Middle East

Oil prices & supplies - Feb 8

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Enjoy low oil prices while you can: Henry Groppe
Get ready for the rebound (analyst Fadel Gheit)
Why peak oil prices may rocket higher (Grandich, Yardeni)
Oil output could fall by 30m bpd by 2015 - Merrill
Iraqi oil minister: OPEC to cut production

archived February 8, 2009

Food & agriculture - Feb 1

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Job losses and plunging incomes = food crisis
Britain 'must revive farms' to avoid grave food crisis
Gaza desperately short of food after Israel destroys farmland

archived February 1, 2009

Global - Jan 31

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Governments across Europe tremble as angry people take to the streets
Arctic's thaw brings security risks for NATO
Gulf's green claims awash in a desert of deception

archived January 31, 2009

Largely about access

Steve Athearn, Energy Bulletin

Abstract: It is sometimes held that U.S. motivations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, while indeed "largely about oil" (in the well-publicized words of Alan Greenspan), are not (or at least not much) "about access" to the region's oil per se. This essay critically examines that claim, arguing that the current U.S. resort to force cannot really be understood without regard to the current precariousness of U.S. energy supplies.

archived January 14, 2009

Peak Oil Review - Jan 12

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

An executive summary of weekly news from a US peak oil perspective, featuring:
- The volatility continues
- Gaza
- OPEC cuts production
- Briefs

archived January 12, 2009

Renewables - Jan 11

Staff, Energy Bulletin

International Energy Agency 'blocking global switch to renewables'
Tehran looks to the skies for cheap power from the sun
Speculation grows over mysterious wind turbine damage

archived January 11, 2009

Peak oil, prices & supplies - Dec 30

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Crude oil rises as Israeli attacks on Gaza roil Middle East
Robert Rapier's top 10 energy stories of 2008
Gwynne Dyer on peak oil and the transition from oil
Byron King: Whither the oil markets
What will make headlines in 2009
Tumult in the life of a Calgary oil trader

archived December 30, 2008

Shia Islam and oil geopolitics

James Leigh, Energy Bulletin

In this paper it is shown that the concentrations of Shia Islamic peoples, in the Persian Gulf, are in the same areas as the oil fields and petroleum infrastructures. This is significant considering the growing influence these Persian Gulf oil producing countries will likely have due to their high levels of oil production and the possession of most of the world’s oil reserves. Considerable strategic geopolitical developments can be expected from this concentration of “petropower” in the Islamic Persian Gulf nations.

archived December 23, 2008

Peak Oil Notes - Dec 18

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A mid-week update on peak oil, featuring:
- The OPEC decision
- IEA says 2020
- The Detroit saga

archived December 18, 2008

Geopolitics - Dec 3

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Iraq: The Thirteenth Hour
'2025' Report: A World of Resource Strife
Syria hit by double blow on oil prices and falling supplies

archived December 3, 2008