Energy

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

New Dutch disease — a gas hangover

Demonstrators confront with the police during the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs' press conference in Loppersum, on January 17, 2014. The Dutch government said on January 17 it would slash gas production in Europe's biggest field by 20 percent over three years after protests by villagers who blame the extraction for causing earthquakes.  "The earthquake problem is a problem for all the Dutch," Economics Minister Henk Kamp told a chaotic press conference in the northern village of Loppersum. Kamp had travelled to the village, one of those worst affected by the earthquakes, to announce the cabinet's decision and was repeatedly interrupted by protestors calling for a complete halt to gas production.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN  ***netherlands out***        (Photo credit should read CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands blew through billions in profits from natural gas, and now it’s turning to Russia for supplies. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands partied for years on gas from the Groningen gas field. Suddenly the barman is… New Dutch disease… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

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ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

Total’s Offshore Cyprus Block 11 Could Rival Egypt’s Zohr Natural Gas Discovery; Increasing Investment and Competition in Region, IHS Markit Says

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Total to drill one of E&P industry’s most critical wells in 2017, as interest grows in region IHS Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr Field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to… Total’s Offshore Cyprus… Read More »

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Jeremy Cresswell: A matter of reputation and disgust in Big Oil

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Make no mistake, the public do not like Big Oil. It is in the eyes of most, a rapacious machine that will trample over anyone and anything to get what it… Jeremy Cresswell Energy Voice And with good reason given what happened in the US in the early 20th… Jeremy Cresswell: A… Read More »

Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »

Envoy says PHL studying joint exploration with China in disputed waters

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The Philippine government is “seriously studying” the possibility of conducting joint exploration of natural resources with China in the West Philippine Sea, Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana has said. GMA News Online In a report by GMA News’ Jam Sisante, Romana said the… Envoy says PHL… Read More »

China aircraft carrier to lead Pacific drills for first time

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China’s navy sent its sole aircraft carrier into the Pacific for the first time, state media reported – a move likely to ratchet up regional tensions. BEIJING – Hurriyet The duration of the drill and the route of the flotilla were not known. But the… China aircraft carrier… Read More »

Europe’s changing energy markets: Forging a new direction

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27:  Workers paint a hight-voltage pylon on October 27, 2009 in Augsburg, Germany. The new German government wants to reduce power costs by roll-back incentives for consumers to invest in solar equipment made by German companies. The new coalition also wants to reduce the sales tax on energy.  (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

The EU has set itself an ambitious goal: It wants an electricity market that allows power to flow across national borders to where it’s needed, better integrates growing renewable energy as the bloc works to cut carbon emissions to net zero by the end of the century and encourages consumers to manage their own energy needs at all times. Politico To that end, the European Commission came out with a jumbo policy package November 30 that included proposals on how to ... Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

South Australia Has A Key Role To Play In The Global Warming Challenge

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In our ongoing nuclear energy debate, Rob Parker, president of the Australian Nuclear Association responds to an article on November 29 by John Quiggin. New Matilda Rob Parker The public is desperate for our elected leaders to assert visionary plans and show clear direction. So along comes Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia, a state at risk of becoming a real “rust belt” and, shock horror, he does… South Australia Has A Key… Read More »

This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail

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Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Huffington Post Hilary Hanson  Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a… This Proposed Pipeline… Read More »