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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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With Shale Crude U.S. production soars

In late 2013, U.S. crude oil production exceeded 8 million barrels per day, reaching a level not seen since 1988. (So much for “Peak Oil”.) Imported crude oil and petroleum products dipped to 28 percent of domestic demand, down from … Continue reading

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A possible win-win situation: Carbon capture and EOR

It’s no secret that a large amount of crude oil is left unproduced in the ground in the case of almost every well that has ever been drilled. Secondary recovery with steam injection has increased recovery in a number of … Continue reading

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Future Power only from Wind and Sun? The German Experiment

 The New York Times recently reported on Germany’s intent to produce all of its electricity from renewable sources, notably wind and solar, by 2050. The country is phasing out its nuclear plants by 2022 and is engaged in a massive effort to … Continue reading

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Dramatic Turnaround in U.S. Energy Supply

 Where are all the “peak oil” believers? The warning that our domestic oil production had peaked and that there was no way to reverse that. There was much pessimism as we were importing more and more of our oil needs. Well, horizontal drilling and … Continue reading

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Confused about U.S. future electricity supply? stay tuned

A number of articles have recently appeared that point out that new power plants based on low priced natural gas have a considerable economic advantage over new nuclear power plants. An additional factor bearing on power supply are the substantial  Federal subsidies … Continue reading

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Regressive but necessary taxes: Road tolls and a carbon tax

 We may be heading for a new normal with respect to tax policy. Ever since the income tax was established in the early Twentieth Century as a progressive way for the government to raise taxes, most people have favored a … Continue reading

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