The Federal Government’s Natural Gas R&d Breakthrough

Michael Giberson In the recent edition of The American magazine, the on-line journal of the American Enterprise Institute,┬áMichael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus write in defense of the President’s State of the Union address claim of federal government credit for the shale gas revolution. (For those of you not keeping score at home, (1) I commented … More The Federal Government’s Natural Gas R&d Breakthrough

Does a Public Good Argument Justify Subsidizing Private Energy Production?

Michael Giberson Yesterday I disputed the analysis by which the Breakthough Institute wanted to claim credit on behalf of the federal government for the shale gas boom; today I dispute their claimed broader implications for federal energy R&D policy. Late in their op-ed, the Breakthrough folks shift emphasis from a narrow drilling technology story to … More Does a Public Good Argument Justify Subsidizing Private Energy Production?

Did the Federal Government Invent the Shale Gas Boom?

Michael Giberson In the Washington Post the folks at the Breakthrough Institute try to learn us some history about the shale gas boom. Maybe you think the shale gas boom was some big surprise suddenly made real after the decades-long work of a hard-headed oil and gas guy – George Mitchell – willing to spend … More Did the Federal Government Invent the Shale Gas Boom?