ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "gas"

Observations

“Team Climate” Gets Sochi Athletes All Abuzz about Climate Change

Members of Team Climate pose with American Olympian Kyle Tress Credit: Courtesy Taylor Rees / Team Climate

This blog appears in the In-Depth Report Science at the Sochi Olympics Climate change poses a well-documented threat to ecosystems and human populations worldwide. But as the inexorable warming trend continues, it’s also endangering the future of winter sports. In a new report published in January by the University of Waterloo, researchers analyzed the suitability [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

“All of the Above” Energy Means More Fracking, Renewables, Nukes and Clean Coal

ernest-moniz

There is no technical issue with fracking, the controversial technique of fracturing shale rock with high-pressure, chemically treated water to release natural gas. But there is clearly a political one, judging by the multiple interruptions to a talk at Columbia University by new Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz. The affable former M.I.T. professor and [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

What’s Our Top Energy Concern?

OilBarrels

My last post explained why lower prices at the pump aren’t quite as black and white as most media outlets would have us believe. Sure it’s comfortable for our wallets, but the nuances don’t fit easily into a few bullet points for the mainstream media. Just yesterday, Melissa reported that oil prices are currently half [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

OilBarrels

Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s oil price collapse, which followed the 70s oil price spike and drew attention away from renewable energy and [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Cheap Oil: Good or Bad?

640px-WaynePump-sm

Last week I paid about $20 to fill up my Prius. The last time I remember a similar experience was in the late nineties. Lower oil prices certainly ease pressure on our wallets, but are they ultimately good or bad for the economy? It’s complicated. When consumers save money on energy, they should spend more [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Competition Between OPEC, U.S. Drives Oil Prices to Four-Year Low

FeaturedImage

On Thursday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an economic cartel responsible for approximately one third of global oil production, announced it would not decrease its rate of oil production. The announcement comes despite steadily decreasing global oil prices over the past several weeks, indicating that OPEC and its chief member Saudi Arabia are [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Think it’s Possible for the U.S. to Become the World’s Leading Producer of Oil and Gas?

P1-BN383_USBOOM_NS_20131002182407

It’s not just possible, it’s happening… The United States is already overtaking Russia to become the largest oil and gas producer in the world. This question appeared on the latest UT Energy Poll to take the pulse of energy literacy in the U.S.  Previous waves reported that most Americans don’t seem to know where we [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

How Does Oil and Gas Drilling Raise Electricity Prices in West Texas?

Often, oil and gas drilling occurs in rural areas without sufficient electricity infrastructure. (Photo by Richard Childress)

In July 2012, Frontier Texas, an Old West museum located in Abilene, received an electric bill nearly $4,000 higher than expected. Oddly enough, the museum hadn’t used an unusual amount of power that month. Rather, the cause of the high bill was the fact that Abilene lies in Texas’s western power trading zone, which happens [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Don’t Panic at the Pump

gasoline

Sometimes energy issues aren’t partisan, but are still poorly understood. According to the Spring 2014 UT Energy Poll, 84 percent of Americans say they are concerned about the cost of gasoline, including 83 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans. Nice to see something we can agree on. And it’s true that prices are [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

To Unlock Wind, Build Transmission Lines Linking the Plains to the Cities

Transmission Lines_2

A vital factor affecting the economics of any energy source is transportation: where is the fuel extracted, where is it used, and how does it get from point A to point B? An example is the case of Texas versus North Dakota, both of which have experienced a boom in oil and gas production from [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Guest Post: Navigating the New World of Oils

Rock containing bitumen that is later re

By Deborah Gordon After a half-century pursuit of oil independence, the U.S. may have struck it rich again. Only this time it’s not the same black gold. And, if anything, oil will make the country more globally interdependent than ever before. The expansion of U.S. oil resources is not just growing the total available capacity; [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Maybe … a Half of a Cheer for Shale Gas? Maybe?

I had a whole post prepared about how the Geographic Information Services people helped in the response to the April tornados that devastated Raleigh, which seemed like a good way to introduce the infrastructure-plus-connectivity-plus-how-do-they-DO-that? applied science take I hope to bring to this blog, but then I came back from vacation and opened the newspapers [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Email this Article

X