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A Global Warming President Presides Over Drill-Baby-Drill America

We should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. But the opposite is occurring. U.S. oil consumption climbed by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone and is set to rise again both this year and next.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields

The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Companies Take Trillion Dollar Gamble

Oil companies are using investors’ money on high-risk extraction projects based on the dubious belief that oil prices will go on rising, and with little regard for climate change factors.

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Oil Rail Disaster

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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws U.S. Threats

Russia has rejected U.S. criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis.

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Oil Spill

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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

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Two Giant Oil Pipelines Would Double Tar Sands Production

Two new pipeline projects announced earlier this month would bring to market a “neck-breaking 1.1 million barrels of oil per day” and almost double the region’s daily petroleum output to 760,000 barrels without requiring President Obama’s approval.

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Oil on the Tracks

More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents in 2013 than in the previous 37 years combined.

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B-i-g O-i-l M-o-u-s-e

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Peak Oil Is Dead

Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil”—the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline—was thoroughly discredited. The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional fuels in the United States helped put it in its grave.

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Crude Oil Made From Algae May Compete With Cheap Petroleum

Scientists can turn the sea plants into oil in less than 60 minutes; the FDA is forcing antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove the efficacy of their product or take it off the shelves; meanwhile, America’s state borders would look very different if many had their way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Team Makes Oil From Algae—Fast

Although it’s still a long way from commercial viability, a U.S. team has produced oil from algae in less than an hour, in contrast with the millions of years the natural process needs.

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Indigenous Groups Win Right to Try to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets

A Canadian court Tuesday granted Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen the right to attempt to seize the oil giant’s Canadian assets due to a 2011 decision in an Ecuadorean court that found the company liable for nearly three decades of soil and water pollution and the ruined health and livelihoods of people living in nearby areas of the Amazon rainforest.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


Healthful Tar Sands

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Energy Investors Pile On the Pressure

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that moves toward a global low-carbon economy could leave many of their assets worthless.

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Petroleum corporations are warned they may face a damaging backlash if they try to resist mounting pressure and high profile campaigning for climate change legislation.

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Climate-Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform.

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Fracking

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Flaring Lights Up North Dakota

By burning gas released from its rapidly-growing oil industry, North Dakota is adding to greenhouse gas emissions and wasting about a billion dollars annually, a report says.

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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

A vast, globally important river basin in Canada five times the size of France is at great risk from a potential catastrophic oil spill from the mining of tar sands.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Gas Prices Suck

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Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


Mother’s Day

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Big Oil

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Gas Price and Recovery

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Fracking

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Fracking

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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Needs

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Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

In the way he has engaged in the geopolitics of oil as part of an American struggle for dominance among the major powers, President Obama’s global energy policies bear an eerie likeness to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Trouble in Little North Dakota

With 18 million Americans unemployed, thousands from across the country are flocking to North Dakota amid an oil boom there. The state now produces more oil than many members of OPEC and could soon make America the world’s top oil producer.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Study Raises New Concerns About Fracking

A study into the safety of gas drilling in New York state’s Marcellus Shale concludes that natural faults and fractures, exacerbated by the effects of fracking, could allow chemicals to reach the surface and contaminate drinking water supplies much sooner than experts previously predicted.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Oil as a Public Good: Coming to Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has infuriated Spanish oil barons by proposing a bill that would recover a majority share of a petroleum company from a foreign firm that has owned it since the early ’90s.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Backed Into the Corner

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A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Pipeline Politics

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Danger Waters

In 2012 and beyond, energy and conflict will be bound ever more tightly together, lending increasing importance to the key geographical flashpoints in our resource-constrained world.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Future of Fossil Fuels

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Spring Poetry

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Petroleumville

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Don’t Drill, Baby, Drill

Just a month after President Obama’s rightward lunge into the realm of political appeasement known as offshore drilling, the administration reinstituted a ban on new drilling as it investigates the causes of the rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Iraq’s Oil for Iraq

In an announcement that was one part election hackery and one part good domestic politics, the Iraqi prime minister has declared that his country will not sell the rights to any more of its oil fields to foreign companies, a move that signals an intent by Iraq to develop its own national oil industry.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


Can Nukes Save the Planet? Not So Fast

You may have seen the bumper stickers: “Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Power.” With oil prices high and the planet cooking, some prominent green voices want us to reconsider nuke plants. Long before Monday’s earthquake in Japan started a nuclear plant fire (causing a radioactive water leak), writer Rebecca Solnit was trying to stop this line of thinking in its tracks, calling it defeatist and naive.

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