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How Increased Inefficiency Explains Falling Oil Prices

January 1, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Inefficiency and Oil Prices

Since about 2001, several sectors of the economy have become increasingly inefficient, in the sense that it takes more resources to produce a given output. I believe that this growing inefficiency explains both slowing world economic growth and the sharp recent drop in prices of many commodities, including oil.[read more]

How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?

December 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Renewable Natural Gas Production Levels

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is methane produced from biomass that is cleaned to pipeline quality standards and blended with fossil natural gas. RNG, also known as biomethane, is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to fossil natural gas allowing it to be blended without restriction.[read more]

Marcellus Region Production Continues Growth

August 10, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Marcellus Region Production

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July, the first time ever recorded. The Marcellus Region is the largest producing shale gas basin in the United States, accounting for almost 40% of U.S. shale gas production.[read more]

Making Sense of the US Oil Story

August 8, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Oil and US History

We frequently see stories telling us how well the United States is doing at oil extraction. The fact that there are stories in the press about the United States wanting to export crude oil adds to the hype. How many of these stories are actually true?[read more]

Energy Production and Other Mining Account for a Large Percentage of Some State Economies

August 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Energy and State Economies

At the national level, establishments that extract crude oil and natural gas as well as naturally occurring mineral solids accounted for about 2% of the U.S. economy last year. In some states, though, the mining sector accounts for a much larger share of the economy.[read more]

Carbon Sequestering Energy Production

July 10, 2014 by Jim Baird

CCS and Energy

It is estimated that ocean storage has taken up over ninety percent of the heat attributed to global warming and that the amount of carbon dioxide that has been taken up since the start of the Industrial Revolution has been sufficient to raise the ocean’s acidity by about 30 percent.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf of Mexico 2014 Production Shut in by Storms Seen Higher than Last Year

June 13, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf of Mexico Production

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season, but even a fairly quiet season like last year can lead to disruptions to offshore crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.[read more]

Putting Productivity Back Into Energy Production

May 13, 2014 by Jim Baird

Production and Efficiency

From each barrel of oil, cubic foot of natural gas or ton of coal produced economic winners and losers are inevitably created. But it doesn't actually have to be that way. We can produce the energy we need and remedy climate change at the same time.[read more]

The Energy Oath: In Production and Use Do Good or No Harm

January 10, 2014 by Jim Baird

Energy Oath

Regardless of the actual origin, “to do good or to do no harm” is an excellent maxim to follow with respect to the production and use of energy, which is fundamental to the quality of modern life, or for that matter virtually any enterprise.[read more]

No easy substitutes for fossil fuels

August 2, 2012 by Barry Brook

There's a new report from The Climate Institute telling us that Australians overwhelmingly support renewable energy but don’t understand how carbon pricing will work. Not surprisingly, they are also sceptical about the political motivations behind its introduction. I think their scepticism is misdirected. Their target should be the carbon tax itself.[read more]

As Wyoming goes, so goes the nation? - WY commission votes to disclose fracking chemicals

June 20, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously last week to approve new rules that require oil and gas companies in the state to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing of underground formations during drilling.  The vote is particularly notable in a state where fossil fuels rule, and suggests that...[read more]

Methodology for Assessing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Production from Solid Fuels

May 28, 2010 by PaulB

Nirmal V. Gnanapragasam, Bale V. Reddy and Marc A. Rosen of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology have published a new paper titled „A Methodology for Assessing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Production from Solid Fuels.“  This paper introduces a methodology for for assessing...[read more]

Counting Our Energy Blessings

November 25, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on the many energy blessings the US enjoys. While we tend to focus on our problems, which seem numerous and overwhelming at times, there are a number of positives we should also recognize. Here's a short list of them to contemplate over tomorrow's turkey dinner:The US still produces roughly...[read more]

Debunking the Numbers

July 23, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

Individuals who oppose U.S. oil and natural gas development often cite the following sentence: "The United States represents 5 percent of the world's population but uses 25 percent of the world's energy."Ouch. That sentence makes all of us appear to be wasteful,...[read more]