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News from October 2013

Platts and the history of oil: an infographic

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It could be argued that the history of oil is the history of the modern world. And Platts, a leading provider of analysis, news and prices for the industry, has played a significant role in this amazing story. Of all the natural resources that have been used to build our world, surely oil is the […]


Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

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A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees. The team’s experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the […]


History Contradicts the U.S.’s ‘All of the Above’ Energy Strategy

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I hope you’re sitting down. Republicans and Democrats agree on something, at least nominally. It’s called an “all of the above” energy policy. That phrase occurs in both White House policy pronouncements and the 2012 Republican platform, meaning basically that the U.S. should pursue all of the energy options favored by whoever’s in power. The […]


T. Boone Pickens: We Should Embrace Natural Gas

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BP Capital Chairman and CEO T. Boone Pickens gives his take on natural gas and America’s energy future. He speaks with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”


Carolyn Baker Interview Regarding “Collapsing Consciously”

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Interview with Carolyn Baker on Collapsing Consciously from Before It’s News Brought to you by North Atlantic Books 1. What was your prime motivation in assembling your book Collapsing Consciously knowledge wise?     In 2007 I became aware that what we are confronting is not a series of isolated problems but rather, the collapse […]


The Promise of Fusion is Real, If it’s Properly Funded

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If energy research was an elementary school playground, the study of magnetic fusion might be the kid in the corner all alone, throwing pebbles at the ground with a frown on his face. An outcast no one believes in, let alone wants to hang out with.   But there’s a real possibility that that lonely […]


Iran may be month from a bomb

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Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new estimate by one of the USA’s top nuclear experts. The new assessment comes as the White House invited Senate staffers to a briefing on negotiations with Iran as it is trying to persuade Congress […]


Japan’s Theater Of The Nuclear Absurd

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“Spider and I sat watching the sky on a world without sound.” – Eno (1) I live in a world conquered by evil. It’s bad enough that the Fukushima nuclear power plant no. 1 (FNPP#1) is leaking upwards of 160 billion becquerels of radiation into the ocean every day, including cesium, strontium and who knows […]


Oil’s $5 Trillion Permian Boom Threatened by $70 Crude

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Bryan Sheffield, a third-generation oil wildcatter in Texas’s Permian Basin, knows what he’ll do if crude drops to $80 a barrel: shut down half his drilling rigs and go on a takeover hunt for weaker rivals. Sheffield is among producers who’ve together invested $150 billion in the Permian since 2010 seeking their piece of an […]


Turn your bike electric just by changing the wheel.

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FlyKly Smart Wheel “looks like any other rear wheel, except that it has a monster-sized hub stuffed full of electronics,” Gizmodo says. It’s like the Prius of bike wheels — it stores energy as you pedal and while you’re going downhill. And then it uses that energy to speed you along, if you want, at […]


The United States of Drought

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As the planet heats up and larger populations demand larger water supplies, the United States will be left high and dry if it fails to address a worsening water shortage. By 2060, the gap between water supply and demand could grow to nearly four billion cubic metres per year – 10 times the amount of […]


The REAL Reason for Saudi Arabia’s Shift Away from U.S.

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China Has Just Surpassed the U.S. As World’s Largest Importer of Oil Saudi Arabia has warned of a shift away from the U.S. Here’s the real reason: China just dethroned the U.S. as the world’s largest importer of oil. As Oil Price notes: Last month the world witnessed a paradigm shift: China surpassed the United […]


Crude oil: another collapse ahead?

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  Oil prices have been showing a downward trend, recently. Is this the start of a new collapse of the oil market? (image above from oil-price.net) In January 2008, I was writing on the blog of ASPO-Italy that, “…[oil] prices could very well increase over $100 per barrel and even much more, but will continue […]


The global economy sinks under its debts as the real cost of energy rises

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ALTHOUGH the economy is improving, this is turning out to be “a recovery, but not as we know it”. Britain may be getting better off, but people keep getting poorer, as the costs of essentials continue to grow much more rapidly than incomes. Yet far from being a uniquely British problem, this is a worldwide […]


Canadian train derailment highlights debate over crude oil transportation

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Accident in Alberta is the latest in a series of derailments involving train cars carrying flammable liquids A train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed and caught fire in western Canada Saturday, raising more questions about rail safety that became a major issue after a runaway oil train derailed in a Quebec town […]


Outsourcing Pollution and Energy-Intensive Production

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This essay comes from the book ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth Published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology in collaboration with Watershed Media and Post Carbon Institute. Download: Outsourcing Pollution and Energy-Intensive Production Outsourcing Pollution and Energy-Intensive Production – Vandana Shiva Post Carbon Institute/Foundation for Deep Ecology


