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December 31, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Ushered in With New Year

Incandescent light bulbs, which have been in use in the United States for more than a century, are on their way out in the new year. The federal government has prohibited their manufacture and import starting Wednesday.
The latest ban covers 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs. The 100-watt and 75-watt varieties had already been phased out. The bans were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act. continued...

December 30, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Oil train bursts into flames after collision

A train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic, according to reports by Reuters.
Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into, local officials were reported as saying. continued...

December 30, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Shell closes on Parque das Conchas stake

Shell has closed on a $1 billion purchase from Petrobras of an additional 23% stake in the Parque das Conchas field in Brazil's Campos basin. continued...

December 30, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Beloyarsk 4 criticality soon

Commissioning is about to start at Russia's forthcoming fast reactor, Beloyarsk 4. After a lengthy construction period, engineers are preparing for criticality in April 2014.
The unit will be a 789 MWe fast-neutron reactor of the BN-800 design, fuelled by a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides arranged to produce new fuel material as it burns. The electricity will go to the central Sverdlovsk region of Russia, where regional governor Yevgeny Kuyzashev said it would support industrial investment. continued...

December 26, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Russian outfit signs exploration deal with Syria

Russian oil company Soyuzneftegaz has reportedly signed an exploration agreement with the Syrian government covering offshore areas in the Mediterranean Sea. continued...

December 26, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Shell extends option for Penn. ethane cracker

Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has extended its option to buy land in the US state of Pennsylvania that is the proposed site for an ethane cracker that would use production from the Marcellus shale as feedstock. continued...

December 24, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Green light for HRT's Polvo buy from BP

Chief executive Milton Franke said the Campos basin acquisition put the exploration-focused Brazilian independent on to the oil production stage. continued...

December 23, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Gazprom ‘wants third train for Sakhalin-2’

The giant Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas project off eastern Russian looks set to go from two to three trains after local gas monopoly Gazprom approved an expansion, according to a report.
Gazprom boss Alexei Miller met with Peter Voser, chief executive of the other major partner in the project, Shell, in Moscow and discussed the deal, Reuters reported. continued...

December 23, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Rosneft takes Sibneftegas

Rosneft has gotten its hands on Sibneftegas after agreeing an asset swap deal with Novatek. continued...

December 11, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Mexico gives reform general approval

Mexico’s Senate has given general approval for a draft energy reform bill that would allow international players to invest in what is seen as one of the hottest Latin American oil markets. continued...

December 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
CB&I JV bowls strike with Freeport LNG win

A joint venture between CB&I and Zachry Industrial has been awarded two contracts totalling $5 billion to provide engineering, procurement and construction work on the Freeport gas-liquefaction project in south Texas. continued...

December 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
CB&I JV bowls strike with Freeport LNG win

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton said on Tuesday that it plans to invest around $4 billion annually in its US shale operations for the next four years and expects the business to start generating nearly $3 billion per year in cash proceeds by the end of the decade.
BHP, the biggest investor in US onshore oil and gas, will spend about $5.5 billion on oil and gas a year in a bid to boost its petroleum business, according to reports. continued...

December 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Consol Energy, Noble Energy acquire Marcellus patch

US independents Consol Energy and Noble Energy have agreed to acquire the gas exploration rights on 90,000 acres in West Virginia held by Dominion Resources in a deal worth around $190 million. continued...

December 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Canada files ownership claim over North Pole

Canada has filed a preliminary submission to the United Nations laying claim to the North Pole ahead of lodging a full ownership claim over the resource-rich remote territory, reports have said.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Foreign Minister John Baird said that "obtaining international recognition for the outer limits of our continental shelf ... will be vital to the future development of Canada's offshore resources". continued...

December 6, 2013 -- James M. Taylor, J.D.
Polar Ice Caps Are Global Warming Deniers

Northern Hemisphere polar ice extent to set the final stages of a year marked by above-average global polar ice extent. Polar ice caps, apparently, are global warming deniers, attacking the science of alarmist global warming predictions.
Average Southern Hemisphere polar sea ice extent during November 2013 was nearly 1 million square kilometers above the long-term average. continued...

November Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs up 203,000
Civilian labor force up 455,000
Employed up 818,000
Unemployment gown .3 = 7.0
Employment-Population Ratio up .3 to 58.6%
Employed
Employment hit a high point 146,595,000 in November of 2007. It declined to 142,187,000 in January 2009 and hit a low point of 138,401,000 nine months later in November. In November it was 144,386,000
Unemployment
Unemployment was 4.2% at the end of the .com bubble in January of 2001 when President Bush took office. It rose to 7.7% by January 2009. It reached a high of 10.1 in October of 2009. In November it was 7.0
Employment & Population Ratio
Roughly 63% of the population was employed until June of 2007 and the ratio of employed has steadily declined since then. In November it was 58.6
We give you the numbers -- You do the math.
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November 27, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
More reserves found at Lost Creek

Ur-Energy has announced a new and increased NI43-101 compliant reserve estimate for it Lost Creek property in Wyoming. continued...

