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High Commodity Prices and, in Particular, High Oil Prices are Deflationary

High Commodity Prices and, in Particular, High Oil Prices are Deflationary

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:48 | Kurt Cobb

As the European Central Bank (ECB) prepares to raise interest rates to prevent inflation, the bank cites rising commodity prices, particularly oil prices, as a sign of that inflation. What…

The Harsh Reality of Fail Safe Engineering

The Harsh Reality of Fail Safe Engineering

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:44 | Robert Rapier

As I have said many times, all of our energy options require trade-offs. I can’t think of any that don’t have some negative consequences and risks associated with their production…

Peak Oil Confronts Peak Idiocracy: What to Do?

Peak Oil Confronts Peak Idiocracy: What to Do?

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:21 | Al Fin

Political restrictions on international oil drilling by OPEC, Russia, and other national oil companies and dictatorships is driving international companies to drill in more extreme environments. Extreme offshore drilling is…

Oil Price Development from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics

Oil Price Development from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:15 | Ronald Stoeferle

Austrian School opens up new angle on oil price development. In our Oil Report 2010 we analysed the development of the oil price for the investors for the first time…

Even More Natural Gas on the Way

Even More Natural Gas on the Way

Mar 15, 2011 at 17:23 | Brian Westenhaus

Sometimes you have to wonder, how did so much energy get packed away in the earth’s crust?  Even with tens of millions of years, moving continents, a series of biological…

Update on Libyan Oil Production

Update on Libyan Oil Production

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:53 | Global Intelligence Report

The trajectory of Libyan oil production remains concerning. Estimates of current shut in production vary from a low of 500,000 barrels/day (b/d) to over 1 million, from a total production…

Syngas: Vaporizing Waste into Fuel

Syngas: Vaporizing Waste into Fuel

Mar 14, 2011 at 21:51 | Taras Berezowsky

In the constant push to make greening technology not only effective but also profitable, one US company is taking advantage of a Japanese-pioneered innovation: using souped-up plasma torches to vaporize…

Peak Oil – Scaremongering or Soon Reality?

Peak Oil – Scaremongering or Soon Reality?

Mar 14, 2011 at 09:04 | Ronald Stoeferle

As pointed out in previous reports we think that the maximum global production of conventional oil could soon be reached. There is no doubt that peak oil is more than…

How to Live in a World with Declining Oil Production

How to Live in a World with Declining Oil Production

Mar 14, 2011 at 08:58 | Gail Tverberg

We don’t know precisely how oil supply will work out, but if it declines quickly, we need to think about how we can deal with such an outcome. A quick…

Current Oil Prices are Simply a Money Grab and Fear Trade

Current Oil Prices are Simply a Money Grab and Fear Trade

Mar 14, 2011 at 08:52 | Al Fin

Oil is selling higher than it should do. Speculation is just one of the reasons, but a significant one. After being bailed out, pardoned for their crimes, and otherwise given…

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