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Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

Posted on September 16, 2014

A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels.

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.

Obama's climate plan is leaking methane

Posted on June 8, 2014

Natural gas, which is essentially methane (CH4), may burn cleaner than coal, but what happens when it isn't burned?

Canadian law makes it cheaper to prevent oil sands leaks than clean them up

Posted on June 3, 2014

As the Canadian government pushes a new law rendering pipeline companies liable for all damages from leaks and spills, the only friend to both sides in this polarized world of dirty oil sands is leak prevention technology.

Ukraine: The real energy crisis starts in June

Posted on May 29, 2014

On June 3, Russia plans to reduce the gas supply to Ukraine — and hence, to Europe — if Kiev has failed to pay in advance for next month's gas deliveries, the price for which has been doubled as a result of the political crisis.

China's oil giant at center of corruption probe

Posted on May 27, 2014

Grins were on the faces of China National Petroleum executives this week as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. For some, however, those grins could soon turn to grimaces.

Why hasn't the U.S. gone after Gazprom?

Posted on May 6, 2014

Significantly, the new U.S. list does not include Alexei Miller, CEO of the Russian natural gas state monopoly, Gazprom.

Ukraine falling to economic warfare and its own missteps

Posted on April 15, 2014

As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles.

The most profitable gas in the world

Posted on April 2, 2014

There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia.

White House targets methane emissions

Posted on April 1, 2014

For oil and gas drillers, the prospect of regulations on emissions from flaring and fugitive methane has been watched closely by both the industry and environmental groups for several years now.

Soros promotes oil sales to punish Putin

Posted on March 30, 2014

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros is lobbying for the release of more reserves on the market to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Why Ukraine's next President doesn't matter

Posted on March 27, 2014

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia's annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won't be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections.

Small oil companies eye huge prize in Ghana

Posted on March 26, 2014

West Africa's emerging hotspot of Ghana is one of the best indicators of how the oil and gas playing field is undergoing a major transformation.

Russia looks east as relations with Europe deteriorate

Posted on March 24, 2014

The more or less severing of relations between Russia and Europe will accelerate a Russian pivot towards China.

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