Author Archives: Peter Spitz

GW/Climate Change: Why methane is so important

For some time now, it has become obvious that natural gas and crude oil production from shale deposits results in significant emissions of methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Efforts by drillers and gas distributors to … Continue reading

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Flue gas carbon removal: Skyonic’s approach

A new EPA ruling, just validated by the U.S. Supreme Court, is aimed at substantially reducing carbon dioxide emission in the flue gas from coal-fired power plants and other large coal-burning plants. In previous posts on this blog I have discussed … Continue reading

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Westlake MLP opens new chapter

Wow! How the U.S. petrochemical world has changed! The shale gas “revolution” has made the production of ethylene from ethane so profitable that a downstream integrated ethylene producer can now “donate”( well, actually sell, but under favorable conditions) some of his profits to investors in … Continue reading

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LPG for Fracking gaining ground

While hydraulic fracturing of shale continues to be a great success in the United States, with tens of thousands of new wells drilled every year for oil and natural gas production, popular resistance to this technology is gaining ground, according … Continue reading

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Wind, Solar, Storage and Electric Cars – Our high tech renewable future!

An article in the current issue of MIT Technology Review presents a picture of how renewable energy for power plants is making a greater impact and how it may look not many decades out as wind and solar power are intelligently integrated into a power grid. … Continue reading

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A plea for maintaining nuclear plants considered at risk

A movement is gaining momentum to stop shutting down nuclear power plants that have little or no competitive advantage over natural gas-fired plants or have high maintenance costs. The reason: The less we rely on nuclear energy, the more carbon will … Continue reading

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Another good thing about shale

When the Yucca Mountain idea for disposing of nuclear waste was torpedoed by Harry Reid, senator from Nevada, the problem of disposing of 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel remained unsolved – a sort of “sword of Damocles” hanging … Continue reading

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Ukraine and Russian natural gas

The  crisis in Ukraine,  a Putin power play, is significantly supported by Russia’s  position as a very large supplier of natural gas to Western Europe. The main Gazprom supply lines  transport around 400 million cubic meters per day to a number of countries … Continue reading

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China Shale Gas: Not so fast!

The 17-23 February Issue of ICIS Business News featured an article on China’s potential to become a major producer of hydrocarbons using hydraulic fracturing of shale. It is well known that China has large shale deposits, actually estimated to have  more recoverable … Continue reading

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EPA Should Subsidize Hardships Caused By Shutdowns of Coal-Fired Power Plants

 A recent New York Times issue featured an article on the problem facing many residents in the Appalachian states as scores of coal fired power plants are  shut down as a result of the EPA’s actions under the Clean Air Act. These plants will … Continue reading

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