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Energy / Energy-General

No Easy Solutions to the Coming Energy Crisis

Apr 27, 2011 at 09:35 | Gail Tverberg

Everyone would like to fix the US energy policy, but doing so is almost impossible, in my view, primarily because we need to be planning for a much bigger change…

Energy Issues and Political Intervention

Apr 27, 2011 at 08:25 | The Oil Drum

Energy is back in the public consciousness and perhaps higher up political priority lists than at any time since the summer of 2008. Disruptions in Libya, leaked cables about Saudi…

A New Idea on Energy Extraction From Oil Shale

Apr 26, 2011 at 09:10 | Brian Westenhaus

A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture…

The Shale Oil Boom No One's Talking About (Until Now)

Apr 22, 2011 at 10:36 | Keith Schaefer

Shale oil & gas is the talk of many a newsletter writer right now. But very few are talking about the region of Atlantic Canada. You see, as the global…

Donald Trump’s Naive Views on Energy: "Just Take the Oil We Need"

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:16 | Robert Rapier

I am constantly amused by the views of presidential candidates on energy policy. Their views are either so disingenuous or so naive that I often find it difficult to vote…

Developing a Valid Picture of Fossil fuels and our Future

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:09 | Dave Summers

One of the problems in trying to project future demand and supply of oil and the other fossil fuels is that the decisions on their availability and use are often…

United States Budget Problems and the Oil Supply

Apr 21, 2011 at 09:18 | Gail Tverberg

We see endless fighting between the Democrats and Republicans about the budget, but no real explanation as to what the issues are. My view is that there is a structural…

A Different Idea on Where Hydrocarbons Come From

Apr 21, 2011 at 09:01 | Brian Westenhaus

A research team including colleagues at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Shell Projects & Technology is offering a new computational study published in the Proceedings of the…

Engineers Are Now Wearing the Poet's Mantle

Apr 20, 2011 at 19:50 | Llewellyn King

F. Scott Fitzgerald supposedly told Ernest Hemingway, “The rich are different from you and me.” And Hemingway supposedly replied, “Yes, they have more money.” Engineers are different from the rest…

Energy Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Extracting Hydrogen From Water

Apr 20, 2011 at 08:24 | Brian Westenhaus

A research team at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has announced they have come upon a new catalyst for electrolysis to split hydrogen out of water.…

Report from Libya: Oil Majors Were Ready to Walk Before Trouble Started

Apr 19, 2011 at 17:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Over the weekend, I managed to catch up with a friend of mine who just escaped from Libya by the skin of his teeth. Sent there by an oil major…

A Look at Shell’s Future Energy Predictions

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:38 | Dave Summers

I have recently reviewed the predictions made by BP and ExxonMobil as they relate to energy supply and demand in the years to 2030. Shell has just

Nuclear Fusion: Is it the Answer to the Impending Crisis in Energy and Resources

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:34 | Professor Chris Rhodes

I attended a fascinating event last night - a Cafe' Scientifique meeting held in the town of Reading in South East England. Last month it was me in the bear-pit,…

Putin Turns His Back on BP as Rosneft Deal Turns Sour

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:12 | David Caploe PhD

BP’s investment with Russia's national oil company, Rosneft, was announced in January, it was generally seen as a coup, giving BP access to exploration licenses in one of the world’s…

Bug That Produces Methane Gas in Landfills Has Been Found

Apr 11, 2011 at 08:09 | Brian Westenhaus

We’ve long known that garbage piled up on landfills weep and leak methane gas.  Its even harvested and being put to use in many places.  Researchers had a hard time…

Will Offshore Oil Rigs be Replaced by Underwater Cities

Apr 11, 2011 at 08:03 | Al Fin

There are over 1.3 trillion barrels of untapped oil under the seafloors. But what is the safest way of retrieving all of that oil -- much of it at deadly…

What the Frack? A Look at the Possible Dangers of Fracking

Apr 08, 2011 at 09:24 | Allen Gilmer

Lot's of people are discussing the HBO movie "Gasland" which has aired on HBO. I encourage everyone to watch it, if, for no other reason than as a starting point…

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…

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