Vertical Rules in a Horizontal World
We had a running back on my high-school football team that was fast and could put a move on you. But his problem was that instead of running forward downfield towards the other team’s end zone (what commentators call running “north-south”), he had a tendency to run sideline to...
Big Chills and Strong Wills
I was born in the Midwest, and most of my extended family still lives there, so I am not unaccustomed to the hazards of winter weather. When we were kids, visiting my grandparents on the Nebraska plains was an adventure. We would almost always encounter icy roads and treacherous...
2021 Climate Report Pairs Big Banks and Fossil Fuels
Finding themselves at the heart of the Banking on Climate Chaos 2021 Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2021, controversial conclusions were drawn on the working relationship between the banking and fossil fuel industries. With the current and intensified animosity towards both sectors, neither fared well in the published analysis. Authored by...
In early January 2011, I took office as Texas’s newest Railroad Commissioner. From that vantage point, it appeared the industry’s major problem was a lack of production to meet demands for oil and gas, in large part sparked by the hostility of the Obama administration towards fossil fuels. The...
What is the Role of Oil and Gas Companies in the Energy Transition?
The Biden administration recently unveiled an ambitious set of proposals dealing with a wide range of infrastructure issues facing the U.S. Areas expected to benefit include semiconductor, broadband, electric vehicles, renewable energy and big pharma. Of note is that the stimulus will come more from fiscal policy rather than...
Blackouts Present Opportunities to Implement Reliability Solutions
As we finalized this issue of SHALE Magazine early in March, the mid-February arctic blast and power blackouts that hit Texas were at the top of everyone’s minds, ours included. The Texas legislature had just concluded two full days of hearings on the matter on February 25-26, and the...
Rocky Times Continue, but Brighter Days Ahead
As expected, the first few months of 2021 have ushered in a period of continued volatility and uncertainty for America’s oil and natural gas sector. Beyond the pandemic and questions about whether OPEC+ will maintain production quotas that help balance out supply with demand, the inauguration of President Biden and...
THE POLICY GOAL OF ENERGY
The tale is told of my Keffer ancestors moving the family from Greene County, Pennsylvania in 1910 to Lipscomb County in the Texas Panhandle. They gave away all their winter clothing and bedding because they were leaving the frozen North for the sunny South. And then came the “Great...
Why Natural Gas is the “Greenest” Energy of Them All
What exactly does “green energy” mean? Is it the amount of emissions involved? If so, are we talking about emissions connected with energy generation, energy distribution or energy equipment manufacturing?Or, is it about the amount of land consumed and the degree of disturbance? If so, are we including the...
What Rocky Mountain Producers Can Expect Under a Biden Administration
Wyoming’s October 2020 Revenue Forecast shows exactly how hard the COVID-19 economic downturn has hit oil and gas producers in the nation’s Rocky Mountain West. While the state’s revenues were not as bad as predicted in May, the state still is expected to fall short of more than $450...
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