IEA’s “golden rules for the golden age of gas”

IEA’s “golden rules for the golden age of gas”

The respected chief economist of the IEA, Fatih Birol, has warned that the world will become increasingly reliant on shale gas and oil from Iraq in the coming decades. In part to help stave off the growing public backlash against shale gas, the IEA is preparing, along with a number of governments, a set of “best … Read More

US Oil Boom “Increases Energy Vulnerability”

US Oil Boom “Increases Energy Vulnerability”

As the International Energy Agency warns that world oil markets face a “bumpy ride” in the months ahead, Barack Obama has being trying to defend his energy policies. His defence comes at a time when rising gas and energy production prices look increasingly likely to be become a key election issue in November, with his … Read More

North Dakota’s oil boom from space

North Dakota’s oil boom from space

It has been mentioned often that the mining of tar sands in Alberta, Canada can be seen from space. Recent composite images from the Air Force’s Meteorological Satellite, brought to our attention by the great work at Skytruth.org, show another new form of North American oil production and its extensive reach and impact. The red area in the image is … Read More

The Hidden Danger of the Gas Boom

The Hidden Danger of the Gas Boom

The hype surrounding the US gas industry continues to grow as America moves ever closer to its cherished dream of energy independence. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that “the U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo … Read More

Clean energy is a wedge issue that favors Democrats

Clean energy is a wedge issue that favors Democrats

 Great post from David Roberts at Grist. The reaction from independents to Obama’s clean energy messages in the State of the Union speech is encouraging. Big Oil is the 1%. Clean energy translates into jobs that Americans can support. It’s time for all involved to press the advantage. We cross post here with thanks to … Read More

End “the Century of Subsidy”?  Maybe next year…

End “the Century of Subsidy”? Maybe next year…

Slowly but surely the battle lines are being drawn for the upcoming Presidential election.  President Obama built his State of the Union address on one of fairness. In doing so Obama reminded Americans that there is a clear choice when it comes to the next election. There is also a choice with energy. Before we … Read More

A Road Map to Renewal or Ruin?

A Road Map to Renewal or Ruin?

The oil boys from Houston must be wriggling with delight after President Obama’s official jobs council called for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as more pipelines. “We should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” argued the President’s Council on Jobs … Read More

Big Oil Threatens President Obama

Big Oil Threatens President Obama

 By Brendan Demelle, DeSmogBlog American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today announced the oil and gas industry’s latest election-year scare campaign to threaten the demise of the U.S. economy unless Big Oil gets its every wish in Washington. This year the wish list includes approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, expanded offshore drilling on both … Read More

Oil Change International Accomplishments 2011

Every year, the fossil fuel industry pumps more money into Congress, local governments, and advertising.  They’re upping the ante to get what they want. But this year, they hit a roadblock.  This year, the many stood in the way of the money and said no.  From the Keystone XL pipeline to the communities that have … Read More

Shale Gas “Will Wreck Climate Commitments”

Shale Gas “Will Wreck Climate Commitments”

Further to my blog earlier in the week criticising the Financial Times’ new “let’s happily drill the land of plenty” philosophy to oil shale and gas, of course there is downside to these new found reserves of oil. The big fat elephant in the room missed by the FT and ignored by the oil industry … Read More