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Arctic Withdrawal?

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 6:29 PM

The challenges of drilling for oil in the Arctic can be summed up in two words: timing and risk. It now seems that these two factors are driving companies elsewhere.

The latest company to turn away from the far north is Royal Dutch Shell, announcing earlier this month that...

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North to the Arctic?

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Shell has now pulled its $300 million Drilling Rig Kulluk, with its 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel, off the shoals just south of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska where it ran aground on New Year's Eve and has parked it safely in Kuliuk Harbor. The hard work of repair is...

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Heat: A Bridge to Climate Consensus?

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:22 PM

Excessive heat is becoming a public health threat, especially in cities. It leads to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and is a catalyst for ground-level ozone creation as well as asthma and lung disease.

However, and perhaps even more importantly, heat may be the...

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Of Oil Prices and Elephants

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Six wise men of Industan, of learning much inclined, went to see an elephant, though all of them were blind, that each by observation might satisfy his mind.

The debate over gas prices, what causes them to soar and crash, and who is to blame, is a parlor game played...

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Keystone XL: Danger Ahead

(16) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Will Rogers advised politicians to "never overlook a good opportunity to shut up." Congress should adopt his advice as it considers fast-tracking the Keystone XL pipeline -- keep quiet and let the permit review proceed at its own pace.

Keystone XL is more than a political bargaining chip....

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Our Global Choice: Asserting U.S. Leadership on Climate and Energy

(17) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 4:10 PM

In an old Jack Benny skit a thief puts a gun to Benny's head and shouts, "your money or your life!" Benny, rather than turning over his wallet (he nurtured a reputation as a notorious skinflint) crosses his arms, furrows his brow, taps his lips, and stares into space. After...

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Green Shoots for Oil Independence

(37) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:58 AM

$4-a-gallon gas inevitably elicits calls of drill-baby-drill to ease the pain felt in Americans' wallets. But the present debate over how to fight high gas prices and whether or not to increase domestic oil production overlooks a key point -- peak U.S. oil consumption has already been reached. We are...

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