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Coal Prices Soar Following Australian Floods, But Re-Insurance Market Relatively Unaffected

Jan 07, 2011 at 11:02 | Charlotte Dudley

Widespread flooding in northern Australia has caused economic disruption and sent coal prices soaring, but reinsurers are likely to avoid heavy losses, according to industry participants. Dom del Re, a…

The Dangerous Bubble in Commodity and Oil Prices

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:56 | Al Fin

Right now, the printing of trillions of dollars by the Federal Reserve is creating another financial bubble. It is supported only by deficit spending, borrowing, and money-printing. Nothing else is…

The Gulf Oil Spill and Supply Side Ramifications: Get Ready for $4 Gasoline

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:36 | Robert Rapier

Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, I wrote the following: BP’s Oil Rig Disaster May Bring an End to Support for New Offshore Exploration…

Understanding Energy Provision and Conflict

Jan 06, 2011 at 09:31 | Open Democracy

As we are forced to change the way we think about energy, the energy consumer is caught between need and the increasing risks involved in securing traditional energy sources. The…

Turning Old Carpets Into Oil: Garbage to Energy

Jan 06, 2011 at 09:23 | Al Fin

Four billion pounds of carpet enter waste streams in the U.S. each year, says CEO Ron Simonetti. Five pounds of oil go into a single pound of nylon, so annually…

Natural Gas: Continually Running Into New Obstacles

Jan 05, 2011 at 08:41 | Gail Tverberg

Natural gas would like to be bridge fuel as we deal with oil shortages, but it keeps running into obstacles. A big obstacle is the fact that the price is…

High Oil Prices Will Lead to an Oil Exploration Boom in 2011

Jan 05, 2011 at 08:32 | Al Fin

Oil is like any other commodity: if price go up, people will produce more of it to sell. Despite the bleatings of peak oil sheep, oil companies are responding to…

NOAA Opens Website on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Jan 05, 2011 at 08:28 | David Gabel

Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made public a new website, the NOAA Deepwater Horizon Library. The site contains a treasure trove of information relating to the oil…

Massive Natural Gas Field Found of Israel’s Coast

Jan 01, 2011 at 20:44 | Al Fin

A gigantic natural gas field that could yield millions of barrels of oil was recently discovered on the maritime border between Israel, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, and Northern Cyprus.…

Oil Industry Still Coming Under Fire

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:44 | Gail Tverberg

Bashing the oil industry seems to be popular. The most recent example is the New York Times’ editorial They haven’t learned. I don’t think any industry is perfect, but…

In Situ Technologies and the Canadian Oil Sands

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:41 | Al Fin

For oil sands that are too deep for surface mining operations, some form of "in-situ" is needed to extract the oil. Most in-situ operations involve the injection of steam into…

One Step Closer to Renewable Petroleum

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:36 | Brian Westenhaus

LS9, with a fresh $30 million in hand is planning to ready LS9?s lead products for commercial production and support additional development and growth programs. Raising money in 2010 was…

Why Natural Gas is Setting Up for a Big Short

Dec 30, 2010 at 10:33 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I always thought that a great strategy for a new hedge fund would be to only buy positions from existing hedge funds that were blowing up. That fund would buy…

Shale Gas and the Changing Global Energy Landscape

Dec 30, 2010 at 10:28 | Al Fin

Arguably the biggest story in the United States energy scene, and de facto for the rest of the world, has been the development of shale gas. Natural gas production in…

Iraq Oil Output Highest in 20 Years

Dec 30, 2010 at 10:24 | ISN Security Watch

Iraq's new oil minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, said the country's oil output has reached 2.6 million barrels per day, the highest level for more than 20 years. Luaibi said developing…

What Can we do Now About Peak Oil

Dec 29, 2010 at 06:41 | Gail Tverberg

Our problem now is that we have built a complex economy that depends on oil and other fuels. We can see that we will have less oil in the future.…

World Oil Production – A Look Ahead

Dec 28, 2010 at 10:40 | Gail Tverberg

If we look at a graph of historical world oil production, we see a somewhat bumpy production pattern with two major price spikes (in 2009 $)–one peaking in 1981 and…

Consumers Being Persuaded to go Electric – A Look at Electric Car Incentives

Dec 28, 2010 at 10:33 | Andy Soos

During the last few decades, increased concern over the environmental impact of the petroleum-based transportation infrastructure has led to renewed interest in an electric transportation infrastructure. Electric vehicles differ from…

Could Canada be an Energy Superpower?

Dec 27, 2010 at 10:57 | Al Fin

Oil, coal, gas, unconventional hydrocarbons -- you name it, Canada has it. In addition, Canada has rich mineral resources, including uranium. Canada even has a large hydropower resource to call…

Huge Amount of Oil Available, But…

Dec 26, 2010 at 09:45 | Gail Tverberg

There is a huge amount of oil which theoretically can be extracted, but the question is whether the cost will be cheap enough for us to be able to afford…

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