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Tar Sands vs. EVs

August 20 2014 | 5:55 pm

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Oil Sands, North America, Read This It's pretty common knowledge - especially if you're the type to regularly visit sites such as AutoblogGreen and its ilk - that it's simply cheaper to drive a mile on electrical power than on gasoline. We also know that it is inefficient to convert oil sands into usable fuel relative to other sources of oil. Yet the demand for gasoline remains high, mining the tar sands of Canada remains profitable and it has also undeniably created a lot of jobs, so that petroleum is coming out of the ground. For a deeper look at the economics, look at this article from Hybrid Cars, which breaks down (and even quantifies) what is involved in producing gasoline from the bitumen mined in places like Fort McMurray, Alberta, a...

The Missing Oil Crisis of 2014

August 6 2014 | 6:19 am

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Condensate Pries Open the Oil Export Lid

July 18 2014 | 6:23 am

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ISIS Threatens Iraq's Oil Upside

July 9 2014 | 4:00 am

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An Expensive Subsidy, Twisting in the Wind

May 16 2014 | 8:37 am

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ExxonMobil Confronts the Carbon Bubble

April 22 2014 | 9:21 am

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ABCs of LNG

April 15 2014 | 6:30 am

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Fuel Cell Cars and the Shale Revolution

April 9 2014 | 6:30 am

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Making Oil-by-Rail Safer

March 19 2014 | 6:51 am

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Energy Risks of the Ukraine Crisis

March 4 2014 | 10:43 am

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A Solar Car for the Masses?

February 18 2014 | 9:40 am

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US Oil Demand Returns to Growth

February 13 2014 | 8:16 am

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The Pros and Cons of Exporting US Crude Oil

January 28 2014 | 2:43 pm

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Canadian government to spend $22 million on green washing tar sands

January 11 2014 | 2:24 pm

Filed under: Legislation and Policy, Oil Sands, North America Apparently, the oil companies strip mining Alberta, Canada for its bitumen don't have money for a green-washing PR campaign. Lucky for them, the Harper government is ready to spend $22 million on their behalf this year. We guess the savings that were realized by destroying libraries full of environmental data will come in handy. (Yes, that happened.) So, if you haven't had the warm & fuzzies about the petroleum extracted from the CO2-intensive tar sands that have created a 7,500-mile ring of elevated mercury levels and created thousands of acres of leaking lakes of toxic tailings, there's still hope you can be won over. The ads are expected to air later this year. Since there is not yet a clip yet available of what we can...

Will These Oil Companies Invest in Iran?

December 5 2013 | 9:36 am

Iran is already gearing up for a removal of its sanctions, engaging in talks with Western oil production majors...

Marathon (NYSE: MPC) Reveals $4 Billion Cash Flow Strategy

December 5 2013 | 7:52 am

In the interest of stabilizing its cash flow over the next three years, Marathon Petroleum plans to invest more heavily in its midstream businesses, which includes pipeline transport and its Speedway convenience stores.

Boosting Natural Gas Demand

December 4 2013 | 2:01 pm

Natural gas production is high. The next step is boosting demand. And a number of companies have plans to start using natural gas for everything from cargo ships to trains...

Keystone XL to Come Online

December 4 2013 | 12:25 pm

TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) announced that part of its Keystone XL pipeline will come online in January...

Investors Pony Up $4.2 Million for Pipeline Robots

December 4 2013 | 8:48 am

The crumbling infrastructure spans the entire United States, but a new army of pipeline robots are being developed and deployed to repair more than 900,000 miles of water mains.

Egypt Offers $1.5B Payback to Oil Companies

December 4 2013 | 7:21 am

Racked with political and social upheaval, Egypt hopes to convince oil investors not to abandon hope for the country yet.

U.S.-Canada Pipeline Approved!

December 3 2013 | 2:12 pm

A cross-border pipeline supporting Canada's tar-sands in Alberta has finally been approved! But it isn't what you expect...

The Million-Barrel Daily Oil Jackpot

December 3 2013 | 12:34 pm

Keith Kohl reveals to readers the only sure bet in oil today.

A New Direction for E-Readers

December 3 2013 | 12:03 pm

The consumer e-reader market has shrunk due to the prevalence of affordable, full-color LCD tablets, but a new type of device could turn things around for e-paper.

Bitcoin ATMs

December 3 2013 | 8:31 am

In Turkey's Ataturk Airport, travelers can find a kiosk that allows them to change their foreign currency into Bitcoins...

Shell's (NYSE: RDS.A) Offshore LNG Facility Takes Major Step Forward

December 3 2013 | 7:14 am

Shell has passed a major milestone in its goal of making the world's largest floating liquefied natural gas facility.

