Dan Reed

Hey, New York Times: This Oil Will Find a Market Somewhere

The New York Times has spoken (again), so it must be true: If the Keystone XL pipeline’s critical leg from the Canadian border to Kansas isn’t completed, most of the synthetic oil gleaned from the thick goo mined in in northern Alberta won’t find a market anywhere else. But that begs the question of why […]

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Next Time You Pay at the Pump, Thank Congress

If you, like me, wince a little every time you fill up at the gas station, I’ve got, as the old joke line goes, some good news, and I’ve got some bad news. The good news: gas prices have come down from their painful and unusual winter peak near $3.90 a gallon.  Nationally the average […]

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How Much Credence Can We Put Into Government Energy Stats? Ask Twain.

Mark Twain warned us that there are three kinds of lies: “Lies. Damned Lies. And statistics.” Of course, it’s interesting to note that Twain always attributed that famous line about the power of telling lies to 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, for whom there is no record of his ever having said such […]

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With Liquified Natural Gas, Perhaps The Little Engine Actually Could

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” If you’ve ever been a child, raised one, or spoiled one who happened to be your grandchild, you’re probably familiar with that courageously determined phrase from the classic children’s book The Little Engine that Could. And soon you could be hearing it from […]

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Hey, College Kids: You Can’t Have It Both Ways On Fossil Fuels

Which is the more morally abhorrent: Apartheid as practiced in South Africa prior to the 1990s, or companies that mine the earth’s resources to give us the fossil fuels that power our homes, cars, businesses and – our economy? According the “best and brightest” of the nation’s college students – those matriculating through the revered […]

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Death of Hugo Chavez Reminds of What Might Have Been With Venezuela’s Energy Supply

“Any man’s death diminishes me… .”  John Donne, the widely acclaimed British poet-priest of the late 16th and early 17th centuries wrote that familiar and noble line about compassion for, and the value of all men. Just shows that Donne never met Hugo Chavez. In his tumultuous life Chavez managed to diminish the lives of […]

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What’s Going On With Gasoline Prices?

As of this writing, the national average price of gasoline at the pump had risen every day for more than a month. Ouch! And while there are some potential signs that the price run-up may just about have exhausted itself, it seems none of the experts being quoted these days can say definitively why gas […]

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Plug-In Cars Have Reached a Dead End

I passed a Chevrolet Volt on the highway the other day. Normally, passing a car would be no big deal. But passing a Volt? That’s a big deal because it doesn’t happen often. It can’t, based on the numbers. In the 27 months since it began selling them, General Motors has sold only about 33,000 […]

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Will Obama’s Approval of Keystone Pipeline Be Served With a Heaping Helping of Carbon Tax?

When I was a kid an old fellow named “Bobo the Magician” – seriously, that was his name, or stage name anyway – would come to my elementary school and every other elementary school in my town once a year. He would amaze us by making quarters come out of our ears, pigeons appear out […]

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Clean Energy Investment is Flagging; Where’s George Costanza When You Need Him?

Now that Steven Chu is stepping down as Secretary of Energy, maybe President Obama should give serious consideration to nominating George Costanza as his replacement. You know George; Seinfeld’s neurotic, pathetic best friend who does everything wrong, and even when does something right he does it at the wrong time, or for the wrong reason. […]