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Encouraging News as Long Awaited Lease Sales Move Forward

A long-awaited lease sale for oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was held last Tuesday, despite a last minute-lawsuit to block it, and interest in the sale was quite strong. The Interior Department says that some 20 companies submitted 241 bids. The news is encouraging to a region that has for more than a […]  More »

Voice: Record heat, but not record electric prices?

How pricing trends can help you choose your future electric plan  More »

US Shale Gas to North Dakota – Is it the beginning of a New Era for US Oil?

This post was written by Dr. Salman Ghouri, Senior Economist at Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar.  The views, findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views of Qatar Petroleum. US Shale Gas The past decade has yielded dramatic changes in the natural gas industry landscape. Rapid advancement of state-of-the-art-technology […]  More »

US Shale Boom Benefiting Airports, Architects, Other Sectors of Economy

The renewable lobby justifies subsidies for solar, wind, and ethanol—poised to expire at year’s end—as being needed to produce more domestic energy and create new U.S. jobs. Yet this illusion of a government-funded ‘green’ energy revolution turns out to be just another tool of crony capitalists. These provisions strip U.S. taxpayers of their hard-earned cash […]  More »

The Convergence of Retail Gasoline and Natural Gas Prices

This post is based on a simple observation relating to the current nuttiness of natural gas and retail gasoline prices.  The two prices have converged to parity recently, but not for the reasons we may have previously considered. It seemed more likely that the two would meet due to wintry weather boosting natty, and increasing demand boosting gasoline, but neither of these […]  More »

Eight Pertinent Factors in the Crude Complex

I was fortunate enough to take Energy Burrito on the road earlier this week to the AMM Conference in Miami. Given a 30-minute blank canvas, I decided to spread the Christmas spirit by unleashing the ultimate commodity Christmas gift, the Crude Oil 8-ball, on the unsuspecting audience. The premise of my presentation was to highlight eight pertinent factors […]  More »

UN Climate Talks and NPR Programming

NPR’s Diane Rhem Show produced a segment this week which focused on the latest round (number 17 to be exact) of United Nation climate talks, which is currently taking place in Durban, South Africa. (It can be thought of as the annual convention of rent-seeking bureaucrats.) Its attendants include about 10,000 people, most of whom […]  More »

Fracking Natural Gas

By Michael J. Economides There is nothing that portrays more the ideological divide in America than the debate on energy. The climate and energy wars have now become an insurmountable chasm and no cost is too great for the ideologues. It is an all-out war, with no prisoners, not unlike so many other cultural, social […]  More »

Hard to Move the Needle for Chinese Oil Demand

China’s growing energy use was probably at the back of everyone’s minds this week at the global climate deliberations in South Africa this week. Perhaps the theme for the meeting could be “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  More »

High Stakes for Pensioners, Retirees in Washington’s Tax Showdown

With a wide range of benefits facing the chopping block as federal lawmakers continue debate over the deficit reduction, current and soon-to-be retirees are legitimately concerned about their future welfare. Beyond Washington, other means for retirement such as pension funds also face very daunting challenges over the next 20 years in funding their commitments. But […]  More »

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 »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Everyone loves a good comeback story. Could hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be one?

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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.

How is your “professional hygiene” routine?

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

The Magic of Models

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

Ten Lumps of Coal Info

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

Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

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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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