New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety (Guest Voice)
Sep01

New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety (Guest Voice)

New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety by James Stafford, Oilprice.com Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust — Russia has, too. The surge in North...

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Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug29

Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)

With President Obama confronting a wide array of crisis across the world, who can he turn to for advice about how to proceed? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta suggests a little summer vacation reading: Reagan at Reykjavik by Ken Adelman. Riotta writes that for all of President Obama’s obvious gifts and advantages, he lacks one essential thing that Mikhail Gorbachev respected above all – and Reagan had...

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A Potential Energy Breakthrough?
Aug25

A Potential Energy Breakthrough?

Hydrogen is not an energy source but an energy transfer medium since it requires more energy to produce the hydrogen than you get out of it when you use it as a fuel.  If it was economical hydrogen fuel cells would be an ideal power source for motor vehicles if not for the negative ERoEI of hydrogen.   But what if the negative ERoEI could be greatly reduced?  Hydrogen is perhaps one of the most common elements on the Earth’s...

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Railroad ‘Bomb Trains’: Speeding to Disaster
Aug21

Railroad ‘Bomb Trains’: Speeding to Disaster

It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50. A quarter mile away is a sign, with flashing yellow lights, alerting you to slow down to 15. It’s a school zone. But, you don’t see any children. Besides, you’re going to be late to your racquetball match. So, you just slide on past. You’re an independent long-haul trucker. You get paid by the number of miles you drive. If you work just a couple of hours longer every...

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France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)
Aug15

France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)

In 2002, he and his country opposed U.N. Security Council authorization for the war in Iraq. Today, he is insisting on it. In Le Monde, Former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin writes that this time, the mistakes of the past must not be repeated, and a legal framework for war in Iraq must be created with the support and material assistance of countries around the region. In regard to current operations in Iraq, Villepin...

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Appeasement Again
Jul29

Appeasement Again

With a move towards enhanced sanctions against Russia, major European states believe they have taken a step to punish the Russians for their actions in Ukraine. But they have still not made the tough moves that would truly penalize the Russians. What they have taken are baby steps. The Europeans have not learned from history. And as George Santayana said- “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The European Union and...

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As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)
Jul25

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia. Just one day earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on Russia over its ongoing role in the destabilization of...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another bare-chested photo opportunity on horseback? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)
Jul05

Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)

How much of a threat does ISIS pose to Iran – and is that part of the agenda of Washington and its Western allies? In another twist on the theory that the United States has not only fostered ISIS, but is using it as a foreign policy tool to alter the map of the Middle East, columnist Kader Abdolah of Belgium’s De Morgen starts with a visceral history of why Shiites hate Sunnis: Omar, the second caliph and successor to the...

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Mobilize
Jul02

Mobilize

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Solar Power
Jun24

Solar Power

Now there are those who say our energy demand cannot be met by solar power.  Well Germany just reached a milestone and got 50% of it’s electrical energy from solar in the first week of June. “German solar demonstrated just what it is capable of in the first two weeks of June,” said Tobias Rothacher, expert for renewable energies at Germany Trade & Invest, the country’s economic development agency. Analysis...

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ISIS and ASIS
Jun23

ISIS and ASIS

ISIS did not arise de novo in Syria and Iraq. And its supposed military triumphs in Iraq have been due to alliances with some of the indigenous Sunni tribes along with old Baathist organizations who supplied much of the fighting muscle for the Iraqi army. These are secular organizations and not Islamist in their orientation, and at some point conflict between the Baathists and ISIS is inevitable. But ISIS’s recent development and...

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VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)
Jun17

VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)

If you want to know the thinking and plans about what to do with Iraq thrashing about America’s national security establishment, this is the program to watch. It is very eggheady and very interesting. At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, panelists discuss militant activity in northern Iraq and how the U.S. government should respond. The presence of James Jeffrey, Obama’s ambassador to Iraq until 2012,...

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Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down (Guest Voice)
Jun12

Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down (Guest Voice)

Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution. Top Chinese officials have hinted at the fact that China is working hard to achieve “peak” greenhouse gas emissions, which may come sooner than observers expect. “Peak pollution” refers to...

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Obama’s red line — and likely hurdles
Jun07

Obama’s red line — and likely hurdles

Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to be on the way to greater success than he ever imagined by annexing Crimea and creating turmoil in Ukraine. President Barack Obama’s swing through Europe indicated his gains by unmasking the difficult rift between Obama and the main European allies. After a G-7 Summit in Brussels (excluding Russia), Obama gave Putin one month to pressure pro-Russian separatists to lay down weapons and peacefully settle...

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The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil – Continued
Jun04

The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil – Continued

A few days ago I discussed how the shale oil boom in California fizzled before it got started and the boom was going to go bust in North Dakota and Texas in less than a decade.  Well now the I.E.A. agrees: National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning: NPR’s Business News starts with the outlook for oil. This is a change of course – the International Energy Agency has released a report on global energy investment....

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Obama’s promises in Europe are fraught with risk
Jun03

Obama’s promises in Europe are fraught with risk

President Barack Obama’s promises today of expanded US military support to Poland and countries formerly dominated by the defunct Soviet Union were music to their ears, but not others in Europe. They could also cause new entanglements that may not please American voters. The former Soviet satellites are now members of the European Union and NATO, the western military alliance. Obama was giving assurances that Washington will stand by...

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The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil
May27

The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil

The fossil fuel industry has been pulling your leg – shale oil is not a panacea. The shale oil boom will become a bust in North Dakota and Texas in less than a decade.  And now it appears that the great California shale oil boom is a bust before it even got started. The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started, California has been abuzz for the past couple of years about the prospect of vast new oil wealth...

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Why Should Poland Thank Putin? Let Us Count the Ways (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
May23

Why Should Poland Thank Putin? Let Us Count the Ways (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Once again, unlike much of the commentary coming out of Europe, a Polish columnist seems almost pleased that the Ukraine crisis has erupted, bringing with it a renewed sense of urgency from their NATO partners. For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Michal Kobosko writes that Vladimir Putin has forced a new narrative on the world, and explains why that is largely a very good thing. For Rzeczpospolita, Michal Kobosko writes in...

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