Lessons of the Energy Export Boom: this dominance was achieved by private U.S. investment, innovation and trade—not Washington central planning.

Thought Piece Since 2009,  the U.S. hydraulic fracturing revolution has caused America to become the world’s top natural gas producer passing Russia, and the top producer of oil and petroleum hydrocarbons since 2014, passing Saudi Arabia. By now almost everybody knows that. Less understood is the role that energy exports are now playing in sustaining U.S. production despite lower prices. In [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:43:51+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

“Trump Skips Climate Church”: Only when technology can meet mankind’s energy demand at competitive cost will low-carbon energy prevail.

Thought Piece Without the powerful forces of the Internet of Things, the Paris Agreement will remain a voluntary accord, with many unreliable countries and no accounting standards. The real problem with the Paris Agreement is its unrealistic, political nature. "Whatever evolution toward a lower-carbon energy system takes place in the future, it will also certainly be [...]

“The Struggle Behind Oil’s Ups and Downs”: The industry has been recalibrated to a lower price level.

Thought Piece [Daniel Yergin has been one of the most reliable voices of world energy experts and writers for the last 40 years. His intellectual credentials would make a mortal man weep: Yale, founder of the New Journal, PHD from Cambridge University, lecturer at Harvard Business School, found of Cambridge Research Associates, and founder/VP of information company IHS. He is best known for his [...]

By | 2017-05-24T07:05:42+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“The Pebble Mine Victory”: New EPA settles a lawless, pre-emptive 2014 veto of Alaska project, which will now get a fair hearing.

Thought Piece Here is another sign that the EPA will stop meddling and being extra legal. The Pebble Mine deserves a proper vetting and environmental evaluation. Documents obtained from freedom of information suits and legal discovery have shown that EPA officials orchestrated opposition to the mine with environmental activists and native tribes. This close relationship between [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:06:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

CA Senate leader proposes big changes to carbon-pricing program: shaky carbon trading auctions have cut into “expected state revenues.”

Thought Piece  Yikes, there were so many flaws in the first CA Carbon-Trading Program, I will refrain from even discussing the additional complexity being proposed in the new CA Senate Bill. First, for my prejudices, I think that properly-done energy efficiency can play an oversized role solving electrical power generation problems while helping companies reduce their carbon [...]

By | 2017-05-07T22:30:15+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

“Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids”: “They are retained in the shale deep underground.”

Thought Piece  [The effect on ground water of horizontal drilling and fracking is de minimis, a new Duke University study has found. It is reasonable to expect the emerging Internet of Things and other environmental innovations in the shale reserves will continue to benefit American's private sector for many decades.  Steve].   Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids Published January, 2017 Contact: Contact: [...]

By | 2017-04-25T21:00:13+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa: African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity”

Thought Piece Introduction by Paul Driessen: "In his latest article, aspiring Ugandan college student Steven Lyazi explores efforts by a number of companies and entrepreneurs to bring solar ovens and photovoltaic panels to Uganda and other African countries. As Steven points out, these technologies are much better than the open fires Africans currently rely on. However, [...]

By | 2017-04-22T22:23:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An Open Letter To Rick Perry On Natural Gas Exports: Natural Gas provides strong environmental and economic benefits.

Thought Piece [The following piece from James Taylor is spot on! While it is reasonable to expect a former Texas Governor to understand energy issues, this piece adds some intellectual firepower to the expansion of the whole hydraulic fracturing revolution. If it makes geopolitical and economic sense to export US oil (and it does), it certainly [...]

OPEC sees rivals’ oil output rising as it over-delivers on cuts: If OPEC continues to over-deliver cuts, US shale oil will continue to increase apace.

Thought Piece [The shale oil development of the lower the 48 states will continue apace and the new Alaskan shale oil discoveries will begin in earnest, when OPEC tries to reduce production more. Unsurprisingly, most monopolies and hegemonies end with a sigh of future pain by those previously in power and a sigh of relief by those who [...]

By | 2017-04-17T21:11:11+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fracking comes to the Arctic in a new Alaska oil boom: This comes at a time of low oil prices, when observers felt the Arctic would remain off-limits.

Thought Piece [While the discovery of 5 to 6 billion oil and untold natural gas is good news for Alaska, the U.S. and the global energy markets, the logistics of the harvesting the oil will require vast quantities of water and sand needed for fracking, which will be challenging, and probably more expensive than the lower 48 states. Of the [...]

By | 2017-04-14T21:58:37+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments