I have a short post up at Slate today, elaborating on the natural gas liquids aspect of the IEA’s widely-reported assertion that the U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer.
For SmartPlanet this week, I debunked the hottest story in energy for the last two weeks: The IEA’s assertion that the U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2020. After exploring the data, I found that not only will the U.S. not surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production, but it won’t become self-sufficient in oil or become a net oil exporter, either.
For SmartPlanet this week, I offered a crazy idea: Instead of carbon policy, we could pursue a national feed-in tariff for renewable energy. It might be possible that President Obama could even implement the idea through FERC without needing the approval of Congress, but some legal opinions would be needed to confirm that.
I was interviewed last week by Susan Phillips for a show about the new “energy independence” meme, featured on NPR affiliate WHYY in Philadelphia. You can read her article and listen to the show here:
I’m pleased to have written my first article for Quartz, a new online publication of Atlantic Media. My original title was “Scarcity training.” I argue that Sandy is a glimpse into a future in which scarcity is more frequent, and that people need to build resilience and self-sufficiency into their lives.