Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem

If you live in the Midwest, you are in the midst of a thriving ethanol industry. But the problem is that the Midwest does not control its own destiny when it comes to ethanol. That is still controlled by the federal government. ...

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A Solar Car for the Masses?

It’s car show season again, with the annual crop of car-model launches like the new Corvette “supercar” and the Acura TLX prototype. However, my biggest regret in missing this year's Washington DC Auto Show was not seeing the Ford “C-MAX Solar Energi” concept, an unlikely marriage of electric vehicle (EV) and solar photovoltaic panels (PV). ...

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US Oil Demand Returns to Growth

After three straight years of declining oil consumption and a substantial net reduction since 2005, preliminary estimates suggest that US demand for petroleum and its products grew by 2% last year. In the estimation of the International Energy Agency (IEA) US demand growth in 2013 even outstripped that of China. ...

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My 2014 Energy Predictions

In the previous article, I graded the 2013 predictions that I made a year ago. I scored well on the direction of oil and gas prices, the shrinking Brent-West Texas Intermediate (WTI) differential, and continued growth in US oil production (although it grew even faster than I expected). My only complete miss was that I expected approval for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. (The southern leg, inc ...

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Canada: From Energy Supplier to Competitor?

In remarks last month the Canadian Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, suggested that with the continued growth of unconventional oil production in the US, "Our only customer will become a competitor." Considering plans for liquefied natural gas export facilities on both sides of the border, he might have included LNG in that comment, too. Let's take a look at the kind of competition he might have had i ...

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Hands Off: Why The Free Market Should Control the Valve to US Natural Gas Exports

This week, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris penned a piece in the Wall Street Journal advocating for the United States to put an arbitrary limit on the amount of natural gas our country exports to its allies. In Mr. Liveris’ own words, the U.S. should do this “by adopting a measured approach to natural-gas policy” rather than allowing our economy to reap the full benefits gained from maximizing our export po ...

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Russian Justice Under Putin, Again

Detesting cruel and unusual punishment, preventing double jeopardy and imposing statutes of limitations are basic tenets in the legal systems of democracies. An independent judiciary has generated such strong adherence in the modern world that even Cambodia’s murderous Pol Pot, Zimbabwe’s ruthlessly cruel Robert Mugabe, the Myanmar military junta and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi have often invoked it. They were ...

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