Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Nov 04, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    If water is the new oil and shale gas is the new energy savior, something has to give. That’s because the exploration for the unconventional form of natural gas uses so much water that it is encroaching on society’s other needs.

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  • Nov 01, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When the Israeli Supreme Court handed down a high profile decision, it caught the world’s notice: The government there will be able to legally export 40 percent of the country’s natural gas, which is a newfound asset there that could benefit its internal economy as well as its foreign relations. 

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  • Pollution Cut, No Change in Reliability
    Oct 31, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Green energy is getting a bit of a tail wind now that a major grid operator is saying that the power source can provide clean power without jeopardizing reliability. Critics, though, immediately pounced on the study, saying that it was performed by GE Energy Consulting, whose parent has high stakes in wind production.

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  • Oct 30, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    After sitting on its tail for the last three years, the Obama administration must stand and decide. The issue: coal ash, which a federal court has just ruled that it has 60 days to craft new rules on how power plants must dispose of the material and exactly how such toxins would be classified.

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  • Oct 29, 2013 | Kathleen W. Davis

    As a population, America is aging. Discussions about the aging workforce, therefore, have never been restricted to the power industry. Papers, articles, surveys and reports on aging workforce issues exist in most industries, most notably healthcare. The entire workforce is aging; the power industry is simply no exception.

  • Oct 28, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Yucca Mountain is not the only place spent nuclear fuel could be stored. Consider: the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), a massive salt formation in southeastern New Mexico that has been accepting waste from nuclear weapons for 14 years. But it is not permitted to take in low-level spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors.

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  • Oct 26, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Some big headlines are now highlighting the fact that carbon dioxide emissions are falling in the United States. Some even bigger ones are going to be written as to whether we should rely on shale gas to do this job, or whether this is creating an even greater issue down the road.

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  • Oct 24, 2013 | Alan Caruba

    The nation's energy infrastructure is under attack. The destruction of the utilities that provide electricity or its ability to refine oil is critical to crippling a nation's ability to function, based on the universal use of hydrocarbons such as coal, natural gas, and oil.

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  • Oct 23, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The fossil fuel industry is pouring lighter fluid all over the renewable energy sector both in the United States and Europe, saying that the subsidies given to those power sources are landing in the laps of consumers. What oil, gas and coal don’t mention, though, is that they, too, have a steady diet of government fat.

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  • Oct 22, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Great Britain will begin hosting the construction of two nuclear power units that it says will provide 7 percent of the electricity that its citizens will consume. It could be harbinger of things to come in that nation, which is diversifying its energy portfolio while also trying to limit its greenhouse gas emissions.

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