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Trump to Sign Orders on Oil Drilling

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President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican’s assault on Democratic President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and upend public lands protections put in place […]


A $500 Billion “Hitch” Emerges In The Saudi Aramco IPO

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As Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince pushes his nation’s Vision 2030 economic overhaul and crows of the $2 trillion Saudi Aramco valuation (ahead of its potential IPO), WSJ reports that officials at the state-owned oil company are using internal value estimates to $1.3 to $1.5 trillion, calling bin Salman’s estimate “unrealistic and mind blowing.” Since […]


Resilience Bridge: A new course with Carolyn Baker and Dean Walker

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We are living in a time like no other in human history. We are living in a Post-Truth world in which telling the truth is an unsafe act. Our individual and collective Shadows are wreaking havoc in our lives and running our world. The cornerstones of our Earth and human systems are collapsing. How we’ve […]


People aren’t buying enough gas

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Lackluster gasoline demand is once again raising concerns that the oil market won’t be able to escape the doldrums. Demand for U.S. gasoline has recovered since January, but remained below 2016 levels throughout much of this year. Now, analysts are worried weak consumption will cause gasoline stockpiles to keep building and eventually result in weaker […]


334 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas Discovered In USA

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Technological advancements have just pushed the boundaries of recoverable oil and gas in the U.S. further, according to an announcement by the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported that two formations in the Gulf Coast Basin may contain as much as 304.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas plus 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas […]


Israel-Europe gas deal sparks criticism

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An Israel-Europe gas pipeline deal aimed at turning Israel into a major energy exporter in the Mediterranean has come under criticism from Palestinians, particularly as the besieged Gaza Strip continues to suffer from a crippling power crisis. “The pipeline agreement between Israel, Italy, Cyprus and Greece will not only benefit corporations which directly profit from […]


Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth’s Crude Oil Giants

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The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing in nascent private space commodity initiatives, said Tom James, a […]


Who wants to be rich like a sheikh?

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Long before the Russians blinded English society with their conspicuous wealth, it was the Arabs descending on Europe’s capitals in the 1970s who became proverbial for their prodigious wealth: “Rich like an oil sheikh,” said the gawping crowds as they watched the princes in their floating garments checking into the most luxurious hotels, showering bell […]


“Everybody Would Die” if World War 3 Broke Out

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A top nuclear expert has warned that virtually everybody in the world would die if World War 3 broke out as a result of a confrontation between the United States and Russia. Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, was asked how many people would die on the first day […]


France’s Macron appears set for runoff with Le Pen

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Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday’s first round of voting, according to multiple projections. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, opinion polls […]


Alternative Fuels Seek to Keep the Party Going

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With Earth Day as a backdrop, alternative fuel advocates, including natural gas vehicle (NGV) proponents, put on their party hats and marked a variety of milestones in the clean fuel sector, starting with the metropolitan transit authority in San Antonio, TX. VIA Metropolitan Transit on Thursday rolled out the first of more than 400 new […]


New Normal of Trump’s Foreign Policy

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Here’s the Commander-in-chief of the Beautiful Piece of Chocolate Cake School of Foreign Policy, expanding on his next move regarding North Korea. “We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” As if bombing nuclear-armed North Korea would be as much of a […]


How to talk about climate change at a party

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Her: Ugo, did you hear what Trump is doing? He wants to destroy the climate data! Me: I heard something about that. Her. But it is awful! How can they allow him to do that? Destroying the work of the climate scientists! Me. You know this joke about Trump? The one that goes, “What happens […]


Natural Gas is part of our Renewable Future

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California is leading the way to a healthier future through reducing carbon emissions and San Diego is following that same path. In fact, the City of San Diego recently took the top spot for private solar earning the distinction of being named the city with the most installed solar panel systems in America. At SDG&E, […]


“Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures

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The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages. Power companies in all three regions […]


