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Gulf Oil Spill Threatens Halt to White House Offshore Drilling Plans

May 04, 2010 at 09:54 | Darrell Delamaide

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from a collapsed offshore drilling rig could affect White House plans to extend offshore drilling, press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged as the…

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Where would we be without offshore oil?

May 03, 2010 at 12:20 | James Hamilton

As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, I thought it might be helpful to review how we got where we are today. The graph below shows total…

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Iran Storing Oil at Sea Due to Weak Demand

Apr 16, 2010 at 19:00 | Business Insider

Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil producing nation, is increasing the amount of oil is stores in tankers at sea. Iranian officials say this is due to refinery overhauls and seasonality,…

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Chinese Purchase of Oil Sands Stake Could Revalue Resource

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

The acquisition of a 9% stake in the Syncrude oil sands venture by China’s Sinopec for $4.65 billion – substantially more than expected – could pave the way for a…

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Texas Acquisition Shows Shift of Gas Producers to Oil Investment

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

SandRidge Energy’s agreement this week to acquire Arena Resources, a producer of conventional oil in West Texas, for $1.6 billion is the latest example of natural gas companies seeking to…

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U.S. Decision on Offshore Drilling Holds Promise of Future Oil, Brings Immediate Debate

Apr 01, 2010 at 15:34 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama’s move to lift a moratorium on new offshore drilling leases and to designate further areas for exploration won’t produce much oil in the near future, but is…

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EU Fuel Standards Become Latest Oil Sand Battlefield for Environmentalists

Mar 30, 2010 at 15:05 | Darrell Delamaide

The latest draft of European Union fuel standards appears to mark a lobbying victory for the Canadian oil industry because it drops tighter restrictions originally envisaged for crude oil derived…

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Oil Sands Potential for Energy Security

Mar 19, 2010 at 19:14 | W.Jack Ford

The increasing use in the United States of gasoline, jet fuel and other petroleum products made from Canada’s oil sands has aroused opposition from Canadian and U. S. environmentalists equal…

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Debunking the Myth of Peak Oil - Why the Age of Cheap Oil is Far From Over (Part 2)

Mar 17, 2010 at 15:11 | Dennis Edison

As T. Boone Pickens is touting, we could replace one-third of our dependence on oil within just a few years with natural gas if we would simply embrace the alternative.…

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Debunking the Myth of Peak Oil - Why the Age of Cheap Oil is Far From Over (Part 1)

Mar 17, 2010 at 15:06 | Dennis Edison

If I may, I would like to rebut or add a little objectivity to the flood of “Peak Oil” articles circulating around. When I see another crisis looming in the…

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