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Why Keystone XL is a Fight Worth Fighting

February 8, 2014 by Daniel Kessler

The numbers in Robert Rapier’s recent Keystone XL post are spot on. It’s true that the 170 billion barrels found in the Athabasca tar sands reserve alone won’t cook the planet, just as it’s true that one Big Mac won’t make you fat and one cigarette won’t give you cancer.[read more]

Hungary Asserts its Energy Independence with South Stream

January 16, 2014 by Igor Alexeev

Hungary Energy Independence

During recent talks in Budapest, the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, and Gazprom’s CEO, Alexey Miller, announced that the construction of South Stream in Hungary will begin in April 2015. Budapest’s decision may be “a final blow” to the delayed Nabucco pipeline.[read more]

Innovative Solutions Target the Energy/Water Nexus

December 3, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

My Thanksgiving list put contemporary entrepreneurs at the top. Their efforts are paying off in the improvements in renewable energy harvesting technologies, increasing the range of cost-effective energy storage technologies, and addressing important environmental and social issues.[read more]

Environmentalism: It's the Climate, Not the Oil Spill

October 22, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Sorry, folks, but if you care about the environment – the planet for that matter – your strategy to stop oil pipelines is futile if its only focus is oil spills on land and sea. You may stop one or two poorly conceived projects, but you won’t stop industry expansion.[read more]


Energy in Indonesia: News from Natuna, Hope for ASEAN

August 20, 2013 by Beni Suryadi

Indonesia Development

The Government of Indonesia has sent positive signal to their consortium that develops energy resources. Due to the the level of difficulty for exploration and production in the area, the Indonesia agreed to provide several incentives for the consortium to develop East Natuna.[read more]

Pipelines and Tar Sands: Symptoms of Our Oil Dependence

November 28, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Not everyone has the time or inclination to read through a 4,000+ word article, but I felt like the complexity of the issues involved in the controversial Keystone XL pipeline warranted that. In this article I will summarize the key points of the arguments I made in the original, while highlighting where my views diverge from those of the protestors. If you want to see a more in-depth discussion of these issues, please refer to the original article: How I Would Decide the Keystone XL Pipeline Issue[read more]


Keystone XL, One Head of the Hydra

November 25, 2011 by David Lewis

In ancient Greek mythology, the Hydra was a deadly monster that had many heads.  If one was cut off two grew in its place.    Killing Keystone XL won't stop Canada from developing its tar sand deposit.  Even if no new pipeline crossing the US border is ever approved, US ability to import as much tar...[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]

Natural Gas Shift Requires $205 Billion In New Pipelines

July 18, 2011 by Rod Adams

Bill Loveless of Platts Energy Week recently interviewed Don Santa, President and CEO of INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America), about a study that his organization commission from ICF International. According to the study, the shifts in natural gas supply areas combined with shifts in the customer base, will require the...[read more]

The Viability of Keystone XL: Of Politics, Profits and Pipelines

February 16, 2011 by David Livingston

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the prospect of a nearly 2,000 mile long pipeline between Canada and the United States, the TransCanada Corporation’s “Keystone XL” project, should be welcomed as a harbinger of closer ties and safer energy supplies. Under the surface, however, lies a complex geopolitical and commercial logic that suggests it is Canadian producers – not American consumers – who stand to gain most from the project.[read more]

2011 in Energy: The Year of...

January 3, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

At the start of 2011, I thought the hallmark of the year's energy events and trends might involve regulation, with the White House seeking to implement measures that couldn't garner enough support in Congress to become laws. But for every major new regulation issued, such as last week's release of the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards...[read more]

Large-scale storage of wind energy using compressed nitrogen and old pipelines… Could it work?

February 22, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

I just got back from a trip last week to Edmonton, Alberta, where I visited a startup called Lancaster Wind. I’ve been following this company for over a year now, but only recently has its founder and CEO — Dave McConnell — started talking about his approach to storing huge amounts of energy in the same pipelines used to carry oil and...[read more]