Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.
Hydraulic fracturing and other recent technological advances have dramatically increased the availability of natural gas, providing large benefits to the U.S. economy. At the same time, however, these new forms of … Continue Reading Bonding Requirements for Natural Gas Producers
Catherine has a thought-provoking article in Bloomberg Business Class today on how small adjustments to our energy infrastructure can have an immediate, large-scale impact on the battle to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. EMB
Some people dream of winning the lottery. Other people dream of getting triple sevens at a slot machine in Vegas. Empirical economists, on the other hand, dream of hitting a … Continue Reading Rallying Around the U.S. Energy Information Administration
Sometime later this week the owners of the Seaway pipeline will announce that they’ve completed the first stage of reversing the flow of oil on the line and have started … Continue Reading The Midwest Oil Glut Hasn’t Lowered Gas Prices; Ending the Glut Won’t Raise Them
Amidst all the political noise on speculation in oil futures markets, some serious researchers have written useful blogposts and op-eds pointing out the lack of evidence that speculation is a … Continue Reading Speculation is not the cause of high oil prices
Supporters of energy-efficiency policies argue that they are a “win-win”, helping to reduce energy expenditures while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other negative externalities from energy use. This much … Continue Reading Free Lunch?