The Lead-Acid Battery’s Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Following my recent article – Lead-Acid Batteries Are On A Path To Extinction – I received an email from Battery Council International (BCI), the trade association for lead battery manufacturers, recyclers and suppliers. Members directly […]

Floating Nuclear Power Plants Could Save Numerous Lives

Last month the Akademik Lomonosov, a first-of-its-kind floating nuclear plant built by Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, arrived at Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. There, the plant is […]

The Existential Threat To Lead-Acid Batteries

Batteries became an indispensable part of our daily lives during the 20th Century. But the pace of change has dramatically increased in the 21st Century with the development of new battery types. The resulting battery […]

Electric Vehicle Mandate, Anyone?

In my many discussions with ethanol proponents, they invariably push several narratives. Sometimes these narratives are sincere, but sometimes they are driven by glaring self-interest. Today I cover a quick way to understand their motivations. I […]

U.S. Crude Production Returns To Record Levels

Were it not for the explosive growth of U.S. oil production over the past decade, the recent attacks on Saudi’s oil infrastructure would have undoubtedly had a much larger impact on the world’s oil markets. Now, less than […]

The Energy Sector Lagged In The Third Quarter

The S&P 500 returned 1.2% during the third quarter, which was a weaker performance than the previous two quarters. Nevertheless, for the first half of 2019, the S&P 500 has returned 18.7%. According to the Select Sector SPDR […]

Saudi Oil Inventories Plunge As Production Is Restored

Bloomberg is reporting that Saudi Aramco has restored oil production levels at the crude-processing plants at Abqaiq and at the Khurais oil field. Multiple reports that Saudi’s production would be back online quickly have helped push oil prices back […]

Is EPA At War With The Ethanol Industry?

Following my recent series of ethanol articles, I engaged in a substantive discussion with Douglas A. Durante, who is the Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, a pro-ethanol advocacy group. I am publishing our exchange in two articles. In Part 1, […]

Why The Attacks In Saudi Arabia Are A Big Deal

Oil prices have already pulled back from their surge following last weekend’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. This has led some to say “See, it’s a big nothing-burger.” I believe they are seriously […]

The Great Ethanol Debate: Status Quo Or New Paradigm?

Sometimes there is a total disconnect that takes place somewhere between an idea that I have in my head, and a reader’s interpretation of what I am saying. Whether I communicated poorly, or the reader […]