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How many miles per gallon are you getting in your car?

If you’re like many consumers, you have no idea of your car’s mileage per gallon. You probably took note of the number when you acquired the car, but soon enough dismissed it as a rather meaningless figure that had little bearing on real world driving conditions.  More »

Obama’s Deficit Plan Benefits China’s, Venezuela’s Interests

When rolling out his deficit plan this week, President Obama went on the defensive. Twice denying his new tax proposals count as class warfare, his behavior called to mind Queen Gertrude’s response to Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Of course, it’s class warfare. The White House is gunning for “millionaires,” aircraft manufacturers, […]  More »

The High Stakes Pipeline Game

By Peter C Glover and Michael J. Economides In the gas pipeline game being played by Russia, the former Soviet satellite states and Europe, everyone appears set on upping the stakes this winter. Which explains why the ubiquitous Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, officiated on September 6 as the Nord Stream pipeline started pumping […]  More »

Spying Iran’s Nuclear End Game

By Peter C Glover and Michael J. Economides As John le Carré’s Cold War spy movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy opens to rave reviews in London, so the story of Iran’s nuclear program is taking on a dark le Carré-esque ‘keep-em-guessing’ undercurrent. Probably how Teheran’s ‘cloak and dagger’ regime prefers it. The question is: whose […]  More »

50 states, 1 year, no garbage

The environmental docu-comedy YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is currently being screened around the U.S., painting an enlightening, humorous, and often moving picture of sustainability. FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith, aka The Energy Burrito, caught up with YERT producer/director Ben Evans to ask him some questions as he tries to raise awareness for the film. But […]  More »

Info-graphic: EPA’s Polluted Rule Making Process

Most presidential administrations assert that they will be guided by facts when making decisions which science can inform. At the time they’re given, those pronouncements are no doubt sincere. But in light of today’s congressional hearing on detailing “How a Broken Process Leads to Flawed Regulations,” it’s worth reviewing how such claims have withstood the […]  More »

Chinese Government and Business Corruption: Beyond Even Imagination

By Michael Economides It was a routine chit chat with a taxi driver in Beijing last week, making small talk, telling him that I was going to take the bullet train to Shanghai just for the experience. The train has become one of the symbols of China’s economic prowess, running every 15 minutes and at […]  More »

Obama Plan’s “Pay-Fors” Would Actually Lose Tax Revenue

Two pieces from today’s Wall Street Journal opinion page make excellent points independently as well as together. Former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer makes the case that government officials impose a tax on an activity or product (speeding, smoking, etc.) when they want to discourage not incentivize it: And yet contrary to common sense, it […]  More »

One Single Industry: Many ways to create jobs

This past Monday marked yet another downbeat Labor Day, with too many people who ought to have been taking a break from work, lacking work altogether. This week there are new signs that Washington is finally looking at the nation’s unemployment problem for what it is: a serious crisis in need of immediate attention. This […]  More »

Details of Obama’s Jobs Plan Fail to Provide Confidence

A critique of President Obama’s new jobs plan can be summed up in a Rob Reiner-esque headline: “Clueless in Washington.” His proposals to extend the holiday on the payroll tax, reduce taxes on small businesses, provide incentives for hiring the unemployed, and provide infrastructure funding aren’t necessarily bad. Some or all may be necessary. But […]  More »

Obama Administration Repeating Energy Mistakes of 1976

President Obama’s request for another $450 billion in stimulus funds is just another example of his administration drilling an expensive dry hole while leaving potential job growth free of a taxpayer price tag on the table. Earlier this week, Woods Mackenzie analysts found that developing our country’s vast offshore oil and shale gas resources could […]  More »

Obama Not Factoring Oil Sector Employment Into Jobs Plan

Though we’re still several hours away from hearing President Obama layout his jobs plan in tonight’s speech, White House sources have leaked some key details to the press. Consequently, we already know his announcement will detail a $300 billion jobs package. Based on the advance figures, the President’s “new” plan sounds an awful lot like […]  More »

Climate Science Money Trail Calls into Question Motive of Editor’s Resignation

As President Clinton famously once observed, politics is a contact sport. And the politics surrounding climate science is no exception. The latest example stems from the climate establishment’s reaction to a research paper by University of Alabama climatologist Roy Spencer published in the geography journal, Remote Sensing. (Dr. Spencer, who also happens to be on […]  More »

Obama’s withdrawl of ozone proposal illegal (and immoral)

Today’s decision of the Obama administration to withdraw new ozone rules is illegal, immoral, and costly to boot.  The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to revisit its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) every five years to ensure that they are adequate to protect the public health and safety.  In 2006, the Bush Administration […]  More »

Dodging the Valley of Death: The Future of American Cleantech

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. On the heels of the Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt bankruptcies last month, solar panel maker Solyndra declared its intention this week to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And much like Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt, Solyndra was the recipient of generous […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

New Year’s Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

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Balanced Energy

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

The Great Alaska Shut-Out

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

The Steady Erosion of Truth

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

What Lower Prices at the Pump Mean for the US Economy

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

Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

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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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