Recent Articles

  • Disc golf etiquette: Dogs and music on the course

    Justin Weilacher

    One way we lift our sport's profile is to be responsible and respectful about our dogs and our music on the disc golf course. Bringing unleashed pets and blaring offensive music at the course is the wrong direction if we want to have a professional organization. More than any other sport, we play in public shared spaces. As representatives of disc golf, we have to respect every other golfer and park user when we are using these public spaces.

  • Preventing a BLEVE: 5 beliefs that are commonly misunderstood

    Sasha Viasasha

    ​Corrosion is relentless. Thanks to the second law of thermodynamics, things fall apart and the existence of oxygen in the air is enough cause for corrosion to set in. One of the biggest reasons for aboveground storage tank owners to get a handle on corrosion is that the weakened state of the tank builds uneven pressure, leading to a worst case scenario – the BLEVE.

  • Getting green and energy independent: Nice try?

    Stefanie Heerwig

    "We'll continue our march towards energy independence and address the threat of climate change," President Barack Obama announced ambitiously April 10, 2013. According to his proposal, the U.S. should half its oil imports by 2020 and double its energy productivity by 2030. A high aim, but possible as some experts like Christine McEntee, executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union, suggest, especially because the plan is carefully tailored and radically wide-ranging.

  • Can Egypt have a serious impact on the international oil market?

    Stefanie Heerwig

    Without doubt Egypt is one of the strategic hotspots when it comes to transporting fuel between the Middle East and the Mediterranean. But are fears about possible supply disruptions justified? And if they are, would these disruptions have a major long-term impact on the international oil market?

  • Are your staff members committed — to their space?

    Michael J. Berens

    ​All organizations, be they for-profit or not-for-profit, have a mission. It may be to create the coolest technology, serve the best pizza or eliminate world hunger. Not all organizations, however, are mission-driven.

  • US as leading subsidizer of fossil fuels? Do estimates matter?

    Stefanie Heerwig

    If you want to know the true costs of fossil fuel subsidies in the US, you might think you can just have a look at the U.S. budget and that's it. No, sorry, it's not that easy, because major organizations like the IMF, OECD or the IEA have not agreed upon a uniform methodology to measure subsidies yet, nor on a definition of subsidies.

  • US Department of Energy pessimistic about energy independence?

    Stefanie Heerwig

    Very pessimistic, the EIA foresees in its main prediction (or reference case) that U.S. net imports will decline only till 2020 making up 34 percent of petrol consumption by 2019, and then increase again to a share of 37 percent by 2040.

  • Tweaking your tweets for repeat

    Emma Fitzpatrick

    In the realm of social media, we're still learning how to best measure our business success. The medium is still new, so the best way to see how we're doing hasn't been fully established yet. But we are learning.

  • Making sense of oil pricing and price manipulation

    Stefanie Heerwig Natural Resources

    The prices oil companies like Shell, BP and Statoil report to Platts are based on their amount of physical trades, mostly forward contracts. And here is where one of the major loopholes in the assessment of the Brent benchmark already arises.

  • Iran’s influence on the oil market and the fate of the US oil industry

    Stefanie Heerwig

    The first question, of course, is whether Iran would throw a 1 million barrels a day on the market in the short-term future. This depends mostly on whether sanctions by the U.S. and EU will be lifted.