Why it (sort of) makes sense for the US to impose tariffs
22 May 2019 | 1:50 pm

Nearly everyone wonders, “Why is Donald Trump crazy enough to impose tariffs on imports from other countries? How could this possibly make sense?” As long as the world economy is growing rapidly, it makes sense for countries to cooperate with each other. With the use of cooperation, scarce resources can become part of supply lines … … Continue reading

The climate change story is half true
30 April 2019 | 8:14 pm

The climate change story is true in some respects: The climate is indeed changing. And CO2 emissions do seem to affect climate. Burning fossil fuels does indeed make a difference in CO2 levels. The problem I have with the climate change story is that it paints a totally inaccurate story of the predicament the world … … Continue reading

The true feasibility of moving away from fossil fuels
9 April 2019 | 9:09 pm

One of the great misconceptions of our time is the belief that we can move away from fossil fuels if we make suitable choices on fuels. In one view, we can make the transition to a low-energy economy powered by wind, water, and solar. In other versions, we might include some other energy sources, such … … Continue reading

A Different View of Venezuela’s Energy Problems
20 March 2019 | 6:40 pm

It would be easy to write a story about Venezuela’s energy problems and, in it, focus on the corruption and mismanagement that have taken place. This would make it look like Venezuela’s problems were different from everyone else’s. Taking this approach, it would be easy to argue that the problems wouldn’t have happened, if better … … Continue reading

Have We Already Passed World Peak Oil and World Peak Coal?
22 February 2019 | 6:16 pm

Most people expect that our signal of an impending reduction in world oil or coal production will be high prices. Looking at historical data (for example, this post and this post), this is precisely the opposite of the correct price signal. Oil and coal supplies decline because prices fall too low for producers. These producers … … Continue reading


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