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Blowout Week 98

This week’s blowout features Bjorn Lomborg’s scathing analysis of the world’s plans to combat global warming …… Continue reading

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Blowout Week 92

Bankers are in the news this week. We begin with Mark Carney …. and follow up below the fold with a plea for climate action from six major US banks. And then the usual mix of stories, including OPEC production up in September, Mexico’s leasing program back on track, Shell pulls the plug in the Arctic, how choking wells will save shale oil, the fusion future, no winter gas shortage in Europe, Japan to restart another reactor…. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 53

A lot of Americans living here in Mexico – including my neighbors – are climate refugees from the Pacific Northwest.

More stories below the fold, including the requisite dose of oil and OPEC, oil exports from the US, natural gas from Australia, US fuel in Ukranian nuclear plants, trees absorbing more CO2 than expected, tidal power in Canada and Scotland, carbon-free cities, EON spins off fossil fuels, decorator wind turbines and a new low point for climate change attribution – the crash of AirAsia flight MZ8501. Continue reading

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History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme

Note how peaks and troughs in drilling lag the oil price. The oil price has now broken down and I believe it is inevitable that drilling follows. Never before has US oil production been so heavily linked to drilling activity. Continue reading

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Blowout week 47

China will boost oil exploration, use less coal and more natural gas, build more nuclear plants and develop renewable energy under a new seven-year development plan. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 35

A Kurdish tanker loaded with $100 million worth of oil vanished off Texas’ coast Thursday. Radar systems showed no signs of the United Kalavrvta cargo ship, which has been at the center of a long legal battle between Iraq’s government and the country’s Kurdish region. Continue reading

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Blowout week 31

By Roger Andrews: A non-bumper Blowout Week during Euan’s absence. Twenty or so more stories below the fold: Energy Live News:  Ferrybridge fire cuts UK backup capacity In a sign of how serious the damage may be, the energy company … Continue reading

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Blowout week 30

I am on holiday for two weeks. And so expect fewer posts. Roger Andrews has the keys to the site and will be keeping an eye on things and maybe even posting a couple of posts. 35 stories this week … Continue reading

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Blowout week 29

Wind power is very much in the news again from flaming turbines to loss making wind investments. I kick off with the half yearly report from Prof Bruno Burger at the Frauhhofer Institue. Germany’s electricity exports are growing, a clear sign that they cannot consume all they produce. What will happen if this is replicated throughout Europe? Continue reading

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Blowout week 27

UK energy news this week was dominated by the publication by DECC of the last strand of their energy policy. The document and its attachments struck me as preposterous (see first link below). Does anyone believe that £2 per household will buy 53 GW of back up generating capacity? Does anyone believe that the UK has superior energy security to Canada? Continue reading

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Oil Exports from the Middle East and the Price of Oil

Oil exports from the Middle East Gulf States amounted to 19.6 million barrels per day in 2013 [BP] equivalent to 22.6% of total global oil production and 43% of OECD oil consumption. The importance of the region to the well being of the global economy cannot be overstated. It is therefore pertinent to ask what risk ISIS presents to the stability of the region and its oil supplies. History has some clues. Continue reading

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Blowout week 26

Iraq is finished,” he said. “Maliki is nothing. Baghdad is finished. Now there will only be a Shiite-stan, Sunni-stan and Kurdistan. Continue reading

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ISIS, Iraq, Kurdistan and the control of Oil

The recent capture of Kirkuk by the Peshmerga gives a clear sign of Kurdish intentions. The area is of immense regional importance, not just for its oil reserves and production but for its pipelines that cross into Turkey at a very narrow point of mutual Iraq – Turkey border. If the Kurds expand into the grey area, that is after all populated by Kurds that will welcome the Peshmerga with open arms, then Kurdistan will shortly control most of the oil and all of the export infrastructure of northern Iraq. Continue reading

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Blowout week 25

A crazy set of stories this week: the evolving and confusing situation in Iraq; the  Ukraine – Russia – Europe gas crisis that is hand made in Ukraine; global warming doctrine continues to unravel; the fantasy worlds of UK and … Continue reading

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MENA War Fever and the Iraq Oil Price Spike

Sunni terrorists active in Sunni-majority regions therefore only have a potential spoiler role in the absence of airborne and long-distance surface attack on oil production infrastructures, for example by making pipeline and refinery attacks. Continue reading

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Blowout week 24

“The usual western media branding of “terrorism” or “sectarian violence” no longer applies to the actions of ISIL in Iraq. A force capable of withstanding and win an urban battle in a city of over 1 million inhabitants is not a terrorist group, not even a guerilla, it is an army, fighting a conventional war.” Luis de Sousa Continue reading

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Blowout week 23 – bumper issue

In this bumper Blowout with 36 articles the main theme (if there is one) is Europe backtracking on failed policies and pursuing the America fracking dream while America decides to throw itself off the European energy cliff into the abyss of low carbon high cost electricity generation. Continue reading

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Blowout week 19

I am still experimenting with how to present Blowout. Some weeks it is very difficult to make sense of the energy news. This week there is some sense and loads of nonsense as usual. You decide. Continue reading

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Blowout week 17

With European Parliament, Scottish Independence and UK general elections looming, the energy football is in play. Continue reading

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Blowout week 16 – Easter Weekend

Tension between Russia and Ukraine builds, blackouts in Scotland, coal in Germany, shale in Australia, even more oil in Russia, pipelines blown up in Iraq. Continue reading

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