Natural Gas Economics: A Look Under the Hood
Christmas comes in June for energy geeks and graph junkies. Every year, the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy releases its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), a compendium of 30-tear forecasts and analyses of energy sources and uses. The 212 page .pdf file contains tables, bar charts and area graphs galore, enough to provide blog fodder at least until Christmas (the December one). This | Read More »
Trans Alaska Pipeline System: Happy 35th Birthday!
An editorial from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) expounds upon the economic and strategic importance of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) on the occasion of its 35th anniversary: 35th anniversary of TAPS, June 20, 2012 Since oil first flowed down the 800-mile pipeline on June 20, 1977, TAPS has delivered more than 16.6 billion barrels of oil. For Alaskans, that translates into more than $171 billion | Read More »
Gasland’s Josh Fox Can’t Be Bothered with Facts
Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox, he of the burning water tap, loves to scare people with the provocative word “fracking” and misleading images and claims of its potential to damage the environment, specifically groundwater. To wit, this screenshot of a cute little animated .gif at Fox’s website gaslandthemovie.com. It clearly depicts fractures from a horizontal gas well invading a freshwater aquifer. Scary! Now, consider the detail | Read More »
On Taxing Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts
Quick quiz: What is a Progressive Politician’s favorite form of energy? A. Cold Fusion B. Pixie Dust C. Unicorn Farts D. Cellulosic Biofuel E. All of the Above Careful. It’s kind of a trick question. Answer below the fold.
Energy Policy *IS* Grassroots Politics
Compare and contrast these maps. First, the “undervote” by county in the recent Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary. The numbers in each county represent the proportion of voters in a Democratic primary who selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama. “A significant portion of western and central Pennsylvania Democrats declined to vote for Barack Obama in the April | Read More »
James Lovelock, Father of Gaia Theory, Endorses Natural Gas Fracking
James Lovelock, now 92 years of age, is the father of Gaia theory, the idea that Mother Earth is a sort of sentient, self-regulating organism. So it was noteworthy a few weeks back when he walked back some of his predictions of our planet’s impending doom from Global Warming. In an interview with the Guardian, Lovelock embraces fracking for natural gas, scorns renewables and castigates | Read More »
‘TruthLand’, the Movie
Josh Fox’s Oscar®-nominated documentary “GasLand” introduced us to scary images of burning water taps, supposedly the result of gas well fracking gone bad. It was such a successful piece of anti-development propaganda that HBO greenlighted a sequel, “GasLand 2″, due out this fall. A new documentary, “TruthLand”, is an attempt to counter Josh Fox’s distortions. It is the tale of Shelly, a teacher, dairy farmer and | Read More »
‘It’s the End of Democracy as We Know It!’
The Left claims that the GOP stole the Wisconsin election because they outspent the Dems by eleventy bazillion dollars. That’s how the union bosses, the Occupiers and the party leadership rationalize Tuesday’s failure. They don’t dare accept the notion that it was their ideas, their ideology and their tactics that were rejected at the polls. They chose the battlefield, the weapons and the timing. They | Read More »
Scorecard: Solyndra vs. Konarka
In a move that they’ll surely regret, the Obama campaign has called attention to a “green energy” loan to Konarka Power Plastic of Lowell, MA while Mitt Romney was governor. They have accused Romney of hypocrisy in his criticism of the Obama Administration’s DOE loan guarantee to Solyndra and other “green energy” firms. Here’s how the two loans panned out: Obama Romney Failed Green Company | Read More »
Seriously, Sierra Club?
With the shale gas boom in full swing, gas prices are at 10-year lows. We have the realistic prospect of abundant domestic supplies of a clean-burning fuel for the foreseeable future, who doesn’t like natural gas? Ask the Sierra Club. This week, the venerable environmental organization announced its “Beyond Natural Gas” initiative, to go along with their “Beyond Coal” and “Beyond Oil” campaigns. Of course, | Read More »
Remember the Keystone XL Segment Pres. Obama “Fast-Tracked”?
EPA has concerns for pipeline near coast HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is concerned that permitting for the southern segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be insufficient and has asked for a more extensive review. An official in the EPA’s region that oversees Texas [*] wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saying 61 water crossings near Galveston | Read More »
Study Reveals the Gulf of Mexico Permitting Mess
In a rational world, the Federal government would act as a motivated lease owner who was interested in promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of his mineral resource, consistent with sound conservation practice. That’s why there’s a permit process in the first place. Since Macondo, that’s backwards. Operating practices must conform to the permitting process that has, um, evolved in a purely political environment: | Read More »
Sudden Rash of ‘Traffic Accidents’ Kills 30 North Korean Officials
Take the world’s most paranoid/delusional Stalinist regime, add nuclear ambition and stir. Turn the whole mess over to a 29-year old who, by rights, should be playing video games in his parents’ basement; what’s the worst that could happen? This, for starters, from the Telegraph (UK): 30 North Korean officials involved in South talks die ‘in traffic accidents’ AFP/Getty Images In | Read More »
Obama Once Again Shifting the Blame on Gas Prices
This week, President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar returned to familiar territory, once again chastising energy companies for maintaining an inventory of undrilled Federal leases. Obama challenges oil companies to drill existing leases WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday pushed back against the oil and gas industry’s claims that the Obama administration is blocking domestic energy development, releasing a new analysis showing that 46 | Read More »
Vermont Bans Fracking; CNN: What the Heck is Fracking?
Vermont is not an oil and gas state. Check that. Vermont is not an oil and gas producing state. According to the state geologist’s website, a total of six wells have been drilled targeting oil and gas since the Green Mountain Boys trod its, uh, green mountains. All of the wells were dry holes, and the last one was drilled in 1984. But VT is | Read More »