1:56 PM, Jan 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The State Department releases its final environmental report on the Keystone Pipeline today. Justin Sink of The Hill reports:
Sources who have been briefed on the draft of the document told Bloomberg News that environmental groups who opposed construction of the pipeline would likely be disappointed with the results. While the report will include some modest changes that respond to concerns raised by environmentalists, it is still expected to find that the pipeline would have only a minimal impact on carbon emissions.
And, of course:
… last summer, President Obama said the construction would be acceptable “only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
The study that is to be released today will, itself, be studied. Keystone surely has been studied more than anything since the Elgin Marbles. The studies have been going on since 2008 when the project was first proposed. There has never been a time, since the inauguration of President Obama, when the project was not being studied. If there is anything left to be learned about the Keystone Pipeline, it should perhaps be left to future archeologists when they sift through the ruins of this civilization.
Meanwhile, as Sink notes, todays’ report:
"… sets up an accelerated timeline that could have the Obama Administration making a final decision on construction by the early summer.”
Time, then, for a few more months of study.
12:00 AM, Jan 25, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
There is something about the energy business that is conducive to the creation of myths. So Roger Sant, a long-time and highly respected participant in the energy policy game and in the industries that energy legislation and regulation affect, told a group of Houston oil men recently. Energy myths do die, but only to be replaced by new ones.
12:11 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recalls the 1980s stories of $640 toilet seats and $500 hammers.
6:39 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington, D.C. EMS ambulance that accompanies the presidential motorcade, Medic 1, ran out of gas last week, just as President Obama was pulling away from the White House August 8 on his way to a family birthday celebration at a local Indian restaurant:
2:58 PM, Aug 12, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports today that sales of fossil fuels produced on federal and Indian land continue to decline, dropping 4 percent in fiscal year 2012. The slide continues a decade-long trend that accelerated in 2010, as the chart accompanying the report shows:
The report explains:
10:54 AM, Jul 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Remember the Keystone pipeline Well, if you had forgotten about it, no matter. There has still been no decision on whether or not to go ahead with construction. This, in spite of the fact that:
5:35 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By DANIEL DORON
When Israel finally discovered a bonanza of natural gas about five years ago everyone was happy. But then fierce arguments broke out—and rightly so.
Is Putin running out of gas? May 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By ALEX ALEXIEV and STEVEN F. HAYWARD
The Cold War is now so over that it might as well be grouped with the ancient ice ages, but there is one echo rolling across Europe from East to West: the Russian attempt to dominate the natural gas market on the European continent. As the energy sector accounts for 25 percent of Russia’s economy, any large changes in energy markets present major challenges for Vladimir Putin.
12:00 AM, Feb 23, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
“The tectonic plates are shifting” is a much over-used expression. But when it comes to the international energy industry, the expression is apt.
1:05 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Tonight, the President will deliver the usual boring laundry list of promises about jobs, prosperity, affordable education, wide roads, and a blissful future. And in the morning, millions of Americans will take a harder hit when they buy gasoline, which is, for most of them, not a discretionary purchase.
11:17 AM, Feb 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is leaving and in parting, writes this about his time in office and the green energy investments his department made:
3:53 PM, Nov 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York City will start rationing gas tomorrow. Here's the announcement, from mayor's Twitter feed: