Shale Oil

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 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 17th, 2017

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, announced it would no longer finance companies whose main business is the exploration, production, trading, or marketing of crude oil and natural gas from shale or tar sands projects.  The bank will also no longer finance liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals that predominantly liquefy and export gas from shale projects, […]

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Cal on October 13th, 2017

More and more commentators are beginning to question whether the seemingly endless production of US shale oil can continue to put a limit on OPEC’s ability to increase the world price of oil.  Since the slump in world oil prices a couple of years ago, the production of shale oil in the US is certainly […]

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Cal on October 5th, 2017

The government of Scotland announced it has received “overwhelming public support” to ban the practice of fracking for shale oil and gas. Fracking has been under a temporary halt in the country since 2015, and public consultation on its long-term future was carried out earlier this year. 99% of the 60,000 responses opposed fracking. The proposed ban […]

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Cal on October 4th, 2017

HIS Markit says the Permian basin in the US state of Texas holds 60 to 70 billion barrels of shale oil. This is said to be worth $3.3 trillion and could supply every US refinery with crude oil for the next 12 years. These figures are at odds with much lower estimates by the US Energy […]

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Cal on September 29th, 2017

Hedge fund Bridgewater Associates believes that almost half of the jobs in the next two decades will be replaced by artificial intelligence. CEO Ray Dalio said: “By in large, the world is going to largely consist of people who can take language and put it into code, which then allows the computer to operate like a […]

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Cal on September 13th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey appears to be the most destructive event for cars in the history of the US. Based on early estimates floodwaters destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles causing US auto companies to bump up production beyond their original plans for this year. Ethylene is one of the most important petrochemicals on the planet and much […]

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