04.28.17- Selling the Golden Goose
Jeff Thomas

Venezuela is a naturally rich nation. It's ranked seventh worldwide for biodiversity and has the world's largest reserves of oil. This is a country that deserves, more than most, to thrive. However, as in all countries, it passes through economic cycles and, when on a downward curve, would-be leaders take the opportunity to claim that the "greedy rich" have sent the economy into a tailspin (which can sometimes be the case) and that the solution is to adopt a collectivist approach to governance.

In 1989, Venezuela was experiencing a downturn. Riots broke out, followed by two attempted coups in 1992. The following year, President Pérez was impeached for embezzlement of public funds and the red carpet of opportunity was rolled out for the charismatic former-coup participant Hugo Chávez. He took office as president. Read More

04.27.17- WTI/RBOB Tumble As Market "Runs Out Of Patience With OPEC"
Tyler Durden

Just as we warned yesterday following the EIA inventory and production data release, the exuberance over the crude draw was misplaced (due to the surge in product builds and almost unprecedented refining activity along with continued resurgent oil production). Saudi imports continue to show no sign of the OPEC cuts and asone anylst noted "the market looks like it wants to turn lower, maybe it has run out patience waiting for OPEC"

As a reminder, U.S. crude inventories declined 3.6m bbl in EIA data Wednesday, but gasoline, distillate stockpiles grew by a combined 6m bbl, and U.S. production also grew for 10th week. Read More

04.26.17- The Bullish Case For Oil Is Fading Fast
Nick Cunningham

Oil prices took another dip on Monday, and with WTI down to $49 per barrel, crude oil has given up most of the gains that it had made so far this month, taking prices down to their lowest levels since late March.

Major investors are also losing a bit of confidence in oil’s comeback. Hedge funds and other money managers took a breather in the buildup, buying up long positions in the most recent week for which data is available. Much of the rally in oil prices between the end of March and mid-April occurred as investors closed out short positions and took on bullish bets. Since then, however, hedge funds have slowed their net-long builds, a sign of waning confidence in higher oil prices. Read More

04.25.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: 20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits
Bill McMorris

Retirement funds seek permission from feds to cut benefits

Five union pension plans are heading toward bankruptcy in the next 20 years if the federal government does not approve benefit cuts to retirees.

In March, four unions filed applications with the U.S. Treasury Department requesting relief under a program established by the Obama administration that allows multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits in order to sustain the long-term health of the plan. Read More

04.24.17- GloBull Warming Hokum On 'Earth Day'
Karl Denninger

Let's cut the crap, shall we?

This is scientific fact. It is a record of history showing temperatures and CO2 levels.  You will note that there is no correlation between temperature and CO2 level.  In fact, there appears to be an inverse correlation in many (but not all) instances.

I remind you that the basic truth of science when it comes to correlation and causation is as follows: Read More

04.22.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different, and a Weekend Rant: Why We Really Don’t Know What the World is Like
Joe Jarvis

If you lived in North Korea, you might think your government had attacked a U.S. aircraft carrier which was approaching the country. You would probably think North Korea had the capabilities to hold their own against the U.S. including “super mighty” preemptive nuclear strikes which could hit mainland USA.

But we live in America, so we believe that North Korea is a backward communist country where the people are oppressed by their government and starving in the streets. Their leader is an insane dictator who talks a big game while the country sits on the brink of collapse. Read More

04.21.17- Don't Believe The Hype: Oil Markets Far From Recovery
Art Berman

Global oil inventories are falling because ofOPEC and non-OPEC production cuts, but the road to market balance will be long.

Production cuts have removed approximately 1.8 million barrels per day (mmb/d) of liquids from the world market since November 2016 (Figure 1).

Saudi Arabia has cut 619 kb/d (35 percent of total) and the Gulf States Cooperation Council—including Saudi Arabia—has cut 1,159 kb/d (65 percent of the total). Other significant contributors outside the GCC include Iraq (12 percent), Russia (12 percent) and Mexico (9 percent) (Table 1). Nigeria’s cuts are probably involuntary since it was exempted from the OPEC agreement. Iran and Libya–also exempted–and both increased production. Read More

04.20.17- Wind & Solar Technology Won’t Stop the Collapse Of The U.S. Empire
Steve St Angelo

Americans who believe technology will be the cure for all our problems, don’t count on wind and solar energy to save the day.  This is the delusion I see over and over again in the Mainstream and alternative media.  I even receive emails from followers who tell me not to worry, because the cost of producing solar will continue to fall.  Soon I gather, we will be on our way to driving or flying millions of electric cars, just like in the old cartoon, the Jetsons.

