Archives for Energy - Page 67

Another Hydrocarbon Heist in the Making?

We can wax philosophically, on and on and on, about the instability "big oil" has engendered throughout the world:  Hugo Chavez's regime in Venezuela, corruption in Nigeria, sabre-rattling in Russia, and oh yeah . . . the Middle East.   However, there's ...

Finnishing dependence on fossil fuels

Finland is the quiet sibling amongst the Scandinavian family of nations.  Bordering Russia, it doesn’t have the “brand” recognition that Sweden (Ikea and ABBA), Norway (fjords), and Denmark (Maersk).  In the renewable energy debate, you don’t hear about Finland’s policies ...

Keeping some in labor

Everyone agrees that workers on public works projects should be paid a fare wage.  And with all due respect to ditch diggers . . . solar and wind farms--or any renewable energy projects for that matter-- don't just need brawn.  ...

Don’t cry for me Argentina

Who would have thought South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford would become the latest joke on the talking head shows?  Isn't it bizarre that he took off for a few days, his wife didn’t know where he was (didn’t anyone learn from John ...

Capturing Norway

No matter what you think about fossil fuels, you have to admire Norway’s management of their gas and oil fuels. Unlike the squandering of oil fortunes in countries like Venezuela and Nigeria, Norway has used many of their oil revenues ...

BioFiasco

The more I read about biofuels, the more I’m dubious. Yes, I do sometimes salivate over the thought of having a Mercedes fueled by used french fry oil, but maybe it’s the smell that’s more appealing. It would be nice ...

Follow up to Big Oil saving and running alternative energy

Last month I mentioned that the future of alternative energy could hinge on investment from big oil.  Well, it’s certainly looking that way.    Ethanol refineries are being snatched by large oil companies.       The behemoths in the industry, such as Exxon Mobil, aren’t ...

Spam: not sustainable?

As I had thought, Spam indeed is bad for the environment.  Not the Hormel product.  Well, maybe if you don’t recycle the can.  I suppose Spam is using the parts of the hog so it would have been wasted anyway. ...

Feed me Feed-in!

Tax credits.  Cap-and-trade.  Kyoto.  Utility credits.  How can we really embrace alternative fuel?       The main reason why Germany is a leader in renewable energy technologies is because of their adoption of the feed-in tariff.  Although there is much talk about Waxman-Markey, ...
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