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The Fracklogging Has Stopped

The fracklog -- like backlog, geddit? -- are the dormant, half-finished, or mothballed crude and natural gas wells in America's oil patch, and that that backlog is at least not growing is what passes for big news these days in an oil patch, waiting, praying for good news. The various heds this Bloomberg story has been given by various news aggregators (example: "The Fracking Isn't Growing, Bad...

When a Clean Energy Is Dirtier Than Coal

Sometimes the toil needed to harness a clean energy source make it almost as dirty, even dirtier, than the energy source it was supposed to replace. We've seen this phenomenon with wind turbines that need great strips of deforestation and new roads, and solar panels that require frequent, high pressure cleaning. Bloomberg finds another example of this phenomenon in Turkey which is endeavoring...

C02 Reduction: the Good, the Bad, the Boneheaded

The chart compares C02 reduction for three major industrialized countries over ten years. Only one country's C02 levels plummet. Yes, it's the much-maligned U.S.A. Ironically, two countries that have done much of the talking about transitioning to renewable energy -- Japan, with its post-Fukushima expunge of nuclear energy and Germany with its Energiewende (literally "energy turn" -- or turn...

All Eyes On China - Always

It's just too darn big, with too many people, and not just people but, as OilPrice points out, people living under a "more centrally driven economy [where] public authorities have tools to influence consumer behaviour that aren’t on the table for lawmakers in western-style democracies." Thus Chinese demand, Chinese supply, and especially Chinese government edicts are a subject of constant...

Who Pays Most For Gas?

Well, it's not the U.S. that's for sure. Imagine shelling out $7.12 a gallon for gas in Hong Kong, suggests Bloomberg which today runs a very sophisticated interactive chart comparing gasoline prices in 61 countries around the world -- and not just the raw price per gallon, but cost in terms of a measure they call "affordability" which has to do with average income and "income spent" which has...

More Pain For Venezuela

The country always had oil -- as seen in this map of major fields and refineries -- enough to account for about 95% of export revenue. But even oil riches aren't much good when you don't have much cash -- cash to pay workers, and to pay back foreign investors, and to keep up the heavy maintenance on mature fields. As OilPrice explains today, "...maintenance requires cash, something that is...

We're More Efficient

The world may be getting hotter but the human race seems to be fighting the causes of that increase (if indeed global warming is caused by humans and their carbon expenditures) pretty well. The U.S. Energy Information Agency measures something they call "global energy intensity" and they say it's falling -- and at a near equal rate in "nearly all regions of the world, developed and developing...

Good News For U.S. Shale

Consultants at Wood Mackenzie put out a report today that's good news for U.S. shale. Here's some of that news, as condensed by the Financial Times: "US shale reserves are the lowest-cost option for future oil production and are likely to attract more investment than competing projects such as deepwater fields...About 60 per cent of the oil production that is economically viable at a crude price...

Are We Getting Hotter?

How to predict natural gas demand -- and from there natural gas prices? Seeking Alpha has a very complicated formula which will no doubt overheat and short out some brains. All this column could deduce was that the formula involves climate and the assertion from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that "The average June temperature for the Lower 48 states was the warmest June on...

Peace, Love 'N Natural Gas

Peace, love 'n understanding is breaking out! Nah...Just pragmatism, but that often creates long and lasting peace. And this time the pragmatism is spurred by common enemies (Hamas, Islamic State) and a valuable commodity, natural gas, which Israel is now extracting from the Leviathan field and which it can pipe to Egypt, where the president in '59 swore to "get rid of Israel once and for...

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