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Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

The Brookings Institute in Washington DC has come out in favor of lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. Brookings hosted an event on Sept. 9 to unveil their new report titled “Changing Markets: Economic Opportunities from Lifting the U.S. Ban...

Posted September 16, 2014    

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap...

Posted August 13, 2014    

New Biogas Rules in the RFS

The EPA recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel.Biogas-derived Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and...

Posted August 6, 2014    

Fuel Stability Problems Challenge FAME Biodiesel

Fuel stability woes challenge the increase of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) biodiesel beyond the current B5, or 5% blend. Mercedes-Benz and some other original engine manufacturers (OEM’s) will not warranty their engines when blends of B6 or higher...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Vice Chairman of global consulting firm IHS spoke at the 2014 EIA Conference in Washington D.C. on Monday. EIA, the U.S. Energy Information Association is the statistics arm of the federal Department...

Posted July 22, 2014    

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) introduces U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L) to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound on July 10, 2014 in Beijing, China.China is the world’s largest coal...

Posted July 18, 2014    

Will the EPA's New Carbon Rule Survive Judicial Challenge?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source...

Posted July 16, 2014    

Carbon Emissions Solution? Proposal for a Production Tax Credit for CO2-EOR

NEORI, the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative is organized and staffed by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the Great Plains Institute. NEORI has authored a series of innovative policy proposals to promote the use of...

Posted July 14, 2014    

CCS Is Not an Option, It's a Requirement (and an Opportunity)

In the past I have been extremely skeptical of carbon capture and sequestration, CCS, but recently my opinion has evolved based on the sober conclusion that hydrocarbon fuels simply are not going away. Both supply and demand for coal, oil and gas...

Posted July 7, 2014    

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on February 2 at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the 27 acre containment pond...

Posted February 24, 2014    

Carbon Dioxide Can Be A Resource Rather Than A Waste Product

I recently wrote an article titled “Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems” where I discussed the need to develop markets for carbon dioxide based products.  Rather than rely on underground carbon sequestration that treats...

Posted February 19, 2014    

Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law an amendment to the Clean Air Act that mandated emissions reductions of the harmful pollutant sulfur dioxide, SO2, from coal-fired power plants. The government did not instruct industry how they...

Posted February 10, 2014