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  • Now it’s a War on Pipelines

    09/23/2017 5:04:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines.For years, activists claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. The fracking revolution (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) obliterated that argument, by sending US oil and gas production to new heights. Indeed, record gas supplies and plummeting gas prices combined with the Obama EPA war on coal to shutter many coal-fired power plants.So the battle increasingly shifted to the far more emotional claim that continued reliance on fossil fuels (which provide over 80% of the US and global energy that...
  • Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores

    09/18/2017 11:08:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 18 September 2017 10:44 CEST+02:00
    Solar panel units for the roofs of Norwegian homes are to be sold in-store for the first time by electronics retailer Elkjřp. The electronics chain has noticed a strong growth in demand for the solar units in its online stores, reports Dagens Nćringsliv. Now the technology will be available in physical shops for the first time. Solar panel power in Norwegian homes has tripled in the last year in terms of overall effectivity, according to the report. […] The technology developer said that he wanted to take solar power from the “niche market to the mass market”. …
  • Trump inches toward drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge for first time in 30 years(OH NOES!)

    09/18/2017 10:04:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | 9/17/2017 | staff
    President Donald Trump is moving toward allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time in several decades, according to a report Friday from The Washington Post. Interior Department officials are modifying decades-old regulations that have traditionally prevented the agency from conducting seismic studies seen as the first step towards drilling, the report notes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director James W. Kurth told the agency’s Alaska regional director to strike constraints on a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between 1984 and 1986, the last time drilling was allowed in the ANWR, according to a...
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...
  • Will the ethanol industry's hurricane lobbying pay off?

    09/09/2017 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/09/17 | John Siciliano
    ... "In this time of stress on our fuel supply system, why wouldn't we remove a barrier that would allow E15 to be sold less than two weeks before the allowable date of Sept. 15," said Paige Anderson, director of government relations at the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, representing gasoline station owners and convenience store chains that sell fuel. ...
  • Report: Hackers can now cause blackouts on US electrical grid

    09/09/2017 11:48:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/07/2017 | Rick Moran
    It was inevitable that someday, hackers would have the ability to exert control over the U.S. electrical grid.  According to the computer security firm Symantec, someday is today. Hacking attacks over the last several months that targeted U.S. energy companies have been able to gain "operational control" over systems, thus threatening blackouts across the U.S., says Symantec.  The hacker group known as DragonFly 2.0 was able to gain control in at least 20 places, according to the firm. Wired: Symantec on Wednesday revealed a new campaign of attacks by a group it is calling Dragonfly 2.0, which it says...
  • Jaguar cars set to go electric from 2020

    09/07/2017 1:45:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 7, 2017 | Staff - AFP
    Jaguar Land Rover will make all its new vehicles available in electric or hybrid models from 2020, it said on Thursday, two months after a similar announcement from Volvo. The JLR group is the latest carmaker to embrace the move away from internal combustion engines in the wake of stricter government proposals after the Paris climate accord. "We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles," JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said. Sweden's Volvo is also moving away from internal combustion engines, announcing in July that it plans...
  • China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold

    09/05/2017 7:37:59 PM PDT · by bkopto · 44 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 9/1/2017 | Damon Evans
    China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry. The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world's biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars. China's move will allow exporters such as Russia and Iran to circumvent U.S. sanctions by trading in yuan. To further entice trade, China says the yuan will be fully convertible into gold...
  • German Wind Energy Market “Threatening To Implode”…”Things Have Never Been This Bad”!

    09/05/2017 1:22:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    No Tricks Zone ^ | 30 August 2017 | P Gosselin
    While Germany likes to fancy itself as being among the “global leaders” in tackling climate change by expanding green energies, the country has in fact taken very little action recently to back up the appearances. If anything, Germany is more in the green energy retreat mode. There are good reasons for this. German flagship business daily “Handelsblatt” reported here yesterday how Germany’s wind energy market is now “threatening to implode” and as a result “thousands of jobs are at risk“. José Luis Blanco, CEO of German wind energy giant Nordex, blames the market chaos on “policymakers changing the rules“. Subsidies...
  • Solar farms are cropping up in Will County, ILLINOIS

    09/05/2017 8:07:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune Southtown ^ | Sep 5, 2017 | Susan DeMar Lafferty
    Solar farms are cropping up in Will County As harvest season approaches, some Will County farmers may already be considering alternatives to the future of their corn and soybean fields. They are learning that the sun they now rely on to produce vegetables, could be harnessed into a new cash crop. Empowered by Illinois' new Future Energy Jobs Act, solar companies have approached area farmers in recent weeks about converting a portion of their property into solar farms. Cypress Creek Renewables, which currently operates solar farms in eight states, has an agreement with a landowner in Crete Township to convert...
  • PG&E Faces Possible Fine and Lost Revenue Totaling More Than $97 Million

