How To Leverage $10 Billion To Reduce Carbon Emissions

In the previous installment of this series, I highlighted Jeff Bezos’s recent commitment of $10 billion to fight climate change. In that article I divided carbon dioxide emissions into two broad categories: What has already […]

How I Would Spend Jeff Bezos’s $10 Billion For Climate Change

Last week Jeff Bezos, founder, president and CEO of Amazon — and the world’s richest person — announced in an Instagram post that he would commit $10 billion toward fighting climate change. “Today, I’m thrilled […]

Estimating The Carbon Footprint Of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

Note: I want to state up front that this was a challenging analysis. There’s not a lot of data for many pieces of this analysis, and many assumptions must made. I was explicit in stating […]

Oil Prices Could Fall Much Further As Russia Refuses Additional Production Cuts

As 2019 came to a close, oil prices were under pressure from the continued surge of U.S. shale oil. Although OPEC and its partners had already cut production by more than 1 million barrels per […]

Coronavirus Has OPEC In A Panic

The book “The Black Swan” was written by former Wall Street trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb to describe rare, outlier events that can’t be predicted beforehand, but that have potentially huge consequences. The phrase “black swan” […]

No, The Oceans Are Not Acidic

Last week a widely-circulated CNN story declared: The Pacific Ocean is so acidic that it’s dissolving Dungeness crabs’ shells While the story describes an actual issue of concern (more on that below), the headline helps […]

Reinstating The Crude Export Ban Would Be A Gift To OPEC and Russia

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. A provision of this bill repealed a crude oil export ban that the U.S. had in place since 1975. This repeal was […]

Oil Bankruptcies Are Piling Up

Law firm Haynes and Boone recently released its updated Energy Bankruptcy Reports. These reports cover North American oil and gas producers, oilfield services and midstream bankruptcies from the beginning of 2015 through 2019. Over the entire five-year period, […]

Environmental Implications Of Lead-Acid And Lithium-Ion Batteries

Following recent articles I wrote on both lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, I received significant correspondence about the environmental pros and cons of both types of battery. In this article I will use some of the […]