UPS turns to LNG, not CNG, for natural gas fueled long-haul trucks

Michael Giberson The low cost of natural gas and the high cost of petroleum products like diesel and gasoline have produced a lot of interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel. It is an idea that’s been around for a while and works fine in practice. Most of the interest and effort has gone … More UPS turns to LNG, not CNG, for natural gas fueled long-haul trucks

Why do Americans drive more than Europeans?

Michael Giberson This result indicates that the quality of urban mobility infrastructure development can hard-wire either energy profligacy or energy efficiency into the system for decades. It also highlights the pernicious impact on long-term demand of low energy prices such as those driven by subsidies, particularly in emerging markets. From Shell’s Signals & Signposts: Shell Energy … More Why do Americans drive more than Europeans?

The TSA’s wholesale violation of our civil rights, including economic liberty

Lynne Kiesling I have been a too-silent opponent of the Patriot Act’s authorization of invasive surveillance in the name of national security. One of the consequences of that authorization has been the growth of the Department of Homeland Security and, under it, the formation and growth of the TSA. Those of us who travel frequently … More The TSA’s wholesale violation of our civil rights, including economic liberty

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?

An economic analysis of comparative fuel economy?

Lynne Kiesling Thursday’s Wall Street Journal had an article on airline fuel economy, “A Prius With Wings vs. a Guzzler in the Clouds“, and it presents an analysis that is a good starting point for thinking about an economic comparison of the fuel efficiency of different modes of transportation. The analysis compares the fuel economy … More An economic analysis of comparative fuel economy?

Electric vehicle recharging: Is the energy too cheap to meter?

Michael Giberson Competitive retail power company NRG plans to offer an “all you can eat” electric vehicle recharging plan in Houston early next year, expanding the offer to the Dallas area a little later.  Likely too few electric vehicles will show up in Houston in the next year or so to make much of a … More Electric vehicle recharging: Is the energy too cheap to meter?

National Research Council says benefits from plug-in hybrid vehicles decades away

Michael Giberson The National Research Council has issued a study examining the costs and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and concluding that it will likely be decades before such vehicles yield benefits to overcome their higher initial costs.  From the press release: Costs of plug-in hybrid electric cars are high — largely due to … More National Research Council says benefits from plug-in hybrid vehicles decades away