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Can Germany Really Shut Down Their Nuclear Plants and Phase Out Fossil Fuels?

May 28, 2011 at 09:30 | Breakthrough Institute

Last week, a commission appointed by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel recommended that the country shut down all of its nuclear plants by 2021 and instead rely on other forms…

Oil Price Manipulation

May 28, 2011 at 09:23 | James Hamilton

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday filed a civil enforcement action alleging that Nicholas Wildgoose and James Dyer, who worked as traders for Arcadia Petroleum Ltd. and its affiliates,…

Natural Gas Producers Looking to Capture a Growing Share of the Transportation Sector

May 27, 2011 at 08:01 | MasterResource

Four-dollar per gallon gasoline provides more margin for oil producers than four dollars per million British thermal units (MMBtu) provides for natural gas producers. Historically speaking, oil prices are high…

Batteries Growing Role in Energy Storage

May 27, 2011 at 07:47 | Energy Digital

The concept of a distributed grid of interconnecting batteries offers a revolutionary approach to energy storage. The energy generation landscape is changing rapidly. On the one hand, demand is growing…

Greenpeace Takes a Swipe at Cloud Computing

May 27, 2011 at 07:42 | Tyler Hamilton

Greenpeace may spend much of its time protesting our suppliers of electricity — mainly nuclear and coal — but the environmental group is turning its attention today on some of…

Poor GDP Data Erases Oil Futures Gains

May 26, 2011 at 12:15 | Forex Pros

Crude oil futures erased gains on Thursday, retreating from a two-week high after worse-than-expected U.S. GDP data and an unexpected rise in weekly jobless claims fuelled concerns over the pace…

Natural Gas: The Climate’s Favourite Fossil Fuel - But What About Fracking?

May 26, 2011 at 07:58 | MasterResource

When it comes to climate, are all fossil fuels equal? “No,” the answer has been until very recently. In terms of how much carbon dioxide (the major force behind the…

Rising Inventories Hit Crude Oil Futures

May 25, 2011 at 10:37 | Forex Pros

Crude oil futures were down on Wednesday, briefly adding to losses after a government report showed that U.S. crude oil inventories rose unexpectedly last week. On the New York Mercantile…

Democrats Energy Disconnect and the Omnipresence of Fossil Fuels

May 25, 2011 at 07:55 | Robert Rapier

I have often thought that if all domestic oil production and refining ceased in this country for a month, we would see an energy epiphany in the U.S. the likes…

UK Government Predicting Peak Oil Within 5 Years

May 23, 2011 at 22:05 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has committed to establish an "Oil Shock Response Plan" to cope with some of the consequences of peak oil (

Growing Demand for Biomass Could Create a New Commodity Market

May 23, 2011 at 22:01 | Al Fin

Wood fuel, one of the oldest energy sources on the planet, could become the newest commodity market if it can overcome supply limits and green concerns as demand grows for…

Crude Oil Futures Continue Their Fall

May 23, 2011 at 13:09 | Forex Pros

Crude oil futures plunged on Monday, weighed down by the combined effect of a broadly stronger U.S. dollar, data showing weakening growth in China’s manufacturing sector and ongoing fears over…

Cold Fusion: Have we Just Taken a Giant Step Forwards to Abundant Clean Energy?

May 22, 2011 at 22:40 | The Oil Drum

Back in 1989, during the craze of the “cold fusion” announcement by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, a colleague of mine told me about the theory he had developed. It…

Severe Electricity Shortages Crippling East China’s Industrial Province

May 22, 2011 at 22:33 | Economywatch

In East China’s industrial province of Zhejiang there are 500,000 enterprises – and not enough electricity to run them all at the same time. Insiders say the power shortage could…

Sunday Oil Market Roundup

May 22, 2011 at 10:32 | Dave Cohen

The Nymex oil price has calmed down a bit in the last week, and now stands at $100.10/barrel.  Mysteriously, that's about 3 bucks higher than it was 2 weeks ago.…

The Bear Case for Oil

May 21, 2011 at 11:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Let’s do some out of the box thinking here. Let’s say that the global economy is really slowing down. The demand for oil will fall. Let’s say that China continues…

Rising Inventories Cause Natural Gas Futures to Drop to 1 Month Low

May 20, 2011 at 10:08 | Forex Pros

Natural gas futures extended losses on Thursday, dropping to a one-month low after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said natural gas inventories rose more-than-expected last week. On the New York…

Enhancing Oil Recovery: A Look at Stripper Wells

May 20, 2011 at 09:22 | Dave Summers

The Total (oil company) discussion on Enhanced Oil Recovery has an illustrative graph to explain why there is a growing need to get as much of the oil in a…

Beyond Emission Pricing – a Renewables Revolution in the True Sense of the Word

May 20, 2011 at 09:11 | Robert Rapier

The following guest essay was written by Dr. Felix Mormann from Stanford Law School. Dr. Felix’s research focuses on the regulatory and policy challenges of climate change mitigation through sustainable…

Crude Oil Futures Trim Gains After IEA Warns of High Prices

May 19, 2011 at 10:03 | Forex Pros

Crude oil futures pared gains in choppy trade on Thursday, after the International Energy Agency warned that elevated oil prices could derail the global economic recovery. On the New York…

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