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would have to pay nearly $100 million under a regulatory judge’s proposed punishment issued Friday. Citing the “flagrant and pervasive nature” of the five years of illegal e-mail contacts, administrative law judge Robert Mason concluded that a previously agreed to $1 million fine against the company was “too low.” Mason upped that to $12 million in fines. That's combined with $73.5 million in customer rate cuts that PG&E has agreed to provide. The $97.5 million penalty will be the most severe imposed on any state regulated utility for so-called ex parte communications – the official...
  • Trump to speak at Mandan refinery Wednesday (North Dakota)

    09/04/2017 1:47:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bismarck Tribune ^ | September 4, 2017 | John Hageman, Forum News Service
    President Donald Trump will speak Wednesday at a Mandan refinery, the White House said Monday. Trump’s speech, which is expected to be focused on tax reform, is scheduled for just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Andeavor refinery. Few other details about the president’s plans were known Monday. Air Force One is scheduled to arrive at Bismarck Municipal Airport at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. The visit comes a week after the Republican president gave his first major speech on tax reform in Missouri, according to Reuters. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who last week confirmed Trump’s visit, said the president is making...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • RR commissioner: There's no fuel crisis in Texas

    08/31/2017 6:26:40 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 52 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 8-31-2017 | David Schechter and Marjorie Owens
    DALLAS - As gas prices spike across Texas and fuel runs short at some gas stations, officials say there's no shortage of fuel in the state because of Harvey. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said consumers are putting undue demand on fuel and that's making it difficult to resupply gas stations in a timely fashion. He called the problem simply one of demand and logistics. "There's plenty of gasoline," he said. "This will subside." Sitton says he understands the worry as people drive up to gas stations and see high prices, long lines and red bags covering gas pumps. But...
  • Russian Energy Unaffected By U.S. Sanctions

    08/31/2017 2:38:36 PM PDT · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 31-08-2017 | Irina
    President Trump signed an array of sanctions against Russia, Venezuela, and North Korea, with those against Russia specifically targeting the country’s energy industry. The idea of sanctions, theoretically, is to pressure a government into changing its behavior. In reality, U.S. sanctions on Russia do not seem to be having the desired effect, and it’s business as usual for Russian oil and gas, according to a Reuters report citing a number of local industry insiders.
  • Gasoline Soars 14% As Motiva Cannot Say When Largest US Refinery Will Restart

    08/31/2017 9:28:03 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 58 replies
    CNBC ^ | 31 August 2017 | Tom DiChristopher | Patti Domm
    Gasoline spiked to a more-than-two-year high on Thursday after a report that the largest U.S. refinery could remain offline for up to two weeks due to impacts from Tropical Depression Harvey...U.S. gasoline futures were up 14.6 percent at $2.1597 per gallon by 12:13 p.m. ET, near the highest level since June, 2015.
  • SOME DFW STATIONS MAY RUN OUT OF GAS THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    08/30/2017 3:57:42 PM PDT · by TrumpisRight · 61 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | August 30, 2017
    <p>Texas is running short on gas in at least the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Just got a call from my son who works in Dallas, telling me to get all our gas can and fill them up because stations are running low or out around his work area. Which I did and even filling the truck and car.</p>
  • Ethane Storage Could Bring 100,000 Jobs to the Ohio Valley

    08/29/2017 10:20:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Intelligencer ^ | August 30, 2017 | Casey Junkins, Business/Energy Writer
    CANONSBURG, Pa.–West Virginia University researchers believe a Marcellus and Utica shale ethane storage hub could help create $36 billion in investment and more than 100,000 permanent jobs — some of which could occur at industrial sites left behind by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Weirton Steel and Ormet Corp. During a Tuesday conference, WVU Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson said drillers throughout the region are now producing about 460,000 barrels of ethane per day — almost three times the total amount of ethane expected to be used per day at the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker set for Beaver County, Pa. and the...
  • Oil factbox: Refinery outages, port closures

    08/29/2017 3:46:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    Roughly 2.33 million b/d of Texas refining capacity remained down due to shutdowns, but with refiners also cutting rates that figure is likely much higher. If those cutting runs are at 50% of capacity, that would put the total downed capacity at 3.36 million b/d (18% of the US total). Vessel traffic into and out of the US Gulf Coast has largely been closed, restricting oil and refined products imports and exports. The US Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for Louisiana port Lake Charles and Texas ports Beaumont, Nederland, Orange, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Sabine and Sabine Bar. The...
  • THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IS STILL . . . COAL

    08/29/2017 1:07:42 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 59 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8/29/2017
    Turns out if you look close you find out two things. First, in 1990, 88 percent of the world’s energy came from fossil fuels. After more than 25 years and over a trillion dollars in subsidies for “renewable” energy, in 2015 the world’s share of energy from fossil fuels was . . . 86 percent. (See figure immediately below.) At this rate, it will take 150 years to get fossil fuel energy down to 75 percent of the world’s total energy supply. I’m sure just $200 trillion in subsidies will do the trick.