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Archive: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Declaring indpendence from energy independence mindset

Energy Independence is a mixed bag -- both good and bad energy policy ideas are promoted under its banner. The bad outweighs the good, and in any event energy independence shouldn't supplant free markets as the overarching principle for sound energy policy.

By Ben Lieberman | April 2, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (8)

Get off oil

Of course, total energy independence cannot be fully achieved, but there are many good reasons (security of energy supplies and costs to the economy among them) to reduce the U.S. dependence on imported oil.

By Donald F. Boesch | April 1, 2010; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (7)

Electricity can decrease risk exposure

The concept of energy independence is usually oversimplified in most political and media discussions. Given the globalization of the economy and the global trade in several key energy sources, a country would have to be exceptionally isolated from its neighbors to have a truly insulated energy system.

By Lars G. Josefsson | April 1, 2010; 3:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

Solid policy objectives can be achieved

"Energy independence" is something of a sloppy term, but it seeks to capture several interrelated policy objectives, and as a result is an important goal to pursue.

By Bernard Finel | March 31, 2010; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Efficiency matters

Simply defining energy independence as an ability to meet all domestic demand from domestic supply is almost certain to lead to high cost outcomes that will fall short of their objective.

By David Hone | March 31, 2010; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Just another political scam

If truth in advertising requirements applied to political slogans and proposals, energy independence would never have survived its first utterance from President Nixon.

By William O'Keefe | March 31, 2010; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (14)

CCS plays role in meeting demand in era of GHG reductions

Is carbon capture and sequestration a "magic bullet?" No, but it may be a partial solution, one of many challenging things that will be necessary if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

By Pam Faggert | March 30, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

CCS is a critical part of the discussion

While the idea of burying carbon dioxide underground may sound far-fetched at first, it's something that we've done successfully for over thirty years as part of oil and gas industry operations.

By Jennifer L. Morgan | March 29, 2010; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

The promise of CO2 capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a promising technology in part because very large geologic formations suitable for storing CO2 exist around the world. In the United States alone, there could be between 3,600 and 12,920 billion metric tons of CO2 storage, compared with total annual CO2 emissions from large U.S. stationary sources of 2.9 billion metric tons.

By Jack N. Gerard | March 29, 2010; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

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