Tag Archives: energy

Kaplan Book Review

Robert Kaplan has a book review up in the WSJ of “Crude World.” A Gusher Of Trouble Why nations rich in oil are often plagued by poverty and corruption. By ROBERT D. KAPLAN Just as there was the Bronze Age … Continue reading

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Russia Surpasses Saudi Arabia

Russia oil production overtakes Saudi Arabia Russia is extracting more oil than Saudi Arabia, making it the biggest producer of “black gold” in the world, figures show. The statistics, from the OPEC, reflect a trend that has seen the Russians … Continue reading

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Global Trends, Part 6: Energy Reality Check

The Global Trends Final Report says we may be at the cusp of a “Post-Petroleum Age” — but the realistic expectations for renewable sources such as wind and solar will remain an extremely small portion of world energy supplies. And … Continue reading

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Nuclear Resilience

This is something for John Robb, proof of the ongoing trend of community resilience. Will be interesting to see how/if this pans out. Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on … Continue reading

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Cuba’s Big Oil Find?

The BBC has Cuba finding 20 billion barrels offshore. Background: Cuba has suffered from blackouts countrywise since 2004. Last year, high metal prices have boosted Cuban revenue from nickel and Cobalt. Due to ongoing electricity shortages, the government has continued … Continue reading

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A Tyrant’s Habits Die Hard

Libya is no longer listed as a sponsor of terrorism by the US, but don’t forget that Libya remains a dictatorship ruled at the pleasure of Moammar Gadhafi. Just Wednesday, Libya’s state-owned oil company Tamoil said that it stopped all … Continue reading

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Quick Nuclear News

Today’s nuclear news unsurprisingly involves Russia, both times. First of all, Russia and Venezuela may sign a cooperation agreement leading Russia to construct nuclear power plants and supply the necessary fuel for them. Putin greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on … Continue reading

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Angola beats Nigeria

No, I’m not talking about the Olympics. Angola recently beat out Nigeria to become Africa’s largest oil producer, exceeding its 1.9 million barrel a day OPEC quota. Angola shows that, while mega producers such as Saudi Arabia cannot meet the … Continue reading

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China-Japan relations change lanes

Until today I have stayed quiet regarding the excitement around the “deal between China and Japan”:http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200806160305.html to “jointly” develop gas fields in the disputed EEZ region of the East China Sea. I have been cautious because rather than seeing an … Continue reading

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The Scramble For…well…Everything

The Scramble for Africa was a quick proliferation of often conflicting European colonial claims on Africa. While imperialism was initially an indirect process, i.e. ruling or influencing the through locals, it ultimately led to outright annexation and centralized control of … Continue reading

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