Energy (Geo)-Politics

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China’s Natural Gas Paradigm Shift

China practically dominates the energy news of the day. The long-term effects will be far wider than the stories now fixating the American public. Last month the big news coming out of China’s Oil Patch was Beijing’s startling, if not long overdue, corruption allegations against one of its state-own ...

Commentary: China’s Shale Gas Ambitions Still Face Massive Hurdles

China is still pressing ahead with its shale gas ambitions though numerous hurdles continue to hinder those goals. Shale gas is supposed to boost the nation’s natural gas supply which is in dire need. China today draws about 4 percent of its energy needs from natural gas and more than 70 percent fro ...

Is the US Falling Behind Canada in Exporting LNG to Japan?

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark landed in Washington D.C. on Friday to promote Canadian liquefied natural gas. And Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two weeks prior made his first official visit to Canada to work on building a long-term energy relationship between the two countries. ...

Commentary: Study sheds light on truth of methane and drilling

The question of whether natural gas is a ‘clean’ fuel is hotly debated amongst food columnists and the current U.S. Secretary of Energy alike. The debate has been fueled by scientific uncertainty; measuring methane emissions has been difficult because data is hard to obtain. ...

Not Business As Usual: China’s Oil Majors Are No Longer Invincible

CNPC (along with its publically listed subsidiary PetroChina) and Sinopec have seen better days. The two Chinese oil majors have been humbled in recent weeks as the former is being subjected to Beijing’s tightening anti-graft noose and the latter just lost a billion dollar international court case. ...

Commentary: US natural gas exports hit series of roadblocks

This week that the Department of Energy (DOE) tentatively approved a fourth non-FTA permit to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Secretary Moniz is credited with improving the speed with which his Department has moved on exports, having approved three permits in his short tenure compared to one und ...

National Geographic and the Statue of Liberty

For 125 years, National Geographic has enjoyed a reputation as a scientific and educational organization. It is so trusted that if a topic is covered within the pages of National Geographic, it has been accepted without question. Most of us grew up reading it in the classroom, and later, in the doct ...

Commentary: Energy exports — America cannot afford to delay

As global demand for energy increases, competition over oil and gas exports has intensified. This is how The Wall Street Journal portrays the situation in a recently published piece, “U.S. and Canada Vie for Big Gas Projects.” The article specifically notes competition from our northern neighbors on ...

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