Indonesia’s Increased Gasoline Demand Casts Shadow Over its Energy Planners

There is a shift-taking place in global gasoline markets. No it’s not the often-dreaded bad news of increased gasoline usage that plagued the US for decades (in fact the country is expected to see declining gasoline consumption into 2014) nor is it even increased automobile ownership and gasoline demand in the world’s second largest economy and top net oil importer, China. It comes from a country that some ...

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Is the US Falling Behind Canada in Exporting LNG to Japan?

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark landed in Washington D.C. on Friday to promote Canadian liquefied natural gas. And Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two weeks prior made his first official visit to Canada to work on building a long-term energy relationship between the two countries. ...

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The Media’s Collusion in the IPCC’s Irrational Fifth Assessment Conclusions

I am a big fan of the stand-out US sitcom Seinfeld; not least the character “Kramer”. What, among Kramer’s many quirks, fascinated his fellow characters most was his ability to operate “without any visible means of support”. It’s a life principle on which, as its just published (September 27) Fifth Climate Assessment report reveals, the UN IPCC heavily relies. ...

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As US Oil Production Revives, New Vulnerabilities Appear

On the front page of today's Wall St. Journal I see that "US Rises To No. 1 Energy Producer." This news builds on a number of recent headlines such as, "US oil production reaches highest level in 24 years." Stories like these aren't as attention-grabbing as they were when this streak began more than a year ago, once shale oil production ramped up dramatically. ...

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Study Sheds Light on Truth Of Methane and Drilling

The question of whether natural gas is a ‘clean’ fuel is hotly debated amongst food columnists and the current U.S. Secretary of Energy alike. The debate has been fueled by scientific uncertainty; measuring methane emissions has been difficult because data is hard to obtain. ...

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Climate Policies Lock Chains on Developing Nations

As part of his climate change initiative announced in June, President Obama declared, “Today I’m calling for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas unless they deploy carbon capture technologies, or there’s no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity.” Restrictions on financing will reduce the supply and increase the cost of electrical power in developing nations, ...

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IPCC 5th Assessment Is Very Confident That They’re Not Sure

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released their 5th assessment (big report) on how human activity (using fossil fuels to make energy) is causing global warming (that's not happening). Actually the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) has been "leaked" for months. The SPM is a watered down version of the big report so that even politicians can sort of understand what it says ...

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Is CNOOC the Leanest and Cleanest of China’s Big Three Oil Majors?

On September 7 Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the smallest of three Chinese state-owned oil majors and its largest offshore oil driller, announced that it had signed a production sharing contract (PSC) and deal with Smart Oil Investments who will survey and explore in the shallow waters (five to 15 meters water depth) of Bohai Bay, offshore China. The area agreed upon, Block 05/31, cover ...

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Unwelcome Milestone for Keystone XL

Hoover Dam, the Pentagon, Space Shuttle Discovery – all significant American achievements constructed in less time than we’ve been waiting to get the Keystone XL pipeline project off the ground. ...

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