Category: Shale gas

Coal vs gas

Yesterday’s piece in the NYT on coal pointed out some ironies — for example, that many of the countries and jurisdictions that have taken decisions to restrict coal use or put penalties on carbon emissions are now stepping up exports of the black stuff themselves:

The United States now ships coal to China via Canada, but coal companies are scouting for new loading ports in Washington State. New mines are being planned for the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. Indeed, some of the world’s more environmentally progressive regions are nascent epicenters of the new coal export trade, creating political tensions between business and environmental goals. … As a result, not only are the pollutants that developed countries have tried to reduce finding their way into the atmosphere anyway, but ships chugging halfway around the globe are spewing still more.

But it ignored the elephant in the room: natural gas.  Continue reading

Iraq… the oil sands… and the gas glut

I’m busy. In addition to editing the ever-expanding Petroleum Economist and its excellent new channel on unconventional energy (called, imaginatively enough, PE Unconventional), I’ve four major writing projects on the go.

  • A long piece for The Economist on the tar sands (or oil sands, if you prefer)
  • An in-depth look, for Petroleum Economist, at Iraq’s ambitions as an oil producer
  • Another take on the global gas glut, also for Petroleum Economist
  • And my book on oil addiction and the decline of the West

The last of these is a weekend and weekday 5am-7am project. The early starts are the only hours I can find when my children aren’t commanding space, time, and energy. (**I’m not complaining. Frankly, they’re more interesting.**)

The usual requests: if anyone wishes to contact me about stories, you know where to find me.