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The Desperate Plight of Petro-States

(14) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 9:44 AM

With a Busted Business Model, Oil Economies Head for the Unknown

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are...

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Debacle at Doha

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 9:56 AM

The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment.  The world’s leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices. Meeting in Doha, the glittering capital...

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Energy Wars of Attrition

(14) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 9:38 AM

The Irony of Oil Abundance Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020...

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The Oil Pricequake

(49) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:52 AM

Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past...

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A New World Beckons

(15) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 7:59 PM

The Future Belongs to Renewables

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years...

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Why the Paris Climate Summit Will Be a Peace Conference

(10) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Averting a World of Failed States and Resource Wars
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held.  Officially known as the...

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Welcome to a New Planet

(116) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 3:58 PM

Climate Change “Tipping Points” and the Fate of the Earth
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Not so long ago, it was science fiction. Now, it’s hard science -- and that should frighten us all. The latest reports from the prestigious and sober Intergovernmental Panel...

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Double-Dip Oil Rout

(38) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as...

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Russia vs China: The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead America's Enemies List

(34) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a...

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Delusionary Thinking in Washington

(64) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:57 AM

The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring...

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The Renewable Revolution

(129) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Four Reasons Why the Transition From Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era Is Gaining Traction
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to...

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Big Oil's Broken Business Model

(47) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 10:58 AM

The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly half of what it was a year ago): slowing demand due to global...

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Keystone XL, Cold War 2.0, and the GOP Vision for 2016

(9) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:57 AM

How Energy Coordination on One Continent Could Bring the Planet to Its Knees

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

It’s a ritual long familiar to observers of American politics: presidential hopefuls with limited international experience travel to foreign lands and deliver speeches designed to showcase their grasp of foreign...

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Carbon Counterattack

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:12 AM

How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack.  Increasingly grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry.  Oil prices are falling, colleges...

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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

(40) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:25 AM

The Grand Oil Party Takes Washington by Storm

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Pop the Champagne corks in Washington!  It’s party time for Big Energy.  In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm.  They are preparing...

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Obama’s New Oil Wars

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

It was heinous. It was underhanded.  It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life.  It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs.  It was...

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Oil Is Back!

(104) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:38 AM

A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path.  By now, we should certainly...

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21st-Century Energy Wars

(12) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Global Conflicts Are Increasingly Fueled by the Desire for Oil and Natural Gas -- and the Funds They Generate

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: Wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying...

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Let Them Eat Carbon

(15) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Like Big Tobacco, Big Energy Targets the Developing World for Future Profits

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

In the 1980s, encountering regulatory restrictions and public resistance to smoking in the United States, the giant tobacco companies came up with a particularly effective strategy for sustaining their profit levels:...

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Carbon Delirium

(8) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:08 AM

The Last Stage of Fossil-Fuel Addiction and Its Hazardous Impact on American Foreign Policy

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Of all the preposterous, irresponsible headlines that have appeared on the front page of the New York Times in recent years, few have exceeded the inanity of this one from early March:...

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