It’s a free county, ain’t it? Americans have many choices that are denied to citizens of other less-fortunate nations. But we forget how many decisions are made for us, sometimes out of necessity, such as paying taxes; sometimes out of… Continue Reading →
“Why is it that we hear every day some new story about Elon Musk’s electric car, about Clean Energy Fuel’s efforts to build a CNG highway, or about some laboratory breakthrough that is at last going to bring us cellulosic… Continue Reading →
If finding microbes that can convert cellulose plant material into ethanol is of the holy grails of biofuels, an equally elusive goal is using microbes to make liquid fuels out of natural gas.
Almost everyone agrees that the best way… Continue Reading →
Indiegogo, the crowd-funding site normally populated by documentary filmmakers may seem like an unlikely place to try to launch the methanol revolution. But Scott Morris is ready to give it a try.
The Alabama native has experience in driving and… Continue Reading →
I was a bit under the weather this past weekend. I thought it would be a good time to catch up on some reading; something assumedly simple- the relatively recent literature concerning the ability of ethanol, particularly E85, to compete… Continue Reading →
Professor Bruce Babcock, of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at Iowa State University, believes he has a simple solution to the corn ethanol mandate problem – encourage people to fill their tank with fuel that is 85 percent… Continue Reading →
The Ford Motor Company stepped front-and-center in the effort to fine alternatives to high-priced imported oil last week with the announcement that it will offer compressed natural gas (CNG) tank as an option in the F-150 pickup truck, its most… Continue Reading →
Readers of Over the Barrel know of my admiration for Elon Musk and his innovative entrepreneurial leadership. Who else in America’s present business community could, in just several weeks’ time, win applause because of a successful space initiative, a proposal… Continue Reading →
This week the Energy Information Agency (EIA) released findings in their “Today in Energy” blog, revealing that 2012 global oil production reached a record high. Earlier this year, on the very same blog, the EIA released information showing that 2012… Continue Reading →
We all know that when the price of oil goes up Americans are negatively affected. High oil prices increase our gasoline expenditures, constricting household budgets, and cause the price of everything that is transported or produced using oil (which is basically… Continue Reading →