Canada, Friend or Foe, Redux

Two years ago, my article, Canada, Friend or Foe, explained why environmentalists were campaigning to stop the development of Canada’s tar sands. Simply stated, it was because CO2 is emitted during the production of oil from tar sands. Once again, we Continue reading Canada, Friend or Foe, Redux

Looking Ahead to 2013

Critical energy issues loom on the horizon for 2013. Nearly all pertain to potential actions by the Obama administration. Fracking The single most important issue will be how the administration, specifically the EPA, deals with fracking. Until now, the states Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2013

Drilling is Awe-Inspiring

It wouldn’t be surprising if many people thought that drilling for oil was as simple as inserting a straw into the plastic top on a glass of soda. The cut-away diagrams shown on TV seem almost as simple. The reality is much Continue reading Drilling is Awe-Inspiring

Enough Oil for Independence?

Do we have enough oil to become independent from OPEC? The answer isn’t straight forward because there are differing estimates of oil reserves. The oil industry readily accepts the definition of proven reserves as being, “Proven reserves, those with a Continue reading Enough Oil for Independence?

Fracking: The Gift that Keeps Giving

Not only has fracking revolutionized natural gas production so that we now have enough natural gas to last 100 years, fracking has also allowed production of crude oil from shale, thereby potentially transforming the United States from being an importer Continue reading Fracking: The Gift that Keeps Giving

Drilling and Debt

What’s the current economic situation in the United States? The United States has a huge federal debt, with many states also having crushing debt loads. The United States has extremely high unemployment levels, as well as considerable hidden unemployment. The Continue reading Drilling and Debt