The Oil Glut and Low Prices Reflect an Affordability Problem

March 13, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices and Economic Effects

For quite a long time, there has been a sustained belief that the decline in oil supply will come by way of high oil prices. Demand will exceed supply. But it seems to me that this view is in fact backward–the decline in supply will come through low oil prices.[read more]

Obama's New Carbon Rules: What Price Regulation?

June 12, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Carbon and Price Regulation

Can good economic times roll while carbon emissions decline? Maybe so. In a three year span, from 2010 to 2012, United States CO2 emissions declined while both the gross domestic product and the number of jobs on the United States rose.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Critical To Achieving EPA Carbon Standards, Boosting the Economy

June 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and EPA Rule Proposal


There is overwhelming evidence that saving energy lowers electric bills while increasing comfort, supporting a growing workforce, and reducing carbon pollution. That’s why the EPA and others are betting energy efficiency will play a major role in meeting the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Industry Workforce Requires 'All of the Above' Strategy Too

May 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Jobs Strategy

Energy companies including those operating in various stages of oil and gas development, utilities and other energy-related businesses face an imminent wave of retirements that have many working hard to smooth the transition into a new generation of employees.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline: It’s About the Jobs, the Economy and Security

April 1, 2013 by Mark Green

Let’s not miss the point that a project of this size can stimulate the economy beyond itself. 117,000 new U.S. jobs linked to oil sands development because of the Keystone XL would be created by 2035.[read more]

Vote 4 Energy: Our Choice

November 2, 2012 by Mark Green

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We have the energy. Last week’s IHS Global Insight study sketched an American energy revolution led by unconventional oil and natural gas. The energy contained in shale and other rock formations, extracted with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, could spur more than $5.1 trillion in capital spending between now and 2035, creating 3.5 million new jobs along the way. IHS’ John Larson:[read more]

Energy and Real Job Creation

September 8, 2012 by Mark Green

Listening to President Obama’s convention speech, it’s hard to avoid the thought that if his administration had adopted pro-development energy policies a few years ago – clearing the way for America’s oil and natural gas industry to find new resources, create 1 million new jobs by 2020 and stimulate the larger economy – he wouldn’t be...[read more]

Solar Energy Trade Battle Heats Up Again

February 2, 2012 by Christina Nunez

The group fighting SolarWorld’s bid for duties on Chinese-manufactured crystalline photovoltaic cells and modules on Monday released a report that claims protectionist measures would result in between 14,000 and 60,000 fewer American jobs than would otherwise exist by the end of 2014—but that wasn’t the only news in the solar trade...[read more]

New Energy-Efficient Lighting Puts People to Work

January 15, 2012 by Rocky Kistner

Deep in the heart of America’s rust belt a new generation of companies is riding a wave of job-creating lighting technologies as new federal lighting efficiency standards are phased in starting next month. In Ohio, the birthplace of Thomas Edison and home to light bulb manufacturers GE and TCP...[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]

Big Numbers: North America's Fossil Inventory

December 6, 2011 by Mark Green

Some eye-opening energy numbers from the Institute for Energy Research's new North American Energy Inventory:Together, the U.S., Canada and Mexico have nearly 1.8 trillion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil - oil likely to exist based on geologic characteristics that can be extracted with current technologies.North...[read more]

How Does Energy Efficiency Create Jobs?

November 29, 2011 by Casey Bell

With unemployment hovering at a stubborn 9%, it is no wonder that job creation has become a hot topic. It is nearly impossible to read the news without encountering an article describing how a policy or industry creates a given number of jobs. Often, job creation is used as a justification for public sector investment in a program,...[read more]

The Costs of Delaying Keystone XL

November 15, 2011 by Mark Green

More on the Keystone XL pipeline, starting with the administration statement on delaying a decision on the project until early 2013: "Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should...[read more]

Weighing the Evidence on Environmental Regulation Versus Jobs

September 30, 2011 by Shira Honig

Among the Republican Party candidates vying to contest Obama in the 2012 presidential election, there is a recurring theme: the idea that environmental regulation prevents job creation. While only one candidate attacked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the most recent Tea Party Express debate, Herman Cain’s comment that the agency has “run wild” drew enthusiastic applause. The notion that there is a tradeoff between jobs and the environment is not new, but it is a powerful argument when job growth has been painfully slow, and when immediate economic concerns understandably outweigh long-term and complex environmental ones. It draws political points easily as it taps into voters’ struggles and fears.[read more]