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Southwest Adds to Gas Storage Capacity in Salt Caverns

The gas producing states of the South Central – Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, etc. – have added storage capacity by opening up sale caverns in the past year. The producing states added 33 billion cubic feet of storage last year while the consuming region of the northeast was actually losing 30 bcf. The result was that for the nation nothing much changed. Less than 1 bcf was added....

Global Warming Going Back to the Cambrian Era

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory have produced a geological record of global temperatures going all the way back to the Cambrian Era. The left-hand portion of the graph is high truncated and represents millions of years before the present. It was generally a very warm globe until the Pliocene 5 million years ago when things began to cool down. (This...

IEA: Coal Will Continue to Dominate World Electricity

The above charts are reports on what world electrical generation has been in 1990 and 2012 and what it is projected to be in 2020 and 2040. The figures are from the International Energy Agency in Brussels. The main trend has been the reduction of oil and the compensating rise of natural gas and renewables. What is interesting is that even though the replacement of coal and oil by renewables is...

Crude Oil Travels by Rail Almost Everywhere

Crude oil travels by rail almost everywhere in the United States. Whereas yesterday’s map showed pipelines concentrated in the Midwest, the railroads are more dispersed and include both the East and West Coasts. Crude oil rail terminals, on the other hand, are concentrated in the Midwest and near major oil fields. The Bakken is loaded with them, mainly because the area is so productive...

There Are 150,000 Miles of Pipelines in US

There are currently 150,000 miles of oil pipelines in the nation. They are concentrated largely in Texas and the South Central part of the country where most of the oil is found. They also connect Denver, Chicago, Detroit and major population centers of the east. The East and West Coasts are excluded. Both get much of their oil by tanker – the East Coast from foreign imports and the West...

Slate Claims Solar Now Employs More Than Coal

The number of people employed in the solar industry is now 170,000, which exceeds the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ figure for direct employment in the coal industry, which is 80.000. According to those figures, the solar industry has employed more since 2011. There are several caveats, however. The BLS figure is considered very low because it does not include contract workers in the mines...

There's a Bust in Drilling

The drop in oil prices has led to a 37 percent reduction in the number of drilling rigs active in the United States. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into a 37 percent reduction in oil production. In the first place, it is the least productive wells that are being shut. In the second place, fracking is becoming ever more productive so that existing wells may make up part of the...

Renewables Surpass Nuclear in Germany

Renewable energy has surpassed nuclear on Germany’s electrical grid. In fact, the two have virtually changed places, with renewables producing about 160 terawatt-hours and nuclear down to 200 TWh.  Meanwhile coal has held about steady at 260 TWh. Coal consumption increased slightly during the first three years of Energiewende after Fukushima in 2011 but appears to have declined last...

U.S. Outstrips the World on New Energy Sources

The United States has outstripped everyone on new oil production over the last three years. The chart shows new production for the years 2013 thru early 2015. The United States has added 3 million barrels a day during that period. Only Mexico and Brazil have shown positive results of drilling while all the other non-OPEC producers have actually lost ground, up to the United Kingdom, which has...

Russia and U.S. Set to Dominate in Natural Gas

Projections from Business Insider see the world market in natural gas being split between the United States and Russia with the Middle East holding steady and Africa playing a larger role. Meanwhile, consumption will be divided almost equally between Europe and the Far East. The graph shows import and export patterns to date and then projects them out to 2035. The Middle East, you will note,...

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