[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[credit provider=”AP”] On 5 November an earthquake measuring 5.6 rattled Oklahoma and was felt as far away as Illinois.Until two years ago Oklahoma typically had about 50 earthquakes a year, but in 2010, 1,047 quakes shook the state.
[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.
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, […]
[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, […]
As China surges towards becoming the 21st century’s dominant economy, its progress may be hobbled by a growing gap between its electrical production and demand.
[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 […]
Russia and Ukraine resemble nothing so much as Siamese twins that have grown up, now detest each other, but share organs difficult, if not impossible, to separate. The two issues that unite and divide Russia and Ukraine are simple – energy and military issues. The former – Russia’s […]
[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 […]
According to recent reports in the Venezuelan press, President Hugo Chávez is currently undergoing medical treatment in Cuba. Beyond that, little is certain.
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.
U.S. company Noble Energy is to begin exploring Cyprus’ offshore Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by the end of this year.
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 […]
China’s omnivorous energy requirements have been attracting increasing attention as of late, as Beijing attempts to secure any and all sources of power for its growing industrial base.