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Geoff Styles

Geoffrey Styles is Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, LLCan energy and environmental strategy consulting firm. Since 2002 he has served as a consultant and advisor, helping organizations and executives address systems-level challenges.  His industry experience includes 22 years at Texaco Inc., culminating in a senior position on Texaco’s leadership team for strategy development, focused on the global refining, marketing, transportation and alternative energy businesses, and global issues such as climate change.  Previously he held senior positions in alliance management, planning, supply & distribution, and risk management.  He also served on NASA’s Senior Management Oversight Committee for Space Solar Power.  He earned an M.B.A from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Davis. His "Energy Outlook" blog has been quoted frequently by the Wall Street Journal and was named one of the “Top 50 Eco Blogs” by the Times of London.  He can be contacted at geoff.styles@gswstrategy.com.

December 1, 2011 Why Does Gazprom Oppose Shale Gas?

Source: Geoff Styles

I see that Russia's national gas company, Gazprom, is warning Europeans about the environmental risks of shale gas development. Aside from the hypocrisy stemming from a Russian legacy of environmental disregard that rivals the...[more]

November 3, 2011 Do LNG Exports Threaten the Shift to Gas?

Source: Geoff Styles

Last week US liquefied natural gas provider Cheniere signed a long-term agreement to sell BG (formerly British Gas) LNG exported from the Gulf Coast. The governor of Alaska was also recently quoted suggesting that his state's...[more]

August 30, 2011 Three Studies Confirm Shale Gas Is Not Worse Than Coal

Source: Geoff Styles

For most of this year the enormous potential of shale gas has been clouded by controversy over its alleged climate impact. This began with the draft and later the leaked pre-publication version of a paper from a Cornell professor...[more]

August 26, 2011 How Small Is That Revised Marcellus Estimate?

Source: Geoff Styles

I see in The Hill that some critics of shale gas drilling are pointing to a revised estimate of the shale gas resources in the Marcellus formation as evidence that there's not enough gas to justify any risk from hydraulic...[more]

July 1, 2011 A Shale Gas Bubble?

Source: Geoff Styles

Last weekend the New York Times published a front-page article raising serious questions about the true scale and economics of the production of natural gas from shale, invoking the specter of another asset bubble. To say that...[more]

June 27, 2011 What New Ethylene Crackers Tell Us

Source: Geoff Styles

Sometimes a news item informs us about much more than the event in question. Recent announcements of new petrochemical projects in the US fall into that category. Both Shell and Dow Chemical are planning new ethylene crackers in...[more]

June 7, 2011 The Golden Age of Natural Gas

Source: Geoff Styles

A regular reader of this blog kindly sent me a link to the International Energy Agency's new study on global natural gas, to which he contributed. The report, entitled, "Are We Entering A Golden Age for Gas?" was launched with a...[more]

April 13, 2011 Still Not Worse Than Coal

Source: Geoff Styles

At the end of last year I examined assertions by a professor from Cornell University, based on his unpublished paper, that leakage from natural gas production and transportation systems in the US resulted in lifecycle emissions...[more]

December 8, 2010 Worse than Coal?

Source: Geoff Styles

As I noted in last Wednesday's posting, one of the questions that came up in a webinar on shale gas in which I participated concerned the climate consequences of higher recent estimates of methane leakage from US natural gas...[more]

December 1, 2010 Is Shale Gas Too Good to Be True?

Source: Geoff Styles

Yesterday I participated in a webinar examining the sustainability aspects of the shale gas revolution. The online audience asked good, probing questions, and if there was a theme to them, it seemed to be that somehow the sudden...[more]

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