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Tuvalu is Rising, Not Shrinking

Tuvalu is Rising, Not Shrinking
Tuvalu, the poster child for sea level rise, is not shrinking but rather is actually growing!

Tuvalu’s prime minister has said that Tuvalu was ‘the world’s first victim of climate change,’ and that ‘the greenhouse effect and sea level rise threaten the very heart of our existence.’ 1

How wrong he was!

By Jack Dini - Friday, February 16, 2018 - Full Story

Alaska outdoorsman, a longtime opponent of ANWR drilling, admits he can’t defend that position

Alaska outdoorsman, a longtime opponent of ANWR drilling, admits he can't defend that position
It’s hard to believe it took more than 30 years to get Congress to approve drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska - not only because Republicans had control of Congress and the White House during the Bush years and could have done it then, but also because the arguments against it are so transparently absurd.

Democrats’ insistence that delicate ecosystems would be thrown out of whack by a tiny postage stamp of oil exporation on thousands of square miles of land never made any sense. People pictured unfortunate caribou getting doused with gushers of crude, but the reality is nothing like that an never has been.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Full Story

It’s weather, not climate change, Governor Brown

It's weather, not climate change, Governor Brown
2017 featured incredibly intense, damaging wildfires in California: first the Wine Country fires of October, and later the massive Thomas Fire in December. Each destroyed hundreds of homes, the latter in many of the affluent suburbs and enclaves northwest of Los Angeles and Hollywood.

The Thomas Fire is the largest in modern California history, with over 1000 structures destroyed. The fires and subsequent mudslides killed over 60 people and left many others severely burned or injured.

By Guest Column -- Robert W. Endlich- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Full Story

Coffee threatened by climate change, disease, pests

Coffee threatened by climate change, disease, pests
According to connoisseurs, the tastiest of coffee beans come from the Coffea arabica shrub, a fragile weakling that is susceptible to diseases and pests. And climate change isn’t making things any easier for the plant. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, reports that although coffee producers and scientists agree that C. arabica is under siege, they don’t agree on what to do about it.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Full Story

Clean Oil That Only Costs $20

Clean Oil That Only Costs $20
The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution.

Oil production has risen by 5 million barrels per day (bpd) since 2010, an increase of nearly 100 percent. New technology, particularly techniques in shale oil drilling, has opened up vast new opportunities for oil and gas companies.

The proof is in the numbers. In 2017, the United States averaged 9.3 million bpd. This year, the EIA predicts that U.S. oil and gas production will reach record levels, averaging 10.3 million barrels bpd to surpass the record reached in 1970 (9.6 million bpd).

By -- James Stafford- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Full Story

Health Aspects of Alcohol

Health Aspects of Alcohol
There are a lot of mixed messages about alcohol. On the one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits. On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it.

The truth is that the health effects of alcohol are actually quite complex. They vary between individuals and depend on the amount consumed and the type of alcoholic beverage. 1

By Jack Dini - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Full Story

Lease the OCS—to benefit all Americans

Lease the OCS--to benefit all Americans
Under the current offshore energy program developed during the Obama years, 94% of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is off limits to leasing and drilling. Under the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) announced January 4 by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, over 90% of OCS acreage and 98% of “undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources” in these federal offshore areas (beyond the 3-mile limit of state waters) will be considered for possible future leasing, exploration and development.

The Trump-Zinke plan proposes the largest number of lease sales in US history: 19 off Alaska, 7 in the Pacific, 9 in the Atlantic, and 12 in the Gulf of Mexico (where the vast majority of leasing, drilling and production have taken place over the past 65 years). Government experts estimate that these areas could hold 90 billion barrels of oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, worth over $6.5 trillion.

By Paul Driessen - Friday, February 9, 2018 - Full Story

Oil and Energy Security: Another Fallen “Market Failure”

Oil and Energy Security: Another Fallen Market Failure
Rising Oil Prices Give U.S. An Edge in Global Energy,” a front-page headline in the New York Times read last week. And with that, another “market failure” argument against the consumer-driven U.S. petroleum industry bit the dust, joining the “peak oil” argument for government intervention in order to usher in a post-hydrocarbon age.

Actually, the “peak oil” and “energy security” arguments are different sides of the same coin. The doubling of domestic oil production in the last decade to ten million barrels per day has resulted in a two-thirds-plus decline in US net oil imports (to 19 percent).

