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Energy

Abiotic Oil and Energy Red Herrings

May 02, 2011 at 07:49 | Professor Chris Rhodes

According to a new computer model, liquid methane in contact with a partially hydrogen-terminated diamond surface at extremely high pressures and temperatures spontaneously forms longer hydrocarbons, and hence the material…

Azerbaijan Finding New Energy Customers in the Middle East

May 02, 2011 at 07:44 | Shahin Abbasov

Could turmoil in the Middle East provide a market opportunity for Azerbaijan’s state-run energy company SOCAR? A pending energy deal with Jordan could open the way for the company’s aggressive…

Canada Plans to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions with $1.3 Billion CCS Investment

May 02, 2011 at 07:39 | Charlotte Dudley

Canadian authorities have given the green light to a C$1.24 billion (US$1.3 billion) carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration plant in Saskatchewan, which aims to slash annual greenhouse gas emissions…

Why Do Environmentalists Hate Capitalism?

Apr 29, 2011 at 08:12 | Ed Dolan

It has been twenty years now since first glasnost and then the collapse of the USSR lifted the curtain on the appalling environmental record of Soviet socialism. Over that same…

Crude Oil Production: Extending the Life of Oil Wells

Apr 28, 2011 at 08:09 | Dave Summers

There are a number of different ways of getting oil from a reservoir, and, to radically oversimplify, the harder that you try to maximize the rate of production of oil…

The Indirect Effects of High Oil Prices

Apr 28, 2011 at 07:44 | 4xp

Rising oil prices usually promote a negative reaction from most people. While there are definite disadvantages to high oil prices, there are some indirect effects that aren’t necessarily good or…

No Easy Solutions to the Coming Energy Crisis

Apr 27, 2011 at 09:35 | Gail Tverberg

Everyone would like to fix the US energy policy, but doing so is almost impossible, in my view, primarily because we need to be planning for a much bigger change…

Energy Issues and Political Intervention

Apr 27, 2011 at 08:25 | The Oil Drum

Energy is back in the public consciousness and perhaps higher up political priority lists than at any time since the summer of 2008. Disruptions in Libya, leaked cables about Saudi…

Rising Gas Prices and Political Scapegoats

Apr 26, 2011 at 09:19 | Robert Rapier

Summer is approaching, and that typically means rising gas prices. And when gas prices rise, our political leaders generally start looking around for someone to blame. Over the past few…

A New Idea on Energy Extraction From Oil Shale

Apr 26, 2011 at 09:10 | Brian Westenhaus

A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture…

Peak Oil Update - April 2011

Apr 25, 2011 at 09:40 | Gail Tverberg

The US Energy Information Administration’s January oil production figures are out, and they show record oil production. Where are we headed from here? While production for January is up a…

The Shale Oil Boom No One's Talking About (Until Now)

Apr 22, 2011 at 10:36 | Keith Schaefer

Shale oil & gas is the talk of many a newsletter writer right now. But very few are talking about the region of Atlantic Canada. You see, as the global…

Donald Trump’s Naive Views on Energy: "Just Take the Oil We Need"

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:16 | Robert Rapier

I am constantly amused by the views of presidential candidates on energy policy. Their views are either so disingenuous or so naive that I often find it difficult to vote…

Developing a Valid Picture of Fossil fuels and our Future

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:09 | Dave Summers

One of the problems in trying to project future demand and supply of oil and the other fossil fuels is that the decisions on their availability and use are often…

United States Budget Problems and the Oil Supply

Apr 21, 2011 at 09:18 | Gail Tverberg

We see endless fighting between the Democrats and Republicans about the budget, but no real explanation as to what the issues are. My view is that there is a structural…

A Different Idea on Where Hydrocarbons Come From

Apr 21, 2011 at 09:01 | Brian Westenhaus

A research team including colleagues at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Shell Projects & Technology is offering a new computational study published in the Proceedings of the…

Engineers Are Now Wearing the Poet's Mantle

Apr 20, 2011 at 19:50 | Llewellyn King

F. Scott Fitzgerald supposedly told Ernest Hemingway, “The rich are different from you and me.” And Hemingway supposedly replied, “Yes, they have more money.” Engineers are different from the rest…

Gloves Are Off as Big Banks Disagree on Oil Price Outlook

Apr 20, 2011 at 08:35 | Dian L. Chu

Goldman Sachs surprised the market when the investment bank advised its clients on Monday, April 11 to liquidate the "CCCP basket" for a 25% profit.  The bear call was partly…

Energy Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Extracting Hydrogen From Water

Apr 20, 2011 at 08:24 | Brian Westenhaus

A research team at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has announced they have come upon a new catalyst for electrolysis to split hydrogen out of water.…

Report from Libya: Oil Majors Were Ready to Walk Before Trouble Started

Apr 19, 2011 at 17:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Over the weekend, I managed to catch up with a friend of mine who just escaped from Libya by the skin of his teeth. Sent there by an oil major…

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