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The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence

There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

February 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Oil Dependence and Economics

According to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic disadvantage” per se. The study finds that conclusion simplistic and points out that energy security depends on open and integrated markets.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]

Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil

February 26, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Today, with plummeting oil prices and news reports of US oil production poised to exceed that of Saudi Arabia’s, there is a perception on the street that there is no energy crisis. Yet just a few years ago, we were all talking about one. Have things changed so dramatically so fast?[read more]

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Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 25, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

 

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]

As the Oil Market Watches the Clock, Analysts Disagree Over Timing

February 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Markets and Analysts

Many analysts agree that as US oil companies pullback capital spending, lay down rigs and drill fewer new wells, production will inevitably decline, supply and demand fundamentals will rebalance and oil prices will increase. But that’s where the agreement ends.[read more]

The Growing Risk of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

February 24, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Crude Oil Rail Risk

By now you have probably heard that a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire. While the cause is still under investigation, the train was carrying 109 tankers of crude oil. 26 of the cars left the tracks, and several caught fire.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

A Lesson in Oil Pricing

February 23, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil and Energy Pricing

We should never become complacent about the price volatility of what is still, at this point, an indispensable commodity. The shale revolution and OPEC's current behavior don't guarantee that oil prices must remain depressed, any more than previous concerns about Peak Oil meant they would remain high indefinitely.[read more]

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

Shale Gas and Tight Oil are Commercially Produced in Just Four Countries

February 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Gas and Tight Oil Origins

The United States, Canada, China, and Argentina are currently the only four countries in the world that are producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil). The U.S. is by far the dominant producer of both shale gas and tight oil.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Forget Oil (for Now); US Gas Market More Structurally Challenged'

February 22, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Market Structure

With all eyes focused on the general collapse oil prices for the past several months, the United States natural gas market has often been overlooked. Not that it has done much from a price movement perspective in the past couple of years.[read more]

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

February 21, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Divestment and Benefits

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. Well, now we can look at the facts.[read more]