It would be nifty to be able to fly millions and millions of vehicles in the sky.  No doubt, we don’t kill enough insects or animals like rabbits and deer on America’s interstates and highways, so why should the birds be left out of all the fun?? Read More

04.19.17- Car with Salt Water Flow Cell Generates 920 Horsepower
Nils Rognerud

This e-Sportlimousine, built by the German company Quant, runs on an electrolyte flow cell power system that generates a staggering 920 horsepower – and goes 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds!!!!

nanoFLOWCELL AG developed the QUANT e-Sportlimousine — the first car equipped with nanoFLOWCELL® drive. The prototype is set to generate new impulses for research into battery development and flow-cell technology.

The nanoflowcell is interesting. We may see cars with this type of battery in production in the future, but keep in mind this technology is not a solution to our energy needs. The salt water electrolyte fluids are not fuel, and they are not a source of energy. They are simply an energy storage medium, just like any battery. Read More

04.18.17- Split personalities: We like some science, but not all of it
Kurt Cobb

We modern folk are in a bind. We embrace what the sciences and the technology that flows from them have to offer, but we refuse to believe that we live in the world described by those very sciences.

Here I’m not merely talking about climate change deniers who, of course, fit this description. They merrily dial number after number on their cellphones, but they do so without realizing that in their climate change denial they are rejecting the very same science that underpins the phone they are using: physics. Read More

04.17.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Where Will You Go When North Korean Agents Release Biological Weapons
In Major U.S. Cities?

Michael Snyder

Most Americans have no idea that biological weapons could potentially bring our nation to a complete and utter standstill within a matter of days. In recent articles I have been trying to get people to understand why it would be so exceedingly dangerous for the United States to attack North Korea. If the North Koreans used weapons of mass destruction, we could easily be facing a situation in which millions of North Korean and Japanese citizens end up dead. But since it would happen on the other side of the planet, such a scenario doesn’t seem to emotionally move a lot of people. So today, I want to try to get people to understand the immense devastation that just a handful of North Korean agents could cause inside our own country. Read More

04.15.17- Weekend Rant: WikiLeaks Issues Response To CIA Director Mike Pompeo
Tyler Durden

The feud between Julian Assange and the CIA is growing.

After being blasted by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo yesterday as a "hostile non-state intelligence service," late on Thursday Julian Assange responded on Twitter by trolling the CIA, the "state non-intelligence agency," over its own roles in producing “al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran and Pinochet."

So, one day later, having let tempers cool, Julian Assange - who one month ago released the contents of its "Vault7" exposing the CIA's hacking exploits around the world in the "largest ever publication of confidential CIA documents" - issued moments ago the following statement via the Wikileaks twitter account responding to Mike Pompeo (highlights ours). Read More

04.14.17- Is The Latest Lithium Battery Too Good To Be True?
Irina Slav

The creator of the first lithium-ion battery has just released a new battery cell that could mark the next stage of battery development, offering a huge boost for the electric car industry and beyond.

The solid-state cells that John Goodenough and his team have developed use glass electrolytes instead of liquid electrolytes like the lithium-ion batteries currently use. This means they are incombustible, overcoming one serious problem with other lithium-ion batteries: the so-called dendrites that appear when a battery is being charged too quickly, causing a short circuit and killing the battery. Read More

04.13.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: How to cut your taxes no matter what your situation
Simon Black

On the plane ride back to Chile last night, I was sitting next to a particularly chatty woman who wanted to know my whole life story and what I was doing in Mexico.

I played along and explained to her that I had been on a cruise for the past week speaking at an investment conference.

“Oooooooh,” she said, and then inquired what I had been speaking about.

That’s when the conversation became just a bit uncomfortable. Read More

04.12.17- Is Another Bust Looming
Over The Oil Industry?

Dwayne Purvis

Notable authorities such as the EIA, the IEA, OPEC and BP forecast growth of demand for oil in their base case scenarios through the end of their forecast periods. These same organizations failed to predict, and even to fully recognize after the fact, the start of declining demand in the United States and the OECD when those occurred more than a decade ago. Royal Dutch Shell broke ranks from other industry players last fall when its chief executive officer opined that global demand could reach a maximum in the next five to fifteen years. Given the nature of the demand plateau and the historical failure of authorities to predict its advent, it is time for the oil industry to begin planning and watching for the turn. Read More

04.11.17- Desperate Solutions to Made-up Problems
Eric Peters

Desperation brings out the worst in people – including engineers. But then, you can’t really fault them. The government issues its fatwas – which aren’t suggestions – and it is the job of the engineers to figure out ways to comply with the fatwas.

