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Energy / Energy-General

Japan’s 2020 Emissions Target Under Review Following Fukushima Disaster

Apr 08, 2011 at 08:49 | Carbon Finance

Japan’s 2020 emissions target is under question as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese officials have conceded. "It is true that our reduction target will be affected significantly,"…

What Should Have Been Said During Obama’s Speech on US Energy Policy

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:40 | Gail Tverberg

We meet here at a tumultuous time for the world.  In a matter of months, we’ve seen regimes toppled and democracy take root across North Africa and the Middle East.…

Political Contradictions on Energy Policy: Cheap Gasoline and Carbon Emissions

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:18 | Robert Rapier

Energy policy frequently highlights some glaring contradictions among lawmakers. Some politicians who have railed against our dependence on petroleum and who insist we must reduce carbon emissions turn around and…

A New Trend in Fracking Emerges: The "Recovery Factor"

Apr 05, 2011 at 17:38 | Keith Schaefer

“Lower costs.  Higher oil and gas recoveries.” That's how Dan Themig, President of Packers Plus – a privately owned, Calgary-based fracking (completions) company – describes an interesting new development in…

BP Buying into India's Oil and Gas Industry

Apr 05, 2011 at 07:37 | Economywatch

The British oil giant BP has said it would pay $7.2 billion to buy into India’s fast-growing oil and gas industry. It is yet another big deal for BP, as…

The Shale Gas Energy Revolution

Apr 05, 2011 at 06:25 | Ronald Stoeferle

“Shale gas is the most important energy development since the discovery of oil“  As already pointed out in our previous special reports, we believe that shale gas is on one…

Obama's Empty Gasoline Tank

Apr 05, 2011 at 06:03 | Llewellyn King

There is a piece of doggerel which goes: They said it couldn’t be done.So I went right to it -- that thing they said Couldn’t be done.And…

Why Electric Cars are Really Coal Cars

Apr 05, 2011 at 05:58 | Professor Chris Rhodes

I saw a wonderful play at the Royal Court Theatre in London recently: "The Heretic" by Richard Bean. In a nutshell, the plot centres on a female academic, Dr Diane…

Nuclear Power Companies Buying up Wind and Solar Assets

Apr 05, 2011 at 05:56 | Jess McCabe

Nuclear power companies could hasten acquisitions in the renewables sector in response to the Fukushima disaster, says consultancy PwC. UK and French nuclear power and engineering firms have been buying…

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…

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