Monthly Archives: January 2012

U.S. Natural Gas: The big picture

Controversy will continue because of continuing incidents where “fracking” has introduced chemicals and natural gas directly or indirectly into household drinking water. This situation must and will be dealt with by regulatory authorities, but we must nevertheless be steadfast in developing the resource– in … Continue reading

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Why Renewable Energy Milestones Don’t Matter

Our government spends a lot of money to encourage the private sector to invest in alternative energy projects. This includes research and development (R&D) investments as well as market incentives, such as grants, subsidies and tax credits. The former is largely … Continue reading

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Solar Energy: China, Politics, Technology…..it’s complicated

What are we to make of the fact that Solyndra, a government subsidized domestic solar panel manufacturer, apparently went bankrupt  because Chinese solar panels became so cheap; that domestic solar panel producers will, in general, have a hard time competing with imports; that a government … Continue reading

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Good news! Ethanol Subsidy Expires

On December 31st, the Federal Government subsidy of 45 cents per gallon given to refiners who blend ethanol into gasoline expired by act of Congress. A rare bipartisan vote, which paired environmentalists (who opposed use of corn for making the … Continue reading

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Sweet Tires?

A lot of research is going on in the area of biofuels and biochemicals and a blog is not a great vehicle to capture all of the important developments.  I will cover this subject from time to time as particularly interesting topics catch my eye.  … Continue reading

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