Heavy oil

Oil sands and our future pensions

Kjell Aleklett, Aleklett's Energy Mix

“Swesif”, Sweden’s Forum for Sustainable Investment, had invited me to a symposium on "Tar sands – an ethical pitfall?" The reason for the discussion on tar sands is that Norway’s Statoil is going to invest huge amounts into the tar sands and Swedish pension funds are investors in Statoil. My task was to describe the role of Canada’s tar sands in the global energy system and to discuss the significance of tar sands for global energy supply.

archived May 17, 2009

Review: 'Tar Sands' by Andrew Nikiforuk

Frank Kaminski, Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (SPOA)

If you’ve been following energy news with a discerning eye, then you already know better than to buy into all the hype about the Canadian tar sands...Far from being a panacea for declining supplies of conventional oil, the sands could...leave Alberta resembling “a third-rate golf course in the Sudan”...The quote comes from Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book Tar Sands, a powerful, eloquent litany of horrors associated with North America’s frenzied dash toward tar sands bitumen.

archived May 5, 2009

Peak Oil Review - Apr 6

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:
-Production and prices
-The Clean Energy & Security Act

archived April 6, 2009

Energy industry - Feb 12

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Germaine Greer on Dubai
Tar sands boom hits a sticky patch
Gail the Actuary visits Chevron's Kern River Facility

archived February 12, 2009

Peak oil and the global economy

Clifford J. Wirth, Ph.D., Surviving Peak Oil: Planning, Preparation, and Relocation

An analysis of Peak Oil impacts indicates that there will be no economic recovery following the economic collapse of 2009 and that the recession will deteriorate into a permanent economic depression that will worsen over time.

archived February 2, 2009

Fatih Birol interview on Youtube for the film "PetroApocalypse Now?"

Andrew Evans, Aceditor Ltd

Fatih Birol talks the talk on peak oil - In this 40 minute exclusive interview for my film "PetroApocalypse Now?" I interviewed Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the IEA about reserves, the USGS, technology, demand and recession, solutions and peak oil. (Also, a mini-review of the film)

archived December 22, 2008

Energy industry - Oct 26

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Oil sands projects slashed as credit crisis hits Alberta
The carbonate question
Some regret locking in price for oil
Big Oil's last stand

archived October 26, 2008

Peak oil - Sept 11

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Hurricane Ike -'Within the current NHC storm path lies about 5 million bpd of US petroleum refining capacity'
An urban legend to comfort America: oil is oil, even if it is not oil
Energy vision 2050
Zac Goldsmith on PO
Hamish McRae: Cheap oil is not in our interest
NASA study shows how PO could impact climate
'Smart water' may boost oil production

archived September 11, 2008

Peak oil - Aug 30

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Hurricane Gustav, energy infrastructure, and updated damage models
TOD's peak oil update
An urban legend to comfort America: our massive reserves of unconventional oil
Cantarell July output lowest since 1995
Gulf of Mexico oil production likely never to reach pre-Katrina levels
Brazil's debate over new oil wealth heats up

archived August 30, 2008

Peak Oil Review - May 19th, 2008

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

An executive summary of weekly news from a US peak oil perspective, featuring:
- Production and Prices

- China

- Iran's Production Cut

- Energy Briefs

archived May 19, 2008