November 27, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
White Mesa mill to go on standby

US uranium producer Energy Fuels has announced that it will discontinue current U3O8 production at the White Mesa uranium mill from August 2014 until the latter half of 2015. White Mesa is the only conventional uranium mill currently operating in the USA. It will also place the Pinenut mine on standby in mid-July 2014. Mining at the company's Arizona 1 mine is due to cease early in 2014 as known resources are depleted. continued...

November 21, 2013 -- theguardian.com
Lower house votes to dump carbon tax after 18 months

'This is about honour and dignity and the sovereign will of the Australian people,' says environment minister Greg Hunt continued...

November 12, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Gazprom Neft beat analyst forecasts

Russia's Gazprom Neft beat analyst forecasts with a 3% year-on-year increase in third-quarter net profit.
The oil-producing arm of state gas export monopoly Gazprom reported a net result of 57.5 billion roubles ($1.75 billion), compared with 55.95 billion roubles a year earlier, while a Reuters poll of analysts had expected the company to earn 52.3 billion roubles in the latest quarter. continued...

November 12, 2013 -- cfact.org
CFACT President Rothbard addresses Warsaw rally on UN global warming treaty

David Rothbard, president of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), told the crowd U.N. global warming programs are attempting “a complete economic transformation of the world.”
“This is not good news for those who love freedom, and it is not good news for Poland,” said Rothbard.
“We stand for freedom. We stand for opportunity. We stand for our families. And we stand for a strong and prosperous future. Together let us be bold as a lion,” said Rothbard to the thousands of flag-waving Poles celebrating their hard-fought independence and national rebirth at the culmination of World War I. continued...

November 11, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Baker Hughes said it has declared force majeure

Houston-based oilfield services giant Baker Hughes said it has declared force majeure after suspending its operations in Iraq following a "protest incident" by local residents at a facility near Basra.
The company offered few details on the incident, which occurred on Saturday. An investigation is ongoing. continued...

November 11, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
North Atlantic in NYSE move

Seadrill offshoot North Atlantic Drilling Ltd has taken its first step towards a listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by filing a formal application for an initial public offering with US authorities.
Trading in the company’s shares on the NYSE is set to take place on completion of a review of the application by the US Securities & Exchange Commission. continued...

November 11, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Transocean strikes deal with Icahn

Top rig contractor Transocean has come to an agreement with activist shareholder Carl Icahn over his demands to improve efficiency and returns at the company.
Among the terms: Transocean will pay a $3 dividend and downsize its board to 11 members from 14. It also plans to support the re-election of one Icahn-backed director, Samuel Merksamer, and reccommend the addition of another, Vincent Intrieri.
The rig company additionally plans the launch of a master limited partnership in mid-2014. continued...

November 11, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
50,000+ Poles Cheer CFACT Speech Against UN Global-Warming Treaty

David Rothbard and I co-founded CFACT over 25 years ago. When David took the stage, he was speaking before perhaps the largest audience ever to hear a speech directly challenging the UN global warming policy. Rothbard said he was honored to stand with the Poles in a “new battle for freedom against those who would use environmental and climate alarmism to steal away our liberties and give international bureaucrats control over our energy sources, our daily lives, our prosperity, and our national sovereignty.” continued...

November 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Chesapeake hit with new Michigan subpeona

Chesapeake Energy, already under investigation for possible antitrust violations in Michigan, said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday the state's attorney general is also probing a possible violation of Michigan's criminal solicitation law, according to a report. continued...

November 7, 2013 -- judithcurry.com
John Howard: One Religion is Enough

The Honourable John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, gave the Annual GWPF Lecture in London on Nov 5. The title of his lecture was One Religion is Enough, and full text is available from the GWPF. Excerpts:
I chose the lecture’s title largely in reaction to the sanctimonious tone employed by so many of those who advocate quite substantial, and costly, responses to what they see as irrefutable evidence that the world’s climate faces catastrophe, against people who do not share their view. To them the cause has become a substitute religion. continued...

November 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Continental profit soars

US independent Continental Resources saw profit almost quadruple during the third quarter driven by a significant production boost. continued...

