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  • Your Next Nuke Will Be Small And Modular

    08/24/2016 10:19:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 24, 2016 | Michael Lynch
    For at least two decades, nuclear engineers have been talking about new reactor designs, but few have progressed to become important components of the industry. Naturally, as with any new technology, there are always boosters and their enthusiasm should be treated with caution, but there is definitely potential for advances that could mean a surge in nuclear power. One aspect that needs greater attention is the benefit of smaller reactors, which greatly reduce risk on the part of investors. Some new designs are more incrementally advanced, such as the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) developed by Areva and EDF in France,...
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • Clinton’s ‘done deal’ on fighting climate change would cost $70 billion, kill jobs: report

    08/24/2016 1:14:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The “keep it in the ground” fossil-fuel strategy described by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a “done deal” would kill more than 380,000 jobs and deliver a $70 billion annual hit to the economy, according to a report released Wednesday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy found that banning fossil fuel production on public lands and offshore waters would result in a loss of $70 billion in annual GDP as well as $11.3 billion in royalties, along with massive direct and indirect job losses.
  • Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history

    08/22/2016 1:33:39 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/22/2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations. The early federal statements gave no hint that the blast had caused massive long-term damage to the dump, a facility crucial to the nuclear weapons cleanup program that spans the nation, or that it would jeopardize the Energy Department’s credibility in dealing with the tricky problem of radioactive waste. But the explosion ranks among the costliest nuclear accidents in U.S. history, according...
  • Trump Leads Clinton by 5+ Points in the Key Battleground State of Pennsylvania

    08/21/2016 1:34:49 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 155 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 21, 2016
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has surged to a 5-point lead over democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania as per a latest poll.
  • Hydrogen cost could equal 50-cent gasoline, with renewable energy: study

    08/21/2016 11:27:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | August 19, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face an uphill battle toward mass adoption. Both cars and fueling infrastructure need to be made widely available before large numbers of consumers can seriously consider switching from gasoline to hydrogen. But under certain circumstances, hydrogen could prove very attractive to consumers for one simple reason. When produced using renewable energy, hydrogen could cost nearly the equivalent of 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That will only happen if "the stars align" and several factors work in hydrogen's favor, notes industry trade journal WardsAuto noted in a June report on...
  • My view: For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer

    08/19/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Gary Sandquist
    On the horizon are U.S.-designed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that range from 50 megawatts to 300 megawatts electrical power output. Like renewables (wind and solar), SMRs produce no air pollution or global warming gases, but SMRs are also capable of generating base load electrical power on demand. Almost 50 companies are creating designs for SMRs using 21st-century technology and enhanced features. These designs include modularity, efficient factory construction, rapid siting and exceptional safe operation. Very important is that SMRs are less expensive and easier and faster to site and build than conventional 1,200-megawatt nuclear plants. Reliance on renewables as...
  • Researchers identify possible catalyst for converting methane to methanol at room temperature

    08/18/2016 10:55:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 18, 2016 | by Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered and why they believe their findings may lead to a practical way to convert methane to a more efficient energy resource. Jay Labinger, with the California Institute of Technology offers a News & Views piece outlining the work done by the team in the same journal issue....
  • After years of pain, coal becomes one of the hottest commodities of 2016

    08/17/2016 11:16:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2016 | Henning Gloystein
    Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal, seen as the Asian benchmark, have soared over 35 percent since mid-June to more than one-year highs of almost $70 a tonne, pushed by surprise increases in Chinese imports. "Coal markets, after five years of declining prices, appear to have found a bottom in the first quarter," Australia's Whitehaven Coal said on Thursday,...
  • Irving-based Exxon to shut down fourth-largest refinery (in US) due to Louisiana flooding

    08/17/2016 9:52:23 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 17 August 2016 | By Wire Services
    Exxon Mobil Corp. began shutting units at the fourth-largest refinery in the U.S. as record flooding in Louisiana sent tens of thousands fleeing from their homes. The Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana has begun shutting units as the flooding threatened an off-site liquefied petroleum gas storage facility, a person familiar with operations said Wednesday. The plant, located along the Mississippi River, can process 502,500 barrels of crude a day into gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
  • How Brexit Will Affect Paris Global Warming Treaty

