Category: Energy

Reducing Europe’s Dependence on Russia, Benefits United States

cAs tensions over the situation in the Ukraine heightened over the last few months, sanctions were thrown left and right between Russia, the United States and the European Union. The sanctions targeted the Russian banking and energy sectors, putting pressure on Russian President Putin’s inner circle. Since the sanctions, Russia has lost $75 billion in […]

New Fracking Process Benefits Environment

A new step that removes salt from the water that is used for the fracking process makes the water reusable. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia can now add a new step to fracking called electro dialysis. Produced water from fossil-fuel wells can have salinity three to six times greater than that of seawater; […]

Another Call to Export American Energy

Yet another “call”, this time from Roll Call, to export energy from the United States and joins many who support lifting the ban and regulations on our energy industry to export. With the U.S. now producing more oil and natural gas than Russian and Saudi Arabia, over 11 million barrels a day, lifting the U.S. […]

Yucca Mountain Now Deemed Safe

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently found that the nuclear waste disposal site meets the commission’s requirements. According to the long waited and held-up-in-court report from the commission, the design of the site had the required multiple barriers that assure long-term isolation of radioactive materials. Currently: There are more than 70 reactor sites around the country […]

Oil Prices Drop from U.S. Output, Despite Global Gitters

Price per barrel of oil has dropped $25 a barrel or 23 percent in three months to about $85 a barrel. Lowest average gas prices: The state of Missouri has the slowest gas price at $2.88 a gallon at the pump. The city of St. Louis, Missouri has the lowest gas price at $2.82 a […]

Renewable Energy Protest Deflates

Demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin protested outside the Public Service Commission for more renewable energy in the state last week. Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and […]

Lower Energy Prices Help Many Americans Stay Warm

Many Americans struggle during the winter with expensive and excessive consumption of energy resources to keep warm. Inflated energy prices really puts a strain on many families and their budgets. However, this upcoming winter will be a bit easier to get through, thanks to the fracking boom. Propane prices are 24 percent and consumption is […]

Keystone XL Meet Energy East

President Obama’s reluctance to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, is forcing one of the largest energy rich countries to look at alternative ways to export its crude. The proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline would be an all-Canada pipeline transporting the vast reserves of Alberta’s oil sands to the city […]

The Gas Tax

The American Petroleum Institute’s Gasoline Tax interactive map allows users to check out each state and the United States average state excise tax, other state taxes/fees, total state taxes/fees and total state and federal taxes. Some of the states with the highest federal and state gasoline tax include: New York — 68.90 cents California — […]

How We Misjudge Costs and Benefits with Energy Efficiency

Imagine walking up to someone sitting in a Lexus and offering a $5-an-hour job flipping burgers. How many people do you think would accept? Probably none. Yet, I often see people waiting at Costco for half an hour to save 10 cents a gallon on gas. Even for the owner of an SUV with a […]