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Large Scale Energy Storage and the Renewable Energy Problem

Aug 12, 2011 at 07:34 | The Oil Drum

As we look to transition away from fossil fuels, solar and wind are attractive options. Key factors making them compelling are: the inexhaustibility of the source with use (i.e., renewable);…

Is Shale Oil the Answer to U.S. Energy Security

Aug 11, 2011 at 07:19 | Stuart Burns

A series of articles by Reuters columnists and Chesapeake Energy’s August 2011 Investor Presentation (once the “Ra-Ra” is filtered out) serve to underline the rapid and largely unseen revolution…

End of the Energy Subsidy Gravy Train

Aug 11, 2011 at 07:14 | MasterResource

The drama that raised the national debt ceiling without increasing taxes is sending warning shots across the bow for many industries.  The message for energy subsidies, including the tax credits…

A Look at the DOD's Operation Energy Strategy

Aug 10, 2011 at 08:33 | Sohbet Karbuz

US soldiers run on water, batteries and fuel. The latter two are becoming quite a challenge for the armed forces as they require a reliable and assured supply of operational…

Swedish Man Arrested for Building a Nuclear Reactor in His Kitchen

Aug 10, 2011 at 08:00 | Energy Digital

Apparently a Swedish man has been reprimanded for attempting to build a homemade nuclear reactor. 31-year-old Richard Handl foiled his own plans to construct a homemade nuclear reactor when he…

Why High Gasoline Prices are Causing the Drop in GDP Growth

Aug 09, 2011 at 07:43 | Post Carbon

Lost in the furor over the debt crisis last week came the news that the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of only 0.4 percent in the first quarter…

Oil and Gas Pipelines at Risk from Ethanol Bacteria

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:44 | EcoSeed

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology discovered that bacteria found in ethanol hasten the deterioration and cracking of pipeline steels. Ethanol is a biofuel that is commonly…

Electricity Prices to Soar

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:40 | Brian Westenhaus

ICF International a major consulting firm has let slip two news reports out of their research that should cause consumers to perk up and get on with conservation, energy saving…

The Smart Energy District: Solar Technology and Sustainable Design & Development

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:28 | The Oil Drum

This is a guest post by Raymond Kaiser, LEED AP, Director of Green Building Services for Stewart Engineering Consultants. Mr. Kaiser has considerable experience in renewable and sustainable energy strategies…

Why I Love and Hate the Oil Companies

Aug 03, 2011 at 08:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The first thing I do when I get up every morning is to curse the oil companies as the blood sucking scourges of modern civilization. I then fall down on…

China, Germany and UK Have the Most Stable Clean Energy Policies

Aug 03, 2011 at 08:28 | Gloria Gonzalez

China, Germany and the UK have the most stable and consistent clean energy policies, a boon for investors seeking jurisdictions with the least amount of uncertainty, according to a report…

Arab Spring Roils Israel's Energy Imports - and Israel

Aug 02, 2011 at 08:17 | John Daly

Israel's political relations, always tense, with Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon have deteriorated since the Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February by a popular uprising. One…

Oil and Misinformation: The Truth about Oil Companies

Aug 02, 2011 at 08:03 | Robert Rapier

In my travels around the globe, I have never been to another country that regards their oil companies as we do here in the U.S. I have actually been in…

Are High Fuel Taxes the Answer to Solving our Energy Problems?

Aug 02, 2011 at 07:52 | Kurt Cobb

Some time ago an economist with whom I had an extensive exchange suggested that the best way to incentivize an energy transition would be to tax what we don't want…

Venezuela to Compensate American Oil Companies for Nationalization?

Jul 29, 2011 at 07:51 | John Daly

If Cuba's Fidel Castro is America's favorite Latin American bête noire, then Venezuela's Hugo Chavez qualifies as Washington's reigning Prince of Darkness. In 1960, Fidel Castro nationalized US business…

The Offshore Oil Industry and Hurricane Season

Jul 29, 2011 at 07:29 | Dave Summers

The summer brings back Hurricane season, with the threat that such storms bring to the oil and gas well operations in the Gulf of Mexico. And the National Oceanic and…

Oil and Ethics: Why PEMEX Needs to Emulate Statoil

Jul 28, 2011 at 08:18 | Andrew Smolski

A lot of the problems that are happening with PEMEX is due to poor allocation of funds by the government. Whether they are overspending on social programs or just taking…

Energy Conservation: The Only Strategy to Avoiding Social and Economic Ruin

Jul 27, 2011 at 07:40 | Post Carbon

Energy conservation is our best strategy for pre-adapting to an inevitably energy-constrained future. And it may be our only significant option for averting economic, social, and environmental ruin. The world…

Petrobras and PEMEX: Opening Doors Through Oil

Jul 27, 2011 at 07:38 | Andrew Smolski

As written by this author last week, PEMEX is on the long road to privatization, however the government in México maybe has a different path through regional interconnection further…

Iran’s Dream for a Middle East Gas Pipeline

Jul 26, 2011 at 08:12 | John Daly

Nothing gets oilmen more excited than the idea of building pipelines from exotic, hard to reach places to seaports where the product of their endeavors can be shipped to lucrative…

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