Dan Reed

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 drive or a jump shot and a desperate shrug that betrays the player’s lack of confidence and/or ability to do anything productive with the ball.

And despite what you might have read or heard from the pundit class following President Obama’s recent speech in Chattanooga, Tenn. dissing the potential jobs creation impact of approval of the Keystone XL pipeline (he said it is estimated to create only about 50 permanent jobs, a gross understatement), it was not a head fake. At least, it wasn’t a productive one. Continue reading…

RP Siegel

Is There a Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes?

The U.S. has been experiencing a domestic fossil fuel boom. Natural gas withdrawals have grown by 23 percent since 2000 – that’s an increase of 5.6 million cubic feet per year. Domestic oil production is up a similar percentage since 2007, largely because of advances in technology. Continue reading…

RP Siegel

World’s Largest Nuclear Utility Pulls Out of U.S. Market

We’ve all heard that “money talks” and “actions speak louder than words.” So when big money takes action regarding future investments, we are wise to pay attention.

That exactly what happened recently when the French utility giant EDF decided to divest its share in the three American nuclear power plants owned by its Constellation Energy subsidiary. Operating licenses for the plants will be transferred to Exelon Corporation, the largest operator of nuclear plants in the United States. EDF will retain a financial interest. Continue reading…

Dan Reed

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 around the energy industry. But don’t worry about it. The dirty little secret is that, even if you do work in or around the energy industry, you likely won’t be seeing or hearing much about E15 in the future. Continue reading…

Dan Reed

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 swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:24) Continue reading…

RP Siegel

Congressional Expo Panel Discusses Storage, Electric Vehicles and Microgrids

Last month, the 16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo provided an opportunity for representatives of various companies to make a pitch to members of Congress and federal agencies for the kinds of policies they would like to see enacted and share important developments. The expo included five panels, each of which featured five speakers. Numerous members of Congress and representatives of several government agencies also spoke. Panel topics included:

I took the time to tune into Panel 5, due its relevance to several topics we have covered here in the past. Continue reading…

Dan Reed

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 an old Arkansas Razorback.

Despite all that squealing, the Obama Administration has shown little inclination to cut its green energy pork (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Yet Congress, including the Democrat-dominated Senate, now has an opportunity to perhaps put an end to most of the subsidies – and all of that squealing – and to do so without starving green energy companies of the capital they continue to need in large quantities.

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EnergyViewpoints

Energy News: Shale Gas Debate Jumps the Pond

It was only a matter of time before the shale gas phenomenon jumped the pond. And so, the battle begins in the UK between environmentalists and government/industry interests eager to unlock the potential of natural gas. The story leads this week’s energy news. Continue reading…

Dan Reed

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 and dishonest; but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

Sadly, only now are the leaders of Europe’s energy industry admitting that Kennedy was right. Continue reading…