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China Strengthening Claim To South China Sea Oil And Gas

Nov 25, 2014 at 16:38 | Colin Chilcoat

Not gone and not forgotten, China is ready to solidify its claim to the South China Sea (SCS). Recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting…

Utilities Facing Coal Shortages Due To Rail Congestion

Nov 25, 2014 at 16:23 | Nick Cunningham

With winter approaching, the piles of coal at utility yards are running well below average, and several utilities are pressuring rail companies to allow more coal trains through. The problem…

Veteran Oil Minister Says OPEC Alone Can’t Set Oil-Price Levels

Nov 25, 2014 at 16:15 | Andy Tully

OPEC alone can’t be held responsible for setting the price of oil worldwide, a veteran oil minister says, and it’s time for producers outside the cartel to help set acceptable…

Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Nov 24, 2014 at 15:23 | Simon Harlow

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the…

What Low Oil Prices Mean For The U.S. Economy

Nov 24, 2014 at 15:09 | James Hamilton

For the last 4 years, the national average retail price of gasoline in the United States stayed within a range of $3.25-$4.00 a gallon. But that all changed this…

This Company Could Revolutionize Energy Utilities

Nov 24, 2014 at 14:53 | Nick Cunningham

NRG Energy is charting a path forward for the 21st century utility. The threat of distributed energy has raised concerns in utility boardrooms over the future of their business model.…

The 2014 Oil Price Crash Explained

Nov 24, 2014 at 14:42 | Euan Mearns

In February 2009 Phil Hart published on The Oil Drum a simple supply demand model that explained then the action in the oil price. In this post I…

The Unwelcome Reality For U.S. Coal Exports

Nov 21, 2014 at 17:43 | Nick Cunningham

U.S. coal export capacity is running well below capacity, and as such, exporting coal from the U.S. west coast is a losing strategy. That comes from a new report…

Republicans and Democrats Go To War Over EPA

Nov 21, 2014 at 17:33 | Chris Dalby

The Republican Party has made no bones of the fact that, now it controls Congress, it will be seeking to scale back environmental regulations in the U.S. as well as…

Russia Might Be Forced To Cut Oil Production

Nov 21, 2014 at 17:26 | Andy Tully

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak says Moscow is considering a possible cutback in oil production to help end the drop in prices, but there appears to be little it can…

How Energy Secure Are The EU And UK?

Nov 21, 2014 at 17:19 | Euan Mearns

In a recent post, A Beginners Guide to Blackouts, I drew attention to the fact that keeping the lights on in Britain was to a large extent dependent upon…

The Grand Oil Party Takes Washington by Storm

Nov 21, 2014 at 16:59 | Michael Klare

Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House…

This Week In Energy: Tech, Retail Sectors Banking On Renewables

Nov 21, 2014 at 16:28 | James Stafford

The lion’s share of debate about the progress of renewable energy is missing an important dimension. It seems that the media, banks and NGOs largely value the worth of each…

Winners And Losers Of $80 Oil, Part IV

Nov 21, 2014 at 12:05 | Dan Dicker

For the last few columns on winners and losers of $80 oil, I want to try and construct an investment strategy we can use for the duration of what I’m…

Mid-Sized Oil Companies Poised for Growth in West Africa

Nov 20, 2014 at 16:52 | Editorial Dept

Mid-Sized Oil Companies Poised for Growth in West Africa Introduction In 2013, the continent of Africa produced 9.3 million barrels per day (bpd), or about 10% of global…

Cold Unlikely To Linger But Low Oil Prices Might

Nov 20, 2014 at 16:36 | Jim Hyerczyk

Natural Gas Outlook The extremely cold weather which blanketed the U.S. made natural gas one hot market. At one time this week, all 48 of the lower states had at…

Russia Can Survive An Oil Price War

Nov 20, 2014 at 15:35 | Colin Chilcoat

After a frosty reception at the G20 summit in Australia this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin required some much needed rest, at least according to the official explanation given for…

State Budgets Reeling from Low Oil Prices

Nov 20, 2014 at 14:40 | Nick Cunningham

There has been a lot of attention paid to the harm that the oil industry is experiencing in the face of declining oil prices, but there has been little talk…

The US Shale Breakeven Price Debate

Nov 20, 2014 at 14:25 | Matt Smith

My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose, I know, but this appeals…

The Economic And Strategic Implications Of Low Oil Prices

Nov 20, 2014 at 14:05 | ISN Security Watch

If oil prices continue to spiral downward, what will be the economic and strategic results? Not too bad, says Gawdat Bahgat. Consumers will benefit at the expense of producers and,…

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