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  • [Originally published 2017] Germany’s Russian gas pipeline smells funny to America

    07/12/2018 5:02:38 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 8 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 22nd 2017 | Staff Writer
    LIKE vinyl records and popped collars, rows between the United States and Europe over Russian energy are making a comeback. In the early 1980s Ronald Reagan’s attempts to thwart a Soviet pipeline that would bring Siberian gas to Europe irritated the West Germans and drove the French to proclaim the end of the transatlantic alliance. The cast of characters has shifted a little today, but many of the arguments are the same. In Nord Stream 2 (NS2), a proposed Russian gas pipeline, Germany sees a respectable project that will cut energy costs and lock in secure supplies. American politicians (and...
  • [Originally published 2014] How reliant is Europe on Russian gas?

    07/12/2018 4:57:30 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 3rd 2014 | E.S.L. and A.C.M.
    THE crisis in Ukraine has alarmed the rest of Europe—not just because of the prospect of war, or chaos on its borders, but because a row with Russia over Ukraine's unpaid gas bill threatens energy security in the rest of the continent. Europe could survive a short interruption of a few weeks to the pipelines across Ukraine, assuming that other Russian gas kept flowing. The European Union has built in more resilience since the last upset in Ukraine, in 2009. Now it is hurrying to reduce its reliance further. But measures such as better storage, more interconnectors and diversification of...
  • Trump at NATO summit: 'Germany is totally controlled by Russia'

    07/11/2018 1:44:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 243 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 11, 2018 | Sam Meredith, Natasha Turak
    “Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think its not,” Trump said. The U.S. president was speaking at a press conference in front of NATO representatives ahead of a two-day summit. The Trump administration’s policies indicate it views security and trade as intimately linked. And when it comes to the trade balance, no ally will be spared. Speaking in Brussels, Belgium on the first leg of his European trip, the U.S. president...
  • Trump Should Release SPR Oil Reserves on Monday

    07/02/2018 1:21:48 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 48 replies
    The speculators are at it again in the oil market, pushing up prices beyond the fundamentals.
  • How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria

    06/29/2018 10:34:09 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 42 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 28th 2018
    A NEW Syria is emerging from the rubble of war. In Homs, which Syrians once dubbed the “capital of the revolution” against President Bashar al-Assad, the Muslim quarter and commercial district still lie in ruins, but the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street. “Groom of Heaven”, proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. In their sermons, Orthodox patriarchs praise Mr Assad for saving one of the world’s oldest Christian communities.
  • The Kremlin stresses Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political

    06/18/2018 6:49:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    TASS ^ | June 18, 2018
    Nord Stream-2 includes construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The gas pipeline will bypass the transit states - Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries - through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five states - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political, and attempts to counter its implementation violate the rules of free competition, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said...
  • Russia, South Korea Revive Talks To Build Gas Pipeline Via North Korea

    06/17/2018 10:41:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | June 2018 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    Russian gas giant Gazprom has resumed talks with South Korea over a decade-old idea to build a gas pipeline from Russia’s Far East to South Korea through North Korea, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, said on Friday. “To date, the political situation has been somewhat different, and the South Korean side has asked Gazprom to resume the project, and a series of talks has been held on this issue, and these talks are continuing." “The ideas behind the pipeline look very difficult to implement, especially given the complex political-military context continuing on the Korean peninsula, and the...
  • Poland Confident of Completing Gas Link to Norway by 2022

    06/17/2018 6:52:08 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Rigzone ^ | June 2018 | Reuters
    Poland is confident of meeting a 2022 deadline for completing a new Baltic Sea gas pipeline to Norway,which will connect Poland to Norwegian gas deposits via Denmark and aims to reduce Polish reliance on Russian gas. Construction of the pipeline, with capacity of 10 billion cubic metres per year, is set to begin in spring 2020. Polish state-run gas firm PGNiG buys most of the gas Poland consumes from Russia's Gazprom under a long-term deal set to expire in 2022. Poland does not intend to extend the contract beyond that date. In other attempts to diversify sources of supply, Poland...
  • US about to slap disobedient European firms with sanctions over Russian gas project

    06/11/2018 12:54:11 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    RT ^ | June 2018 | Jonathan Ernst
    The White House is on the verge of introducing penalties against companies engaged in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will deliver Russian natural gas to the EU across the Baltic Sea. Apart from Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, the project is being undertaken by German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV. Initially, Gazprom's European partners were planning to become stakeholders in the Nord Stream 2 AG, which is registered in Switzerland. However, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, Poland’s...
  • Unpopular gas tax could be issue in California governor's race

    06/06/2018 8:15:57 PM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | June 6th, 2018 | Mike Luery
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — San Diego businessman Jon Cox may be the underdog in the governor’s race, but Republicans believe Democratic opponent and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is vulnerable because of his support for an unpopular tax. If there’s one issue that resonates with Republicans, it’s the repeal of the gas tax in California. On Wednesday, Cox made a point of blaming Newsom for the 12-cent hike at the pumps -- even though Newsom, as lieutenant governor, was not involved in the legislative vote. “He wants to defend the gas tax,” Cox said. “I'm leading the effort to repeal the...
  • California Primary: Voters Recall Democrat Josh Newman over Gas Tax Vote

