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It Really Was A Trillion Dollar Blunder

A few days after Christmas I appeared on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box to discuss the volatility in the oil market. Bernie Lo asked a question about OPEC’s strategy, and I characterized their decision to defend market share as “a big, costly...

Posted February 3, 2016    

My 2016 Energy Predictions

When I made my annual energy predictions a year ago, I noted that I foresaw a “lot of uncertainty in the energy markets” and indicated that “the direction on several fronts is unclear.” That certainly proved to be the case as numerous pundits –...

Posted January 12, 2016    

Grading My 2015 Energy Predictions

Introduction“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” ― Yogi BerraI haven’t looked forward to this post since about mid-year, when it became clear that I wasn’t going to have a repeat of 2014’s perfect record. I recall a year...

Posted January 5, 2016    

The Top 10 Energy Stories Of 2015

IntroductionAs I have done for several years now, I like to close out the year by highlighting the top stories in the energy sector.The 2015 list was challenging, because so many of the stories are interrelated. Commodity prices continued to plummet...

Posted December 28, 2015    

Where The Carbon Emissions Are

IntroductionWith world leaders meeting in Paris this week and next to formulate plans for tackling carbon emissions, I believe it’s critical to understand the source of those emissions. After all, if you are going to solve a problem, you better make...

Posted December 7, 2015    

Energy on the Edge: Understanding the Challenge

Energy on the EdgeAlong with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the Paris Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties 21, or COP21) that runs through the end of next week. This...

Posted December 1, 2015    

While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

A Long-Awaited DecisionEarlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many...

Posted November 23, 2015    

Boom to Bust: 5 Stages Of The Oil Industry

It’s Not That SimpleIn my previous article Why the Bakken Boomed, I discussed the shale oil boom that has had such a dramatic impact in North Dakota’s Williston Basin over the past decade. But throughout the U.S. shale boom there have been...

Posted November 9, 2015    

Why the Bakken Boomed

A Williston Basin PrimerIn my previous article Addressing the World’s Flare Gas Problem, I discussed my current project, which recently took me to the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. Today, I will discuss the region’s shale oil...

Posted November 2, 2015    

Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

Status UpdateI don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would...

Posted October 8, 2015    

President Hillary Clinton Will Oppose Crude Oil Exports

Another Clinton Administration LikelyI know some people cringe at the idea, but Hillary Clinton is the current favorite to win not only her party’s nomination, but the presidential election in 2016. An online Irish bookmaker lists Hillary at 11/8...

Posted October 5, 2015    

Peak Oil is a Function of Oil Price

The Origins of Peak Oil AwarenessThe scientific study of peak oil began in the 1950′s, when Shell geophysicist M. King Hubbert reported on the evolution of production rates in oil and gas fields. In a 1956 paper Hubbert suggested that oil production...

Posted September 21, 2015