Will Shale Gas Eventually Make Turkey Energy Independent?

Turkey’s booming economy faces one major constraint – a lack of hydrocarbon resources. At least up to now. The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration notes in its report on Turkey, “Over the last two years, Turkey has seen the fastest growth in energy demand in the OECD, and unlike a number of other OECD countries […]

EIA report – U.S. #1 in Shale Gas Reserves, Russia #1 in Shale Oil Reserves

The U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency (EIA) is a treasure trove of useful data for those willing to navigate its less than friendly website. The most interesting report to show up on the statistics-laden site is the “World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment,” compiled by Advanced Resources International (ARI) under EIA sponsorship. The […]

China to Build Panama Canal Bypass Through Nicaragua

One of the most extraordinary stories of the past decade largely overlooked by the U.S. media is how Central and Latin America have quietly escaped U.S. control since 9-11, as Washington focused on its global War on Terror (WoT). The WoT diverted Washington’s attention long enough that progressive governments established themselves throughout the southern Western […]

Niger’s Uranium Facilities Under Assault

One of the scariest scenarios for Western intelligence analysts is the possible nexus between terrorism and nuclear materials. Recent events in Africa have heightened these scenarios. On 23 May two suicide bombers got into the French-owned Areva Somair mine in Arlit, Niger, 620 miles northeast of the capital Niamey, detonating their vehicle. The resultant blast damaged […]

Venezuelan President Maduro Offers Olive Branch to Washington

To say that U.S. relations with Venezuela’s former President Hugo Rafael Chávez grew increasingly strained would be an understatement. But Chávez succumbed to cancer on 5 March, and the winds of change are blowing through Caracas. Why was Chávez in Washington’s bad books? His choice of allies, which included the Russian Federation, Iran and Cuba, […]

‘Hard Sell?’ Canada Doubles PR Budget to Promote Tar Sands in U.S.

Canada is, according to the U.S. Energy Administration, the leading source of United States crude oil imports, which average 9.033 million barrels per day (mbpd), with Canada sending 2.666 mbpd southwards to the U.S. Mexico is second with 1.319 mbpd and Saudi Arabia third with 1.107 mbpd. The EIA notes, “Canada is one of the world’s five largest […]

New Wyoming Lithium Deposit Could Meet All U.S. Demand

The U.S. currently imports more than 80% of the lithium it uses, with the silvery metal winding up in batteries from cell phones to electric cars. According to a United States Geological Survey publication on lithium, “The only commercially active lithium mine in the United States was a brine operation in Nevada. The mine’s production capacity […]

Canada Considering Nuclear Reactors in Alberta Tar Sands Fields

Like them or hate them, Alberta, Canada’s tar sands deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, are the world’s largest. The province’s resources include the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake deposits in the McMurray Formation, which consist of a mixture of crude bitumen, a semi-solid form of crude oil, admixed with silica sand, […]

So Much for Desert Storm – Kuwait and Iraq Collaborate on Energy

News emanating from the Middle East since the outbreak of the “Arab spring” two years ago has been intermittently nervous, but beneath the headlines, some political seismic shifts have been occurring. Exhibit a – recent Kuwaiti-Iraq energy cooperation. In August 1990, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq launched its invasion by bombing Kuwait’s capital, occupying the nation in […]

China to Dominate the 2013 Coal Market

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and currently accounts for about half of the global coal consumption. The U.S. Energy Information Agency noted in its 2012 country analysis brief on China, “Coal supplied the vast majority (70 percent) of China’s total energy consumption of 90 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2009,” […]