economic analysis

World Economy Grew, but Carbon Emissions Didn't

April 16, 2015 by Doug Vine

Preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that energy-related CO2 emissions (from burning fossil fuels for electricity, transportation, industry, space heating and so on) remained unchanged from the previous year at 32.3 billion metric tons. Meanwhile, economic growth increased 3.3 percent.[read more]

As the Oil Market Watches the Clock, Analysts Disagree Over Timing

February 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Markets and Analysts

Many analysts agree that as US oil companies pullback capital spending, lay down rigs and drill fewer new wells, production will inevitably decline, supply and demand fundamentals will rebalance and oil prices will increase. But that’s where the agreement ends.[read more]

Business Profitability and Climate Change [VIDEO]

November 13, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Business

“Sustainability” has become a buzzword that makes Andrew Winston wary. The assumption has been that the environmental and social challenges that word encompasses means a tradeoff for businesses between addressing these issues and being profitable.[read more]

Costing Climate: It is All Relative

August 1, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Climate Change and Future Cost

"Based on a leading aggregate damage estimate in the climate economics literature, a delay that results in warming of 3° Celsius above preindustrial levels, instead of 2°, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output."[read more]

EIA Projections Show Hydro Growth Limited by Economics not Resources

July 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Hydro and Economics

A recent study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, the New Stream-reach Development Resource Assessment, finds that 61 gigawatts (GW) of hydroelectric power potential exists at waterways without existing dams or diversion facilities.[read more]

Decoupling: A New Ecomodernist Paradigm for Humans and Nature

July 9, 2014 by Kirsty Gogan

A New Paradig

I’ve just returned from an enlightening Dialogue meeting run by the Breakthrough Institute in Sausalito, California. Winner of the event’s ‘paradigm prize’ was Jesse H. Ausubel. His research shows that modern economies have lightened their diet in terms of energy, water, land and materials consumption.[read more]

Some Energy System Home Truths

June 30, 2014 by David Hone

BP Review of World Energy

One point of note on the annual calendar of energy events is the release by BP of their Statistical Review of World Energy. The data, all available to download in Excel format, covers the period up to the end of the previous year, and as such is about 18 months ahead of the equivalent data from the IEA.[read more]

Can We Dismiss This 'Economists Only Care About GDP' Crap, Once and For All?

November 20, 2013 by Andrew Leach

David Suzuki often talks about the Economics 101 course he took which ignored externalities. That certainly didn’t match with my recollection: the second half of my microeconomics 101 course was all about market failures due to monopoly, incomplete information, public goods, or environmental pollution.[read more]

LNG Exports - The $35 Billion Bull Invading Canada: Interview with Jason Sawatzky

October 12, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Jason Sawatzky is Director of Institutional Equity Research at AltaCorp, where he focuses on oilfield services. Prior to joining AltaCorp, Sawatzky was an associate analyst covering oilfield services at Stifel Nicolaus from 2009 to 2011.[read more]

LNG Exports Could Create Big Job, Economic Numbers

May 17, 2013 by Mark Green

jobs multiplier effect?

LNG exports are projected to produce annual increases in revenue to federal, state and local governments of between $6.4 billion to $9.3 billion in the base scenario to $27.9 billion to $40.4 billion in the high-export scenario by 2035.[read more]

Reaching Energy Limits in a Finite World

May 7, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Our financial system has been built assuming that economic growth will continue indefinitely. There is significant risk that the recessionary influences of high oil costs will bring down the current economy.[read more]

New Survey: Majority of US Against Raising Energy Taxes

March 24, 2013 by Mark Green

economic consequences of taxes

A new national survey finds that big majorities think higher taxes on the industry – as have been proposed by the administration and some in Congress – would be harmful to consumers and the economy.[read more]

No jobs in economic modeling

December 7, 2010 by Gernot Wagner

Co-authored with Nat Keohane. Last week Nat Keohane and I tried to shed some light on the inner workings of economic models when it comes to jobs. Among other more specific statements around climate policy, we also said that, many macroeconomic models don’t actually attempt to model jobs. In fact, they generally assume full...[read more]

Where we stand : leading economic indicators, S&P 500, crude oil prices and the economy

June 22, 2010 by Ee Mien Low

The economic recovery looks good, and the job market hasn't been anywhere as booming in a long time, albeit apparently limited to certain sectors of the economy. Crude oil prices have risen and have been gone over the $78-79 level in the past few trading sessions, and pump prices have gone up in recent weeks. Hopes are high that the...[read more]

The Administration Should Protect Economic Engine of the Gulf: Marine Life

May 27, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

For five weeks now, we have watched the Deepwater Horizon disaster spew oil and toxic dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. This isn’t a simple spill on surface water. It is an ongoing, deepwater catastrophe occurring in one of the most productive marine environments in the world. Yet the Obama Administration’s response hasn’t matched the...[read more]