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ENERGY
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THE CHANGES WROUGHT BY FOSSIL FUELS EXCEEDED EVEN THOSE PRODUCED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF FIRE.   -- CUTLER CLEVELAND

 

BASIC PETROLEUM STATISTICS FROM EIA

ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (EIA) PETROLEUM PAGE  

EIA'S THIS WEEK IN PETROLEUM Weekly outlook updated Wednesdays. Or U.S. PETROLEUM BALANCE SHEET.

EIA'S MONTHLY ENERGY REVIEW (MER)

CURRENT ENERGY COMMODITIES PRICES

INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY'S (IEA) STATISTICS HOMEPAGE

IEA's WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2010 (pdf). 700 pages.

BRITISH PETROLEUM'S STATISTICAL REVIEW OF WORLD ENERGY Report with a corporatist agenda but nonetheless widely cited.

OIL AND GAS JOURNAL RESEARCH CENTER

BAKER HUGHES RIG COUNTS Interactive map.

DISTRIBUTION OF OIL AND GAS WELLS IN THE U.S. BY PRODUCTION RATE EIA chart, 2006.

2007 ESTIMATE ON POTENTIAL IMPACT OF DRILLING OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF  From the DOE: "... any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant."

SURVEY OF AVAILABLE DATA ON OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF (OCS) ENERGY RESOURCES Download pdf from Department of Interior site. Wind, petroleum reserves emphasized.

MAP OF OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY IN IRAQI KURDISTAN (pdf) By Shamaran Petroleum.

EIA'S COUNTRY PROFILES

ENERGY EXPORT DATA BROWSER Make instant graphs of consumption, imports and exports for different countries and regions. Based on data from BRITISH PETROLEUM'S STATISTICAL REVIEW OF WORLD ENERGY.

MAJOR OIL AND GAS FIELDS OF THE WORLD

THE HIRSCH REPORT AKA THE PEAKING OF GLOBAL OIL PRODUCTION (pdf) The controversial report on the future of oil by Robert Hirsch.

WEAK WORLD GDP GROWTH & 'PEAK OIL'  Commentary by Robert Hirsch, Energy Bulletin, October 10, 2011.

 


THE PEAKING OF WORLD OIL PRODUCTION PRESENTS THE U.S. AND THE WORLD WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED RISK MANAGEMENT PROBLEM. ... WITHOUT TIMELY MITIGATION, THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL COSTS WILL BE UNPRECEDENTED. VIABLE MITIGATION OPTIONS EXIST, BUT TO HAVE SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT, THEY MUST BE INITIATED MORE THAN A DECADE IN ADVANCE OF PEAKING.  -- ROBERT HIRSCH

 

ENERGY WATCH GROUP'S REPORT ON OIL DEPLETION

ENCIRCLING THE PEAK OF WORLD OIL PRODUCTION The prescient 1999 article by Duncan and Youngquist.

WHEN WILL WORLD OIL PRODUCTION PEAK? (pdf) 2005 presentation by EIA's Guy Caruso claims: Not soon. Of course the thinking has changed a bit since this nugget was released.

"Peak Oil and the German Government: Military Study Warns of a Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis,"Der Spiegel, September 1, 2010. An article in Der Spiegel about another leaked report. There have been a few leaked reports.

ENSURING ENERGY SECURITY First page sample of 2006 Foreign Affairs article by Daniel Yergin.

"THERE WILL BE OIL" Daniel Yergin, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 17, 2011.

A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF ENERGY RETURN ON ENERGY INVESTMENT FOR GLOBAL OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION Article by Gagnon and Brinker, Energies, 2009 (free full text available). EROEI roughly half what it was in '99?

INTERIM REPORT ON CRUDE OIL BY INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON COMMODITY MARKETS (pdf) Commodity Futures Trading Commission exonerates speculators.

"A FEW SPECULATORS DOMINATE VAST MARKET FOR OIL TRADING" August 2008 article by David Cho in the Washington Post implicates Swiss firm Vitol. See also VITOL'S RESPONSE TO THIS ARTICLE claiming Cho had it all backwards.

FUNDAMENTALS, SPECULATION AND OIL PRICES Blog post by James Hamilton, August 28, 2011, Econbrowser. A basic argument against speculation as the main reason for rising oil prices.

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE 2007-2008 OIL SHOCK (pdf) 2009 paper in which James Hamilton, economist at UCSD, argues the price spike caused the Great Recession.

HISTORICAL OIL SHOCKS (pdf) By James Hamilton, January 2011.

OIL PRICES, EXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC GROWTH (pdf) 2011 paper by James Hamilton, a chapter for Handbook of Energy and Climate Change.

