The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy

In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities. The proponents of carbon policy changes are caught between panic and despair. They came so close to implementing their policy regimes, and cannot now Read more about The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy[…]

The Answer to Oil Price Spike Outrage is Right Before Our Eyes

Our world is in a ‘funk’—again over global oil price spikes caused by concerns about conflict between Iran and Israel drawing the US into a war, the continuing agony of Greek debt and its euro contagion, worries that China may have deeper economic problems than thought that will drag the global economy back into recession.  Read more about The Answer to Oil Price Spike Outrage is Right Before Our Eyes[…]

Setting the Stage for Change: Big Picture Energy Trends

Technology and global competition are profoundly impacting our energy future.  The evidence is all around us in wind and solar energy advances, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing creating a new North American oil and gas boom market, and the technologies driving smart grid, microgrids, and constant energy management. What are the forces of change taking Read more about Setting the Stage for Change: Big Picture Energy Trends[…]

The Good News and Bad News about Energy in President Obama’s Budget

President Barack Obama’s FY2013 budget includes $27.2 billion for the Department of Energy. US DOE says the budget priorities are focused on the ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy laid out in the President’s state of the union message. There are many lofty energy goals articulated in the budget: R&D support for clean energy technologies including $276 million Read more about The Good News and Bad News about Energy in President Obama’s Budget[…]

Could Solyndra's Failure turn into Customer Benefits

The fallout from the Solyndra bankruptcy has turned the entire US DOE loan guarantee program into a political food fight.  The President is wisely silent on the issue, but his Republican rivals are like pigs at the trough over the headline grabbing incident in an effort both to tarnish President Obama as well as score Read more about Could Solyndra's Failure turn into Customer Benefits[…]

Volatility is a Wonderful Thing

Volatility is a wonderful thing.  It not only brings profits to some willing to take risk, it punishes the foolish and teaches them lessons that make them stronger.  Some days just aren’t that great in times of volatility, but we keep going because we believe that tomorrow will be better, that we will be wiser Read more about Volatility is a Wonderful Thing[…]

Is the ‘Change We Can Believe In’ a Disappointment?

Whether you voted for Barack Obama or not, there was a palpable sense of pride and hopeful expectation in his election.  We wanted to believe.  We who voted for McCain secretly rooted for him anyway. We lived into one of the most powerful strengths of America—our ability to change course.  And let’s face it, the Read more about Is the ‘Change We Can Believe In’ a Disappointment?[…]