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No Fracking Jobs in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he will not allow fracking in New York State condemns the state to unemployment, particularly the Southern Tier of New York, where the Marcellus lies beneath the ground. Binghamton and Elmira are particularly affected. The private market job growth in those two cities has been negative since 2010 while the entire state has lagged the national...

Where Solar Makes Sense

Breaking Energy has complied a map showing where solar energy works best in the United States.  The absolute best place is in in the American southwest, particularly the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada and southwest Arizona. The rest of the country is so-so with plenty of sunshine although it lacks the intensity of the Southwest. The region that does poorest is the industrial best...

Carbon Intensity of California Fuels

A new study has shown that ethanol made from corn is almost as carbon-intensive as regular California reformulated gas. Ethanol from sugar cane does slightly better but the real reduction came with CNG and electric cars. Ethanol from forest wastes – cellulosic ethanol – had a very low carbon profile but is very hard to come by at this point. The big surprise was what the EPA...

California Leads Nation in Adopting EVs

California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles but the numbers still reprsent only .5 percent of the total cars on the road. The nation as a whole now has 70,000 EVs and 104,000 plug-in hybrids, half of them in Caolifornia. The total still represented a drop in the bucket among the nations's 229 million automoviles. THe map indicates which states have been the most intense is...

Breakeven Prices of U.S. Oil

The Permian Basin is still in pretty good shape as the price of oil comes down. Of the 22 drilling sites in the Permian, all are below the current marginal price of $80 a barrel. Most of the sites, including the Wolfcamp, which is just being developed, are below $60 a barrel. And of course the Bakken Core, the Utica and the Eagle Ford East are well below $40 which means they will be pumping oil...

Reserves of Oil Climb to 36 Billion Barrels

Reserves are the amount of oil that estimates are can be brought to the surface at current prices. Resources indicate all of the field that is current recoverable at any price. The amount of resources usually exceeds the resources, often by a lot. The Energy Information Administration has estimated the reserves of oil at 36 billion barrels, the highest level since 1973. The states that have...

Marcellus and Haynesville Lead Output

The Haynesville, which runs between Texas and Louisiana, and the Marcellus Shale, which runs mainly under Pennsylvania, have been the two biggest contributors in America’s remarkable production of natural gas. Together the two fields more than double the U.S. output. Remember, this is natural gas. Tight oil, which has undergone a similar upswing on production, comes mainly out of the...

World Electrical Production by Region

World electrical production is on an upward path and is not giving any indication of slowing down in the near future. World terawatt-hours will reach 550 by 2014 and and are projected to climb over 7000 TWh by 2020. OECD America seems to have leveled off but a great deal of hew growth will come from the non-OECD Americas (Latin America) and China. The dotted black line indicates the percentage...

American Oil Production

Onshore oil production has been on the downswing since 1970 and indeed follows the famous Hubbert “Bell Curve” of diminishing oil resources. But as technology experts predicted, other sources have developed to take its place. First there was Alaskan oil (light blue), now diminishing slowly itself. Then there was been the offshore oil, which has made a solid contribution and still...

West Texas Prices Haven't Fallen That Much

When viewed over the last eight years, West Texas Intermediate Prices haven’t really fallen that much – especially when compared with the wild swings of 2008. Other factors have led to the collapse of world oil prices: 1) falling demand in Asia; 2) the return of Libya as a producer, 3) the steady output of Iraq and Kurdistan despite political turmoil. All this means that prices...

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