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Energy

Politics May Devour Exploitation of Mediterranean Natural Gas Reserves

Feb 16, 2012 at 18:08 | John Daly

It’s understandable, given the potential offshore hydrocarbon reserves of the eastern Mediterranean that nations there might be in dispute about who owns what, and where maritime borders are. The Republic…

Which Trends Are Changing the World of Energy

Feb 16, 2012 at 18:01 | Gary Hunt

Technology and global competition are profoundly impacting our energy future.  The evidence is all around us in wind and solar energy advances, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing creating a new…

How The Human Population Explosion Defies Nature

Feb 16, 2012 at 17:36 | Gail Tverberg

There are seven billion people on earth now. I originally thought that the primary reason for the recent human population explosion was that fossil fuels enabled a larger food supply…

President Obama's 2013 Energy Budget: Good News or Political Nothingness

Feb 16, 2012 at 14:07 | Gary Hunt

President Barack Obama’s FY2013 budget includes $27.2 billion for the Department of Energy. US DOE says the budget priorities are focused on the ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy laid out in…

Former OPEC Member Indonesia Diversifies its Energy Matrix

Feb 15, 2012 at 19:48 | John Daly

Indonesia, which had begun producing oil in the early 20th century, had such substantial production that it was a major impetus for Japan invading the Dutch East Indies, as Indonesia…

Putin Looking to Modernize Russia's Energy Sector, Bureaucrats Fight Back

Feb 15, 2012 at 17:09 | John Daly

Largely overlooked in the non-Russian press, an incipient struggle is developing between Russian Prime Minister Putin and his attempts to privatize some of the largest and most economically inefficient legacies…

How the US Shale Boom Will Change the World

Feb 15, 2012 at 17:02 | Gary Hunt

A funny thing is happening on the way to the clean energy future–reality is setting in. There is ‘incontrovertible evidence’ about the economic growth and job creating effects of America’s…

The Age of Fossil Fuels is Far From Over

Feb 15, 2012 at 16:32 | Tom Murphy

Having looked at the major alternatives to fossil fuel energy production (summarized here), we come away with the general sentiment that the easy days of cheap energy are not…

South Africa Caught in Fallout from Increased Sanctions Against Iran

Feb 14, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

The U.S. new sanctions initiative, strongly supported by Israel, to impose new sanctions against Iran, is designed to punish it for its purported covert nuclear weapons program by imposing new…

With Friends Like Moscow, Who Needs Venezuela's Oil?

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:58 | Daniel J. Graeber

Venezuela said it was ready to welcome a Russian energy company into the giant Orinoco oil belt, solidifying a relationship propped up by a multi-million investment from Moscow last year.…

Fracking and Water: A New Way To Profit from the Industry's Biggest Problem

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:55 | Keith Schaefer

While oil and water don’t mix, for the fracking industry... the two go hand-in-hand. You see, while WATER is one of the oil industry’s biggest threats – it's also one…

Regenerative Agriculture: Feeding the Future

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:46 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is an illusion to think we can continue to use as much energy as we do now. No one can entirely rule-out that some extravagant technology will be forthcoming,…

Searching for a Cost Effective Way to Deal with Air Pollution

Feb 14, 2012 at 17:40

It costs $50 million per gigawatt to put 99% effective particulate air pollution control onto coal plants. China has about 650 GWe of coal power installed in 2011. It…

Taking the High Road to Utica Shale

Feb 13, 2012 at 17:59 | Daniel J. Graeber

Ohio's governor, during his recent State of the State address, said major energy companies working in the state have certain responsibilities to Ohio. The Midwest state hosts vast natural gas…

Turkey Gets More EU Roadblocks Towards Accession, Now Energy Chapters

Feb 13, 2012 at 17:49 | John Daly

Turkey’s seemingly interminable effort to join the European Union has hit a new snag. Energy. On 9 February European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and…

Gazprom's Future Dependent on Arctic Energy Riches?

Feb 13, 2012 at 17:47 | Al Fin

The continued existence of Russia as a transcontinental power depends on its ability to leverage vast energy wealth into political stability and power. Without energy wealth, Russia begins to disintegrate.…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of February 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012 at 12:33 | FX Empire

Last week, April Natural Gas traded in an inside range, indicating that it may be going through a transition period. This should come as no surprise to chart watchers because…

Canadian PM Shills Alberta Oil Sands in China

Feb 12, 2012 at 20:01 | John Daly

Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in the midst of an official visit to China. His mission? To convince Beijing’s mandarins to buy Canada’s Alberta oil sands…

Physicists Meet at CERN to Discuss Progress Made on Cold Fusion

Feb 12, 2012 at 18:58 | Brian Westenhaus

Francesco Celani and Yogendra Srivastava will be leading a kind of informal meeting called a colloquium at Europe’s fundamental physics facility, CERN.  The topic, “Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress…

Tunisia - A Possible Electrical Savior of Southern Europe?

Feb 12, 2012 at 18:51 | John Daly

Europe, battered by a perfect storm of recession and rising energy requirements, is looking for additional electrical power reserves anywhere it can. Surcease may come from North Africa, and the…

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