Tag: Energy markets

Climate Policy: On Buying Insurance, and Ignoring Cost-Benefit Analysis

By Frank Ackerman, principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics in Cambridge, Mass., and one of the founders of Dollars & Sense, which publishes Triple Crisis. Originally published at Triple Crisis First in a series on climate change policy The damages expected from climate change seem to get worse with each […]

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A Serious Green New Deal Would Take Up One-Third of the Economy—Are We Ready for That?

Yves here. I have to confess to being not keen about various Green New Deal proposals. They feed the idea that we can largely preserve our lifestyles and still make a big enough reduction in greenhouse gas output soon enough to ward off catastrophic outcomes. There are in my mind, […]

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How the Peak Oil Story Could Be “Close,” But Not Quite Right

Yves here. Gail Tverberg hasn’t been posting her carefully argued pieces on energy, particularly “peak oil,” and environmental issues as often as she once did, so I was glad to see this piece. By Gail Tverberg, an actuary interested in finite world issues – oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water […]

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Venezuela Coup Attempt Part of US Plan to Remake Latin America

The Wall Street Journal has just published an important, disheartening story, U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America. The Trump Administration has apparently decided to embark on a large-scale interventionist campaign to reverse supposed undue influence of Russia, China, and Iran in […]

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Many Countries at UN Oppose Trump Interference in Venezuela

Yves here. This Real News Network segment with Lawrence Wilkerson is a useful antidote to the impression much of the domestic media is trying to convey, that the US has broad-based support for its coup attempt in Venezuela. PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. On […]

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Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Make Money

Jerri-Lynn here. This is the latest installment in Justin Mikulka’s excellent series on the fracking beat, Finances of Fracking: Shale Industry Drills More Debt Than Profit. The industry lacks even the excuse of profit to justify the environmental costs it inflicts – yet  the mainstream media continue to swallow industry waffle. […]

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France’s Macron Makes Concessions While ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Continue

Yves here. This Real News Network segment gives some broader context for the gilets jaunes movement. Note that in an address on Monday, Macron apologized and gave some economic concessions, like raising the minimum wage by 100 euros a month and ending taxes on overtime work, but did not reinstate […]

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The Reality Is Everything Must Change

By Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and a political economist. He has been described by the Guardian newspaper as an “anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert”. He is Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, London and Director of Tax Research UK. He is a non-executive director of Cambridge Econometrics. […]

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G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles

Yves here. While this piece gives a good summary of the underlying dynamics behind some of the big economic conflicts, it’s less precise on the state of play at some points than I’d like. This section from a new story in DW, China vows quick trade deal as Trump sends […]

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Michael Olenick: A Quick Look at the Gilets Jaunes Protests

Yves here. Some additional overview material on France’s gilets jaune protests: 1. They have overwhelming public support. 2. Even though the flashpoint was taxes and inspections designed to cut greenhouse gasses, the grievances are about austerity and cut in services. Recall that Macron ended the wealth tax when he took […]

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Betting on BECCS: Will Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Help the Climate?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. I’m going to take the object of inquiry for this (and other) posts as the biosphere (as opposed to “the environment,” ecology, “the planet,” Earth, or a personified Earth, Gaia; possibly even “Nature” (though aren’t the stars part of Nature?). There are probably better definitions, […]

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White House Doubles Down On Coal Despite New Climate Report

By Tim Daiss, an oil markets analyst, journalist and author working out of the Asia-Pacific region for 12 years. Originally published at OilPrice President Trump has spent much of the first two years of his presidency at odds with environmentalists over numerous issues, but now that disagreement also includes the […]

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regulations

By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN, Julie spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. She serves on […]

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The Unforeseen Consequences Of China’s Insatiable Oil Demand

By Tim Daiss, an oil markets analyst, journalist and author that has been working out of the Asia-Pacific region for 12 years. I’ve covered oil, energy markets and geopolitics for Forbes, Platts, Interfax, NewsBase, Rigzone, and the UK-based Independent (newspaper) as well as providing energy markets analysis for subscription newsletters. I’ve also authored geopolitical reports […]

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Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?

Trump will meet with Putin this week in Helsinki. But despite talk of a “grand bargain” that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don’t expect it to happen, says professor of journalism at the American University of Beirut, nonresident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri in […]

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Gaius Publius: Which Would Be Harder to Ban, Single-Use Plastic or Money-Bought Government?

Jerri-Lynn here: In this short insightful post, Gaius discusses how the underlying obstacle to solving the problem of plastic emanates from the industry that produces these poisons– and a political system driven by money rather than attuned to public needs. The problem isn’t limited to plastic either: There are half a dozen industries like these, […]

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