Oil production in Pennsylvania

Michael Giberson James Hamilton posts on “Peak oil in Pennsylvania” at Econbrowser, drawing from a few historical surveys and presenting this chart from Michael Caplinger, “A contextual overview of crudeoil production in Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania crude oil production, 1859-1990, in millions of barrels per year. Source: Michael Caplinger (1997) via James Hamilton at Econobrowser Caplinger’s report … More Oil production in Pennsylvania

Unfair prices for holiday air travel in India? Any lasting effects?

Michael Giberson Leigh Caldwell, at Knowing and Making, notes concerns raised by representatives of India’s government about unfair airline prices during the festival of Diwali.  Caldwell mostly ignore the government’s chatter about unfair prices, but wonders how consumer reactions may influence company pricing decisions over time.  I think he offers interesting speculations, but I think … More Unfair prices for holiday air travel in India? Any lasting effects?

Ethanol comments supply evidence that Al Gore will never again run for office

Michael Giberson I suppose Al Gore is enjoying life and never expects to run for public office.  Clear evidence of this fact? His recent comments on ethanol: “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored … More Ethanol comments supply evidence that Al Gore will never again run for office

U.S. companies getting into the LNG export business

Michael Giberson More evidence that shale gas development is changing the international (not just the United States) natural gas market: A US LNG terminal is spending $2 billion to add export capability.  Currently Freeport LNG has the capability to re-export stored LNG; the new investment will add the capability to liquefy US-produced natural gas. Last Friday, November 19, … More U.S. companies getting into the LNG export business

Confusopoly (with a note on retail gasoline market strategies)

Michael Giberson In case you missed it: a little economics courtesy of Scott Adams and Dilbert: Some economists have asserted that Edgeworth competition in retail gasoline markets involves a variant of this strategy. If the same retail store always had the lowest price, even the most confused customer would eventually figure it out. Keep the … More Confusopoly (with a note on retail gasoline market strategies)

Glamour and policy – Virginia Postrel in the WSJ

Michael Giberson Have you noticed images of wind turbines appearing in ads for everything from cars to banks to university programs? For many people, wind turbines have a kind of stately grace, a beauty, a high-tech glamour. In the Wall Street Journal, Virginia Postrel claimed that wind power (and high-speed rail) gets a public-policy boost from the … More Glamour and policy – Virginia Postrel in the WSJ

Philadelphia Eagles declare “energy independence,” whatever that means

Michael Giberson The Philadelphia Eagles have issued a “Declaration of Energy Independence,” and are inviting other sports franchises and businesses to join with them. What does that mean, you ask?  They say they are embracing “environmental sustainability with great seriousness and conviction by powering Lincoln Financial Field with a combination of onsite wind, solar and … More Philadelphia Eagles declare “energy independence,” whatever that means

The ERCOT market in Texas readies for change in market design

Michael Giberson The ERCOT grid is about to switch fundamental market designs from its current zonal market to a nodal market. Here is a clip from an ERCOT document describing the change:     For a more readable version, check out the full brochure, which is evailable from ERCOT’s website. ERCOT’s “Texas Nodal Market Implementation” … More The ERCOT market in Texas readies for change in market design

Shale gas doc Haynesville to air November 23 on CNBC

Michael Giberson You may have seen mention of the documentary Haynesville on this site a time or two, but you may not have had a chance to see it.  If you have CNBC available, you will soon have a chance to see a one-hour “network cut” of the film. According to the announcement Haynesville Network Cut will … More Shale gas doc Haynesville to air November 23 on CNBC