• Cheap Gas: Nuclear Industry’s Ambitions At Risk Of Going Up In Smoke

    • Date: 18/01/11

    North America’s much-touted nuclear revival is in jeopardy, but it is not environmental and safety concerns that are undermining it. The industry is finding it increasingly difficult to make the economic case in both Canada and the United States. The enormous capital cost of building reactors is just one factor holding back the long-promised nuclear […]

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  • Russia Preparing New Energy Security Doctrine

    • Date: 17/01/11

    The dynamically changing global energy market demands the revision of Russia’s traditional cornerstones in the area. President Dmitry Medvedev therefore ordered the government to prepare a new energy security doctrine by the end of 2011. The document’s principal provisions have already been outlined. Energy security issues have always been top of the political agenda around […]

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  • 2010 Crude Oil: 50 Billion Barrels Discovered, 30 Billion Barrels Used

    • Date: 16/01/11

    With the price of oil hovering above $70 a barrel for over a year — and around $90 a barrel for several weeks — oil exploration companies can get to work discovering rich new oil fields. In 2010, more new oil was discovered than was consumed — and we can expect that trend to continue […]

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  • Robert Bryce: Obama Needs To Step On The Natural Gas Pedal

    • Date: 15/01/11

    Back on November 3, fresh from a mid-term shellacking that added 63 new Republicans to the House of Representatives, President Obama uttered two words that have been missing from nearly every energy-related discussion he’s had since he began running for president: “natural gas.” His specific words–“we’ve got terrific natural gas resources in this country”–should not […]

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  • U.S. Discoveries: After Shale, An Oil Revolution?

    • Date: 14/01/11

    The story of shale has been game-changer to paradigm shift to what I call inflection point. Can we see something like this in oil? It’s becoming increasingly clear that a significant by-product of shale gas fracturing and horizontal techniques is their increasing translation to oil. There’s been lots of excitment about the Eagle Ford for […]

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  • Spain’s Great Photovoltaic Bust – 30,000 Jobs Lost Since 2008

    • Date: 13/01/11

    Because the exorbitant feed-in subsidies were abruptly canceled, many solar installation companies have since gone bust and have disappeared. TAZ writes that industry associations and unions calculate 30,000 jobs in the photovoltaic sector have disappeared since 2008. The German online TAZ here reports on Spain’s solar energy industry debacle in an article with the headline: Botched […]

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  • Britain’s Green Madness: Energy Bills Could Double Every 5 Years

    • Date: 12/01/11

    Experts at Unicredit banks said the switch to green generation, the building of wind farms and nuclear power stations, as well as the installation of smart meters in every home, will send bills rocketing. They concluded: ‘A typical UK energy bill could rise from the current level of £1,000 per year to over £2,000 per […]

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  • BBC Reality Check: Coal Takes The Strain…Again

    • Date: 12/01/11

    On BBC Look North on Friday I reported that during the recent intense cold weather, it’s been our traditional coal and gas fired power stations that have been working flat out to keep our homes and businesses warm. And for the third winter running, the intense cold has gone hand in hand with periods of […]

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