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Karzai Afghan President for Life? Bad for Democracy, Good for Pipelines

Karzai Afghan "President for Life?" Bad for Democracy, Good for Pipelines

Dec 07, 2011 at 18:01 | John Daly

According to a document drawn up by Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service, BND) Afghan president Hamid Karzai intends to stay in power when his second and constitutionally final term ends…

South Africa's Effort to Wean Itself Off Coal Dependency Proving Difficult

South Africa's Effort to Wean Itself Off Coal Dependency Proving Difficult

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

Coal is one of the fossil fuels most responsible for generating greenhouse gases. The effect of such emissions on the atmosphere and the consequences for long-term global warming are…

Are Coal Power Plants Now too Expensive to Pursue?

Are Coal Power Plants Now too Expensive to Pursue?

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:27 | Peter Sinclair

A couple years ago I had lunch with a top executive of one of the state’s leading utilities. Here’s the gist of the question I put to him. “I know…

Is Saudi Arabia Heading for a Downfall?

Is Saudi Arabia Heading for a Downfall?

Dec 06, 2011 at 18:08 | Gail Tverberg

Saudi Arabia recently announced that it had halted a $100 billion oil production expansion plan to raise capacity to 15 million barrels a day by 2020. At this point,…

Possible Implications of an Iranian Oil Embargo

Possible Implications of an Iranian Oil Embargo

Dec 06, 2011 at 17:57 | The Oil Drum

Does Thursday's announcement that the EU is considering to ban oil imports from Iran epitomise the draining of power from west to east? The big winners here will be…

A Better Way to Store Natural Gas

A Better Way to Store Natural Gas

Dec 06, 2011 at 17:50 | Brian Westenhaus

Natural gas needs to be very tightly compressed and cooling to very cold temperatures will help to get worthwhile volumes suitable for transport use. Those pressures and temperatures pose high…

Solving Africa's Firewood Deforestation Problem - Bamboo?

Solving Africa's Firewood Deforestation Problem - Bamboo?

Dec 05, 2011 at 17:48 | John Daly

A surging population in Africa seeking to provide energy for cooking needs has led to massive environmental damage, including soil degradation.  Worldwide deforestation accounts for 25-30 percent of…

Texas Faces Blackouts as Grid Supply Fails to Meet Demand

Texas Faces Blackouts as Grid Supply Fails to Meet Demand

Dec 05, 2011 at 17:42 | James Burgess

The electrical grid in America can be roughly split into three separate and individual areas. The Eastern Interconnection supplies everything east of the Rockies; The Western Interconnection supplies everything to…

IEA Leaders Speak Out on Our Current Energy Situation and Peak Oil

IEA Leaders Speak Out on Our Current Energy Situation and Peak Oil

Dec 05, 2011 at 17:39 | Post Carbon

Every November following the publication of the IEA's World Energy Outlook, the leadership of the Agency travels to major capitols in an effort to explain to the world's leaders the…

U.S. Now Net Fuel Exporter: Good News or Recessionary Rumblings?

U.S. Now Net Fuel Exporter: Good News or Recessionary Rumblings?

Dec 05, 2011 at 17:29 | Taras Berezowsky

Much has been made of last week’s data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicating that the US is, once again, a net exporter of fuel — for…

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