A New Senate–A Free and Open Debate on Energy

The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline S. 1 has dominated business in the U.S. Senate as the new session has begun. But it is not the debate over the pipeline that should be the focus. Several unexpected milestones have already come out of the debate that are completely unrelated to the issue at hand. […]

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To Tax or Not to Tax–Gasoline

As gasoline prices in the U.S. have fallen, many policymakers on both sides of the aisle have started to look seriously at raising the federal portion of the gasoline tax to pay for upgrading American transportation infrastructure. The federal gas tax is now 18.4 cents a gallon and the logic seems to be that motorists […]

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Spending Bill Includes Energy/Environment Policy Changes

The $1.1 trillion bipartisan House-Senate omnibus spending bill passed this weekend will be the last big funding measure for at least the next two years in which a Democratic Senate majority can restrain Republican efforts to use Congress’ spending powers to rein in the president and his agencies. Surprisingly it doesn’t contain any all-out attacks […]

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OPEC Gambles Big On Retaining Market Share, Likely to Harm American Growth in Production

http://www.energymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Oil-Tanker.jpg OPEC’s decision to maintain prices not only demonstrates the Saudi’s continued dominance of OPEC, but also its intent to act to again protect its market share. Although presented as a consensus, it was clear before and after the meeting that other OPEC members would have preferred a cut in the cartel’s production levels. They […]

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Historical Energy and Environment Ad Spend Impact On Elections

According to the Cook Political Report, energy and environmental advertising has surged during the most recent election to being the biggest cycle for energy/environment-related advertising, ever. And, according to The Economist, 102,400 ads had been run by Democrats and Republicans about energy and the environment as of October 17, 2014, with Democrats leading the way […]

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Electricity CO2 Emissions Down As Switching and Demand Reductions Increase

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined in five of the past eight years primarily because of demand reductions. At the same time generation switching from coal to natural gas and renewables has added to a reduction in 2013 totaling 2,053 million metric tons (MMmt), about 15% below their 2005 level. According to EIA, […]

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Energy Costs Really Matter in Farm Operations

U.S. farm country used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, about as much energy as used by 3 million Americans. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for […]

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Platt’s Oil Big Five Trends

Platt’s does a great job identifying recent trends in the oil and gas business. Here is a summary of their latest thinking on oil as we roll into midterm elections in the United States. 1. Middle Eastern sour crudes under pressure, despite rising margins. Even though there’s been a recent improvement in cracking margins, lukewarm […]

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