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Is Small Nuclear Reactor R&D Fleecing the Public?

Two weeks ago I received an email announcing that Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a D.C.-based watchdog organization, had awarded this year's Golden Fleece for wasting tax dollars to the federal government's efforts to promote the development...

Posted March 16, 2013    

Secretary of Energy for a Leaner DOE?

I've read a number of stories on President Obama's nomination of MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy.  This overview of his background from the Washington Post is as good a place as any to start. ...

Posted March 6, 2013    

Energy and the Federal Budget Sequester

Barring a last-second deal to avert it, the federal government's budget will be cut today by $85 billion for the current fiscal year, which ends in September.  These cuts will be applied across the board to every cabinet department and...

Posted March 1, 2013    

Keystone XL: Pyrrhic Victory Ahead?

Last weekend thousands came to Washington, DC to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline project, just a few days after a smaller protest in front of the White House resulted in a batch of arrested celebrities.   The State...

Posted February 22, 2013    

Two Energy Revolutions in The State of the Union

It was no surprise that energy and climate change featured prominently in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, giving me plenty to discuss in my on-camera interview with Reuters this morning. The President devoted an entire section of his address to...

Posted February 14, 2013    

US Energy Growth in 2012

2012 was a remarkable year for energy in the US, with domestic output of oil, gas, wind and solar energy all advancing strongly.  This was the result of an unfolding revolution in unconventional oil and gas, along with federal, state and local...

Posted February 8, 2013    

Green Car Technology: Workhorses vs. Thoroughbreds

Yesterday I made my annual trek to the Washington Auto Show, which hosts a media day before opening to the public.  Between the show's focus on policy--a natural draw inside the Beltway--and the opportunity to connect with OEM contacts, it's...

Posted February 3, 2013    

Will California Be the Next Big Shale Oil Play?

I've spent the last couple of weeks contemplating California's Monterey shale, which has been widely discussed recently as the country's next Bakken-style oil play, or even bigger. The Bakken shale has turned North Dakota into the second-...

Posted January 23, 2013    

Could Diesel Fuel Made from US Natural Gas Compete with CNG and LNG?

The announcement last month of a $21 billion project to capitalize on abundant, low-cost US natural gas should have caught the attention of everyone interested in this resource. As reported in the New York Times, Sasol, a South African energy...

Posted January 16, 2013    

Ending Virginia's Gas Tax: Smart Energy Policy?

I don't know if the Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates intended a double entendre when he referred to the state gasoline tax that Governor Bob McDonnell (R) just proposed eliminating as a "dinosaur tax".  He was...

Posted January 11, 2013    

A Late Christmas Gift for Renewable Energy

The US Senate's "fiscal cliff" package wasn't exactly eight maids a-milking--the traditional gift for the eighth day of Christmas--though it did apparently resolve the impending "milk cliff".  Of greater relevance, the "tax extender"...

Posted January 7, 2013    

2012: The Year in Energy

As in most recent years, energy was constantly in the news in 2012. A post attempting to catalog every noteworthy story or event would be quite long.  However, a few big trends stand out. For starters, it's a near-certainty that the average US...

Posted December 21, 2012