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Matt Smith


Contributor since: 17 Oct 2012

Matt Smith

Taking a voyage across the world of energy with ClipperData’s Director of Commodity Research. Follow on Twitter @ClipperData, @mattvsmith01

Latest articles from Matt

  • Reports of Coal’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Published 15 January 2014 | viewed 12,304 times

    I have pilfered from him before, and I will no doubt pilfer again. For Mark Twain is an excellent source of inspiration. Apparently, he said…

  • 10 Things to Consider about the Marcellus Shale

    Published 08 January 2014 | viewed 10,423 times

    For today, my friends, we are going to talk about the crazy cat that is the Marcellus Shale, via ten different considerations. So let’s get…

  • Why Gasoline Prices are Heading Lower

    Published 15 October 2013 | viewed 49,302 times

    Let’s end at the beginning: retail gasoline prices are going to continue to head lower, and this post simply presents the case as to why,…

  • Coal Use Falling, Proof of Progress to Low-Carbon Future

    Published 03 October 2013 | viewed 13,546 times

    Although it is easy to get caught up in the vastness of the volume of fossil fuels we continue to consume, we are increasingly being…

  • How the Shale Boom has Effected the US Economy

    Published 17 September 2013 | viewed 18,307 times

    I am a huge fan of in-depth research reports, for I relish the challenge of sifting through them to find the simple takeaways that make…

  • Flip Flopping Across the Energy and Economic Landscape

    Published 05 September 2013 | viewed 5,994 times

    There have been some splendid examples of flip-flopping across the energy and economic landscape of late, and this post takes a look at three such…

  • The World Faces a Helium Shortage

    Published 24 August 2013 | viewed 20,826 times

    Just as I was about to write about the long side of markets, I read about the latest twists and turns in a fascinating story…

  • Are Oil Prices too Low?

    Published 08 August 2013 | viewed 10,101 times

    Back in late April I wrote a post called ‘Dot-to-Dot-to…Not?’, which joined the dots from mortgage rates to oil prices…and how their price evolution had…

  • Why China is Twisting My Melon

    Published 07 August 2013 | viewed 8,119 times

    ‘Twisting my melon‘ is a British phrase to describe being confused to the point of annoyance. The reason I bring it up is because it…

  • 10 Renewable Energy Statistics you Might Not Know

    Published 23 July 2013 | viewed 40,937 times

    For the last couple of months I’ve been digging into the hydrocarbon space and studies from LNG exports to NGVs to gasoline, so it seemed…

  • 10 Points to Consider in the NGV Debate

    Published 13 July 2013 | viewed 9,001 times

    The perception of natural gas as a mainstream fuel for vehicles runs the gamut, dependent upon where you live: from the improbable…to the viable…to the…

  • Has the U.S. Reached Peak Car?

    Published 29 June 2013 | viewed 7,210 times

    There have been a number of recent research reports addressing the notion of ‘Peak Car’ – whether driving has peaked per person in the US.…

  • Discussing US LNG Exports with the President of the CLNG

    Published 20 June 2013 | viewed 9,218 times

    The recent posts here on the burrito about LNG exports seem to have struck a chord with the energy community; features across various sites have…

  • Shale, Gales, and Tipping the Scales

    Published 13 June 2013 | viewed 6,970 times

    Alrightee, there have been a number of key reports from the EIA this week which have prompted me to present some pertinent points, and pose…

  • Recent Events in the Battle to Export US LNG – Part 2

    Published 10 June 2013 | viewed 5,326 times

    Part 1 can be found hereSo last week’s summary of the current status of LNG exports was ignited by my interest in this LNG study…

  • Recent Events in the Battle to Export US LNG

    Published 30 May 2013 | viewed 6,580 times

    This post is more of an appetizer compared to a more hearty meal which is to follow. The main course served later delves into a…

  • A Few Words with Europe’s Shale Gas Guru

    Published 08 May 2013 | viewed 5,310 times

    Nick Grealy is one of the leading advocates of shale gas in Europe. As well as being the publisher of the site No Hot Air,…

  • Why Financial Markets don’t Follow the Old Rules Anymore

    Published 26 April 2013 | viewed 5,756 times

    My favourite moment of the working day is doing a dot-to-dot. And it happens every morning, after booting up my computer; I look across the…

  • The Main Points to Take from the Latest IMF, IEA, and EIA Reports

    Published 18 April 2013 | viewed 6,830 times

    There has been an acronymtastic set of reports this week from the IEA, IMF, and EIA. So from these nine letters come six charts out…

  • 10 Diminishing Trends in the World of Energy

    Published 11 April 2013 | viewed 7,531 times

    This is usually the time of year where I am preoccupied by fears of relegation for my beloved soccer team, West Ham. However, with seven…

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