Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought
A new study of the fluids used in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that several of them may not be as safe as the energy industry says they are, and some are downright toxic.
This Home of Mega-Oil Finds Is Reforming
News emerged this week that major energy reforms are coming in one of the most intriguing exploration centers on the planet: Kazakhstan.
Why Biodiesel May Not Be the Miracle Fuel You Think
With more retailers being incented to offer biodiesel, and regular diesel becoming nearly extinct for owners of diesel-fueled cars, it is important to ask whether biodiesel actually helps or harms diesel-fueled vehicles. And are the environment benefits as great as we’re led to believe?
Mobile Wi-Fi Gizmos Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Batteries
Research today seems focused on making a better battery – smaller but with greater capacity, lighter, and quick to recharge. That’s the key to truly portable, useful electronic devices. Unless, of course, the battery becomes unnecessary altogether.
Who Needs Russia? Ukraine Will Destroy Itself With New Gas Tax
Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope.
Is This Trend a Killer for Oil and Gas?
Very interesting research released last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that the domestic E&P sector may be headed for some difficult times.
Solar and Wind Power More Expensive Than Thought
A new study from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, argues that using solar and wind energy may be the most expensive alternatives to carbon-based electricity generation, even though they require no expenditures for fuel.
Spongy Mass Uses Sunlight to Produce Steam Efficiently
Spongelike structures are beginning to show their worth in improving energy efficiency.
What a World Powered by the Sun Would Look Like
The Sun powers our solar system, so could it power all our Earthly needs, too? And if it someday could, where would all those solar panels go?
Gas Prices Don’t Reflect Record Levels of U.S. Refinery Output
The price of gasoline in the United States will remain fairly static for the immediate future, even though refineries are working at record levels because of the surge in oil production.
5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil
More important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences. Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so reliant is the world upon black gold. Others, equally extreme in their views, embrace the news, looking forward to a time when humanity will magically clean up its act. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Cooling Solar Cells, Even at High Noon
There’s been a lot of research in the past few years into how to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of solar energy technology. But only now has one rather obvious problem been addressed, and apparently solved: How to keep solar panels cool on a hot, sunny day.
Whose Oil Will Quench China’s Thirst?
As the heir-in-waiting to the title of world’s largest economy, China finds itself in a strange position in terms of its oil consumption.
California’s Progressive, Divisive Cap-and-Trade Plan
California is claiming the environmental high ground by preparing to take the next step in its carbon reduction plan, but the result may leave drivers fuming.
Industry Vows to Fight U.S. City’s Ban on Canadian Oil Sands
Many residents of South Portland, Maine, were ecstatic over a recent decision by the city council to forbid the use of the city’s facilities to export Canadian oil sands.
The Coming Storm in the Middle East
A new CIA drone base near Erbil, in the Kurdish region of Iraq, seems to have become America’s portal into the Syrian-Iraqi war – a war U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will not enter.
Energy From Biofuels Can Match Crude Oil Levels
The beauty of biofuels is that they don’t pollute. After that things can get ugly.
Why Income-Seeking Investors Should Consider MLPs
In these days of ultra-low interest rates, investors who are looking for or need income from their portfolios are struggling. A roughly 2.5 percent yield on the U.S. Government 10-year note means that it is hard to get any kind of decent return from an average person’s available funds at retirement.
Qatar’s LNG Dominance Threatened by Shell’s Reported Withdrawal
Royal Dutch Shell’s widely reported decision to end its role in a gas project in Qatar threatens the Gulf state’s dominance in the production of liquid natural gas (LNG).
Why Canada Would Rather Export Oil Than Refine It
Canada has always been known as a “hewer of wood and drawer of water” for its reliance on natural resources for economic growth, and nowhere is this more apparent than the way the country handles its extraction of oil.