Hence, the becoming commonplace use of turbochargers and direct injection. Neither make much sense except as measures to achieve compliance with federal fatwas, chiefly the one ululating that every new car must average at least 35.5 MPG and if not, its manufacturer will be caned in the public square. Read More

04.10.17- This massive farm grows 15% of Australia’s tomatoes without soil, fresh water or fossil fuels
Chris Hamilton

Did you know there is a way to grow tons of fresh fruits and vegetables with saltwater and solar energy? The good people at SunDrop Farms are doing just that with their Australian operation, where they grow 15 percent of the nation’s tomatoes. Seawater is piped in from a nearby gulf, desalinated using the reflected heat of the sun, and sprinkled on hydroponically grown produce in a revolutionary, renewable cycle of production. Read More

04.08.17- Saudi Arabia Vs. Russia:
The Next Oil Price War

Cyril Widdershoven

International oil markets could be heading towards a new war, as leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers are vying for increased stakes. The unexpected cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, instigated by the full support of Saudi Arabia (OPEC) and Russia (non-OPEC) has brought some stabilization to the crude markets for almost half a year. The expected crude oil price crisis has been averted, it seems, leaving enough room when looking at the fundamentals to a bull market in the coming months. As long as Saudi Arabia, Russia and some other major producers (UAE, Kuwait), are supporting a production cut extension, financials will be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Read More

04.07.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Sudden Escalation: US Warships Fire Missiles Into Syria
Adam Taggart

The global threat level just spiked

One of my worst fears has come to pass: the US has launched a missile strike against the Syrian government -- something Hilary Clinton had suggested she would do, but Trump has now done.

The ostensible reason for the attack is that Syria has been accused of using a toxic nerve agent against its own civilians on Tuesday, killing upwards of 100 people. I remain skeptical of the official account. Following the attack, I analyzed the information available, and let’s just say that the case for that accusation would not have stood up in a court of law. Read More

04.06.17- Oil Prices Plunge After Crude Inventories Rise To New Highs
Irina Slav

A day after the American Petroleum Institute estimated commercial U.S. crude oil inventories hade declined by 1.83 million barrels last week and amid an unplanned production outage at the Buzzard field in the North Sea, the Energy Information Administration hit markets with a 1.6-million-barrel increase in commercial inventories as of the end of last week.

This is compared with a 900,000-barrel build in inventories for the week to March 24, which made traders perk up because the figure was substantially lower than API estimates for the period, which pegged the build at 1.9 million barrels. Read More

04.05.17- Bionic leaf turns sunlight and bacteria into fertilizer factories
Michael Irving

Like their natural counterparts, artificial leaves take in sunlight to generate fuel. In the case of the latter, that solar energy is used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and that in turn has been used to create liquid fuels and electricity. Now, a Harvard team has added a new function to their repertoire, turning artificial leaves into low-cost, portable fertilizer factories.

Daniel Nocera first developed his artificial leaf at Harvard in 2011. It absorbs sunlight to drive a chemical reaction that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, before collecting those gases to produce a range of end products. Read More

04.04.17- Chemical Industrial Agriculture is Unsustainable. Here’s why
Alice Friedemann

This is a book review of Dyer’s “Chasing the Red Queen”, and I have added additional information and conclusions. This book is not technical and could be read by both high school and undergraduate students as an introduction to soil ecosystems and the damage done by agricultural chemicals, and the science of why this is ultimately not sustainable.

We hear a lot about how we’re running out of antibiotics.  But we are also doomed to run out of pesticides, because insects inevitably develop resistance, whether toxic chemicals are sprayed directly or genetically engineered into the plants. Read More

04.03.17- Elon Musk Unveils the
Brain-Computer Interface

James Corbett

...this technology comes as a double-edgedsword, and when that sword is wielded for evil, the possibility for outright control of the human species (or the new cyborg subspecies, is there, too...

