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The Solution Is Finding New Answers

No matter what the industry every leader is facing new challenges. These are not the same old challenges of yesterday so the same old solutions will not meet today’s challenges.Market’s are getting smarter. Competitors are getting smaller and...

Posted May 19, 2013    

In The Wake Of A123, Should The Government Still Pick Energy Technology Winners?

The battery technology firm A123 burned cash faster than it was coming in the door in a market for PHEV that is not as hot as many would like.  But unlike other green energy companies to flame out the A123 bankruptcy saw one an industry giant,...

Posted October 30, 2012    

Common Sense Kiss of Death for Climate Change Lawsuits?

The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., No. 09-17490, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 19870 (9th Cir. Sept. 21, 2012) if left standing has the practical effect of ending the...

Posted October 29, 2012    

Getting to Solar Energy Sustainability

The search for market equilibrium is an elusive quest in the solar energy industry.  But the addiction to subsidies, carve-outs and other political favors has done little to improve the success potential for solar.  Quite the reverse, by...

Posted October 14, 2012    

Coal Fights Back, and Wins in Europe

A funny thing is happening on the way to the clean energy future.  While the US government wages a regulatory war on coal fired generation, in Europe, the land of the oh so politically correct the drive for greenhouse gas emissions reduction is...

Posted September 26, 2012    

The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules

“We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ‘‘Services’’ or ‘‘we’’), propose to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of...

Posted September 24, 2012    

Will Regulation of ‘All of the Above’ Energy Cost 20X More on Public Lands?

Federal LandsMore than 96% of the domestic energy production growth from shales has taken place on private lands safely out of the reach of the Federal government bureaucrats and regulators.  That energy production growth is transforming...

Posted September 13, 2012    

The Obama Energy Plan: A Progress Report Critique

This is an overview of the Obama Energy Plan released in March 2011 as a Blue Print for a Secure Energy Future.  A year later, the White House released a progress report highlighting their accomplishments. My commentary is designed to compare...

Posted September 2, 2012    

What’s Missing in the Romney Energy Plan?

“An affordable, reliable supply of energy is crucial to America’s economic future. I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower, rapidly increasing our own production and partnering with our allies Canada and Mexico to achieve energy...

Posted August 27, 2012    

Setting Limits on Federal Environmental Rulemaking

A Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia threw out the US EPA Cross State Air pollution Rule (CSAPR) also commonly referred to as the Transport Rule telling the agency that it cannot create new law through the regulatory process but must...

Posted August 23, 2012    

Shale Growth in other Nations: How Realistic is it?

American leadership in developing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in shale oil and gas plays is spreading around the world making it possible to extract previously uneconomic oil and natural gas resources from shale.  These...

Posted August 21, 2012    

Don’t Mess with Texas, US EPA!

Don’t Mess with Texas!  That was the bottom line in a 23-page opinion by Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly who headed a three judge panel from the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans reviewing the appeal by the State of Texas of...

Posted August 20, 2012