Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Presidency

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, mentioned the administrations efforts to reduce America’s energy dependence on foreign nations. The president’s energy section in the State of the Union was small, lackluster and dodgy. The president avoided any mention of one of the best ways for the U.S. to increase our import … Continue reading

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?
Energy

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?

The EPA recently held 11 sessions for public input on the agency’s new rules to restrict carbon emissions from existing power plants. While large coal interests and major labor unions were represented, the vast majority of attendees represented environmental advocacy groups (or themselves) and favored regulation. Some might suggest that this indicates broad support for … Continue reading

Hydraulic Fracturing Controversy:  An Opportunity for the United States to Lead and Set the Record Straight
Energy

Hydraulic Fracturing Controversy: An Opportunity for the United States to Lead and Set the Record Straight

New estimates released Friday, October 4, by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), shows the United States (U.S.) pulling ahead of both Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil and natural gas production in 2013.  There’s no doubt that this rise to the top is a result of recent development in a new drilling technique known as fracking, … Continue reading

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?
Energy / Middle East / Politics

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?

Gasoline prices, like prices of any commodity, are determined by many factors including supply-and-demand, government policy and even the weather. Gasoline is unique, however, because it is very nearly the only energy source used in transportation. Its monopoly on transportation amplifies the impact its price has on the economy. Low gas prices translate to more … Continue reading

New Fracking Study is Good News for Natural Gas Industry
Energy

New Fracking Study is Good News for Natural Gas Industry

On September 16, University of Texas Austin released a study showing that shale gas production releases fewer methane emissions than previously thought.  If true, the study’s findings could swing the debate over hydraulic fracturing—a technique used to extract gas from shale formations—in favor of the natural gas industry. In the last five years, developments in … Continue reading

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances
Energy / Environment

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances

Shale gas discoveries has proliferated in the United States as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, a relatively new technology, has allowed an efficient way to extract shale gas, producing a cheaper and cleaner source of energy than coal.  The shale gas boom happening in the United States which has resulted in an economy-boosting decrease in gas prices … Continue reading

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Miley Cyrus Would Be Corn Ethanol
Culture / Energy / Environment

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Miley Cyrus Would Be Corn Ethanol

Since we can’t stop using energy, it’s necessary to use as clean a form of energy as economically and sustainably possible. I’ve already mentioned power sources with potential and likened them to pop stars in the press. Here’s a few more alternatives: A pop star with country roots but a less wholesome trajectory is Miley … Continue reading