Bill Kochevar just scooped a forkful of mashed potatoes into his own mouth. No cause for celebration, you say? Well, it is when you consider that Kochevar is a quadriplegic, paralyzed below his shoulders in a cycling accident eight years ago. He hasn't scooped a forkful of mashed potatoes or anything else into his own mouth since then. Read More

04.01.17- Failure to Launch
MN Gordon

Identified Flying Objects

The future is here and it’s not all it was cracked up to be.  For example, one of the great disappointments of the 21st century, thus far, is the lack of flying cars.  Wasn’t this supposed to be the signature achievement of Tomorrowland?

The Terrafugia flying car – this one was actually said to be in development a little while ago with the maiden flight of the prototype scheduled for 2018. Is the Age of the Jetsons finally beginning? One thing is clear: once this car becomes widely available, we can finally go about abolishing the State. The question “Who will build the roads?” will once and for all be laid to rest! Read More

03.31.17- How To Play The Coming Copper Boom
James Burgess

Three forces are driving one of the most exciting times in copper-mining history: Trump’s $500-billion infrastructure plan, the Fed’s interest rate hike, and the beginning of a new Chinese run on the metal. In the middle of it all, a little-known small-cap miner has pulled off a copper coup in Chile and could be on the verge of discovering the world’s largest new deposit.

This year is set up for another copper bull run, and ground zero is Chile, where Arena Minerals Inc. (TSX:AN.V; OTC:AMRZF) has gained access to one of the world’s most valuable copper land holdings in one of the world’s hottest copper regions. Read More

03.30.17- Hillary and the Russian Uranium Deal--this question will not be answered!
Al Benson Jr.

The Deep State, the Democrats, some Republicans, George Soros and the entire political and religious Left continues unabated with their brazen attempt to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. And, as good cultural Marxists, they will do it any way they have to–no matter how crooked or underhanded. Also, as true cultural Marxists, they are busily accusing their opposition of doing the exact same things they have been doing. But this is par for the course–standard operating procedure for them. Read More

03.29.17- Major Supply Shortage: Critical Minerals Igniting Bull Market Mania
Kenneth Ameduri

Collapsing oil prices are only the beginning as fossil fuels are turning into a historic relic, says Kenneth Ameduri, chief editor of Crush the Street. He discusses two commodities whose demand he expects to skyrocket as the world shifts to cleaner energy.

Elon Musk is at the forefront of this movement with his innovations that are turning fossil fuels into a historic relic. Some say oil’s true price per barrel with the “supply glut” that exists and the innovations in the battery space is $20 per barrel. Read More

03.28.17- Global Warming Is Real Say the Academies of Sciences of All of the Major Countries, But a Handful of my Readers Know Better
Paul Craig Roberts

I am fortunate in having readers who look after me. Some have offered me refuge in their countries and their homes from what they expect otherwise will inevitably be the midnight knock on my door. Others correct my mistakes from typos to content. As I have never considered myself infallible, I carefully read what they have to say.

Usually those who want to straighten me out on a subject are polite and respectful. However, among those corrections brought in by my reporting on the dangers implied by the warming of the poles and melting of the ice were a few not merely ignorant and uninformed, but also condescending and rude. Read More

03.27.17- Trump Proposal to Fix U.S. Water Infrastructure Invites Large Role
for Private Investors

Brett Walton

Private-public partnerships, a potential funding source, are complicated and controversial.

President Donald Trump, fashioning himself the builder-in-chief, promised to invest $US 1 trillion to make America’s potholed highways, unstable bridges, leaky water systems, strained ports, and brittle levees whole again. The pledge is more a slogan at this point. Still, Trump and his advisers are adamant that such a big bet on the nation’s arteries of commerce, health, and safety come with a large role for investor-owned companies and equity firms to form public-private partnerships, or P3s. Read More

03.25.17- Don’t Bank on Higher Oil Prices
This Summer

Matt Badiali

The market hammered oil in March, sending it 11% lower since the start of the year, while the rest of the market sits on gains.

To understand what’s going on in today’s oil market (and to suss out what will happen next), we need to go back a few years…

In 2014, most of the oil industry analysts got it wrong. The oil market is extremely complex and difficult to analyze. There are lots of moving parts, international influences and proprietary data that make the oil sector hard to predict. Read More

03.24.17- The Doomsday Clock: 2.5 Minutes to the End of the World
James G. Rickards

As I noted above, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has recently moved the Doomsday Clock forward to “two and a half minutes to midnight.”

