BP Data Suggests We Are Reaching Peak Energy Demand

June 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Peak Demand and Energy Risk

Some people talk about peak energy (or oil) supply. They expect high prices and more demand than supply. Other people talk about energy demand hitting a peak many years from now, perhaps when most of us have electric cars. Neither of these views is correct.[read more]

Why EIA, IEA, and BP Oil Forecasts are Too High

June 12, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Forecasting and Risk

When forecasting how much oil will be available in future years, a standard approach seems to be the following: 1. Figure out how much GDP growth the researcher hopes to have in the future. 2. “Work backward” to see how much oil is needed, based on how much oil was used for a given level of GDP in the past.[read more]

Increasing Carbon Intensity of Global Energy Consumption

June 19, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Energy Carbon Intensity

I have been continuing to look at the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released earlier this week. It is a wonderful resource, kudos to BP. The report includes a graph showing the carbon intensity of global energy consumption from 1965 to 2013.[read more]

The Oil Markets as a Thanksgiving Turkey

June 19, 2014 by Robert Rapier

This week BP released their Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. This is always a big event for energy wonks. My goal is always to flesh out important tidbits that were perhaps overlooked by the media. Here are some of the major findings from this year’s release that have been reported.[read more]

Big Bets in Energy Technology From "Beyond Petroleum"

October 31, 2013 by Rod Adams

BP and Energy Technology

As an energy industry observer with a long memory, I was somewhat bemused by a recent interview aired on Platts Energy Week. Bill Loveless sat down with David Eyton, BP’s head of technology, to talk about the exciting new technologies that his company is developing.[read more]

BP Sees a Return to Grandeur as Gulf Fishermen Reel From Disaster

April 29, 2012 by Rocky Kistner

Photo by Mac MacKenzie

The second memorial of the nation’s worst oil catastrophe has come and gone, forever linked to Earth Day and seared into the psyches of millions of Gulf residents and fishermen. In recent weeks, the media has unleashed a torrent of stories about the devastating impacts of the nation’s worst oil spill disaster; deaths...[read more]

Far from DC, Michigan Residents Fight Their Own Tar Sands Pipeline Battles

March 1, 2012 by Rocky Kistner

As TransCanada announced it would begin building the southern leg of its Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas—setting the stage for a new Congressional battle over the transnational pipeline—Michigan residents are worried about a massive tar sands oil spill that persists in their backyards.  ...[read more]

$1 Billion More Pumping Into U.S. Wind

January 21, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Dire predictions abound for U.S. wind power development if a federal production tax credit dies as scheduled at the end of this year, but projects already in the works appear to retain solid investment appeal. Sempra Energy sure seems to think so. The sprawling California energy company said it is jumping in with BP on a couple of big...[read more]

Media’s Scant Attention to Royal Shell’s 1.68 Million Gallon Spill

January 3, 2012 by Rod Adams

Mainstream media outlets treat nuclear energy in a way that is diametrically different from energy sources that advertise heavily.Advertiser supported media sources wrung their collective hands and did everything they could to promote and extend the legs of the story about damage to the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. That frequently covered...[read more]

A Gulf Chorus Fights BP's PR War

December 31, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

Photo by PJ Hahn

BP's newest PR salvo touting its Gulf cleanup hit a nerve with many residents still struggling to get their lives back (one ad captured this BP beach protest in the background). The oil behemoth's slickly produced pleas for Americans to “come on down” to the Gulf where the weather is warm, the...[read more]

Beyond Solar: BP Exits Business

December 30, 2011 by Doris de Guzman

It has been more than a year when the green blog reported about the closing of BP Solar's manufacturing facility in Maryland, US.According to several news reports last week, BP finally admitted that it can't handle the solar market and told its staff of 100 employees worldwide that it will fold its solar business after  being...[read more]

As Dolphins Die, Gulf Residents Ask, 'What About Us?'

November 6, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

Dolphin found near Gulfport MS last week. Photo: Laurel Lockamy

Willie Seaman of Irvington, AL, lays carpet and floors for a living. But last summer, as the BP well gushed thousands of barrels of oil daily into the Gulf, Seaman signed up with the BP cleanup program, working on a shrimp boat several miles off shore. It was brutally hot and the smell of oil was putrid, Seaman remembers. His...[read more]

Disaster in the Gulf; So What Are We Doing About It?

October 16, 2011 by Rocky Kistner
Photo credit: Mac MacKenzie

In the Gulf, new information is confirming fears that fish and wildlife—and millions of people on the Coast—are being seriously impacted by the 4.9 million barrels of BP oil spewed from the ocean deep last year.   A new report from the Waterkeeper Alliance shows the BP disaster is still unfolding. The...[read more]

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

September 25, 2011 by Rocky Kistner
P.J. Hahn with a damaged pelican and the oil soaked waters of Barataria Bay.

P.J. Hahn has rescued his share of oil-soaked pelicans. As coastal restoration director for Plaquemines Parish, he’s seen the worst of the Louisiana crude that belched uncontrollably from BP’s well a mile below the sea.   But now more than a year after the well was plugged, Hahn has not escaped the oil. And ...[read more]

The Macondo Monkey on BP's Back

September 23, 2011 by Rocky Kistner
Photo: PJ Hahn - Oil from an unknown source floats near fishing grounds of Barataria Bay, LA

Down in the Gulf, oil still is bubbling to the surface near BP’s disastrous Macondo well. Local fishermen know it, environmental watchdogs know it, local journalists know it. Now, five weeks after it was first spotted, the government knows it too. Following repeated BP denials that its well is leaking, the feds have finally taken...[read more]