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Energy / Energy-General

Shale Gas Casing and Cementation Will Fail, but When?

Jun 13, 2012 at 16:49 | Barry Stevens

The other day, I received an email from a representative of an international oil company, which is wholly owned by the government and reports to the Department of Energy. The…

Using Visual Data Analysis to Increase Oil & Gas Production Efficiency

Jun 13, 2012 at 16:37 | Gary Hunt

North America’s oil & gas production growth is the envy of the world. From the Alberta oil sands to shale plays across the US, we are getting down to business…

Energy Independence Equals Jobs across the Environmental Divide

Jun 12, 2012 at 17:25 | Charles Kennedy

With jobs set to be a key vote-winning point in US November presidential elections, the debate is being framed along the polarized lines of whether renewable energy or a revival…

57% of Chinese Citizens Want More Investment in Environment over Economy

Jun 12, 2012 at 17:18 | Climate Progress

Gallup has just released new poll results showing that a majority of Chinese citizens care more about cleaning up the environment than they do about growing the economy. Among…

Using Carbon as a Cheap Substitute for Platinum Catalysts

Jun 12, 2012 at 17:05 | Brian Westenhaus

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of a team searching for an inexpensive alternative to platinum catalysts, turned to carbon, developing multi-walled carbon nanotube complex that consists of…

The Energy Debate and the War of Emotions

Jun 06, 2012 at 17:17 | Daniel J. Graeber

Advocates of the shale gas boom in the United States and the corresponding oil sands surge in Canada point to the thousands of potential jobs and benefits to national energy…

Spain's Respol Shifts its Focus to Latin America’s Energy Superpower Brazil

Jun 03, 2012 at 09:40 | John Daly

Spain’s energy conglomerate Repsol has had an interesting few months in Latin America.  In 1999 Repsol bought Argentina’s Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF), creating Respol-YPF to begin exploiting Argentina’s…

Making the Human Body more Energy Efficient

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:36 | Tom Murphy

If you’re one of those humans who actually eats food, like I am, then a non-negligible part of your energy allocation goes into food production. As an approximate rule-of-thumb, each…

How to Protect a Smart Grid from Threats in the Future

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:23 | Gary Hunt

Cyber terrorism is the nightmare scenario for the energy industry. Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are the weapons of choice.  In the ‘good old days’ we worried about hurricanes, tornadoes,…

Water Treatment Offers Good Investment Opportunities thanks to Oil & Gas

May 30, 2012 at 16:50 | Environmental Finance

Investors are increasingly looking at the water treatment sector to tap expected growing demand for new water technologies, especially from the extractive industries.These industries use huge amounts of…

Russia's Dysfunctional Economy Fails to Attract Investment Vital for Energy

May 30, 2012 at 16:44 | Al Fin

Russia is a difficult country to analyse. It is the largest nation on Earth, rich in natural resources and human resources. And yet it is burdened with dysfunctional government, a…

Easy Energy is Delaying Further Technological Innovation

May 29, 2012 at 17:44 | Climate Progress

Over the weekend I read a blog post by author Nicholas Carr describing what he calls the hierarchy of innovation.Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about…

Germany's Power Grid under Increasing Pressure

May 29, 2012 at 17:37 | The Oil Drum

With a steep growth of power generation from photovoltaic (PV) and wind power and with 8 GW base load capacity suddenly taken out of service the situation in Germany has…

Energy & Risk: Why We Are Experiencing an Energy Boom

May 29, 2012 at 17:22 | Gary Hunt

The convergence of forces creating profound changes in domestic energy production is being driven by technology, globalization, demographic changes and by economies turning things upside down. But only recently and…

Making a Big Stink: Is That a Landfill or a Gold Mine?

May 28, 2012 at 17:45 | Shea Laverty

Who here likes landfills? Hands up! What... no one? Don't worry, you're not alone. Almost no one like landfills, and it's not hard to imagine why. Mountains of garbage, sometimes…

Politics, Gangs, and Big Oil Spell Disaster in the Niger Delta

May 25, 2012 at 17:54 | Charles Kennedy

Renewed violence, oil bunkering and piracy has apparently cost Nigeria over $4.3 billion over the past two years, while violence, a disastrous environmental problem, corruption and a level of state…

Humanity is Reaching its Limits - Oil, Debt, Population, etc.

May 24, 2012 at 17:37 | Gail Tverberg

The world is clearly reaching many limits. This graphic below shows how I see man interacting with natural systems, back before man discovered fire and back before man became intelligent…

New Directions for North American Energy Infrastructure

May 24, 2012 at 17:22 | Hadaf Zubi

On Thursday, May 17th the Financial Times reported that Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser has said he expects US natural gas prices to double by 2015, but remain under…

Megrahi's Death Only Beginning in Libyan Oil Saga

May 23, 2012 at 17:33 | Daniel J. Graeber

Scottish authorities this week said the death of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi puts an end to conspiracy theories surrounding his controversial release in 2009. Scottish authorities insisted his release…

The Facts about Fracking Fluid and its Disposal

May 23, 2012 at 17:12 | Barry Stevens

At a recent shale gas symposium in South Africa a question was asked “if hydraulic fracturing is so safe, why do drilling operators working in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Play dispose…

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