Tag Archives: exports

Export Nation: Does A Tipping Point Approach?

Since 2009, exports from the US have grown at a faster rate than GDP. This is reflected in the weak, national recovery in jobs while export-oriented regions and export-sector jobs have fared much better. As US exports are nearing 15% of GDP, one wonders that a nation long accustomed to protecting consumption may finally have […]

North America Takes Further Steps to Export its Natural Gas

North America has a number of LNG export projects underway, mostly in Kitimat, British Columbia. But yesterday the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the first application for such a facility in the lower 48. Until these projects are operational, North American natural gas will continue to be trapped by geography. And, given that […]

Another View of US Exports: Portland and the Pacific Northwest

Following on yesterday’s post which covered the surge in coal exports from the US, readers may be aware that various coal exporters have searched in vain for the past two years for new coal exporting locales, along the Washington and Oregon coasts. Unsurprisingly, whether in Cherry Point, Washington (near Bellingham) or in St Helens, Oregon […]

Big Export Dynamo

I too used to laugh at the export prospects, of the United States. No more. A weaker dollar, a shift in policy, and a world hungry for natural resources has boosted US exports to 14% of GDP in 2011. It also helps that the US now has some of the cheapest electricity rates in the […]

The Price of Growth

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent website. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at Gregor.us. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ Growth. It’s what every economist and politician wants. If we get ‘back to growth’, servicing debts both private and […]

A Punch to the Mouth – Food Price Volatility Hits the World

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent wesbsite. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at Gregor.us. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ Perfect Storms 2011 was an abysmal year for the global insurance industry, which had to cover yet another enormous […]

Moving to Portland

In 1995 I left  California and moved to London. I was in pursuit of a young woman named Johanna—a dual citizen of both New Zealand and the UK—and for the next few years we would live in Lambeth on London’s south bank, and in Wellington, NZ. To my surprise, when we moved to the States […]

Punk US Oil Demand and Export Confusion

The US is using spare refining capacity to export millions of barrels of oil products, while US domestic demand remains weak. One of the more common misunderstandings I see in energy circles right now is the idea that US oil demand has rebounded strongly since 2008. It hasn’t. The explanation can be found in the widening […]

Coal, Gold, and the Australian Dollar

One of the trends I’ve followed this decade has been the increase in exports of gold from Australia. Like many other regions around the world, however, Australia has struggled to increase gold production by volume. But with the rise in the gold price, the value of Australian gold exports has indeed been on the rise. […]

Running Backwards in the US Economy

Oil is at 90 dollars a barrel. The governments of Europe, Japan, and the United States are saturated with debt. House prices in the US are falling again, and there’s no job growth in America. Put it all together, and for some reason, many are still imagining that we’re in an economic recovery. Today’s horrid […]