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A Look at World Energy Consumption Over the Last 200 Years

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:31 | Gail Tverberg

Figure 1 shows the huge increase in world energy consumption that has taken place in roughly the last…

Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and the Oil Market

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:13 | Robert Rapier

It is clear that many people have a very simplistic — but wrong — view of the energy markets. This extends to politicians who believe they can usher in a…

Support for Natural Gas Vehicles Grows

Mar 13, 2012 at 17:57 | Stuart Burns

An FT article last week lauded the intent of General Electric and Chesapeake Energy to form an alliance to promote the use of natural gas as a fuel for…

Crisis in Libya Shows the Effects of Production Downtimes

Mar 13, 2012 at 17:55 | Ronald Stoeferle

The spill-over of the political revolutions from the neighbouring countries to Libya and the resulting civil war have highlighted the threat caused by production downtimes in politically unstable countries. Although…

An Austrian School Of Economics Perspective

Mar 13, 2012 at 14:04 | Ronald Stoeferle

The Austrian School provides a new angle on the development of the oil price. We already discussed the oil price development from the perspective of the Austrian School of Economics…

U.S. Causal Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes Deepens

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:46 | John Daly

The controversial U.S. energy process of releasing natural gas from deep-seated underground reserves has increasingly moved to the forefront of the debate of U.S. energy autonomy. Advocates insist that hydraulic…

Economic Consequences of the High Oil Price

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:38 | Ronald Stoeferle

The average January petrol price in the US set a new all-time-high. The high petrol price acts like an additional tax for US consumers. An increase of 10 cents per…

LNG: The Best Way To Play Cheap Natural Gas

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:28 | Keith Schaefer

There are 374 LNG carriers in the world.  As recently as a few years ago, roughly one-third of these vessels were laid up, or out of use. Today, every single…

Can China Kick Their Coal Addiction?

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:24 | Post Carbon

World coal production and consumption data for 2011 are not yet compiled and published, but one key number is in. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reports that the…

Time is Running Out for our Transition to a Sustainable Industrial Society

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:21 | Kurt Cobb

The viability of modern civilization depends on two important dimensions: 1) the continuous availability and deployment of essential resources and 2) the long-term productivity and habitability of our environment. Acquiring…

Tripoli Should Keep its Oil House in Order

Mar 11, 2012 at 12:27 | Daniel J. Graeber

OPEC in its monthly report for March notes a steady increase in Libyan oil production since the conflict began last year. Production for February, the cartel reports, was about 75…

High Oil Prices Cushion Iran from Sanctions

Mar 11, 2012 at 12:22 | Juan Cole

So far, high petroleum prices are helping Iran beat the new, ‘crippling’ US and EU sanctions. And, ironically, it is the Obama re-election campaign that is suffering most from…

Petrodollar Exiting Through the Back Door?

Mar 11, 2012 at 12:17 | Ronald Stoeferle

“When the dollar collapse comes, it will happen two ways – gradually then suddenly. That formula, famously used by Hemingway to describe how one goes bankrupt, is an apt description…

Estonia Strives to Shake off Soviet Energy Dependence

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:53 | John Daly

The three Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were always undigested morsels in the maw of the USSR. Liberated by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles into independence, the three…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of March 12, 2012

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:44 | FX Empire

Last week May Natural Gas took out its last swing bottom at 2.527. The move not only resumes the downtrend, but it also indicates further downside pressure is likely. Additionally,…

Does the Skyscraper Index Signal a Weaker Oil Price?

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:33 | Ronald Stoeferle

“The construction of skyscrapers that qualify as the “World’s Tallest Building” tends to coincide with major downturns in the economy” Mark Thornton The “skyscraper index” is a reliable warning signal…

Crude Oil Market Analysis for the Week of March 12, 2012

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:18 | FX Empire

May Crude Oil futures posted a modest gain last week with better-than-expected U.S. economic news the catalyst behind the move. The market started out weak as follow-through selling fueled by…

Tokyo Warned that "Big" Earthquake Coming

Mar 08, 2012 at 17:04 | John Daly

As the world prepares to commemorate next week the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese scientists are warning that Tokyo is in increasing danger from a potential massive…

Don't Factor Syrian Oil into Market Jitters

Mar 08, 2012 at 17:01 | Daniel J. Graeber

Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are likely dragging on broader economic recovery as oil prices move to relative highs. In Syria, any recovery in oil production will…

This Year it is Fossil Fuels Turn to Receive the Majority of DOE Funding

Mar 08, 2012 at 16:53 | Environmental Finance

The renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors received most of the US federal government’s $24 billion in energy subsidies last year, but fossil fuels will win out this year as…

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