Economy

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Shale Insight: Economist Says Natural Gas Boom Carrying U.S. Recovery  Observer-Reporter: For nearly an hour, Stephen Moore expended a lot of energy speaking about energy and the economy – and their inextricable link.  “You cannot understand economics unless you understand energy,” he said in his opening. “The industry is carrying the rest of the U.S.… Keep reading →

Iraqi Kurdistan Starts Oil Exports

An Energy Boom Lifts the Heartland NY Times: Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry. But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal on metal tells… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

The story of the impact of oil and natural gas production story in Ohio is old – and new. Old in the sense the state was one of the country’s earliest producers of oil and natural gas. But also new, because development of the Utica Shale play in the past few years is responsible for… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

The Huntsman Corporation’s Peter Huntsman has this op-ed in USA Today that invokes a poll in which people were asked to respond to these statements: Some say that exporting American natural gas to other countries will increase economic growth, keep thousands employed, and help increase domestic production of natural gas. Others say that American natural gas should… Keep reading →

President Obama Discusses Clean Energy Jobs

With the State of the Union address scheduled tomorrow night, let’s look at how policy goals in President Obama’s past annual speeches to Congress fit with oil and natural gas development. It turns out the fit is good – very good. For example, in the 2010 State of the Union the president called jobs his… Keep reading →

Aleo Produces Solar Panels

A majority of companies say taxes and cost of living are not a barrier to doing business in the state. Five years after signing one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of energy legislation into law, Massachusetts continues to see strong growth in solar, wind, efficiency and high-technology jobs throughout the clean energy industry. The… Keep reading →

Rainbow Over Boston

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy yesterday released a report ranking the 34 largest US cities on energy efficiency. “By considering both policies and energy performance, the City Scorecard reflects the current activities and historical legacies in each city, and as a result provides actionable information to policymakers and residents,” the group writes in… Keep reading →


America’s young people just aren’t buying cars like they used to.

The share of new cars purchased by those aged 18-34 dropped 30% in the last five years, Keep reading →


The floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange in lower Manhattan is one of the rare places the complex interplay between the ‘real’ economy of infrastructure and goods and the financial economy of data sets and dizzying amounts of money can be seen in action.

In an increasingly computerized trading world, floor traders at Nymex, since 2008 part of the globe-spanning exchange powerhouse CME Group, are an increasingly rare breed involved in an increasingly unusual occupation. But for pure dramatic representation of the financial economy at work, nothing conveys the reach and reality of the trading universe like a busy pit moving contracts in real commodities. Keep reading →


Gas prices are once again dominating the national debate.

But despite rhetoric, high gas prices aren’t hurting as much as they used to. Keep reading →

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