Peak Oil: Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

On December 20, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of my favorite PowerPoint slides about the peak oil phenomenon comes from the dearly-departed Matt Simmons.  The slide depicted a mountain peak in an automobile rearview mirror, the implication being that we would only know for sure when peak oil production has been achieved after it has been achieved and […]

Remembering Matt Simmons

On August 16, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi It was barely reported, but on August 8, the cleantech world lost a very important messenger, Matt Simmons. In 1974, Simmons founded the energy-focused investment banking firm Simmons & Company, which came to serve many of the most important oil and gas firms in the world. Simmons personally came to be […]

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If Larry King Wrote My Column….

On May 18, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi You heard it here first: the energy consultancy Douglas-Westwood is claiming in a May 11 white paper that “peak oil” may have already happened, as far back as October 2004, and that the oil price boom followed by economic collapse is indicative of how things will play out over the decades […]

Thank Goodness for Contrarians

On May 11, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of my favorite bumper-stickers of all-time reads “My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma”. In addition to being a wonderful word-play, the one-liner reflects my deep disdain for those who are far-too-certain of their positions — whatever their positions may be. I haven’t done any statistical analysis, but I often find […]

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What Goes Down, Must Go Up?

On January 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi as posted to Huffington Post About 60 miles west of Cleveland, Cedar Point is world-renowned for its scary roller-coasters. However, Cedar Point has nothing on the oil markets. At the turn of 2007/2008, oil was at the cusp of $100/barrel — a price that was considered a kind of mythical barrier, […]

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When In A Hole, Stop Digging

On August 25, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I never cease to be amazed by the frequency and vehemence of opinions expressed on energy and environmental matters by people who are spectacularly underinformed. So in this exposition about oil, let’s first begin with a Top Ten List of clear-cut facts. 1. World oil production (which is essentially equal to […]

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A Boon(e) for Wind

On July 21, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi It’s been about a year since T. Boone Pickens announced that his investment firm BP Capital Management (note that BP stands for “Boone Pickens”, and thus the company bears no relation to the oil behemoth BP) planned to invest about $6 billion to install the world’s largest windfarm of nominally 4,000 […]

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"A Special Report on the Future of Energy" by Mother Jones

On May 12, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I’ve never been a fan of the periodical Mother Jones – it’s always seemed a bit too “alternative” for me. That said, I was recently given a copy of the May/June 2008 issue – a special report on the future of energy – and was surprised by the quality and balance […]

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What I Read on My Summer Vacation

On September 10, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the spirit (though not the length) of a back-to-school book report, I dedicate this column to reviewing three energy-related books that I read in the last few weeks as the dog-days of summer wound to a conclusion. Cape Wind I first read Cape Wind by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb, […]

Plan C

On August 6, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I have a great deal of respect for Matthew Simmons, founder of the energy investment bank Simmons & Company International. Simmons is a frequent speaker, and one of his most often-quoted lines is that, when it comes to the possibility of declining oil production in the near-future, “There is no Plan […]

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Peak Coal?

On May 14, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more passionate debates in the energy community these days centers on the concept of “peak oil”. Peak oil does not mean oil supplies running out; rather, the term “peak oil” refers to the moment in time when oil extraction levels reach their maximum, followed by a long decline […]

What’s Up with ConocoPhillips?

On April 23, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi On the clean-tech front, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) seems to be striving to take the lead among U.S. oil companies. In just the last two few weeks, COP has made two announcements of significance. First, COP unveiled a partnership with Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) to produce biodiesel from animal fats (press release). […]

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Crude Impact

On April 2, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi A few weeks ago at the Cleveland International Film Festival, I had the opportunity to serve on a discussion panel for a recently-released documentary entitled Crude Impact. Crude Impact aims to portray all of the various social ills — political instability in the Middle East, corruption and poverty in the developing […]

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