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Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

2 Jan 14 2014 @ 11:04pm by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy

Reports of Coal’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

I have pilfered from him before, and I will no doubt pilfer again. For Mark Twain is an excellent source of inspiration. Apparently, he said something along the lines of  ‘reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated‘ in relation to a misinformed newspaper article about one of his relatives. Regardless, it has been ringing in my ears recently as I have been reading about coal. For despite the anthracitical fuel being the red-headed stepchild of the energy complex, talk of its demise would appear misplaced. I present my case henceforth. » read more

1 Jan 6 2014 @ 5:41pm by Matt Smith in Economy, energy consulting, Natural Gas

10 Things to Consider about the Marcellus Shale

Ok, my bad – wrong Marsalis to the left. For today, my friends, we are going to talk about the crazy cat that is the Marcellus Shale, via ten different considerations. So let’s get this show on the road, and start the countdown from ten to one: » read more

1 Nov 1 2013 @ 6:51pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to…Frack

The line above is (mostly) taken from the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner‘. It seemed relevant when addressing the issue of water usage in hydraulic fracturing, as the poem provokes a similar range of emotions – from horror to incredulity to fascination. I haven’t set out to validate or vilify the relationship betwixt water and fracking, just present some background info. Which is this:

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0 Oct 14 2013 @ 9:03pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Risk Strategy

Why Gasoline Prices are Heading Lower

Let’s end at the beginning: retail gasoline prices are going to continue to head lower, and this post simply presents the case as to why, through some simple visuals.  » read more

0 Oct 1 2013 @ 10:00pm by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy

From China Coal to California Cool

Although it is easy to get caught up in the vastness of the volume of fossil fuels we continue to consume, we are increasingly being presented with positives as we move – albeit slowly – along a path toward a lower carbon-emitting future. So here are a few hat-tips towards said precedents of progress from recent days…from China coal to California cool. » read more