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Energy Projects Seem Less Urgent in A Post-Energy-Crisis World

Rather than being another component of an ongoing energy crisis, opposition to various energy projects points to the alleviation of a decades-long string of US energy crises.The audience for concerns about pipelines and fracking would be much...

Posted September 17, 2013    

Do Crude Oil Shipments Make Rail Less Safe?

The movement of crude oil by rail is expanding rapidly but still represents a small fraction of the hazardous goods transported by rail in North America.The devastation caused by an oil train accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec should...

Posted September 9, 2013    

Will Fewer Young Drivers Today Mean Lower Fuel Demand Tomorrow?

Driver's licenses for those under 40 years of age are down in several large, developed countries, including the US. This is only partially explained by a weak economy.If this shift in attitudes towards driving persists, future demand for...

Posted September 4, 2013    

Will the Keystone XL Decision Be Based on Incorrect Assumptions?

Some of the facts about the Keystone XL pipeline project that President Obama cited in an interview last month turned out to be wrong. That's significant, if he is the ultimate decision-maker on this question.Whatever his assessment of the pros and...

Posted August 27, 2013    

Unlocking the UK's Shale Gas Potential

Following estimates of substantial shale gas resources underlying parts of Britain, the UK government is proposing incentives for companies and local communities to encourage its timely development.Even if it ultimately proved less...

Posted August 14, 2013    

Crashing Into the Ethanol Blend Wall

The long-anticipated arrival of the ethanol "blend wall" for gasoline is the inevitable result of a federal policy designed for a world of expanding gasoline sales that no longer exists.This is not just another arbitrary crisis; it is already...

Posted August 8, 2013    

Oil's Eastern Hemisphere is Shifting, Too

OPEC's exports earned record revenue last year, but the pressure on the cartel is increasing as Eastern Hemisphere production expands, along with higher unconventional oil production in North America.Increasing supply doesn't guarantee...

Posted August 7, 2013    

A First-Hand View of Fracking in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale

Producing shale gas requires drilling numerous wells, often in regions that have seen little or no oil & gas activity for decades. Addressing environmental and other community concerns is crucial to acceptance.On a...

Posted August 1, 2013    

Could Natural Gas Fuel a Trucking Revolution?

 Natural gas occupies a tiny niche in transportation energy, dwarfed by oil. Conditions are now right for that disparity to begin to change.Heavy-duty trucking looks like the logical beachhead for gas, with higher usage intensity and...

Posted July 24, 2013    

Comparing Driving Costs of EVs and Conventional Cars

A new Department of Energy website helps consumers compare the energy costs of EVs to non-plug-in cars by converting kilowatt-hours into "eGallons". How valid this proxy is depends heavily on assumptions about the cars being compared to EVs. ...

Posted July 17, 2013    

Global Shale Oil and Gas Estimates Expand

A shale oil drilling rig in the Bakken formation, North DakotaThe Department of Energy's revised shale resource estimates shed new light on the global extent of shale gas and especially shale oil potential. While in the US shale gas preceded large-...

Posted July 12, 2013    

Early Retirement of US Nuclear Plants Is a Step Backward

The early retirement of the San Onofre reactor complex could increase California's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6 million tons per year.Together with other announced and plausible retirements, the loss of existing US nuclear capacity would...

Posted July 9, 2013