Sign up | Login with →

Natural Gas

How Shale Reduced U.S. Energy Risks from Hurricanes

October 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Hurricane Risk and Energy Resources

Just in time for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina last month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on the reduced vulnerability of US energy supplies to Atlantic hurricanes, as a result of the energy shifts of the last decade.[read more]

Low Oil Prices: Why Worry?

October 1, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices and Economic Anxiety

Most people believe that low oil prices are good for the United States, since the discretionary income of consumers will rise. There is the added benefit that Peak Oil must be far off in the distance, since “Peak Oilers” talked about high oil prices. Thus, low oil prices are viewed as an all around benefit.[read more]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

Natural Gas Prices in Asia Mainly Linked to Crude Oil, but Use of Spot Indexes Increases

September 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Prices in Asia

Unlike the natural gas market in the United States, natural gas prices in Asian markets typically reflect contracts that are indexed to crude oil or petroleum product prices. The declines in crude oil prices between August 2014 and January 2015 had a significant effect on Asian natural gas prices and markets.[read more]

Eight Ways That Natural Gas Distribution Is Growing

September 24, 2015 by Chris McGill

In an era when much of the discussion regarding future gas demand is focused on power generation and industrial uses, Got Growth?, a new report by the American Gas Association, details eight areas of growth for local gas utilities during the past several decades.[read more]

Criteria for University Engagement with Carbon Companies

September 23, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Opponents of divestment argue that it is counter-productive in part because “…such a strategy would diminish the influence or voice we might have with this industry”. I have argued that shareholder advocacy and “engagement” don’t work when you are out to change core business practices.[read more]

Debt Service Uses a Rising Share of U.S. Onshore Oil Producers' Operating Cash Flow

September 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Production and Debt Maintenance

Results from second-quarter 2015 financial statements of a number of U.S. companies with onshore oil operations suggest continued financial strain. Low oil prices have significantly reduced cash flow, and to adjust companies have reduced capital expenditures and raised more cash from debt and equity.[read more]

EPA's Water Report: A Good but Incomplete Start

September 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Water Report from the EPA

The oft-quoted statement of EPA’s water study – that it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water sources”– implied to some that activities related to hydraulic fracturing had been declared risk-free. That couldn't be further from the truth.[read more]

How Our Energy Problem Leads to a Debt Collapse Problem

September 16, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Energy and Debt Predictions

We don’t stop to think about how the whole economy works together. A major reason is that we have been lacking data to see long-term relationships. In this post, I show some longer-term time series relating to energy growth, GDP growth, and debt growth that help us understand our situation better.[read more]

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

September 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Alaska's oil bounty has long kept state taxes low and has created employment for people working in and around the local energy industry. The problem with an overreliance on resource extraction for wealth is that it leads to a boom and bust cycle caused by fluctuating prices.[read more]

Inside Climate Politics

September 14, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

The politics of climate change are often depicted as a simple battle, between environmentalists and particular industries, over government policy. That’s not wrong, but it’s only a rough sketch of the matter. Now a paper co-authored by MIT economist Christopher Knittel fills in some important details.[read more]

Property Owners Increasingly Embracing Energy Efficiency Technologies

September 4, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Green Ownership

Building owners and construction companies are increasingly embracing energy efficiency technologies as a way to improve their bottom line by reducing their energy and operational costs, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Notice: Undefined index: q in /app/public/sites/all/modules/devel/performance/performance.module on line 133