• 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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  • 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 Petrobras, […]

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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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