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BP Boss On Peak Oil

The BBC is reporting BP boss Tony Hayward is predicting peak oil by 2020 and peak demand before then - 'Unreasonable paranoia' about gas supplies. The chief executive of BP has said there is 'unreasonable paranoia' about gas supplies to the UK. In a...

Posted February 5, 2010    

Biofuels: the Biggest Supply Response to the 2000s Oil Shock

Stuart Staniford has a look at how the various types of alternative sources of liquid fuels fared during the last oil price spike - Biofuels: the Biggest Supply Response to the 2000s Oil Shock. There are four kinds of liquid fuel alternatives to...

Posted February 2, 2010    

The Geological Prize Called Haiti ?

Somewhat to my surprise my most highly read article of the past week was an off-the-cuff pointer to some tinfoil about oil in Haiti. F William Engdahl (one time peak oil theorist and now vociferous anti-peak oil and anti-global warming theorist) has...

Posted January 31, 2010    

How will we recharge all the electric cars ?

The Economist has an overly-negative look at the issues involved in recharging electric cars in the US - How will we recharge all the electric cars?. IN THE ten years since hybrid electric vehicles first hit the highways and byways of America, they...

Posted January 30, 2010    

Long queues at port as demand for coal soars

There seem to be plenty of jitters about the Chinese economy, but for now it is sucking in coal rapidly - Long queues at port as demand for coal soars. THE queue of ships at the world's biggest coal port, Newcastle, is near its longest level since...

Posted January 29, 2010    

On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern

Amory Lovins has an article in Foreign Policy on how to solve the myriad problems associated with fossil fuel consumption - On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern. The problems of proliferation, climate change, and oil dependence...

Posted January 28, 2010    

Chevron signs $18bn North West Shelf natural gas deal with Japanese utility

The Australian reports that Chevron are continuing their run of success selling LNG from the north west shelf - Chevron signs $18bn North West Shelf natural gas deal with Japanese utility. US oil major Chevron continues to pull in more deals and...

Posted January 27, 2010    

China setting the world’s oil price ?

The FT has a post pointing to a Goldman Sachs report on the oil market, noting the drop in US demand has been entirely offset by a rise in Chinese demand - China, setting the world’s oil prices . They also point to a report from the IEA, pointing...

Posted January 25, 2010    

Cool roofs: Basking in reflected glory

MNN has a post on the use of white painted roofs to reduce peak electricity demand and make urban areas cooler - Cool roofs: Basking in reflected glory. The U.S. Department of Energy is encouraging the use of reflective paint and "cool roofs" to...

Posted January 25, 2010    

The Electric Car Revolution Will Soon Take to the Streets

Yale Environment 360 has a look at the unfolding transition to electric vehicles - The Electric Car Revolution Will Soon Take to the Streets. Electric cars are a green movement that is finally moving. Shunted to the side as the public indulged its...

Posted January 24, 2010    

The New World Energy Order

The CFR journal Foreign Affairs has a look at the evolving global energy environment - worrying about energy security and global warming but remaining uncomfortably blase about peak oil - The New Energy Order. The last decade has seen an...

Posted January 22, 2010    

Global warming? Don’t blame the electric car

The SMH has an article on the chief of GM's Volt initiative who, bizarrely, is a climate skeptic - but thinks electric cars are inevitable anyway because of peak oil - Global warming? Don’t blame the car. Senior General Motors executive Bob Lutz has...

Posted January 21, 2010