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Egypt Looking to Re-Negotiate Israeli Natural Gas Deal

May 19, 2011 at 07:31 | Economywatch

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani in London on May 8 to discuss Doha’s offer to sell liquefied natural…

Economic Reality Undermining Colombia’s Ambitious Environmental Plans

May 19, 2011 at 07:29 | Open Democracy

The divergence between rhetoric and reality in the environmental policies of President Juan Manuel Santos points to real tensions between development and environment, between the desire to lead by example…

A Look at the Environmental Concerns Surrounding Shale Gas

May 18, 2011 at 07:48 | James Hamilton

Technological breakthroughs in methods for drilling for natural gas have opened up the possibility of vast new supplies. However, environmental concerns may turn out to be significant. Stuart Staniford…

Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?

May 17, 2011 at 10:05 | The Oil Drum

The Post Carbon Institute undertook this report in order to examine three widespread assumptions about the role that natural gas can and should play in our energy future: • Assumption #1:…

Energy Policies and Political Double Speak

May 17, 2011 at 09:46 | Robert Rapier

This essay highlights the reason I loathe politics. Here I present a case in which politicians present a partial story and withhold key findings in order to push a specific…

Designing Better Plants for Food and Fuel Production

May 17, 2011 at 09:00 | Brian Westenhaus

Michigan State University researcher David Kramer a Hannah Distinguished Professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics leads an effort to improve fuel and food producing plants saying, “This is critical since it’s…

Oil Company Tax Breaks: Exxon Mobile Responds to Bloggers Questions

May 16, 2011 at 08:03 | Robert Rapier

As I noted in a previous essay, rising gas prices inevitably mean that our political leaders start looking to assign blame. The annual ritual has been to call the…

The Failure of Networked Systems: The Repercussions of Systematic Risk

May 16, 2011 at 07:48 | David Clarke

There are those among the Peak Oil community who suspect that we could be facing a failure of our interdependent society that may be sudden, profound, and complete. I have…

The Joy of Natural Gas, It's Here Aplenty

May 16, 2011 at 07:44 | Llewellyn King

Tired of high gasoline pump prices? Wondering why, with our fearsome energy hunger, all the energy seems to be in the Middle East? That was yesterday's story. Almost overnight --…

Oil Price Drop offering No Relief for Motorists as Gas Prices Remain Unchanged

May 14, 2011 at 19:07 | Dian L. Chu

The Reuters Jefferies CRB Index is down 8% so far in May with almost every single commodity in the index registering red. Even the ongoing geopolitical tension in the Middle…

Diminishing Returns: Why Required Extraction Rates Are About To Surprise Us

May 11, 2011 at 22:16 | David Clarke

Lately I have been grappling with a question: I keep hearing that once "non-conventional oil" is accounted for, we have trillions of barrels of oil. Counting coal-seam methane we have…

Study Reveals Fracking Does Contaminate Groundwater with Methane

May 11, 2011 at 22:13 | Professor Chris Rhodes

A study has been undertaken by Duke University of methane levels in water from 68 private wells above the Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania and New York. The details…

Oil prices and trading mechanics

May 11, 2011 at 09:09 | James Hamilton

A report from Reuters attributes the wild commodity price moves last week to algorithmic stop-loss trading. Jim Brown offered these details on the oil trading: Those funds interviewed…

Lower Oil Prices

May 09, 2011 at 22:20 | James Hamilton

Like a roller coaster ride, 2011 saw oil prices climb gradually, only to fall dramatically this last week. Here I offer my thoughts on some of the key contributing factors.…

What is Oil Really Worth?

May 09, 2011 at 07:49 | Robert Rapier

The reason that oil company profits are so volatile is that sometimes the price of oil becomes pretty disconnected from the cost to produce it and convert it into finished…

High Coal Prices Leading to Increased Power Shortages in China

May 09, 2011 at 07:41 | Stuart Burns

China may be the world’s largest producer of coal for power generation, but as the world’s largest consumer, the proportion that it imports is still arguably the single biggest driver…

The Search for Deep Oil and Gas

May 09, 2011 at 07:37 | Brian Westenhaus

Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, has came upon more information about the effort to look even deeper for hydrocarbons like natural gas and oil. A leader…

Will Fukushima Trigger the Changes Japan Has Been Waiting For?

May 07, 2011 at 09:29 | Open Democracy

Fukushima is not Chernobyl, Prime Minister Naoto Kan insists. His government draws comfort from the fact that Fukushima emitted only a fraction of the radiation released at Chernobyl in 1986,…

As Oil Drops below $100 Motorists Wonder When Gas Prices Will Fall

May 06, 2011 at 10:50 | Economywatch

Who says miracles can’t happen? After four straight days of steady decline, crude oil prices finally plummeted by nearly 9 percent on Thursday to US$99.80 a barrel – the first…

The Stocks To Benefit Most from North America's Hottest New Gas Play

May 06, 2011 at 07:48 | Keith Schaefer

Some oil fields never die. In fact, some just get better with age. Alberta's Duvernay shale may just be the best example yet.  It all has to do…

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