    08/17/2016 6:02:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 28, 2016 | Nicolas Loris
    The fate of the European Union’s global warming commitments negotiated as part of the Paris Protocol may be in jeopardy as result of Brexit. The U.S. on the other hand, should take a page out of the U.K.’s playbook and not only withdraw from the Paris agreement, but also withdraw participation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change altogether. ... countries made individual commitments to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, largely centered on shifting away from affordable natural resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas, and toward more expensive, intermittent, subsidy-dependent renewables. ... The...
  • The Electric Car Future That Never Happened

    08/17/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Not long ago, many experts were projecting gas prices above $5 per gallon for the U.S. President Barack Obama said “with more research and incentives” there would soon be 1 million electric plug-in cars on the road. The top executive at General Motors claimed the company could sell 120,000 Chevy Volts in a year. That was in 2011, when GM’s electric plug-in car was still in its infancy. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm very publicly bought her own Chevy Volt after telling the media that electric car batteries represented the “beginning of new Michigan.” That didn't happen, despite massive spending...
  • New markets for Qatari gas without Al Assad (Why Qatar Spent $3B on Terrorists & US/EU Lobbying)

    08/16/2016 8:01:14 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    ansamed ^ | Oct 1st, 2012
    Why would Qatar want to become involved in Syria where they have very few investments? This is the question the analyst Felix Imonti poses in an article recently published by specialized website 'Oilprice.com' and by Joshua Landis' Syria Comment. The kingdom, Imonti explains, ''is a geographic prisoner in a small enclave on the Persian Gulf coast. It relies upon the export of LNG, because it is restricted by Saudi Arabia from building pipelines to distant markets. In 2009, the proposal of a pipeline to Europe through Saudi Arabia and Turkey to the Nabucco pipeline was considered, but Saudi Arabia is...
  • Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it

    08/15/2016 10:32:33 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 77 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 14 August 2016 | William Yardley
    ot long after it became clear that the robust winds that blow down from the Rocky Mountains and across the sea of sagebrush here could produce plenty of profit in a world that wants more renewable energy, some of the more expansive minds in the Wyoming Legislature began entertaining a lofty question: Who owns all of that wind? They concluded, quickly and conveniently, that Wyoming did. Then, with great efficiency for a conservative state not traditionally tilted toward burdening the energy industry, they did something no other state has done, before or since: They taxed it.
  • Nissan revolution: could new petrol engine make diesel obsolete?

    08/14/2016 9:50:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 14, 2016 | Norihiko Shirouzu
    ATSUGI, JAPAN -- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co has come up with a new type of gasoline engine it says may make some of today's advanced diesel engines obsolete. The new engine uses variable compression technology, which Nissan engineers say allows it at any given moment to choose an optimal compression ratio for combustion - a key factor in the trade-off between power and efficiency in all gasoline-fuelled engines. The technology gives the new engine the performance of turbo-charged gasoline engines while matching the power and fuel economy of today's diesel and hybrid powertrains - a level of performance and...
  • APNewsBreak: California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

    08/12/2016 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 8:15 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    With the extension of California’s landmark climate change law stalled, a legislative plan is emerging to significantly up the ante on California’s commitment to electric vehicles by requiring that 15 percent of all new automobiles be emission-free within a decade. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, told The Associated Press on Friday that she’ll introduce legislation next week to ramp up the pressure on carmakers. Automakers that fail to sell enough electric vehicles would be required to make payments to rivals that do or pay a fine to the state.“If we create more competition in the market, that automatically will trigger...
  • Is Saudi Arabia About To Cry Uncle In The Oil Price War?

    08/14/2016 6:04:37 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 33 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | August 11, 2016 | Rakesh Upadhyay
    The Kingdom is struggling with weak GDP growth, higher fees and taxes, and an economy that is unable to pay the dues to its workers, leaving thousands of workers from South Asia with an uncertain future. When a nation is unable to provide food to its migrant workers, it says a lot about their financial condition. The oil price crash has forced the oil-rich Kingdom to introduce austerity measures, and delay payments to already cash-strapped contractors.
  • Anti-fracking ballot measures are collapsing, so what happens next? [Colorado]

    08/13/2016 1:39:33 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 9 replies
    The Complete Colorado ^ | August 12, 2016 7:07 PM | Simon Lomax
    Colorado’s anti-fracking campaign is a bust – again. But make no mistake: The campaign goes on. According to CBS Denver, environmental activists have nowhere near the number of valid signatures needed to put two anti-fracking measures on the November ballot. This is a huge embarrassment for the national environmental groups behind the anti-fracking push – including 350.org, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club and Greenpeace. ... One way or another, the environmental left is making a big move in Colorado this year. The anti-fracking campaign isn’t going anywhere – it’s just going to be reassigned to support a much bigger...
  • BLM releases draft Gunnison sage-grouse plan ( Colorado, Utah ..)

