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Energy / Energy-General

So Much for the Polar Bears - Arctic Drilling to Begin

Sep 01, 2011 at 08:59 | John Daly

The “good” news for wildlife around the Arctic Circle is that BP, renowned despoiler of the Gulf of Mexico, will not be coming. BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill…

Transitioning to a Sustainable Economy is the Way Out of Crisis

Sep 01, 2011 at 08:56 | Open Democracy

S&P, in downgrading the USA, made the right call for the wrong reason. Keynesians like Jeffrey Sachs see this but need to go even further: the developed world will come…

Electric Cars Losing their Appeal in China

Aug 31, 2011 at 07:40 | Stuart Burns

A debate raging largely behind closed doors among members of China’s ruling élite mirrors a wider debate that has been gathering steam this year: the viability of electric vehicles, at…

The Real History of the Standard Oil Company - Part 2: The Beginning

Aug 31, 2011 at 07:28 | MasterResource

[Editor Note: This five-part series by Mr. Epstein revisits the Standard Oil Trust controversy in this the 100th anniversary of the breakup of the Trust. Part I yesterday reviewed…

Unchecked Economic Freedom and The Real History of the Standard Oil Company - Part 1

Aug 30, 2011 at 08:17 | MasterResource

[Author’s Note: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that found Standard Oil guilty of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. As punishment, the world’s largest and…

Debt Forgiveness, Ancient Greece and Peak Energy

Aug 30, 2011 at 08:12 | Kurt Cobb

In the 6th century B.C. Athenians gave extraordinary powers to one man to make needed reforms that would deliver Athens from economic stagnation and the gradual enslavement of the lower…

Russia and China's Energy Dispute and the Struggle for Eurasian Dominance

Aug 29, 2011 at 08:03 | John Daly

China’s voracious appetite for energy from anywhere has led most oil-producing nations to attempt to feed the dragon, including Russia. But a curious situation has developed as regards Russian oil…

Low Carbon Strategies and Economic Growth

Aug 29, 2011 at 07:36 | The Oil Drum

At the intersection of global energy depletion and concerns about human impact on the environment lie some serious and oft overlooked issues. Largely gone from our public discourse is the…

Obama’s Energy Starvation Policies Killing Even More Jobs

Aug 26, 2011 at 07:18 | Al Fin

The most activist Department of the Interior in our nation's history is trying to change the rules and seize from Exxon Mobil one of the largest oil finds ever in…

Obama Shocks Oil Industry by Cancelling Exxon Mobil and Statoil Leases

Aug 25, 2011 at 08:14 | Brian Westenhaus

Whatever one might think of the Obama presidency and the progress of the country or the direction the country is headed, the question is coming up more and more on…

Auto Giants Team Up to Develop Gas-Electric Hybrid System for SUVs

Aug 24, 2011 at 07:42 | Energy Digital

Vehicle manufacturers Ford and Toyota have partnered to develop a new gas-electric hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between two unlikely partners. …

Obama’s Energy Obstructionism Driving Oil Rigs Away From the Gulf of Mexico

Aug 18, 2011 at 21:03 | MasterResource

“The Gulf Spill of 2010 may be remembered as much or more for the economic damage it did because of the Obama’s regulatory overreaction than for the environmental damage it…

A History of Oil and Gas in Southern Alaska

Aug 18, 2011 at 20:50 | Dave Summers

Before it was American, Russian visitors had already noted the presence of oil seeps in Alaska, although they had not done anything about it by the time the tsar…

Joint Chinese-Indian Oil Tanker Patrols Possible?

Aug 18, 2011 at 08:19 | John Daly

Aside from cost, the major problem for oil importing countries is getting the purchases safely home. Essentially, there are only two options – pipelines and maritime transport. Both are vulnerable…

The End of Growth: Peak Oil, Recessions and the End of the Fossil Fuel Economy

Aug 17, 2011 at 07:31 | Gail Tverberg

The issues we are confronted with today seem to be a subset of the issues foretold in the book Limits to Growth back in 1972. At some point, the…

Russia’s Arctic Oil Grab

Aug 17, 2011 at 07:25 | Al Fin

Within the next year, the Kremlin is expected to make its claim to the United Nations in a bold move to annex about 380,000 square miles of the internationally owned…

The Psychology of Fuel Prices

Aug 16, 2011 at 09:00 | MasterResource

Four-dollar diesel is an ugly thing–but not the ugliest of things. To grossly paraphrase John Stuart Mill, the state of moral feeling that thinks that government should “keep prices…

Why Renewable Energy Will Not be Saving us Any Time Soon

Aug 16, 2011 at 08:32 | Fabius Maximus

Summary:  Optimists about energy give glowing forecasts of new technologies, often with wildly underestimated estimates of when when these can generate substantial fractions of our energy.  In the real world…

Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan - a pragmatic marriage of common interests

Aug 15, 2011 at 15:30 | John Daly

Pipelines and energy have an unsettling ability to shift regional geostrategic goal focuses, weakening the old traditional alliances and bringing new political groupings into existence. Nowhere is this more…

Russian Pipeline Transiting North Korea Somewhat Unlikely

Aug 12, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

There apparently is something about building pipelines that causes otherwise rational oilmen to indulge in reveries that would give an opium addict pause. Two of the most recent ideas for…

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