Archive | June, 2011

China energy

Chinese Energy Policies Harming Neighbors

China’s omnivorous energy requirements have been attracting increasing attention as of late, as Beijing attempts to secure any and all sources of power for its growing industrial base. Nowhere is this more noticeable than Beijing’s policies in the South China Sea, where Chinese assertions of sovereignty are unsettling the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and […]

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International Atomic Energy Agency

Nuclear Twilight in Europe

It is becoming evident to many that the March nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s six reactor Daichi Fukushima complex has dealt a huge, possibly fatal, blow to the nuclear industry’s hopes of a revival. A year ago even global warming enthusiasts reluctantly embraced nuclear power as a carbon-free energy generating system, and the industry was ramping […]

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Coat of arms of Vietnam

Vietnam Confronts China Over South China Sea Energy Riches

An increasingly fractious maritime confrontation is developing in the South China Sea, with enormous implications for international companies interested in developing East Asia’s offshore hydrocarbon resources. Far from the radars of city of London and Wall Street investors, the clash has seen Vietnam emerge as spear carrier for its fellow ASEAN members on the dispute. […]

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Coat of Arms of Mongolia

Investors Salivating Over Mongolian Energy Resources Mongolia – Place Your Bets?

Sometime in the next 12 months, an energy IPO offering in distant Mongolia already has foreign investors salivating. The darling of the international energy community is coal company Erdenes-Tavan Tolgoi (“Five Hills”) Ltd., popularly known as TT, which has yet to begin operations. To give an idea of the potential foreign interest, analysts believe that […]

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biofuel

Biofuels About to Take Off – Just Not Yet

Investors looking for the next big thing after a hydrocarbon economy have a panoply of options, from solar to wind, as well as biofuels. In terms of quickly ramping up production biofuels clearly win the race, but navigating the PR fluff and reality is not a simple thing. The three main contenders for investor dollars […]

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