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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.

By Oilprice.com -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

By Oilprice.com -- 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.

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.

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.

By Oilprice.com -- 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.

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.

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.”

By Oilprice.com -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Never-ending Battles of the Coral Sea

The Never-ending Battles of the Coral Sea
For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a parasitic industry in academia, bureaucracy, law, media and the tax-exempt Green Alarm “Charities”, all studying, regulating, inspecting and writing about yet another “imminent threat to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.”

By Viv Forbes - Friday, January 26, 2018 - Full Story

Renewables aren’t up to the job; we need to tap the world’s vast fossil fuel resources!

Renewables aren’t up to the job; we need to tap the world’s vast fossil fuel resources!
DALLAS, Texas — Last March President Donald Trump issued an executive order “promoting energy independence and economic growth.”

While he specifically included “renewable sources,” he clearly intended to unleash the nation’s massive fossil fuel resources, which is the only conceivable way to achieve energy independence—at least for the foreseeable future.

By Merrill Matthews - Friday, January 26, 2018 - Full Story

What Could Push Oil To $100?

What Could Push Oil To $100?
If anyone thought the latest oil market outlooks of the EIA and the IEA are upbeat, here’s an even more upbeat one from Energy Aspects: The consultancy expects crude demand this year to grow by 1.7 million bpd, and says Brent could touch above $100 a barrel in 2019.

By Oilprice.com - Friday, January 26, 2018 - Full Story