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Shell’s rig spews liquor over guests at PR event

Shell’s rig spews liquor over guests at PR event

June 7, 2012

A recently uploaded video shows a Shell launch event gone horribly wrong: a small fake oil rig designed to pour drinks malfunctioned and ended up spraying fancily dressed guests with liquor like an out-of-control hose. The video title sums it up: #ShellFail. Recorded by Occupy protester Logan Price who somehow gained entry into the invite-only event, ...

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Canadian Company Reduces Energy Cost 91%

Canadian Company Reduces Energy Cost 91%

November 29, 2010

The company invested $46,000 in several energy saving areas, and now the reduced heating cost saves the company $89,000 every year, or a projected 1.42 million over the next 10 years.

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Worldwide Coal Use Declines for the First Time in Ten Years

Worldwide Coal Use Declines for the First Time in Ten Years

November 13, 2010

For the first time in ten years, coal use has fallen around the world. Overall usage is down .5%, but when compared to an average rise of 4.3% every year for the last ten years, it might seem cause to celebrate.

Big Oil – Why NOC’s Will Always Be Biggest

Big Oil – Why NOC’s Will Always Be Biggest

October 19, 2010

Of the top companies that are dividing up the world’s fossil fuels and dictating the Earth’s energy policies, the NOC’s, or National Oil Companies, are by far, the absolute biggest.

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Largest U.S. Wind Farm Secures 1.2 Billion

Largest U.S. Wind Farm Secures 1.2 Billion

July 29, 2010

Terra-Gen Power LLC last week broke ground on what will be the largest Wind Energy Center in the US. The company has 4 wind power projects planned for Kern County, California, and recently secured $1.2 billion for the projects. Kern has been California’s top oil producing county for years. A vast, desert landscape scattered with ...

Dutch Cleanup Assistance Finally Accepted

Dutch Cleanup Assistance Finally Accepted

July 2, 2010

On Tuesday of last week, the US finally announced it was accepting the help of 12 foreign countries in the Gulf cleanup effort. Much has been made of the Obama Administration’s response or lack of response to the B.P. Gulf oil spill. It’s a natural question, understandably people want to know if their government is doing ...

Climate Change’s Unlikely Crusader

Climate Change’s Unlikely Crusader

June 30, 2010

Oil Baron, Natural Gas Advocate and Corporate Raider T. Boone Pickens, is also the 117th richest person in America. His corporate acquisitions and takeovers have placed him into many industries, mostly relating to energy. A takeover of Gulf Oil, placed him on the cover of time magazine in March of 1985. He was a huge financial ...

The Deadly Extraction of Natural Gas

The Deadly Extraction of Natural Gas

June 28, 2010

With the crisis in the Gulf and rising gas prices, another form of energy is gaining momentum. Natural Gas extraction is becoming more prevalent and aggressive. New drilling locations are springing up nation wide. Josh Fox, a man living in Pennsylvania, was approached by a company hoping to turn his 19 acres into one of ...

Destined to Repeat? Shell Oil runs Deepwater Horizon clone in the Gulf

Destined to Repeat? Shell Oil runs Deepwater Horizon clone in the Gulf

June 24, 2010

Shell’s Deepwater Nautilus rig was built just a year after the Deepwater Horizon. It came from the same shipyard, drilling in the same Mississippi Canyon as the BP disaster. Hoirzon and Nautilus were both built in South Korea by Hyandai Heavy Industries (009540:Korea SE) for Transocean Ltd.(NYSE: RIG). Transocean currently has about 48 deep ...

Oil-Eating Mushrooms

Oil-Eating Mushrooms

June 12, 2010

Years ago, a company called Battelle Laboratories paired up with an American mycologist (i.e. study of Fungi) Paul Stamets to conduct a series of tests. Four piles of dirt were completely saturated with petroleum. One was left alone as the control. The second was treated with bacteria, the third pile was treated with enzymes. Lastly, ...

Sustainable solar energy in the heart of Dubai

Sustainable solar energy in the heart of Dubai

June 5, 2010

Dubai of the United Arab Emirates has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. Like Las Vegas, it is bustling city catering to tourists that also happens to reside in the middle of a large desert. Energy can be hard to come by and the scorching heat is ...

Think Global bursts onto the scene in U.S.

Think Global bursts onto the scene in U.S.

May 28, 2010

Norwegian electric car maker Think Global is building a manufacturing facility in the United States this year. The company will ship 500 cars to the U.S. market towards the end of the year, and begin ‘low volume production’ in Indiana in 2011.

Growing Energy Crisis – An Answer

Growing Energy Crisis – An Answer

May 12, 2010

What if there was a better answer? What if there was an element other than Uranium that could promise zero chance of meltdown, generated power cheaply, could not be weaponized, and who’s reactive waste only had to be stored for a few hundred years, rather than tens of thousands?

Worse than feared

Worse than feared

April 30, 2010

Oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico at 5 times the initial rate  estimated, and therefore spreading much faster, threatening the Mississippi River delta along the coast of Louisiana. The rig is emptying an estimated 136.4 tons of crude oil a day, today we reached a grand total of 1000 crude oil tons dumped ...

Algae yields Cleanup and Energy for Industrial Factories

Algae yields Cleanup and Energy for Industrial Factories

April 28, 2010

In an increasingly common occurrence, Industry and Biology blend once again as cement companies in Canada begin to experiment with growing large fields of algae next to their factories.