Woodford Shale Stocks

December 2 2013 | 2:00 pm

Investors have been shying away from the Woodford shale because of the low natural gas prices plaguing producers. But natural gas isn't the only thing this play has to offer...

Amazon Drones: Not Ready for Takeoff

December 2 2013 | 10:54 am

Amazon wants to dot the sky with smiling octocopter drones that deliver packages in half an hour or less. Is this futuristic goal possible?

Investing in the Magnolia LNG Project

December 2 2013 | 8:32 am

U.S. LNG projects, like the Lake Charles, Louisiana Magnolia LNG project, are moving forward. But are they going quickly enough?

A Groundbreaking FDA Decision

December 2 2013 | 7:27 am

These recently approved devices, and the similar ones that will follow, are set to completely disrupt the conventional model of medicine...

Hess (NYSE: HES) Sells Indonesian Stake to the Tune of $1.3B

December 2 2013 | 7:21 am

As a part of its strategy to eliminate high-risk assets from its portfolio, Hess has sold two of its Indonesian properties for over a billion dollars.

University of Maryland study reiterates Peak Oil threat

December 2 2013 | 5:57 am

Filed under: Etc., Transportation Alternatives, Oil Sands Just because gas prices have been steadily declining since March doesn't mean we should all get comfortable with the idea of lower refueling costs and a dependable fuel supply. In fact, a University of Maryland study titled "Economic Vulnerability to Peak Oil" pushes the panic button a bit. The study, published in Global Environmental Change (GEC), says peak oil production will likely occur before 2030 and has a pretty good chance of taking place before the end of this decade, after which it's theoretically all downhill. And while Peak Oil naysayers point to Canadian tar sands and shale wells as potential oil-production areas, the Maryland study says they will do little to help prevent the potential global economic crisis spurred...

Arkoma Basin Investing

November 27 2013 | 12:11 pm

U.S. shale plays like the Marcellus and Eagle Ford may be receiving all the hype, but the Arkoma Basin has some real winners in its boundaries...

Dropbox IPO

November 27 2013 | 12:11 pm

Dropbox is gearing up for another round of funding which will put its valuation at $8 million. Is the next step going public?

Waste-to-Energy Investing

November 27 2013 | 8:33 am

The next generation of waste-to-energy technology could come in the form of bacterial robots. These are robots that can turn wastewater into electricity and usable biogas. The robots are housed in fuel cells and can transition your sink and toilet drains into power-producing utilities.

Canada's Future in Natural Gas

November 26 2013 | 12:34 pm

Energy and Capital's Keith Kohl explains to readers why Canada holds the most undervalued gas resources on earth.

'Snake Oil' author says history should remind us of fracking's 'false promise'

August 6 2013 | 9:59 am

Filed under: Legislation and Policy, Natural Gas, Oil Sands, USA At least one author is warning consumers not to be fooled by relatively steady gas prices and prognostications of plentiful petroleum. Richard Heinberg, in his book Snake Oil: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future is warning people that any prediction that the world has staved off the prospect of diminishing returns on continued oil drilling is inaccurate, and that the recent increase in supply may merely accelerate the overall decline. Heinberg says we need to look to history, pointing out that oil industry members and some US government agencies were trumpeting oil abundance a decade ago. They said oil prices would remain under $25 a barrel, but it was the so-called "Peakists" who forecast the price s...

True cost of oil: ExxonMobil pipeline spills in Arkansas

April 3 2013 | 9:55 am

Filed under: Green Culture, Legislation and Policy, Oil Sands The controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver tar sands oil mined in Alberta, Canada to Texas for cleanup and then return it to Canada has a number of serious issues and points of contention. Among the debates going on in Washington are which route would be used and what, exactly, are the risks of environmental disasters. We have another example of what the Keystone XL might bring now that ExxonMobil is dealing with a pipeline rupture in Mayflower, AR in its Pegasus pipeline. The oil company is cleaning up thousands of barrels of heavy Canadian crude oil spilled from an Arkansas pipeline Friday, March 29. The pipeline is about 65 years old and broke near a housing development in Mayflower, streaming oil across yard...
Apocalypse Now and Then

The Long Emergency

Update: Daily Peak Oil News Feeds and Submissions

Peak Oil Feed As a part of our continued site upgrades, we are now offering 4 new services: daily peak oil news feeds, the ability to submit peak oil articles (with HTML), a submission form for link exchanges and/or RSS feeds, and a RSS feed tool for peak oil webmasters. We hope these new features will provide a better resource for our visitors while giving webmasters and bloggers a new way to increase their online visibility. The subject of oil depletion and world energy supplies is increasing on a daily basis - we are dedicated to improving our site in order to meet the growing public ...

