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Wind and Solar Start To Hit Primary US Energy Demand

Disruption from wind and solar power, until recently, has been largely confined to global powergrids. The two renewable technologies now compose more than 10% of EU electricity, 8% of US electricity, and 6% of China’s electricity. But their progress in the broader energy mix has been slower. Dominated by oil, transportation has successfully resisted the […]

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In the Year 2020

London based Carbon Tracker is forecasting?that global demand for both coal and oil are set to peak just a few years from now, in the year 2020. The new report uses a model, in partnership with?Grantham Institute, that combines policy and economic factors to arrive at the surprising convergence. Indeed it would be unusual, given […]

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Peak Coal, They Said: Questions Persist about Fossil Fuel Scarcity, and the Economics of Natural Resource Extraction

Are you excited at the prospect that Coal’s Second Coming, largely driven by China over the past 20 years, has now come to a halt? You should be. Coal retirements in the United States have been aggressive, and China is increasingly meeting marginal growth for electricity through solar, wind, and hydropower. Maybe future coal growth […]

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes for Coal

The w88ประเทศไทย www.pinyourcrafts.com blog, highly active from 2008-2013, has largely been dormant during the time over the past few years as?I’ve pursued other opportunities in journalism. However, in 2016 postings will appear again several?times per month as addressable issues arise in our ongoing energy transition. My monthly publication TerraJoule.us–expanded with new writers and features in 2016–will […]

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Oil’s Bright, Momentary Flash

In 1965, after more than a century and a half, oil overtook coal as the world’s primary energy source. But only eight years later in 1973, oil itself peaked as a percentage of global energy use at 48.5%. Now, forty years later, oil is barely hanging on as the world’s primary energy source, with a […]

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American Houses and the Oil Denominator

If there’s one asset the world has little use for, it’s an American single family home priced above 250K, reachable only by car. The great, post-war buildout of America’s suburbs relied upon the continuance of a favorable arbitrage between rising wages, and low transportation costs. Now that this profitable scheme has come to an end, […]

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North American Natural Gas Breaks Below Two Dollars, for a Million BTU

Natural gas in North America broke below the $2.00 barrier today, for the first time in ten years. It’s important to remember that, unlike oil, natural gas does not trade at a converged, global price. Accordingly, a million BTU in LNG form currently trades for over $9.00 in the UK, and over $15.00 in Japan. […]

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Another View of US Exports: Portland and the Pacific Northwest

Following on yesterday’s post which covered the surge in coal exports from the US, readers may be aware that various coal exporters have searched in vain for the past two years for new coal exporting locales, along the Washington and Oregon coasts. Unsurprisingly, whether in Cherry Point, Washington (near Bellingham) or in St Helens, Oregon […]

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Oil Soars and Natural Gas Withers: But the Energy Singularity is Not Forthcoming

If you firmly believe higher oil prices will drive energy transition, and the adoption of alternative sources, then do (by all means) feel excited today. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil, which has sold for as much as a 25% discount to Brent oil over the past 9 months, has been slowly filling […]

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The Great American False Dilemma: Austerity vs. Stimulus

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent wesbsite. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at w88ประเทศไทย www.pinyourcrafts.com. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ “Like the issue of…’Is it better to have austerity or stimulus?’ Well, the basic problem there is that we’re […]

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