ENERGY SUPPLY, ITS DEMAND AND SECURITY ISSUES FOR DEVELOPED AND EMERGING ECONOMIES Abstract of article by Asif, Sustainable Energy Reviews, September 2007.

WORLD OIL DEMAND'S SHIFT TOWARD FASTER-GROWING AND LESS PRICE-RESPONSIVE PRODUCTS AND REGIONS (pdf) 2009 paper by Dargay and Gately.

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF IMPORTED OIL (pdf) 2003 paper by Milton Copulos, National Defense Council Foundation. Also Copulos' 2007 UPDATE (pdf) of this paper.

COMPANY HISTORIES: CONOCO-PHILLIPS / EXXON MOBIL / ROYAL DUTCH SHELL / CHEVRON

 


WE HAVE BEEN, ALL OF US, TOO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE GEOLOGY. NOT IN TERMS OF RESERVES, BUT IN TERMS OF HOW TO DEVELOP THOSE RESERVES: HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE, HOW MUCH REALISTICALLY DO YOU NEED. -- CHRISTOPHE DE MARGERIE, CEO TOTAL PETROLEUM, 2007

 

NORTH AMERICAN NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSESSMENT (pdf) 2008 report from Navigant Consulting.

EIA NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION DATA AND ANALYSIS PAGE

WATER RESOURCES AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION FROM THE MARCELLUS SHALE (pdf) By Daniel Soeder and William Kappel, USGS, 2009. 3 million gallons per frac.

HOW IT WORKS: WATER FOR NATURAL GAS 2010 info from Union of Concerned Scientists.

Abrahm Lustgarten, "Natural Gas Drilling Produces Radioactive Wastwater," Scientific American, November 9, 2009.

Abraham Lustgarten, "EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer," Scientific American/ProPublica, November 10, 2011.

Ian Urbina, "Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers," New York Times, February 26, 2011.

EPA Releases Draft Findings of Pavilion, Wyoming Groundwater Investigation, December 8, 2011 EPA press release implicates fracking.

FRAC IN DEPTH, part of a massive onslaught of industry P.R.

WASTE MANAGEMENT OF CUTTINGS, DRILLING FLUIDS, HYDROFRACK WATER AND PRODUCED WATER 2010 web info by the New York State Water Resources institute at Cornell University.

"THE SCIENCE OF MARCELLUS SHALE" (pdf) 2010 speech on hydrofrac wastewater treatment tech by Timothy Keister, describes a treatment process called Sequential Precipitation.

MECHANICS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING Abstract of 1972 article by M. King Hubbert and Willis.

OBSERVATIONS OF LONG PERIOD EARTHQUAKES ACCOMPANYING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING Abstract of article by Bame and Fehler, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1986.

ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AS A METHOD FOR PERMANENT DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES Citation only. 1968 technical report out of Oak Ridge Lab, Tennessee.

HIGH STRENGTH, ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT PROPPANT LENDS NEW DIMENSIONS TO HYDRAULIC FRACTURING APPLICATIONS Detailed abstract of paper by Rickards, et al, 2003, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

 

CORN ETHANOL ENERGY BALANCE: AN UPDATE (pdf) 2002 USDA report.

ENERGY ASSOCIATED WITH WATER USE (pdf). About 13% of all energy use. 

THE ECONOMICS OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND GLOBALIZATION: THE ROAD AHEAD Conference agenda with links to multiple expert presentations, November, 2009.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND ENERGETIC COSTS AND BENEFITS OF BIODIESEL AND ETHANOL (pdf) 2006 article by Hill, Nelson, Tilman, Polaski and Tiffany. Or view article online.

GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE MAPS From the DOE.

SOLAR TRIBUNE

DOE'S SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

HOW SOLAR ENERGY WORKS / HOW GEOTHERMAL ENERGY WORKS Information from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

MANUFACTURING INEFFICIENCY Article highlights research by MIT's Timothy Gutowski, 2009. Gross inefficiency in the production of items like solar panels may cancel their total energy savings.

EIA'S CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER RESOURCE POTENTIAL MAP

SOLAR RESOURCE DATA From the NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY

GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS FROM SOLAR ELECTRIC AND NUCLEAR POWER: A LIFE-CYCLE STUDY (pdf) Fthenakis and Kim, Energy Policy, 2007.

"DOES A HYDROGEN ECONOMY MAKE SENSE?" (pdf) Ulf Bossel's critique, October 2006.

 


BECAUSE OF THE HIGH ENERGY LOSSES WITHIN A HYDROGEN ECONOMY THE SYNTHETIC ENERGY CARRIER CANNOT COMPETE WITH ELECTRICITY. AS THE FUNDAMENTAL LAWS OF PHYSICS CANNOT BE CHANGED BY RESEARCH, POLITICS OR INVESTMENTS, A HYDROGEN ECONOMY WILL NEVER MAKE SENSE.-- ULF BOSSEL

 

LONG- VERSUS SHORT-TERM ENERGY STORAGE: SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS (pdf) 2007 report prepared for DOE.

