BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013

Last week I attended Mark Finley’s presentation in Chicago of BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy for this year. In his role as General Manager of Global Energy Markets at BP, Mark is responsible for this annual analytical survey of world energy production, consumption, and trends. He’s an outstanding economist whose presentations are a master … More BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013

Us Shale Deposits Changing Global Oil Landscape

Lynne Kiesling As Megan McArdle noted on Wednesday, fracking in the US is causing dissension within OPEC; couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of cartel members. Megan’s analysis is dead on, well worth reading, and reveals how different the ideal strategies are of the different OPEC members. At some level, this is not new — … More Us Shale Deposits Changing Global Oil Landscape

Fracking at the Becker-posner Blog

Lynne Kiesling Fracking and energy self-sufficiency is the topic of the week at the Becker-Posner blog. Becker’s contribution provides a stream-of-consciousness overview that is consistent with the past fracking discussions here; it touches on fuel source competition, the quest for self-sufficiency, the environmental impact of fracking, and the likely effects of fuel export regulation. I’m … More Fracking at the Becker-posner Blog

Keystone Xl Pipeline Hyperbole Heats Up

Michael Giberson Oh the hyperbole of it all: In addition to pollution and harm to the environment, Keystone XL directly puts at risk the land of families across a full stretch of our country. The pipeline would cross through six states and several major rivers, in addition to the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies clean water to two … More Keystone Xl Pipeline Hyperbole Heats Up

Economics Error: Trade Makes People “Dependent”

Lynne Kiesling I am listening to an NPR story right now on the conflicts over the construction of the new pipeline to bring Canadian heavy crude oil from the tar sands to the US. Steve Inskeep introduced the story by observing that as Canadian tar sands production increases, US consumers will “become more dependent on … More Economics Error: Trade Makes People “Dependent”

Does Anyone Care About Oil and Gas Reserves Reports Included in Year-end Financial Statements?

While it may be good for the SEC to revise its petroleum reserves reporting rules for other reasons, it won’t provide much in the way of help to investors. By the time the official version of reserves estimates is issued it is old news. Research by Richard Miller confirms this conclusion. … More Does Anyone Care About Oil and Gas Reserves Reports Included in Year-end Financial Statements?

Update: The Forthcoming Dramatic Fall of Reported Oil Reserves

The Securities and Exchange Commission has revised reporting requirements in order to reduce the effects of price volatility on reserves reported. … More Update: The Forthcoming Dramatic Fall of Reported Oil Reserves