November 6, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Transocean swings to profit

Top rig contractor Transocean swung to a profit in the third quarter as the company saw improvements in utilisation and dayrates and tightened up key efficiency metrics.
The Zug, Switzerland-based company reported net income of $546 million in the three months to September compared to a loss of $381 million in the year-ago quarter. continued...

October 28, 2013 -- cfact.org
A climate treaty without a vote? Russia protests UN’s shocking “consensus” procedure

On October 28th, Russia sent a strongly worded letter to the UNFCCC secretariat decrying the UN’s use of UNFCCC Russia letterhead“consensus” rather than permitting nations to vote on matters as important as conference outcomes. “Decision-making in the UNFCCC process has suffered evident setbacks over the past few years with serious procedural and legal flaws being multiplied, transparency eroding, frequency of dubious proceedings acquiring alarming magnitude and conduct of business deviating” from UNFCCC rules, Russia said. continued...

October 18, 2013 --
2013 – a year with minimal extreme weather events in the US

There have been many forecasts in the news in recent years predicting more and more extreme weather-related events in the US, but for 2013 that prediction has been way off the mark. Whether you’re talking about tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat or hurricanes, the good news is that weather-related disasters in the US are all way down this year compared to recent years and, in some cases, down to historically low levels. continued...

October 17, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
China cleared to buy into UK nuclear plants

Chinese companies will be allowed to take a stake in the UK's next generation of nuclear power plants following the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) on nuclear cooperation by the two countries. continued...

October 16, 2013 -- powermag
Supreme Court to Weigh Power Plant GHG Regulation Question

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a narrow challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources, including power plants. continued...

October 16, 2013 -- upstreamonline
http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1340515.ece

The US has passed up Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's top producer of oil and other liquid energy sources thanks to a booming shale sector and diverse output, according to a new study.
The New York-based PIRA Energy Group says the US is now producing about 12.1 million barrels per day of liquids, a figure that includes biofuels. The total is 300,000 bpd more than Saudi Arabia and 1.6 million more than Russia in comparable output. continued...

October 15, 2013 -- upstreamonline
North Dakota closing in on 1m bpd output

North Dakota is likely on the verge of hitting a new oil-production milestone as the latest data suggest the US state, home to the giant Bakken shale, could pump 1 million barrels per day by year's end. continued...

October 15, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Transocean orders deep-water newbuild

Transocean has ordered a seventh ultra-deepwater drillship that has been signed to a five-year contract with Chevron.
The work booked with the US supermajor is expected to bring in $1.1 billion in revenue while the rig is estimated to cost $725 million to build, the Switzerland-based drilling contractor said Tuesday.
Upstream confirmed on Wednesday that the unit will be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea, where Transocean already has six ultra-deepwater drillships under construction. continued...

October 12, 2013 -- energynation.org
Climate Change Reconsidered

We know how important our work is. We work hard to deliver the reliable, affordable energy that keeps our nation running. As an industry, we have the power and responsibility to come together to advocate on issues that could impact America's energy future. Take action today and support our industry. continued...

October 9, 2013 -- heritage.org
Obama’s Bluff on Default

“We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact,” the memo says. “The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default.” continued...

October 2, 2013 -- upstreamonline
US 'could surpass Russia' in world production

The US could surpass Russia as the world's largest combined producer of oil and gas this year, and may have done so already, a report in the Wall Street Journal has claimed.
As oil and gas production continues to skyrocket in the US on the back of unconventional forms of extraction, perennial world production leader Russia has struggled to maintain its output. continued...

October 2, 2013 -- upstreamonline
McClendon signs Utica deal with Red Hill

Ohio-based Red Hill Development confirmed that the privately held explorer had signed a deal with shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon's new company American Energy Partners (AEP) to jointly explore the Utica shale. continued...

October 2, 2013 -- climatechangereconsidered
Climate Change Reconsidered

Whereas the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of a dangerous human effect on climate, NIPCC concludes the human effect is likely to be small relative to natural variability, and whatever small warming is likely to occur will produce benefits as well as costs. continued...

September 27, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
Construction begins on Tianwan 4

The pouring of first concrete today for another Russian-supplied reactor at the Tianwan site in China's Jiangsu province brings the total number of power reactors currently under construction in the country to 30. continued...

September 12, 2013 -- thenewamerican.com
Australia Reining in Climate Schemes After Voters Reject Carbon Tax

In the wake of a crushing defeat last week for the climate alarmism-promoting Australian Labor Party, which imposed the deeply unpopular and expensive “carbon tax” credited by analysts for the conservative coalition’s victory, authorities in Australia are preparing to dismantle and consolidate the myriad global-warming schemes spawned under the previous government. continued...

