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Edwards: Americans should give up their SUVs

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group Tuesday that he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles. The former North Carolina senator was asked specifically if he would tell them to give up their SUVS, he said,


In Caspian, Big Oil Fights Ice, Fumes, Kazakhs

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On an island in the Caspian Sea, the hub of the world’s largest oil-development project, a thousand men in orange jumpsuits train for catastrophe. Oil in the Kashagan field here is potentially lethal, with high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas. So workers carry oxygen canisters and gas detectors and do daily evacuation drills. High-tech getaway […]


After Oil

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Peak oil is the day when the world’s supply of oil reaches its peak and then begins to decline. And it could be right around the corner. Hear what the academics and experts are saying about what we an and should do to prepare for a world AFTER OIL. Join Barbara Bogaev and hear from […]


The looming food crisis

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Land that was once used to grow food is increasingly being turned over to biofuels. This may help us to fight global warming – but it is driving up food prices throughout the world and making life increasingly hard in developing countries. Add in water shortages, natural disasters and an ever-rising population, and what you […]


North Dakota Oil

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You may be wondering why are we experiencing a gasoline shortage when oil production is peaking in North Dakota… The shortage isn’t with oil the bottleneck is in the refining process. This graph shows you what’s going on… We have three pipelines that bring gasoline into the state. KXMB


How Weak Dollar Affects OPEC

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When oil price spikes have occurred in the past, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has quickly increased supply, taking advantage of the high U.S. dollar selling price, but also thereby eventually driving down the oil price, making Americans and everyone else who uses oil happy. But now, even with oil prices nearing a […]


Subprime crisis gives Opec dilemma

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For anxious Americans worried about their homes and their jobs, there has at least been one piece of good news this summer: the price of petrol has fallen about 40 cents from its peak of more than $3.20 a gallon. The fall is a consequence of an easing in the shortage of US refinery capacity […]


Oil Shale to the Rescue?

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Let me start by saying that this post is as non-partisan as it gets. I care about America, not political parties. So buckle your seatbelt… We’re facing an oil crisis. Biofuels and hybrids will not save us in time. But oil shale might. Let’s start with some hard facts. America’s domestic petroleum production is in […]


Linux, Windows duke it out over energy efficiency

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The battles for energy efficiency aren’t just being fought by chipmakers, server and PC vendors, and other hardware companies out there. There’s a similar battle heating up on the OS layer between Microsoft and Linux. Linux appears to have an advantage at the moment: Companies are becoming increasingly open to adopting the platform both in […]


EU Opens Tender to Distil Wine Into Biofuel

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The European Union has opened a tender to sell unwanted wine in four countries for use in making bioethanol, its Official Journal said on Tuesday. The tender would offer roughly 693,376 hectolitres of wine alcohol stored in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The deadline for bids was Sept. 10, it said in its latest edition.“A […]


The dirty facts about uranium mining

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Uranium mining is associated with pollution of surface and groundwater with radionuclides, toxic heavy metals and more conventional pollutants. In fact, Environment Canada and Health Canada have determined that the effluent from uranium mines and mills meets the definition of a toxic substance for the purposes of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.Uranium mining and milling […]


Kenya: Biofuels Likely to Boost Energy But Increase Hunger, Critics Warn

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Though biofuels are being touted as the solution to Africa’s growing energy crisis, not everybody is happy with the rising demand for biofuel products. Already, some environmentalists have raised concern about the potential threat to the continent’s weak food security.Although the use of bioenergy is yet to take root in Africa, there are fears that […]


Problems of aging, shrinking population

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The population of bugs in a Petri dish typically increases in an S-shaped curve. To start with, the line is flat because the colony is barely growing. Then the slope rises ever more steeply as bacteria proliferate until it reaches an inflection point. After that, the curve flattens out as the colony stops growing. Overcrowding […]


Authorities stamp out Myanmar protest attempt within minutes

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YANGON, Myanmar: Defiant demonstrators tried to again to protest rising consumer prices Tuesday in Myanmar’s biggest city, but marched only 30 meters (yards) before being beaten and wrestled into waiting trucks like farm animals by pro-government civilian thugs, witnesses said. The two dozen protesters shouted slogans against a massive fuel price hike and implored onlookers […]


Gas Hike Doesn

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While much of Burma reels under a sharp rise in fuel prices, an announcement on Monday that the country The plan includes an increase in bio-fuel exports, while the department of energy planning expects to reach 7 million acres (2.8 million hectares) of jatropha plantations in Burma by this time next year.


NPC Report is Hand Grenade in Bubble Wrap

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…Facing the Hard Truths About Energy is perplexing, even schizophrenic. In maddening fashion, it blends numerous cautions about the News coverage reflects the report


Energy efficiency seen easy way to aid climate: U.N.

