The Energy Futurist
The Energy Futurist brings a critical eye to the energy industry, offering facts and figures to support or debunk the hype behind clean technologies like solar and wind to oil and gas.
The energy policies of President Obama and Mitt Romney offer two radically different directions into the future. Which one would take us into prosperity?
95 | September 5, 2012 1:48am |
Detailing the water demands of power production and the power demands of water production as power plants are forced to shut down in the drought and record heat of 2012.
12 | August 22, 2012 1:46am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder follows the money, and finds out the real reason why our energy policy is severely tilted toward the fossil fuel industry.
61 | August 8, 2012 3:00am |
Making freight rail and waterborne transportation infrastructure a national priority could open up a $1 billion export market for American renewables, writes energy columnist Chris Nelder.
15 | July 25, 2012 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder finds that California's high-speed rail will save more energy than the state produces with wind, and that its $68 billion price tag is downright cheap.
67 | July 11, 2012 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder outlines how local communities can move ahead on climate solutions and true energy independence now that global climate policy efforts have failed.
13 | June 27, 2012 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder reviews why unconventional oil pushes oil prices higher, and forecasts oil prices through 2014 and beyond.
26 | June 13, 2012 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder muses on the stories we tell about our energy future, and explores some behavioral and cognitive research about the power of storytelling.
23 | May 30, 2012 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder reviews public opinion polls and finds that money is no longer able to stop the energy transition juggernaut.
55 | May 16, 2012 2:37am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder digs into the dirty details of U.S. "oil" supply and finds that only about two-thirds of it can actually be used as vehicle fuel.
36 | May 2, 2012 5:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder shows why the production costs of oil from tight oil shales, tar sands, deepwater, and the Arctic will mean that oil becomes unaffordable for the U.S. by 2015.
40 | April 18, 2012 5:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why recent projections of oil independence by 2020 are not only wrong, but counter-productive in the long run.
24 | April 4, 2012 5:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why baseload power generation from nuclear and coal plants will be phased out in favor of renewables.
108 | March 28, 2012 5:00am |
Obama takes credit for increasing fossil fuel production, while the fossil fuel industry blames him for falling production. So what's the truth?
36 | March 21, 2012 5:00am |
High oil prices are changing our world in many ways; some for the good, and some for the worse, columnist Chris Nelder writes.
20 | March 14, 2012 2:16am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder shows how the oil demand of the East will overtake the West this year, and why more efficient vehicles won't solve our problem.
32 | March 7, 2012 5:00am |
Energy futurist Chris Nelder presents a model of oil prices, and shows why unconventional oil from fracked shales will reinforce, not relieve, the pain of high oil prices.
15 | February 29, 2012 5:00am |
Bring back the good old days of U.S. oil production? Think again. Columnist Chris Nelder skewers recent proposals for energy independence with cold, hard data.
29 | February 22, 2012 4:03am |
Energy futurist Chris Nelder explains why you can run from EROI, but you can't hide, and why savvy energy investors should use it as a guide instead of ROI.
33 | February 15, 2012 5:00am |
Is the shale gas gold rush over? Energy futurist Chris Nelder reviews new data showing that U.S. gas production is actually declining in major areas, and that the outlook for shale gas is...
11 | February 8, 2012 5:00am |