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Energy

Peak Oil Interview With Robert Rapier

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:28 | Robert Rapier

Back in June, I gave a presentation on Peak Oil at the Global Footprint Conference in Siena, Italy. Following my presentation, I was asked to do a pair of interviews.…

The Challenges of Drilling for Offshore Oil

Sep 21, 2010 at 09:08 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The first offshore oil well completely out of sight of land was drilled in 1947, 17 km off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform of the…

Is Coal the New Black Gold?

Sep 21, 2010 at 08:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After the halting and starting three week rally we have seen in stocks, I would be negligent to recommend equity plays here. But there is one sector you should add…

Natural Gas: As Bad as It Seems?

Sep 20, 2010 at 12:25 | Dave Forest

Hedge funds are dumping natural gas. The most recent Commitments of Traders report in the U.S. shows that bets on natgas by funds dropped 16% in the week ended September…

Turning $25 of Natural Gas into a $75 Barrel of Oil?

Sep 20, 2010 at 09:00 | Al Fin

Natural gas costs about 1/3 the cost of oil in terms of energy content (see graph). What if we could convert natural gas into long chain hydrocarbons and high value…

Europe Must Triple Efforts to Meet Energy Goals

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:46 | Charlotte Dudley

The EU must triple its energy efficiency efforts in order to reach its 2020 energy savings target, a policy advisory report says. The Energy Savings 2020 report, commissioned by…

The Hunt for Uranium is On

Sep 18, 2010 at 12:57 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Last year Kazakhstan became the world's largest supplier of uranium, overtaking Australia and Canada, at 14,000 tonnes, or one fifth of world production. As supplies of oil are being sought…

Worries About Consumer Demand, Deflation Drive Down Oil Prices

Sep 18, 2010 at 12:29 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 09/13/2010 to 09/17/2010. Flagging consumer sentiment and renewed concern about deflation sent oil prices into the doldrums this week, as prices dropped 1.2% on Friday to…

Could Oil Prices Sink to $20 a Barrel

Sep 17, 2010 at 09:25 | Al Fin

A barrel of oil has about six times the energy content of a thousand cubic feet of natural gas. The graph below compares the dollar price of a barrel of…

Investment in North Sea Oil and Gas May provide 35% of UK Energy Demand

Sep 16, 2010 at 13:03 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Combined output of North Sea oil and gas has fallen considerably from its heyday at the end of the 1970s to 2.48 million barrels a day last year, a 6%…

Governments Racing to Secure Natural Resources

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:07 | Dave Forest

The race to secure natural resources is intensifying. Particularly amongst governments and nationally-sponsored corporations. And particularly in Asia. We’ve been seeing signs the last few years that Asian nations are…

Vast Oil and Life in the Deep earth

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:05 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Two books speculate that oil is formed continually within the earth by geological processes and will not therefore run-out, in contrast to the opinion of peak-oil analysts who believe production…

Respected Oil Analyst Forecasts Peak Oil by 2017

Sep 15, 2010 at 09:01 | Robert Rapier

Respected oil analyst and oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell (nicknamed the “Dean of Oil Analysts”) has forecast peak oil by 2017 or 2018: Bracing For Peak Oil Production By…

Gap Oil, Not Peak Oil is the Problem

Sep 14, 2010 at 22:52 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Rising demand for oil will exceed the quantity of it that can be withdrawn from the earth, resulting in a supply-demand gap. Once production does peak the gap will be…

Thorium: A Cheap, Clean and Safe Alternative to Uranium

Sep 14, 2010 at 11:44 | Brian Westenhaus

With some concept tests thorium used as a nuclear fuel could end energy as a problem issue and shift the economy into a new growth phase.  All the conversation in…

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) - Yay or Nay?

Sep 14, 2010 at 08:23 | Professor Chris Rhodes

A new paper (1) published in the prestigious American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science and Technology, has put the cat among the pigeons over carbon capture and storage (CCS). It…

Why Oil Prices Aren’t Dropping

Sep 13, 2010 at 10:58 | Robert Rapier

I saw a humorous story a few days ago: Oil Should Be Around $10 a Barrel The price of a barrel of oil would be closer to $10 if…

Turkmen Oil Delivered to BTC Pipeline

Sep 13, 2010 at 10:31 | Jen Alic

British Petroleum has announced that Turkmen oil has begun to flow into the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, bypassing Russian territory, and delivering directly to Europe. Analytical Note: These first oil deliveries are…

When Will Net Energy from Fossil Fuels Peak

Sep 13, 2010 at 09:03 | Kurt Cobb

When most people think of fossil fuel supplies, they think in terms of barrels of oil, cubic feet of natural gas and tons of coal. But in evaluating how much…

Market Seizes on Bullish News to Push Oil Prices to Gain For Week

Sep 11, 2010 at 10:21 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 09/06/2010 to 09/10/2010. An uneasy market seized on an upward revision in crude oil demand this year and other bullish news to push oil prices up…

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