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LNG comes to Boston, a harbinger of the future?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:24:25 +0000


The most curious natural gas story of the year so far comes out of Boston and seems to have echoes of a deepening Russia-related scandal in Washington. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker bearing natural gas produced in part in Russia delivered its cargo to the Boston area for insertion into the natural gas pipeline system there. Apparently, the Russian company that supplied some of the gas may fall under U.S. sanctions against the financing and importation of Russian goods.

Ex-Chief of BP-Acquired Solar Giant Foresees Renewables Revolution

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:43:44 +0000


A new book put together by the former Chairman of Europe’s largest solar company, Lightsource — which merged with BP last year — throws light on how the world will be permanently transformed by an energy revolution in coming decades.

A Review of Two Books by John Michael Greer: Dark Age America and The Retro Future

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:18:09 +0000


John Michael Greer acknowledges that his aim with Dark Age America is an ambitious one. The book is his attempt to sketch out the likely course of industrial society over the next 500 years, with a particular emphasis on the United States. These days, the word progress has come to mean deterioration far more often than improvement. This is the central tenet of The Retro Future,…

The Strategy of Maximal Extraction

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:34 +0000


The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions.

U.S. Department of Energy Doubles Down on Shale Optimism

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:51:19 +0000


Last week, Post Carbon Institute published Hughes’ analysis of the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017, which found that the EIA’s forecast for shale gas and tight oil production through 2050 was “extremely optimistic.”

Peak Oil Review: 13 February 2018

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:32:14 +0000


It was a volatile week with stock markets crashing and oil prices falling by nearly $7 a barrel from recent highs. Behind the price collapse was a stronger dollar, the break in the equity markets, ever increasing US shale oil production, and an unexpectedly large jump in the rig count the week before last.

Drill, Baby, Drill: The U.S. Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:17:39 +0000


The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States has increased an astonishing 38 percent over the past year. That’s according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, which reported this week that the country had 1,070 rigs at the end of January, up from just 773 a year earlier.

Kris De Decker: Enough Is Enough

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:17:14 +0000


Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, Low Tech Magazine founder, Kris De Decker, makes a compelling case for the abandonment of efficiency as the barometer for planetary stewardship. He proposes we use the simpler, but perhaps more painful objective of sufficiency.

How Advance Cost Recovery Swindled the South

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:16:05 +0000


How did the legal innovation of “advance cost recovery” allow utilities in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi to torch more than $40 billion on nuclear and coal plants that went way over budget or never produced a single kilowatt-hour of electricity?

First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:03:19 +0000


Last month, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld Portland’s ban as constitutional, affirming the city’s power to regulate the safety and welfare of its residents and sending a powerful signal to cities that they too can take the lead to limit fossil fuel use.

Empowering the Powerless: Here’s How To End Energy Poverty

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:09:35 +0000


Millions of people die prematurely of indoor pollution and other consequences of energy poverty. But there is a way to empower the powerless: with renewable energy microgrids and decentralized technologies.