Oil

Markets Collide: Irresistible Oil Meets Immovable QE

Nicola Horlick | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

If QE is a massive block of money (no-one's quite saying it's immovable) tending to pump up prices and spending, the precipitous fall in the oil price has resulted is a near-irresistible force working against it.

Navalny Versus Putin

Damon Boughen | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

A few weeks ago Alexei Navalny walked out of court in Russia and straight into a protest against Putin, to many people's surprise. The surprise was not that he arrived at the protest and was subsequently rearrested but that he was released at all...

If Brazil Bans Oil From Javari Border, Why Won't Peru?

David Hill | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
David Hill

In 2007 Peru established two oil and gas concessions, Lot 135 and Lot 137, totalling almost 1.5 million hectares and contracted a Canadian company, Pacific Rubiales Energy, to operate there. This means that more than half of the western boundary of the Javari reserve borders Peruvian oil and gas concessions.

An Independent Scotland would have needed an IMF bailout in its first year

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

In the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum last autumn, we at the Scotland Institute produced a significant amount of research showing that...

OPEC May Achieve What the Environmental Movement Is Unable to Achieve

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

How do we shut down Keystone? How do we stop fracking? How do we stop deep-water drilling in the Arctic, the Caribbean and everywhere else? How do we end the ecological disaster of the Canadian Tar Sands? How do we stop the power of Big Oil? The answer is that we can't. We don't have the money, the political power or the military might.

The Battle Between Oil and Electricity

Intelligence Squared | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Can we take the boundary between these two energy carriers for granted? Although the division appears clear and logical at the moment, history shows that nothing can be taken for granted. When oil was first produced, it was not to fuel the internal combustion engine.

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

It's a Wave, It's a Flood, It's the GOP Tsunami! But What Now?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

There won't be an end to political gridlock yet, there's just a movement of the chokepoint from the Senate to Obama's veto. People were very frustrated that nothing got done in Washington the last couple of years, but they should not count on DC becoming a smooth, tough, lean and mean operator just because of one election. Some market friendly decisions now have a better chance of being taken, but politics in general in America will not begin to work better overnight.

Position Vacant: Oilman Wanted, Salary £140k, Reporting To Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

Daniel Day Lewis' Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood was as an oilman who would do just about anything for a good profit from the black gold. B...

Oil Boss Dead After Freak Private Jet Snow Plough Crash

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK

The millionaire boss of oil company Total was killed last night when his private jet hit a snow plough driven by a drunk airport worker in a freak acc...

Rejecting Oil Baron Canete as Climate Commissioner Should Be Common Sense

Keith Taylor | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Tonight at the European Parliament there will be a vote on whether Miguel Arias Canete, nicknamed "Senor Petrolhead" by the Sunday Times, will be accepted as the new EU commissioner for Climate and Energy. To cut a long story short, Canete has long embedded family ties with the oil industry so if common sense were to prevail, he would not be appointed.

Saudi Arabia Funding the Islamic State? Unlikely

Alastair Sloan | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

It's trendy to blame the Islamic State on Saudi Arabia - either the shifty House of Saud turning a blind eye to crazed Sunni extremists wiring money up to Mosul, or directly backing the group as part of their nefarious plan for world domination. Neither theory makes much sense.

Salmond and Darling: Who Has It Right on Scotland's Oil?

Johnny West | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Johnny West

Darling's assertions that Salmond's claims about revenues from the North Sea are bullish are true. The last few weeks have seen a bewildering range of claims not just by the politicians but by experts who seem to have been drawn into both sides of the debate.

US Airstrikes Against ISIS - America's Selective Humanitarian Interventionism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The issue I want to raise is why the U.S. has decided to intervene now? Whilst I'm totally against any western military intervention in the Muslim world, one can't help but question the thought process of foreign policy makers in Washington.

Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm.

Galloway Has Got It Right: Just Say Naw

Craig Todd | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

I, for one, cannot wait for this debate to be over in September. Once, we finally get over this issue, we can finally focus on the real issues - housing, social security, schooling, the NHS, pensions etc. Only when the referendum has concluded we will turn back to these issues and deal with them as a united nation.

ISIS: From Egyptian Goddess to Iraqi Devil

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

What's in a name? Isis used to be an Egyptian goddess. The ideal mother and wife; patroness of nature and magic. Now ISIS refers to brutal violence, extremism, and war. Will the Islamist movement cause oil prices to explode?

If You Needed More Proof That a Fossil Fuel Economy Fuels Conflict...

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

In the last half a year we have seen further evidence mount against fossil fuels and the role they play in creating conflicts. But you would not know that because this is not how it's being framed by our politicians and mainstream media...

It's Still About the Oil

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

The Iraq war was always about oil. The ISIS extremists who are trying to seize control of the country's largest refinery know that. Everyone was braced for the battle for Baghdad. But first they went after the oil. Just like the Americans.

Understanding the Kurdish Oil Dispute

Gary Kent | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds of Iraq cannot be accused of impatience over exploiting their energy riches. Oil has been underground for millennia and as it bubbled to the surface was used in traditional medical treatments. But those who ruled Iraq neglected it, apart from the Kirkuk region which was forcibly taken from the Kurds...

Energy Firm Cyber-defence Too Weak

Graham Welch | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Why are these critical infrastructure companies failing these tests? After all most of these large organizations are serious about cybersecurity. They run specialized departments tasked with protecting two key networks: data center (servers) and office automation (workstations).

Cameron and Salmond: It's Time to Wave Goodbye to the UK"s North Sea Oil and Gas Reserves

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, is basing the economics in these fossil fuels as the economic cornerstone of Scottish independence, while UK Prime Minister David Cameron is arguing that Scotland will need to stay in the UK for these resources best to be managed.

Can America Achieve Oil Independence?

Daniel O'Kelly | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel O'Kelly

Oil is incredibly important in the global political economy. Private oil companies, many of which receive behind-the-scenes government support, play influential roles in oil's supply chain all the way from reserve extraction to refining to distribution.

PM To Take His Cabinet To Scoland

PA | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron will take his cabinet to Scotland tomorrow to highlight the importance to Scotland's oil industry of staying in the UK. The prime min...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: It's The Oil, Stupid

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 22 February 2014... 1) IT'S THE OIL, STUPID It's all kicking off in the debate over Scotland...