needed to address our economic woes. Images of action instead of real action will be see for what they are, […]  More »

Holes Discovered in Scientist’s ‘Climate Skeptic Come Believer’ Story

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 (“Skeptic Shifts on Warming,” by Associated Press reporter Seth Borenstein, Oct. 31st). Painting physicist Richard Muller as […]  More »

No Time For Delays in Alaska

A diverse group of Alaskan residents, including U.S. Congressmen, Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell, business owners, community leaders and ordinary workers who all support oil and gas exploration and production on the state’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and have written to President Obama to explain why. In the November 9 letter, they outline why development of […]  More »

EPA Recycling Costly Fuel Regulations

Yogi Berra could well have envisioned EPA’s recent plan for Tier III sulfur regulations when he exclaimed “it’s déjà vu all over again.” The arguments used by EPA at a recent Congressional hearing were exactly the same as former Administrator Carol Browner used for the first round of reductions. Where is the evidence that current […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Are you driving the right car for an oil crisis?

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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.

Take advantage of a “Golden Age” of free instruction

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Open The Spigots

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: A talk with Russell Gold, author of ‘The Boom’

Energy in Motion

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

Northern Courier Approval Highlights Pipeline Politics

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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

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

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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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