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U.S. on Track to Become World’s Leading Liquid Petroleum Producer

The U.S. is on track to become the world’s leading liquid petroleum producer. According to IEA, domestic production of oil was about 11.5m barrels a day in August, and the Financial Times reports that we are likely to surpass Saudi Arabia’s production for the first time in 23 years...

October 2, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Don’t Panic at the Pump

Don’t Panic at the Pump

Sometimes energy issues aren’t partisan, but are still poorly understood. According to the Spring 2014 UT Energy Poll, 84 percent of Americans say they are concerned about the cost of gasoline, including 83 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans...

July 23, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Time For Energy Diplomacy

Time For Energy Diplomacy

Russia's intervention in Ukraine has unfolded into the most serious East-West crisis in a generation. These events have illustrated Europe's energy insecurity, but also highlight how the United States and European Union now have a tremendous opportunity to advance mutual foreign policy goals...

July 18, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Are Parents More Focused On Earth’s Future?

In my article over at The Atlantic, I describe an interesting trend in the University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll data. Parents appear to be more likely to express concern about critical environmental issues like climate change and more interested in changing their behavior to be smarter consumers when it comes to purchasing energy [...]..

May 28, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
The Most Important Energy Source for the Future is…

The Most Important Energy Source for the Future is…

For months I’ve been writing about how hydraulic fracturing is shifting our energy mix from oil to natural gas. From environmental impacts to geopolitics, new horizontal drilling technologies are transforming the 21st century energy landscape...

April 29, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Who Wants To Export Natural Gas?

My last post highlighted how over six months, support for exporting natural gas has increased as opposition decreased. Thirty-four percent of Americans agreed with the statement, “The U.S...

March 14, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Should the U.S. Export Natural Gas?

Should the U.S. Export Natural Gas?

The United States has a lot of natural gas (I’ve already outlined why here). In fact, natural gas will likely overtake petroleum as the leading fuel source in our energy mix in the next decade or two...

March 11, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Will The Lights Stay On In Sochi?

Will The Lights Stay On In Sochi?

With the world focused on Sochi now that the Winter Olympic Games have begun, will the power stay on? Russia has engaged in 49 major energy projects since it won the bid to host the Olympics back in 2007...

February 7, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

This is what California looked like on January 13 in 2013 and 2014. You’ll notice things have changed. I live here, so this morning I listened as Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State address...

January 22, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

In my last post, I described how the past eight US presidents pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. None have succeeded yet… but by the time President Obama leaves office, oil imports will be lower than when he arrived, but as I previously explained, its not all because of his administration.* Now let’s [...]..

January 14, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Eight Presidents, One Pledge: To Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

Eight Presidents, One Pledge: To Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

At a time when partisanship seems to lead most every story in politics, it’s worth highlighting a sweeping bipartisan push that’s lasted four decades… Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H...

December 19, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Dark Energy, Dark Universe

Last week, I was delighted to visit one of my favorite places in NYC, the American Museum of Natural History. Over a decade ago, I served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and it stands out as one of the best ‘jobs’ I’ve had...

December 11, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Helium on 34th Street

Helium on 34th Street

This Thursday, many of us will begin celebrating by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a tradition for me… In the 1980’s, I stood in the crowd a few times, and my favorite part wasn’t the floats and musicians – it was, of course, the great big helium balloons...

November 25, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

At the UN climate talks in Poland, Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines delegation has announced he will refrain from eating until participants make “meaningful” progress.

November 11, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
How Do We Engage More Women In Energy Issues?

How Do We Engage More Women In Energy Issues?

As I’ve written in the past, the energy sector is dominated by men. At meetings and conferences, it’s easy to recognize the lack of women in the room, on panels, and involved in the discussion...

October 29, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
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