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Jim Patterson

Senior Associate Editor
The Kiplinger Letter

Patterson joined Kiplinger in December 2010, covering energy and commodities markets, autos, environment and sports business for The Kiplinger Letter. Prior to joining Kiplinger, he covered federal grant funding and congressional appropriations for Thompson Publishing Group, writing for a range of print and online publications. He holds a BA in history from the University of Rochester.

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Economic Forecasts
December 2016

OPEC Keeps Oil Markets Jittery

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices

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Economic Forecasts
November 2016

Brighter Spots in Energy's Slow Recovery

With crude oil likely coming off its lows, some money is returning to the oil patch.

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Washington Matters
August 2015

Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry

Also hurting the once dominant energy source: declining exports.

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Economic Forecasts
April 2015

As Drought Takes a Toll, Water Prices Will Rise

Conservation and technological advances will help utilities meet needs, but at a cost.

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Practical Economics
May 2014

Budget for Higher Electric Bills

Mounting strains on the electric grid will hit consumers in their wallets but will lead to new business opportunities, too.

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Practical Economics
April 2014

Countering Russia With Natural Gas

What the coming boost in exports spells for U.S. consumers, gas producers and investors.

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Practical Economics
March 2014

Fracking Boom Spells New Tech Investments

Solutions to energy and safety concerns will be in hot demand.

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Practical Economics
January 2014

Rising Production Helping to Keep Fuel Prices in Check

Energy costs should be relatively easy on your wallet in 2014.

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Practical Economics
October 2013

North America's Next Energy Hot Spots

An energy revolution is under way in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. And it’s not just energy companies that are benefiting.

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Practical Economics
August 2013

Automakers Put the Great Recession in the Rearview Mirror

Sales are closing in on prerecession highs, as shoppers flock to showrooms and dealers roll out hot new models.

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Practical Economics
July 2013

Lower Oil Prices on the Horizon

More crude produced in the U.S. and lower demand for it both here and overseas spell relief for consumers.

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Practical Economics
April 2013

The Mounting Economic Toll of Erratic Weather

A harsher climate spells new costs for businesses and homeowners, especially as government aid dries up.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2013

The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure: 6 Examples in Need of Upgrades Right Away

In his State of the Union address, President Obama once again stressed the need to spend more federal funds on crumbling infrastructure in coming years, but given the focus on budget cutting on Capitol ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2012

8 Ways New Car and Highway Technology Will Change Your Life - Slide Show

Automakers are introducing mind-boggling technology that will see cars parking and driving themselves, leaving their "drivers" free to -- what else -- safely surf the Internet while on the move. Earlier ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2012

America’s Changing Energy Picture - Slide Show

Ramped-up efforts to diversify U.S. energy use are paying off. The United States is lessening its dependence on imports from politically shaky parts of the globe such as the Middle East and Africa. Look ...

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Practical Economics
June 2012

Solar and Wind Power Going Mainstream

Both industries are surviving on economic merits, not government help.

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FORECASTS
December 2011

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