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Energy Return on Investment is too Low to Maintain Current Economic System

Jun 27, 2013 at 16:59 | Gail Tverberg

My major point when I gave my talk at the Fifth Biophysical Economics Conference at the University of Vermont was that our economy’s overall energy return on investment is already…

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NORWAY: Investors Balk at Government Indifference

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Norway’s pending plans to cut tariffs on gas transport by 90% will reduce income for pipeline investors by as much as $7 billion, adding to the lingering anxiety…

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Russian Oligarchs to (Involuntarily) Fund Cyprus Bailout

Mar 25, 2013 at 18:51 | Jen Alic

Negotiations for Cyprus’ bailout, which has hinged largely on its hydrocarbons future, have ended with Russia missing the chance to swap aid for offshore exploration licenses and the Greek Cypriots…

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IMF Provides Silver Lining to Iraq Debate

Mar 22, 2013 at 20:04 | Daniel J. Graeber

The International Monetary Fund offered a silver lining to the otherwise scathing barrage of reports out last week critical of the U.S. experiment in Iraq. The IMF said oil production…

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Iceland Credits Green Energy for GDP Growth

Mar 01, 2013 at 15:29 | Daniel J. Graeber

Iceland's president told members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that his economy was well-suited to serve as a laboratory for competing economic models. More than four years…

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12 Negative Aspects of Globalization

Mar 01, 2013 at 15:09 | Gail Tverberg

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems. In particular, they…

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Why have GDP Growth and Energy Growth Separated?

Feb 11, 2013 at 17:01 | Dave Cohen

On Friday I put up the following chart, and invited readers to comment on what's wrong with it.

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Where's the Crash?

Jan 31, 2013 at 09:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

That was the questions traders were scratching their heads and asking this morning in the wake of this morning's shocking Q4, 2012 GDP figure.While most analysis were expecting…

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Egypt's Revolution Going Nowhere Fast

Jan 30, 2013 at 17:07 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Egyptian currency this week hit a record low as the country grapples with post-revolution frustrations. That means it's becoming more expensive for the government to handle imports. Meanwhile, public…

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Using Electricity Usage Data to Determine China's Real Growth Figures

Jan 21, 2013 at 16:31 | Dian L. Chu

China`s 4th Quarter China`s economy grew 7.9% for the fourth quarter of 2012, signaling to some that China might be rebounding from a two-year downtrend in economic growth.…

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