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Energy

WTI April Rollover Cycle to Test Oil Speculators

Apr 07, 2011 at 06:53 | Dian L. Chu

The United States Oil Fund (USO), and exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking the performance of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures contract, starts its 4-day position rolling on Tuesday,…

Natural Gas Now a Growing Alternative to Gasoline

Apr 07, 2011 at 06:45 | James Hamilton

The Denver Post reported the opening on Saturday of stations offering compressed natural gas to drivers in Grand Junction and Rifle, towns along Interstate 70 in western Colorado, making…

USA to Sue OPEC Members over High Oil Prices

Apr 06, 2011 at 20:49 | Bruce Krasting

High grade crude for gulf delivery hit the highest price since the spring of 2008 this morning. This is the raw material for gasoline, so look for another big spike…

What Should Have Been Said During Obama’s Speech on US Energy Policy

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:40 | Gail Tverberg

We meet here at a tumultuous time for the world.  In a matter of months, we’ve seen regimes toppled and democracy take root across North Africa and the Middle East.…

Oil Supply Crisis From War in Libya? Free Trade Begs to Differ

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:26 | Dian L. Chu

The recent news from Libya suggests that a transitional government is already being put in place as BBC reports that Libya's opposition groups is set to export first oil shipment,…

Political Contradictions on Energy Policy: Cheap Gasoline and Carbon Emissions

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:18 | Robert Rapier

Energy policy frequently highlights some glaring contradictions among lawmakers. Some politicians who have railed against our dependence on petroleum and who insist we must reduce carbon emissions turn around and…

A New Trend in Fracking Emerges: The "Recovery Factor"

Apr 05, 2011 at 17:38 | Keith Schaefer

“Lower costs.  Higher oil and gas recoveries.” That's how Dan Themig, President of Packers Plus – a privately owned, Calgary-based fracking (completions) company – describes an interesting new development in…

BP Buying into India's Oil and Gas Industry

Apr 05, 2011 at 07:37 | Economywatch

The British oil giant BP has said it would pay $7.2 billion to buy into India’s fast-growing oil and gas industry. It is yet another big deal for BP, as…

The Shale Gas Energy Revolution

Apr 05, 2011 at 06:25 | Ronald Stoeferle

“Shale gas is the most important energy development since the discovery of oil“  As already pointed out in our previous special reports, we believe that shale gas is on one…

Obama's Empty Gasoline Tank

Apr 05, 2011 at 06:03 | Llewellyn King

There is a piece of doggerel which goes: They said it couldn’t be done.So I went right to it -- that thing they said Couldn’t be done.And…

Why Electric Cars are Really Coal Cars

Apr 05, 2011 at 05:58 | Professor Chris Rhodes

I saw a wonderful play at the Royal Court Theatre in London recently: "The Heretic" by Richard Bean. In a nutshell, the plot centres on a female academic, Dr Diane…

Nuclear Power Companies Buying up Wind and Solar Assets

Apr 05, 2011 at 05:56 | Jess McCabe

Nuclear power companies could hasten acquisitions in the renewables sector in response to the Fukushima disaster, says consultancy PwC. UK and French nuclear power and engineering firms have been buying…

Carbon Markets Remain Vulnerable to Further Geopolitical Issues

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:41 | Christopher Cundy

Carbon markets have settled this week, but remain vulnerable to further political shocks from Germany’s nuclear policy and attempts at revolution in several Arab countries. EU allowances (EUAs) for December…

Maintaining High Farm Productivity Whilst Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:39 | The Oil Drum

Conventional production agriculture relies heavily on fossil fuels, particularly in its ability to provide high yields at low labor costs. However, the uncertain future of fossil fuel availability and prices…

High Oil Prices Leading to More Energy Options

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:35 | Al Fin

For the US, the huge and growing alternative to crude oil is Canada's oil sands. New mines and refineries are being installed in Canada, and new pipelines are being built…

Cushing Storage Maxed Out: U.S. Crude Oil To Hit $90 in a Month

Apr 01, 2011 at 04:44 | Dian L. Chu

Crude oil prices have been seesawing between the news coming out of Libya and rising inventories in the U.S.  Crude oil stocks at Cushing, Oklahoma rose to a record 41.9…

Obama Calls for Energy Independence and Lower Oil Imports

Apr 01, 2011 at 04:41 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. President Barack Obama has set out an ambitious goal of cutting U.S. reliance on foreign oil by one-third by the year 2025. In a speech in Washington focused…

What is Really Driving Gas Prices up? And What Can be Done About it?

Mar 31, 2011 at 05:05 | Robert Rapier

This past week I had an article published in the Washington Post called Five Myths about Gas Prices. I will discuss each particular myth in detail below, but the…

Peak Oil and Depopulation

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:14 | Gail Tverberg

The growth of the human population cannot continue forever—there is a limit to our numbers, even if we cannot specify what that limit might be.  There is also a limit…

The Unites States Possesses the Largest Energy Resources on Earth

Mar 29, 2011 at 04:27 | Al Fin

A new report from the Congressional Research Service points out that in terms of total hydrocarbon resource, the US possesses the largest inventory of any nation on Earth. But under…

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