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Full Story

Oil Prices Ravaged By Financial Turmoil

Oil Prices Ravaged By Financial Turmoil
Oil prices fell back suddenly over the last few trading sessions, dragged down by some forces beyond the oil market.

The steady decline of the U.S. dollar has helped drive up crude prices for weeks, but that came to an abrupt halt last week. A rebound for the greenback led to a steep decline in oil prices on Friday.

At the same time, sudden turmoil in the broader financial system also bled over into the oil market. Volatility in the stock market flared up on Friday, sparking the sharpest single-day upheaval in years.

By -- Nick Cunningham- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Full Story

Can Israel help solve Cape Town’s water crisis?

Can Israel help solve Cape Town’s water crisis?
Within three months, South Africa’s capital city and biggest tourist destination may become the first major city in the world to run out of water.

The four million residents of Cape Town will have their water supplies cut off unless the city manages to reduce daily consumption by 20 percent. The “Day Zero” shutdown is expected for mid-May 2018 and is recalculated every week based on current reservoir capacity and daily consumption.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Full Story

Cypress closing in on billion-ton resource in Nevada’s Clayton Valley

Cypress closing in on billion-ton resource in Nevada's Clayton Valley
As interest in battery metals continues (it was a major theme at this week’s Vancouver Resource Investment Conference), investors are on the hunt for lithium plays that will “hit it out of the park” Ie. find a high-grade discovery hole or identify a significant resource of lithium carbonate, to support the trend towards increased electrification of vehicles that require more and more lithium and other battery metals like cobalt and graphite.

As I have suggested before, the most promising of the early-stage lithium explorers is Cypress Development Corp (TSX.V:CYP), whose project in Nevada’s Clayton Valley is close to the only producing lithium mine in the United States, yet with a very interesting geological footprint that is unlike any other property in the valley. And with excellent results from a 2017 drill program recently released and plenty of blue sky upside, this is perhaps THE lithium junior to watch in 2018.

By Rick Mills - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Full Story

Paul Krugman Should Love President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Paul Krugman Should Love President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

America’s most famous Keynesian, economist Paul Krugman, predictably used his New York Times column to excoriate President Trump’s State of the Union infrastructure proposal. Yet ironically, Krugman’s own positions on the economy and climate change should lead him to applaud Trump’s ideas. This is just another episode where Krugman displays his partisanship, rather than fidelity to his ostensible goals for the public.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Full Story

Can The Shale Boom Avoid These Bottlenecks?

Can The Shale Boom Avoid These Bottlenecks?
Shale companies continue to drill at a frenzied pace, adding rigs and breaking U.S. oil production levels with each passing week. Yet, the oil production is becoming increasingly geographically concentrated. Not only is the Permian basin accounting for much of the new oil production in the U.S., but a relatively small number of counties within the Permian are home to most of that action.

The drilling craze in the Permian has been going on for some time, but activity continues to pick up pace. The rig count in the Permian has surged over the past year, and jumped by 18 in the most recent week for which data is available, to 427, the highest total for the basin since early 2015.

By -- Nick Cunningham- Friday, February 2, 2018 - Full Story

A Mid-Winter Special—Groundhog Musings

A Mid-Winter Special -- Groundhog Musings
Dear Cousin Punxsutawney Phil,

Cordial thanks for your response to my letter of last year to our Aunt Climate. I think you were right on target and our great aunt has listened to our gripes. Of course, she’s not alone; as you know the U.S. President, in his speech on the State of the Union, a couple of nights ago, did not even mention “climate change” once. Presumably, he had read the letter too and him and aunty agreed to finally boost the production of that formerly claimed “evil-extraordinaire,” the trace gas carbon dioxide, also known as CO2 in the atmosphere.

As mentioned, everyone needs a just climate, with the customary four seasons as they come. Who would really want to live in a climate that does not vary, day-in and day-out?  As I think, we all would find it quite boring; what would we have to talk about with strangers if not about the weather?  Enough of that climate nonsense though.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

The Ever-Expanding Wind PTC

The Ever-Expanding Wind PTC
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the economics of wind energy. In a recent earnings call, James Robo, CEO of NextEra Energy, predicted that within a decade the cost of wind generation would be more competitive “without incentives” than conventional sources like coal and natural gas. NextEra is one of the largest generators of wind and solar electricity.

