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News You Really Need To See: “Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt”

“Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt” The Associated Press, August 30, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fc84c97ac51440e09c0e1a4deddc4ae8/eni-says-its-found-supergiant-natural-gas-field-egypt “The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the ‘largest-ever’ found … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi Arabia, Net Oil Importer?

July 7, 2015 by Darius  Saudi Arabia has been among the world’s leading oil exporters for half a century.  But by 2030, Saudi Arabia could be a net oil-importing country.  How could that be true? Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy consumption … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers”

“Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers” The New York Times, July 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/world/africa/weak-power-grids-in-africa-stunt-economies-and-fire-up-tempers.html?_r=0 “With winter here in South Africa, the worst blackouts in years are plunging residents into darkness in poor townships and … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Geology 101?

June 11, 2015 by Darius  Last Friday, in Malaysia, an earthquake killed 18 people on a mountain considered sacred by many locals.  While such natural disasters are unfortunate, they happen.  More newsworthy is the fact that some Malaysian authorities claimed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Can Canadian Oil Sands Survive Falling Prices?”

“Can Canadian Oil Sands Survive Falling Prices?” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 22, 2014 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-22/canadas-oil-sands-are-better-bets-than-shale-oil “As oil prices have crashed over the past six months, a lot of attention has focused on what this means for frackers in the U.S., as well as … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Pipeline to Peace?

Dec. 16, 2014 by Darius Several years ago, major natural gas reserves were discovered off the coast of the Levant.  Israel has thus far been the only country with access to these reserves to exploit them in a major way.  Now, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests”

“Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests” The New York Times, December 1, 2014, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/world/russian-money-suspected-behind-fracking-protests.html “Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of this destitute village in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when the American energy giant Chevron showed up here … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Cheaper Oil: Winners and Losers”

Nov. 3, 2014 by Darius  As world oil prices fall, some countries are rejoicing, while others are panicking.  The Economist recently published an excellent breakdown of the winners and losers from the global drop in oil prices.  Here’s a summary: … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Lithuania Offers Example of How to Break Russia’s Grip on Energy”

“Lithuania Offers Example of How to Break Russia’s Grip on Energy” The New York Times, October 28, 2014, p.B3 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/business/energy-environment/lithuania-offers-example-of-how-to-break-russias-grip-on-energy.html “The vast ship that eased into this misty seaport early on Monday was hailed by American and European officials as the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Germany Reaches New Levels of Greendom, Gets 31 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewables”

“Germany Reaches New Levels of Greendom, Gets 31 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewables” Bloomberg Businessweek, August 14, 2014 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-14/germany-reaches-new-levels-of-greendom-gets-31-percent-of-its-electricity-from-renewables “As Europe struggles to ease its dependency on Russian gas, Germany is getting ever greener: During the first half of 2014, … Continue reading

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