Policy Studies

From Shale to Ship: The Potential for Lower Carbon U.S. LNG Production

LNG Terminal and Carrier

The author argues that the production of lower-carbon US LNG will occur with or without the cooperation of the LNG, oil, and natural gas industry. However, this transition will be less costly and happen faster if US companies change decades-old practices and how they approach the siting of LNG and interstate natural gas pipelines. Read full article in the Climate and Energy Journal. [node:read-more:link]

US and Global Energy Security: Where We Are Falling Short

Achieving Energy Security takes a lot of effort

If it wasn't for my editor Echo Carthright, I would have titled this article the Energy Transition: All the Wrong Stuff. That said, I really believe the efficiency and capacity factors of current power technologies are insufficient to achieve net zero carbon emissions in most countries. Besides, a fossilize National Environmental Policy Act in the US and similar laws in other countries, NEPA  will stifle construction of needed projects even if they are renewable energy and clean electric transmission.

Business as usual will not do. What's needed is serious basic and applied net zero energy research (similar to what was used to develop mRNA Covid-19 vaccines) that revolutionizes power technologies and environmental impact assessment. The latter includes standardized mitigation for most energy infrastructure projects rather than a bespoke process that makes believe this is the first time a federl agency is evaluating a given project, whether it be hydropwer, wind, solar, electric transmission, natual gas pipeline, LNG or nuclar power project. Download the full article in the Climate and Energy Jourmal.  [node:read-more:link]

Maybe It's Time to Level with Electricity Consumers

The Electric Power Industry along with State and Federal energy officials are "caught between a rock and a hard spot." They find themselves trying to keep the lights on reliably at the lowest possible price. In contrast, many Climate Change and Anti-Fracking advocates take issue with the use of natural gas for power production and shale gas production using hydraulic fracking. These advocates would have have us abandon greater reliance on natural gas as a power fuel and instead push a reewables only agenda. [node:read-more:link]

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