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Cal on July 25th, 2015

The German government plans to give financial compensation to electric power utilities which agree to mothball coal-generation plants and maintain them in standby mode. Terms of the compensation are not yet known. 200 out of 535 US coal power plants have closed since 2010 or about 40% of that country’s electricity production from coal. Over […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2015

Saudi Arabia reported to OPEC its crude oil production was at its highest levels in more than 30 years. The desert kingdom produced 10.56 million barrels of oil per day in June. Another crude oil boom may be in the works off the coast of West Africa.  Tullow Oil is among the early players in […]

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Cal on June 30th, 2015

Two-thirds of known fossil-fuel reserves must be left in the ground if global warming is to be kept at less that 2 degrees C. above pre-industrial levels according to United Nations special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson. “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by […]

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Cal on June 24th, 2015

The International Energy Agency said that a peak in global green house gas emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 if governments implement five key policy measures — banning coal-fired power plants; raising investments in renewable energy sources to US$400 billion by 2030, from US$270 billion currently; phasing out energy subsidies for consumers; energy […]

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Cal on June 22nd, 2015

At the G7 meeting last week the world’s political leaders agreed to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. The G7 countries include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. BP issued its Statistical Review of World Energy 2015.  The highlight was the fact that in […]

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Cal on May 12th, 2015

In recent years, China has embraced coal gasification, which involves treating coal with heat, steam and oxygen to turn it into methane gas that can be sent by pipeline to cities to supply relatively clean heat and power in place of coal. Some 50 of these massive coal-to-methane plants are planned. Global investment in upstream […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2015

In 2014 the US continued to remain the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, exceeding that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia. For the US and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. Saudi Arabia’s production, on the other hand, heavily favors petroleum. […]

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Cal on April 5th, 2015

New Zealand government scientists are looking at ways to extract natural gas frozen in ice beneath the seabed after finding an enormous deposit off the country’s east coast. A solid band of methane hydrates extending from the top of the South island to Poverty Bay in the North Island had been identified during a six-year […]

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