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All Models Expected to Improve Vehicle Mileage

Vehicle mileage rates will improve over all classes of cars over the next decade, according to projections from the Energy Information Administration. The solid line indicates gas mileage, the dotted line indicates price. Projections are made for ordinary gas vehicles, hybrid electric models, hybrid plug-ins that are 10 percent electric, plug-ins that are 40 percent electric, and EVS, which...

American Refineries Running at Record Pace

American oil refineries have been running at record levels during almost all of 2014, the result of increased oil production plus new refinery construction. Output hit an all-time high of 16.8 million barrels per day over the last two weeks in July and has been above the five-year average for all but three weeks in June. Remember, we only consume about 18 million barrels per day. Some of this...

The Hockey Stick of American Oil & Gas Production

Michael Mann became famous for publishing “The Hockey Stick” of global warming. Although there’s now some doubt about the authenticity of his findings, there’s no doubt that there’s another hockey stick on the loose – American oil production. Today’s graph shows the amazing upturn that has occurred in U.S. gas and oil production since the advent of...

The Russians Are Living on Oil & Gas Exports

At the height of the Soviet Empire, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once made fun of the Russians, saying they were basically subsisting on a hunting-and-gathering economy. At the time their main exports were furs and caviar. No more. For better or worse, the Russians have become one of the world premium oil and gas developers, with exports bringing in $350 billion a year. That’s almost...

Hubbert's Peak and Tight Oil

In 1952, M. King Hubbert predicted that onshore oil production in the lower 48 would peak in 1970. As you can see, he was pretty accurate. But what the predictors of "Peak Oil" didn't count on is that there would be oil from other sources. Alaskan oil and oil from the Gulf of Mexico have picked up the slack. But the real infusion of new supplies has come from the Fracking of tight oil, which...

Output on Federal Lands Has Declined Everywhere

The production of fossil fuels from federal lands has declined everywhere under the Obama Administration. Wyoming production is almost entirely coal and has been declining since 2009 as the Obama Administration attempts to reduce coal’s role in electrical generation because of global warming. Oil and gas output from the Gulf of Mexico were experiencing a slight uptick until the BP blowout...

Building Trade Unions Supporting Keystone

Labor unions are lobbying on behalf of the Keystone Pipeline but the overwhelming support comes from unions that are rooted in the building trades and manufacturing. The Laborers Union, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Teamsters and Carpenters and Joiners all figure prominently in the number of reports mentioning Keystone lobbying, as compiled by the Sunlight Foundation, which monitors...

State Energy Bills: Red Is Expensive, Green Cheap

WalletHub, an energy consulting firm, has charted overall energy costs for the 50 states. The most expensive states are represented in red, the cheapest states are represented in green. The brown states are intermediate. The rankings are made by comparing energy BILLS - not prices - for electricity, natural gas and gasoline. Colorado, which produces a lot of its own energy, is cheapest, while...

Gas Inventories Rise Rapidly

The possibility that natural gas inventory shortages will carry over into next winter seems to be facing. Data from the Energy Information Administration shows that the increase in inventories through the middle of July has been well above the five-year average, rising above 100 billion cubic feet per week. The average around this time of year is usually 75 bcf/wk. The rapid rebuilding has sent...

Robert Rapier's Renewable Energy Report Card

Solar energy remains the fastest growing form of renewable energy, although the pace slowed a bit in 2013 compared to the previous two years. That's the report from Robert Rapier in his "renewable energy report card." The striped line to the left represents the 2008-2013 average while the solid yellow line is last year. The figures represent percentage growth over the year. PV panels grew an...

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