Natural gas and the environment – choices we should make

I receive the MIT Technology Review. It’s well worth reading. Often, its coverage of the innovative work of graduates and students makes me proud of being alumnus. It also brings back memories of how far the world and the nation… Continue Reading →

Rising gas prices affecting the Heartbeat of America

I’m sure you’ve already noticed that gas prices have been steadily increasing over the past few weeks – I know I have. I especially felt the pain at the pump last week, when I was borrowing a sporty Z28 Chevy… Continue Reading →

Hickenlooper and Fallin lead a bipartisan effort to foster natural gas vehicles

Bipartisanship may be dead in Washington, but it is alive and well among the states, particularly when it comes to providing Americans with alternative choices concerning transportation fuel. Earlier, Over the Barrel columns described the successful efforts of Governor Hickenlooper… Continue Reading →

“I got high hopes” – natural gas as a transitional fuel

Hope is the dream of a waking man – Aristotle. I haven’t slept more than 2-3 hours since Eisenhower was elected President. Don’t know why? Because I liked Ike and I still have a button that says the same somewhere… Continue Reading →

How much do Americans spend on gas each year?

Sometimes, or I should say oftentimes, I sit and contemplate where I will take my next vacation. I could sail across the island of Curacao, ride elephants in India or visit the Petra in Jordan. I begin anxiously searching deals,… Continue Reading →

Star light, star bright… Hydrogen fuel cell cars and reality

To the sounds of thunder and the crackling of lightening (just kidding), USA Today announced that Toyota plans to sell a fuel cell vehicle in 2015. I got goose pimples when I read the piece. Someday soon, America would finally… Continue Reading →

Ethanol-free gas stations on the Valley Isle

After landing in Maui last July I was promptly greeted with a few reminders of why I love vacationing on the “Valley Isle” so much. The enveloping tropical climate and warm trade winds, the aroma of plumerias wafting from fresh… Continue Reading →

One step forward, one back, one sideways & one proposed step to fuel freedom

Over the last few days, three articles appeared in the media that seemed to cover different topics concerning energy-related issues faced by America. Even though they were written by different authors, functioning independently, and even though their content did not… Continue Reading →

Competition by analogy… electricity, coal, oil, natural gas and open markets

The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently sent out a brief indicating that wholesale electric prices were lower for first six months of 2012. “A combination of natural gas prices at 10-year lows and the warmest winter on record led… Continue Reading →

The oil spill you never heard about

Remember the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010? I’m sure you do. Recognized as the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the spill was nearly 20 times greater than 1989’s Exxon Valdez spill. The explosion that instigated the disaster killed… Continue Reading →