U.S. WIND ENERGY PROJECTS From the American Wind Energy Association, 2008. Installed megawats by state.

UNITED STATES WIND RESOURCE MAPS

ENERGY AND CO2 LIFE-CYCLE ANALYSES OF WIND TURBINES -- REVIEW AND APPLICATIONS (pdf) By Lentzen and Munksgaard, 2002.

RENEWABLE ENERGY MAP From the National Resources Defense Council.

"Tidal Energy Project Coming to Puget Sound," Seattle Times. April, 2009. It's too bad they can't harness the drizzle. See also CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROJECT.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY -- WITHOUT THE HOT AIR By David MacKay, Cambridge University. Download entire excellent book for free from Mackay's site or skip straight to downloading pdf here.

 


HAVE NO ILLUSIONS. TO ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF GETTING OFF FOSSIL FUELS, THESE REDUCTIONS IN DEMAND AND INCREASES IN SUPPLY MUST BE BIG. DON'T BE DISTRACTED BY THE MYTH THAT 'EVERY LITTLE HELPS.' IF EVERYONE DOES A LITTLE, WE'LL ACHIEVE ONLY A LITTLE. -- DAVID MACKAY

 

PEAK COAL? 2009 article by Richard Kerr.

"A TRANSITION PLAN FOR SECURING AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE" (pdf) 88-point Dept. of Commerce plan presented to President-elect Obama does not mention human-powered transport.

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION PROJECTIONS Demand.

URANIUM RESOURCES AND NUCLEAR ENERGY (pdf) Report from Energy Watch Group, 2006.

Jeff Donn, "Us nuke regulators weaken safety rules," AP, June 20, 2011. Regulators consistently change rules to allow nuke plants to continue to operate in the US.

"Rising Water, Falling Journalism" (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Fort Calhoun, Nebraska).

INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY'S NUCLEAR POWER REACTOR INFORMATION SYSTEM (PRIS)

ADVANCED REACTORS, PASSIVE SAFETY, AND ACCEPTANCE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY Abstract, Forsberg and Weisberg, Annual Review of Energy, 1990. "The Chernobyl accident has cast a chilling damper on nuclear energy in both the East and West."

MIT ENERGY INITIATIVES RESEARCH PAGE

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY (NREL)

ENERGY LEARNING CURVE (pdf) 2009 report from Public Agenda, in which we learn that Americans want energy independence but refuse to sacrifice for it.

 


IT'S A MYTH THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT.  -- MARGOT GERRITSEN


OUR CIVILIZATION -- SUCH AS IT IS -- RESTS ON CHEAP AND CONVENIENT POWER.  -- HENRY FORD

 
 
TRANSPORT
 

WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC AND CAR LOADING REPORT From the American Association of Railroads.

BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS. See their annual report NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS.

COMMODITY FLOW SURVEY 2007 preliminary report from BTS.

THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION'S TRANSIT STATS PAGE All aspects.

NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY (pdf) Summary of 2001 survey. See also THE REPORT FROM THE 2004 NHTS CONFERENCE (pdf)

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: AN ANALYSIS OF VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED TRENDS IN THE US (pdf) 2008 Brookings Institution report shows VMT declining in 2007-2008.

TRAFFIC VOLUME TRENDS MOVING 12-MONTH TOTAL DOT graph updated through June 2011. Looks to be headed back down through June, but gas prices have since broken lower. OLDER: TRAFFIC VOLUME TRENDS SEPTEMBER 2009 (pdf) FHWA data shows sharp downturn of '08-'09 reversed in September. PUBLIC ROAD MILEAGE AND VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED IN THE US (1920-2007) Downloadable chart from the FHWA, does not show recent significant declines in VMT. From the FHWA's HIGHWAY STATISTICS 2007 page.

2005 BRITISH TRANSPORT STATS (pdf)

MOTOR VEHICLES PER 1000 PERSONS BY COUNTRY United Nations data, bar graph.

URBAN MOBILITY REPORT Texas A & M University study of mobility and traffic congestion in US cities, 2012.

AMERICAN GROUND TRANSPORTATION Portions of Bradford Snell's famous 1974 report to Congress.

THE IMPACT OF PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS: A REVIEW AND OUTLOOK Abstract, Green, Wang and Alam, 2010.

THE IMPACT OF PLUG-IN VEHICLES ON THE ELECTRICAL GRID (pdf) 2009 paper by Yang and McCarthy, UC Davis. Published in Environmental Management 2009.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON REGIONAL POWER GENERATION Abstract, Hadley and Tsvetkova, The Electricity Journal, December 2009. Simulations of future impact.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A TENTATIVE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION (pdf) 2010 paper by Prud'homme, University of Paris.

