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Energy / Energy-General

The End of Growth: Peak Oil, Recessions and the End of the Fossil Fuel Economy

Aug 17, 2011 at 07:31 | Gail Tverberg

The issues we are confronted with today seem to be a subset of the issues foretold in the book Limits to Growth back in 1972. At some point, the…

Russia’s Arctic Oil Grab

Aug 17, 2011 at 07:25 | Al Fin

Within the next year, the Kremlin is expected to make its claim to the United Nations in a bold move to annex about 380,000 square miles of the internationally owned…

The Psychology of Fuel Prices

Aug 16, 2011 at 09:00 | MasterResource

Four-dollar diesel is an ugly thing–but not the ugliest of things. To grossly paraphrase John Stuart Mill, the state of moral feeling that thinks that government should “keep prices…

Why Renewable Energy Will Not be Saving us Any Time Soon

Aug 16, 2011 at 08:32 | Fabius Maximus

Summary:  Optimists about energy give glowing forecasts of new technologies, often with wildly underestimated estimates of when when these can generate substantial fractions of our energy.  In the real world…

Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan - a pragmatic marriage of common interests

Aug 15, 2011 at 15:30 | John Daly

Pipelines and energy have an unsettling ability to shift regional geostrategic goal focuses, weakening the old traditional alliances and bringing new political groupings into existence. Nowhere is this more…

Russian Pipeline Transiting North Korea Somewhat Unlikely

Aug 12, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

There apparently is something about building pipelines that causes otherwise rational oilmen to indulge in reveries that would give an opium addict pause. Two of the most recent ideas for…

Will Technology Save us from Peak Oil?

Aug 12, 2011 at 07:44 | Post Carbon

Let's face it! The whole fossil fuel thing - widespread use of coal, oil, and natural gas could not have happened without technological advances. Without the steam engine, the coal…

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…

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