Oil Prices: Uuf Dah!

That was my reaction today when I saw how high oil prices went today in world markets. In the US, “The supply situation is dire,” said Phil Flynn, a senior energy trader at Alaron Trading Corp. in Chicago. “Crude-oil inventories are dangerously low. We are only one small problem away from the minimum amount needed … More Oil Prices: Uuf Dah!

Venezuela and Terrorism?

This Insight magazine article from 19 February explores the possibility that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has contacts with, or will increasingly form contacts with, terrorists who want to flex the oil muscle. From the article’s introduction: As Washington prepares a high-stakes military venture in the Persian Gulf, a growing physical threat is being posed by … More Venezuela and Terrorism?

High Gas Prices Induce Conservation

Ya wanna increase fuel economy and reduce our dependence on oil? Let high gasoline prices do their work. From an article in the Press Enterprise (registration required), an inland Southern California newspaper: Amid soaring gas prices nationwide, Californians are paying the most to fill up their vehicles, causing many people to cut back on recreational … More High Gas Prices Induce ConservationMore High Gas Prices Induce Conservation

Oil Prices and Uncertainty

The uncertainty, and the continuing unrest in Venezuela, keep pushing those oil prices higher and higher. See for example this BBC article, this Forbes article, this ABC News article, and this Financial Times article. Ugh.

Back from Philly

Just got back yesterday from Philadelphia, and the Mercatus Center Congressional Chief of Staff Retreat. Very fun, lots of good conversations.

Why Do We Get The Short End Of The Stick?

Because no one in the Midwest (or anywhere else, for that matter) wants a refinery built next to them. Plus we have oxygenated fuel requirements, reformulated gasoline requirements, and some of us have state-level boutique fuel requirements. So gas prices in the Midwest are the most volatile in the whole country. See, for example, this … More Why Do We Get The Short End Of The Stick?More Why Do We Get The Short End Of The Stick?


Many thanks to Mindles Dreck for re-introducing (or introducing, in my case) us to Sophismata, replete with interesting stuff, including this insightful analysis of power efficiency and price efficiency. Yay! That’s a point that will become increasingly important as we weigh increasing our energy generation from renewable sources, and particularly in light of the energy … More Sophismata

Cafe Standards Are Biased

Virginia Postrel has, in her usual succinct and elegant way, pointed out the deficiencies in CAFE standards for promoting decreased energy use: I do think it’s ridiculous to bias federal policy in favor of SUVs and against station wagons and minivans. That’s what the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards for fuel efficiency do. But, … More Cafe Standards Are BiasedMore Cafe Standards Are Biased

Oil and Gas Forecasts

Here’s an article from Oil and Gas Journal that describes some outlooks and forecasts for oil and natural gas markets, from energy experts at Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Punchline: oil prices will fall over the course of this year, but US natural gas prices will increase as supplies strain to keep up with increased demand … More Oil and Gas Forecasts

Oil from Venezuela

On Wednesday, Exxon Mobil will load Venezuelan oil onto a tanker, the first US oil company to do so since 2 December.