• Germany’s Coming Civil Energy War

    • Date: 01/02/11

    Germany’s Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen calls the new German energy strategy a ‘civil revolution’, but he could just as well have described it as the making of a future civil energy war. The extremely ambitious strategy is pitting the coddled renewable energy sector against the neglected gas sector. It requires the building of large new […]

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  • North American Unconventional Hydrocarbons Coming on Strong

    • Date: 31/01/11

    Growth in Unconventional Hydrocarbons: North America contains a huge portion of global hydrocarbons, when unconventionals are taken into account. As the price of oil creeps ever higher over time, engineers and technologists are developing cleaner and more economical ways to utilise unconventional hydrocarbons. Heavy Oils via Ivanhoe EnergyCanada’s economic growth is being driven largely by oil […]

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  • John Deutsch: The Natural Gas Revolution And its Consequences

    • Date: 30/01/11

    Good news about energy is rare. Energy use and its cost are rising worldwide, most countries remain dependent on oil imports, and little progress has been made toward curbing climate change. So the world should take notice of the recent dramatic increase in estimates of unconventional sources of natural gas in North America and elsewhere, […]

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  • EU Summit To Call For Shale Gas Strategy

    • Date: 29/01/11

    Next week’s European Union summit is set to call for an analysis of shale gas as a potentially revolutionary domestic energy source, according to internal papers. The EU is heavily dependent on foreign suppliers, especially Russia, for its natural gas supplies, and is keen to reduce that reliance. Shale gas, from underground rock deposits, has […]

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  • What Energy Crisis? Europe May Import Cheap Gas From The West

    • Date: 28/01/11

    No Hot Air started talking up US gas exports last year, when the conventional wisdom was that it was to put it politely, insane. Yesterday’s crazy story, today’s front page of the New York Times: If Cheniere can obtain the necessary regulatory approval and financing, Mr. Souki says he can start exporting gas as early as […]

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  • France Rejects Moratorium On Shale Gas Exploration

    • Date: 27/01/11

    France will not place a moratorium on shale gas exploration, but it will prevent the controversial drilling practice from endangering the public, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the country’s ecology minister, told the L’Assemblee Nationale Wednesday. The minister said France’s exploration for shale gas would be less damaging to the environment than in some countries, including the US. […]

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  • Austerity Pulling Plug On Europe’s Green Subsidies

    • Date: 27/01/11

    The Spanish and Germans are doing it. So are the French. The British might have to do it. Austerity-whacked Europe is rolling back subsidies for renewable energy as economic sanity makes a tentative comeback. Green energy is becoming unaffordable and may cost as many jobs as it creates. But the real victims are the investors […]

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  • India Celebrates Asia’s First Shale Gas Discovery

    • Date: 26/01/11

    The potential answer to the world’s energy woes, lying buried under 1770 metres of hard rock in the Damodar basin, has finally been unearthed. ONGC scientists have found an “unlimited reserve” of shale gas, touted as the low-cost, eco-friendly fuel of the future with vast untapped resources, at Sarpi on the outskirts of Durgapur at […]

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