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WHO EXCLUSIVE: Gen. Wesley Clark on Oil, War and Activism
Clark explicitly lays out the central role of oil in American military strategy, and advocates for increased use of clean energy alternatives. He also says that the only way to change policy on energy and the military is for a mass public movement to stand up to the oil industry, the richest and most powerful in history...
The Economic Consequences of Iranian Nukes
Oil prices “could double,” increasing the U.S. price of gasoline by up to $2.75, if Iran is permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon, according to a new economic analysis by a bipartisan team of current and former government officials.
Sky-high gas prices in California reveal energy infrastructure ripe for sudden collapse
California's energy infrastructure is so fragile that a power outage at a single gasoline refinery caused state-wide prices to skyrocket.
Report: More than 200 coal-fired generators slated for shutdown
Within the next three to five years, more than 200 coal-fired electric generating units will be shut down across 25 states due to EPA regulations and factors including cheap natural gas, according to a new report by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity...
W.Va., Va. weighing impact of Alpha mine layoffs
As federal air pollution regulations tighten, utilities are increasingly shifting to natural gas and closing old, inefficient plants. It's likely that other companies will follow Alpha's lead and look to the export market in the future, Hamilton said. West Virginia has historically accounted for about half of U.S. coal exports.
World War III: The Unthinkable Cost of Preserving the Petrodollar
Public approval of wars is only possible as long as people remain ignorant of the primary driving force behind our foreign policy. The reason you haven’t heard of the petrodollar system is because our government wants you to think that we start wars to spread democracy...
What You Can do to Prepare for an Israeli Attack on Iran this Fall
If the attack does happen, the most obvious impact will be a spike in oil prices (with most other forms of energy spiking in sympathy). There will be others, but for the purposes of today’s letter, let’s focus on finding ways to reduce our vulnerability to an oil price spike.
At Least 39 Killed in Blast at Refinery in Venezuela
The national oil company, also known as PDVSA, has been plagued by accidents and oil spills in recent years, which critics say are the result of poor management.
False Sense of (Energy) Security
There are two separate issues with regard to the supply of petroleum and refined products: Price, and Security of Supply...
4 Nuclear Reactors in US Shutdown in Last Few Days as Power Grids Worldwide Expected to Fail
With the recent power grid failure in India and other problems such as the Fukushima Diachi disaster, one can never be too sure when the kickoff to martial law might be.
Living Without Electricity
Can you imagine someone making the call to deprive 600 million Americans of power? There would be rioting in the streets. People would die by the thousands of exposure, burns, food poisoning, you know where I’m going with this...
California braces for power-grid test amid heat wave
California's electricity grid operator issued a rare statewide alert on Thursday warning residents to curb power usage in coming days as a heat wave threatens to strain its already taxed network.
EGYPTIAN CAPITAL HIT BY RASH OF BLACKOUTS
A massive blackout hit many parts of the Egyptian capital on Thursday, briefly halting traffic on much of its crowded subway and delaying the start of trading on the stock exchange...
Massive India Power Outage: Wake Up Call
Let that sink in for a minute… imagine if EVERYONE in the United States lost electricity, and the ensuing chaos that would erupt after awhile...
India power cut hits millions, among world's worst outages
Hundreds of millions of people across India were left without power on Tuesday in one of the world's worst blackouts, trapping miners, stranding train travellers and plunging hospitals into darkness when grids collapsed for the second time in two days.
Second India blackout in two days cuts power to 670 million
Grids supplying electricity to half of India's 1.2 billion people collapsed on Tuesday, trapping coal miners, stranding train travellers and plunging hospitals into darkness in the second major blackout in as many days.
370M Indians swelter in heat after power fails
Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting trains, forcing hospitals and airports onto backup power and providing a dark reminder of the nation's inability to feed a growing hunger for energy as it strives to become an economic power...
Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012
Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
With fishing suspended, Fukushima fishermen return to sea to catch disaster debris
IWAKI, Fukushima -- On the morning of July 11, a year and four months after the March 11, 2011 disasters, fishermen here boarded their ships and headed out to sea -- not to catch fish, but disaster debris.
Israel Facing Blackouts as Natural Gas Shortage Looms
JERUSALEM--Israel is likely facing rolling electricity blackouts this summer as a heatwave and natural-gas shortage could result in energy demand outstripping supply, the state-run Israel Electric Corp. Ltd.
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