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Energy / Energy-General

What's at Stake with Iranian Sanctions?

Mar 14, 2012 at 17:47 | Daniel J. Graeber

Officials from New Delhi are due back from their recent trade visit to Iran with high hopes of an expanded economic relationship. India, together with Japan and China, buy about…

Taiwan Looks to Russia to Secure Energy Imports and Independence from China

Mar 14, 2012 at 17:44 | John Daly

A number of nations live in a diplomatic “twilight zone,” largely bereft of global diplomatic recognition. These include the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, whose unilateral declaration of independence in…

Yemen's Unrest's Larger Implications

Mar 14, 2012 at 17:27 | John Daly

Yemen, beloved of the Travel Channel, is the largely unknown corner of the southwestern Arabia peninsula. Its oil production is modest compared to its giant northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia, but…

A Look at World Energy Consumption Over the Last 200 Years

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:31 | Gail Tverberg

Figure 1 shows the huge increase in world energy consumption that has taken place in roughly the last…

Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and the Oil Market

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:13 | Robert Rapier

It is clear that many people have a very simplistic — but wrong — view of the energy markets. This extends to politicians who believe they can usher in a…

Time is Running Out for our Transition to a Sustainable Industrial Society

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:21 | Kurt Cobb

The viability of modern civilization depends on two important dimensions: 1) the continuous availability and deployment of essential resources and 2) the long-term productivity and habitability of our environment. Acquiring…

High Oil Prices Cushion Iran from Sanctions

Mar 11, 2012 at 12:22 | Juan Cole

So far, high petroleum prices are helping Iran beat the new, ‘crippling’ US and EU sanctions. And, ironically, it is the Obama re-election campaign that is suffering most from…

Petrodollar Exiting Through the Back Door?

Mar 11, 2012 at 12:17 | Ronald Stoeferle

“When the dollar collapse comes, it will happen two ways – gradually then suddenly. That formula, famously used by Hemingway to describe how one goes bankrupt, is an apt description…

Estonia Strives to Shake off Soviet Energy Dependence

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:53 | John Daly

The three Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were always undigested morsels in the maw of the USSR. Liberated by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles into independence, the three…

Tokyo Warned that "Big" Earthquake Coming

Mar 08, 2012 at 17:04 | John Daly

As the world prepares to commemorate next week the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese scientists are warning that Tokyo is in increasing danger from a potential massive…

This Year it is Fossil Fuels Turn to Receive the Majority of DOE Funding

Mar 08, 2012 at 16:53 | Environmental Finance

The renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors received most of the US federal government’s $24 billion in energy subsidies last year, but fossil fuels will win out this year as…

The Booms and Busts of the Electric Power Industry

Mar 08, 2012 at 16:40 | Gary Hunt

The electric power industry is driven by boom and bust cycles as market fundamentals and volatility sends signals to market participants to speed up or slow down their efforts. One…

Iraq Oil Outlook Overly Ambitious

Mar 07, 2012 at 17:51 | Daniel J. Graeber

A delegation from the International Energy Agency spent two days in Baghdad speaking with high-ranking officials in preparation for an end-of-year report on the country's oil sector. By some estimates,…

Chinese Govt. to Clean the Capital's Air - Everyone Else - Good Luck

Mar 07, 2012 at 17:46 | John Daly

One of the most striking social phenomena of industrializing societies is that, when the nation’s economy begins to improve, those on the land increasingly move to the cities for greater…

The Chevy Volt was Doomed to Fail from the Start

Mar 07, 2012 at 17:36 | Gary Hunt

The news out of Detroit had all the feel of a wake.  GM announced that it was suspending production of the Chevy Volt idling its Hamtramck factory…

Pilot Lights, What a Waste of Energy!

Mar 07, 2012 at 17:33 | Tom Murphy

My personal journey into home energy reduction began with taking stock of past energy use as reported on my utility bills. I quickly migrated toward reading the meters directly to…

Zimbabwe's Ongoing Energy Nightmare

Mar 06, 2012 at 17:38 | John Daly

In the 32 years of his benighted rule, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has done more damage to the country than its white-led minority government ever did. With the exception…

Nigerian Energy Sector Next Big Market Concern

Mar 06, 2012 at 17:33 | Daniel J. Graeber

Nigeria's main rebel group announced recently that it killed four police officers and was considering taking on more hostages in a renewed offensive. With the U.S. State Department issuing a…

Saudi Arabia and Iran Spar Over Pipeline Attack Claims

Mar 05, 2012 at 18:06 | John Daly

On 1 March, Iran’s state-owned Press TV carried a sensational story of “an explosion in Saudi Arabian city of Awamiyah in the east of the kingdom which destroyed the pipelines…

Are Oil Wells Recharging Themselves?

Mar 05, 2012 at 17:51 | Al Fin

There have been numerous reports in recent times, of oil and gas fields not running out at the expected time, but instead showing a higher content of hydrocarbons after they…

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