September 12, 2013 -- freeenterprise.com
Energy Department Approves Maryland LNG Export Terminal

The Energy Department approved Dominion Resources’ application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland, MarketWatch reports:
Cove Point is the third facility this year and the fourth overall approved to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with the U.S. — which is to say all the big LNG importers out there, particularly in Europe and Asia.
Dominion got the go-ahead to export 770 million cubic feet of natural gas a day for 20 years. The terminal is subject to an environmental review and a final regulatory approval. continued...

September 10, 2013 -- 21stcenturywire.com
Cold Case: Climate agenda ‘frozen’ for decades to come

According to climate alarmist’s like Al Gore, much of the earth should have already been submerged under water due to melting ice caps, as it turns out, the only thing ‘submerged’ is the global warming lie…
It appears the climate agenda will be frozen for decades to come, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The leaked documents described how the earth should be cooling until the middle of the century. continued...

August Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs down 169,000
Civilian labor force down 312,000
Employed up 227,000
Unemployment down .1 = 7.3
Employment-Population Ratio down .1 to 58.6%
We give you the numbers -- You do the math.

September 4, 2013 -- manufacturing.net
Study: U.S. Oil And Gas Revolution To Increase Income, Boost Trade

More than 3.3 million jobs will be supported in 2020 as the unconventional oil and gas revolution boosts industry competitiveness and manufacturing growth
The economic and employment contributions from U.S. unconventional oil and gas production are now being felt throughout the U.S. economy, increasing household incomes, boosting trade and contributing to a new increase in U.S. competitiveness in the world economy, a new study by IHS finds. continued...

September 3, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Rosneft 'cleared for Taas-Yuriakh buyout bid'

Rosneft has reportedly been cleared by competition authorities in Russia to bid for the remaining 65% of mid-size oil producer Taas-Yuriakh.
Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog FAS said it had approved Rosneft's proposed purchase of the outstanding stake in Taas-Yuriakh, Reuters reported.
The Moscow-headquartered giant declined to comment to the wire service about Tuesday's clearance. continued...

September 3, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Ocean Rig inks drillship order

Ocean Rig has signed up for another ultra-deepwater drillship at South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries in a deal worth $600 million.
The rig giant, controlled by Greek shipping magnate George Economou, has also left a single option at the shipyard following Tuesday's announced order. continued...

August 29, 2013 -- washingtonpost.com
U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary

U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former ­intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, continued...

August 27, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
Entergy opts to shut Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will cease electricity production by the end of next year and will then be decommissioned, Entergy has announced. The company said that continued operation of the plant was "not financially viable." continued...

August 14, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
US court rules on Yucca Mountain

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted illegally by abandoning the review of the licence application for the Yucca Mountain waste repository, the US Court of Appeals has ruled.
The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit was made in response to a lawsuit brought by petitioners including the states of Washington and South Carolina, and other entities and individuals from those states including state public utility regulators. The petitioners were seeking a writ of mandamus: a court order effectively forcing the licence application work to be resumed. continued...

August 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Continental earnings up on record output

US independent Continental Resources has posted a 68% rise in earnings for the second quarter, backed by higher revenue and record oil and gas production.
The Oklahoma-based company recorded earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisations of $708 million compared to $422 million last year. continued...

August 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Railway in Quebec crash goes bankrupt

The railway whose runaway train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US on Wednesday as it faces mounting pressure from authorities to pay for the disaster clean-up, according to a report.
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) filed for bankruptcy in both countries to preserve the value of its assets for a potential sale, according to court documents filed with the US Bankruptcy Court in Maine, Reuters reported. continued...
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August 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
DOE grants third LNG export permit

The US Department of Energy (DOE) said it had conditionally approved Lake Charles Exports' plan to send LNG to countries without a free trade agreement (FTA), the third such license granted amid booming US gas production.
Lake Charles is backed by UK gas giant BG Group and Energy Transfer Partners' Southern Union joint venture. The project, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, now has DOE's blessing to export up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day for a period of 20 years. continued...

August 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Devon Energy boosts profits by 43%

US independent Devon Energy has boosted quarterly profits by 43% year-on-year to $683 million thanks to increased oil production.
Upstream revenues rose 37% year-on-year to total $2.2 billion in the second quarter thanks to higher output and higher prices.
The Oklahoma City-based independent’s oil output rose 14% compared to the same period last year to average 169,000 barrels per day. Pipeline giant TransCanada said on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Malaysian-owned Progress Energy to transport 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to underpin the $1.5 billion extension of the NGTL pipeline system in British Columbia. continued...

