Daily Archives: January 27, 2010

FT Energy Source

By Philip K. Verleger

The current discussion on the fate of President Obama’s legislative program to address global warming brings back memories (bad ones) of a similar presidential attempt more than 30 years ago.

Those of us who were part of the earlier episode know only too well how Obama’s effort is likely to fare.

In January 1977, Jimmy Carter became president. Energy policy had been a key part, if not the center, of his campaign. Carter claimed the United States lacked an effective approach to energy and vowed to fix the deficiency.

Like President Obama, President Carter enjoyed strong Democratic majorities in Congress. Like Obama, the Carter administration included many very bright, often arrogant young men and women who were certain they had the solution.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Normal posting will resume tomorrow.

On FT Energy Source:

- A good 2009 for wind, but what about 2010?

- Shell’s new chief on oil sands, Nigeria, and everything else

- Kurdistan and a BP hangman noose mystery in Energy headlines

Further reading:

- Climate science is fundamentally uncertain

- Poverty, cars and the American suburb

- Biofuels companies defend algae

- The odds are poor for energy mentions in the State of the Union address

- The 50 top energy companies of 2009

- GM rejects Lutz  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Kazakhstan in western oil deals threat (FT)

UN hopes to pluck a deal from Copenhagen chaos (FT) Read more