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News from December 2006

Who Brought Back the Electric Car

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Foster City is debating about lowering the speed limit on some roads in an attempt to encourage people to drive electric cars. Not those spiffy little electric cars that were killed by the car companies and buried somewhere in the desert, but whatever electric cars are running around these days. Like golf carts. Or Segway […]


Interest high in Barnett Shale

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The Barnett Shale, though, is proven to have 2.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Some industry experts believe it is the largest onshore natural gas field in the United States. timesrecordnews


Congressional Leaders Urged to Shift R&D Funds to Energy Efficiency and Renewabl

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In a letter delivered Dec. 27 to congressional leaders, 103 business, consumer, environmental, energy policy, and other groups urged that federal energy research and development funds be shifted from fossil fuel and nuclear power programs to those supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency. grainnet


Renewable Energy Roadmap: Rural America Can Prosper

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A new economic analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee outlines how America’s vast natural resources can be tapped to produce 25 percent of the nation’s energy supply from renewable sources by 2025. With continued advancements in technology and significant shifts in cropping patterns, U.S. farmers, ranchers and foresters can contribute to this […]


An Energy Agenda For a Newly Energized Congress (Part V)

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Let me share with you a letter that was sent to me in response to one of my posts: …Good morning and happy holidays!….. At this point in time I believe the consumer has to accept full responsibility. Are we simply automatons? Do we always have to have laws and documented policies to know what […]


Russian Energy Supermodels

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The Russian Energy Inc powerhouse is taking shape, and man oh man, it is a formidable juggernaut capable of disrupting the global balance of power. Major Western energy giants struggle to keep pace, join forces in incestuous unconstructive fashion, and have become increasingly goldseek


Elections and Oil Hold Key to 2007

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It has been a banner year for Russian stocks, but analysts expect to see that banner waver in 2007, when volatility picks up on local markets and the looming State Duma and presidential elections shake up the ties between business and power. Alfa Bank strategist Erik DePoy said this assumption hinged on a pair of […]


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Average crude exploited by Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) has set a record figure in the company iranmania


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The only solution is international cooperation, real US leadership based on sustainable fiscal and energy policies, implementation of a phrased but rapid strategy to adjust to oil and gas depletion, reform of the global monetary system, and behavioral changes to reduce our gluttonous addictions to oil and debt. The five US media conglomerates are not […]


Ice shelf collapse sends chill

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An ancient ice shelf has cracked off northern Ellesmere Island, creating an enormous 66-square-kilometre ice island and leaving a trail of icy blocks in its wake. “It really is incredible,” said Warwick Vincent of Universite Laval, one of the few people to have laid eyes on the scene. “It’s like a cruise missile has come […]


The Oil Drum: World Crude Oil Production Forecast (Now v. Fut Megaprojects)

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Being an oil and gas investor, I have a keen interest in forecast world oil production and its impact on oil prices and the global economy. After reading Khebab’s story about many different production forecasts, I decided to build my own model using Chris Skrebowski’s megaprojects (each project > 50,000 bpd) database and some decline […]


The Year in Energy

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Biowaste to fuels, cars that plug in, lithium-ion batteries that don’t explode, and cheap energy from the sun.Technology Review


Resolutions for a Post-Peak New Year

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To my mind, the traditional habit of New Year Thus a set of New Year


Fuel diversity is the key for Texas’s future

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Last spring, parts of Texas were left in the dark and without power for up to five hours when record temperatures hit the state, leading to a series of rolling blackouts to prevent a total statewide blackout. Months later, when temperatures soared in the peak of summer, Texas exceeded previous peak demands by the equivalent […]


Ethics of Biofuels

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It seems like you can And, of course that it isn’t true, for any number of reasons. One is that biofuels aren’t really necessarily a source of energy, in the sense of producing more energy than they consume in production, another is that they have the potential for exacerbating hunger worldwide. On the first point, […]


BP joins renewable power campaign group

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BP is to throw its weight behind the renewable power industry by joining its main campaigning body. Its decision to join the BWEA, formerly the British Wind Energy Association, early in the new year is a seen by the alternative energy sector as important because BP always had close links with government. Britain’s biggest company […]


Energy insecurity

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In recent years, a parade of business and military leaders has tried to rally support for a more responsible national energy policy. Perhaps the Bush administration, with a nudge from a new Congress chosen by voters last month, will finally take notice in 2007. Among the most vocal advocates for change is the Energy Security […]


