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What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts

July 24, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Climate Change Economic Effects

Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate.[read more]

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Africa and Energy Development

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.[read more]

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

July 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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US Oil Production and Crisis Aversion

Daviel Yergin stated that if not for the recent domestic boom in tight oil production the U.S. would be in trouble. “I’m convinced we’d be looking at an oil crisis,” he said. “We’d have panic in the public. We’d have inflamed congressional hearings and we’d have the U.S. economy falling back into a recession.”[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

A Shift and a Slowdown: A Look Behind China’s 1H Oil and Gas Data

July 21, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Energy Data

Data and information for the first half of the year is trickling in on the world’s largest energy consumer. In this post, we take a deep look and examine the overall trends behind the numbers. Crude imports may be up, but that’s only half the story.[read more]

The Complicated World of Methane

July 21, 2014 by David Hone
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As governments struggle to find practical routes forward with positive outcomes for CO2 mitigation, attention is turning to dealing with other greenhouse gases, particularly methane. A number of methane emission initiatives are now underway or being planned.[read more]

Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Needs

July 21, 2014 by Rod Adams

Dominion Energy is planning a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia that will have two branches, one that goes to the Tidewater area near Norfolk, VA and one that goes into North Carolina. Dominion started surveying the route, but local landowners resisted.[read more]

NOAA State Of The Climate In 2013: 'Our Planet Is Becoming A Warmer Place'

July 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

A Warming Planet

The planet has continued to warm at an unhealthy pace over the last year, according to a report combining the efforts of hundreds of the world’s top scientists led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'There’s Been a Monopoly on the Fuel System in this Country'

July 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Ownership

Utilizing natural gas as a transportation fuel is a large component of Fuel Freedom’s agenda. The recent surge in US natural gas production and the commodity’s current price discount to oil and oil products like gasoline and diesel has made natural gas vehicles a popular concept in recent years.[read more]

ERCOT Report Shows Continued Cut Backs on Coal Reliance and Increases in Natural Gas and Renewables

July 19, 2014 by Carlee Quintas
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Changing Energy Industry

 

Over the next 20 years the role that coal plays in providing power to Texas will continue to diminish, perhaps just not as fast as experts had hoped. Rising prices of natural gas have slowed coal's reduction putting it's numbers at about 23% of the Texas energy generation capacity.[read more]

Crisis of EU Refining Industry: Threat to Our Energy Security? [VIDEO]

July 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Refining Crisis

Fabrizio Barbaso, Deputy Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission, meets with viEUws.eu leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for an exclusive interview on the European refining industry crisis and security of energy supply.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Oil and Natural Gas Resource Categories Reflect Varying Degrees of Certainty

July 18, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Resources and Certainty

Crude oil and natural gas resources are the estimated oil and natural gas volumes that might be produced at some time in the future. The volumes of oil and natural gas that ultimately will be produced cannot be known ahead of time, but resource estimates change.[read more]

The Shale 'Revolution' Is About Gas Prices & Oil Production

July 17, 2014 by James Coleman
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Shale Gas Boom and Effects

I’d like to make a quick point about the “shale revolution,” which may be old news to those immersed in North American energy policy but might be helpful to those just starting to think about the wider implications of increased North American production of oil and gas.[read more]

Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

July 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Environmental Risk and Fuel Extraction

The Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.[read more]

BLM Speeds Drilling Permits as Inspections Suffer

July 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week, the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General released a report which stated that approval times for drilling permits on public lands are “often very long.” The oil and gas industry seized on this report, arguing that we should therefore funnel more tax dollars into permitting.[read more]