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

Who Will Replace King Coal?
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Politics

Who Will Replace King Coal?

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University announcing a new climate change policy.  The announcement fulfills a promise he made in his State of the Union Address to move forward with executive regulation if Congress failed to act on climate change.  It also makes good on his promise to bankrupt the coal … Continue reading

Do Environmental Regulations and Economic Growth Conflict?
Energy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Do Environmental Regulations and Economic Growth Conflict?

The environment is one of those things like education or jobs. No one says they are against job creation. No one claims to be anti-education. Nobody (despite what environmentalists may tell you) wants to destroy the environment, or eradicate the habitat of this or that endangered species.  These things happen, of course. Jobs are lost, … Continue reading

More Fracking Regulations Reignite Debate
Energy / Regulation

More Fracking Regulations Reignite Debate

The Bureau of Land Management has released a new proposal for rules governing the use of hydraulic fracturing on federal land. This proposal contains revisions from last year’s proposal that better balance environmental and business interests over the controversial drilling technique. Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ has been used in conventional, vertical wells since at least … Continue reading