Archives for May, 2011

Comments Off on “Déjà vu All Over Again”

I’ve been in the energy business a long time. As CEO of Pace Global Energy Services, I’ve been actively engaged in the energy industry for more than 35 years. It’s always amazing to me how the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is especially true during periods of gasoline price spikes.…

In his March 30 speech on energy at Georgetown University, President Obama declared that “there are no quick fixes” with regard to the country’s energy policy, and noted that huge amounts of the nation’s wealth and petroleum consumption are directly tied to transportation. While the President’s acknowledgment of this reality is a step in the…

Together, spiritual power and solar energy can transform communities. Case in point: Florida Avenue Baptist Church, which, for nearly a century, has served as a pillar of strength and hope for the people of Washington, DC.  Recently, this important institution made history: It became the first African American church in the nation’s capital to utilize…

Tax breaks and other subsidies for oil companies have been getting a lot of attention lately, to the extent that cutting them has even made it into an actual Congressional proposal. The issue has been around forever, but I like to flatter myself by thinking that the Environmental Law Institute’s report on fossil subsidies that…

Comments Off on Lessons from PFC Restrepo’s Mother

Fairfax, VA – The incredibly brave work of the U.S. Special Forces team that killed Osama bin Laden brought some badly needed, uplifting news. It gave Americans welcome, if temporary, relief from steady news of American lives lost in the Middle East. You can really feel that weight of the sacrifice our people are making…

Comments Off on Renewables by 2050…With the Right Policies

  In just one day, the sun delivers about as much energy as has been consumed by all human beings over the past 35 years. So why haven’t we exploited more than a tiny fraction of this potential? There are many reasons: cost, storage, transmission, distribution, entrenched subsidies and technological challenges are but a few…

Comments Off on With Oil Prices High, Taking Aim at Industry Tax Breaks

Tax breaks for Big Oil are in the spotlight in Washington, D.C., with top executives of the major energy companies scheduled to make a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to defend the government incentives that their highly profitable industry enjoys. But the tax credits, deductions and royalty relief provisions that benefit the oil industry in…

Comments Off on Can local sustainable development save the Amazon?

Local sustainable development 2.0, that’s how we should call what is happening in 80 municipalities of the Brazilian giant state of Pará, in the Amazon region. Pará is 1.8 times the size of Texas. These 80 towns are basically dominated by cattle-ranching and some timber production. Beef, timber, and soybean have been the main culprits…

A smoking gun in the form of methane isotopes links the two. Shale Gas: Game Changer or Potential Problem? The abundant, cleaner-burning fossil fuel known as shale gas has been hailed as a bridge fuel that’ll allow the transition from coal to a renewable-fueled future. Not only that, drilling for shale gas has propped up…

Comments Off on A Fistful of Pragmatism: The Energy Consensus That’s Just Sitting There

When it comes to energy policy, do we really need to agree on the why before we can agree on the what? That’s been the working assumption of lots of people on all sides of the debate so far, and it’s stopped climate change policy dead in its tracks.  One of the few things the…