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Why Oil Won’t “Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

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The progressive goal to “transition” away from oil might not be as easy as some proclaim. In the U.S., oil has been our main source of energy since 1950, when it surpassed coal. Along with its sister energy source, natural gas, oil dominates the immense U.S. energy complex (see Figure). In the U.S., more than […]


The last oil peak in the history of the world

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Current global energy consumption forecasts indicate that although renewables are set to expand by 50% between 2020 and 2025, they will not fully replace fossil fuels in our lifetimes. However, if recent geopolitical, economical, and sociological factors are taken into account, this prediction becomes obsolete. The world is about to enter a period of rapid energy transformation. At the […]


Greenwash

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The harm caused by the climate crisis has become undeniable – and terrifying. The floods, storms and raging fires, and the death and displacement they bring, have contributed to a global upwelling of concern and demands on governments to take action. But this has led to new behaviour by the fossil fuels lobby that will undermine […]


Switch to electric vehicles could ‘end oil era’

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Emerging markets switching from petrol and diesel engines to electric vehicles (EVs) could save $250 billion annually and slash expected growth in global oil demand by as much as 70 percent, an industry analysis showed Friday. As more and more nations such as China and India look to grow their electic fleet, they are in […]


U.N. Chief Guterres Demands End to Coal-Fired Power in a Reset World

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The world must stop building new coal power plants and instead embrace green alternatives in a post-coronavirus reset world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. Speaking via video message to the East Asia Summit 2020, Guterres called on all countries to reject coal and join together in seeking other alternatives. To that end, Guterres demanded […]


Nuclear vs Solar: The Race For Renewable Dominance

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Back in October, Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw opined that solar and wind “don’t work,” calling them “silly solutions.” Instead, nuclear energy would be a “far better energy resource than solar and wind if [Democrats] cared about zero emissions.” Crenshaw will likely be challenged on this – quite seriously. On Nov. 4, the day after […]


Japan Eyes Replacing Oil With Hydrogen Amid Carbon Neutral Push

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Tucked into a port in western Japan sits a spherical tank that may soon hold the country’s energy future. The import terminal in the city of Kobe, is slated to get its debut hydrogen shipment in March. Over the next 30 years deliveries of the zero-emission fuel are expected to ramp up exponentially as the […]


Wall Street Enthusiasm for Green Energy Fades

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Wall Street’s confidence that the U.S. election would spark a clean-energy revolution dimmed after Republicans appeared set to retain control of the Senate, casting doubts over whether Joe Biden could pursue his climate agenda even if he wins the White House. As a picture slowly emerged Wednesday of Democrats positioned to potentially take the White […]


The Big Oil Side Hustle: Where ‘Renewable’ Money Is Really Going

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“It is unrealistic to suggest that renewables could replace conventional baseload fuels.“–Gregory Boyce, former CEO Peabody Energy Corp., 2010. Every time an oil and gas major announces a major foray into renewable energy, the skeptics come out like clockwork and lambast the sector for merely trying to burnish its green credentials. Sometimes the criticism appears […]


America’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Go Online in 2025

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In 2014, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) shocked the world with the announcement that it was building a nuclear fusion reactor and planned to have it online “in as little as ten years.” Five years later, Lockheed confirmed that it is still working on the project — but had made very little progress in nuclear fusion energy. […]


Will the Pandemic Spell the End for Oil and Gas?

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In August, Exxon Mobil, once the largest publicly traded company in the world, was dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average after 92 years. Exxon’s removal is emblematic of the changing profiles of energy companies. In 2008, oil and gas companies accounted for more than 15 percent of the S&P 500; today they make up […]


Can Hydrogen and Renewable Natural Gas Displace Shale?

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Today, corporate and state decarbonization announcements are progressing into actual strategic plans, often calling for increased production of hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG—cleaned methane from a landfill or anaerobic digester). These gases can use existing infrastructure while producing low-to-negative carbon emissions, making them an attractive lever for decarbonization. As a result, government incentives are […]


Energy Transition Picks Up Steam

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Precisely when the world passes peak oil demand is still very much a contested debate, but the one thing that is clear is that many of the macro trends are negative for the oil industry. Most recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060. While light on specifics, the […]


China’s net-zero goal to send coal, oil demand diving

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China’s “monumental” announcement it is targeting carbon neutrality by 2060 has cemented a permanent downward track for coal demand in the country and points to a peak in its use of oil as early as 2025, according to Bernstein Research. The predictions are part of a radical transformation expected from the world’s largest consumer of […]


MIT Researchers Say Their Fusion Reactor Is “Very Likely to Work”

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A team of researchers at MIT and other institutions say their “SPARC” compact fusion reactor should actually work — at least in theory, as they argue in a series of recently released research papers. In a total of seven papers penned by 47 researchers from 12 institutions, the team argues that no unexpected impediments or […]


Why Are Oil and Gas Companies Investing in Nuclear Fusion?

