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Scotland Chooses Wind Energy Over Trump's Golf Course

This week, the government of Scotland decided to go ahead with a large scale offshore wind farm. Scotland, which has been reffered to as the 'Silicon Valley' for wind energy, makes this move in spite of personal and business motivated pleas...

Posted March 28, 2013    

How Do We Get The Natural Boom Gas 'Right'?

The Shale Gas Boom is one of the biggest issues in energy today - being tied to the economy, environment, and America's future in general. The trillion dollar question is how to go about it in the best way....One of my first thoughts about natural...

Posted August 8, 2012    

Social (Media) Warfare in the Energy Industry

The latest wave of attempts at trying to garner public favor includes various campaigns and slogans illustrates how important energy issues have become in America. But it is a discussion that remains fueled by stoking emotional reactions,...

Posted July 19, 2012    

Does energy independence = energy security?

We hear these terms used frequently, often interchangeably, when we here talk of energy - especially during political discourse. But what do they really get at?I think one of the best ways to think about this topic is by thinking about an investment...

Posted July 11, 2012    

Infrastructure Obstacles in North American Oil Development

The two biggest sources of oil in North America produce significantly different types of oil, and the lack of infrastructure to link those sources to proper refineries results in higher costs and less competitiveness on the global oil market.A great...

Posted June 29, 2012    

Does the US need a national energy policy?

I was recently asked the question - and thought it deserves some unpacking. I think the underlying challenge to a having a stable and coherent grand energy strategy is the lack of coherence about what we want our future to look like, and what...

Posted June 13, 2012    

'A Substantial Failure' Of Energy Education

It is a curious thing when a mindset develops. Thoughts, data interpretation, reactions, and behaviors become solidified into expectations about what is normal and what is to come as that sense of normal changes. It's an important process of human...

Posted March 23, 2012    

Solyndra’s Lessons: Challenges of the Global Energy Market

In September 2011, Solyndra, a US-based solar panel manufacturer, declared bankruptcy.  The Solyndra case illustrates the complexity of developing renewable energies.  Many globalization factors influence the production and distribution...

Posted February 29, 2012