August 6, 2013 -- upstreamonline
TransCanada moves ahead on $1.5bn pipe extension

Pipeline giant TransCanada said on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Malaysian-owned Progress Energy to transport 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to underpin the $1.5 billion extension of the NGTL pipeline system in British Columbia. continued...

August 6, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Oxy to go ahead with Cline pipeline

US integrated Occidental Petroleum subsidiary Centurion Pipeline said it is going ahead with a plan to build a pipeline in the emerging Cline shale oil play of the Permian basin of West Texas. continued...

August 2, 2013 -- money.cnn.com
If Wall Street's right, Obama may nix Keystone

President Obama hasn't decided whether he will approve the expansion of the controversial Keystone oils sands pipeline just yet. But in a strange turn of events, some opponents of the plan are finding support for their position from an unlikely source: Wall Street. continued...

August 2, 2013 -- July Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs up 162,000
Civilian labor force up 37,000
Employed up 227,000
Unemployment down .2 = 7.4
Employment-Population Ratio no change 58.7%
EmployedEmployment hit a high point 146,595,000 in November of 2007. It declined to 142,187,000 in January 2009 and hit a low point of 138,401,000 nine months later in November. In July it was 144285
Unemployment Unemployment was 4.2% at the end of the .com bubble in January of 2001 when President Bush took office. It rose to 7.7% by January 2009. It reached a high of 10.1 in October of 2009. In July it was 7.4
Employment & Population RatioRoughly 63% of the population was employed until June of 2007 and the ratio of employed has steadily declined since then. In July it was 58.7
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July 30, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
BP posts second quarter profit

UK supermajor BP posted a profit during the second quarter of the year despite a dip in revenue.
The company posted a profit of $2.1 billion for the second quarter of the year, recovering from a loss of nearly $1.5 billion during the same period last year. continued...

July 29, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Rosneft lifts profits by 18%

Russian giant Rosneft has posted first-half net profits of 137 billion rubles ($4.17 billion), up 18% on this time last year on the back of the acquisition of Anglo-Russian venture TNK-BP.
The multi-billion acquisition also saw overall output ramp up by more than 82% compared to the first six months of 2012 at 4.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day. continued...

July 29, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Anadarko reports triple hit

Anadarko said on Monday it had hit "high quality" oil pay at its high-profile Raptor wildcat in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of one of the region's deepest exploration tests to date.
It also reported oil pay at its Yucatan prospect in the Gulf of Mexico and gas pay at its Espadarte probe in Mozambique in its second-quarter earnings release. continued...

July 29, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Shell confirms Yucatan North hit

Shell on Monday confirmed its Yucatan North appraisal well in the Gulf of Mexico found 120 feet of net oil pay.
The Anglo-Dutch supermajor's operated well in Walker Ridge block 95 aimed to test Lower Tertiary targets and was drilled to 31,280 feet in 5850 feet of water, the company confirmed after the initial news was revealed in an earnings release of 15% partner Anadarko. continued...

July 29, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Brent edges up on supply cuts

Brent futures were little changed above $107 a barrel on Monday as concerns surrounding demand growth were countered by a weak dollar and fears about supply disruptions.
Brent crude oil edged up on Monday as a weaker dollar and fears over supply disruptions outweighed concerns about the prospects for global oil demand growth. continued...

July 26, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Pemex in $3.87bn loss

Pemex has run up yet another large quarterly loss as the Mexican state-owned oil giant saw its revenues shrink further.
The Mexico City-based behemoth posted a net loss of 49 billion pesos ($3.87 billion) in the three months to the end of June, Reuters reported on Friday. continued...

July 22, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Halliburton profits down 8% in margin squeeze

A proposed set of federal rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands would cost oil and gas producers in the western US at least $345 million a year in extra costs in finalised, according to industry groups.
The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management estimates the rules, which are awaiting a final seal of approval after many months in the works, would cost drillers an extra $12 million to $20 million per year. The proposed measures were scaled back from an earlier plan that would have cost explorers about twice as much. continued...

July 22, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Industry groups: Frac rules to add $345m in costs

US services giant Halliburton has seen its net income from continuing operations fall 8.38% year-on-year to $677 million in the second quarter. continued...

July 12, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
DoE: Changing climate threatens E&P ops

Higher temperatures, rising sea levels and water shortages caused by a changing climate will have a major impact on oil and gas production in the US in the coming years, the Department of Energy warned in a report this week. continued...

This, of course, will assure China's dominance in energy manufacturing and jobs in the future.

July 12, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Chinese player snaps up Woodbine

Privately held explorer Woodbine Acquisition of Texas has sold most of its assets to public Chinese outfit Meidu Holdings for a total of $535 million, including debt. continued...

