Energy Policy

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 →

Proposal for an Omnibus Energy Act (Reimagine Energy Policy: Part 2 of 4) [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 34]

While the nation’s population has doubled in the last half century, the amount of federal regulation has grown by 1,700%.  Forbes estimates that “‘more than 1 million restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations are either duplicative, have costly unintended... Continue Reading →

Genius Grants for Energy Innovation (Reimagine Energy Policy: Part 1 of 4) [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 33]

Energy policy used to be an area where Democrats and Republicans found common ground. That’s not true anymore. The parties’ energy platforms are polarized by climate change. Democrats call for America to be “be running entirely on clean energy by... Continue Reading →

Side-by-Side Comparison of Democratic and Republican Energy Policies [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 32]

The platforms for both American political parties dedicate several pages to energy policy. This language was drafted by committees of party leaders, approved by the presidential candidates, and then adopted at their national conventions. In the table below, I have... Continue Reading →

The Democrats’ Bold New Energy Platform: Zero Fossil Fuels [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 30]

“America must be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century” – 2016 Democratic Party platform Delegates to the Democratic Party’s national convention released their new platform on July 21st. Its energy policy spans several pages and ranks as the sixth... Continue Reading →

Brexit’s Impact on the Energy Industry [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 28]

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods . . . [but] there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe.” – Boris Johnson, former... Continue Reading →

Niger Delta Avengers: Inspired by Marvel Comics? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 27]

“To the International Oil Companies and Indigenous Oil Companies, it’s going to be bloody. Your facilities and personnel will bear the brunt of our fury.” – The Niger Delta Avengers Nigeria’s oil output has plummeted in recent months, falling to... Continue Reading →

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