Power outages hot and cold

Michael Giberson A FuelFix post by Tom Fowler relays ERCOT’s report that the Texas grid operator expects to have enough power to serve customers reliably this summer. At the end of Fowler’s post he casually mentioned, in connection with the rolling blackout in ERCOT last winter, “a report by federal reliability officials concluded power plant … More Power outages hot and cold

Texas legislature passes fracking disclosure bill

Michael Giberson The Texas legislature has passed the nation’s first hydraulic fracturing fluids disclosure bill. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law. The text of the bill is available from the Texas Legislature Online website. In summary, a oil or gas well operator performing hydraulic fracturing will have to disclose the volume … More Texas legislature passes fracking disclosure bill

Civil liberties and economics: more than just free markets

Lynne Kiesling I wasn’t around KP a lot last week because I was spending a lot of time following the Patriot Act extension debacle and contacting my Congressional representatives to urge them to vote against it (of my so-called representatives, only Senator Durbin did so; I think this is the first time he and I … More Civil liberties and economics: more than just free markets

Billionaire Boone Pickens can’t understand why the Billionaire Koch brothers don’t support the slimmed Pickens Plan

Michael Giberson Koch Industries and various groups supported by the Koch brothers’ political donations are opposed the Boone Picken’s plan to provide government subsidies to anyone who makes or buys natural gas power vehicles. The position seems consistent with the Koch’s generally libertarian policy outlook, though the company is involved in the natural gas industry … More Billionaire Boone Pickens can’t understand why the Billionaire Koch brothers don’t support the slimmed Pickens Plan

CFTC files oil market manipulation case

Michael Giberson At Streetwise Professor, Craig Pirrong examines the CFTC’s case against alleged oil market manipulators Parnon Energy, Arcadia Petroleum LTD and Arcadia Energy (Suisse), all affiliates of the trading firm Arcadia. Whatever the ultimate merits of the case, he says the CFTC is going to have trouble making the charges stick. In part the … More CFTC files oil market manipulation case

Hydraulic fracturing panel discussion at AEI

Michael Giberson Kenneth Green hosted a panel discussion on the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing at the American Enterprise Institute. Panelists were: Ron Bailey of Reason Magazine, Mark Brownstein from the Environmental Defense Fund, Timothy Considine from the University of Wyoming, and Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The video above is just a short sound bite by Ron Bailey, … More Hydraulic fracturing panel discussion at AEI

Non-traffic causes of traffic congestion

Michael Giberson Is this an unpriced external effect of shooting off fireworks on July 4? July 5 tends to have an unusual number of animal-related traffic problems, as pets, spooked by the fireworks on the previous day, have a greater propensity to wander onto freeways. From Eric Morris at the Freakonomicsblog, “Road Blocks: The Strange … More Non-traffic causes of traffic congestion

Michael Webber’s “Energy at the Movies”

Michael Giberson Michael Webber, mechanical engineer and Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, provides a look at society’s changing relationship to energy as revealed in movies (and the occasional TV clip) in “Energy at the Movies.” At just over an hour and forty … More Michael Webber’s “Energy at the Movies”