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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

  • The $17.6 Trillion Solution To Climate Change

    Published 10 December 2014 | viewed 15,908 times

    This week, the world's leaders are gathering in Lima, Peru for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, where they hope to put together a…

  • Shale Permits Fall As Low Oil Prices Start To Bite

    Published 02 December 2014 | viewed 17,841 times

    Will plunging oil prices result in a drastic decline in U.S. shale oil production? Will the Saudis, who have stuck to their guns in refusing…

  • Waste To Energy Could Be Long-Term Renewable Solution

    Published 26 November 2014 | viewed 19,123 times

    On a recent business trip to Edmonton, in northern Canada, I was surprised to find, amid the bales of recycled materials and heavy equipment pushing…

  • No Polar Vortex-Effect Expected This Winter For Natural Gas

    Published 17 November 2014 | viewed 8,555 times

    As they say in Game of Thrones, “winter is coming.”In the popular TV series, winter carries a foreboding connotation, but in the real world, the…

  • Water-less Fracking Could Be Industry Game Changer

    Published 06 November 2014 | viewed 52,396 times

    One of the biggest complaints levelled at the energy industry when it comes to fracking involves the amount of water used in the process of…

  • 8 Countries With Nuclear Power Plants Most At Risk Of Tsunamis

    Published 04 November 2014 | viewed 32,406 times

    The tsunami that destroyed a nuclear reactor at Fukushima, Japan, caused a major re-think of nuclear power, which up to the accident in 2011, had…

  • The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

    Published 28 October 2014 | viewed 37,302 times

    Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives…

  • Big Oil And Renewables: Not So Strange Bedfellows

    Published 22 October 2014 | viewed 11,500 times

    In most conversations about energy, the topic of Big Oil versus renewables usually becomes a zero-sum game. Renewable advocates accuse Big Oil of conspiring to…

  • The 10 Biggest Energy Company Bankruptcies

    Published 10 October 2014 | viewed 88,175 times

    Running a multi-billion dollar energy company isn’t easy. Just ask the executives in the corner suites of some of the energy companies that have gone…

  • U.S. And Australia Chasing Qatar for LNG Supremacy

    Published 07 October 2014 | viewed 16,941 times

    Competitors in the global race to develop new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals have entered the final lap, and as it stands now, the United…

  • The World’s 10 Biggest Energy Gluttons

    Published 29 September 2014 | viewed 101,154 times

    Next time you get into your car and drive to the supermarket, think about how much energy you consume on an annual basis. It is…

  • Why King Coal Will Keep Its Crown

    Published 16 September 2014 | viewed 21,723 times

    For climate change activists and those hoping for an energy future dominated by renewables or even less-polluting natural gas, the death of coal cannot come…

  • Unpopular European Fracking Could Provide Independence From Russia

    Published 06 September 2014 | viewed 13,480 times

    Fracking has transformed the United States into the world’s largest producer of natural gas, and now Europe is weighing the pros and cons of the…

  • Geothermal Power Gathering Steam in U.S.

    Published 01 September 2014 | viewed 20,679 times

    The bubbling sulfur springs and powerful, majestic geysers of Yellowstone National Park are visible manifestations of the potential for geothermal energy in the United States.…

  • Why China Is Leading The World In Solar Power

    Published 23 August 2014 | viewed 49,259 times

    China is the world’s top energy consumer, with the vast majority of its electricity coming from domestically-mined coal. But the Asian nation is cutting its…

  • Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run On Solar Or Wind Power

    Published 18 August 2014 | viewed 18,581 times

    Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as…

  • Why Biodiesel May Not Be The Miracle Fuel You Think

    Published 11 August 2014 | viewed 31,836 times

    Nine years ago, U.S. President George W. Bush passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with the goal of lessening America's dependence on foreign oil supplies…

  • California’s Progressive, Divisive Cap and Trade Plan

    Published 24 July 2014 | viewed 8,557 times

    California is claiming the environmental high ground by preparing to take the next step in its carbon reduction plan, but the result may leave drivers…

  • Why Canada Would Rather Export Oil Than Refine It

    Published 21 July 2014 | viewed 118,942 times

    Canada has always been known as a “hewer of wood and drawer of water” for its reliance on natural resources for economic growth, and nowhere…

  • Does Vanadium Hold the Key to Energy Storage Conundrum?

    Published 11 July 2014 | viewed 15,344 times

    Renewable energy – solar and wind – works like a charm when the wind is blowing strongly enough to whip windmill blades into a frenzy,…

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