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Reading the Tea Leaves in the Oil Markets [VIDEO]

As the year winds down, my next 3 articles or so are fairly predictable. One will be on the top energy stories of the year. As always, I would appreciate any suggestions from readers. Another is that I will grade My 2014 Energy Predictions. (Spoiler...

Posted December 15, 2014    

Injection Season is Over

Back in February, I wrote an article called Natural Gas Inventories are Headed Toward Zero. The purpose of the article was to call attention to the fact that natural gas inventories were experiencing the fastest decline in U.S. history, and were...

Posted December 8, 2014    

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

During the past five years that I spent in Hawaii, I worked on a number of different projects. The company I worked for invested in energy projects, and our focus was on converting biomass into energy. In my role, I often evaluated companies and...

Posted November 25, 2014    

KiOR in Default on Loan

During the administration of former Republican Governor Haley Barbour, the state of Mississippi provided a $75 million no-interest loan to advanced biofuel company KiOR (OTCMKTS: KIOR) to build a plant in that state. Last Friday KiOR was...

Posted November 12, 2014    

Is President Obama Manipulating Gasoline Prices?

Executive Summary for Those with Short Attention SpansFor those who tend not to read much past the headline, the answer to that question is “No.” If you want to understand a bit more about the issue of falling gas prices during election seasons,...

Posted November 4, 2014    

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