2017 Bakken Oil Conference Begins Next Week, More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota, Center of Energy Universe.

Thought Piece [I am heading for the annual Bakken Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday. In 1880's, the State of Wisconsin developed what they called the Wisconsin Idea: Close cooperation between state government, higher education and the private sector. In truth, North Dakota has come much closer to the Wisconsin Idea of state cooperation than [...]

By | 2017-07-18T21:40:02+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“The Shale Revolution’s Staggering Impact in Just One Word: Plastics” Ah, Six Words: oil, natural gas & feedstock, carbon reduction–value streams

Thought Piece One of the most puzzling parts about any discussion about the Shale Revolution of the last decade is the short shrift given to shale's economic development values for the US and the world. While it is easy to see the downward pressure on natural gas, liquid natural gas and oil, it is far less easy [...]

By | 2017-06-29T21:06:18+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights” by Jonathan Wood, in Investment Business Daily

Thought Piece [Thanks to Free Range Report for reprinting the Jonathon Wood piece from IBD.  Steve] Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights by editor The Endangered Species Act is a powerful weapon for environmental groups because it forbids the "take" of any listed species, which prohibits essentially any activity that adversely affects a single [...]

By | 2017-06-29T21:02:41+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

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

RURAL AMERICA IS STRANDED IN THE DIAL-UP AGE: Wireless Broadband can be the great uniter of city and country.

Thought Piece High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy By Jennifer Levitz and Valerie Bauerlein | Photographs by Nick Schnelle for The Wall Street Journal Jeanne Wilson Johnson drives 4 miles from her 420-acre farm to a gas station in Caledonia, Mo., for better [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:41:38+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

GE-Baker Hughes: Some call deal unprecedented; others see competitive nuisance: Combination of big data and new energy technology a game changer, IOT!

Thought Piece This new energy and electricity powerhouse, GE-Baker Hughes, will become the first "full-stream" service company (upstream exploration and production--midstream transportation--and downstream refining and market) in the world. Its business model is likely to become the first of several other company's in the oil and gas space. As Baker Hughes CEO put it, a "molecule to megawatt" [...]

By | 2017-06-15T23:14:18+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

Cleaning Up the Superfund Mess: But Superfund delays aren’t the result of insufficient funds: Still 1,336 Superfund sites on the EPA’s Priorities List

Thought Piece It is time to put symbolic and political gestures in their proper perspective, especially as there are still 1,336 Superfund sites untreated. Created 1980, the Superfund has become a monetary piñata for many groups and individuals that have nothing to do this massive clean-up project: Instead of making a direct way of funding, it has [...]

By | 2017-06-15T23:16:17+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, a bureaucracy’s best friend

Thought Piece ‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, June 6, 2017 Before I take time to disagree with Gina McCarthy’s Op-Ed, I would like to mention a couple of problems I have with the personal information provided about Ms. McCarthy: In fact, Gina became a member the [...]

“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 [...]

Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy Joins Pegasus Capital as Operating Advisor: Even After Her Appointment, She Used Environmental Alarmist Rhetoric

Thought Piece On June 1, 20017, there was a Business Wire news release that caught my attention. Former U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy has joined a private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors. As she put it, “I’m excited to put my public service and academic experience to use in the private sector, which is increasingly where [...]

By | 2017-06-08T21:58:31+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments