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Should the Energy Industry Care About Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 71]

The energy industry has increasingly found itself in the crossfires of American politics—with Democrats rallying around renewables and Republicans generally supporting fossil fuels.  The 2016 Democratic Party Platform even proposes ending consumption of fossil fuels entirely by 2050: This polarization... Continue Reading →

How Will Blockchain Technology Be Adopted by the Energy Industry? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 64]

The headlines may be filled with stories about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—but it’s the underlying innovation called Blockchain (rather than cryptocurrencies themselves) that is poised to impact the energy industry: "Blockchain is a special technology for peer-to-peer transaction platforms that... Continue Reading →

Venezuela’s Oil Production Crash: Another Sad Chapter of Socialism [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 63]

When I last visited the Venezuelan cities of Caracas and Puerto La Cruz in 2007, Hugo Chavez was sowing the seeds of the nation’s economic destruction: “Venezuela demanded changes to the agreements made by international oil companies that would give... Continue Reading →

Shale vs. Deepwater Exploration Rates of Return [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 61]

Last week, the Trump Administration announced that it would open new areas of the United States coast to deepwater exploration: In a striking about-face, the Interior Department announced yesterday that it wants to allow drilling in nearly all U.S. waters,... Continue Reading →

France Passes Law Banning Fossil Fuels [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 59]

Toreador Resources Corporation was one of the first companies to exploit international shale in the late 2000s.  Hydraulic fracturing was working in the United States, and similar shale formations exist around the world.  One of the largest sits in the... Continue Reading →

Energy Terrorists [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 49]

October 2016 – Coordinated attacks on five pipelines in four states accessed emergency shut-off valves and stopped the flow of 15% of daily American oil supply.   February 2017 – Gunman opened fire on a natural gas pipeline in Florida.  He... Continue Reading →

Do Climate Accords Matter? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 46]

Talking heads have been complaining about (or alternatively, celebrating) President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.  Lost in their arguing is a simple question.  Can climate accords make (much of) a difference? We live in a global economy in... Continue Reading →

How to Influence International Energy Policy (Reimagine Energy Policy: Part 4 of 4) [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 36]

Before his nation discovered petroleum, its president idled the power plants whenever he traveled abroad.  The people were left in the dark, suffering from their leader’s absence.  A boy once asked about the blackouts, and the president’s retort—“This is my house,... Continue Reading →

International Shale Gas & Climate Change (Reimagine Energy Policy: Part 3 of 4) [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 35]

“The U.S. leads the world in reducing carbon emissions for the most recent 5- and 10-year periods. Over the past 5 years U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 270 million tons.” - Forbes Spinning windmills and glistening solar panels—that’s what... Continue Reading →

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