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.”


Steve Pearlstein’s Editorial on University Cost Cutting

December 1st, 2015

Is he correct? What do you think? I can identify with the characterization of adjunct professors as day laborers.


Historic Pithole City

November 28th, 2015

A few photos taken at the historic Pithole City in the Western PA oil region. It was once a city of 10,000 people with oil derricks practically touching each other. The law of capture prevailed, and much crude was wasted. Now it is a ghost town.


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Advances in Telephone Survey Sampling

November 23rd, 2015

For your reading pleasure.