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Energy

Is Matt Simmons Credible?

Jul 27, 2010 at 15:00 | Robert Rapier

I am going to address a touchy subject in this essay, but I simply can’t ignore it any longer. I have noticed that a lot of people are finding my…

A World Without Petroleum

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Occidental Petroleum is running a very clever and funny ad supporting and informing about what petroleum is used for as well as natural gas, gasoline and diesel. As you’ve…

U.S. Activists, Lawmakers Seek Renewable Standard in Slimmed-Down Energy Bill

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:09 | Darrell Delamaide

After Senate leaders last week ruled out a comprehensive energy bill with a cap-and-trade regime, climate legislation activists are now pushing for the consolation prize of a national renewable energy…

The Hunt for Dark Energy

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:37 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s out there, or so they say in the cosmic physics community.  There is a mysterious “dark energy” believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the…

Oil Prices Show Little Momentum for Breaking Through $80 Barrier

Jul 24, 2010 at 04:02 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 07/19/2010 to 07/23/2010. Prices of crude oil futures slumped below $79 a barrel on Friday despite a stock market rally and the rise of Tropical Storm…

Energy Ministers Agree on 10 Clean Energy Initiatives

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:54 | Darrell Delamaide

Two dozen countries that account for 80% of global energy consumption reached agreements on a series of 10 clean energy initiatives that will eliminate the need to build 500 new…

Securing Uganda’s Oil Industry Urged But Repeat Terrorist Attacks Seen As Slim

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:26 | Fawzia Sheikh

Although the Ugandan government can boost the security of its fledgling oil industry from future terrorist attacks that may scare away certain investors, Africa analysts doubt violence replicating the twin…

How The Next Major Uranium Discovery Will Be Found

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:21 | Dave Forest

Yesterday, we went through the basics of unconformity-hosted uranium deposits. And why these are the big prize for the uranium industry. And yet, despite decades of study, we've still only…

Shale Gas Enthusiasm Drove Energy Deals in Second Quarter

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:20 | Darrell Delamaide

Interest in U.S. shale gas propelled mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas production sector to $42 billion in the second quarter, the second-most active quarter in the past…

China Has Replaced U.S. As Biggest Energy Consumer, IEA Says

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:49 | Darrell Delamaide

China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s biggest consumer of energy in the most tangible evidence yet of the coming dominance of the Chinese economy. According to data from…

Uranium’s Big Prize

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:32 | Dave Forest

Sixteen hours on airplanes yesterday gave me the chance to finish reviewing a lot of uranium material. (For those of you finding the uranium theme long-in-the-tooth, we will get back…

Rising Demand in OPEC Countries Causes Oil Importers Concern

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:19 | The Oil Drum

OPEC tells us it has lots of spare capacity, but how much should we believe them? Even when prices were much higher than they are now, back in 2008, they…

Stock Prices, Economic Data Buffet Crude Oil Futures in Lackluster Trading

Jul 18, 2010 at 14:18 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 07/12/2010 to 07/16/2010 An unexpectedly sharp drop in a key consumer confidence index sent stocks plummeting on Friday and drove down prices for crude oil futures…

Cautious Obama is Hurting Future Oil and Electricity Supply

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:28 | Llewellyn King

From somewhere--inside the White House or the Department of Energy--President Obama is getting some pretty awful advice. It's bad enough that he's been persuaded that there's a Nirvana Land of…

Shale Oil’s Place in our Energy Future

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:23 | Brian Westenhaus

Chinese researchers have identified a catalyst called NiMoW, for the hydrotreating of the refined diesel distillate fraction from the Fushun shale oil deposit. Shale oil has high levels of nitrogen,…

U.S. Government Finally Grants BP Permission to Begin Well Integrity Test

Jul 15, 2010 at 04:24 | Al Fin

For almost 2 days, the US government has withheld final permission for BP to go ahead with crucial but risky pressure testing at the Macondo wellhead. The new sealing cap…

What Most Peak Oil Believers are Failing to Consider

Jul 14, 2010 at 02:52 | Al Fin

A lot of otherwise normal, well-functioning persons are firm believers in the idea that global oil production has irrevocably peaked -- or is soon to peak irrevocably. Whether such a…

Lloyd’s Research Paper Warns of Peak Oil Crunch

Jul 13, 2010 at 13:02 | Darrell Delamaide

The Lloyd’s insurance market in London added its voice to those warning about dependence on oil with the release of a research paper that predicted a supply crunch and price…

European Power Plants Win Reprieve on Emissions

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:30 | Philippa Jones

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to adopt the Industrial Emissions Directive, after agreeing a compromise position that will give power plants extra time to comply with stricter levels…

Crude Oil Tracks Stocks Upwards to Close Week Above $76 a Barrel

Jul 10, 2010 at 04:46 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 07/05/2010 to 07/09/2010. Crude oil futures finished the week on a positive note, tracking stocks upward after hitting the low for a month earlier in the…

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