Fossil Fuels


Dan Reed

Whew! We Dodged a Bullet There

It’s the end of the year, a time when journalists do a lot of looking forward to the year ahead and even more looking back at the major news stories, the big events, and the might-have-beens of the expiring year. One of those might-have-beens was the so-called Cap-and-Trade carbon emissions reduction plan. During the campaign, […]

RP Siegel

Report: 90 Companies Responsible for Two-Thirds of Greenhouse Emissions

The public debate on fossil fuel emissions is often based on unfounded assumptions about where pollution originates. A recent report from the Climate Accountability Institute, featuring research by Richard Heede of Climate Mitigation Services, is injecting some new facts into the debate, and some of them are surprising.

Dan Reed

Europe Suffers Under Kyoto Treaties. Many Would Love for U.S. to Follow.

If you like the higher premiums and deductibles that many astonished Americans are discovering come with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare – you’ll absolutely love your power bill if/when the Obama Administration’s Europe-inspired energy policies ever take effect.

RP Siegel

Carbon Tax: The Most Effective Way to Cut Deficit

There is little that conservatives dislike more than the budget deficit. Too bad then, that they overwhelmingly don’t believe that human activity has anything to do with the destabilization of the climate. Nor do they want to take any action to challenge the fossil fuel industries’ stranglehold on our energy supply. A recent study by […]

Dan Reed

U.S. Still Intoxicated by Magic Elixir Ethanol Policy

Beware the traveling salesman selling magic elixir from the trunk of his car. Congress should have taken heed of that back in 2007 before they passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. Among other things, the EISA sent the nation’s corn farmers on an unprecedented and environmentally dubious planting binge. It also enticed some big […]

Dan Reed

40 Years Later, Still Dependent on Foreign Oil

Forty years ago, I was a 15-year-old, mostly B-team high school football player. Good thing, too. All the weightlifting I had to do came in handy when, more times than I can count, I had to push my mom’s gas-less Plymouth the last block or two of the waiting line at the one gas station […]

RP Siegel

Big Oil Fights Obsolescence on Multiple Fronts

Let’s make no bones about it: The fossil fuel industry recognizes that major forces at play – namely the onset and rapid deployment of renewable and other alternative energy sources – pose an existential threat. This enormously powerful industry is using all the weapons at its disposal and battling on several fronts.

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 […]

RP Siegel

Domestic Fuel Boom Could Become a Bursting Bubble

When you have a hot product that people are buying lots of, you want to try and sell as much as you can while the getting is good. That is clearly the case with natural gas right now, which at historically low prices is enjoying unprecedented success. No wonder then that suppliers are trying to […]