May 3, 2016

The Shale Reckoning Comes to Oklahoma

An industry built on cheap debt and new technology pushed oil production to a 40-year high
By Asjylyn Loder. Bloomberg Businessweek, March 10, 2016

In January 2012, I traveled to Oklahoma City for the first time to report on what was considered a surprising development: a U.S. oil boom. Until … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

Political Contributions and the Lifting of the Oil Export Ban

Fossil Fuel Company Super PAC Gifts Came Before Congress Ended The Oil Export Ban

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

“A handful of the biggest oil and gas companies and their CEOs poured millions into a super PAC created to boost the election of Senate Republicans as the industry made a successful … Continue reading

Cuomo Nixes Port Ambrose, Proposed Natural Gas Terminal Off Jones Beach

Fears terminal could cause an environmental catastrophe or become a terrorist target
By Ellen Yan, Newsday, November 12, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday killed a 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach amid fears that it could cause an environmental catastrophe or … Continue reading

Fossil Fuel Companies Risk Plague of Lawsuits

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global leaders signal an end to business-as-usual
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, October 27, 2015

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global … Continue reading

Economics and International Trends Sour Shell’s Taste for South African Shale Gas

It’s high time that the negative aspects around shale gas as a technology came home to roost
By Jonathan Deal, Treasure Karoo Action Group, March 15, 2015

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The news that Royal Dutch Shell and possibly other global oil and gas players are shifting their focus … Continue reading

Today’s Shale Era Is The Retirement Party For Oil Production

The recent U.S. oil production boost from shale drilling is short-lived and somewhat desperate
By Adam Taggart, PeakProsperity, February 7, 2015

As we’ve written about often here at PeakProsperity.com, much of what’s been ‘sold’ to us about the US shale oil revolution is massively over-hyped. The amount of commercially-recoverable shale … Continue reading

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels
By Naomi Oreskes, Huffington Post, July 28, 2014

Naomi Oreskes: Why We Should Trust Scientists (video)

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this … Continue reading

Fracking for an Energy Renaissance that Will Not Come

Talk of an American energy renaissance is essentially baseless
By Kurt Cobb, The Christian Science Monitor, January 12, 2014

Last week when I laid out seven misconceptions about energy shared by the public and policymakers, the pushback I received had little to do with the actual data I used … Continue reading

Frackers Caught Up In Their Own Hype

Energy industry looks to government to save profits
By Betsey Piette, Workers World, November 10, 2013

For nearly a decade, the natural gas industry has drained valuable water resources, poisoned the land with dangerous chemicals, released radiation into water supplies and increased the danger of global warming through its unconventional … Continue reading