al-Husseini: Global oil supply plateau unlikely to extend beyond 2020.

January 20, 2014 Oil 

ASPO USA: Sadad al-Husseini interviewed by Steve Andrews: “Since the autumn of 2011, a storyline of “oil revolution” and oil abundance–even “North American energy independence”—has taken the US media by storm.  ….What is your perspective on that storyline?  Should we be bracing for the notion of energy independence in the USA or do you feel the future will diverge from that optimistic scenario?”
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‘Peak demand’ oil theory fails scrutiny test.

January 20, 2014 Oil 

Mark Lewis in the FT: “Oil market commentators increasingly dismiss the very idea of supply-side constraints on the oil market, pointing to the recent surge in light-tight oil production from US shale deposits and the existence of vast shale formations elsewhere in the world.” Read more

Financial crises average once every 7 years: one due therefore?

January 20, 2014 Finance 

Guardian: “Financial crises come round every seven years on average. There was the stock market crash of 1987, the emerging market meltdown in the mid-1990s, the popping of the dotcom bubble in 2001 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. If history is any guide, the next crisis should be coming along some time soon.”
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85 richest people in the world are as wealthy as poorest half.

January 20, 2014 Finance 

Guardian: “The…. richest 85 people on the globe – who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together – could squeeze onto a single double-decker.” Read more

UK’s Green Deal fails to create desired energy efficiency revolution.

January 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “It would be, the climate minister said, the “biggest home improvement programme since the second world war” and “a massive economic and job opportunity”. But the Green Deal, launched in January last year as the government’s main way of encouraging householders to make their homes more energy efficient, has been more of a whimper than the “transformational” scheme that Greg Barker promised.”
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Shell profit warning wipes 6.5 billion pounds off of UK’s FTSE.

January 17, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Reuters: “Britain’s top share index underperformed major regional peers on Friday, knocked back by a dramatic fall in Shell, its most heavily weighted stock, after the oil major delivered a profit warning.” Read more

“Shell, bruised by big bets, warns of profit miss.”

January 17, 2014 Gas, Oil 

WSJ: “Ben van Beurden toiled in Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s chemical-making unit for years, supporting an unpopular idea at the oil and gas company. He said Shell should be wary of “elephant projects” that cost billions of dollars and dominated the company’s growth strategy. The steep costs of oil and gas development from Canada to Kazakhstan, sometimes with little to show for the giant investments, came back to haunt Shell on Friday when it announced its first profit warning in 10 years” Read more

Low-carbon scenario could cut coal asset value by 44%: HSBC.

January 17, 2014 Climate, Coal, Finance 
HSBC (no url): “Public focus on carbon risks to long- term coal demand is growing. We update our scenario analysis of the risks facing UK mining stocks. A low-carbon scenario could cut valuations of coal assets by 44% and the UK miners by 2-13%.”
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UN climate report urges quicker switch to low-carbon global economy.

January 17, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts.”
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US Army colonel: “world is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis.”

January 17, 2014 Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an unprecedented energy crunch that could inflame financial crisis and exacerbate dangerous climate change.”
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IEA boss: methane hydrates may be the next energy boom.

January 17, 2014 Gas 

FT: “Forget the shale gas revolution that has transformed North America’s energy landscape. The energy of the future could lie buried deep underneath the world’s oceans and the Arctic permafrost: giant reservoirs of gas trapped in ice crystals.”
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RWE halves investment in renewables.

January 16, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “RWE, one of Britain’s biggest renewable energy investors, is planning to significantly scale back its spending in the UK and expects to sell off wind farms and a major biomass plant.”
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WEF Global Risk 2014 report: energy crisis not in the 31 risks studied.

January 16, 2014 Climate, Finance 

WEF: “The chronic gap between the incomes of the richest and poorest citizens is seen as the risk that is most likely to cause serious damage globally in the coming decade, according to over 700 global experts that contributed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, released today. Other risks of significant concern include extreme weather events, unemployment and fiscal crises.” Read more

Australian heatwave shows man-made climate change, scientists say.

January 16, 2014 Climate 

FT: “The extreme heatwave gripping southern Australia forced the suspension of matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Thursday, as temperatures soared to 42C in Melbourne and officials warned of escalating risks of bush fires and power outages.”
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“US still vulnerable to oil shocks, say generals.”

January 15, 2014 Gas, Oil 

FT: “The US remains vulnerable to oil price shocks caused by disruptions in the Middle East and other producing regions in spite of the North American shale boom, a commission of former generals and senior officials has warned.” Read more

Carbon bubble discussed at UN before investors managing $22 trillion.

UN Web TV: The biennual 2014 UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk Summit, hosted by the UN Foundation and CERES is the preeminent forum for global investors to discuss the implications of climate change for capital markets – investors representing $22 trillion of assets under management were in the room. Watch the carbon bubble discussion, with Carbon Tracker chairman Jeremy Leggett chairing the panel, starting 10 minutes in.

Global investment in clean energy falls for second year running.

January 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

Guardian: “Global investment in clean energy fell for the second year in a row to $254bn last year, with green investment in Europe crashing by 41%, new figures showed on Wednesday.”
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How to invest a trillion dollars a year in clean energy by 2030: CERES.

January 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

Climate Bonds Initiative: “A key part of the day was the launch of the Investing in the Clean Trillion: Closing The Clean Energy Investment Gap report, looking at how to increase annual global investment in clean energy to at least $1 trillion by 2030— roughly a four-fold jump from current investment levels. It’s an ambitious plan – but eminently achievable – plan.” Read more

UN climate chief: investors will be seen as breaching fiduciary duty.

January 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

Climate Bonds; “The United Nations Foundation and the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk ….held an Investor Summit at the United Nations in New York. Climate Bonds and Green Bonds were top of the agenda. One of the speakers was the UN’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, and she was very direct. See her press conference here (Christiana is at the 15 minute point).”
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Are fracking fluids to blame for rail car explosions?

January 15, 2014 Gas, Oil “Over the past year or so there seems to have been far more train derailments of cars carrying crude oil that have resulted in huge, deadly explosions, and it is not a coincidence that the oil in these explosions originated from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota.”
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