    08/12/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 11, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    The BLM released its draft environmental impact statement Thursday. It is proposing amending up to 11 resource management plans in the two states. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the Gunnison sage-grouse requires listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. ... about 5,000 breeding Gunnison sage-grouse live in the two states. Some 4,000 live in the Gunnison Basin, and the others in six satellite populations in Colorado and a seventh in Utah. ... Fish and Wildlife pointed to the low numbers of birds in the other populations and their range of habitat threats as...
  • Electricity Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States

    08/10/2016 9:36:37 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | James Taylor
    Electricity prices are soaring in states generating the most wind power, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. Although U.S. electricity prices rose less than 3 percent from 2008-2013, the 10 states with the highest percentage of wind power generation experienced average electricity price increases of more than 20 percent. Iowa – 27% South Dakota – 26 Kansas – 19 Idaho – 16 Minnesota – 16 North Dakota – 16 Oklahoma – 15 Colorado – 14 Oregon – 12 Wyoming – 8 From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, which is...
  • To Get Wind Power You Need Oil

    08/10/2016 9:36:26 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Feb 29, 2016 | Vaclav Smil
    Wind turbines are the most visible symbols of the quest for renewable electricity generation. And yet, although they exploit the wind, which is as free and as green as energy can be, the machines themselves are pure embodiments of fossil fuels. If wind-generated electricity were to supply 25 percent of global demand by 2030 [] would require roughly 450 million metric tons of steel. A lot of energy goes into making steel. To make the steel required for wind turbines that might operate by 2030, you’d need fossil fuels equivalent to more than 600 million metric tons of coal. A...
  • [From November 2015] RELIABILITY OF RENEW ABLE ENERGY: WIND (25 PAGE PDF FILE)

    08/10/2016 9:36:30 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Utah State University Institute of Political Economy ^ | BY: Jordan Lofthouse, BS, Strata Policy; Randy T Simmons, PhD, Utah State University; Ryan M. Yonk,
    Government policies, rather than market forces, primarily drive the growth of wind power in the United States. The wind industry has become dependent on government mandates and subsidies for its success. When policymakers limit subsidies to the wind industry, constructing wind installations ceases to be economically viable. American taxpayers incur the costs of subsidizing the wind industry. These extensive subsidies are funding a power source that is inconsistent and cannot reliably generate the electricity demanded by consumers. Large-scale energy storage may offer solutions to the variability of wind power, but the most promising technologies are not currently economical on a...
  • Deep De-Carbonization Would Increase Electricity Costs 20–90 Percent, Says J.P. Morgan

    08/10/2016 9:36:33 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Robert Fares
    Last month, J.P. Morgan Asset Management released its annual paper on the topic of energy. This year’s paper focuses on the costs associated with deep de-carbonization of electricity grids through the transition to renewable energy. J.P. Morgan’s analysis confirms the findings of many in the academic community that levelized cost of energy becomes less and less meaningful for renewable energy technologies as they take on a larger role in the electricity mix. While the cost of energy generated by a solar panel or wind turbine might be competitive with the cost of energy generated from a gas or coal plant,...
  • Turkey to transit Russian natural gas to Europe via Turkish Stream pipeline - Erdogan

    08/09/2016 9:14:11 PM PDT · by amorphous · 44 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 9 August 2016
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish Stream pipeline is going ahead and will be implemented swiftly. The announcement came after Tuesday's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. The Turkish Stream project was parked late last year due to the dispute between Moscow and Ankara after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in Syria. However, with a thaw in relations the project is expected to be given another life. The pipeline was announced by President Putin in December 2014 during a visit to Turkey. The project was to replace the abandoned South Stream pipeline through Bulgaria....
  • US Oil, Gas Industry Sees 26% Decline in Employment

    08/08/2016 11:47:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 05 August 2016 | Julianne Geiger
    US oil and gas producers have cut 142,000 jobs as of May 2016 since its peak employment levels in October 2014 of 538,000, according to a US Energy Information Administration press release on Friday—a 26% drop over that period. The 26% decline in oil and gas employment seems to mirror—although not as drastically—the oil and gas rig count, which stood at 404 rigs in May 2016—down a staggering 77% from the 1800 rigs in action in the fall of 2014
  • Despite Policy Shifts, China Faces Huge Coal-Fired Overcapacity

