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Carbon Markets Remain Vulnerable to Further Geopolitical Issues

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:41 | Christopher Cundy

Carbon markets have settled this week, but remain vulnerable to further political shocks from Germany’s nuclear policy and attempts at revolution in several Arab countries. EU allowances (EUAs) for December…

Maintaining High Farm Productivity Whilst Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:39 | The Oil Drum

Conventional production agriculture relies heavily on fossil fuels, particularly in its ability to provide high yields at low labor costs. However, the uncertain future of fossil fuel availability and prices…

Obama Calls for Energy Independence and Lower Oil Imports

Apr 01, 2011 at 04:41 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. President Barack Obama has set out an ambitious goal of cutting U.S. reliance on foreign oil by one-third by the year 2025. In a speech in Washington focused…

The Unites States Possesses the Largest Energy Resources on Earth

Mar 29, 2011 at 04:27 | Al Fin

A new report from the Congressional Research Service points out that in terms of total hydrocarbon resource, the US possesses the largest inventory of any nation on Earth. But under…

BP's Arctic Oil Exploration Deal Dealt a Blow

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:10 | Gregory Feifer

A Swedish arbitration panel has dealt the BP energy company a setback by blocking a major deal with Russia's Rosneft to explore oil reserves in the Arctic. BP signed the…

Russia's Image as Energy Superpower Benefitting from Middle East Crisis

Mar 24, 2011 at 14:44 | Gregory Feifer

With U.S.-led fighter jets pounding military assets in oil-rich Libya, and Japan still struggling to contain radiation at its stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, concerns are rising around the world about…

Global Cost of Piracy is now $12 Billion Per Year: Oil Industry No.1 Target

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:30 | Business Insider

Hollywood pirates such as Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard are glorified characters among uncivilized peers, stealing from the rich and acquiring bounties of gold. While the adventures of these 19th century…

Move Aside Ethanol - Compressed Natural Gas is a Better Gasoline Replacement

Mar 18, 2011 at 11:08 | Ed Dolan

Ethanol is finally getting the bad press (1) (2) it richly deserves. Cracks are even beginning to appear in its once-solid support on Capitol Hill. In April, the…

Long Term Prospects for Uranium Industry Still Strong

Mar 17, 2011 at 10:44 | Taras Berezowsky

Japan consumes about 8 to 12 percent of the world’s uranium supply, depending on which source you reference. Of course, nearly a dozen of the country’s 55 nuclear plants…

The Harsh Reality of Fail Safe Engineering

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:44 | Robert Rapier

As I have said many times, all of our energy options require trade-offs. I can’t think of any that don’t have some negative consequences and risks associated with their production…

Syngas: Vaporizing Waste into Fuel

Mar 14, 2011 at 21:51 | Taras Berezowsky

In the constant push to make greening technology not only effective but also profitable, one US company is taking advantage of a Japanese-pioneered innovation: using souped-up plasma torches to vaporize…

China's Five Year Energy and Emissions Plan

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:13 | Environmental Finance

China has set conservative targets for reducing energy use and cutting carbon emissions in its 12th five-year plan – and will reveal the policies to achieve them next week. Chinese…

China and Brazil Leading Energy Infrastructure Investments in Latin America

Mar 10, 2011 at 08:11 | Global Intelligence Report

Colombia’s announcement that China plans to build a railroad to serve as a canal alternative received widespread media coverage last month. However, the proposal is simply the most high profile…

Oil Reserves, Fracking and Gap Oil

Mar 10, 2011 at 08:04 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Oil production is somewhat confounded by the reference more lately to “liquids” rather than “oil”, which includes hydrocarbons that are recovered, sometimes in great quantity, from natural gas wells, which…

Methane Bonanza: What To Do With All the Gas?

Mar 09, 2011 at 07:23 | Al Fin

A wealth of unconventional methane is exploding onto the energy scene, much to the dismay of dieoff doomers, Russian energy tsars, and carbon hysterics. But what is the world to…

Are Fossil Fuels Necessary for our Future Civilization?

Mar 09, 2011 at 07:16 | Kurt Cobb

Most people imagine the future to be a place of plenty where energy is abundant and cheap, where every door is an automatic door and, most important, all of the…

Are Electric Planes the Future of Aviation?

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:24 | Robert Rapier

During an average week, I will see a few ideas that at first glance appear to be a little crazy. On second glance, some of them still seem crazy, but…

A Detailed Look at Urban Energy Consumption

Mar 02, 2011 at 07:56 | The Oil Drum

Everyone knows that it takes energy to produce anything. The energy used in mining, transport, processing, manufacturing, delivery, and disposal is “embodied” in every product we consume, from food to…

The Failure of U.S. Politicians to Open electricity and Other Energy Markets

Mar 01, 2011 at 07:56 | Robert Rapier

Over the last century, U.S. politicians have formulated policies favoring monopolies and their affiliates and friends, while picking winners and losers, often favoring higher-cost technologies, causing consumer and taxpayer rip-offs,…

Oil Price to Natural Gas Ratio Near Record Highs

Feb 28, 2011 at 07:44 | Al Fin

Whenever the price of oil diverges from the price of natural gas, opportunities for profit emerge. With the price of natural gas remaining below $4 even as NYMEX crude is…

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