• Deregulation + Free Markets = Energy Security

    • Date: 05/02/11

    The shale gas revolution has been a surprise, in a sector where surprises are still permitted. Nobody “planned” it. There’s a lesson here for every kind of reformer: Often the only plan needed is a plan to remove obstacles to innovation. With turmoil in the Middle East comes the inevitable spike in oil prices, topping […]

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  • Europe’s Industry May Be Left Behind By Shale Revolution

    • Date: 04/02/11

    The impact of shale has the potential, if we are smart enough to grab it, to ripple through the entire European economy. Energy is a key economic marker, and if Europe turns it back on shale it also concedes a significant economic advantage to the rest of the world. A story I’ve been following the […]

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  • Pay For Your Mess: UK Nobbles Nukes With Hefty Clean-Up Bill

    • Date: 04/02/11

    Energy and Climate Change minister Christopher Huhne last week made nuclear energy a whole lot less attractive. The liability for clean-up in case of a nuclear accident is currently limited to £140m. The EU has proposed increasing this to €600m (£507m). But Huhne wants to raise it to £1bn (€1.2bn). “We’ve already set out how […]

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  • 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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