• The American Oil Boom

    • Date: 10/03/11

    In the grasslands of western North Dakota, one of the country’s richest oil men is using a controversial gas drilling technology to develop what could be the biggest domestic oil discovery in the last 40 years. The oil lies underground in a shale rock formation stretching across western North Dakota, northeast Montana, and into Canada’s […]

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  • Europe Shale Gas: As Big As North America

    • Date: 10/03/11

    The size of European unconventional commercial gas reserves rival that of North America, according to a major new study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA). I have often railed here against what I call the CW or Conventional Wisdom of UK energy experts,  i.e. those who went through various stages during the shale […]

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  • China’s Coal Reserves ‘Will Make It New Middle East’, Says Energy Chief

    • Date: 08/03/11

    Vast reserves of coal in the far west of China mean it is set to become the “new Middle East”, a leading figure in the global coal industry has claimed. Fred Palmer, the chairman of the London-based World Coal Association and a key executive at Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately owned coal company, also […]

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  • Arrivederci Solare!

    • Date: 07/03/11

    Italy is about to join the growing list of European countries cutting back subsidies to solar and wind energy, so reports the online Berlin TAZ. A complete stop to solar energy and deep cuts in wind energy: Italy’s government passed a decree that could spell an abrupt end in the recently started renewable energy boom.” This comes […]

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  • Global Energy Markets On The Verge Of Revolution

    • Date: 07/03/11

    While the world fears a new oil price shock, the entire energy market is on the verge of a revolution. Companies are using increasingly sophisticated technology to tap new sources of natural gas. Drilling is also underway in Germany, where both the potential and the risks seem enormous. It was May when globalization came to […]

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  • Germany’s Biofuel Debacle

    • Date: 06/03/11

    Germany recently began introducing gasoline containing a higher percentage of biofuels. But consumers have so far been skittish, leading to production chaos and shortages of traditional gasoline. Some politicians have called for laws mandating that biofuels be scrapped altogether. It began as a plan to reduce the amount of CO2 being pumped into European skies. […]

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  • Sun Setting On European Solar Subsidies

    • Date: 04/03/11

    A lot of people who have already invested in renewable energy schemes are going to lose money. TIM German works for Cornwall, the warmest and southernmost county in Britain, but his mood right now is anything but sunny. In fact, Mr German, the manager of renewable energy for Cornwall council, is furious about what he […]

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  • Germany Calls Emergency Summit Amid Biofuel Chaos

    • Date: 04/03/11

    The German government is scrambling to resolve a crisis that is rocking the petroleum industry. Drivers’ refusal to use an unpopular new biofuel has prompted an unforeseen run on normal fuels. The poorly prepared launch of a new fuel composed partly of organic petroleum has rocked the German petroleum industry, prompting the economics ministry to […]

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