July 12, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
GeoPark makes Chile find

Petrobras this week announced a change to its accounting method in an effort to limit the impact of a weaker Brazilian currency on its large dollar-denominated debts.
Starting in May, Petrobras has set aside about 20% of export proceeds in a special account for seven years, the company said in a securities filing on Wednesday according to Reuters.
Rather than be accounted for as revenue, the values in the account accrue to shareholders' equity.
This will allow Petrobras to protect about 70% of its net debt from exchange-rate variations, the company said according to the news wire. continued...

July 10, 2013 -- bloomberg.com
North Dakota Oil Transport Risk Revealed in Quebec Blast

On a typical day in North Dakota prairie towns like Williston, Dickinson and Beulah, trains with 100 tank cars line up to be loaded with oil destined for markets to the east, west, and south.
In total, about 675,000 barrels of crude leave daily on as many as 10 trains from North Dakota, now the second largest oil-producing state after Texas. That’s due to the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has rendered accessible petroleum once too costly to procure. continued...

July 6, 2013 -- Delphi
June Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs up 390,000
Civilian labor force up 177,000
Employed up 160,000
Unemployment 7.6 - no change
Employment-Population Ratio up .1 to 58.7%
Check the numbers.

July 2, 2013 -- PR Newswire
Alcatel-Lucent and Telekom Austria Group
Alcatel-Lucent and Telekom Austria Group, have conducted the world's first trial of an innovation from Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs that can upgrade existing copper telecommunications networks into ultra-fast broadband access systems capable of delivering video, data and information at speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). ..continued

June 28, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
GeoPark makes Chile find

GeoPark Holdings has declared a new oil and gas field after it made a hydrocarbons discovery at its first well on a play in Chile.
The UK-listed player struck both oil and gas at its Chercan-1 well on the Flamenco Block in Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile, it said on Friday. ..continued

June 28, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
US House clears Mexico deep-water agreement

The US House of Representatives voted to ratify an energy agreement between the US and Mexico that governs how oil and natural gas is developed along a shared border in the Gulf of Mexico.
The agreement establishes a framework by which US energy companies and Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, ..continued

June 27, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Texas crude output outpaces North Dakota

Crude oil production in Texas has jumped by a third in just 12 months, government figures showed on Thursday, with booming output driven by the Eagle Ford shale fields and Permian basin now outpacing growth in North Dakota.
Oil output in Texas hit 2.45 million barrels per day in April, ..continued

June 27, 2013 -- upstreamonline.com
Rosneft eyes 'investor buyout'

Rosneft is reportedly looking to buy out minority shareholders in TNK-BP Holding, while Lukoil has denied it is a potential takeover candidate for the Russian state-owned giant.
"We don't have any obligations. It would be a voluntary offer or, if a decision on a reorganisation is taken, a conversion. We will see," Rosneft vice president and legal counsel Igor Maidannik was reported as saying by Reuters. ..continued

June 20, 2013 -- world-nuclear-news
Thorium test begins

Thorium fuel is now being tested in the Halden research reactor in Norway. It was loaded in the last week of April, defining the start of a physical test program that will simulate how it operates in a power reactor.
Led by Norwegian company Thor Energy, the test will provide unique information necessary for qualifying this new fuel material for commercial use in current reactors. ..continued

June 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Oil prices buoyed by US data

Brent futures rose towards $105 per barrel on Monday, after data from top oil consumer the US showed an improvement in hiring although not enough to ignite fears about near-term tapering of the Federal Reserve's massive stimulus.
Markets have been on edge over the past few weeks amid concerns the Fed will roll back its stimulus commitment, a key driver of investment in commodities and other riskier assets. Speculation that Friday's jobs data would disappoint and raise worries about the US economy had also hit investor sentiment. ..continued

June 10, 2013 -- delphi
NOTE: Bad ecopnomy = more stimulus = more profit with less work.

June 10, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Cheap LNG will discourage investment

The notion of cheap liquefied natural gas prices, fuelled in part by the unconventional boom in the North America, will discourage investments and compromise energy security over the long run, Petronas' chief executive Shamsul Azhar Abbas said in the opening keynote address of the 17th Asia Oil and Gas Conference. ..continued

June 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Canadian oil output 'to double' by 2030

Oil production in Canada is expected to more than double by 2030 as the country ramps up output in the vast oil sands, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). ..continued

June 7, 2013 -- upstreamonline
Shell targets more Mexico co-operation

Shell Upstream Americas director Marvin Odum would like to tighten ties between the Anglo-Dutch supermajor and Mexico when it comes to meeting its energy needs, he said in Cancun on Friday. ..continued

May Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs up 163,000
Civilian labor force up 210,000
Employed up 420,000 (up 4,000 since Jan)
Unemployment up .1 to 7.6
Employment-Population Ratio up .1 to 58.6%
We give you the numbers -- You do the math.

