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Matt Smith


Contributor since: 17 Oct 2012

Matt Smith

Taking a voyage across the world of energy with ClipperData’s Director of Commodity Research. Follow on Twitter @ClipperData, @mattvsmith01

Latest articles from Matt

  • Energyland: Rise of the Guardians

    Published 01 April 2013 | viewed 5,090 times

    So I wanted to write an Easter-related post and my mind immediately hopped straight to ‘Rise of the Guardians‘  - my most recent encounter of…

  • Energy…from Cake!

    Published 25 March 2013 | viewed 8,974 times

    Listening to my iPod on shuffle this weekend, I rediscovered my appetite for the band, Cake. Upon further delving into their back catalogue I discovered…

  • Highlighting Global Trends in Carbon Emissions

    Published 14 March 2013 | viewed 8,839 times

    It is rather easy to get swept up in the ‘holier than thou’ mindset when it comes to lower carbon emissions in the US. Granted,…

  • Could The Biggest Success For Natural Gas Vehicles Be At Sea?

    Published 28 February 2013 | viewed 6,388 times

    As natural gas becomes ever more prevalent as a global fuel, there are increasingly more inventive ways of both consuming and transporting it. While here…

  • Someone is Always Making Money Somewhere

    Published 20 February 2013 | viewed 9,963 times

    Regardless of whether a market is moving up or down, there is always someone making money somewhere. There are various examples every day – be…

  • Chinese Market Growth During the Year of the Snake

    Published 18 February 2013 | viewed 3,820 times

    So the Lunar New Year this week in China has given a welcome pause for thought after a rather frenetic period of seemingly stronger data…

  • From Theft To Piracy To Flaring To...Hope?

    Published 11 February 2013 | viewed 4,687 times

    Nigeria is a fascinating country, with so much potential yet so many challenges. It is the largest oil producer in Africa, and has 37 billion…

  • Why the World May Never Experience a Shale Boom

    Published 31 January 2013 | viewed 11,782 times

    Given the rapid rise of the US shale gas market, it is not surprising that similar opportunities are being explored with gusto across the globe.…

  • Shedding Some Light on the Solar Debate

    Published 19 January 2013 | viewed 11,072 times

    I have always considered there are only two key rationales for investing in solar energy: for economic benefit (through subsidies or not), or for altruism.…

  • Venezuela's Oil Industry is Likely to Benefit from Chavez's Death

    Published 09 January 2013 | viewed 22,800 times

    With the rapid deterioration in the health of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, it seems a pertinent time to look at why Venezuela and Chavez play…

  • Our Energy Future: Three Themes from Exxon's Energy Outlook for 2040

    Published 14 December 2012 | viewed 8,084 times

    Earlier this week, Exxon Mobil released a report called ‘The Outlook For Energy: A View to 2040‘. Such reports are always great for identifying trends,…

  • Christmas Movies and the Energy World

    Published 07 December 2012 | viewed 4,118 times

    Here is our latest Christmas themed post and this year we will be comparing the current landscape of Energyland™ to some of the best holiday…

  • Will the Santa Claus Rally in Equity Markets Lead to a Rally in Oil?

    Published 30 November 2012 | viewed 10,509 times

    For some reason, an oddball story this week about a man and some Olympic-themed donuts struck a chord with me.To overcome his fear of repeatedly…

  • Ten Predictions Made by the IEA's 2012 World Energy Outlook

    Published 17 November 2012 | viewed 8,552 times

    The IEA’s 2012 World Energy Outlook has spurned many a headline since its release on Monday, which should be none too surprising given it is…

  • China Heading Towards an Unavoidable Water Crisis

    Published 10 November 2012 | viewed 12,276 times

    China is a huge producer and consumer of commodities. Not only is it the largest global producer of key crops and meat, it has the…

  • Delta Airlines Buys its Own Refinery to Cut Fuel Costs

    Published 18 October 2012 | viewed 33,133 times

    For this latest meandering down the path of energy we are going to take a look at a couple of interesting tales intertwined, with the…

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