The Bulletin gave the following reasons for this latest, extraordinary increase in their estimate of world destruction:

North Korea conducted two more nuclear weapons tests, the second, in September, yielding about twice the explosive power of the first, in January. Pyongyang also relentlessly tested missiles, achieving a rate of about two launches per month in 2016. In his 2017 New Year’s statement, Kim Jong-un declared he would soon test a missile with an intercontinental range. Read More

03.23.17- Residential energy storage: The industry's next big thing
Robert Walton

Big batteries get a lot of press, market for small residential installations is poised to explode

Large energy storage projects have headlined most news in the storage sector.

Enabled by falling battery prices, heralded as essential to renewables and mandated by progressive regulators, utility-scale storage projects have been widely viewed as the key technology which will help bring the nation's utility grid into the 21st century. Read More

03.22.17- Oil cycle
Gary Savage

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03.21.17- The Oil Market Is At A Major Turning Point
Nawar Alsaadi

Often the most important turning points in markets, and in this case the oil market, happen with a whimper rather than a bang. The ongoing crash in the oil market is mostly associated with OPEC’s fateful 2014 Thanksgiving Day decision to abstain from a production cut, thus sending the oil prices tumbling down by close to 10 percent in a single day. This was perhaps the price turning point, however this wasn’t the fundamental turning point, the latter goes back to August 2013.

First, let’s set the stage. For decades, the oil market operated under a simple formula:

(Global oil demand) – (non-OPEC supply) = OPEC production level (Call on OPEC) Read More

03.20.17- Financial Stability Board – Climate Deceit
Paul Driessen

A powerful international organization, the Financial Stability Board, includes a task force that is helping to coordinate numerous attacks on financial, investing, insurance and other firms … and their clients … in the name of preventing dangerous manmade climate change. By locking up centuries of fossil fuel reserves, the FSB’s army of agitators hope to benefit immensely – at the expense of ordinary people ever.

The vice-chair of the FSB’s climate disclosure task force says the world will have to spend $93 trillion over the next 15 years on “renewable, sustainable” energy and low-carbon infrastructure programs, as part of the Climate Crisis, Inc. plan to de-carbonize and de-industrialize the planet. Naturally, most of that money will flow to its crony corporatist allies. Their ultimate goal is to enrich and empower themselves … and fundamentally transform the global economy. Read More

03.18.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Enter, the Blockchain
David Galland

In a recent edition of these musings, we looked at the pending creative disruption triggered by the rush toward driverless vehicles.

This week, we are going to look at another disruptive technology: the inevitable and imminent adoption of the blockchain, and its impact on a wide range of transactional industries, including banking, investing, and everyday commerce.

I am in an Argentine frame of mind, having worked the last two mornings in a winery sorting and crushing grapes. Therefore, as the Parade rolls into sight, I’m listening to the classic tango, Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel. Read More

03.17.17- Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean
(And It's Going To Get Worse)

Whitney Webb

The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world's largest ocean in only five years and it's still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Read More

03.16.17- Quantum Vacuum & Zero Point Energy Access: Is “Free Energy” For All Actually Possible?
Arjun Walia

“Free energy” is a term being tossed around these days, and not one that many within the new energy movement like to use. That’s because it’s not really “free,” or what we perceive “free” to be. It’s not like the power source for generating the energy to run these machines (discussed below in this article) is coming from nowhere.

It’s coming from the quantum vacuum, which would seem to be available for our use in unlimited quantities, given the fact that it’s the invisible “stuff” that makes up our known entire universe, in which could be a sea of universes and dimensions. There is enough to go around. Read More

03.15.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different... Beyond their wildest dreams: 9/11 and the American Left
Graeme MacQueen

On November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Fidel Castro gave a talk on Cuban radio and television.[1] He pulled together, as well as he could in the amount of time available to him, the evidence he had gathered from news media and other sources, and he reflected on this evidence.

The questions he posed were well chosen: they could serve as a template for those confronting complex acts of political violence.  Were there contradictions and absurdities in the story being promoted in the U.S. media? Who benefitted from the assassination? Read More

03.14.17- Saudi Arabia and the war on shale oil that never ended
Kurt Cobb

Last week when Saudi Arabia let it leak that the kingdom has no intention of leading OPEC toward another cut in production to accommodate the growing volumes of oil from American shale deposits, it was another sign that the Saudi war on shale actually never ended.

To properly understand this announcement, we need to return to last fall. Most people believed then that the cuts agreed to by OPEC under Saudi leadership marked the end of Saudi Arabia’s war on shale oil in America. At the time I cautioned against such a conclusion, and said I was doubtful that there would actually be any decline in world oil production because the Saudis didn’t really want a decline. Read More

03.13.17- Fossil Fuels Are Toast – But Real Assets Are Still The Place To Be
John Rubino

With all the oil-related headlines we’re exposed to each day, you might assume that “black gold,” along with other fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, matter to humanity’s future. You’d be wrong. Like Keynesian economics and fiat currencies, fossil fuels are near the end of their run. From here on out, solar is the story.

