Oil

Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

Momentum Is Gathering Behind the Energy Union - We Must Keep Up the Pace

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

In order to see that the Energy Union is a success, we need a truly collective approach to reducing CO2 emissions and ensuring security of energy supply to Member States. The technology is there and projects such as the North Sea interconnector show that momentum is gathering.

Let's Drill This Green and Pleasant Land

David Saddington | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
David Saddington

The announcement has been heralded as a fantastic boost for the British economy and industry, but hearing the news that we're delighted to have struck oil really feels outdated in an age where the coupling between carbon emissions and economy is breaking, sustainability is getting traction and green innovations are re-defining business practices around the world.

100 Billion Barrels of Oil Were Discovered in England - So What?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Kyla Mandel

The amount of oil found is significant, but not for the reasons touted by UKOG. Assuming there really are 100 billion barrels of oil, if it was all extracted and all of it was burnt, a total 37.5Gt of CO2 would be released. This is roughly equal to one year of current global emissions.

Shell, BG, and Keeping the Lights On in Africa

Johnny West | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK
Johnny West

What would be really interesting to know on the day Shell announced its $70 billion bid for the BG Group is: did the Tunisian government know when it woke up this morning that it will shortly have Shell as its new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country?

Getty Oil Heir Andrew Found Dead In Hollywood Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA and AP | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

A man found dead in a Los Angeles home is Andrew Getty, heir to the billionaire oil fortune of his grandfather J. Paul Getty, his family have said. ...

Peruvian Indigenous Leader: 'We Don't Want to Die Because of Oil'

David Hill | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
David Hill

Leaders from the indigenous Matsés people in the Peruvian Amazon say they remain vehemently opposed to potential operations in their territory by a Canada-based oil company...

Climate Change Is Creating a New Battleground as Russia, US Increase Arctic Military Presence

Kyla Mandel | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It's no secret that at the heart of many wars lies valuable resources, chief among them petroleum. Is it too far-fetched to think this won't happen in the Arctic?

Resource Responsibility and the Global Carbon Crisis

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Peter Rolton

One thing is for sure: any plan based on restricting access to cheap fuel is doomed to fail from the start, so we have no other choice but to address the problem and create long-term, sustainable solutions.

Might Norway Blacklist Canadian Oil Firm Over Amazon Operations?

David Hill | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
David Hill

During the meeting in November various Matses men expressed concern about the potential impacts of oil operations on the IPI.

An Ode to My Parents: The Making of a Young Engineer

Rosary Abot | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rosary Abot

At some point, I came to regard being useless as one of the worst things you could possibly be. I wasn't useful to my parents every minute, but those times weren't wasted, either. Many of my favourite days involved sitting and reading a book in its entirety.

SNP's Credibility Has Crashed With the Oil Price

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Throughout its modern history, the case for Scottish nationalism has rested strongly on the pillar of North Sea oil... But lately the weakness of this longstanding pillar of the case for Scottish independence has been badly exposed.

Markets Collide: Irresistible Oil Meets Immovable QE

Nicola Horlick | Posted 24.03.2015 | 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 23.03.2015 | 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 18.03.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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.