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The California Shale Bubble Just Burst

The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the statistical arm of the Department of Energy – has downgraded its estimate of the total amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by a whopping […]

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Tax Havens and Offshore Wealth

U.S. Corporations & Offshore Tax Havens

A massive leak of financial data to media outlets around the globe has spurred a series of investigations into offshore banking and tax havens. Documents detailing secret accounts were leaked to the Washington, D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The non-profit group granted 38 media organizations access to the database. Corporate moguls, property tycoons, lawyers […]

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How is the Keystone XL Pipeline Progressing?

Four and a half years of studies and five failed votes in the House later, exactly where are we with the Keystone XL pipeline? Stuck on the US-Canadian border where it is likely to remain until mid-2013 despite the headline-grabbing issuance of one of three permits to begin construction in Texas for the smaller and […]

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Top 5 Figures Influencing Renewable Energy

As Oilprice.com embarks on its Top 5 series, we thought it expedient to begin with our take on the key figures shaping and influencing U.S. renewable energy efforts, not least because the issue of energy security is being prioritized in campaigning ahead of U.S. presidential elections. In considering from the numerous choices for these top […]

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Canadian Prime Minister Shills Alberta Oil Sands in China

Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in the midst of an official visit to China. His mission? To convince Beijing’s mandarins to buy Canada’s Alberta oil sands hydrocarbon production, now that Republican Congressional overreach has effectively sidelined the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to transit the oil to U.S. Gulf of Mexico refineries, for the […]

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Earthquakes, Water Pollution and Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Fracking – Strike Number Three?

The last decade has seen a sustained campaign by the hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking”) industry against its critics, as the fracking industry in the U.S. alone was worth an estimated $76 billion in 2010 and is projected to grow to $231 billion in 2036 if only those pesky environmentalists can be sidelined. According to Washington’s energy […]

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Canadian Oil Sands – A Good Investment? Not in Europe, Apparently

Any American watching cable TV over the past few months can hardly fail to have noticed the seemingly ubiquitous advertisements extolling the virtues of extracting oil from Canadian oil sands, which the commentators assure their audience has a carbon footprint largely comparable with traditional fossil fuels, and which, if developed will provide not only millions […]

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