• 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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  • The Age of Extreme Offshore Oil Is Just Beginning

    • Date: 25/01/11

    As the demand for oil surges, companies push farther under the ocean, finding a bonanza of crude far beneath the ocean. Can we safely drill through miles of water, rock, and salt without more terrible blowouts? Marcos Bueno de Moraes still recalls those tense days of drilling. Geophysicists at his firm, the Brazilian oil company┬áPetrobras, […]

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  • Shale Gas: A Revolution 50 Years In The Making?

    • Date: 24/01/11

    With standing room only for Future Energy Strategies’ seminar on shale gas last week, there’s no doubt what the big excitement in energy is right now. Shale… It’s the new thorium! This is all a bit strange for something that relies on a technique that’s 50 years old. Shale gas drilling licences were snapped up […]

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  • A Brief Look At Coal

    • Date: 24/01/11

    If humans are smart, they will move beyond their dependency on hydrocarbons as fuels within the next several decades. At that point, the total cumulative human consumption of the global hydrocarbon resource will have been a tiny drop in a very big bucket. The energy we get from coal today comes from the energy that […]

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  • Germany To Cut Solar Subsidies

    • Date: 23/01/11

    Germany plans to slash subsidies paid to households generating electricity with their own solar panels by up to 15 percent, and six months earlier than planned, the government said Thursday. Consumers generating electricity with solar panels have been able to sell any excess at an artificially inflated price subsidised by the government, leading to a […]

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  • BBC: Can Europe Benefit From Shale Gas?

    • Date: 22/01/11

    In a field near Kirkham, between Preston and Blackpool, they are preparing to drill a well that many say could change our energy outlook. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that “unconventional” resources such as shale could double our gas supply worldwide. Up until recently, most economists had forecast gas prices rising sharply as supplies […]

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