Article by Phil Sharp

May 30th, 2016

Free Course: Energy Within Environmental Constraints

May 24th, 2016

I once taught a similar course, but I’m pretty rusty. I signed up for it.




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Coal Jobs in WV

May 6th, 2016
Even if coal came back, it wouldn’t employ many miners. It hasn’t for years. It’s not the 1950s. Put the miners to work building wind and solar energy projects, and manufacturing more chemicals and plastics from fracked NGLs… or if we find a way to make such things out of hay (well, biomass), they can do that. But forget coal.

Global Energy and Shale Event

March 21st, 2016


More Saudi Woes

March 9th, 2016



A Few Op-Eds on the Low Price of Hydrocarbons.

January 20th, 2016

Read them, comment on them, add your own analysis, or add more op-eds. There should be plenty around.


Polling Problems

January 16th, 2016

Do I like polling issues? Why yes, I do. Here’s another good read. Go to the link to the original report to see it all.



Costs and Benefits of EPA Regulations Interview

January 15th, 2016

From Resources for the Future. Worth a read.


Oil Prices and the Canadian Economy

January 10th, 2016

This is a good article other than, “Barring some geopolitical catastrophe, the new prices are here to stay.” Hydrocarbon prices are cyclical, as are pretty much all commodity prices. Portfolio theory applies to economies as well as individual investment strategies, i.e., leaning on oil and the loonie isn’t a good idea, as the article says. Even with promoting and growing other sectors, there will be ups and downs, but they will usually be tempered, because it’s rare that all industries go up or down at the same time.


Low Oil Prices and Foreign Policy

December 24th, 2015

“There’s no way to quantify whether cheap oil is good for us, because the bad guys lose and good guys win. It doesn’t work that way. There are winners and losers all across the board.”