Syrian Involvement: Tied to Decreasing OPEC Dependence, Increasing USA Independence

ollowing Tuesday’s Senate hearing and Wednesday's House hearing on Syria, the political theater is beginning to sound like some level of US involvement will most likely happen over the chemical weapons attack. Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Obama to use limited force against Syria. ...

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Are Taiwan’s New South China Sea Oil Ambitions Too Little Too Late?

A Taiwanese legislator said on August 29 that Taiwan plans to spend more than $100 million to build a dock big enough for warships on Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island) in the disputed and potentially oil rich Spratly islands in the South China Sea (SCS). The island is administered by Taiwan and is the largest of the Spratly Islands and the only one with fresh water. ...

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The IPCC’s Upcoming Report Is Mann-Made Cluelessness

Steel yourself. A work of epic and apocalyptic proportions is soon to dominate your evening viewing. Not Russell Crowe’s upcoming portrayal of Noah as (laughably) “the world’s first environmentalist”. But an epic set to regale us with dark tales of coastal cities and islands submerging beneath the waves; of entire species, including mankind, coming under threat; of polar bears without ice floes to play on, ...

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Man Made Climate Change Arguments Don’t Survive Scrutiny

Proponents of man-made climate change are being challenged more and more by scientists who don't buy into the climate catastrophe scare. The arguments used to dismiss the challengers range from calling the non-believers names such as president Obama's "flat earthers" and his use of the term "denier" which is meant to equate non-believers with holocaust deniers, very un-presidential. ...

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North America: An Oil and Gas Powerhouse

An August 19 USA Today editorial concludes with: “the most important gains could come from radical shifts that are as unanticipated as was North America's emergence as an oil and gas powerhouse.” It points out “that free enterprise has a way of solving problems that is beyond the capabilities of government.” ...

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Oil Prices: Headlines vs Facts

The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil topped $106 per barrel last Friday. Brent went over $111 on Monday. And the usual suspects of interpreting these price hikes re-surfaced. ...

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King Coal Gets Fatter, While The US Goes on a Diet

In 2012, global coal consumption increased by 101 million metric tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) to an all-time global record of 3.7 billion tons of oil equivalent. (The use of “oil equivalents” standardizes the different grades of coal and also allows easy energy comparisons to other energy sources). This represents a doubling of global coal consumption in the past 20 years. ...

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Taming the Chinese Dragon & Asian Butterfly: Can Russia Compete in Asian Gas Markets?

Not only has Russian President Vladimir Putin showed his true political colors in recent years after befriending and apparently hoodwinking an unsuspecting George W. Bush during Bush’s first term in office, when Russia needed American aid, but his obvious stratagems to return Russia to former pre-Soviet collapse glory, and anti-American zeal, is playing out in the UN and around the world. But his ambitions ...

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