Dan Reed

U.S. Natural Gas Production Becoming More Popular

Southerners today owe much to Willis Carrier. Similarly, they – along with the rest of America – may soon come to hold George Mitchell in the same high regard. Carrier invented modern air conditioning in 1902. Beginning in the 1950s, air conditioning became affordable and economically practical. It transformed the South from a sparsely populated […]

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In Burying the Lead, United Nations Reveals True Agenda

A beloved and respected college professor in the late 1970s, who had split his time in the 1960s between covering the civil rights movement in the South and the Lyndon Johnson Whitehouse for the New York Times, regularly warned all of us would-be journalists against the devices of “all-knowing, all-seeing, but unseen editors in their […]

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Relatively Low Gas Prices Helped in the Recession

It has been a long time since U.S. oil producers last pumped out of the ground as much oil as they’re pumping out these days. Twenty-three years and 11 months, as a matter of fact. And it is thanks, primarily, to the unconventional exploration and drilling techniques perfected in recent years that Americans more than […]

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Failure to Act Has Major Consequences for Nuclear Energy Industry

Quando omni flunkus moritati. That’s pseudo-Latin for “When all else fails, play dead.” And it’s the motto from The Possum Lodge, a rundown hunting club/hangout for an eclectic band of Canadian oddballs who populated the cult-hit The Red Green Show (shown in the U.S. on PBS stations.) But Quando omni flunkus moritatati just as easily […]

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Obama’s Shot Clock Running Out on Keystone XL Debate

I’ve played a lot of basketball in my life; conservatively, probably about 14,000 hours until the damage I’d inflicted on my knees finally forced me to give up the game at age 43. So I think I know the difference between a purposeful and effective head-fake meant to free the ball handler up for a […]

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The Supreme Court Decision That Will Affect Americans Most Has Nothing to Do with Same-Sex Marriage

Lost among all the hoo-ha that surrounded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions last month regarding same-sex marriage is the fact that the High Court effectively declared E15 is legal in the United States. Like most other people, you’re probably asking, “What’s E15?” In fact, you might be asking that even if you work in or […]

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Train Crash Stirs Debate About Keystone XL Pipeline

He was talking about an entirely different subject, but the words of Jesus, as they have been a bazillion times over the last 2,000 or so years, are apt now in the wake of the horrific, deadly June 6 train crash in little Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. “You blind guides! You strain at a gnat but […]

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Proposed Legislation Could Reconfigure Tax Structure For Green Energy Companies

For the past two years, conservatives have squealed like stuck pigs about the billions of dollars they claim have been “wasted” on subsidies paid to various companies involved in the so-called green energy sector, the ugly poster child of which became Solyndra. I’ve done my share of squealing too – and not just because I’m […]

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JFK Was Right: Myths Die Hard, and They’re Hurting Energy Policy

John F. Kennedy, speaking at the 1962 commencement at Yale University, addressed the need to get past cultural myths and intellectual fads and to analyze the world with unbiased, clear eyes. The nation’s 35th president advised the newly-minted “Yale men” that “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived […]

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The Sierra Club’s Cynical Plan to Put More Land Off-Limits to Energy Production

I grew up in a National Park, sorta. The full name of my hometown is “Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas,” though the actual National Park covers only the two big mountains that bracket the narrow gorge in which the town’s famous downtown and “Bath House Row” are built. But that’s quibbling. The whole town, inside […]