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The oil industry’s search for carbon-free alternatives to fossil fuels has led to many interesting investment decisions over the years. Somewhere high on that list is nuclear fusion, the energy that powers the sun, which has drawn investment from at least three major oil companies. Chevron became the most recent player to show an interest […]


Is This The End Of The Oil Era?

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Oil major BP says we may already have seen “peak oil demand”. What would that mean for your portfolio? John Stepek investigates. The world may already have reached “peak oil demand” – the point at which annual consumption hits a plateau and is never any higher again. That’s not a hyperbolic press release from Extinction Rebellion […]


The Holy Grail Of Endless Energy: Harvesting Blackholes

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A year ago, House representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, proposed the Green New Deal, a nonbinding congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change by meeting 100% of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources. […]


Total CEO predicts peak oil by 2040

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Speaking at the ONS Digital Conference in a video presentation, Patrick Pouyanne, the CEO of Total SA, said he now expects oil production to peak between 2030 and 2040, although he added that oil will continue to be needed. Pouyanne expects greater generation from wind, solar and other renewables, as well as better use of […]


A new energy order in the offing

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THE notion that ‘oil demand is approaching the cliff’ is now being formalised. Global energy leaders are beginning to assert oil is past its peak. Not that oil would not be required in the years and decades to come. It would still be in demand but the world would not be critically, crucially, and strategically […]


Building The World’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor

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70 years after the first energy was made using nuclear power at an experimental station near Arco, Idaho, nuclear energy remains at the heart of a contentious debate. Nuclear power holds enormous potential as a solution to curbing emissions that contribute to global warming, as splitting atoms to make energy is extremely efficient and produces […]


California Blackouts Show Natural Gas Is Needed For A Stable Grid

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The California Independent System Operator (CalISO), the entity tasked with managing roughly 80% of the California electricity grid, ordered rolling blackouts last Friday for the first time in 19 years. The finger-pointing began immediately, with various actors blaming renewables, problems at natural gas plants, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and even market manipulators (the […]


Clouds gather over solar panels

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A recent article by Maddie Stone at www.slate.com warns that in the next decade or three, the world will face a novel but entirely predictable problem:  what to do with millions of square feet of worn-out solar panels.  This problem is especially ironic because solar energy has been sold as one of the most appealing […]


Helium: Fuelling the Future?

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What is Helium? HELIUM, deriving from the Greek word ‘Helios’, Ήλιος’, meaning ‘Sun’, and with the elementary symbol ‘He’ (in the elements periodic table) is a colourless, odourless gaseous element. Helium is considered one of the noble gases; how could it not be? It is the element of the Sun itself! Helium has a peculiar […]


Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do something useful with excess carbon dioxide other than capture it, compress it, and bury it deep in the bottom of the ocean? Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory may have discovered a way to do precisely that. Image credit: Argonne National Lab According to a press release from […]


Can Renewables Fully Sustain Our Current Way Of Life?

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“The reason renewables can’t power modern civilization is because they were never meant to. One interesting question is why anybody ever thought they could.” Michael Shellenberger, Time magazine “Hero of the Environment,” wrote this commentary in an article in Forbes. According to Shellenberger, president at Environmental Progress and an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel […]


The end of fossil fuel. Is it here yet?

Alternative Energy

Has peak oil arrived and what are the impact and opportunities for cleantech? Peak oil. It has been a topic of heated conversation for decades. The traditional definition describes it as the theorised point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which it enters into terminal decline. In 1962, […]


Renewable Energy Growth Continues At A Blistering Pace

Alternative Energy

This article is the fifth in a series on the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources on a country-level basis. Previous articles covered overall energy consumption, petroleum supply and demand, natural gas, and coal. Today, I want to cover the production and consumption of renewable energy. […]


Assembly of the worlds largest fusion reactor (ITER) begins

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During the first phase of machine assembly, from March 2020 to December 2024, the ITER Organization will assemble the core machine—the vacuum vessel, cryostat, thermal shields, all superconducing magnets and their feeders—as well as some heating and diagnostics. Watch how it will be done in this video. This video is a July 2020 update of […]


Has the coronavirus killed the oil sands industry?

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The spectacular collapse in oil prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought the costliest – and most polluting – oil projects such as tar sands to a standstill, a development some analysts say could be definitive. Even though oil prices have partly recovered from the April market crash, they have not returned to pre-crisis […]


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