The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work

The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work The US oil and gas business is booming because of the shale revolution at work, but in many parts of the industry there are growing pains.  The super majors face rising costs for finding and developing new reserves.  The midstream players face infrastructure bottlenecks.  Refineries face a glut Read more about The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work[…]

Shale Gas Supply Growth Shakes Up Everything

SOURCE:  US EIA Data and Reuters graphic The shale revolution is a full reversal of energy fortunes in the United States.  It might have similar potential in other parts of the world if as projected global LNG prices decline over the decade ahead and indexing gas prices to oil erodes from competitive pressures on existing Read more about Shale Gas Supply Growth Shakes Up Everything[…]

Should the US Lift the Ban on Crude Oil Exports?

There is a growing debate over lifting the US ban on crude oil exports.  Recently US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he thought it time to review the prudence of the exports ban during the 2014 quadrennial review of US energy policies.  Not everyone has responded favorably to the calls to ease the ban so Read more about Should the US Lift the Ban on Crude Oil Exports?[…]

Light Sweet Crude Displacement

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite its well-deserved ‘tree hugger’ image the inland part of the Bay is home to a concentration of refineries essential to California’s economic vitality.  These refineries produce the boutique blend of gasoline not available anywhere else.  The EPA’s insistence on these unique regional gasoline blends is Read more about Light Sweet Crude Displacement[…]

Doha was a Dud!

The Doha climate change conference concluded this week with what has become a familiar ring.  Nothing much of import happened and increasingly fewer people noticed.  Oh, the issues at the surface are still the same as they have been since they first flamed out in 2009 at Copenhagen.  These events have become a global debate Read more about Doha was a Dud![…]

Common Sense Kiss of Death for Climate Change Lawsuits

The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., No. 09-17490, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 19870 (9th Cir. Sept. 21, 2012) if left standing has the practical effect of ending the way environmental law claims are decided.  In a unanimous decision, the Appeals Read more about Common Sense Kiss of Death for Climate Change Lawsuits[…]

The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules

“We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ‘‘Services’’ or ‘‘we’’), propose to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). These changes are being proposed as Read more about The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules[…]

The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics

The economy, jobs and the debate over the direction of the country dominate 2012 political campaigns.  Nowhere is the political rhetoric fiercer than on energy issues. Today there is wave after wave of new Federal regulation designed to favor clean energy strategies at the expense of fossil fuels that still provide most of our energy Read more about The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics[…]

Too Much of Two Good Things

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing too much of two good things.  The region is blessed with high quality, low cost hydropower generation which serves as the backbone of the power generation system.  Over the past decade, the Colombia River corridor has sprouted a sizable fleet of wind generation. So what’s the problem, you ask? The Read more about Too Much of Two Good Things[…]

Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier

There is much to like in the growth of natural gas as the marginal fuel of choice for power generation.  Clean, cheap, easier to site, quicker to build, fewer regulatory or environmental hassles—-and it cuts emissions 40% compared to coal. A new study by Professor Lawrence M. Cathles, Cornell University, recently published in the journal Read more about Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier[…]