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Big Oil's Generosity and the Cloak of Social Responsibility

Feb 22, 2012 at 17:46 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil said it invited 50 school girls to its headquarters in Texas for its 9th annual program meant to encourage more women to pursue engineering. The company…

The Time of Big Government is Coming to an End

Feb 19, 2012 at 12:26 | Post Carbon

As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it…

Kazakhstan - One of the Safest Former Soviet Republics for Investment

Feb 18, 2012 at 21:14 | John Daly

When the USSR collapsed in December 1991, the emerging fifteen new nations scrambled amidst hyperinflation to restructure their economies away from a centrally planned economy directed by Moscow to sovereign,…

Which Trends Are Changing the World of Energy

Feb 16, 2012 at 18:01 | Gary Hunt

Technology and global competition are profoundly impacting our energy future.  The evidence is all around us in wind and solar energy advances, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing creating a new…

How The Human Population Explosion Defies Nature

Feb 16, 2012 at 17:36 | Gail Tverberg

There are seven billion people on earth now. I originally thought that the primary reason for the recent human population explosion was that fossil fuels enabled a larger food supply…

President Obama's 2013 Energy Budget: Good News or Political Nothingness

Feb 16, 2012 at 14:07 | Gary Hunt

President Barack Obama’s FY2013 budget includes $27.2 billion for the Department of Energy. US DOE says the budget priorities are focused on the ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy laid out in…

Former OPEC Member Indonesia Diversifies its Energy Matrix

Feb 15, 2012 at 19:48 | John Daly

Indonesia, which had begun producing oil in the early 20th century, had such substantial production that it was a major impetus for Japan invading the Dutch East Indies, as Indonesia…

Putin Looking to Modernize Russia's Energy Sector, Bureaucrats Fight Back

Feb 15, 2012 at 17:09 | John Daly

Largely overlooked in the non-Russian press, an incipient struggle is developing between Russian Prime Minister Putin and his attempts to privatize some of the largest and most economically inefficient legacies…

The Age of Fossil Fuels is Far From Over

Feb 15, 2012 at 16:32 | Tom Murphy

Having looked at the major alternatives to fossil fuel energy production (summarized here), we come away with the general sentiment that the easy days of cheap energy are not…

Fracking and Water: A New Way To Profit from the Industry's Biggest Problem

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:55 | Keith Schaefer

While oil and water don’t mix, for the fracking industry... the two go hand-in-hand. You see, while WATER is one of the oil industry’s biggest threats – it's also one…

Regenerative Agriculture: Feeding the Future

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:46 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is an illusion to think we can continue to use as much energy as we do now. No one can entirely rule-out that some extravagant technology will be forthcoming,…

Searching for a Cost Effective Way to Deal with Air Pollution

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:40

It costs $50 million per gigawatt to put 99% effective particulate air pollution control onto coal plants. China has about 650 GWe of coal power installed in 2011. It…

Turkey Gets More EU Roadblocks Towards Accession, Now Energy Chapters

Feb 13, 2012 at 17:49 | John Daly

Turkey’s seemingly interminable effort to join the European Union has hit a new snag. Energy. On 9 February European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and…

Physicists Meet at CERN to Discuss Progress Made on Cold Fusion

Feb 12, 2012 at 18:58 | Brian Westenhaus

Francesco Celani and Yogendra Srivastava will be leading a kind of informal meeting called a colloquium at Europe’s fundamental physics facility, CERN.  The topic, “Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress…

Tunisia - A Possible Electrical Savior of Southern Europe?

Feb 12, 2012 at 18:51 | John Daly

Europe, battered by a perfect storm of recession and rising energy requirements, is looking for additional electrical power reserves anywhere it can. Surcease may come from North Africa, and the…

Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat: Con Artist or Genius?

Feb 11, 2012 at 13:53 | James Burgess

Italian inventor Andrea Rossi's LENR Energy Catalyser (E-Cat) machine claims to use a small amount of energy to start a fusion reaction between nickel and hydrogen (at room temperature) which…

Canada, North American Energy Powerhouse, Now Faces Fracking Protests

Feb 08, 2012 at 17:56 | John Daly

Mexican President Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz Mori once reputedly said nearly a century ago, “¡Pobre México¡ Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos¡” (“Poor…

China Buys Into Portuguese National Power Company, Politicians Aghast

Feb 08, 2012 at 17:42 | John Daly

In the capitalist dog eat dog world, financial distress is an opportunity for those flush with cash. The Portuguese economy, hammered by soaring debt, has led the government to…

Are Electric Delivery Trucks the Future of Trucking?

Feb 08, 2012 at 17:36 | Environmental News Network

Trucking has become the most common mode for transporting goods across the land. However, all those trucks on the road burning diesel fuel can create a great deal of air…

Israeli Company Promotes Shale Oil and Natural Gas Production, Protests Ensue

Feb 07, 2012 at 17:35 | John Daly

Israel imports all its oil and coal and 70 percent of its natural gas needs, leaving the government deeply interested in developing indigenous alternatives. Highlighting the vulnerability of its…

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