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As I am on my way to the Formula One Race in Austin, which is where the U.S. leg of the International F-1 series takes place, I marvel over the development that has been created by the U.S. Shale boom in the last several years. I have lived in Houston since 1990, with relocations back… Keep reading →

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Visits China

In one of the more honest assessments of current Saudi Arabian oil policy, Rice University’s Jim Krane said there are several plausible reasons behind the Saudis’ apparently sanguine approach to falling global oil prices, but only a few within the Kingdom really know. “If you’re somebody who looks at geopolitics and energy, you could come… Keep reading →

Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

US natural gas prices have trended lower since the summer, but homeowners will likely pay slightly more for the heating fuel than last winter. “For consumers, prices will be about 6.8% higher than last winter, as gas utilities sell more expensive fuel they bought in the spring and summer, according to the U.S. Energy Information… Keep reading →

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October is National Energy Action Month — and that means Energy Department officials have been busy crisscrossing the country to highlight the ways President Obama’s plan to fight climate change is helping to grow the clean energy economy and strengthen our energy security. Last week, Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Texas to participate in events on… Keep reading →

Wind Power Subsidies Stir Controversy in Texas

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Photo credit Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs is no fan of the Texas wind energy sector. The state has the largest wind capacity in the U.S., but Combs doesn’t seem to see the benefit of subsidizing wind energy; indeed, her office released a report that details the tax breaks given to wind power and recommends that they… Keep reading →

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Quick Take: Home energy monitors, once expected to be a popular accessory for the affluent, instead may become common amongst Texas’ poorest families, as you will read below. I have mixed feelings. I certainly agree that more should be done to help low-income families gain control and choice. And I understand that the poor are the… Keep reading →

Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers

RWE Struggles To Remain Profitable, Mulls Closing Garzweiler Mine

Chronicle readers would be forgiven if they opened their papers last weekend and thought it was 2005. That’s because the Koch brothers-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation published an editorial that echoed the pro-coal rhetoric we heard nearly 10 years ago when then-TXU wanted to build new power plants across Texas that would burn Wyoming coal. Sure, this… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

  Pennsylvania Natural Gas Development Leading to Reverse Brain Drain  Times Online (Pennsylvania): Matt Curry moved to Texas for work but kept his treasured Steelers season tickets in the hope he might return someday to western Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in petroleum engineering, Curry didn’t have much of a choice but… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Charts and Maps of America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution AEI Carpe Diem Blog: Below are four charts and two maps that help tell the story of America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution: 1. The Big Three. Yesterday, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) updated its monthly “Drilling Productivity Report” with new estimates of oil production through August… Keep reading →

Texas Gulf Coast Cleans Up After Hurricane Ike

They say everything is bigger in Texas and often that’s true, especially when it comes to big hair and the bravado of politicians. This amounts to a lot of drama and theatrics. I mean, as someone who grew up in Dallas, I can tell you that the soap opera by the same name wasn’t too… Keep reading →

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