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Energy

Some Aspects of Iraq and Oil

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:33 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Recently the Swedish Oil and Gas Network  graciously invited me to attend one of their seminars, and perhaps share with guests from abroad some of my thoughts on Iraqi oil,…

Turkmenistan’s New Energy Policy Shows a Clear preference for China and the West

Aug 24, 2010 at 13:04 | ISN Security Watch

Turkmenistan, so key to the energy plans of so many, had long shown its readiness to break Russia's stranglehold on its gas and oil exports. But Ashgabat has offered few…

Peabody Energy (BTU) Takes a Hatchet to the Natural Gas Industry

Aug 23, 2010 at 11:19 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After my year in the White House Press Corps, I vowed never to return, and took a really long shower, hoping to scrub every last spec of prejudice, self interest,…

US CCS plan slated for lack of ambition

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:51 | Gloria Gonzalez

A US interagency blueprint for commercial-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) argues that challenging obstacles can be overcome, such as the lack of a national carbon price and…

Oil Prices Spiral Downwards as Economic Gloom Intensifies

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:32 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 08/16/2010 to 08/20/2010 Crude oil prices continued their downward spiral during the week as new data confirmed that  U.S. economic growth is slowing. The benchmark West…

Why We Need Six New Saudi Arabias

Aug 20, 2010 at 09:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I recently spent an evening with Ambassador Richard Jones, the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency in Paris, who had some eye opening things to say about the…

Oil Fundamentals and The Oil Future

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:55 | Ferdinand E. Banks

In the next edition of my energy economics textbook, I rehash and augment my interpretation of various controversies having to do with fundamentals’ versus speculation (i.e. gambling) when considering the…

They Died Before the Oil Ran Out

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:20 | Llewellyn King

There is an open secret in the oil industry that dare not speak its name: peak oil. Well, two did speak its name and gained no acclaim for it. One,…

Coal to Chemicals: Can Coal be a Suitable Replacement for Crude Oil?

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:04 | Al Fin

Peak oil apostles claim that as oil resources dry up, the ability to maintain agriculture, plastics, and petrochemicals industries will be destroyed. But the human mind can find ways…

Is European Shale Gas the Real Deal

Aug 16, 2010 at 10:26 | Dave Forest

Oilfield services major Halliburton said late last week it has completed the first hydraulic fracture (frac) on a horizontal shale gas well in Poland. The Markowola-1 well was drilled 50…

Crude Oil Prices Fall Below $80 Again as Officials Anticipate Slower Growth

Aug 13, 2010 at 17:02 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 08/09/2010 to 08/13/2010 Crude oil prices slumped below $80 a barrel again this week as the Federal Reserve and other official forecasters took a dimmer view…

Creating and Harvesting Natural Gas

Aug 13, 2010 at 10:09 | Brian Westenhaus

Luca Technologies harnesses natural processes to sustainably produce natural gas.  The Golden, Colo. based company has developed a process to generate and then extract more natural gas from depleted…

Where Are the Best Natgas Prices in America?

Aug 12, 2010 at 11:43 | Dave Forest

Florida. At least they were last week. City-gate natural gas prices in the Sunshine State briefly hit $14 per MMBtu last Thursday. A level not seen for many years in…

Peak Oil: Why a Supply Crunch Can Lead to lower Oil Prices

Aug 11, 2010 at 09:19 | The Oil Drum

There seems to be an on-going debate among peak oilers and many economists as to which came first, the chicken (peak supply flow) or the egg (peak demand). The first…

Coal’s Incredible Comeback – But at What Environmental Expense?

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:26 | David Caploe PhD

Coal is currently experiencing a phenomenal comeback everywhere. Demand has grown considerably, making coal the second-most important energy source worldwide, after oil. Billions of people depend on coal for their…

Europe Faces Tough Choices Over Natural gas

Aug 07, 2010 at 09:10 | The Oil Drum

In Europe, natural gas has great importance. Many people believe (some countries even instituted policies) that it will be the fuel that will become the bridge to an energy future…

Only a Small Fraction of Earth’s Oil has Been Found

Aug 07, 2010 at 08:56 | Al Fin

Scientists have known for quite a while that most of Earth's oil came from vast numbers of oceanic microscopic organisms -- rather than from dead dinosaurs. From diatoms to micro-algae…

The Price of Oil is Going Up

Aug 05, 2010 at 09:47 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I received another scratchy, crackling cell phone call from my drilling buddy in the Texas natural gas fields today. You could almost choke from the dust on the line. He…

What Effect Would Unlimited Liability Have on Offshore Drilling?

Aug 04, 2010 at 09:44 | The Oil Drum

Last Friday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that would remove the $75 million liability cap on economic damages incurred by offshore drilling activities by oil companies. The US…

Huge Jump in US Crude Oil Imports

Aug 04, 2010 at 09:26 | Dave Forest

U.S. crude oil imports. Huge jump in the week ended July 23, with total imports up to 11.15 million barrels daily. This is the highest weekly level of oil imports…

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