Inner Mongolia’s rivers are feeding China’s coal industry, turning grasslands into desert. In India, thousands of farmers have protested diverting water to coal- fired power plants to produce electricity. The struggle to control the world’s water is intensifying around energy supply. China and India alone plan to build $720 billion of coal-burning plants in two decades, more than twice today’s total power capacity in the U.S.

Surplus global crude oil refining capacity is likely to reach to 4 million b/d next year as the pace of new plants coming onstream in Asia and the Middle East continues to outstrip closures in Europe and the US. OPEC estimated that global refining capacity will grow by 1.3 million and 1.7 million b/d in 2012 and 2013, respectively. At the same time, global oil demand is seen growing at around 900,000 b/d in 2013.

Turkey’s state-run oil firm TPAO plans to start offshore oil exploration on its own in 2013 in the Iskenderun-Mersin region of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex is embarking on a three-year, $200 million program to look for shale gas, including an extension of the Eagle Ford shale formation in the neighbouring US state of Texas.

Sky-high petrol prices are driving cash-strapped people of England out of their cars.  Compelling new evidence from the Department of Transport shows millions of drivers are cutting back their driving mileage. Total traffic levels this spring fell by 1% from the same period last year.

According to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute,  electric and hybrid automobiles make up less than 2% of the total global vehicle output of passenger cars. This year the forecast is for more than 80 million cars to be produced.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that in 2013 there must be 1.3 billion gallons of biodiesel in the country’s transportation fuel mix. This biofuel can be mixed with petroleum in order to create a cleaner burning fossil fuel. Until now ethanol made from corn has been the primary transportation biofuel in the US.

More than 40% of the Pakistani textile industry and around 200,000 power looms have moved to Bangladesh in the last five years due to energy crises in Pakistan and better incentives in Bangladesh.

China consumed 449.5 billion kWh of electricity in August, up 3.6% over last year, according to data released by the country’s National Energy Administration.


with h/t Tom Whipple







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