The Footprint of a Cheeseburger

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I wondered a couple of days ago what the carbon footprint of a hamburger might be. It’s the kind of question we’ll be forced to ask more often as we pay greater attention to our individual greenhouse gas emissions. Burgers are common food items for many people; it’s said that the average American eats three […]


Gazprom says will compensate for possible gas tapping by Belarus

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MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) – Gazprom will do everything to compensate for the possible tapping of Europe-bound gas by Belarus, the head of the Russian energy giant’s export arm said Wednesday. Talks between Belarus and Gazprom – the sole gas supplier to the ex-Soviet state – finished Tuesday with no agreement on a gas price for […]


Ex-Interior Secretary Norton to join Shell as counsel

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HOUSTON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC Wednesday said it hired Gale Norton to serve as a counsel for the oil giant. The move comes amid rising scrutiny on Capitol Hill of Norton’s former agency’s dealings with the oil industry. Norton, who stepped down as interior secretary on March 31, will be based primarily out […]


Bright idea makes a big comeback: Conservation

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Nearly all businesses share an all-consuming mission: sell, sell, sell. McDonald’s wants to peddle more hamburgers. Airlines strive to fill every seat. Phone companies want you to make more calls. But power companies these days are increasingly being told by regulators to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into selling less electricity. Energy-efficiency programs, which […]


India: Privatisation central to coal mining policy

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Indian coal industry is a classic example of a sector that despite its enormous potential has failed to make any significant impact at the global level. With coal reserves of over 250 billion tonnes, one of the highest globally, the country should have made strides and should have become a major energy provider for the […]


Pakistan: Gas supply cut causes closure of four power plants

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Four power plants have been closed in the country due to scarce supply of natural gas, federal water and power minister told a press conference in Karachi. Federal Minister for Water & Power Liaquat Ali Jatoi told the newsmen here that the power plants of Muzaffargarh, KAPCO, Jamshoro and Kotri have been shutdown due to […]


Iran: Bomb and Bombast

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Up to this point, the Iranian regime has calculated that there was not much the West would do, even if it could, not least because of Iran’s capacity to make mischief in Iraq. It has played a divided field with considerable success. Defiance will be costlier now. Iran’s leaders would not have tried so hard […]


Nigeria: Afenifere Wants End to Fuel Scarcity

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The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has called for an immediate end to the current fuel shortage in the country. In a statement, the national secretary of the group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, expressed regret that the “interest of the sixth largest oil producer in the world are consistently being subjected to severe hardship as a result […]


German Credibility at Stake on Climate Change

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to make fighting climate change a top priority when Germany takes over the European Union’s rotating presidency next week. But environmental campaigners say her stated commitment to work for lower carbon emissions appears to have been eroded by pressure from industry and from within her own coalition.Planet Ark


Bulgaria Fumes as EU Demands Nuke Reactor Shutdowns

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KOZLODUY, Bulgaria – At this sprawling nuclear plant in northern Bulgaria, Kiril Nikolov feels he is about to unwillingly betray his nation. As part of the Balkan state’s treaty to join the European Union, he must shut down two of the plant’s four functioning reactors on Dec. 31, the day before entry. It will reduce […]


Study Forecasts Evolving Diversity in Biofuel

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A newly published study by Nexant, Inc. – Liquid Biofuels: Substituting for Petroleum — looks at current, emerging, and potential future technologies to produce biogasoline and biodiesel, considering all key elements of the value chain, including agricultural, logistical, and processing. Emphasizing technoeconomic modeling, it details development trends around the world and analyzes key policy drivers, […]


China, sure of power supply, freeing coal prices

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China will allow coal producers and consumers to set their own prices without state interference next year, as Beijing anticipates excess supplies and more than enough power capacity, government documents showed. Analysts say the shift reflects Beijing’s growing confidence in energy and resource price reforms that will bring rates into line with higher global markets […]


Pakistan: Hydro, wind, solar energy power generation units to be set up soon

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In its efforts to harness power from renewable resources, the government in collaboration with private sector will set up electricity generation units of up to 50-megawatt capacity utilizing hydro, wind and solar energy resources.A policy for the development of renewable energy for power generation has been announced setting out policies and strategies to exploit such […]


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