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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]