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The power of solar and oil …

August 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on The power of solar and oil …

The decades-long stark separation of ‘transportation’ and ‘stationary’ energy markets is breaking down in multiple ways. While one of the prime ways is transportation electrification (rail and automotive), there has been significant growth in the use of liquid fuels for electricity generation: primarily in oil producing nations but also areas with inadequate to non-existent electricity […]

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Tags: economics · oil · solar

When it comes to #WhiteHouse proposed oil fee, #CRS myopically sees only costs & not benefits?

February 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on When it comes to #WhiteHouse proposed oil fee, #CRS myopically sees only costs & not benefits?

UPFRONT NOTE:  President Obama’s proposed 21st century clean transportation program, funded by a $10 fee per barrel of oil, would likely have significant positive return on investment: reduced fossil fuel pollution impacts, improved economic activity in areas with mass and other transit investments, reduced economic vulnerability to oil market volatility and price shocks, reduced oil imports, […]

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Tags: analysis · Cost-Benefit Analysis · Obama Administration · oil · transportation

Being arrested in front of White House: Another Tar Sands Externality

February 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The morning after the President actually discussed climate change in the State of the Union address, a group of prominent people are heading to the White House to risk arrest in a call on the President to live up to those words on the need to act on climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline, in […]

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Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · oil · President Barack Obama

“If Shell can’t handle a three-foot replica …”

June 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

If Shell can’t even handle a three-foot replica of a rig that pumps booze, how is the company going to fare in the Arctic deep? So ends Brian Merchant’s Treehugger discussion of the hilarious events at Shell’s celebratory partying about oil drilling plans in the Arctic Ocean. As seen starting at 30 seconds into the […]

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Tags: oil

Zakaria error tweets its way around the world …

March 18th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Fareed Zaharia was on with Anderson Cooper in what is an informative and interesting interview which CNN has entitled: Zakaria: Republicans are pandering on gas prices. Zakaria lays out numerous ways in which Newt Gingrich’s “$2.50 gallon of gas” and Republican attacks on President Obama re gas prices are at odds with reality. (Although, Zakaria […]

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Tags: Energy · oil

The Republican Agenda To Raise America’s Gas Prices

March 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments

While Newt Gingrich travels the country extolling the power of a magical plan to lower gasoline prices (perhaps revolving around unicorns towing our cars), a simple fact: The Republican policy agenda will lead to increased gasoline prices at the pump in the short, near, mid, and long term while undermining the American economy and American […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Energy · oil · republican party

President equates Republican clean-energy opponents to Flat Earth Society

March 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Today, President Obama game a speech (text and comments after the fold) on energy issues. The takeaway line when it comes to clean energy: “If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably must have been founding members of the flat earth society. They would not believe that the world was […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Energy · Obama Administration · oil · peak oil · President Barack Obama

Keystone XL: Why not?

February 14th, 2012 · 11 Comments

Environmental organizations are showing a too rare unity in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. In the U.S. Congress, the Republicans are fighting hard to get around reasonable review processes for safety, environmental impact, and understanding of the national interest to support a pipeline to move highly-polluting Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries […]

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Tags: 2008 presidential campaign · Energy · oil · peak oil · politics · pollution

CNN’s celebratory misinformation about America’s energy situation

December 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The United States is now a net exporter of petroleum products.  Simply put, the United States exports more post refinery products than it imports. (E.g., it exports more diesel and gasoline, for example, than imported of these types of products.) This is real news, after all this reverses a net import refinery product balance of […]

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Tags: Energy · oil · truthiness

Looking at the real cost of a gallon of gas …

June 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

How should we understand the cost of a gallon of gasoline? This is a very serious question with a myriad of layers and implications. The price of gasoline, at the pump, is the most prominent indicator of energy costs for a very large share of humanity. Whether driving a car or taking a bus or […]

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Tags: Energy · oil