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India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Has Been A Magnet For Controversy Since Day 1

[credit provider=”IAEA Imagebank / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8386517520/”] If the 1984 Soviet Chernobyl disaster and, more recently, the destruction of Japan’s 11 March 2011 six reactor Fukushima Daiichi Tokyo Energy Power Co. installation, proved anything to the global community, aside from frantic assertions by the authorities that the public threat was minimal, […]
India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Has Been A Magnet For Controversy Since Day 1
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Forget About Renewable Energy, We Need Cheap Oil

[credit provider=””>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_well.jpg”] What does our world’s energy future look like? Does renewable energy feature as much in the energy production mix as many hope it will? Will natural gas and fracking help reduce our dependence upon oil and how will the world economy and trade fare as supplies of cheap […]
Forget About Renewable Energy, We Need Cheap Oil
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The Drought Could Plunge The US Into Darkness

[credit provider=”AP”] Well, its official – the U.S. government has acknowledged that the U.S. is in the worst drought in over 50 years, since December 1956, when about 58 per cent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought.    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]
The Drought Could Plunge The US Into Darkness
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Oil Price Spikes Have Little To Do With Wars, Natural Disasters Or Speculators

[credit provider=”Flickr / silverxraven” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/silverxraven/847681691/”] Nowadays the energy picture is confusing at best as the more information we are shown the more blurred our vision seems to become.Mixed messages, poor reporting and a media hungry to sensationalize anything it thinks can grab a headline have led to many wondering what the […]
Oil Price Spikes Have Little To Do With Wars, Natural Disasters Or Speculators
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Kazakhstan Is Now The World’s Largest Uranium Miner

[credit provider=”AFP / Getty”] Kazakhstan’s international energy image is now that of one of the world’s rising oil exporters, an extraordinary feat given that, two decades ago its hydrocarbon output was beyond insignificant when the USSR collapsed. The vast Central Asian nation, larger than Western Europe,  has now quietly passed […]
Kazakhstan Is Now The World’s Largest Uranium Miner
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Brazil’s Booming Economy Is About To Slow

[credit provider=”Team at Carnaval.com Studios / flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/aforum/3028414320/”] Brazil has fared better than most over the last year or two.True, the country does have a problem with inflation, which has proved stubbornly hard to contain, and a strong currency has caused severe problems for Brazil’s exporters.
Brazil’s Booming Economy Is About To Slow
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Peak Oil: Why We Need To Plan Now

It was by teaching a course on energy in 2004 that I first became aware of the enormous challenges facing our society this century. In preparing for the course, I was initially convinced that I would identify a sensible and obvious path forward involving energy from solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, […]
Peak Oil: Why We Need To Plan Now
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Fukushima’s Radioactive Leak Is 30 Times Worse Than Japan’s Official Report, New Study Says

[credit provider=”Flickr/Roger Braunstein” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerimp/3797640892/”] Japan’s six reactor Fukushima Daichi nuclear complex has inadvertently become the world’s bell-weather  poster child for the inherent risks of nuclear power ever since the 11 March Tohoku offshore earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a devastating tsunami that effectively destroyed the complex.Ever since, […]
Fukushima’s Radioactive Leak Is 30 Times Worse Than Japan’s Official Report, New Study Says
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Here’s How High Energy Prices Are REALLY Affecting Americans

[credit provider=”AP”] While waiting to see how far the Europeans can kick their can of financial Armageddon down the road, let’s revisit the damage being caused by high oil prices to life here in America.Although the price of gasoline so far this year has not reached the rarefied levels that […]
Here’s How High Energy Prices Are REALLY Affecting Americans
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Jordan Presses On To Build First Nuclear Power Plant

[credit provider=”British Nuclear Group” url=”http://magnox.info/”] Jordan’s economy has been heavily impacted by its need to import 96 per cent of its energy needs, and so is pressing forward with a project to build the kingdom’s first nuclear power plant. In 2010 energy imports cost Jordan 20 per cent of its […]
Jordan Presses On To Build First Nuclear Power Plant
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The Next Oil Price Shock Is Coming In 2012

Looking at the oil supply & demand fundamentals, next year looks like an accident waiting to happen. If economic growth in emerging economies remains on track, and that is a big If, the next oil price shock will occur in 2012.
The Next Oil Price Shock Is Coming In 2012
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Is There A Clean Way To Use America’s Coal?

The US has roughly 1 trillion barrels of oil equivalent in coal resources, or more. It has twice that amount in kerogen resources, but we are looking at coal specifically. The challenge has been to find ways to burn this massive coal resource cleanly, so as to provide abundant and […]
Is There A Clean Way To Use America’s Coal?