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LanzaTech's Vulnerability

It’s been years since I looked at this article I wrote on LanzaTech in 2007, but today I was made aware that it’s been linked to from an article in Biofuels Digest: Junk or treasure? Looking at carbon monoxide and LanzaTech. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer...

Posted October 21, 2014    

Saudi Arabia Still Calling the Shots

The US Shale Oil BoomThere have been a lot of stories over the past few years about the implications of the US shale boom. To review for those who might have been living in a cave for the past 5 years, the marriage of horizontal drilling and...

Posted October 16, 2014    

The Bell Tolls for KiOR

A Lesson LearnedIf there’s one thing billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has learned over the past decade, it’s that the oil companies aren’t as stupid as he thought. In 2004, Khosla was telling anyone who would listen to him that the only...

Posted October 13, 2014    

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Headed to South Korea

The Ban on Crude ExportsOne of the 2014 predictions that I made back in January was “The crude oil export ban will not be lifted in 2014.” The present ban on US crude oil exports dates to the The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of...

Posted October 2, 2014    

The Most Consumed Fuel by State

I saw a very interesting graphic several days ago that shows the most consumed fuel in every state in the US:Image Credit: MovotoIn 49 of 50 states, fossil fuels were the most consumed fuel. South Carolina was the single exception, where nuclear...

Posted September 24, 2014    

Another Record Year for CO2

IntroductionThis is the 4th installment in a series that examines data from the recently released Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. The previous posts covered the world’s growing fossil fuel consumption:World Sets New Oil Production and...

Posted September 15, 2014    

Global Biofuels Status Update

Introduction to the GSRToday I want to take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing mainly from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report (GSR) that was released in June by REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century....

Posted September 4, 2014    

Why Natural Gas Prices Collapsed

Over the course of the next two columns, I plan to finish up the recent look at BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. The final two columns will focus on renewable energy, and carbon dioxide emissions.Today I want to provide an update...

Posted August 18, 2014    

King Coal Deposed in West, but Reigns in East

IntroductionThis is the 3rd installment in a series that examines data from the recently released Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. The previous posts – World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records and The US and Russia are...

Posted August 4, 2014    

The US and Russia are Gas Giants

IntroductionThis is the 2nd installment in a series that examines data from the recently released Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. The previous post – World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records – delved into...

Posted July 28, 2014    

World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records

Last month BP (NYSE: BP) released the Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. This report is one of the most comprehensive sources of global and country level statistics on production and consumption of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Where The US Got Its Oil From in 2013

How Much Oil Do We Import?As events in Iraq continue to unfold, we have been getting quite a few queries on just how much oil the US imports from Iraq. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) tracks US oil imports and finished product exports,...

Posted June 25, 2014