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the $18 million lobbying arm of the wind industry, stated in 2016 that “wind is now the cheapest source of new electric generating capacity” in many parts of the United States. Kiernan is also fond of saying that the wind industry is getting out of the federal subsidy business altogether because of a provision in the PATH Act of 2015 that gradually phases down the industry’s main federal subsidy, known as the Production Tax Credit (PTC). In an interview defending the PTC from being modified in the recent tax reform law, Kiernan implied that the industry will no longer be receiving the federal subsidy because “we made a deal to drop our tax credit to zero over five years.” Tom is right, the subsidy phases down, but a closer look at the mechanics of the PTC shows that the wind industry will still be receiving billions in federal subsidies well beyond 2020.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

Why Is The Shale Industry Still Not Profitable?

Why Is The Shale Industry Still Not Profitable?
Echoing the criticism of too much hype surrounding U.S. shale from the Saudi oil minister last week, a new report finds that shale drilling is still largely not profitable. Not only that, but costs are on the rise and drillers are pursuing “irrational production.”

Riyadh-based Al Rajhi Capital dug into the financials of a long list of U.S. shale companies, and found that “despite rising prices most firms under our study are still in losses with no signs of improvement.” The average return on asset for U.S. shale companies “is still a measly 0.8 percent,” the financial services company wrote in its report.

By -- Nick Cunningham- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Full Story

A New, Unanticipated Oil World

A New, Unanticipated Oil World
A letter in a November 1999 edition of the Oil & Gas Journal, “Running Out of Oil,” written by an industry consultant, stated 11 facts and predictions. Far from unusual, his facts were generally correct and his prognostications mainstream.

U.S. oil production was in decline in the 1990s. Oil imports were rising. This led George W. Bush to declare in his 2006 State of the Union Address: “America is addicted to oil.”

Until around 2010, in fact, “Peak Oil” was in vogue both inside and outside the industry. Pro-oil voices urged greater public-land access and less regulation to increase otherwise declining production; anti-oil voices favored government subsidies and mandates to fashion a post-petroleum future.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Full Story

Smart Grid Edge Technologies—all the Rave in Davos

Smart Grid Edge Technologies--all the Rave in Davos
The latest meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an invitation-only event held annually at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, has just concluded. Official cost of attendance $85,000, of course, ex accommodation costs, etc. Some three hundred invitees plus ten-times as many journalists and others from all over the world were in attendance. Some couldn’t make it due to unexpected large snowfalls in the area.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Full Story

Despite Electric Vehicles, World Petroleum Consumption Will Continue to Climb

Despite Electric Vehicles, World Petroleum Consumption Will Continue to Climb
The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2017 evaluated the uncertainty associated with the long-term effects that electric vehicles may have on energy markets using three scenarios of electric vehicle penetration. The cases ranged from electric vehicles accounting for 8 percent of the world’s light duty vehicle stock in the low-penetration case, to 14 percent in the reference case to 26 percent in the high-penetration case in 2040. In the reference case, EIA forecasts liquids consumption in 2040 to be 112.9 million barrels per day—almost 20 percent higher than in 2015. The reduction in liquids consumption in 2040 is 1.38 million barrels per day in the high-penetration case (1.2 percent of reference case levels) and the increase in liquids consumption in the low-penetration case is 1.0 million barrels per day or just 0.9 percent of total liquids consumption in the reference case.

Source: EIA

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Full Story

Resurgent US oil industry priming the economic pump

Resurgent US oil industry priming the economic pump
Crude oil prices dropped from $110 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to about $30 in January 2016. The effect on oil producers and oil-producing countries was dramatic. The Russian ruble plunged, and the Canadian dollar slipped to below 70 cents US for the first time since 2003, kicking the country into recession and snuffing out the oil boom in Alberta. Many foreign companies operating in the high-cost Canadian oil sands pulled up stakes.

One of the hardest hit countries was Venezuela, whose petro-currency crashed, leading to hyperinflation, shortages, protests and violence - a dire situation that continues to this day. Even Saudi Arabia, the world’s number 2 oil producer, had to tap its $602 billion in foreign reserves to help finance its 2016 deficit of $88 billion - almost a quarter of GDP.

By Rick Mills - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Full Story