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The energy battle between Natural gas and wind power in USA

Wind power was a bit player in Texas as recently as four years ago. Today, wind turbines produce a significant share of the state's electricity.


Strategic investments opportunities in case of oil peak

Earlier this week, British company Desire PLC began drilling in an offshore block of theFalkland Islands. Immediately, Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner let loose with a howl of rage, and the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean Unity issued a protest against the British company's drilling operations.


The End of the «Paper Oil” Era

The world community has entered a period that will determine the future development of the economy and, possibly, the entire arrangement of the global system. Manifestations of the crisis are wide-reaching and multifaceted, while the unstable situation makes forecasting barely possible. Dynamical systems theory experts link such phenomena to the “ points of bifurcation,” at which the smooth trajectory of development ends and the system’ s behavior undergoes a restructuring, the results of which are hard to predict.


The recession: what does it mean for renewables?

The last three months have seen unprecedented change in the inancial markets and acknowledgement that for many economies, recession is a reality with growth in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) at best severely diminished.


Is a ‘Gas OPEC’ More Trouble Than It Is Worth?

Talks of an OPEC-style gas cartel are nothing new. The idea has existed in some form since at least as far back as 1980, when a group of exporters - including OPEC members like Algeria, as well as Mexico and the Netherlands - sought to charge consumers a higher price for their product as oil prices spiralled.


Global Financial Crisis and the Environment – A Blessing in Disguise?

During financial crises, individuals think twice before spending money on luxury products and conveniences. The environment can be considered one of these luxuries, as priorities change on a whim once the ‘survival instinct’ engages.


The Importance of Oil in the US Presidential Election

The US electorate may not realize it, but oil will play a central factor in the US Presidential Election, a fact of which candidates Obama and McCain are only too aware. People have many reasons for voting the way they do.


Are 1998 Echoes Haunting Russia?

The Russian stock market last week saw its most severe decline since the shattering economic collapse of 1998, after suffering the lethal combination of worldwide financial mayhem, falling commodity prices and a local credit crunch.


Kalmykia: Russia's new oil and gas Klondike

What does a common person know about Kalmykia? Steppes in the south of Russia, Buddhism. Also the name of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who tries to lift the republic’s economy, sounds familiar for many people. However, today this region, alongside with our northern areas, can become oil-and-gas Klondike… Kalmykia’s leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during his visit in Moscow made a report on oil and gas exploration works in republic.


Lots of Hot Air About Hydrogen

Earlier this month, the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved a $4-million program to put a mustache on the Mona Lisa ? at least that's how it seems to me. What the agency actually did was approve spending millions to take 35 or so of the greenest, most energy-efficient sedans ever made ? the hybrid gasoline-electric Toyota Prius ? and turn them all into dirty energy guzzlers.


All Roads From Hell and Back Lead to Fidel

All the anniversaries and cosmic combinations have aligned into one bloody March and a political snakepit for President Bush. Bush talked tough Friday to mark the first anniversary of the start of the U.


Kazakhs Turn Toward Russia

Geopolitical maneuvering between Russia and the United States is intensifying in Central Asia, with Kazakhstan serving as main arena of competition. In recent years, Kazakhstan has pursued a "multi-vectored" policy that attempts to balance the interests of Russia, the United States and China.


North Korea: A Business Opportunity?

For Russia, North Korea is not the only -- or necessarily the biggest -- threat to the long-term security of its Far East possessions. Indeed, with China increasingly seen as coveting Russian resources, territory and access to the Sea of Japan, an argument can even be made that, for all its nuclear ambitions, North Korea represents more of a business opportunity than a risk.


Big Changes in Russian Financial Market

Lately, the Russian financial market attracts attention of not only its players but also state authorities. The government dedicated a special meeting to discussion of its fate and at the conference in London Bloomberg presented analysis of condition of the Russian market done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).


Electricity Deregulation Another Step in Market Reforms

Following in the footsteps of its European neighbors, Russia has set up a new spot wholesale power market, where for the first time, electricity can be traded at free market prices. With Russia?s electricity market not due to be fully deregulated until 2006, trade on the new exchange is limited to between 5% and 15% of a generator?s output.


Generator of ideas made way for smart and fresh

October, 25 Alexander Voloshin, Kremlin's powerful chief of staff, informed Russian President about his decision to resign. There is an opinion that he had resigned in protest of the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.


Does Russia Abandon The Dollar?

It seems that Russia would be increasingly keen on pricing oil sales in euros instead of dollars and thereby acknowledging that the euro is becoming more important as a world reserve currency. This view was supported by the Russian President Vladimir Putin who invited the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for two days to Ekaterinburg last week.


Iran Ignores The US

After the war in Iraq, the US seems determined to increase its influence in the Gulf region. How fare it can go experienced Japan which came under US pressure not to conclude a $2 billion deal to develop a section of Iran's giant Azadegan oil field.


Investment Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk

Today, the International Investment Forum ?Russia: oil, energy, progress? was opened in Khanty-Mansiysk. The audience is international, including participants from Russia, CIS countries, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.


Corruption At The Caspian Sea

A bribery scandal in the Azeri oil industry has definitely reached the government. Last Friday, Kazakhstan's government rejected all accusations that it was involved in corrupt practices while dealing with foreign investors.