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U.S. oil production sets new record, setting stage for what Trump calls ‘global dominance’

U.S. oil production sets new record, setting stage for what Trump calls 'global dominance'
Funny thing about our president and the whole “so much winning” thing. We may very well be doing all the winning he promised, but it won’t seem like it to you because all you hear about is shitholes and Russia and whatever other trivia is dominating the headlines that day. Supposedly CNN had nearly 200 mentions of the shithole thing yesterday.

Meanwhile, our global energy dominance is developing in such stunning fashion they can’t deny it even in Reuterville:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Full Story

Blatant Blue State hypocrisy

Blatant Blue State hypocrisy
You’ve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny are boundless, especially on fiscal, energy and climate change issues.

Amid the seventh year of a “New York is open for business” advertising campaign that has spent $354 million thus far, they are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly—and press conferences that promise more of the same for state businesses, taxpayers and pensioners.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full Story

Trump’s Offshore Leasing Plan Could Increase Discoveries

Trump’s Offshore Leasing Plan Could Increase Discoveries

Global discoveries of new conventional oil and natural gas in 2017 totaled only 7 billion barrels of oil equivalence—a level last seen in the 1940s. (See chart below.) According to Rystad Energy, not only did the 2017 total volume of discovered resources decrease, but the resources per field also declined. In 2017, average offshore discoveries held 100 million barrels—down from 150 million barrels in 2012. The reserves replacement ratio reached just 11 percent for oil and natural gas in 2017—the eleventh straight year it was below 100 percent. The last time the reserve replacement ratio reached 100 percent was in 2006. Since 2014, exploration expenditures fell over 60 percent most likely due to low oil prices. Further, the world consumes 79 percent more hydrocarbons than it discovers. The Trump administration’s plan to open up most U.S. offshore areas to oil and gas drilling, however, could help boost investment in the sector by billions of dollars and open up access to billions of barrels of oil.

Oil & Gas Journal

Source: Rystad Energy

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Supreme Court rejects California gold mining case

A typical suction dredge mining operation
California gold miners are reeling from a Supreme Court of the United States refusal to hear a high-profile case concerning a statewide suction dredge mining ban.

The top court denied gold miner Brandon Rinehart’s petition for his day in court Jan. 8.

By Brad Jones - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Full Story

Bad Policies Cause Prices to Spike in the Northeast

Bad Policies Cause Prices to Spike in the Northeast
Natural gas prices in some parts of the Northeast increased by 60 to 70 times their recent rates because there is insufficient pipeline capacity in the region during periods of high demand spurred by cold weather. The recent cold weather system stressed the market as much as the polar vortex of 2014. Natural gas is increasingly being used in the Northeast for both heat and electricity, providing over half of the electricity in the region. To make matters worse, the region has shuttered coal-fired and nuclear power plants that provide reliable power. Due to bad policy, annual residential electricity rates in the Northeast average about 19 or 20 cents per kilowatt hour, compared with the national average of 12 to 13 cents. But due to the cold front experienced during the first week of January along with the so-called bomb cyclone, electricity prices rose 126 percent to $273.23 a megawatt-hour and natural gas prices rose to $87.47 per million British thermal unit on January 4.

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Forbes

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Full Story

Uh oh: Trump reverses course on offshore drilling, exempts Florida

Uh oh: Trump reverses course on offshore drilling, exempts Florida
The problem here isn’t that you can’t make a case drilling elsewhere. And you can make a legitimate argument that some locations should be prioritized over others, for various reasons that could very well include tourism. As you go about deciding where to approve leases, things like that are perfectly fair considerations.

But it’s a long way from that to what just happened: Last week, the Trump Administration announced that it will lift the ban on offshore drilling in virtually all U.S. waters. Then Florida politicians from both parties freaked. Less than a week later, the Trump EPA says there will be no drilling off the shore of Florida.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

Regulation and Economic Growth

Regulation and Economic Growth
A recent New York Times article reported on some U.S. businesses that are getting increasing investment in light of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory efforts. Although the claims are broad, the article specifically mentions the rollback of Obama-era regulations on the coal industry as an example.

Economist Paul Krugman—whose own column is carried by the NYT—was aghast. On Twitter, Krugman linked to the article and claimed that “There is no evidence—none—that regulation actually deters investment.” He then went on to argue the exact opposite, namely that climate change regulations in particular would promote business investment (in renewables and conservation projects).

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Full Story

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door
Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.

To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources. As the NBB said in a press release, Kovarik’s “decades of experience in the Senate will serve us well, as we navigate federal policy issues that most affect our industry.” His work on energy and tax legislation, familiarity with the key players in Washington and knowledge of biofuels “are all reasons we are so happy to have him on our team.”

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Full Story

Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis&#

Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis’
Former Vice President Al Gore has weighed in on the record cold and snow in the U.S. “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis,” Gore wrote on January 4 on Twitter.

Gore linked to one of his organizations’ articles on the brutal winter weather written by Climategate professor Michael Mann: The Climate Reality Project: A ‘PERFECT STORM’: EXTREME WINTER WEATHER, BITTER COLD, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

In the Gore touted article, Mann linked the cold and “lots of snow” to “climate change.”

Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth did not warn of record cold and increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. And as recently as 2009, Gore was hyping the lack of snow as evidence for man-made global warming. Source: “Gore Reports Snow and Ice Across the World Vanishing Quickly.”——More…

By Marc Morano - Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Full Story

Study: Electric Vehicle Charging Could Present Grid Challenges

Study: Electric Vehicle Charging Could Present Grid Challenges

According to a new study by Wood Mackenzie, Americans should be cautious about electric vehicles (EVs) and their rate of adoption into the marketplace because they can be disruptive to the electric grid. Because electric cars have less driving range on a charge than the equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle has on a tank of gas, their batteries must be recharged fairly frequently. A recent study found that simultaneous charging of just 60,000 electric vehicles could threaten the Texas grid. Based on a 100-kilowatt EV battery with a five-minute charge time, which could potentially be the standard for EVs in three or four years according to Wood Mackenzie, demand from 60,000 cars charging at once would equate to 70 gigawatts; this is equal to the current peak demand of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).1

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Exports Soar

U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Exports Soar
The United States is becoming a major oil and natural gas exporter. Canada and Mexico are purchasing natural gas shipped by pipeline from the United States and Cheniere Energy is shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Sabine Pass export terminal to Europe, Asia and South America. Since 2015, when the ban on crude oil exports was lifted by Congress, U.S. oil companies have been exporting crude oil and are continuing to export petroleum products to areas around the world. China has become a regular recipient of U.S. oil and natural gas and in the first ten months of 2017 was the second largest importer of U.S. crude oil. The boom is due to U.S. ingenuity in applying horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock, making the United States the largest oil and gas producer in the world and lowering energy prices for consumers.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

DOI Proposal Will Put American Energy Resources to Work for the American People

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to energy exploration
WASHINGTON —The Institute for Energy Research supports the Department of the Interior’s proposal to open vast expanses of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to energy exploration. IER President Thomas J. Pyle has issued the following statement:

“The United States has at its feet stores of energy resources that could potentially remake world markets. The leadership of this administration is now moving us closer than we’ve ever been before to realizing our enormous energy production potential. Whereas the previous administration sought to keep resources out of our reach, President Trump and Secretary Zinke are putting our resources to work for us.”

 

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

Trump to allow oil drilling in nearly all U.S. waters

Trump to allow oil drilling in nearly all U.S. waters
When Donald Trump decides to do something, and actually has the authority to do it, he doesn’t resort to half-measures. If you believe as we do that domestic energy exploration is crucial to this country’s long-term economy and national security, this Trumpian inclination today produced very good news:

The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced Thursday. The plan would give the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

Germany’ Failing Energy Policy

Germany' Failing Energy Policy
Germans like to think of themselves as the most environmentally friendly people on earth. They see their sophisticated recycling programs, their love of forests, and, most recently the country’s drive to replace both nuclear and coal-fired power production with renewable sources—the so-called Energiewende,—or ‘energy turn’ as evidence of their strong environmental consciousness, especially compared to top polluters like the United States and China. 1

Notes Pierre Gosselin, “Sometimes you have to wonder which is the biggest fraud: Germany’s claim that its cars are clean, or its claim of being a leader in climate protection. Both, it turns out, are very fake and even downright frauds. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German activists like going around and scolding Donald Trump for his ‘irresponsible’ stance on ‘greenhouse ’ gas emissions, it is coming to light that Germany’s climate posturing is indeed a total swindle.”2

By Jack Dini - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

The POT-Boom

The POT-Boom
As more, higher, bigger, etc. must be is the envisaged goal of every sane soul on the planet (my understanding of “economics”); just having one craze suffices no longer. By now, the world needs a minimum of two concurring manias and, as I surmise, even that will soon be “bettered.” The current #2 boom is POT, i.e. the new wonder-drug that soothes the pain and, supposedly, cures all kinds of other problems, commonly known as POT, also known as marijuana and products obtained from the plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sp.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - Full Story

Startup Societies UN’s Newest Scheme For Re-Engineering Society’s Future

Startup Societies UN's Newest Scheme For Re-Engineering Society's Future
The Startup Societies Summit Puerto Rico is taking place at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on January 19-20, 2018. This summit will “discuss solutions for Puerto Rico and raise funds for the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding the island.

“Our goal is to make self-sustaining economic zones in Puerto Rico focused on 21st Century solutions, putting Puerto Rico at the forefront of the green-tech revolution. We aim to not only raise funds for the rebuilding of Puerto Rico, but to set the stage for state of the art infrastructure and an entrepreneur-friendly environment. With some help, Puerto Rico can foster startup cities to rival Silicon Valley.”

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential and is important summertime wildlife habitat.

For four decades, environmentalists blocked legislation that would have opened the coastal plain to leasing and drilling. In 1995 President Clinton vetoed a pro-drilling bill that had passed both houses.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

Panning for silver in laundry wastewater

Panning for silver in laundry wastewater
Silver nanoparticles are being used in clothing for their anti-odor abilities but some of this silver comes off when the clothes are laundered. The wastewater from this process could end up in the environment, possibly harming aquatic life, so researchers have attempted to recover the silver. Now, one group reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that detergent chemistry plays a significant role in how much of this silver can be removed from laundry wastewater.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, December 29, 2017 - Full Story

Concerns About Algae

Concerns About Algae
Algae is sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy.  The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. 1

Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay, from the Snake River in Idaho to New York’s Finger Lakes and reservoirs in California’s Central Valley. Tourism and recreation have suffered. An international water skiing festival in Milwaukee was canceled in August; scores of swimming areas were closed nationwide.

By Jack Dini - Friday, December 29, 2017 - Full Story

A Useful Christmas Present – and Wishful Thinking

A Useful Christmas Present
Santa really was good this year. Rather than handing out expensive kitchen gadgets to clutter up the shrinking counter space, he had some swell presents in his bag. My Dearest was the clear winner—she got a new snow shovel!

And it came to good use, right on Christmas Day!

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story