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Energy / Crude Oil

Could Falling Venezuelan Oil Production Lead to Foreign Intervention

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:57 | Kurt Cobb

In a world desperate for new oil supplies, Venezuela beckons. But will its fumbling management of oil production lead to foreign intervention, covert or otherwise, in a effort to raise…

Jordan’s Oil Shale Deposits Contain 500 Billion Barrels of Oil Equivalent

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:54 | Al Fin

JORDAN has over 0.59 trillion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of oil-shale reserves, says one of the companies trying to develop the resource. It is an estimate that could revolutionise…

A Post Peak Oil World – Will Compassion Flow as Freely

Sep 30, 2010 at 09:07 | Kurt Cobb

It is often said that the test of any civilization is how it treats its weakest members. Those who are compromised physically, mentally or emotionally create a sort of live-action…

Could Peak Oil be the Saviour of Humanity

Sep 28, 2010 at 08:44 | Kurt Cobb

Nobody likes to hear a bleak diagnosis. But without a proper diagnosis, if you have a serious illness, your chances of survival become vanishingly small. Enter Guy McPherson, conservation…

Peak Oil Demand: The Beginning and End of Oil

Sep 24, 2010 at 08:36 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is demand for oil that may peak as governments adapt to the problems of global warming, security of supply and an amplitude of market volatility that could bring economic…

Peak Oil Interview With Robert Rapier

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:28 | Robert Rapier

Back in June, I gave a presentation on Peak Oil at the Global Footprint Conference in Siena, Italy. Following my presentation, I was asked to do a pair of interviews.…

Respected Oil Analyst Forecasts Peak Oil by 2017

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:01 | Robert Rapier

Respected oil analyst and oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell (nicknamed the “Dean of Oil Analysts”) has forecast peak oil by 2017 or 2018: Bracing For Peak Oil Production By…

Gap Oil, Not Peak Oil is the Problem

Sep 14, 2010 at 22:52 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Rising demand for oil will exceed the quantity of it that can be withdrawn from the earth, resulting in a supply-demand gap. Once production does peak the gap will be…

Buy Russia When Oil is Cheap

Sep 10, 2010 at 09:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you wonder why I recommend a shower after investing in Russia, Bill Browder will give you the reasons at length on his YouTube video (see below video). Bill is…

A Look at the Peak Oil Belief – Is the End Really Near

Sep 10, 2010 at 08:07 | Al Fin

Until we explore the entire planet as carefully as we did Oklahoma and Texas, our assessment of global oil reserves will have plenty of room for surprises. _Vaclav Smil Deeply…

Leaked German Military Study Warns of Peak Oil Crisis

Sep 03, 2010 at 11:33 | Robert Rapier

This week a study on peak oil by a German military think tank was leaked on the Internet. The document shows that the German government is closely studying the issue…

A Boom in Oil Drilling Thanks To Natural Gas

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:31 | Brian Westenhaus

The horizontal drilling and fracturing techniques that press’s favorite devil Halliburton pioneered to trigger the natural gas boom are the same technologies spurring a Canadian and U.S. oil drilling boom.…

Some Aspects of Iraq and Oil

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:33 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Recently the Swedish Oil and Gas Network  graciously invited me to attend one of their seminars, and perhaps share with guests from abroad some of my thoughts on Iraqi oil,…

Why We Need Six New Saudi Arabias

Aug 20, 2010 at 09:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I recently spent an evening with Ambassador Richard Jones, the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency in Paris, who had some eye opening things to say about the…

They Died Before the Oil Ran Out

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:20 | Llewellyn King

There is an open secret in the oil industry that dare not speak its name: peak oil. Well, two did speak its name and gained no acclaim for it. One,…

Only a Small Fraction of Earth’s Oil has Been Found

Aug 07, 2010 at 08:56 | Al Fin

Scientists have known for quite a while that most of Earth's oil came from vast numbers of oceanic microscopic organisms -- rather than from dead dinosaurs. From diatoms to micro-algae…

Huge Jump in US Crude Oil Imports

Aug 04, 2010 at 09:26 | Dave Forest

U.S. crude oil imports. Huge jump in the week ended July 23, with total imports up to 11.15 million barrels daily. This is the highest weekly level of oil imports…

Is Matt Simmons Credible?

Jul 27, 2010 at 15:00 | Robert Rapier

I am going to address a touchy subject in this essay, but I simply can’t ignore it any longer. I have noticed that a lot of people are finding my…

Rising Demand in OPEC Countries Causes Oil Importers Concern

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:19 | The Oil Drum

OPEC tells us it has lots of spare capacity, but how much should we believe them? Even when prices were much higher than they are now, back in 2008, they…

Shale Oil’s Place in our Energy Future

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:23 | Brian Westenhaus

Chinese researchers have identified a catalyst called NiMoW, for the hydrotreating of the refined diesel distillate fraction from the Fushun shale oil deposit. Shale oil has high levels of nitrogen,…

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