    06/06/2018 10:03:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 6, 2018 | Joel B. Pollak
    Voters in California’s 29th State Senate district recalled freshman Democrat Josh Newman in Tuesady’s California primary over his vote for Governor Jerry Brown’s 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike, replacing him with Republican Ling Ling Chang and definitively denying Democrats a supermajority in the upper house.
  • As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights

    05/31/2018 2:37:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/31/18 | Sara Sneath
    "Louisiana loses a football field of land every 100 minutes." While that phrase has helped bring awareness to the ongoing problem of coastal wetland loss, it's not the state of Louisiana that is really losing land. It is private landowners, companies and individuals, that have lost more than 2,000 square miles of coastal marsh over the past century. That process is financially benefiting the state under an old law that grants the state government the rights to oil and gas deep below navigable waters, including coastlines where erosion has converted land to water. The more land private landowners lose to...
  • Russia Just Won Big in the European Gas War

    05/29/2018 9:28:50 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | May 2018 | Tim Daiss
    Amid President Donald Trump’s push for American energy independence and thrust to wean Europe off of geopolitically charged Russian gas -- several European states, particularly Germany, have accused the president of playing energy geopolitics, cloaking American concern for European energy security under the guise and to the benefit of U.S. producers. Now, Trump and U.S. LNG exporters will have an even harder time convincing key EU members to offset overreliance on Russian piped gas. Last week, Gazprom, the world’s largest gas producer, and the European Commission resolved a seven-year anti-trust dispute after the Russian state-controlled energy giant agreed to change...
  • US Pushes China to Buy its Oil and Gas in Wake of Trade Row - Reports

    05/28/2018 5:37:08 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    Sput ^ | 5/28/2018 | Business Staff
    In April, Beijing was given a list of goods that China buys in various countries that can be replaced by American ones. The list includes oil, oil products, liquefied natural gas, beef, poultry and soybeans. Washington is pressuring Beijing by lobbying long-term contracts for the supply of energy resources and agricultural products to China in order to reduce the multi-billion-dollar trade deficit between the countries, according to the Financial Times. Washington also intends to seek the abolition of quotas on US supplies to China. If the parties agree to remove trade barriers, then the expansion of energy supplies, according to...
  • Trump proposes easing oil, gas leasing restrictions in West

    05/02/2018 9:24:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2018 7:12 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    The Trump administration wants to ease restrictions on oil and gas leasing and other activities across a huge swath of the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird. The move involves conservation plans for greater sage grouse approved in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. Trump has vowed to increase U.S. energy production and open more lands to drilling. Conservation groups critical of Trump’s energy policies warned Wednesday’s proposal could unravel a years-long effort to shore up the bird’s struggling population. Interior Department officials said the revisions to the Obama-era plans were aimed at increasing...
  • German $10 Billion Gas Bill Shows Perks of Close Russia Ties

    04/27/2018 1:30:48 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    Quint ^ | April 25, 2018 | Elena Mazneva
    Are Berlin’s close energy ties with Moscow paying off? Data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service shows they might be after Germany paid less for natural gas from the world’s largest exporter than most other buyers. Only the U.K., which produces most of its own gas, had lower import costs among the biggest offtakers, according to the figures obtained by Bloomberg and detailed in the chart below. Chancellor Angela Merkel has worked to strengthen the energy relationship with Russia, bucking U.S. pressure to punish Vladimir Putin’s interference in Syria and elections across the west. Germany has backed projects such as Gazprom...
  • Uranus discovery fulfills cosmic punchline

    04/24/2018 8:58:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    FoxNews/Science ^ | Apr 24, 2018 | John Johnson | Newser
    Scientists using the huge telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano have discovered the world's most obvious space joke. "Uranus smells like farts" is an actual, and correct, headline making the rounds ...
  • TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline update

    04/21/2018 6:57:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/21/2018 | Bruce Thompson
    As one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump signed presidential memoranda to revive both the KeystoneXL and Dakota Access pipelines by expediting the environmental review process. The Dakota Access pipeline is now in full operation. TransCanada’s annual report gives us an update on the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Sheetz or Wawa? This Pittsburgher's documentary will examine Pennsylvanians' loyalties

    04/19/2018 10:22:57 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 47 replies
    Tribune Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | Minutes ago | Renatta Signorinni
    A filmmaker is planning a documentary about one of the many debated aspects of Pennsylvania's interstate rivalry between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. No, it's not whether the NHL's Penguins or Flyers are better. With the Pens up 3 games to 1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there doesn't appear to be much debate over that. The rivalry to be explored in the documentary: Sheetz versus Wawa . "The rivalry is not between the stores, the rivalry is really between the fans," said Matthew Fridg, a Pittsburgh-based filmmaker behind the documentary. Fridg hopes to answer the age-old question of which gas station...
  • The octane game: Auto industry lobbies for 95 as new regular

    04/18/2018 3:40:59 PM PDT · by outofsalt · 126 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am | Richard Truett
    "GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are seeking just one grade of fuel: 95. That would eliminate today's grades, generally 87 octane for regular, 88-90 for midgrade and 91-94 for premium." "In testimony Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's environment subcommittee, Dan Nicholson, General Motors' vice president of global propulsion systems, said making 95 octane the new regular aligns the U.S. with Europe and is one of the most affordable ways to boost fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions."