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Category Archive: Energy

  1. Does $100 Oil Kill All Business Activity?

    High oil prices tend to trig­ger a so-called “neigh­bor­hood effect” where selected man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses that are located closer to their cus­tomers get a price advan­tage over com­peti­tors that are located far away. That is because local busi­nesses have lower trans­porta­tion costs than their out of town, or out of coun­try, com­peti­tors. [read full story]

    Posted in: economy, Energy, Oil, Public Policy
  2. Another Big Win For Energy Economics 101: Demand Destruction Isn’t Good For New Investment

    On Mon­day the Wall Street Jour­nal ran an arti­cle that described the end of the golden era for oil refin­ers. It is a great arti­cle that, unfor­tu­nately, was pub­lished many years too late to be con­sid­ered news. Just as grav­ity is a force that brings all objects to earth, pub­lic pol­icy that destroys the demand […] [read full story]

    Posted in: economy, Energy, Finance, Oil, Politics, Public Policy
  3. Low Oil Prices Kill Energy Investments

    Last week I pub­lished a blog arti­cle that dis­cussed energy pol­icy and sug­gested that an effec­tive energy pol­icy requires fed­er­ally estab­lished min­i­mum oil prices. Low and volatile oil prices destroy pri­vate invest­ment in energy projects because returns become too uncer­tain to attract financ­ing. As oil trades between $40 and $50 per bar­rel invest­ment capac­ity for […] [read full story]

    Posted in: economy, Energy, Finance, Oil, Politics
  4. Three Inconvenient Energy Policy Truths

    Pres­i­dent Elect Obama nom­i­nated his energy team yes­ter­day and empha­sized that energy pol­icy is a national pri­or­ity. Every Pres­i­dent since Jimmy Carter has talked about U.S. energy inde­pen­dence, but no Pres­i­dent has actu­ally bro­ken the U.S. addic­tion to imported oil. In the 1970s, I stud­ied energy eco­nom­ics and pol­icy and learned that man­dates, slo­gans and “feel […] [read full story]

    Posted in: economy, Energy, Finance, Obama, Oil, Politics