World Energy Predictions 2006-2030

World Energy OutlookThe World Energy Outlook (WEO) is a yearly energy forecast published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The 2006 report urges the international community to invest heavily in energy efficiency in order to avoid a global economic crisis. Governments will need to invest at least $20 billion into the energy infrastructure over the next 25 years to meet the growing worldwide demand for electronic technologies and gadgets. Demand for oil and energy resources from industrialized nations like China are expected ...
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American Oil Depletion in Canada

Canadian OilCanadian oil wells supply a large percentage of American natural gas and oil imports. Satisfying America’s prodigious energy appetite depends on the continued availability of Canadian energy sources. About 25 percent of the crude oil and 80 percent of the natural gas imported into the United States come from our very accommodating neighbor to the north. More than half of the fuel pumped out of Canadian wells heads south to keep us Yankees warm and happily tooling about on our highways. What happens when Canada runs out of its oil and natural gas resources? What will this mean for the economies of both Canada and the United States? Even though the Canadian economy is no less dependent on hydrocarbon energy ...

North American Energy Consumption

Energy ConsumptionWhenever the price of gas rises, North Americans begin to talk about driving less. Recent oil price trends have seen a noticeable reduction in SUV sales and have hit the large automobile manufacturers hard. Middle class America has been hit hardest by the rising cost of living; higher taxes and mortgages, car payments and the rising price of home and vehicle energy. Large suburban homes require large amounts of heat, electricity (for lighting) and air conditioning. Most households have two or more full-sized cars which are used to travel far distances for education and employment. All of these factors ...

Energy Supply Solutions

Energy SuppliesLou Grinzo, a technical writer and bachelor in economics, is working hard to raise awareness about the peak oil situation in two ways. First, he is trying to introduce people to the major trends in energy development and talk about what can be done for the future. Second, he wants to give people the references they'll need to fact-check his information. He says that he's been an 'energy geek' since the 1973 oil crisis, and he is obsessed with gaining knowledge about global energy economics and supplies. His take on energy resources is not as pessimistic as some, he believes oil will not become as expensive as some experts believe because the price ...

Global Ecosystem Collapse - WWF Report

Future EcosystemEvery other year, the World Wildlife Fund publishes the Living Planet Report, which charts trends in the world's ecosystem biodiversity and the human ecological footprint. The most recent report update released Oct 24th, 2006 warns of a worldwide ecosystem collapse within 50 years. The WWF report urges that we must reduce global consumption by at least half of current trends in order to avoid a serious global catastrophe. The world's natural resource depletion is currently escalating "at a rate unprecedented in human history". Growth in demand for raw materials, food and energy is having a devastating impact on the earth's ability to sustain natural biodiversity and clean air. The ...

World Oil Reserves and Supply Statistics

Oil SupplyGlobal oil resources are at times difficult to measure. World oil statistics are available from a variety of sources, but no one can make an accurate prediction of when and where new oil deposits will be found, or how much oil exists in these unknown locations. In order to be able to predict the date when oil supplies will run out, we need to have a grasp of how many supplies currently remain. Future geo-technologies may allow us to better analyze oil deposits, but until then we have to rely on the data we have. Here is a comprehensive listing of research sources for current oil supply statistics. » Source: Peak Oil Statistics ...

2006 Boston ASPO World Oil Conference

Peak Oil ConferenceThe 2006 Boston World Oil Conference will be held October 27th and 28th at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts . Time for Action: A Midnight Ride for Peak Oil is co-hosted by ASPO-USA and Boston University. ASPO USA announces the second “Dialogue with the Experts,” a high-level conference to discuss impacts of and responses to a peak in world oil production. Experts will provide current information and oil supply statistics along with alalysis of alternative energy research and technology. Attendants at this year's peak oil conference will have the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns. » Source: ...

Low Gas Prices = Demand Increase

Gas PricesAmericans are celebrating plunging gasoline prices by hitting the roads. After barely rising during the summer months, gasoline demand rose swiftly in September, the American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday. Deliveries of gasoline to U.S. service stations, a proxy for demand, rose more than 4% in September from the same month a year ago. That number was boosted by the comparison with September 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted deliveries. But even excluding the hurricane effects, gas demand likely was up approximately 2% in September, API economist Ron Planting says. That's about triple the average increase over the prior six months and the biggest gain since August 2005. » Source: USA Today ...

Global Oil Addiction Alternatives

Global OilThe economic growth of many nations is exclusively linked to the international oil production economy. This fact results in increased resouce competition between the great powers, and as we have seen in recent U.S. foreign policy, war and conflict are born from these factors. The growing energy needs of Asian nations such as China and Japan are only likely to increase the political tension during the coming decades. America needs to lead by example by investing heavily in renewable energy research and technology. Not only will this leadership help lessen the growing energy needs in the continental United States, but it will also go ...