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By Robert Rapier on Apr 2, 2013 with 7 responses

Debut of the Wall Street Journal Energy Panel

Last week I made my debut as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) new feature The Experts: Journal Reports. The idea is that the WSJ poses questions to the panel, and each panel member provides a response of 300 words or so. The first 4 questions that were asked — and answered — last week were:

  1. Growing oil production has led to predictions that the U.S. could pump more barrels than Saudi Arabia by 2020 and that North American could become a net exporter at a later date. What does this mean for energy markets and geopolitics? (My answer)
  2. Should the government be financing new-energy technologies? (My answer)
  3. Should there be a price on carbon emissions, and if so, what’s the best way to do it? (My answer)
  4. What technological breakthrough is most likely in the next 10 years that could completely change the energy equation as we now see it? (My answer)


By Robert Rapier on Mar 2, 2011 with 52 responses

Setting the Record Straight on Cello Energy and E3 Biofuels

The Art of Spin Politicians are known for their ability to spin any situation to make sure it doesn’t present them in an unfavorable light. In that vein, I’m beginning to feel as if Vinod Khosla would make a fine politician. As much as I am tired of writing about him (and I am sure he long-ago grew tired of me writing about him), his recent response to a Wall Street Journal editorial called The Range Fuels Fiasco warrants its own response. While Khosla does not point a finger directly at me in his response, a number of readers e-mailed or commented on my blog that they believed Khosla was accusing me of misrepresenting his relationship with some of the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 9, 2009 with no responses

Energy at the WSJ

The online version of the Wall Street Journal has a new section devoted entirely to energy: Energy – WSJ It contains numerous energy-themed articles ranging from ‘going green’ to changes in the refining industry to investing in natural gas to thin film solar panels. Excellent stuff. Here are some snapshots of the wealth of information featured there: Countries with the highest per capita energy consumption in 2005* (in kilograms of oil equivalent per person) Based on International Energy Agency data for 2005, the most recent year for which IEA has data. Note: Numbers have been rounded off Source: World Resources Institute Qatar 19,466Iceland 12,209Bahrain 11,180Kuwait 11,102United Arab Emirates 10,354Luxembourg 10,138Trinidad and Tobago 9,736Netherlands Antilles 9,057Canada 8,473U.S. 7,886 Countries with the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 8, 2008 with 2 responses

Biofuels Aren’t Green?

At least that’s what a new study says. I think it paints with a pretty broad brush, because I do in fact think some can be green. But a new study published in Science, echoing the themes of an earlier study I highlighted, concludes that almost all biofuels in use today will increase greenhouse gas emissions. The Wall Street Journal reports: Biofuels May Hinder Antiglobal-Warming Efforts While the U.S. and others race to expand the use and production of biofuels, two new studies suggest these gasoline alternatives actually will increase carbon-dioxide levels. A study published in the latest issue of Science finds that corn-based ethanol, a type of biofuel pushed heavily in the U.S., will nearly double the output of… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 3, 2008 with no responses

GM Drops the V8; WSJ on $100 Oil

GM Drops the V8 This is pretty significant in my opinion: GM Drops V-8 Engine on Rising Fuel Prices, Regulation Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker, canceled a $300 million program to build an advanced V-8 engine for luxury vehicles, citing rising oil prices and tighter U.S. fuel economy restrictions. “We have seen a declining demand for V-8 engines as fuel prices have risen,” GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel said today. New requirements for carmakers to boost average mileage 40 percent by 2020 also figured in the decision, she said. GM is trying to shed its reputation for gas-guzzling vehicles as it loses sales to Toyota Motor Corp. and its fuel- sipping Prius, a gasoline-electric hybrid…. Continue»