Dan Reed

Why Obama’s Energy Initiative is being Sold on Lies

Comedian Stephen Wright once joked that 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot, and, as if the world immediately set out to prove his point, there have been 127,856 variations on that one-liner since Wright first uttered it. President Barack Obama last week offered the latest example of the very serious […]

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What’ll Obama Do On Keystone? There’s No Telling

Years ago my favorite journalism professor and mentor (he’d actually been a real journalist; even won a Pulitzer during his decades before turning academic) mentioned that it might be a good idea to cultivate the ability to read upside down. “You can learn all sorts of interesting things by reading what’s on your interview subject’s […]

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Reed Responds: Government Vehicle Subsidies Bad In Any Form

I usually find it both fun and intellectually stimulating to get into a good debate over important – or sometimes even not-so-important – issues. So I’m glad RP Siegel responded to my recent Energy Viewpoints commentary “Apply the Brakes to Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies.” And I’m happy to respond to his tough but gentlemanly criticism. For […]

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I Want To Print My Own Money – Like Tesla

I think I’m going to start printing money. Put my picture on it and everything. Maybe a series of numbers and letters, and my signature … and some sort of seal. Couple of my kids are pretty creative. I’m sure they could come up with a good design and program it into my laptop. Then […]

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U.S. Foot-Dragging on Energy Exports Endangers Rosy Situation

“Water, water, everywhere,: Nor any drop to drink.” That famous line, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is seen as a metaphor for modern man’s predicament: We are rich in resources, but have very little ability to use those resources effectively. Of course Coleridge wrote that in the late 18th […]

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Reed: Apply the Brakes to Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies

Have you ever cynically wondered why beer and liquor companies run TV commercials in which they include a message to “drink responsibly” or remind you to have a “designated driver” when, in fact, their profits are directly tied to more people drinking more of their stuff more often? I mean, who are they kidding? If […]

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Here’s Why the U.S. Military’s Biofuel Efforts Are Just Silly

Reducing the American military’s dependence on oil, especially when the nation imports way more than half of its fuel from the always-volatile Middle East, always sounded like a good idea to me. A wise one, even. But the military’s efforts to foster a biofuels industry – launched quietly under the Bush Administration and sped up and […]

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Energy Industry Needs to Think About Its Message to Young People

Maybe it’s time for a concert benefitting and supporting the energy industry. It worked 34 years ago this September for those who wanted to truncate – and end if possible – the use of nuclear reactors to produce electricity in this nation. Back in the fall of 1979, I was entering my senior year of […]

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Spill in Tiny Arkansas Town Becomes Battle Cry Against Keystone XL

I grew up in Arkansas, a state with countless places of natural beauty and majestic awe. The tiny central Arkansas town of Mayflower is not one of them. And that’s a problem for the Keystone XL pipeline project as it continues to endure passionate opposition from environmentalists as it awaits approvals – or rejections – […]

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Energy Boom is Like a Rock Concert That’s Too Good to Pass Up

If someone were to offer you two tickets for the handsome sum of $500 each to a concert featuring a dream lineup of U2, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Earth Wind and Fire, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Heart, The Moody Blues, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Crosby Stills […]