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Norway's oil decline accelerating

Posted on December 10, 2014

New oil projects are being scrapped in Norway amid falling production and low oil prices.

Could falling oil prices spark a financial crisis?

Posted on December 4, 2014

The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns.

China strengthening claim to South China Sea oil and gas

Posted on November 27, 2014

Not gone and not forgotten, China is ready to solidify its claim to the South China Sea (SCS).

Follow the sand to the real fracking boom

Posted on November 25, 2014

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

Early signs of a pullback In drilling activity

Posted on November 13, 2014

With oil prices low and showing no sign of an immediate rebound, the industry is beginning to pull back on spending.

Another key approval for the uranium market

Posted on November 10, 2014

I discussed last week about the municipal approval of restarts for two nuclear reactors in Sendai, Japan. With one of the knock-on items to watch for being further approval from the regional government here. We didn’t have to wait long.

The driving force behind the US oil boom

Posted on November 6, 2014

The shale revolution’s sweet spot is oilfield services, the lower-risk backbone of the American oil and gas boom that pays off regardless of a play’s economics.

Low oil prices hurting U.S. shale operations

Posted on October 22, 2014

Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers.

The world's 10 biggest energy gluttons

Posted on October 2, 2014 set out to discover which countries use the most energy and why.

Fed up with Federal inaction, States act alone on cap-and-trade

Posted on September 30, 2014

Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives.

All eyes on Kenya: the next big oil exporter

Posted on September 24, 2014

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.

Canada’s shale boom: more to come in Montney

Posted on September 18, 2014

In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout.

Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

Posted on September 16, 2014

China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped.

Soros signals Argentina’s shale is biggest place to be

Posted on September 3, 2014

George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world’s largest shale oil and gas resources.

Why the debate over energy storage utterly misses the point

Posted on September 3, 2014

Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management.

New technology could end the debate over pipeline safety

Posted on August 28, 2014

Monitoring, detecting pipeline corrosion still a 'crude' affair.

The Kardashians and climate change: interview with Judith Curry

Posted on August 25, 2014

Climate change continues to drive energy policy, despite the fact that there is no way to reconcile eradicating energy poverty in much of the world with reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

These miners are seeking over $1.3 billion in acquisitions

Posted on August 25, 2014

Two separate news items last week suggest Chinese mining companies are still cash-rich. And on the hunt for acquisitions.

Ukraine's next crisis? Economic disaster

Posted on August 19, 2014

Conflict forcing coal mines to cut output, close.

Who needs Russia? Ukraine will destroy itself with new gas tax

Posted on August 12, 2014

Tax promises to cripple new energy sector investment.

Looking for the next oil boom? Follow the tech

Posted on July 17, 2014

The Permian is back and bigger than ever.

Could gang violence end Mexico's shale dream?

Posted on July 1, 2014

Thinking twice about moving south of the border.

The world's five most important oil fields

Posted on June 13, 2014

The Middle East has dominated the world of oil for half a century and as the list below shows, it remains king.

How much energy will the 2014 World Cup consume?

Posted on June 13, 2014

While the 2014 World Cup is going to be bigger than ever — it's shaping up to be the most watched, most lucrative and expensive tournament in soccer history — it's also going to be one of the biggest energy-consuming, greenhouse gas-spewing World Cups in history.

Peak pollution: China aims for the top so it can go down

Posted on June 12, 2014

City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution.

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