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Energy

Abundant Hydrocarbons Buried Underground: Out of Sight Out of Mind

Dec 22, 2010 at 10:15 | Al Fin

Bit Tooth Energy blog takes a fascinating look at petroleum creation and deposition at various depth, using the Eagle Ford shale play as an example. As a…

Why Peak Oil Matters

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:55 | The Oil Drum

It is easy to become befuddled by the current discourse on peak oil. Peak oil is defined generally as the point at which the flow rate of oil to society…

Growing Shale Gas Reserves Compensating for Obama's Energy Starvation Policies

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:14 | Al Fin

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) is reporting in its Annual Energy Outlook report that shale gas reserves are growing to compensate for losses of offshore gas brought about by…

Investors Face Considerable Risks With Unconventional Fossil Fuels

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

Investors must scrutinize the significant risks associated with production of unconventional fossil fuel sources such as oil shale and coal-to-liquids (CTL), according to a report commissioned by Ceres. Companies are…

Wikileaks Reveals BP's Gas blowout in 2008

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:12 | RFE/RL staff

Oil giant BP reportedly suffered a major explosion on a gas platform in Azerbaijan in September 2008. Fresh U.S. diplomatic cables released by the website WikiLeaks show the incident resulted…

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline Looks Set to go Ahead

Dec 16, 2010 at 10:00 | Deirdre Tynan

Insurgency? What insurgency? Setting aside concerns about Islamic militants, the presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, along with India’s petroleum minister, Murli Deora, have signed an inter-governmental agreement pledging to construct…

Cap and Trade – A Future Train Wreck

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:40 | Bruce Krasting

What to do with carbon based emissions? I have no clue. I’m not sure Congress does either. They will be more confused than ever after reading a recent CBO report…

Understanding the Oil Markets in 2010

Dec 15, 2010 at 16:31 | Dave Cohen

I'm starting to think that the oil markets in 2010 are just a more chaotic version of the markets as they were in 2007. You will recall that in 2007…

Turning Carbon Dioxide and Methane into Liquid Fuels

Dec 15, 2010 at 08:54 | Brian Westenhaus

Liviu M. Mirica, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis may have found and is developing a novel metal catalyst that would be able to…

Russia's Sakhalin–1 Natural Gas Development

Dec 14, 2010 at 16:58 | Global Intelligence Report

SITUATION: In early 2009, Russia inaugurated its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant for East Asia at Sakhalin. After ramping up to three times its initial capacity, it will supply…

How Different Energy Sources Create Electricity Price Differences Between Countries

Dec 14, 2010 at 08:16 | The Oil Drum

In this post an overview is given of electricity prices in a large number of countries, mainly members of the OECD. This shows how prices vary between households and industry…

North America: The New Energy Kingdom

Dec 13, 2010 at 09:15 | Al Fin

With rising production from shale fields, the U.S. surpassed Russia last year to become the world’s largest supplier of natural gas. Shale now accounts for 10 per cent of the…

Europe's Offshore Electricity Grid

Dec 12, 2010 at 14:43 | Andy Soos

Ten European countries, including Norway, have agreed to develop an offshore electricity grid at the North Sea, in a bold move that promoters say will give Europe the possibility of…

Europe’s Low Carbon Goals Dealt a Blow as Clean Coal Plant Goes into Administration

Dec 10, 2010 at 16:27 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The "Powerfuel" company that owns Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire has entered administration due to lack of investment. The intention was to improve the mine and develop a "clean coal" power…

Driving Energy Costs Lower

Dec 10, 2010 at 14:46 | Brian Westenhaus

Two articles appeared last week worth some study by everyone.  The first spotted by Geoffrey Stiles is at a Wall Street Journal energy special pull out section. There Ted…

OPEC's Strategy

Dec 09, 2010 at 09:06 | Ferdinand E. Banks

An article published in the Infantry Journal (U.S.) many years ago contained the following  exotic question: “If you only had an hour in which turn  civilians into  soldiers, what would…

Voluntary Energy Starvation and the Green Agenda

Dec 07, 2010 at 09:06 | Al Fin

New Republic recently admitted that, "Utopian environmentalism...is a form of escapism and disengagement from reality." The extremists scoff at science and would apparently prefer scarcity so that bureaucratic rationing will…

Some Economics of the Great Coal Game

Dec 07, 2010 at 09:01 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Several years ago I politely asked every student in my course on oil and gas economics at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to  master some important materials dealing with…

India And China Vie For Coal Supply

Dec 03, 2010 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

India's coal-fired power sector is in trouble. As of yesterday, 30% of Indian coal-fueled plants were at "critical" levels of coal stockpiles. And now India isn't the only major coal…

A Look at Oil Company Subsidies

Dec 02, 2010 at 19:41 | Robert Rapier

Following my recent essay on the elimination of the VEETC, the major ethanol subsidy in the U.S., some ethanol supporters argued for continuing the subsidies because oil companies receive…

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