The year 2015 marks the end of the old oil era. Last week the U.S. Congress finally repealed the four-decade-old legislation that, until now, prohibited American firms from selling their product, crude oil, to willing buyers overseas. No other oil-producing nation had such a self-inflicted ban.
Big news came out of Paris early in the twelve-day Conference Of the Parties (COP21), the global confab on climate. We are going to see if big money can create new science and thus energy “miracles.”
Bill Gates is right. In a feature interview, mainly about energy, in the November issue of The Atlantic, Bill Gates begins with a pointed challenge that we have to bring “math skills to the problem” when talking about changing global energy use.
This is the year that the Millennial population surpasses the number of Boomers in America. It’s Gen Y’s turn to become the demographic tsunami working its way through the ecosystem of society, and to become the primary driving force for future energy demand.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to protect civilization from methane. Methane is, essentially, natural gas. And is it ever “natural.”
There’s a lot that’s already been written about the Clean Power Plan (CPP): Google it and you find 71 million hits (at least as I write this). A lot more will be written yet. The scale of the CPP predictably and properly has ignited widespread debate.