    08/05/2016 8:48:14 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | 08/03/2016 | Thomas Overton
    China’s once-booming coal power sector is facing an existential challenge as continued breakneck expansion of new capacity is colliding with flattened growth in power demand, despite increasingly strenuous government efforts to put the brakes on new construction. According to a pair of new studies, China’s overcapacity in coal-fired generation could reach a staggering 400 GW by 2020—an amount larger than the total installed capacity of every other nation worldwide besides the U.S. ...plant utilization rates in China have been falling rapidly over the past several years. This is because while total thermal generation has barely changed since 2011—resulting from a...
  • Shale Production Has Reduced Energy Prices To Levels Where Saudi Arabia Can't Fund Its Welfare State

    08/04/2016 12:58:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Saudi Arabia knew that North American shale production could potentially torpedo their hold on the energy market via oil. So, they decided to trounce the natural gas market by opening the floodgates with petroleum. It didn’t work. The Telegraph now reports that shale production has cut prices so low that they can produce at prices that are lower that what’s required to keep Saudi Arabia’s socioeconomic fabric healthy: Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has still failed to break the back of the US shale...
  • End of Driving Season Could Send Oil Back to February Lows

    08/03/2016 9:58:37 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-08-2016 | Driver
    Summer driving season: it’s the season to be traveling, what with long weekends, annual leaves and short getaways from the banalities of everyday life at the office. The summer season in the Northern Hemisphere is when demand for crude oil invariably picks up, because fuel consumption increases. In Europe, there’s greater hunger for diesel and in the U.S. there’s a pickup in gasoline demand. Usually. This year’s driving season, however, is shaping up to be a very disappointing exception to the usual seasonal patterns in fuel demand. People are not traveling now as much as analysts expected back in May....
  • Texas shale oil has fought Saudi Arabia to a standstill

    08/01/2016 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | July 31, 2016 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Saudi-led Gulf states have certainly succeeded in killing off a string of global mega-projects in deep waters. Investment in upstream exploration from 2014 to 2020 will be $1.8 trillion less than previously assumed, according to consultants IHS. But this is a bitter victory at best. North America's hydraulic trackers are cutting costs so fast that most can now produce at prices far below levels needed to fund the Saudi welfare state and its military machine, or to cover Opec budget deficits. Scott Sheffield, the outgoing chief of Pioneer Natural Resources, threw down the gauntlet last week - with some...
  • Bill Clinton: Stuck 2,000 Years in the Past on Coal

    08/01/2016 8:03:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Bill Clinton keeps telling coal workers to move on from the life “you had 50 years ago”—while his wife Hillary shouts, “I believe in science!” But isn’t it interesting that the “science” to which they cling is 2,000 years out-of-date? Greek Mathematician Hero of Alexandria invented the original windmill, a machine that harnessed wind for energy sometime around 50 AD. Do the math - 2016 minus 50 is 1,966—meaning windmill power is not “new” or “progressive” but a relic of 2,000 years ago. Truth hurts. Especially, if you’re a Clinton. Because Clintons prefer shadows to sunshine. When it was revealed...
  • Hillary Goes to Pennsylvania to Talk Manufacturing – Tells Coal Workers to Find Other Work (VIDEO)

    07/31/2016 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 31, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    KDKA posted the transcript: Delano: Can we bring back coal jobs as Donald Trump says? Can we bring back steel jobs? Clinton: Well, we can certainly bring back steel jobs because once we really handle the unfair trade practices that have undercut our steel industry causing layoffs and plant closures, we’re going to make it really clear to the rest of the world we’re not sitting by and watching our steel industry go any further down. Delano: But what about coal? Clinton: Coal is a different issue because we’ve got to figure out — is there a technology that can...
  • Attorney General Against Vancouver Crude Oil Terminal

    07/30/2016 11:40:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies
    oilpro ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jess Pepperman
    Tesoro could not guarantee that a worst-case rail car spill or public safety disaster could never occur if this project is built. Crappy options are so much easier to slam in the fix. A Tesoro Xl type network is clearly out of the question due to excess feasibility constraints.
  • Hillary's solution for our struggling economy

    07/29/2016 1:25:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Hillary's solution for our struggling economy: Massive government spending. Massive tax increases and new taxes on individuals and corporations. Massive increase of regulations. Step up the war against coal, gas and oil. Bankrupt all traditional producers of energy. Massive new government spending on "green" technologies and "green" jobs. Bankrupt as many capitalist industries as possible. Implement universal government provided "free" healthcare. Double the minimum wage. Guarantee a minimum income to all "working" families (and non-working families). Free college education, free healthcare and free lunches for all. Open our borders, grant amnesty, citizenship, welfare and voting rights to all comers including...
  • Wholesale California gasoline prices plunge, consumers still pay up

