Should Energy Policy be Rooted in Logic or Fashion?

Unfortunately, the U.S. is not self-sufficient in petroleum and we have a way to go. We consume 19.96 million barrels of crude oil per day (Mbbl/day). Of that, we produce 13.134 Mbbl/day. We also export about 6 Mbbl/day, where prices and transportation costs are attractive. In 2017, we imported about 10.4 Mbbl/day from countries such […]

Dependency on Middle East Energy

US consumers rely on 19.63 million barrels of crude oil and 78 trillion British thermal units of natural gas per day for transportation and electrical power generation. A few years ago, those staggering amounts were priced at more than twice today’s level. The lower prices are a result of US fracking and horizontal drilling. Those […]

Cooler Heads Abandon a Gas Tax Increase

For the past 6 years, consumers endured economic bad news ranging from disappointing to terrible.  Their chance of finding a good new job is so dismal that millions stopped looking.  The middle-class saw their wages and salaries stall or declined.  Their financial net worth declined a shocking 19%.  For many, the value of their home […]

The Calm behind Fracked-Well Flaring Optics

Flaring at fracking sites makes for great TV pictures but flames don’t speak and don’t come with explanatory tags.  For a fiction writer, it’s even better than a blank slate.  TV news anchors are served up with a screen of agile flames in brilliant colors.  The viewer is treated to an engaging performance that screams […]

Energy as an Economic Stimulus

Energy production is booming in some western states, like North Dakota, where its unemployment rate has fallen below 2%, and fracking has made the potential for gas extraction a promising proposition.  Yet, many major projects, like the Keystone pipeline and development in parts of the Marcellus Shale Field remain in limbo as lawyers, activists and […]

Crude Exports Should Start Soon

If the subject were export of materials such as scrap iron, timber, iron ore or electric power, there would be no political backlash.  Indeed, improvements in our balance of payments and the creation of even a few jobs would be applauded.  But for crude oil exports, it’s different. A rational and public consideration of crude […]

Oil Despots versus a Blind EPA

America’s new found effectiveness in extracting oil and gas from underground deposits has boosted U.S. oil production from 5,077 thousand barrels per day in 2007 to 6,498 thousand barrels per day in 2012.  Further increases are feasible if prices continue covering production costs.  For decades, U.S. oil and gas consumption exceeded production and needed imports […]