The following chart shows the decline in the cost of solar power and the resulting surge in solar installations through 2015. The relationship is clear: as prices plunge demand surges.  Read More

03.11.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Uncivil War and What You Can Do About It
David Galland

Not to be overly dramatic, but a civil war has begun in America. Everyone knows it to be true, but no one knows what comes next.

The conflict of visions between freethinkers and the socialists who believe government should hammer humanity into model citizens has reached what divorce lawyers call “irreconcilable differences.”

Evidence of the hostilities is abundant. Starting with the daily exchange of conflicting, angry “news” stories pandering only to viewers on one side of the great divide. These stories offer no conciliatory or constructive narratives, just animus, angst, and cold anger.  Read More

03.10.17- Oil Just Puked All Over the “Growth Miracle” Trade
Graham Summers

The market is finally awaking to the fact that the ENTIRE move from November 8 2016 was based on hype and little else.

Yesterday, Oil imploded more than 5% wiping out more than half or its “election” move in a matter of hours.

The rest of the market will soon be following. Already anything related to economic growth is combing unhinged.

The “economically sensitive” sector of industrial metals have taken out critical support. They will be following Oil shortly. Read More

03.09.17- Bankrupting OPEC...
One Million Barrels Of Oil At A Time

Steve St Angelo

The world hasn’t really caught on yet, but OPEC is in serious trouble.  Last year, OPEC’s net oil export revenues collapsed.  How bad?  Well, how about 65% since the oil price peaked in 2012.  To offset falling oil prices and revenues, OPEC nations have resorted to liquidating some of their foreign exchange reserves.

The largest OPEC oil producer and exporter, Saudi Arabia, has seen its Foreign Currency reserves plummet over the past two years… and the liquidation continues.  For example, Saudi Arabia’s foreign exchange reserves declined another $2 billion in December 2016(source: Trading Economics). Read More

03.08.17- IEA: Huge Oil Price Spike Inevitable
Nick Cunningham

Three years of drastic cuts to upstream spending because of the meltdown in oil prices could result in a shortage of oil supply in a few years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

When oil prices collapsed in 2014, oil producers quickly took an ax to their spending. Global oil and gas investment dropped by a quarter in 2015 and by an additional 26 percent last year, the IEA estimates. A long list of projects, particularly very large ones, were put on ice.

Because many of these projects take years to develop, the sharp slowdown between 2014 and 2016 could result in very few sources of new supply hitting the market towards the end of the decade. Read More

03.07.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Americans Will NEVER HAVE Single-Payer Healthcare: Here's Why
Black Pigeon Speaks

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03.06.17- Solar Panel Farm Yields 17,000 Tons Of Food Annually In The Worst Climates
Brianna Acuesta

Sundrop Farms is challenging traditional farming by producing food in the worst areas of the world.

A major shift in agriculture that is moving away from traditional farming and towards innovative techniques for food production has been happening over the past few years and solar panel technology is at the heart of most new concepts. With hydroponics, underwater farming, floating farms, and vertical indoor farming, the list of new ways to produce food is growing every year.

There are many causes behind the shift, most of them being driven by humans; climate change, pesticide-use, the destruction of once-viable land, and GMO expansion are all major reasons that innovators are testing out new ways to feed the world. Read More

03.04.17- Cheap plastic film cools whatever it touches up to 10°C
Robert F. Service

If heat is not your thing, rejoice: A thin plastic sheet may soon provide some relief from the intense summer sun. The film, made from transparent plastic embedded with tiny glass spheres, absorbs almost no visible light, yet pulls in heat from any surface it touches. Already, the new material, when combined with a mirrorlike silver film, has been shown to cool whatever it sits on by as much as 10°C. And because it can be made cheaply at high volumes, it could be used to passively cool buildings and electronics such as solar cells, which work more efficiently at lower temperatures.

During the day most materials—concrete, asphalt, metals, and even people—absorb visible and near-infrared (IR) light from the sun. That added energy excites molecules, which warm up and, over time, emit the energy back out as photons with longer wavelengths, typically in the midrange of the infrared spectrum. Read More

03.03.17- Why Investors Should
Beware Of The Bakken

Arthur Bermsn

It’s the beginning of the end for the Bakken Shale play.

