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Cal on December 11th, 2017

  ITER, an international project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, said it is facing delays if the US does not reconsider budget cuts. ITER’s director said the US contribution had been cut from a planned $105 million to $50 million this year and its 2018 budget cut from a planned […]

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Cal on December 5th, 2017

A study by McKinsey Global Institute projects up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to robotic automation by 2030. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest. Wealthy countries like the US and Germany […]

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Cal on November 29th, 2017

Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras announced has started to produce crude oil and natural gas from the giant deepwater Libra field in the Atlantic Ocean. The field is estimated to hold between 8 billion and 12 billion barrels of crude oil. The Petrobras rig expects to reach 30,000 barrels per day in early 2018 with the potential to reach […]

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Cal on November 14th, 2017

China’s largest oil company Sinopec, one of that country’s top banks, and its sovereign wealth fund agreed to develop a $43 billion natural gas project in the US state of Alaska. When will we reach peak oil demand?  Royal Dutch Shell and Norway’s Statoil predict crude oil demand could reach its high as soon as 2025 […]

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Cal on November 6th, 2017

In The Geopolitics of Energy Joseph Nye writes about how the discovery of shale oil in the US has changed the balance of international political power in the world. The International Monetary Fund estimates Saudi Arabia will need crude oil prices at about $70 per barrel in 2018 for its budget to break even, a dramatic […]

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Cal on October 29th, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s minister of energy said population growth and rising living standards across most of the developing world would see energy demand continue to soar in the coming decades. “Energy demand is expected to rise by about 45 percent by the year 2050, that is a huge amount of new energy supply that needs to […]

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Cal on October 15th, 2017

Australian airline Qantas announced it will use biofuels on its flights from Los Angeles International airport starting in 2020. The firm said it will purchase 30 million litres annually of a 50/50 blend of plant-derived biofuel and conventional fuel to power its flights between Los Angeles and Australia. US bioenergy company SG Preston will supply the […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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