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How Do You Justify Consuming ExxonMobil's Oil?

IntroductionSometimes the written word is easy to misinterpret. More than once I have written an article to find that some minor point I made became the focus, or that the point I was making was just lost. Most of the time that’s my fault, but...

Posted April 17, 2014    

KiOR: The Fat Lady Warms Up Her Voice

PredictionsIn January of this year, as I do each year, I made several predictions for 2014. One was that natural gas prices would be higher. That prediction is looking pretty solid, with natural gas inventories this week dropping below 1 trillion...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Gas Inventories Reach 11-Year Low

Natural Gas UpdateTwo weeks ago I wrote about the abnormal situation with natural gas inventories in Natural Gas Inventories are Headed Toward Zero. I got a number of questions and comments about that essay, and since then we now have another...

Posted March 17, 2014    

Why Biofuels Tend to be Costly

Catching UpI have gotten some inquiries about my status, as I don’t typically go two weeks between posts. I am fine, but it’s been a very busy two weeks. There was lots of travel, lots of deadlines, and in between I worked in a trip to Hawaii to...

Posted March 14, 2014    

Natural Gas Inventories are Headed Toward Zero

This winter has been one of the coldest on record. It’s been the coldest winter in at least 30 years, and I saw a report today that there is a chance that this will be Chicago’s coldest winter on record. Presently it is the 3rd coldest on record for...

Posted March 3, 2014    

Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem

What Ethanol Problem?If you live in the Midwest, you are in the midst of a thriving ethanol industry. But the problem is that the Midwest does not control its own destiny when it comes to ethanol. That is still controlled by the federal government....

Posted February 20, 2014    

Like Michael Jordan Playing Baseball

What 60 Minutes Got RightFollowing the recent 60 Minutes story The Cleantech Crash, Katie Fehrenbacher at Gigaom wrote a very good article called What 60 Minutes got right and wrong in its story on the “cleantech crash”.In contrast to some who...

Posted February 7, 2014    

Coal Emissions Equal an Athabasca Oil Sands Reserve Every Four Years

A Disproportionate ResponseI had intended to write an article today outlining some potential solutions to the Midwest’s ethanol predicament, but some recent exchanges on Twitter prompted me to postpone that for a week.The issue in question involves...

Posted February 6, 2014    

My 2014 Energy Predictions

In the previous article, I graded the 2013 predictions that I made a year ago. I scored well on the direction of oil and gas prices, the shrinking Brent-West Texas Intermediate (WTI) differential, and continued growth in US oil production (although...

Posted January 24, 2014    

Grading My 2013 Energy Predictions

Normally I would have had this out two weeks ago, but the 60 Minutes story has thrown me behind schedule. I continue to get lots of comments and questions about Vinod Khosla and now his righteous indignation over how the 60 Minutes story was...

Posted January 17, 2014    

60 Minutes: The Rest of the Story

IntroductionIt has been a busy couple of days. Since 60 Minutes aired The Cleantech Crash on Sunday night, I have gotten quite a few emails and phone calls seeking more details, comments, or a clarification on my positions. In the previous article I...

Posted January 10, 2014    

Quick Response on 60 Minutes Story

For an interview with Robert Rapier on the 60 Minutes piece that first appeared on Think Progress, by Joe Romm and Emily Atkin, please click here.As a result of Sunday night’s 60 Minutes story about cleantech, a lot of people are emailing me or...

Posted January 8, 2014