    07/29/2016 8:52:37 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 July 2016 | Liz Hampton, Jessica Resnick-Ault
    Wholesale gasoline in California became the cheapest in the country this week, but that change has largely gone unseen at the pump, where consumers are still paying the highest prices in the continental United States to fill up their cars. Ample inventories along with relatively stable refinery operations and imports has driven down the spot value of gasoline in Los Angeles at the wholesale level by more than 60 cents since mid-June. However, that has not translated to similarly lower retail fuel prices for consumers because of peculiarities in California's market. The declines in the state's retail gasoline market over...
  • Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

    07/29/2016 8:50:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 28, 2016 | Provided by: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas. Credit: University of Illinois at Chicago/Jenny Fontaine ********************************************************************************************************************** Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy. The finding is reported in the July 29 issue of Science and was funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. A provisional patent application has been filed. Unlike conventional solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity that must be stored...
  • Maryland’s Coming Fracking Showdown

    07/27/2016 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    MC GOP ^ | July 26, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    The clock is counting down toward an important decision for Maryland’s economic future, namely whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to drill for natural gas in the state. Over a year ago, legislation that blocked fracking for another two years became law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. That law barred the state from issuing drilling permits until October 2017 and required the Department of the Environment to adopt new regulations by October 2016. The passage of this law effectively delayed any decision on fracking until next year. To recap: the Marcellus Shale is a geological formation found...
  • New lithium ion battery strategy offers more energy, longer life cycle

    07/27/2016 10:29:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | June 28, 2012 | Provided by: Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
    In situ transmission electron microscopy at EMSL was used to study structural changes in the team’s new anode system. Real-time measurements show silicon nanoparticles inside carbon shells before (left) and after (right) lithiation. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + -+ - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + -+ - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + -+ - + - + - + - + - + - + - + -...
  • Silicon-air battery achieves running time of over 1,000 hours for the first time

    07/27/2016 10:19:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 27, 2016 | Provided by: Forschungszentrum Juelich
    Test set-up for the silicon battery: the battery itself is only the size of a button cell and is located in the hollow cylinder in the middle of the acrylic glass casing. The thin channels that pass through the housing control the supply and outlet of the electrolyte fluid. Credit: Forschungszentrum Jülich +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Silicon-air batteries are viewed as a promising and cost-effective alternative to current energy storage technology. However, they have thus far only achieved relatively short running times. Jülich researchers have now discovered why. In theory, silicon-air batteries have a much higher energy density and are also smaller and...
  • Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity

    07/27/2016 7:07:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Sierra Club environmental organization opposes the three sources of energy responsible for 91 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan. It has been outspoken in its stance against the use of natural gas, coal and nuclear power to generate electricity for Michigan households and businesses. Michigan generates 32 percent of its electricity by burning coal and another 32 percent comes from nuclear power plants. Natural gas accounts for another 27 percent of electricity generation. Wind and solar account for less than 7 percent of net electricity generation in this state. “The Sierra Club opposes, or is pushing to phase...
  • New York AG refuses to comply with U.S. House subpoena on Exxon probe

    07/26/2016 5:09:33 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - New York state's attorney general on Tuesday said his office will not comply with a subpoena issued by U.S. congressmen for details on its probe of whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks, saying it interferes with the state's "sovereign" interests. The move by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is the latest in the escalating political and legislative fight over Exxon Mobil and investigations on whether the oil giant knowingly misled shareholders and the public on climate change. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives committee on science, space and technology...
  • Forget The Glut – This Is Why Oil Prices Will Rise

    07/26/2016 9:29:43 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-07-2016 | Steffens
    U.S. oil production peaked at over 9.6 million barrels per day in June, 2015: Based on Core Labs' prediction above, U.S. oil production will fall to under 8.3 million barrels per day before the end of this year and will continue fall to under 7.5 million barrels per day sometime in 2017 before it stabilizes. The only thing that will stop U.S. oil production from falling is a sharp increase in oil prices. In my opinion, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) must move firmly over $60/bbl before we will see the increase in capital expenditures necessary to stabilize U.S. oil production....
  • Is This The Next Big Headache For Oil Prices?

