Cal on February 17th, 2018

In its latest Energy Outlook to 2040, ExxonMobile projects global transportation-related energy demand will increase by close to 30% by 2040. At the same time, total miles traveled per year by cars, sport utility vehicles and light trucks will increase about 60%. Exxon predicts a rise in electric vehicles as well as efficiency improvements in conventional […]

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Cal on January 3rd, 2018

The United Nation reports almost one half of the world’s population lives in countries with below replacement fertility, i.e. with a total fertility rate below 2.1 births per woman. The world population is currently 7.6 billion people. This figure is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and surpass 11.2 billion in 2100. […]

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Cal on December 15th, 2017

  The world’s first solar-powered train goes into service this weekend, with a 3 kilometer route in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Operated by the Byron Bay Railroad Company, the train is designed to be powered fully by solar panels and electric motors. The train was retrofit from a classic passenger train which used to […]

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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 October 8th, 2017

Airbus plans to put its electric flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation late next year. This announcement came after a successful full-scale ground test of the vertical take-off and landing vehicle’s propulsion system. The vehicle is entirely battery-powered (with electric 100 kilowatt motors), uses a four propeller design to navigate through crowded cities, and can […]

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Cal on July 26th, 2017

 “Fossil fuels are dead. That’s a long-term view. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be in two or three years. But it’s going away, in my view.” —-  Hunter Harrison, CEO of CSX, one of the largest railroads hauling coal in the United States; Mr. Harrison said he will no longer […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2017

Recent estimates of methane gas hydrate deposits around the world suggest that they contain perhaps more organic carbon than all the world’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal combined. Once extracted, 1 cubic metre of methane hydrate releases 164 cubic metres of conventional natural gas. Estimates very from 10,000 trillion cubic feet to more than 100,000 […]

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Cal on June 13th, 2017

Last year, for the 5th straight year, the US was the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. US hydrocarbon production in energy content terms is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. US crude oil production will, for the first time in nearly 50 years, climb to 10 million barrels per day […]

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