The Climate Yawns: Donald Trump is no more a planet wrecker than Barack Obama (as measured to the third decimal).

Thought Piece [While many people seemingly have forgotten that Clean Power Plan was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to remember the CPP was opposed by 31 states (out of 50) in court. Ultimately, it was a poorly-written, over-politicized document in search of a political cause. Now that it is just another example of a failed federal over-reach, I wanted to make [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:20+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fracking 2.0: Shale Drillers Pioneer New Ways to Profit in Era of Cheap Oil

Thought Piece [The technology of horizontal drilling and fracking is moving at hyper-speed in the US, thanks to the Internet of Things and the innovations of the American private sector. As expected, the energy industry continues to extract more oil faster and cheaper than OPEC. Yes, Virginia, the slow moving, unwieldy methods used by OPEC are showing. In [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Many, Many, Many Flaws

[I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws. Ultimately, it was an over-politicized document in search of national problem. Even Gina McCarthy admitted that the Clean Power [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

U.S. oil and gas industry reaps the benefits of international trade, aided by new technologies and growing transportation hubs.

Thought Piece [The following piece by John Kemp is a well-nuanced look at the current US gas and oil industry. While increasing flows of oil and gas are doing well, thanks to the return to free trade for US exports, the overall production of shale oil, natural gas and feedstock has just started to hit its stride. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Supremacy Falters: Rejiggering its long-held strategy of clinging to market share

Thought Piece [No amount of rejiggering its long-held strategy can help Saudi Arabia keep its market share. Simple supply and demand economics has hit the international oil markets right between the eyes. Thanks mostly to the growing efficiencies and supply in the US, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the way the oil business is done. It doesn't matter which [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:20+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

New era of energy and its transportation in US begins tomorrow (or the day after). Quietly, the long years of engineering come to fruition….

Thought Piece [Below, please find two stories that effectively announce a new era without being all that much different than the old era. Oil and natural gas will continue to flow from North Dakota to the outside world, just as it has always done. The Courts have given their final approval to the Dakota Access Pipe Line, with [...]

By | 2017-04-05T21:30:21+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Chevron Doctrine may be gone, Gorsuch Defended Illegal Immigrants in Criticism of Government Agencies.

[It looks like the Chevron Doctrine, which was a pivotal 33-year-old Supreme Court decision, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, is soon history. This single case established that courts should defer to the judgment of a federal agency when interpreting ambiguous laws and regulation. Thankfully, that deference will go the way of all bad ideas. As it [...]

By | 2017-04-05T21:50:40+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Justin Trudeau: “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there.”

Thought Piece [The total lack of understanding about the importance of good global economics on display in James Ayre's piece is staggering. As Bjorn Lomborg points out in Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on February 9, 2017, "by far the largest source of renewable energy used in China [and all poor countries] is traditional biomass—that is, people burning charcoal, firewood [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:21+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

OPEC Faces Quandary as U.S. Oil Inventories Swell: Oil cartel’s cuts are helping competitors fill their storage tanks

Thought piece [The remarkable production capabilities and transportation system for US oil and natural gas continue to change the world and its geopolitics. As predicted, OPEC's strangle hold on energy is officially over. Along with it, OPEC is losing its political clout with its own people, who are now suffering from its governments' failure to provide [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:21+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It’s Time for a National Debate on Fracking: Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban

It's Time for a National Debate on Fracking Stephen Heins, Spark Magazine http://spark.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/its-time-national-debate-fracking?sthash.K1Dpwp7q.mjjo On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban." During his interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was donating an additional $30 million to the Sierra's "anti-coal" campaign, but that he also [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments