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Europe's Praiseworthy Syrian Oil Embargo. Why Not Now a U.N. World Embargo on Iran's Oil??

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Europe's bold embargo of Syrian oil and the impact it is beginning to have on the Syrian regime stands in stark contrast to the seemingly ineffective sanctions imposed by the United Nations on Iran in response to Tehran's clandestine nuclear program.

The Half-Billion Solyndra Debacle -- Why Is Steven Chu Energy Secretary?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has impressive credentials, but he is sadly miscast for the rough and tumble, oft unforgiving world of oil and energy markets and its cast of malign actors

EXTRA! EXTRA! Wall Street Journal and New York Times Finally Catch Up, Report "Peak Oil" Theory Is Bogus

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Times are a changing. With "peak oil" finally in proper perspective the hegemony of OPEC over the oil market is starting to sunder. The ascendancy of oil production in many corners of the world is beginning to change the accepted rules of the market.

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

A Rick Perry Presidency? Get Ready for the Next Gas Spike

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Most worrisome about a Rick Perry presidency for those of us who don't live in Texas and are not engaged in the oil business is the prospect of staggeringly higher gasoline prices, and the impact that would have on the nation's economy.

Jon Ward

Jon Huntsman's Jobs Plan Cements Shift From Green Republican To Energy Hawk | Jon Ward | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As recently as June, an environmental website declared former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the "greenest" of the Republican presidential cand...

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

Adam Levin | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Levin

Michele Bachmann asserted that, if elected, she will fight to bring us back to the heady days of $2 per gallon gasoline. That's one hell of a campaign promise.

Which Countries Will Benefit Most From The Return Of Libyan Oil? [GRAPHIC]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business

As Libyan rebels celebrate the likely overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi's regime, nation's who once relied on Libya's oil exports may soon share their jubi...

World Stocks Still Hung Up On Recession Fears

AP | PAMELA SAMPSON | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business

BANGKOK — Asian stocks mostly inched higher Tuesday after gyrating markets on Wall Street and Europe ended with modest gains. Oil prices rose t...

Venezuelan Energy Minister Now Controls World's Biggest Oil Reserves

The Guardian | Virginia Lopez | Posted 10.19.2011 | World

Rafael Ramírez should be ranked as one of the most powerful men in the world. As the Venezuelan minister for energy, he is also head of the country's...

The Climate Post: As Markets Dive, Clean Energy Stocks Hit by "Triple Whammy"

Mason Inman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

The stock market took a beating this week, after rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded U.S. bonds -- but clean tech stocks have been falling even faster than the market as a whole.

OPEC: Worldwide Oil Demand Will Continue To Grow

AP | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

VIENNA -- World demand for oil will grow this year and next despite signs that the tepid international economic recovery is running out steam, OPEC sa...

Oil Hits Lowest Price Of The Year After Downgrade

AP | SANDY SHORE | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

Oil's plunge to its lowest price of the year should provide Americans with some relief at the pump. But that may not be enough to calm their fears abo...

Japan's People Come Together to Ration Energy While We Continue to Pump Tankerful of Profits Into Big Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Raymond J. Learsy

Given the market distortions at hand, it is time to set limits on the use of gasoline throughout the nation by mandating consumption ceilings that would apply to gasoline only, while alternative fuels would be unencumbered

The Climate Post: Japan, Germany Struggle With Nuclear Power Slowdown

Mason Inman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

With a large share of their nuclear power plants down at the moment, both Japan and Germany are scrambling to meet energy demand and figure out how to get by without nuclear in the future.

Energy Independence for the United States -- How?

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Nake M. Kamrany

This is the right time for the United States to seriously consider embarking on a bold investment of creating technology in energy that would reduce cost and create energy independence.

U.S. Imports Hit Second-Highest Level On Record

Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Doug Palmer) - The U.S. trade gap widened much more than expected in May as a jump in oil prices helped push imports to the second hig...

Oil Foolishness -- Is THIS the Market We Want?

Daniel Dicker | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business
Daniel Dicker

Yesterday, with absolutely nothing going on from a supply or demand standpoint, with most hedge fund managers at the beach during this short week, Brent crude oil rallied more then FOUR dollars. HUH? What the heck was that about?

Barron's Brings Us Halloween in July Predicting $150/bbl Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Business must be slow and circulation down at Barron's. What better way to stimulate newsprint distribution than a blazoned scaremonger front page headline as in this past weekend's edition, "Get Ready For $150 Oil".

The Climate Post: Ailing Economies Push Richer Countries to Tap Emergency Oil Reserves

Mason Inman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

In a move that caught many by surprise, the world's richer oil-importing countries will soon tap into emergency oil reserves.

The New York Times Flays Natural Gas to the Cheers of the Oil Industry, OPEC, and Coal Producers

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Raymond J. Learsy

The New York Times has a long history of buttering up the oil industry, an industry that would be a major loser if the projections for shale gas are proven out over time.

Iran Condemns Decision By Consumer Nations To Tap Oil Reserves

Posted 08.25.2011 | Business

TEHRAN - Iran condemned on Saturday a decision by oil consumer nations to release strategic crude stocks as politically motivated interference in ...

Obama Tapped Oil Reserves Due To Concerns About Fragile Economy

Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Ayesha Rascoe, Roberta Rampton, Tom Doggett, Timothy Gardner, Jeff Mason, Tabassum Zakaria, Matt Spetalnick, and Joshua Schneyer) - Co...

Oil Prices Hit Four-Month Low Amid European Crisis

Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

LONDON (Zaida Espana) - Crude oil prices fell by more than $1 on Monday, extending last week's losses, with risk aversion rising after euro zone f...

Food: America's 21st Century Manifest Destiny?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.19.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Food offers this nation the opportunity not only to reconnect once again with its agricultural roots, but to assume a role of visionary leadership.