Gas Prices Could Fall to $1 Per Gallon in Some Areas of the US

January 11, 2016 by Katherine Tweed

In some gas stations around the country, the price of a gallon of regular has dropped below $1.42. AAA and GasBuddy, two organizations that follow gasoline prices, say that gasoline prices below $2 will not be unusual in most of the United States.[read more]

Demanding Clean Energy

November 11, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Getting Clean Power

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 1 in 20 Americans live within a mile of a fracking site. That means more people than ever before have drill pads, toxic wastewater pits, and heavy truck traffic coming into their backyards and communities.[read more]

Rising Energy Costs Lead to Recession; Eventually Collapse

October 25, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Population Growth and Energy

How does the world reach limits? This is a question that few dare to examine. My analysis suggests that these limits will come in a very different way than most have expected–through financial stress that ultimately relates to rising unit energy costs.[read more]

Two Views of Our Current Economic and Energy Crisis

October 17, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Economy and Energy

As the US addresses possible debt default and government shutdown, the underlying reason for the predicament is generally not clear. The story in the press has been conflicts between the Democrats and Republicans. It seems to me that the problem is much deeper.[read more]

Natural Gas is Good For US Economy

September 24, 2013 by Willem Post

US natural gas production has steadily risen from 2007 to 2012. Natural Gas has been the primary reason US CO2 emissions have declined during that period; renewables and economic contraction/efficiency contributed, but were not the primary reason.[read more]

Discontinuity Ahead: Oil Limits Will Adversely Affect the Economy

September 20, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Limits and the Economy

What will the world economy be like ten years from now? Or fifty years from now? Is it something that we can forecast by looking at the past, assuming that past tends will continue? Most economists today seem to think we can rely heavily on past patterns.[read more]

Oil Limits Reduce GDP Growth, Unwinding QE a Problem

August 4, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

World Oil GDP Comparison

Even if we sail through our current set of problems, we can count on meeting them again in a few years, as the cost of oil extraction keeps increasing. If oil prices rise again, importers will see an increase in unemployment, and a squeeze on profit margins.[read more]

Plans for Green Jet Fuel Plant Flame Out

March 3, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

fuels comparison

Nearly two years ago, an LA-based company called Rentech Inc. announced plans to build a biofuels plant four hours north of Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Ain’t gonna happen, it seems.[read more]

Don't Believe the Fantasy Job Claims on Keystone XL: It's Not in Our Best Interest

January 14, 2012 by Nicole Lederer

Groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable say they speak for the country’s business interests. When it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, they most definitely do not. Nicole Lederer explains why.[read more]

Ideas for Clean Energy Job Creation

January 6, 2012 by A Siegel

Today,  Steve Lacey at the Center for American Progress published 20 Ideas for Job Creation: Keep Focused on Clean Energy. To build on the many good (or even excellent) ideas in that list (repeated below the fold), here are ideas 21-30 of places to go for Clean Energy Jobs: Go to your mortgage broker:  Ed Mazria/Architecture...[read more]

Commodities: Expensive and Volatile for the Foreseeable Future

January 3, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

I touched on this McKinsey report earlier, but my most recent Clean Break column delves a  bit deeper into the consultancy’s analysis of commodity trends past and future, and how this will impact the way corporations operate. —————————————————— Has the global economy entered a long period of persistently high, volatile commodity...[read more]

Message to Durban: It's The Economy

November 30, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

What if they held a UN climate conference and no one came? That's certainly not the case at this year's COP-17 (Conference of the Parties) meeting now underway in Durban, South Africa, but with expectations for dramatic progress low, and a breakthrough on the scale needed to salvage the expiring Kyoto Protocol nearly unimaginable, it could be where the UN-led process is headed. If Durban fails to deliver the goods, it won't be because the participants were any less concerned about climate change than those at past sessions. Nor will it be because of the latest release of Climategate emails, as embarrassing as some of them should be for the scientists involved. The reason is much simpler, and it's the same one that helped Bill Clinton unseat George H.W. Bush in 1992: "It's the economy, stupid." The solution to climate change is unlikely to be found in Durban or any future COP site until the leaders in Brussels, Washington and other capitals come to grips with the massive economic challenges they face and create the framework for a return to robust growth.[read more]

5 Misconceptions About Peak Oil

November 7, 2011 by Robert Rapier

I have just returned from the annual ASPO conference in Washington, D.C. This was only my 2nd ASPO conference; the first one I attended was in 2008 in Sacramento. There were many familiar faces; some of whom I had previously met and some I only knew by reputation. The mood seemed remarkably calmer than in 2008. That year, oil prices were...[read more]

"Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" Rhetoric Hampers Renewable Development

November 4, 2011 by Michael Giberson

If you believed what politicians say about green energy and jobs, you probably think they fit together like peanut butter and jelly squished between layers of bread. Has there been a renewable power subsidy announcement or ribbon-cutting ceremony where the word “jobs” was not featured in the first two or three sentences uttered by...[read more]

Is Western Society Suffering from a Collective Anxiety Attack? OccupyWallStreet may be an Expression of Just That

October 1, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

I wrote the post below a week or so ago and thought later I should take it down because it was too negative. In fact, a few people unsubscribed to this blog immediately after I posted it. I do like to use this blog to build hope that there are technologies, policy options, and creative initiatives out there to make the world a more...[read more]