IMPACT OF BATTERY WEIGHT AND CHARGING PATTERNS ON THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES Abstract, Shiau, Samaras, Hauffe and Michalek, Energy Policy, July 2009.

MODELING THE CO2 EMISSIONS FROM BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES GIVEN THE POWER GENERATION MIXES OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES Full article. Doucette, McCulloch, Energy Policy, February 2011. "...it was shown that for China and India, and other countries with a similarly high CO2 intensity, unless power generation becomes dramatically less CO2 intensive, BEVs will not be able to deliver a meaningful decrease in CO2 emissions and an increase in the penetration of BEVs could actually lead to higher CO2 emissions."

TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS (ITS) PAGE

BICYCLING AND WALKING IN THE UNITED STATES (pdf) 2007 report from Thunderhead Alliance. NOTE: See the BICYCLING RESEARCH PAGE for more info under PATTERNS OF USE.
 
NON-MOTORIZED COMMUTING IN THE U.S. Abstract of 2005 article by Plaut in Transportation Research.

TRANSPORT ANALYSIS GUIDANCE SITE From the Department for Transport, UK. See also their INTRODUCTION TO TRANSPORT ANALYSIS.

DETERMINING THE VALUE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE From the VICTORIA TRANSIT POLICY INSTITUTE

UNDERESTIMATING COSTS IN PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS: ERROR OR LIE? (pdf) Paper by Flyvbjerg, Holm, Buhl highlights 'strategic misrepresentation.'

"GETTING UP TO SPEED" Article on High Speed Rail by Jon Gertner,New York Times Magazine, June 10, 2009.

A PRO-BUS REPORT (pdf) Bus lobby at work in changing times.

TRENDS IN AVIATION (pdf) 2003 report from Transportation Research Board, 145 pages.

AIRLINE ON-TIME STATISTICS From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUTER BENEFIT PROGRAMS (pdf) TRB report.

DOE FUEL ECONOMY INFORMATION PAGE Compare gas mileage, emmissions and safety data for different motor vehicles.

TRAFFIC: WHY IT'S GETTING WORSE, WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO 2004 article by Anthony Downs, Brookings Institution, includes explanation of the Principle of Triple Convergence.

FUELING TRANSPORTATION FINANCE: A GAS TAX PRIMER (pdf) 2003 Brookings Institution report.

HOW LARGE ARE TAX SUBSIDIES FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVERS IN THE U.S.? (pdf) 2008 paper by Delucchi and Murphy, UC Davis.

US DEPT. OF ENERGY'S STANDBY GASOLINE RATIONING PLAN (Abstract) White Market will be allowed.

HOME GROWN:THE CASE FOR LOCAL FOOD IN A GLOBAL MARKET (pdf) 2002 paper by Brian Halweil, Worldwatch Institute.

TRUCK TRANSPORTATION, MESSENGER SERVICES, WAREHOUSING 2007 INDUSTRY SURVEY From US Census Bureau.

  


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BLOGS, WEBSITES & ASSORTED PROPAGANDA
 

ENERGY BULLETIN

THE PICKENS PLAN

SIMMONS AND COMPANY Matt Simmons, author of Twllight in the Desert. Had been accused of losing his mind after his commentary on the Gulf of Mexico blowout. Shortly thereafter, found dead in his bathtub.

PEAK OIL DEBUNKED

CLUSTERF*CK NATION BY JIM KUNSTLER Author of The Long Emergency has been predicting imminent collapse of Everything for many years.

THE OIL DRUM

SATELLITE O'ER THE DESERT

ENERGY SHORTAGE

CAMBRIDGE ENERGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES Not exactly batting 1000, but who is?

SMART ENERGY A video podcast by Stanford professor Margot Gerritsen.

ROBERT RAPIER The world needs realists. Dreamers are a dime a dozen.

ASPO IRELAND NEWSLETTER Campbell.

THE AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY

RENEWABLEENERGYWORLD.COM

RATE CRIMES -- BRINGING TRANSPARENCY TO THE ECONOMICS OF SOLAR ENERGY Blog by Paul Symanski.

SCARCE WHALES Blog by Morgan Downey, author of Oil 101.

EARLY WARNING Stuart Staniford gets up in the morning and makes graphs.

BIT TOOTH ENERGY Technical aspects of the oil biz explained by "Heading Out."

 

THE BP DEEPWATER HORIZON BLOWOUT  Or just go straight to NEWS BLOWOUT, Hurst's long but still incomplete list of links to on-line articles about the blowout in the mainstream media.