June 5, 2013 -- William F. Jasper
Cooking Climate Consensus Data: “97% of Scientists Affirm AGW" Debunked

Cooking Climate Consensus Data: “97% of Scientists Affirm AGW" Debunked
The survey by Australian global-warming activist John Cook, released recently with a massive media sendoff, is rapidly melting, as scientists and statisticians subject it to analysis. And now it's leaking out that Cook’s e-mails show he was scheming on this fraudulent survey to promote a leftist political agenda for well over a year. ..continued

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2014 Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index
The 10 best states:
1. Wyoming
2. South Dakota
3. Nevada
4. Alaska
5. Florida
6. Washington
7. Montana
8. New Hampshire
9. Utah
10. Indiana
The 10 worst states:
41. Maryland
42. Connecticut
43. Wisconsin
44. North Carolina
45. Vermont
46. Rhode Island
47. Minnesota
48. California
49. New Jersey
50. New York
The Tax Foundation
December Employment:
Nonfarm payroll jobs up 74,000
Civilian labor force up 455,000
Employed down 347,000
Unemployment down .3 = 6.7
Employment-Population Ratio unc. at 58.6%
Employed
Employment hit a high point 146,595,000 in November of 2007. It declined to 142,187,000 in January 2009 and hit a low point of 138,401,000 nine months later in November. In December it was 144,586
Unemployment
Unemployment was 4.2% at the end of the .com bubble in January of 2001 when President Bush took office. It rose to 7.7% by January 2009. It reached a high of 10.1 in October of 2009. In December it was 6.7
Employment & Population Ratio
Roughly 63% of the population was employed until June of 2007 and the ratio of employed has steadily declined since then. In December it was 58.6
We give you the numbers -- You do the math.



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Economic Freedom of the World
1 Hong Kong
2 Singapore
3 New Zealand
4 Switzerland
5 Australia
6 Canada
7 Bahrain
8 Mauritius
9 Finland
10 Chile
11 United Arab Emirates
12 Ireland
12 United Kingdom
14 Estonia
15 Taiwan
16 Denmark
17 Qatar
18 United States
Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report

The UN wants to take your rights and your money.

ICLEI - UN plan to rule the world.

UN Small Arms Control
UN Law of the Sea
UN Rights of Persons with Disabilities UN Rights of the Child

Control of World Oil
Outsourcing
US Terrorism

How can we destroy the US economy?
Seven Priorities for EPA's Future


Rebuild America!
Stop importing oil from Middle East & Venezuela.
Approve 2008 ConocoPhillips oil drilling plans.
Approve 2007 Keystone pipeline plans.
End all energy subsidies.
Fast track power plants: nuclear, wind, water, oil...
Permanently end cap & trade carbon tax schemes.
Guarantee energy bonds to successful companies.
Produce more energy -- Export coal.
End the ethanol for fuel -- Export corn.
Stop Financial foreign aid -- Send corn & wheat.

5 Best Countries To Start A Business In
1. New Zealand Rank last year: 1
2. Australia Rank last year: 2
3. Canada Rank last year: 3
4. Singapore Rank last year: 4
5. Hong Kong Rank last year: 6
INC Magazine

Best countries for paying taxes
1. Maldives
2. Quatar
3. Hong Cong
4. Singapore
5. Ireland
8. Canada
72. United States
The World Bank

12 Fastest Growing Economies of 2011
By: KeithTimimi Date: December 9, 2010
Ghana   -   20.146 %
Qatar   -   14.337 %
Turkmenistan - 12.178 %
China   -   9.908 %
Liberia   -   9.003 %
India   -   8.43 %
Angola   -   8.251 %
Iraq   -   7.873 %
Ethiopia   -   7.663 %
Mozambique   -   7.548 %
Timor Leste   -   7.4 %
Laos   -   7.395 %
EconomyWatch.com