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VIENNA (Reuters) – Energy efficiency for power plants, buildings and cars is the easiest way to slow global warming in an investment shift set to cost hundreds of billions of dollars, the United Nations said on Tuesday. A U.N. report about climate investments, outlined to a meeting in Vienna of 1,000 delegates from 158 nations, […]


OPEC policy will hit the poorest hardest, says IEA chief

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PARIS (AFP) – The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) criticised OPEC for setting a target price of around 70 dollars per barrel, saying in an interview published Tuesday that it would hit the poorest hardest. “The market is clearly aware that OPEC has set itself a new implicit price target or a new […]


Energy futures mixed on OPEC, storm news

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NEW YORK – Oil and gas futures fell Tuesday as concerns about refineries faded and OPEC suggested that the oil cartel sees no need to boost production. Natural gas futures rose on jitters about a developing Atlantic storm system and as traders covered positions ahead of the September contract’s expiration on Wednesday. Gasoline futures have […]


Holiday 2007: 4 red flags

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Housing, credit market turbulence, product recalls and declining store traffic are threats that could trip retailers’ sales and profits in the coming months and beyond… Store traffic declining: Shopping trips to malls have declined for 6 of the past 7 months months, according to Chicago-based market research firm ShopperTrak RCT. “It’s the first time that […]


Big U.S. oil: Tepid on Libya

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The country, thought to hold huge quantities of natural gas, is once again taking bids. But there’s no interest from U.S. firms so far. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Libya is once again turning on the spigot. In August, the country announced yet another round of bidding for energy contracts – this time for 41 offshore […]


Drilling opponents wrong to claim wildlife threats

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Almost every week, I’m asked the same question: Why isn’t our country utilizing the domestic energy supplies in our own backyard? While there are number of possible answers, the one that seems to be resonating the most is attacks from so-called “sportsmen’s” groups, acting under the guise of protecting sportsmen. Alarmist and obstructionist groups, such […]


California’s gain but Oregon’s pain

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The push by energy speculators from Texas, New York and California to build the first West Coast liquid natural gas terminal in Oregon is yet another unfortunate sign that our state is being viewed as a suitable place for high-risk industrial projects that California and Washington won’t tolerate. While the residents and political leaders of […]


OPEC chief says there is no crude shortage, blames U.S. refineries for high oil

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LUANDA, Angola — OPEC’s Secretary General said today that he saw no need to increase oil output and blamed refinery problems in the United States for sustained high prices. “We see there’s no reason for a higher price because there’s enough oil in the market,” Abdalla Salem el-Badri told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview […]


‘Clean’ coal sounds prettier than it smells

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Plants not as dirty as before, but still pollute by the ton When does something dirty become clean? Is it clean when it is spotless? Or when it’s less dirty than it was before? Those are questions 9-year-olds ask when told to clean their rooms. They are also questions at the heart of a debate […]


‘Green’ Investments Key to Climate Fight

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They could be powerful new weapons in the battle against global warming: turbines powered by waves or wind, or technology that scrubs the skies to recapture and recycle carbon. The struggle to contain and reverse climate change may hinge on whether governments and corporations choose those kinds of environmentally friendly options in the next two […]


Gas prices and ghost towns

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It’s hard to believe that in the late 1880s, Bannock, Mont., not far from present-day Dillon, was one of the fastest-growing, most wildly energetic communities in the West. The mining town was even proposed as the territorial capital. Today, it is a ramshackle collection of abandoned buildings surrounded by mine tailings, and open only as […]


Western oil firms face growing troubles in African countries

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COTONOU, Benin: Big foreign oil companies are finding it harder to make money in Africa because of the regionAfrican producers such as Nigeria and Angola now ship about as much crude oil to the US as Arabian Gulf producers like Saudi Arabia, according to the US Energy Information Administration. To meet this rising demand and […]


Nigeria: Oil Theft Costs Nigeria $14 Billion Yearly

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Nigeria loses $14 billion a year to the highly lucrative and illegal business of oil bunkering, the President of the Corporate Council on Africa, Stephen Hayes has said. Hayes who spoke to THISDAY in Washington DC arrived at the figure based on the number of barrels per day that the country loses on oil. According […]


Zimbabwe: Give Fertilizer Sector Priority On Power

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ZIMBABWEAN farmers require large amounts of artificial fertilizers if they are to produce decent harvests. It makes sense, where the raw materials exist locally, to produce these fertilizers in Zimbabwe. Local manufacture minimises expensive transport, makes the best use of limited hard currency, boosts local industry and provides jobs for Zimbabweans. It also ensures that […]


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