Posts Tagged ‘tar sands’

America is banking on a lot more Canadian bitumen exports to supply it with oil in the future. Already the single largest source of the US’s imported oil, the Alberta tar sands’ supply could soon comprise as much as almost a third of America’s total oil imports—apart from the fact that it’s far from clear [...]

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As I head down to Washington to speak at the ASPO-USA (Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas) 2010 World Oil Conference this week, I can’t help but reflect on how far the peak oil movement has come over the last decade. It’s not too hard to figure out why. There is a [...]

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Germany and the UK Prepare for Peak Oil

Posted by Jeff Rubin on September 15th, 2010 under SmallerWorldTags: , , ,  • 8 Comments

Why are the folks at the Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, a German military think-tank, already planning for peak oil? Probably for the same reason the British Department of Energy, in concert with the Bank of England and the British Department of Defense, has ordered similar—and equally secret—studies on its impact. Despite repeated government assurances to the [...]

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Water: Canada’s Most Valuable Resource

Posted by Jeff Rubin on September 8th, 2010 under SmallerWorldTags: , ,  • 3 Comments

Canadians will never go thirsty. With over one million lakes, including part ownership of the Great Lakes, and massive ice fields, Canada is home to nearly nine per cent of the world’s supply of fresh water. But with a population of less than one per cent of the world’s total, Canada has a lot of [...]

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Just as BP has finally succeeded in capping the ruptured Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge has sprung a leak in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. 2010 certainly hasn’t been a banner year for the North American oil industry. The Enbridge leak in Michigan is a poignant reminder of the [...]

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