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Andrew Topf

Contributor since: 05 Jun 2014

Andrew Topf

With over a decade of journalistic experience working in newspapers, trade publications and as a mining reporter, Andrew Topf is a seasoned business writer. Andrew also has expertise in the oilfield services and heavy construction industries. Follow him on Twitter.

Latest articles from Andrew

  • From Formula1 To Formula-E: Car Racing Goes Electric

    Published 19 May 2015 | viewed 7,471 times

    Jeremy Clarkson may have something to say about it, but the testosterone and fossil-fueled sport of Formula 1 is apparently going green. The former Top…

  • Alberta Election Result Changes Little For Oil Industry

    Published 12 May 2015 | viewed 7,324 times

    Talk about getting kicked while you're down. The Alberta energy industry and all those who depend on it for their livelihoods woke up to a…

  • 5 Solar Stocks That Should Be On Your Radar

    Published 05 May 2015 | viewed 20,695 times

    The past nine months have given most energy investors pause to consider whether the oil and gas industry is the best place to park their…

  • Health Risks From Fukushima Disaster Greatly Exaggerated

    Published 27 April 2015 | viewed 14,017 times

    The Fukushima disaster of 2011 was a defining moment for nuclear power. The mega-thrust earthquake and tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex…

  • Will Solar Be The Kiss Of Death For Coal?

    Published 22 April 2015 | viewed 7,903 times

    For the past few years, it has been assumed that natural gas is the enemy of coal, at least in the United States, where low…

  • Solar Could Be UK's Biggest Loser This Year

    Published 21 April 2015 | viewed 11,205 times

    Traditionally powered by coal, natural gas, and to a lesser extent, nuclear, the United Kingdom has been a reluctant convert to solar power. However that…

  • Top 5 Richest Tycoons In Renewable Energy

    Published 14 April 2015 | viewed 16,096 times

    Not so many years ago the idea of a renewable energy CEO raking in billions, joining the ranks of oil barons, publishing tycoons, banking scions…

  • Post-Fukushima Japan Turns To Wind As Solution For Energy Crisis

    Published 09 April 2015 | viewed 18,739 times

    The kamikaze pilots that flew bombing raids and suicide missions against the Allies in World War Two were inspired by a “divine wind” that they…

  • Can We Really Cut CO2 Levels By Leaving Fossil Fuels In The Ground?

    Published 06 April 2015 | viewed 8,376 times

    Population growth in the world's developing economies, particularly Africa and Asia, has been and will continue to be a primary driver of demand for energy…

  • Beyond Iran And Pakistan: 7 Nuclear Wannabes

    Published 24 March 2015 | viewed 22,789 times

    The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in 2011 following the Japanese tsunami forced a major rethink of nuclear power as a safe form…

  • 100,000 Layoffs And Counting: Is This The New Normal?

    Published 17 March 2015 | viewed 42,582 times

    This time a year ago, the oil industry's biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the “retirement tsunami” about to crash down on…

  • Middle East Oil Addiction Could Spell Disaster

    Published 14 March 2015 | viewed 27,757 times

    The plunge in oil prices has been felt dearly by the top hydrocarbon-producing countries, with all experiencing deep losses in revenue that in better times,…

  • Impotent Western Sanctions Fail To Disrupt Russian Energy Exports

    Published 03 March 2015 | viewed 23,860 times

    Energy exports from Russia, in the form of coal, oil, natural gas and uranium, continue to flow unimpeded, despite Western efforts to damage the Russian…

  • The Easy Oil Is Gone So Where Do We Look Now?

    Published 23 February 2015 | viewed 33,945 times

    In 2008, Canadian economist Jeff Rubin stunned the oil market with a bold prediction: With the world economy growing at 5 percent a year, oil…

  • The World's 10 Biggest Solar Farms

    Published 07 February 2015 | viewed 79,145 times

    Solar power may have its critics, with many pointing out the intermittency limitation compared to traditional energy stalwarts like coal, oil and gas. But there…

  • Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

    Published 24 January 2015 | viewed 19,094 times

    In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily…

  • Is Keystone Still Viable Amid Low Oil Prices?

    Published 14 January 2015 | viewed 21,144 times

    On Monday the Keystone XL pipeline project crossed another hurdle when legislation approving construction of the proposed line to connect Canadian oil sands crude with…

  • 5 Ways To Play The Oil Price Plunge

    Published 08 January 2015 | viewed 36,084 times

    The collapse of the oil price has created losers and winners, and like every major movement in a commodity sector, the trick for investors is…

  • Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices?

    Published 23 December 2014 | viewed 180,837 times

    The oil price drop that has dominated the headlines in recent weeks has been framed almost exclusively in terms of oil market economics, with most…

  • Ethanol Producers Poised To Gain From Oil Price Drop

    Published 18 December 2014 | viewed 30,282 times

    Energy stockholders have been watching in horror as their investments tank and those with a short time frame are considering cutting their losses, as the…

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