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Cal on December 20th, 2015

Oil trader John Arnold is expecting one-half of the US energy industry to go bankrupt next year if the world price of oil does not rebound from its current doldrums of almost $35 a barrel. “Come January 1, revenues will experience a pronounced decline for many companies, coinciding with a time of severe stress for […]

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Cal on November 28th, 2015

The global oil industry continues to contract because of the plunge in world crude oil prices. Graves & Co. reports the industry has cut 250,000 jobs and $100 billion in capital spending this year. Baker Hughes says that the US rig count is 54% lower than in a year ago. It is estimated there will […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2015

  The United Nations reported the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India surpasses China to become the largest country. By the end of this century, this figure could increase to more than 11.2 billion. The west African country of Nigeria is expected to be larger than the US by mid-century and […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2015

China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy, 35 years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “time bomb.” The new regulation, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children, could be implemented “as soon as the end […]

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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 May 17th, 2015

Per Capital World Fossil Fuel Production 1800 – 2300 Source: David Archibald, Thorium: the last great opportunity of the industrial age; David Archibald, a visiting fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., is the author of Twilight of Abundance (Regnery, 2014)  

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Cal on May 7th, 2015

Cities currently account for about 66% of global energy use. Forecasters project this figure to rise to 80% as the world’s population shifts to urban centers. Offshore crude oil drillers are bracing for a wave of contract cancellations as energy companies around the world try to cut their costs to cope with continuing low world oil […]

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Cal on April 28th, 2015

In the past 35 years, China has added more than 500 million rural people to its cities. Fossil fuels (coal, crude oil and natural gas) comprise 85% of total energy resources in the world. This figures is expected to decrease to 75% over the next 25 years, according to data from the International Energy Agency. […]

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