energy

Oil is not a Villain! Here's what it's done for us

For decades now, oil has often been vilified and bedeviled by just about everyone from progressive environmentalist organizations to the mass media, but the fact is, without oil, we would be in a very sorry state and many of the so called “green energy options” that now are hovering somewhere in the future would be nothing but mere “pipe dreams!”

Natural Gas - Just How Clean Is This Energy?

Over many years, natural gas has come to play a relatively large part in most of our everyday lives. Meanwhile modern society longs to return to simpler, happier, healthier times by “getting back to nature!” These days, the word “Natural” is idolized and closely associated with such terms as “better, healthy and safe!

Coal - Cheap Fuel Or Environmental Catastrophe?

Over recent years, as oil prices have surged exponentially, we’ve witnesses a renewed interest in coal as a readily available, reliably abundant and relatively inexpensive source of energy. These benefits have reawakened a debate over the possible revival of a fuel that was pretty much officially “dead and buried!”
Particularly interested in the outcome of this discussion is the “Coal Industry” itself, as concerns about “Peak Oil” and astronomically rising prices re-ignites serious reexamination of coal as a potential “stop gap” savior.

What Affects Oil Prices?

Understanding what causes the price of oil to fluctuate can oftentimes be a confusing subject for those outside of the commodities market. There are a number of factors that affect the price of oil in both the U.S. and abroad, understanding the intricacies of oil pricing can help investors better time their investments in this high-demand commodity.
OPEC and Global Oil Supply and Demand
Oil prices

Oil Shale - So Just What Is It!

People often say: “You can’t squeeze blood from a stone.” However that’s exactly what shale oil is. An alternative fuel, created by squeezing our planet’s proverbial “Life Blood” out of rock once again has many scientists and energy experts excitedly talking.
Shale oil, otherwise known as “Kerogen;” is a non-conventional, “synthetic” oil that is produced by a process called “Pyrolysis,” a deconstructive distillation method that converts the organic matter (rich hydrocarbons) naturally found within the rock into oil.

Oil Prices and the Financial Markets

There are a number of different factors that affect financial markets however many analysts believe there is a direct relationship between the price of oil and the stock market. In many cases, economic indicators have a positive linear affect on the markets. Higher than expected earnings from a bank will oftentimes send bank stocks higher, trouble at one software company can easily affect the stock price of another. Oil prices are believed to have a negative correlation to the financial markets, which means that as oil prices go down, stock prices go up.

What Exactly “IS” Natural Gas?

This “Natural Gas 101” article is intended as an informative guide to help clear up some common misconceptions going around these days about the topic of natural gas. So, let us first clarify exactly what natural gas is.
Natural gas is a fuel source consisting primarily of methane. It is often found associated with other fossil fuels, in coal beds, as methane clathrates, and is naturally created in a biological process by “methanogenic organisms” in environments such as bogs, land-fills and marshes.

What Affects Gas Prices

Gas prices have changed significantly over the past year as a number of factors have affected the price of crude oil which directly impacts the price at the pump. Many Americans complain of high gas prices, however it is important to understand that pricing differs all over the world and in both Canada and Europe gas is significantly more expensive than in the United States. Understanding what affects gas prices can sometimes be a complex matter as there are numerous factors that go-into determining the final price of gasoline.

The Benefits of Natural Gas

Natural gas is nifty stuff. It burns twice as clean as other fossil fuels, leaves no ash to be disposed of and is critical to many industrial processes.
It is used for everything from drying grain to distilling liquor. It also can fairly easily substitute for oil as a transportation fuel. Buses in big American cities increasingly run on it, as taxis in Australia have for years.
Its history is a tale of how markets work, how technology can broadside the best futurists, and how planners and politicians can get it wrong.