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Energy / Energy-General

Fossil Fuel Use, Mass Extinctions and the Difficulty with Sustainable Living

Sep 14, 2011 at 07:30 | Gail Tverberg

What would humans have to do to really live sustainability with the world’s ecosystems? I got a shock when I read about the pattern of species extinctions which is taking…

Using Algae to Make Better Batteries

Sep 14, 2011 at 07:25 | Brian Westenhaus

Think alginate, that you may have met quite intimately if you’ve had dental impressions made – the gooey, but not sticky substance that was in the tray which formed to…

Relaxation of Obama’s Anti-Energy Policies Could Create 1.4 Million New Jobs

Sep 14, 2011 at 07:18 | Al Fin

The images below are taken from a report released last week by Wood MacKenzie, looking at the impact of relaxing just a few of President Obama's anti-energy policies (h/t…

Thunder Down Under - Western Australia Talks Secession over Canberra’s Energy Policies

Sep 13, 2011 at 08:09 | John Daly

It’s marginal, economically backward states that fragment, like Yugoslavia and Sudan, right?Usually – but an extraordinary situation is developing in energy-rich Western Australia, where Canberra’s policies have begun fuelling…

A Guide for Energy Policymakers: Thinking Sensibly About Our Energy Future

Sep 13, 2011 at 07:54 | Kurt Cobb

The following is an attempt to weave together many strands of thought from my writings on energy into a compact briefing for energy policymakers. If you are an energy policymaker…

Laser Fusion Energy Just Took a Big Step Forwards

Sep 13, 2011 at 07:37 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The UK company AWE and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have joined-forces with the US-based National Ignition Facility (NIF) to help provide energy using Inertial Confinement Fusion, in which a pellet…

Gazprom Opens Natgas Pipeline to Sakhalin

Sep 12, 2011 at 18:20 | Charles Kennedy

Russian state owned natural gas firm Gazprom in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has opened a multi-billion dollar undersea natural gas pipeline from Sakhalin island to Russia’s…

Improving Efficiency is Key to Averting an Energy Crisis

Sep 12, 2011 at 07:50 | Post Carbon

If there is a way to get through the loss of fossil fuels, it lies in developing new and more efficient ways to generate renewable energy and more efficient ways…

Pakistan’s Energy Crisis and U.S. Interests

Sep 09, 2011 at 07:43 | John Daly

As America prepares to commemorate the tragic events of 11 September 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist suicide attacks against targets in New York and Washington D.C killed…

A Rocky Road Ahead: The Problems with Plug-in Cars

Sep 09, 2011 at 07:32 | Gail Tverberg

Will plug-in cars be a success? If by success, we mean “sell lots of vehicles” the answer is probably “no” unless the price comes down a lot–say 50% from today’s…

Waking up to a Post-Growth Economy

Sep 09, 2011 at 07:29 | Post Carbon

During recent weeks, evidence has piled up that U.S. and European economies, far from recovering, are swirling back into recession. Failure of American politicians to address the federal debt crisis,…

Russia's Transneft - Benign Monopoly or Extortionist?

Sep 07, 2011 at 07:50 | John Daly

By any yardstick’s Russia’s Transneft pipeline company is an impressive organization. Now ostensibly a Joint Stock Company, the Russian government owns 75 percent of its shares. Created in 1993 as…

Energy Wars and a Rumor of Wars

Sep 07, 2011 at 07:31 | Ferdinand E. Banks

I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil ? Alan Greenspan (2008) Alan Greenspan is not my favourite…

Eastern African Energy Riches Attract Interest

Sep 06, 2011 at 18:49 | Joao Peixe

Energy deposits located in east African nations and their offshore coastlines are increasingly drawing foreign investor interest. Recent surveys have led analysts to estimate that Mozambique has over 6 trillion…

Russia Rejects Western Plan for Further Syrian Sanctions

Sep 06, 2011 at 18:47 | Charles Kennedy

The European Union intends to introduce an imminent embargo on the importation of Syrian oil in the next several days, a move that the Russian Federation strongly opposes. In the…

Barack Obama and Fossil Fuels: Reality Starting to Settle In

Sep 06, 2011 at 08:03 | Robert Rapier

When Barack Obama was campaigning for president, I thought he displayed a “comic book” view of the energy industry: Lots of stereotypes of the good guys and the bad guys.…

Mounting Pressure on Assad as European Union Bans Syrian Oil Imports

Sep 06, 2011 at 08:01 | Energy Digital

The European Union (EU) bans oil imports from Syria in response to President Bashar Assad's civilian killings, costing Syria millions per day. Following the reported killing of 13 civilian protesters,…

Insurance Companies Admit to Being Unprepared for Climate Change

Sep 06, 2011 at 07:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

The vast majority of insurers are unprepared to handle climate risks even though they acknowledge the impact of climate change on extreme weather events, according to a report by investor…

Russian Aviation Jet Fuel Glass - Half-Empty or Half-Full?

Sep 05, 2011 at 08:16 | John Daly

An extraordinary situation has developed in Moscow at the capital’s three airports.  Managers have suddenly discovered that their facilities are swiftly running out of aviation fuel, an extraordinary situation in…

Shell to Invest $800 Million in Shale Gas Production in Ukraine

Sep 04, 2011 at 09:48 | Charles Kennedy

Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Boyko told reporters that Royal Dutch Shell will invest $800 million in geological exploration and production of shale gas in eastern Ukraine. After signing the contract…

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