Archive for September, 2008

 

Congress to Allow Tax Credits to Expire?

Over the weekend, in addition to the negotiations over the financial bailout, the House and the Senate engaged in a game of brinksmanship over the fate of several important tax measures, including extensions of the production tax ...

Gasoline Prices are Too Low Down South

It is 1:00 a.m. Monday morning and I just returned to my parents’ house after wandering around Atlanta, Georgia, for an hour looking for gasoline. I am here visiting family, who have explained at length their frustration with g...

Movement Toward Electrification

This week, Securing America’s Future Energy released A National Strategy for Energy Security: Recommendations to the Nation on Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence, a comprehensive new plan that offers the public and policymakers specif...

Chesapeake Energy and CNG Cars

For the past few months, Chesapeake Energy has been running ads calling for policies to promote the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. These are not the only such ads on the air. We have all seen T. Boone Pickens callin...

Oil’s Volatile Monday

Yesterday’s wild ride for light sweet crude oil at the New York Mercantile Exchange once again demonstrates the link between the dollar and the price of oil, a link that we explored in an April paper entitled A Different Type o...

New Ways to Improve Energy and Environmental Security

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2007 World Energy Outlook, global coal demand is set to increase by more than 70 percent over roughly the next two decades. Three-fourths of the growth will occur in India and...

Why Refine in Hurricane Zones?

An article in today’s New York Times notes that crude oil prices are rising as Gulf Coast refineries remain shut down in the wake of Hurricane Ike. That raises the obvious question: why do we build so much critical energy infra...

What Fuel Efficient F-150s Mean

Today’s New York Times reports on how automakers have been working hard to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles for the new model year. Noting that even small improvements in fuel economy are important, particularly to...

No Bill, But Gang of 20 Will Continue

The Gang of 20 will not introduce their comprehensive energy legislation before the election. In doing so, they are bowing to unfortunate but very real political realities. However, they are today publicly laying out their princip...

Fundamentals Still Point to Price Volatility

It is quickly becoming out of style to talk about high and rising oil prices. As of midday today (Wednesday, September 17), the price of a barrel of benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil was down to $96, reflecting a steep decline...
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