The New Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas: How Will the Tight Oil Boom Affect the Prospects for Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development?

April 17, 2014
OurEnergyPolicy.org has partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center for Navigating the Oil Frontier: The Implications of the Tight Oil Boom on Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development, to be held Monday...
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Is The Strategic Petroleum Reserve A Solution To The Crisis in Ukraine?

April 9, 2014
George Soros was recently quoted as suggesting that the US use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as a deterrent to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  I thought we could examine the...
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Can Natural Gas and Renewables Be Synergistic, Not Competitive?

April 2, 2014
The role of natural gas in a clean energy future has been widely debated due to concerns over life-cycle carbon emissions and perceptions that relying on natural gas as a...
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Changing Times for Electric Utilities

March 24, 2014
Two seemingly unrelated announcements drew much attention in the electric utility industry recently. First, the Edison Electric Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council jointly recommended changing how utilities should...
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Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

March 11, 2014
Cyberattacks are occurring with greater frequency and severity, and could have enormous impacts on huge swaths of the highly interconnected electric grid. Despite the serious risks posed by cyber attacks,...
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What Is The Future of Solar Energy?

February 27, 2014
This is the second in a series of discussions led by invited speakers at the upcoming Physics of Sustainable Energy conference to be held March 8-9, 2014 at the University...
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Metrics for Comparing Alternative Liquid Fuels

February 20, 2014
It is clear that the Age of Oil is winding down. Worldwide, the rate of discovery of new oil reserves peaked in the 1960s and in the US our peak...
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Prosperity at Home And Strengthened Allies Abroad – A Global Perspective on Natural Gas Exports

February 13, 2014
The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a policy paper entitled “Prosperity at Home and Strengthened Allies Abroad – A Global Perspective on Natural Gas Exports.” Over the past...
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Simplifying the Energy Tax Code

February 3, 2014
As part of his efforts to comprehensively reform the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a staff discussion draft on December 18, 2013 that proposed a...
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For Sustainable Buildings, Are Two Standards Better Than One?

January 30, 2014
This is the first in a series of discussions led by invited speakers at the upcoming Physics of Sustainable Energy conference to be held March 8-9, 2014 at the University...
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