Electricity Competition Manifesto

A recently-released manifesto,spearheaded by UC-Berkeley’s Institute of Management, Innovation & Organization, provides another call for market forces in California’s electricity industry in the face of increasing regulation and debt-laden utilities and generators. I have provided the press release below, and it is also available at the RPPI website. The full text of the manifesto and … More Electricity Competition ManifestoMore Electricity Competition Manifesto

Gasoline Inventories High

According to this Bloomberg Energy story, the Energy Department reports that domestic gasoline inventories are unexpectedly high. The effect of these inventories is depression of oil prices today. But the story doesn’t give any detail on whether or not the increased inventories are due to production increases, consumption declines, or a combination of both. I … More Gasoline Inventories HighMore Gasoline Inventories High

Jane Galt On Iraqi Oil

Megan McArdle has a good post on the future of the Iraqi oil industry and why oil-rich countries tend to be illiberal (my wording, not hers). Both her insights and the comments on her post are worth reading, as is the Washington Post article she references. … More Jane Galt On Iraqi Oil

Susan Lee On Libertarianism And Conservatism

Bravo! to Susan Lee for her articulation of the important distinctions between conservatism and libertarianism, particularly in cultural dimensions. An excerpt: To push my argument further, libertarian thought, with its fluid cultural matrix, offers a better response to some of the knottiest problems of society. It is, especially when contrasted with the conservative cultural matrix, … More Susan Lee On Libertarianism And ConservatismMore Susan Lee On Libertarianism And Conservatism

OPEC Produced More In January, But Not Enough To Make Up For Venezuela

Data on OPEC’s January production from Platts shows that production went up by 500,000 barrels/day. Not enough to compensate for Venezuela’s lack of production, thus the price rise from around $32 to around $35. … More OPEC Produced More In January, But Not Enough To Make Up For Venezuela

More From The Oed

Upon the completion of her first knitted sock, Bonne Marie Burns asks “what the heck does *gusset* mean anyway?” gusset n. A triangular piece of material let into a garment to strengthen or to enlarge some part, esp. in order to afford ease in movement. One of the usage examples they offer is splendid: c1570 … More More From The OedMore More From The Oed

C And C Definitions

According to the OED: calyx n. The whorl of leaves (sepals), either separate or grown together, and usually green, forming the outer envelope in which the flower is enclosed while yet in the bud. corolla n. The whorl of leaves (petals) either separate or grown together, forming the inner envelope of the flower, and generally … More C And C DefinitionsMore C And C Definitions

Calyx And Corolla

I heartily second Megan McArdle’s recommendation for Valentine’s flowers. I have often bought flowers from Calyx and Corolla for my parents and grandmother. In fact, for her birthday this year I sent my mother a bouquet from another company, but in a lovely Waterford vase, and while she liked it she said that she wouldn’t … More Calyx And CorollaMore Calyx And Corolla

BP Invests In Russian Oil: Russia Friendly For Foreign Investment?

BP has committed to invest $6.75 billion in a new Russian oil company, the largest foreign investment ever in Russia. This investment, with two Russian partners, will create Russia’s third largest oil company, and will complement BP’s planned investment over the next five years: more than $20 billion developing projects in the U.S. Gulf of … More BP Invests In Russian Oil: Russia Friendly For Foreign Investment?More BP Invests In Russian Oil: Russia Friendly For Foreign Investment?