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U.S. Crude Oil Exports, Really? – A Look at the UK

By on February 3, 2014 in Commentary
U.S. Crude Oil Exports, Really? – A Look at the UK

By Steve Andrews. Last week the U.S. Senate’s Energy Committee held the first hearing in decades on the question of whether exporting US crude oil, prohibited by law since the 1970s, should be allowed again.  Attendees heard proponents say that allowing crude exports would hold prices down with opponents claiming the opposite case. To be […]

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An Interview with Dr. Sadad Al-Husseini

By on January 20, 2014 in Commentary

By Steve Andrews.   Since the autumn of 2011, a storyline of “oil revolution” and oil abundance–even “North American energy independence”—has taken the US media by storm.  That storyline seems to have lifted off in rough tandem with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Daniel Yergin—“There Will Be Oil”—followed not long thereafter with a […]

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About that EIA Hail Mary

By on December 23, 2013 in Commentary
About that EIA Hail Mary

By Steve Andrews. (Commentaries do not necessarily represent the position of ASPO-USA) The key take-away from the US EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook released one week ago jumps out in the graph below: US crude oil production should peak in 2016 at a level 26% higher than that projected just one year ago.  That’s an additional […]

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Analysis of Well Completion Data for North Dakota’s Bakken Formation

By on November 17, 2013 in Commentary
Analysis of Well Completion Data for North Dakota’s Bakken Formation

By Roger Blanchard. The following analysis uses “well completion information” contained in a newspaper called the Bakken Weekly, a paper covering western North Dakota.  The Bakken Weekly started providing well completion information for North Dakota counties in the Bakken region in early 2012.  The analysis below is for 2012/2013 from the week of April 1, […]

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A National Energy Program

By on October 28, 2013 in Commentary with 0 Comments

  A National Energy Program – A White Paper on Achieving Energy Independence and National Transformation.  By Lawrence Klaus.   In a recent post, we marked the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Oil Embargo–an event that has had profound economic and geopolitical aftershocks for the United States.  The embargo itself lasted five months, but its […]

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Happy 40th Anniversary, America

By on October 18, 2013 in Commentary with 2 Comments

On October 19, 1973, the Organization of Arab Oil Exporting Countries (OAPEC) proclaimed an embargo of oil exports to the United States, in response to U.S. support for Israel in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.  The embargo, which was accompanied by cuts in overall production by OAPEC countries, lasted until March 1974. Oil prices shot up […]

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Shell’s Oil Shale Shutdown: 1-800-Dry-Hole

By on October 11, 2013 in Commentary

By Steve Andrews. Early last week, Shell Oil announced it was shutting down its oil shale research project in western Colorado. Combine their departure with Chevron’s exit back in February 2012 and you can count another nail in oil shale’s coffin. Yet since this unconventional resource ranks among the largest in the world, estimated by […]

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Albert A. Bartlett: Ode to a Gentle Giant

By on September 10, 2013 in Commentary with 18 Comments
Albert A. Bartlett: Ode to a Gentle Giant

By Jan Lars Mueller. I learned last night that Al Bartlett–professor emeritus of physics at the University of Colorado, and a long-time friend, advisor, and guiding light for ASPO-USA–had died over the weekend. The news did not come suddenly, Al had shared that a previous illness had reasserted itself and that he and his family […]

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Whither Shale Oil? – An Interview with David Hughes

By on August 12, 2013 in Commentary with 0 Comments

ASPO-USA Co-founder Steve Andrews recently talked with Canadian geoscientist David Hughes on the outlook for shale oil.  Q: Andrews–Production from shale oil plays has been impressive and has taken the national energy dialogue by storm.  When did you sense that the shale oil plays had the kind of muscle they are currently showing? A: Hughes—The […]

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Why is Saudi Arabia Not a Threat to Fracking?

By on August 5, 2013 in Commentary with 0 Comments

By: Jeffrey J. Brown (Note: Commentaries do not necessarily represent the position of ASPO-USA) Several media outlets have recently carried a story about a prominent Saudi prince warning that Saudi Arabia is increasingly vulnerable to competition from the US shale revolution, as a result of fracking in tight/shale plays. I would turn the question around […]

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