    07/25/2016 8:00:46 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-07-2016 | Nick
    When oil analysts look at the markets to try to get a sense of where oil prices are heading, one of the great unknowns, at least in the U.S. shale industry, is the large volume of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs). As oil prices began collapsing two years ago, shale drillers increasingly decided to defer the completion of their drilled wells, hoping to wait out the downturn and bring production online at a later point when prices rebounded. But with oil prices suffering from a prolonged downturn, the DUCS began to mount, leaving a huge backlog of potential production that...
  • Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

    07/25/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 23 July 2016 | FRANK ELTMAN
    A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands.
  • A Great Line That No-One Noticed At The GOP Convention

    07/21/2016 9:20:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/21/2016 | John Merline
    CLEVELAND -- It's tough to be a speaker at a political convention who has something substantive to say, because the sizzle always consumes the steak at these events. So it's not surprising that energy company executive Harold Hamm was overlooked amid Wednesday night's political sparks. But he delivered one of the better, or arguably one of the more important, lines of the night:
  • No **** Sherlock: Renewable Energy is a Disaster, New York Times Reveals

    07/20/2016 8:14:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/20/2016 | James Delingpole
    Today’s “No Shit Sherlock” award goes to the New York Times‘s environment pages for their belated discovery that renewable energy is a lame duck. Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation. Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on...
  • Big Oil Begins To Worry About Trump’s Wall

    07/18/2016 11:14:56 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-07-2016 | Wall of China
    Donald Trump’s idea to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. has been called everything from controversial to harebrained, but—to the likely dismay of some of the oil majors—it’s now officially part of the Republican Party’s platform. As it turns out, the idea has been on the GOP table for a while, and Trump was just the man to voice it loudly and persistently enough. Trump’s wall is on the agenda, should he become president. A wall stopping people and vehicles from illegally crossing into the U.S. may appear to be a simple and effective solution to...
  • $14,000 per MWh – the price South Australia Pays for Renewables Madness

    07/17/2016 11:29:37 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 27 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 07/14/2016 | Eric Worrall
    The South Australian Government been forced to beg fossil fuel operators to bring mothballed plants back online, to contain wild swings in electricity spot price caused by unstable renewable production, prices which last month peaked at $14,000 / MWh – up from more normal prices of $100 / MWh which prevailed before political favouritism towards renewables messed up the market. ------------------------------------------- South Australia intervenes in electricity market as prices hit $14,000MWh Turmoil in South Australia’s heavily wind-reliant electricity market has forced the state government to plead with the owner of a mothballed gas-fired power station to turn it back on....
  • Has anyone heard of Mukti Petroleum Inc.? Who owns it?

    07/17/2016 10:40:09 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 45 replies
    Local gas station sign | July 17, 2016 | Me, Myself, & I
    A local Citgo gas station recently changed into a "Mukti" gas station. I tried to do some research on Google to find out who Mukti is, but could not find out who really is behind that company. I suspect it is some Muzzie enterprise, and therefore I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft. pole. Does any FReeper know anything about this company? Apparently it's quite local for the time being, hasn't gone national or even regional.
  • Hillary to Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania Coal Miners: “McDonald’s is Hiring!

    07/15/2016 6:12:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Pressa ^ | 07/15/16 | William Kevin Stoos
    "I misspoke when I said I misspoke: I really will put you out of business." —Satire When Hillary Clinton spoke at an Ohio town hall meeting during her primary campaign earlier this year, her flippant remark that she would “put a lot of coal miners outta work,” if she is elected President, was as welcome to coal miners as a skunk at a picnic. In an effort to un-ding the bell and reverse the political damage caused by her remarks (undoubtedly one of the reasons that 30,000 Democrats in Pennsylvania switched to the GOP in recent months) she quickly reversed...
  • As Chinese Refiners Flood The World, Gasoline Tankers Pile Up In New York City Harbor

    07/13/2016 8:07:54 PM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    zerohedge ^ | Jul 13, 2016 9:33 PM | by Tyler Durden
    Just over a month ago, when we pointed out that that the gasoline curve was about to shift from contango into backwardation, we said that the gasoline tanker armada off the coast of Singapore was about to start offloading as it would soon become uneconomical to hold product in offshore storage. This meant one thing: China was about to unleash a wave of accelerated gasoline exports across the entire world. We pointed out the unprecedented surge in Chinese gasoline stocks... and added that as China continues to imports tremendous amounts of both crude and product, far greater than actual demand,...