The decline in Bakken oil production that started in January 2015 is probably not reversible. New well performance has deteriorated, gas-oil ratios have increased and water cuts are rising. Much of the reservoir energy from gas expansion is depleted and decline rates should accelerate. More drilling may increase daily output for awhile but won’t resolve the underlying problem of poorer well performance and declining per-well reserves.

December 2016 production fell 92,000 barrels per day (b/d)–a whopping 9 percent single-month drop (Figure 1). Over the past two years, output has fallen 285,000 b/d (23 percent). This was despite an increase in the number of producing wells that reached an all-time high of 13,520 in November. That number fell by 183 wells in December. Read More

03.02.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Fmr Congresswoman: If Trump Goes After High-Level Pedophiles, It Will Take Down Dems And Republicans
Matt Agorist

If there is one thing that’s consistent about Donald Trump, it’s that he is horribly inconsistent. Whether it be flip-flopping on states’ rights for cannabis laws or praising NATO after promising to leave it, where Trump stands on the issues is a crap shoot. That being said, however, there is one issue on which Trump has remained steadfast, it is bipartisan, and everyone should agree on it — it’s time to stop human trafficking. And a former Democrat congresswoman from Georgia agrees. Read More

03.01.17- SpaceX MOON MISSION! Falcon Heavy Takes Private Tourists To Space 2018
Mike Maloney

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02.28.17- It Won’t Be Like The Jetsons
Eric Peters

What does it mean when people talk about self-driving cars? We really ought to be talking about programmed cars.

And about who does the programming.

The “self-driving” car doesn’t decide for itself how fast it goes or what route it takes – at least, it won’t until it becomes an autonomous thinking machine, an artificial intelligence. We are not quite there yet.

So, in the meanwhile, who decides? Read More

02.27.17- ” Climate Change ” / Everyone is on One Side of the Boat
Trader Scott

It has become religion to believe in global warming, excuse me climate change. In fact, apparently now it’s been shortened to just climate, as in “climate denier”. Uh sorry, but haven’t we always had climate? When did someone suddenly discover we have climate? The religion around “climate” is disconcerting enough, but the strident attitude towards anyone with an opposing view is frightening. There have been  calls from “reputable” people to prosecute anyone with a different viewpoint. The “climate” scheme/racket has been built around fraud. In 2007, U.N. “scientists” warned we only have eight years left to deal with “global warming” – oops. Read More

02.25.17- Weekend Rant: How Angry Will You Be If The Republicans In Congress Do Not Repeal Obamacare?
Michael Snyder

Top Republicans are now publicly saying that Obamacare will never be fully repealed. In fact, many Republicans in Congress are already using the term “repair” instead of “repeal” to describe what is going to happen to Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Without a doubt, the Republicans in Congress are eventually going to do something, but strategists in both parties are now suggesting that most of the key elements of Obamacare are going to remain once everything is all said and done. It will be put into a more “conservative” package, but it will still be Obamacare. Read More

02.24.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Why Is NASA Using The Discovery Of 7 New Earth-Sized Planets To Promote The Idea That Alien Life May Exist?
Michael Snyder

NASA told us in advance that there would be a huge announcement on Wednesday, and it certainly was not a disappointment.  NASA’s declaration that 7 new Earth-sized planets had been discovered approximately 40 light years away from our sun made headlines all over the globe, and the Internet immediately started buzzing with lots of discussions about the possibility that these newly discovered worlds may have life on them.  This isn’t the kind of thing that I normally write about on The Economic Collapse Blog, but some of the things that were being said by the scientists involved in this discovery seemed quite odd. Read More

02.23.17- Continental Resources: Example Of What Is Horribly Wrong With The U.S. Shale Oil Industry
Steve St Angelo

According to Continental Resources website, it labels itself as America’s oil champion.  To be a champion, one is supposed to be winner.  Unfortunately for Continental, it’s taking a serious beating and is a perfect example of what is horribly wrong with the U.S. Shale Oil Industry.

During the beginning of the U.S. shale energy revolution, the industry stated it would make the United States energy independent.  The mainstream media picked up this positive theme and ran with it.  Americans who wanted to believe in this “Growth forever” notion, had no problem going further into debt to buy as much crap as they could to fill their homes with and additional rental storage units. Read More

02.22.17- Biggest Gasoline Glut In 27 Years Could Crash Oil Markets
Nick Cunningham

Oil prices are stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for more definitive data on what comes next. OPEC compliance is helping keep prices afloat, but rising U.S. oil production is acting as a counterweight.

