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Supply and Demand Rule Oil Prices

Once again the evidence shows that it is the laws of supplying demand that determine prices. According to this graph released this week by EIA, oil supplies have taken an uptick this year while demand has actually done down. That is the reason for gas prices sinking below $3 per gallon. Nor is there any reason they have to bounce back. Conservation measures, the decline in driving and the...

Norway's Network of Gas Pipelines

Norway has developed a series of pipelines that feed natural gas to northern Europe. They are marked in orange. Norway is the second largest producer of gas, right behind Russia.

Where Europe Gets Its Gas

Western Europe seems fairly secure about its gas supposes but Former Soviet colonies and Eastern Europe are still fairly vulnerable to Russia gas. Norway does a good job of supplying Western Europe and Italy has developed North African supplies – when they are available. Libya has been particularly unpredictable The Russian supplies are represented n Orange. Norway is light blue and the...

Solar's Potential

The Environment America Research and Policy Center has published a map indicating the amount of solar energy that falls on each state compared to the amount of energy consumed it each state. Naturally, this amounts to anywhere from 1-5 times (New York) to over 100 times the amount of energy (the Midwest). But all this assumes that 1) the amount of space required to collect soar energy can be...

Carbon cycle - On Land and in Ocean

The carbon cycle on both water and land is illustrated in this schematic drawing.  On last carbon is fixed out of the atmsphere by photosynthic plants and then fixed at fossil fuels over long geolocal periods.  We put the carbon back in the atmosphere when we burn these fossil fuels. A sea. carbon is absorbed by the oceans  Some it ia absorbed by photsyntidai algae but much...

Oil Production in August Highest Since 1986

Crude oil production was 8.6 million barrels per day in August, the highest level of production since 1986, according to a repot issued by the Energy Information Administration. The map shows where the oil; is coming from. Those states that are producing the most oil are marked with the darkest brown, with the progressively lighter colors producing less until the lightest states are producing...

LNG Imports Have Been Falling Since 2006

Imports of liquid natural gas have actually been falling since the fracking revolution began in 2006 according to figures released this week by the Energy Information Administration. We hit a high point in 2006, importing 800,000 cubic feet per year. But domestic production has been such that we are now importing only 100,000. If present trends continue we will probably be a net exporter of LNG...

Oil and Gas Rail Traffic Rise in 2013

Grain and petroleum products showed the biggest increase in rail traffic in 2013. Grain was up 15 percent and oil and gas rose 13 percent. The Energy Information Administration attributed with be increase in grains to a bumper crop. Oil and gas are rising because of output from Texas and North Dakota and because of the delay in building the Keystone Pipeline. Although coal traffic increased of...

Texas Off the Charts in Producing Oil and Gas Jobs

Texas is so far ahead in energy job production that it requires a separate scale to express how successful it has been. Texas job creation is only the left of this chart just released by the Energy Information Administration this week. It has gone from 120,000 to 380,000 jobs over the last decade, an increase of more than 300 percent. Oklahoma and Louisiana have had similar run-ups but started...

How Much Carbon Can We Tolerate in the Atmosphere?

Estimates differ widely on how much carbon the atmosphere will be able to absorb before we face climate change of more than 2 degrees, which is regarded as disruptive to the earth’s systems. The International Geosphere-Biosphere Program places it very low at 250 billion tons while the IPCC, which puts out regular reports and is very concerned about carbon in the atmosphere, has it as...

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