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  • The Nuclear Option For Hydrogen

    Published 04 May 2021 | viewed 4,502 times

    Hydrogen was thrust into the spotlight as a promising clean energy source by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address.…

  • When Will Oil Demand Fully Recover?

    Published 29 April 2021 | viewed 7,634 times

    As the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread last year, I developed an idea. I hypothesized that the pandemic would cause a permanent dent in oil…

  • Energy Sector Sees Blowout Quarter

    Published 22 April 2021 | viewed 7,026 times

    After three abysmal quarters in 2020 — due to the triple whammy of an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, demand destruction as…

  • Why Gasoline Prices Often Rise In Spring

    Published 17 April 2021 | viewed 4,005 times

    Although it wasn’t strongly emphasized in the recent discussions on the rise in gasoline prices, those prices to rise nearly every spring. But why does it happen?…

  • From JFK To Trump: U.S. Oil Production By President

    Published 14 April 2021 | viewed 4,905 times

    Over the past 60 years, U.S. oil production has seen its ups and downs. From the decline that began in 1970 through the fracking boom…

  • Bush, Obama, Or Trump: Who Was Best From Gasoline Prices?

    Published 01 April 2021 | viewed 4,779 times

    Last week I filled up with gasoline, and the price was over $3.00 a gallon. It’s been a long time since I paid that much…

  • Why The West Is Worried About China's Renewable Energy Dominance

    Published 17 March 2021 | viewed 16,019 times

    Over the past decade, no major energy source has grown faster than solar power. According to the 2020 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, installed…

  • Why Gasoline Prices Will Continue To Rise

    Published 10 March 2021 | viewed 41,627 times

    This past week the national average price for regular gasoline rose to $2.71 per gallon. That marks an increase of $0.46/gallon since the beginning of the year. …

  • Is Biden’s Energy Plan Too Ambitious?

    Published 27 February 2021 | viewed 10,885 times

    You may count me among those who want to see society move beyond fossil fuels. We all know there are negative consequences associated with fossil…

  • Investment In Battery Tech Exploded In 2020

    Published 22 February 2021 | viewed 2,179 times

    Last fall Swedish lithium-ion battery maker Northvolt announced that it had raised $600 million in equity to invest in capacity expansion, research and development, and…

  • Why Big Oil Isn’t Worried About Biden’s Executive Orders

    Published 06 February 2021 | viewed 27,096 times

    In late 2019, as various candidates jockeyed to win the Democratic nomination for president, Elizabeth Warren made the statement that she would “ban fracking everywhere.”…

  • Did President Biden Really Ban Fracking?

    Published 03 February 2021 | viewed 11,972 times

    In late 2019, as various candidates jockeyed to win the Democratic nomination for president, Elizabeth Warren made the statement that she would “ban fracking everywhere.”…

  • 5 Oil And Gas Predictions For 2021

    Published 27 January 2021 | viewed 59,409 times

    When I made my 2020 predictions a year ago, the world was on the cusp of a pandemic that would upend the oil markets. In…

  • How Microsoft Looks To Eliminate All The Carbon It Ever Emitted

    Published 21 January 2021 | viewed 2,976 times

    In January 2020, Microsoft launched a company-wide focus on sustainability by announcing an ambitious goal and a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030,…

  • The Best-Performing Energy Stocks Of 2020

    Published 14 January 2021 | viewed 2,750 times

    In 2020, the energy sector got hit with the triple-whammy of a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, demand destruction as a result of…

  • The Top 5 Energy Stories Of 2020

    Published 31 December 2020 | viewed 2,860 times

    Some years there is an energy story so big that there’s no question it belongs at the top of the list. The Deepwater Horizon oil…

  • The Countries Set To Win Big On The Lithium Boom

    Published 24 December 2020 | viewed 22,344 times

    Last week I read a press release that piqued my interest. Vancouver-based Lithium Americas Corp. announced that they had received an environmental impact statement (EIS)…

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Fueling A Record Decline In Emissions

    Published 29 November 2020 | viewed 2,674 times

    Last week BloombergNEF (BNEF) published a new report that quantifies the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. The report estimates that…

  • Australia’s Ambitious $16 Billion Solar Project Will Be The World’s Biggest

    Published 23 November 2020 | viewed 14,187 times

    The world’s most ambitious renewable energy project to date is the proposed Australia–ASEAN Power Link. This project would combine the world’s largest solar farm, the…

  • Will Biden Be As Bad For Oil As Critics Suggest?

    Published 11 November 2020 | viewed 12,923 times

    There has been a lot of hand-wringing in the oil industry about the consequences of a Joe Biden win, so let’s discuss those today. Here…

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