A chronological log of events in global energy, climate change and related issues. Key events from this chronicle are distilled in the serialised front-line eye-witness account, The Winning of the Carbon War
Fossil fuels losing to renewables, CEOs want climate action, German solar sets new record, shale oil production falls in Bakken, Texas to ban bans on fracking: Week 16, 2015April 19, 2015
Carbon reserves held by top 200 quoted fossil fuel companies soar. Fossil Free Indices data show it has risen 10% in 5 years, and is concentrating in the bigger companies.
Hedge funds increasingly betting on rising oil prices. WTI has rebounded 30% since a low in March. Government now projects production dropping in June.
Fracking... read more...
Funds perform better without fossil fuels, 100% renewables would save half a trillion a year, Saudi Arabia pumps record oil, hype of UK shale oil goes uncontested: Week 15, 2015.April 12, 2015
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund says it won’t divest from coal. Engagement is the strategy they prefer, despite a parliamentary majority for coal divestment.
Fossil fuel-free funds outperformed conventional funds over last 5 years. Even before the oil price crop. So an analysis by the leading stock market index company, MSCI, shows.
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Rig count in “financialised” US oil industry down >50%, fracking’s environmental toll ever clearer in daily breaches, Vattenfall restructures around wind, Duke goes solar in Florida: Week 14, 2015April 5, 2015
US and Iran agree nuclear deal. Restrictions on enrichment for lifting of sanctions, details to come in June. Obama calls it historic. Israel calls it a threat to their existence.
“The US E&P business has, in effect, become financialized.” And capital continues to flow to “zombie companies” drilling shale, Art Berman laments.
Vattenfall... read more...
Coal plants shutting down around world – incl. all 4 of Beijing’s big plants, China seeks get-out from tar sands, climate denial is immoral says US church leader as divestment pressure grows: Week 13, 2015March 29, 2015
US to submit Paris plans before month end, others delay. China, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Australia say they are waiting until closer to a Paris summit.
US oil independents raise record amount from share sales. Small and midsize companies have sold $10.8bn of equity, with this quarter a record.
Shell hopes to produce 400,000 bd from the... read more...
Record oil debt, bond bubble fears, solar survives eclipse, Obama unveils first federal fracking legislation and faces pushback on coal, don’t mention climate if you work for state of Florida: Week 12, 2015March 22, 2015
“Global fund managers warn of a bond bubble”: FT. 4 out of 5 fear that overvalued asset class will collapse in a disorderly sell off.
“Oil majors pile on record debt”: FT. Oil majors have hiked borrowing 60% in first 2 months to $63bn of bonds.
“Sovereign wealth funds start to leak oil”: FT. The $7.1tn sector depends on revenue... read more...
Guardian launches divestment campaign, UN backs divestment, Pam devastates Vanuatu, global emissions flatten: Week 11, 2015March 15, 2015
UN backs fossil-fuel divestment campaign. Support is because divestment sends a signal favouring a good outcome in Paris.
Strongest ever Pacific cyclone devastates Vanuatu. Pam is causing widespread devastation across the archipelago
Global carbon emissions flatten in 2014 on Chinese slowdown. So the IEA reports. The data... read more...
EU pledges 40% cuts by 2030, China to fight air pollution with solar, Oslo divests, UAE bank says investment will flood to renewables: Week 10, 2015March 8, 2015
Petrobras bribes paid through Swiss banks, witness says. A former exec says he laundered c $100m through a web of accounts, including at HSBC and J Safra Sarasin.
Russia and China set to finalise gas deal later this year. A pipeline would take gas from western Siberia, giving Putin a choice of going either east or west for the first time.
Florida... read more...
Obama vetoes tar sands pipeline, first Paris commitment in, China’s coal bubble bursting, Google’s biggest solar bet yet, another UK fracking setback: Week 9, 2015March 1, 2015
“China’s bursting coal bubble raises fear of stranded assets”: Telegraph. A switch to clean energy is causing “dramatic slowdown” in coal demand, and peak coal.
Some upstate New Yorkers consider secession as way round fracking ban. They say they will try to join Pennsylvania.
Switzerland is first to submit... read more...
Apple intends EV manufacture by 2020, world’s biggest PR agency quits American Petroleum Institute, traders make fortunes in oil rout, thousands of mosques go solar: Week 8, 2015February 22, 2015
Prominent climate denier’s work was funded by energy industry. And Willie Soon did not declare the $1m+ from ExxonMobil et al in papers.
IPCC chair misses meeting due to sexual harrassment claims. Rajendra Pachauri claims his e-mail account was hacked to send in appropriate messages.
US will install air pollution... read more...
Lowest oil & gas discovery in 20 yrs, US shale has been masking crude production fall in rest of world, global Divestment Day, big Apple solar play, Shell boss calls critics “naive”: Week 7, 2015February 15, 2015
Discoveries of new oil and gas reserves drop to 20-year low. This is the fourth consecutive year of falling discoveries, with no discoveries of giant fields.
“BP’s battles leave it vulnerable to a major move”: FT. “If ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson really wanted to, he could snap up BP in a single bite.”
Is there a bubble... read more...