• U.S. Shale Revolution & Free-Market Economics Dominate Oil Prices

    • Date: 14/11/18
    • Olivier Jakob, Financial Times

    Back in 2015, we coined the term “shale price band” to describe the economic reality of US crude oil production. Our theory is that the price of US crude in the era of shale oil, will stay in a price band between $40 a barrel and $60 a barrel. A price move below $40 a […]

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  • Green Activism Fuels A Bonanza In Coal Demand

    • Date: 13/11/18
    • Nick Cater, The Australian

    Unless the supply of coal is increased, the world’s poor will be trapped for even longer in poverty, burning kerosene, animal dung or whatever they can get their hands on. Industrial development will be constrained. Fewer goods and services will be purchased. The smug inner glow of virtue-seeking First World activists will hardly compensate for […]

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  • Book Review: A Delight, If You Like Horror Stories

    • Date: 12/11/18
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    Peter Henderson’s new book on the ecological impacts of different forms of energy generation is a series of horror stories, but a delight in many ways: a practical handbook  that reviews briefly, in clear and straightforward language, the environmental issues associated with keeping the lights on. Along the way, Henderson puts to bed the absurd […]

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  • Has the Cost of Germany’s Energiewende entered a Critical Phase?

    • Date: 08/11/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Electricity system management costs in Germany are spiralling, in large part due to the sharply increasing costs of compensating renewable generators when their output is curtailed in order to preserve system stability. This, and other prominently criticized failures of the Federal government to control the cost of the Energiewende, have all the makings of a […]

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  • Robert Bryce: Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer

    • Date: 02/11/18
    • Robert Bryce, City Journal

    As a new study confirms, turbines would have to be stacked across state-sized swaths of the American landscape On October 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning that nations around the world must cut their greenhouse-gas emissions drastically to reduce the possibility of catastrophic climate change. The report emphasizes “fast deployment of renewables […]

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  • The UK’s Autumn Budget and Environmental Policy: A Tale of a (Recyclable) Tub

    • Date: 31/10/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget, 2018, on Monday the 29th of October. Although silent on many environmental issues it contains clear indications that the Treasury is persisting in its attempt gradually to introduce technology neutral carbon taxation to replace income support subsidies to renewables. If successful, […]

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  • Why So-Called ‘Earthquakes’ Shouldn’t Stop Fracking In Lancashire

    • Date: 24/10/18
    • Andrew Montford, The Spectator

    Whatever message the government is sending out it’s certainly not ‘Open for Business’. So, just a week after starting work on releasing the gas trapped in the shales beneath Lancashire, energy company Cuadrilla Resources decided to stop work, at least for the rest of the day. Soon after they had started pumping water into the […]

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  • Emissions and Economy in the UK: Shining Example or Dismal Lesson?

    • Date: 17/10/18
    • John Constable & Gordon Hughes

    The UK government is engaging in increasingly implausible attempts to present the country’s economic and emissions record since 1990 as a proof of the existence of a viable model for low carbon prosperity based on recent policies, particularly renewables. In fact, if the UK record shows anything, it demonstrates that a continuation of the fuel […]

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