The Big Shift in Energy is Underway

The United States is engaged in a fierce debate over energy strategy, policy and production. 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 resources.  These rules are being promulgated as a consequence of a Read more about The Big Shift in Energy is Underway[…]

Shale Growth in other Nations: How Realistic is it?

American leadership in developing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in shale oil and gas plays is spreading around the world making it possible to extract previously uneconomic oil and natural gas resources from shale.  These resources are often called unconventional because the horizontal drilling and fracking are newer techniques than the conventional methods of Read more about Shale Growth in other Nations: How Realistic is it?[…]

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[…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update

On June 26, 2012 the US Department of the Interior extended the comment period on its proposed rules of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands for sixty days to September 10, 2012 at the request of the Governor of Wyoming and others who said they needed more time to study the implications of the proposed rules.  Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update[…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules

In Medieval times one form of dispatching miscreants was called “pressing”.  The punishment involved piling stones on top of the offender one at a time slowly suffocating him from the weight on his chest.  Not only did this rid the kingdom of troublemakers but it had a ”crucify him” like effect on the gathered witnesses Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules[…]

Short Term Energy Outlook: Good News or Bad News?

The US Energy information Administration (EIA) released its updated Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) May 8, 2012.  The overview calls for falling crude oil prices, falling gasoline prices, falling electric demand but higher natural gas prices as the prospect of exports reduces fears of excess inventory. The STEO is always a volatile cocktail of near Read more about Short Term Energy Outlook: Good News or Bad News?[…]

Debt Deal Warnings for Energy Subsidies

The drama that produced the deal to raise the national debt ceiling without increasing taxes is sending warning shots across the bow for many industries.  The message for energy subsidies including the tax credits and treasury tax grants for wind and solar as well as tax credits for oil and gas companies could not be Read more about Debt Deal Warnings for Energy Subsidies[…]

Energy Convergence

Is there something the Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree upon that the American public WANTS them to do?  The constant bickering and sparing for political points turns off most Americans, but the refusal to let the other party get credit for anything good is also preventing the good ideas from getting anywhere. What Read more about Energy Convergence[…]