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Energy

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…

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…

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