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Oil prices and gas prices

By Michael [This is a comment on a prior post – John M.] I agree with Tom (original post and response here) that natural gas and oil prices have been decoupled for some time. Indeed, it is remarkable how decoupled energy feedstocks are from each other. This highlights how oil really is the best example […]

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IB2E Current Events December 2, 2014

By John Macomber The slides from today’s discussion about current events are here: IBEE Current Events 2014.12.02 The post that underscored the meaning of lower oil prices is here. By the way, natural gas prices have not dropped along with oil prices (below).  It could be argued that natural gas is a better benchmark for […]

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Keystone XL: Politicians’ inability to balance social, environmental, and economic implications of decisions

By Samantha T. Given the senate’s ruling against the Keystone pipeline last month, I thought it would be an appropriate topic to discuss. While the entire continent is crisscrossed with oil and gas pipelines, none has drawn more attention than Keystone XL which hopes to connect the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to the oil […]

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Poverty vs Global Warming

By Anonymous A comment made by the protagonist in our Aspen case got me thinking: in countries like India that don’t have the existing infrastructure, we have a chance to do it right the first time. It got me thinking about two directly opposing dilemmas: global warming vs global poverty. How do we reconcile the […]

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Response (2) to US Shift to Natural Gas – Effects on EU Coal Consumption

By Mohamed (Note: This is a response to another post here. It’s entered as a new post in order to maintain the graphics – John) I would also highlight that the EU’s increased consumption of coal started in 2009, which is around the same time when the Euro crisis took place (see Exhibit 1). The […]

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Response: “Is current shale production a decoy?”

(This is a further response to the original post here and a comment here. It’s entered as a new post to preserve formatting and graphics – John M). By Kate Your comment is absolutely on point: there is a surfeit of misleading articles, data, and graphs that certainly make the topic confusing for all but […]

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Is current shale production a decoy?

By Kate While cynics would argue that the precipitous decline in the price of oil stems from yet a new chapter in geopolitical oil-driven politics, as Saudi Arabia and the OPEC oil cartel have driven prices down to destroy the US shale revolution, such tunnel vision causes many to miss the bigger picture. While significant […]

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The Nuclear Reactor Around the Corner

By Blake Just past the popular Flour Bakery in Cambridge lies one of the many drab looking brick buildings that clutter MIT’s campus, with a door marked only with a small sign reading “138”. Behind the building is a small blue concrete dome and a brick tower that blends easily into MIT’s industrial looking campus. […]

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Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel

By James In the wake of the energy revolution in the United States, it would not seem irrational to assume that the abundance of natural gas recovered via hydraulic fracturing would lead to a host of new wide-spread applications, transportation not-withstanding. Indeed, while consumers and brands have for several years debated the worth and feasibility […]

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Oil Glut Déjà Vu

By Mohamed Over the past couple of months oil prices have declined to a four-year low of approximately $82 WTI / $85 Brent per bbl – more than 20% decline since mid-June 2014 (see Exhibit 1). While Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is considered the key driver for the price drop by not […]

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