The Great Global Warming Scam:
Oct 2012 -- Global warming stopped 16 years ago
Jan 2012 -- No Need to Panic About Global Warming
Jun 2011 -- Earth may be headed into mini Ice Age
Apr. 2011 -- NASA: warming trends caused by sun
Oct. 2010 -- Hal Lewis: Global Warming is a Scam
Oct. 2010 -- CA finds 340% diesel pollution error
Aug. 2010 -- InterAcademy Council investigation
Aug. 2010 -- "nations could be wasting billions"
Feb. 2010 -- Jones: "no global warming since 1995"
Feb. 2010 -- China: problems with IPCC documents.
Jan. 2010 -- Himalayan glaciers are not melting.
Dec. 2009 -- Gore: (email) "was from 10 years ago"
2009 -- Carbon Markets are a Sham
2009 -- The Infamous HARRY_READ_ME file
March 2009 -- EPA supresses CEI critique
2009 -- East Anglia's Climatic Research fraud
2007 -- Holdren "Global warming is a misnomer,"
2007 -- NASA's Goddard calculation errors
2003 -- The Mann/NOA IPCC Hockey Stick Hoax
-18000 -- Mile high Hudson Valley glaciers retreat

Proposed "budget"/fy/2012
Appendix Fiscal Year 2010

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World wide energy production is booming.
65 countries are building or planning to build nuclear power plants.


Global Growth of Nuclear


China National Nuclear Corporation and China Huaneng Group have started building the second 650 MWe Changjiang unit on Hainan island, due to be operational in mid 2015. (4 years)
Two more 700 MWe reactors under construction in India. They are expected to take 60 months to start-up, and a further six months to commercial operation. (5 years)
In the US "it is expected that 4-6 new units may come on line by 2018" (8 years)
China is adding one coal power plant each week!

Nuclear Renaissance Blossoms -- Without the USA
This summer China surpassed the United States as the world's largest producer of energy. What was noteworthy, however, is not what China has accomplished over the past 10 years -- doubling its energy capacity -- but what it is planning for its future.
Under construction now in China are 23 nuclear reactors, many originally of American design. The Chinese are building four Westinghouse AP1000s -- a model our Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not even approved yet. On the drawing boards are at least 30 more projects. By 2020, China's nuclear complex will be more than half the size of the U.S.'s aging fleet of 104. more
October 2010 -- William Tucker -- American Spectator


Compromise?
October 25, 2010 "We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
June 14, 2008 "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,"

The Apollo Alliance
The Apollo Alliance is a powerful coalition of unions like the SEIU, along with “Social Justice” groups like ACORN and it’s myriad of underlings…(the largest radical group in America, with more than 400,000 dues-paying member families , and more than 1,200 chapters in 110 U.S. cities.)
The Alliance is united by their collective belief that America is a chief source of worldwide “environmental disruption, rising social inequity, and … fundamentalist anger.” Apollo Alliance’s endorsing organizations and partners include Greenpeace, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and, of course, ACORN. Apollo Alliance’s National Steering Committee and National Advisory Board members include, among others, Robert Borosage, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Julian Bond of the NAACP, Gerry Hudson of the Service Employees International Union, and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Apollo Alliance has also received strong support from the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and from Hillary Rodham Clinton. more..

"no more taxpayer-funded bailouts. Period."
President Obama signing financial reform measure. July 21, 2010
more..
The goyernment has NO money! All epenses and bailouts are, directly or indirectly, paid for by taxpayers!
Electric cars are coming!
Save the planet! Use clean electric energy!
The truth. US electricity comes from:
"Fossil" fuel: 71.2%
        Coal: 48.7%
        Petroleum: 1.1%
        Natural Gas: 21.4%
"Green" fuel: 25.8%
        Nuclear: 19.7%
        Hydro: 6.1%
        Sun/Wind: 3%
AND, electricity is expensive!

Basics of Global Control through Climate Control:
Global Governance: Agenda 21
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Sustainable Development
Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.
Agenda 21 - text

October 06, 2009
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah
The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah,
Reasons included possible damage to the habitat of sage grouse, which is being considered for endangered species protection, and to avoid dust and noise pollution associated with drilling operations.
Jobs killed:
Engineering - determining hole locations
Construction - Access roads Onsite offices & storage
Manufacturing - Drill rigs Pipes & fittings Drill bits
Office - On-site & headquarters
Government - Site inspectors
Food service - On-site meals
Housing - Housing for new employees
Trucking -- Crude to refinery
Retail - Sales to new employees
Taxes & royalties lost
Lease income
Corporate income taxes
Employee income taxes
Employee sales taxes
Sales taxes on petroleum products
Thousands of potential jobs are killed through government regulations and restrictions.
Many existing jobs will be lost through the coming health care and cap & trade bills.
Memorable quotes:
"I'm trying to save the planet" -- Nancy Pelosi: July 29, 2009
"we have to pass the bill, so you can see what's in it..." -- Nancy Pelosi: March 10, 2010
"If the United States leads, China will follow" Al Gore. -- July 8, 2009



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