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Energy / Energy-General

Is Hydrocarbon Man the Next Terrorist Target?

Sep 28, 2010 at 12:22 | Global Intelligence Report

Daniel Yergin, in the prologue to his award winning book, uses the language of anthropology to describe what the human species became in the past century: Hydrocarbon Man. While the…

How to Destroy a Domestic Oil Industry: A Lesson from Hugo Chavez

Sep 28, 2010 at 08:51 | Robert Rapier

Hugo Chavez is putting on a clinic in Venezuela. The theme is “How to Destroy a Domestic Oil Industry.” I have warned for years that this would be the end…

Why You Should Buy Brazil's Petrobras

Sep 27, 2010 at 09:27 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I often get asked why I haven't been more positive about Brazil (EWZ). The answer is twofold; an upcoming election was about to bring a regime change in the high…

The Challenges of Drilling for Offshore Oil

Sep 21, 2010 at 09:08 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The first offshore oil well completely out of sight of land was drilled in 1947, 17 km off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform of the…

Europe Must Triple Efforts to Meet Energy Goals

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:46 | Charlotte Dudley

The EU must triple its energy efficiency efforts in order to reach its 2020 energy savings target, a policy advisory report says. The Energy Savings 2020 report, commissioned by…

The Hunt for Uranium is On

Sep 18, 2010 at 12:57 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Last year Kazakhstan became the world's largest supplier of uranium, overtaking Australia and Canada, at 14,000 tonnes, or one fifth of world production. As supplies of oil are being sought…

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 | Charles Kennedy

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 | Charles Kennedy

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…

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