Next Oil Sands Threat: Cracking Caprock

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  Clean up operation of a steam release at Devon Energy, 2010. A recent blow-out at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Primrose facility in northern Alberta sheds light on a serious but little discussed topic in the oil sands industry: caprock integrity. The blow-out allowed more than 10,000 barrels of steamed bitumen to seep into the […]


Eni CEO Says Libyan Situation Very Worrying

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Disruptions to oil production in Libya are “very worrying” to Italian oil and gas group Eni , its chief executive said on Wednesday, as losses there continue to weigh on its prospects for output and profit. A combination of strikes, militias and political activists have disrupted production at the majority of Libya’s oilfields and ports […]


Bakken, Eagle Ford, New EIA Data

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The EIA has just began posting data on the six major tight oil and gas production areas, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellas, Niobrara and Permian. All this data can be found at: EIA Drilling Productivity Report. To the right of the chart you will see several PDF links. Ignore all of them except the last […]


Chinese oil demand: and now, a decline

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China’s apparent oil demand* in September fell by 2.3% to an average 9.66 million barrels per day (b/d) or 39.55 million metric tons (mt) versus year-ago data, according to a Platts analysis of Chinese government data.   This marks the first time that China’s apparent oil demand showed a contraction since August 2012 and follows […]


The Rise and Rise of Taiwan Solar Energy

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For those of us outside Asia, understanding Taiwan can be complex, but its history provides a fascinating insight into just why it has become the world’s second largest PV cell producer since 2010. Located just 180km’s to the south-east of mainland China, Taiwan (historically know as Formosa) has a proud indigenous heritage and strong self-identity. […]


Kashmir: Food security and agriculture

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Millions earn a better living, and ensure a better future, when investments are made in rural development and agriculture. Agriculture – a proven pathway out of poverty with unbelievable potential for future – more the growth of nutritious food more will be we food secure. Success stories, like the development progress in Ghana’s economy was […]


Public Vasectomy With Band-Aid Promotes Family Planning

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“I can feel a bit of tugging, but it doesn’t hurt at all,” said Chris Wiren, as a surgeon performed a 10-minute vasectomy on the 39-year-old father of four live on stage. Wiren’s operation was the first of 16 performed in front of hundreds of people last week at the Science Exchange in Adelaide, Australia. […]


Kiss the hand that blows the leaves

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Leaf blowers maintain a line against the enemy. Photo: hecrorir/Flickr. I’ve never understood the benefit of a gasoline-powered leaf blower over a rake or a broom — except to create an ear-splitting whir whose only possible satisfaction must be to make the tool-wielder feel more macho. But yesterday I came to realize that the leaf […]


Heinberg: Chapter 5 – The Economics of Fracking: Who Benefits?

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This article is an excerpt from Richard Heinberg’s new book SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future. Given the urgency and importance of the issues we are serializing the book here at Resilience.org. Read Part 5: Chapter 4 – Fracking Wars, Fracking Casualties BUY THE BOOK In the 1980s, two Oklahoma twentysomethings, […]


Meet Massive New Super-Giant Oilfield in Texas

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Early estimate from Pioneer Natural Resources are than it could contain 50 billion barrels of recoverable oil, which would make it the second largest in the world, behind only the legendary Ghawar in Saudi Arabia. _RealClearEnergy The Spraberry Wolfcamp oilfield is still being mapped out, but so far over 50 billion barrels of oil has […]


A question of scarcity

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‘Tis the season for untold numbers of undergraduate students around the world to receive their first exposure to “Principles of Economics.” During the first couple of lectures, economic terms and concepts are thrown at impressionable young minds at a dizzying pace: opportunity costs, rational choice, marginal change, market economies, and the mother of them all, […]


Energy, ecology & economics–part III

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This is the third and final post in a series revisiting HT Odum’s classic Ambio paper on the 3Es (Ambio, 1973). The article was republished in Mother Earth News, and the reprint is still available online through Minnesotans for Sustainability. The first 15 points are covered in part one and part two of the post […]


The age of oil will not last forever

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The oil age may not be over yet, Cobb writes, but projections of shale gas and oil fueling US energy independence are vastly overblown. We are wasting precious time being lulled to sleep by the oil optimists when we should be preparing for a post-peak-oil world. Energy independence sounds good, and that’s why politicians and oil […]


The Peak Oil Crisis: Cars, Trucks & Buses

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It is time to take a break from the gloom and doom in Washington and the Middle East and look at for some better news about the future of energy. Every day I look at a web site run by the folks over at Green Car Congress. Now the Congress’ primary interest is following developments […]


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