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The Oil Drum

Discussions about energy and our future. You can read more from the Oil Drum at www.theoildrum.com

Drumbeat: April 3, 2013

Inland U.S. oil refiners stung by renewable energy credits (Reuters) – Landlocked U.S. oil refiners short on capacity to blend ethanol are bracing for a spike in costs, unable to export their way out of a sudden rise in the price of renewable energy cr…  More »

Early Bird Closing: Global Energy Systems – June 26-28 2013

It is essential for energy professionals to stay well informed with the latest insights in this evolving world. For this reason, Euan Mearns of The Oil Drum, myself and several others, are organizing the first three-day Global Energy Systems conference…  More »

Early Bird Closing: Global Energy Systems – June 26-28 2013

It is essential for energy professionals to stay well informed with the latest insights in this evolving world. For this reason, Euan Mearns of The Oil Drum, myself and several others, are organizing the first three-day Global Energy Systems conference…  More »

Tech Talk – Future Natural Gas Supplies and Cyprus

This post began as a view on the developments in Cyprus and I am grateful to Gail for the suggestion. It is my fault that it morphed a little from that original simple objective. One problem in marketing natural gas is that there is so much of it comin…  More »

Tech Talk – Future Natural Gas Supplies and Cyprus

This post began as a view on the developments in Cyprus and I am grateful to Gail for the suggestion. It is my fault that it morphed a little from that original simple objective. One problem in marketing natural gas is that there is so much of it comin…  More »

Drumbeat: April 1, 2013

How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world’s leading importer of oil – the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn’t own that dubious distinction. Th…  More »

Drumbeat: March 30, 2013

Have Concerns Over Peak Oil Peaked? It wasn’t that long ago that peak oil was on everybody’s minds. The basic scenario: Global energy demand would soon outstrip the world’s oil supply. Some of the more feverish types believe this will lead to a c…  More »

Drumbeat: March 29, 2013

Egypt calls in favours as credit crunch hits key imports LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has hit breaking point in its ability to pay for imports of oil, wheat and other basic commodities, forcing it to call in diplomatic favours or seek easy payment t…  More »

Our Energy Predicament in Charts

A friend asked me to put together a presentation on our energy predicament. I am not certain all of the charts in this post will go into it, but I thought others might be interested in a not-so-difficult version of the story of the energy predicament w…  More »

Our Energy Predicament in Charts

A friend asked me to put together a presentation on our energy predicament. I am not certain all of the charts in this post will go into it, but I thought others might be interested in a not-so-difficult version of the story of the energy predicament w…  More »

The Mechanical Transmission of Power: Endless Rope Drives

This is a guest post by Kris De Decker, founder and writer at Low-tech Magazine, an internet publication highlighting the need for elegant yet simple sustainable energy technologies. Read the article at Low Tech Magazine. Picture: Wire rope transmissi…  More »

The Mechanical Transmission of Power: Endless Rope Drives

This is a guest post by Kris De Decker, founder and writer at Low-tech Magazine, an internet publication highlighting the need for elegant yet simple sustainable energy technologies. Read the article at Low Tech Magazine. Picture: Wire rope transmissi…  More »

Drumbeat: March 27, 2013

Quake Tied to Oil-Drilling Waste Adds Pressure for Rules Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s biggest recorded earthquake to the disposal of wastewater from oil production, adding to evidence that may lead to greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing f…  More »

Drumbeat: March 25, 2013

Life After Oil and Gas WE will need fossil fuels like oil and gas for the foreseeable future. So there’s really little choice (sigh). We have to press ahead with fracking for natural gas. We must approve the Keystone XL pipeline to get Canadian oil….  More »

Tech Talk – The ExxonMobil Future: A Review

It is the time of year when the major oil companies issue their predictions for the future, and h/t Art Berman, ExxonMobil just released their view of the world, looking forward to 2040. And this is downloadable. If I remember correctly, I first viewe…  More »