Saudi Arabia, a kingdom built on oil, plans a future beyond it

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Ever since oil was discovered in the Arabian desert in 1938, Saudi Arabia has been the world’s premier petro-state and the dominant force within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Flush with oil revenue, the country has had neither income taxes nor corporate taxes while bestowing on its people heavy subsidies for food and […]


Trump denies Exxon permission to drill for oil in Russia

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The Trump administration has denied ExxonMobil permission to bypass sanctions to drill for oil in Russia. “The Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, said in a statement Friday. Mnuchin said he consulted with President Trump on the decision. […]


Afghan Ex-President Karzai: ISIS Is A Tool Of The United States

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In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday, ex-Afghan President Hamid Karzai – a former Washington Ally, made statements which go hand in hand with revelations from Wikileaks during the 2016 elections. Karzai criticized recent U.S. foreign policy – including the “weak” attack on an ISIS stronghold using the largest ever non-nuclear weapon (MOAB) which failed to wipe […]


Climate Change As Genocide, By Michael Klare

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Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen […]


Major Oil Producers Reach Deal to Extend Output Cuts

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A number of major crude-producing countries reached an initial agreement to extend output cuts, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said Thursday, as persistently high stockpiles weigh on prices. OPEC and other major suppliers have failed, after three months of limiting production, to achieve their target of reducing oil inventories below the five-year historical average, Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Al-Falih said […]


Oil Companies Exploiting Famine And Financial Ruin In South Sudan

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South Sudan’s vulnerable financial state is making the civil-war-torn state easy prey for opportunistic oil and gas companies that could be offering Juba a fraction of the energy profits they would earn under stable circumstances. The South Sudanese government and three humanitarian agencies declared a famine in some parts of the country in February, while […]


Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election

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A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale […]


See TOMORROW Today

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On Sunday April 16th Cyril Dion, the inspired filmmaker of TOMORROW joined us at our local theater in Sebastopol, California. It was Easter evening and still we had an impassioned turnout (about 130 people) who came out to see TOMORROW then stayed for a very engaging Q&A with the very engaging director.  Cyril was joined […]


Many Poor Venezuelans Are Too Hungry to Join Antigovernment Protests

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President Nicolás Maduro has lost support among the legions of poor Venezuelans that once backed the late Hugo Chávez, but they have largely shown little interest in joining the opposition-led protests that have convulsed the country the past three weeks.   Many of the impoverished residents of the vast slums that ring Caracas and other […]


IMF Boosts Global Growth Forecast to 3.5% Despite Geopolitical Angst

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The global economy is on course for its best performance in several years despite trade tensions and looming geopolitical threats, the International Monetary Fund said ahead of a meeting of world finance chiefs in Washington this week. Investors are skittish over a potential U.S. standoff with North Korea, France’s elections and Washington’s fresh use of […]


Making oil from algae: Towards more efficient biofuels

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Summary: The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. Differences in cell contents based on presence of saltwater. Credit: Image courtesy of Kobe University The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by […]


The Price Of Oil Might Soar This Year

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Well here’s something totally and definitely unexpected: oil prices are forecasted to rise this year. Nobody saw that one coming. No one. Uh uh. Not a single person. Ever. Oil is expected to rise by $10 a barrel in 2017, according to analysts at Citigroup, reports CNBC. In a note published earlier this week, the […]


Oil Price Volatility and US EIA Data

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A number of news media pieces have recently suggested that oil prices may fall due to soaring output in the US.  Output from US light tight oil (LTO) may not rise as quickly as some EIA reports may suggest. One source of confusion is that the EIA creates many reports and some are more reliable […]


Fracking Bolsters the American Economy

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Our friends at Institute for Energy Research shared this guest post with us, which was written by their founder and CEO, Robert Bradley, Jr. and recently published in Forbes. Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health. Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels. For years, […]


Heinberg: Goodbye Administrative State, Hello Community Resilience

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White House strategist Steve Bannon’s project for the “deconstruction of the administrative state” appears to be out of the starting blocks and well on its way toward a glorious victory lap. Using executive orders and other directives, President Trump has so far: Curbed several of President Obama’s climate regulations, notably the Clean Power Plan to […]


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