Since about the 1880’s, Western geologists have promoted the unproven idea that oil and gas–hydrocarbons–are scarce on this planet. That idea of scarcity of new finds, combined with the idea of depletion of old fields, appears to make empirical sense amid reports of old oil fields…
People need to get their heads around the idea that fossil fuels are "probably dead," the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway said Wednesday. "I'm not maybe as green as I should be, but I happen to think the climate is changing (and) they're not going to fool me anymore," Hunter Harrison told a J.P.
The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates the "Space Solar Power D3" team on making it to the winners circle in a Department of Defense (DOD) competition to find promising new technology ideas that could simultaneously advance diplomacy, development and defense. Space Solar Power (SSP) is among only six winners out of 500 entries for the DOD's first innovation challenge for the D3 (Diplomacy, Development, Defense) Summit. The SSP team proposal is titled "Carbon-Free Energy for Global Resilience and International Goodwill." Their team has won the opportunity to present to the highest-level gathering of the three departments that are primarily responsible for U.S. foreign policy. Winning proposal briefings will be made Wednesday, March 2 to representatives of the Secretary of Defense, the Vice Joint Chief of Staff, DOD senior leaders, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of State. The presentation will happen at the State Department and a live stream can be found at http://video.state.gov/live.
The oil industry is a powerhouse with control over land, resources, politics and more. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin uncovers big oil's strong-arm reach--its growth, its crimes, its power and its impunity. Featuring interviews with two investigative journalists who have covered
Economic growth never seems to be as high as those making forecasts would like it to be. This is a record of recent forecasts by the International Monetary Fund: Figure 2 shows world economic growth on a different basis--a basis that appears to me to be very close to total world GDP, as measured in…
Anadarko Petroleum Corp., a resilient U.S. oil company that barreled through the 2009 oil-market crash with its payroll fully intact, said Thursday it's finally giving in to market forces and cutting about 1,000 jobs companywide. The U.S. shale oil industry has almost capitulated in the international market-share war with big oil-producing nations, but the exodus from the biggest employer in The Woodlands - a strong beneficiary of economic growth during the oil boom - shows just how much damage the oil bust has done. Oil producers have contributed a fifth of the 320,000 global energy job cuts, joining oil equipment makers, rig contractors, refineries and pipeline operators, according to Houston consultancy Graves & Co., which has tracked industry layoffs since the downturn began. The company now believes low prices for both oil and natural gas in North America will last longer than anticipated and will continue to drive down spending and domestic drilling activity, Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen said Thursday. Last year, the Houston area lost 43,000 jobs in the oil production business and machinery and fabricated metals, but overall the region continued to grow, with a net increase of 15,200 jobs, according to the latest estimate by the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston. A healthy U.S. economy, robust health care hiring and a petrochemical construction boom on Houston's east side, driven by cheap energy prices, have kept the region out of recession, Gilmer said. [...] many laid off workers have been able to find employment with comparable pay and with similar skill requirements in Houston and elsewhere, in the chemicals industry, with infrastructure projects managed by the U.S. government and other specialty contracts, said Janette Marx, chief operating officer of recruiting company Airswift. Earlier this month, Anadarko said it would cut its U.S. rig count by 80 percent to just five drilling rigs, and it would cut its capital spending in half, which would force its oil and natural gas production down 3 percent this year. In recent years, home and land prices in The Woodlands have skyrocketed, but those prices have begun to level off, and there is more than 1 million square feet of Class A speculative office space available in buildings that are nearing completion but were planned and financed when crude prices were $100 a barrel.
The concept has been around for a while, but with Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP; tapping sunlight in space to generate clean constant energy) winning the top prize for innovation in technology for a clean and truly prosperous world at the D-3 (Diplomacy, Defense and Development) summit on 2 March in Washington, D.C, the idea seems closer to being realized than ever before. When seen in the context of recent developments in China and Japan, and with India waiting to get in on the action, the possibilities are electrifying.
At the beginning of the year, I published an in-depth interview with Shawn Case, founder of Enterprise In Space. This massive endeavor, an international project of the National Space Society, will send a recoverable spacecraft, to be partially 3D printed by Made In Space, into Earth orbit, carrying over 100 active and passive experiments from […]
Elon Musk is of a rare breed; a wildly successful businessman with a wealth of knowledge of and passion for environmental issues. You don't see this very often, which is unfortunate because with more people like him there would surely be greater progress in the world. Musk is at it again. Inhabitat covered that he recently offered his take on powering the entire United States with solar power. "Essentially, he proposes that the whole country could be powered by “a little corner of Nevada or Utah” and that, if government leaders cooperated and invested in infrastructure, it could happen in as little as 15 years." The daunting task now is to figure out how to get the powers-that-be on board.
Here's musk talking about climate change and the benefits of solar power:
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