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Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

By on 25 Jul 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“The U.S. military is the world’s single-largest industrial consumer of oil… Every $10 increase in the price per barrel of oil costs the Pentagon $1.3 billion.”

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Review July 25, 2011

By on 25 Jul 2011 in Peak Oil Review with 0 Comments

Download Full PDF Truth in Energy: ASPO-USA 2011 Peak Oil & Energy Conference Washington, DC, November 3-5 2011; Register now and save($), for more information visit: www.peak-oil.org 1. Oil and the Global Economy Oil prices climbed to a six-week high after the EU reached yet another agreement on the terms of a Greek bailout. Trading […]

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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

By on 18 Jul 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“We will aim to bring about a society that can exist without nuclear power.”

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Failure and Heroism at the IEA

By on 18 Jul 2011 in commentary with 1 Comment
Failure and Heroism at the IEA

On June 23rd, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the US government announced the intention to tap strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) of the US and other countries, with an eye to reducing oil prices. The US was to provide 30 million barrels (mb) and other countries a similar amount, for a total draw of 60 million barrels.

The market responded sharply, with oil prices falling nearly $6 / barrel within a day or two; the intervention appeared effective. But it was not too be. Within a week, oil prices had recovered the pre-announcement price. They are even higher now. The market simply absorbed and discounted the news.

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Review July 18, 2011

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Truth in Energy: ASPO-USA 2011 Peak Oil & Energy Conference Washington, DC, November 3-5 2011 Register now and save($) for more information visit www.aspousa.org 1. Oil and the Global Economy Oil traded between $94 and $100 last week as the markets balanced worsening economic news across much of the OECD against continued Chinese growth and […]

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ASPO-USA Mixes with Its New DC Neighbors

By on 17 Jul 2011 in Other with 0 Comments
ASPO-USA Mixes with Its New DC Neighbors

To help kick-off ASPO-USA’s relocation to Washington DC, reconnect with old friends, and build relationships with new partners, an informal reception was held in DC on June 11, in conjunction with a meeting of ASPO-USA’s Board of Directors. On a particularly warm Saturday afternoon, on the back patio of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, overlooking the […]

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ASPO-USA Focuses on "Truth in Energy," "What Next?"

By on 17 Jul 2011 in Other with 0 Comments

Since its inception, ASPO-USA has been a force for uncovering critical information on energy and understanding the challenges and opportunities that America faces. As Peak Oil and energy issues become ever more urgent, however, ASPO-USA is working to expand our capacity and sharpen our tools. Going forward, our work is being organized under the banner […]

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Call for ASPO-USA Volunteers

By on 17 Jul 2011 in Other with 0 Comments

A key role for ASPO-USA is to build a broader, stronger base of support for tackling our Peak Oil and energy challenges.  To help grow ASPO-USA’s partnerships and increase our overall capacity, we will be making more strategic and organized use of our extensive roster of friends, supporters, and advisors – people we fondly refer […]

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ASPO-USA in the Media

By on 17 Jul 2011 in Other with 0 Comments
ASPO-USA in the Media

A June 26 New York Times article raising questions about the true cost and prospective profits of developing shale gas has set off a firestorm of public scrutiny and controversy within the industry.  ASPO-USA Director Art Berman was consulted for and quoted in the article, and has been featured in follow-up interviews and commentary (including […]

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Peter Secker, CEO – Canada Lithium Corp.

By on 11 Jul 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“If you are a strong believer in the green economy and electric vehicles, then [lithium] demand is going to exceed supply by 2015-2016.”

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Dilithium crystals “most likely” to power next generation By Christine Patton

By on 11 Jul 2011 in commentary with 6 Comments
Dilithium crystals “most likely” to power next generation By Christine Patton

In the issues of energy, many Americans pin their hopes on far-away technology solutions that will enable the nation to continue its growth in energy consumption, while sparing the public the challenge of making common-sense changes in our lives for greater community development, energy efficiency, and resource conservation. This week, Christine Patton, Co-Chair of Transition Oklahoma City, takes a humorous look at this line of thinking by describing a fictional future event and an out-of-this-world solution to America’s energy challenges. – ASPO-USA

June 18, 2012 — CAMBRIDGE, MASS —

In a Gallup poll released today, Americans chose dilithium crystals as the “most likely” fuel to run future cars and power plants, with 84% of Americans choosing the crystals over other options including nuclear, hydrogen, corn ethanol, shale gas, and photovoltaic solar panels. Respondents indicated that dilithium crystals are popular for providing quiet, clean energy, with a proven track record of seven-hundred twenty-six episodes in four different Star Trek television series.

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Review July 11, 2011

By on 11 Jul 2011 in Peak Oil Review with 0 Comments

Download Full PDF 1. Oil and the Global Economy In a short US trading week, the most notable developments were the increasing spread between NY and London futures contracts and the warnings of higher prices ahead by several financial institutions. While NY crude gained $1.26 a barrel last week, Brent was up by $6.76, increasing […]

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Art Berman, ASPO-USA board member

By on 4 Jul 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“This kind of data is making it harder and harder to deny that the shale gas revolution is being oversold.”

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Review July 4, 2011

By on 4 Jul 2011 in Peak Oil Review with 1 Comment

Download Full PDF 1. Oil and the Global Economy Oil prices rebounded last week from the sell-off triggered the previous week by the sale of 60 million barrels from IEA stocks. By mid-week, prices in NY were back to where they were before the sell-off and London prices, which sustained a circa $10 drop during […]

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A Bold Move, But Our Oil Problems Are Just Beginning – By Art Berman and Jan Mueller

By on 4 Jul 2011 in commentary with 2 Comments
A Bold Move, But Our Oil Problems Are Just Beginning  – By Art Berman and Jan Mueller

The IEA decision to release 60 million barrels from strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) of member nations has been criticized as politically motivated, too small and too late to matter, or, at best, as a desperate attempt to fend off economic woes. The reality and impact of the decision are more complex than that. The move is a bold, price-suppressing “poke in OPEC’s eye” from nations that have been perpetual price takers in the world oil market. The short-term rationale for the decision, however, should not obscure our real oil problem – geopolitics is combining with economics and geology to put us in an oil crunch that is not likely to abate until our nation moves beyond oil.

The timing and volume of the decision make sense, and one need only to look at the vigorous complaints from Iran to gauge its significance. The Libyan conflict became a factor in February, and it took time to recognize that its 1.3 million barrels per day export volume was lost to the market on a relatively long-term basis, and to fully grasp the impact on the OECD economies. It took time to see that OPEC’s promise to cover the loss had little substance, as confirmed by the recent OPEC meeting.

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