Tag Archives: natural gas

Better Ways to Stop Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

Carbon dioxide has received the bulk of policymakers’ attention as the villain of climate change. Now, its henchman methane is facing scrutiny. Methane is an attractive target. It is much nastier than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Over one hundred … Continue reading

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On the meaning of existence

Here at the EI blog, we don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this week’s blog, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home?

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020.  The graph below shows that we appear to be making progress towards meeting this … Continue reading

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Natural gas: Not all it’s fracked up to be?

Natural gas is being touted as a “game changer” and a “bridge to a low carbon economy.” It is an abundant, made-in-America energy source.  It is about half as carbon intensive as coal when burned. The figure below suggests that … Continue reading

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“We’re for Import free trade, just not Export free trade”

• For much of the last 40 years US politicians have railed against the countries of OPEC for restricting exports of oil for their own economic gain. Just 7 years ago, more than a dozen Senators, from both parties, introduced … Continue reading

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In Praise of Deregulation

The American Economic Association held their annual meeting this weekend in San Diego. There were many excellent presentations on energy, but one of my favorites was by Paul Joskow on the history of deregulation in the natural gas industry.[1] Joskow’s … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Shortages in Mexico

Whereas in the United States there are thousands of natural gas producers, in Mexico there is only one, Petróleos Mexicanos, also known as PEMEX. And, as is the case for many state-owned companies, the prices charged by PEMEX are government … Continue reading

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