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Put America’s 'Spare' Oil Productive Capacity to Work

Global oil prices are driven by a ‘rule of thumb’ that suggests prices will go up when the spare capacity of oil available on any given day is less than 5% of expected global demand.  In today’s high priced oil market that swing in spare capacity is about 2%. This a big deal because traders…

Gasoline Prices, Inflation and Politics: A Volatile Mix

The impacts of higher oil and gasoline prices are beginning to ripple across the economy.  Wells Fargo Economics reported today that higher energy prices increased the producer price index (PPI) by 0.4 percent in February 2012 which was the highest monthly gain in the PPI in five months. Wholesale gasoline prices were up for the…

Setting the Stage for Change: Big Picture Energy Trends

Technology and global competition are profoundly impacting our energy future.  The evidence is all around us in wind and solar energy advances, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing creating a new North American oil and gas boom market, and the technologies driving smart grid, microgrids, and constant energy management. What are the forces of change taking…

Keystone XL is Politics XL

The decision by President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring Canadian oil to US Gulf Coast refineries was a surprise to no one.   Officially, the State Department said it rejected the project because the Republicans in Congress imposed a deadline of 60 days for review and decision on the project that…

America’s Energy Policy Reality #3: Domestic Energy Security Requires Domestic Energy Production

World oil prices surged again last week with front-month NYMEX Light, Sweet Crude Oil (“WTI”) futures hitting $101.75 on June 9 2011 for the July 2011 contract.  That was up from $98.99 the week before.  Oil prices were driven up by worries about the failure of OPEC to agree to higher production targets for the…

A New American Energy Revolution

America is engaged in what we do best—adapting to change, responding to opportunity and meeting challenges head-on.  While the recession is technically over our pain lingers with slow economic growth with much uncertainty and rising inflation risk on the horizon but America is slowly going back to work.  Housing and government spending still seems out…

Snatching Energy Security Victory from the Jaws of Energy Disruption Defeat

I always cringe a little when I hear calls for a new comprehensive energy strategy.  It always seems to me it is such an oxymoron.  Energy bills in the United States are like the Farm Bill, the Highway Bill and other excuses to lard up a legislative Christmas tree with so many ornaments of spending…

Sustainable Revolution for All

Never Let a Good Revolution Go to Waste! The revolutionary fervor sweeping the Middle East is both exciting and scary at the same time.  There is hope for change that will bring more freedom and opportunity to people long oppressed.  But there is fear that the lack of a tradition of democracy, rule of law…

Sustainable Egypt

“Can Egypt join the ranks of Energy World Powers? by Tony Seba on March 9, 2010 If Egypt were to realize less than one percent of its solar energy potential, it could be a larger energy producer than all the Middle East oil exporters put together.   It could power the energy needs of its growing…