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Energy / Energy-General

Investment in North Sea Oil and Gas May provide 35% of UK Energy Demand

Sep 16, 2010 at 13:03 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Combined output of North Sea oil and gas has fallen considerably from its heyday at the end of the 1970s to 2.48 million barrels a day last year, a 6%…

Governments Racing to Secure Natural Resources

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:07 | Dave Forest

The race to secure natural resources is intensifying. Particularly amongst governments and nationally-sponsored corporations. And particularly in Asia. We’ve been seeing signs the last few years that Asian nations are…

Vast Oil and Life in the Deep earth

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:05 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Two books speculate that oil is formed continually within the earth by geological processes and will not therefore run-out, in contrast to the opinion of peak-oil analysts who believe production…

Thorium: A Cheap, Clean and Safe Alternative to Uranium

Sep 14, 2010 at 11:44 | Brian Westenhaus

With some concept tests thorium used as a nuclear fuel could end energy as a problem issue and shift the economy into a new growth phase.  All the conversation in…

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) - Yay or Nay?

Sep 14, 2010 at 08:23 | Professor Chris Rhodes

A new paper (1) published in the prestigious American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science and Technology, has put the cat among the pigeons over carbon capture and storage (CCS). It…

Turkmen Oil Delivered to BTC Pipeline

Sep 13, 2010 at 10:31 | Jen Alic

British Petroleum has announced that Turkmen oil has begun to flow into the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, bypassing Russian territory, and delivering directly to Europe. Analytical Note: These first oil deliveries are…

When Will Net Energy from Fossil Fuels Peak

Sep 13, 2010 at 09:03 | Kurt Cobb

When most people think of fossil fuel supplies, they think in terms of barrels of oil, cubic feet of natural gas and tons of coal. But in evaluating how much…

US Doesn’t Need Cap and Trade to Grow Low-Carbon Market

Sep 11, 2010 at 08:21 | Charlotte Dudley

The value of the low-carbon energy market will almost triple by 2020, even if the US does not introduce a comprehensive cap-and-trade programme, an HSBC report says. The report –…

Will New Technology Extend the Oil Age? A Look at a New Method of Heavy Oil Extraction

Sep 10, 2010 at 09:37 | Kurt Cobb

When the oil optimists say that new technology will extend the oil age for at least several more decades, they almost never discuss the limitations of technology, practical or financial.…

Liberia Moves to Allow Foreign Oil and Gas Exploration

Sep 09, 2010 at 22:04 | Jen Alic

For the first time since it gained independence over a century and a half ago, Liberia has struck an agreement with a foreign company for the exploration of crude oil…

Energy Policies and Security

Sep 09, 2010 at 09:58 | Open Democracy

It has become popular to talk about climate change policy in terms of energy security. Rather than saying we need more renewables, efficient building and public transport to meet climate…

Gazprom Natural Gas Deal Puts the Future of Nabucco in Doubt

Sep 08, 2010 at 08:20 | Shahin Abbasov

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s September 2-3 visit to Azerbaijan yielded a big energy deal, as the Russian state-controlled conglomerate Gazprom secured an agreement to The pact between Gazprom and the…

The Bitter Facts of Pollution

Sep 08, 2010 at 08:09 | Andy Soos

America has been getting rid of its industrial base and as a result pollution will tend to decrease in America. Where does it all go? Other countries should know the…

Using Thorium to Satisfy Worldwide Energy Needs

Sep 02, 2010 at 11:18 | Al Fin

"Once you start looking more closely, it blows your mind away. You can run civilisation on thorium for hundreds of thousands of years, and it’s essentially free. You don’t have…

Energy Storage could become a $35 Billion Business by 2020

Sep 01, 2010 at 10:46 | Green energy Reporter

Energy storage could become a $35 billion business by 2020, bolstered by more wind and solar farms coming online as well as the roll out of  plug-in hybrid and electric…

What Effect Would Unlimited Liability Have on Offshore Drilling?

Aug 04, 2010 at 09:44 | The Oil Drum

Last Friday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that would remove the $75 million liability cap on economic damages incurred by offshore drilling activities by oil companies. The US…

Life on Earth Can Survive Without the Sun’s Energy

Aug 03, 2010 at 10:55 | Al Fin

We like to say that life on Earth could not survive without the sun, but that isn't actually true. Without the sun the surface of the planet would freeze down…

Fossil Fuel Subsidies 10x Renewables Support

Aug 01, 2010 at 10:55 | Jess McCabe

Worldwide renewable power and biofuels received $43 billion-46 billion in subsidies last year, only a fraction of the government subsidies for fossil fuels, according to preliminary figures from Bloomberg New…

Middle East Oil Producers Might Consider BP Investment – to Diversify

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:41 | Darrell Delamaide

With BP poised to move on from the Gulf oil spill with a new chief executive, the beleaguered London-based company might look attractive to Middle East sovereign wealth funds after…

A World Without Petroleum

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Occidental Petroleum is running a very clever and funny ad supporting and informing about what petroleum is used for as well as natural gas, gasoline and diesel. As you’ve…

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