A new problem that has suddenly emerged is the record levels of gasoline sitting in storage. The market has already had to digest the fact that U.S. crude oil stocks were rising, and investors have done their best to explain away the trend. But now gasoline inventories are climbing to unexpected heights. Read More

02.21.17- Production Soared After This Factory Replaced 90% of Its Employees With Robots
June Javelosa

It’s hard to argue against automation when statistics are clearly illustrating its potential. The latest evidence comes out of a Chinese factory in Dongguan City. The factory recently replaced 90 percent of its human workforce with machines, and it led to a staggering 250 percent increase in productivity and a significant 80 percent drop in defects.

Changying Precision Technology Company’s factory used to need 650 human workers to produce mobile phones. Now, the factory is run by 60 robot arms that work around the clock across 10 production lines. Only 60 people are still employed by the company — three are assigned to check and monitor the production line, and the others are tasked with monitoring computer control systems. Read More

02.20.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Could You Rebuild Civilization?
Tom Chatham

Most people would agree that when disaster strikes, what you know is one of the most important things you will have to work with. Your knowledge base is the one thing you can carry with you wherever you go. It will allow you to create items from locally available materials and improve your situation, whatever it may be. It is this mindset that many preppers use to improve their chances if the unthinkable should happen.

But lets take this mindset a step further. What would you be capable of doing if a global catastrophe happened? One such as a pole shift that destroys much of the infrastructure, knowledge and people that know how to build things and how they work. Would you be able to recreate some of the things you would need to rebuild society if you had to start from scratch with only your knowledge to guide you? Read More

02.18.17- How Does Wireless Charging Work -
And Is It Safe?

James Hunt

In 1899, the inventor Nikola Tesla began performing the first successful experiments on wireless power transfer. His initial success led him to believe that one day power would be transmitted around the planet without the need for cables. It took over 100 years, but his dream of wire-free power transmission was eventually realized—though perhaps not by the methods he envisioned.

When creating phones and tablets, manufacturers are faced with the challenge of giving the device a long battery life, keeping it lightweight, and making charging as painless as possible. Wireless power, which makes recharging your phone as easy as putting it down, could be the solution to that last part. But how does it actually work? And, perhaps more importantly, how safe is it? Read More

02.17.17- Are Ice Batteries The Future Of Energy Storage?
Michael McDonald

Call it one of the stranger battery storage systems out there. California municipalities are reportedly placing orders for as much as 1 MW of ice storage batteries from firm Ice Energy.

The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), an organization of the municipal utilities of 10 cities and one irrigation district is placing the order with the systems to be installed at consumer’s homes in a pilot program.

The battery storage market is booming – literally growing by several hundred percent annually over the last few years – in large part because traditional utilities are excited about the opportunity to avoid costly investment in new peaker plants. Using home battery storage systems enables these firms to defer that investment. Read More

02.16.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Clif High, Fukushima, flat earth, hollow moon, space ships, Antartica, fallen angels
Silver The Antidote

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02.15.17- Artificial Intelligence to Reveal
the Biggest Secret In Oil

Tsvetana Paraskova

The EIA is, and will continue to be, the gold standard for reporting U.S. oil inventories, and the administration’s weekly reports have the power to immediately swing crude oil prices depending on builds or draws in oil stocks. But while the U.S. is a transparently reporting country, other nations are not revealing oil stocks data, or are rarely reporting—at best—opaque figures in which the markets have little faith.

No one really knows how much oil the countries around the world are storing, creating uncertainty in the supply side of the oil markets. Read More

02.14.17- Scientist First Predicted Ice Age - Not Global Warming in 1971
Martin Armstrong

Back in 1971, the theory that burning fossil fuels would create an ice age, not global warming. The Washington Post reported on July 9, 1971, that Dr. S. I. Rasool of NASA and Columbia University said that the fine dust from fossil fuel use would block out so much sunlight that the Earth’s “average temperature could drop by six degrees.” Rasool went on to argue that “such a temperature decrease could be sufficient to trigger an ice age!”

Scientists with time figured out that this would not happen on any permanent basis. After all, when a volcano erupts, it hurls up ash which does block the sun. Read More

"UNIMAGINABLE" Nuclear Meltdown Being Covered Up!
secureteam10

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02.11.17- Why The Melted Fuel Under Fukushima Could Poison Our Planet With Nuclear Radiation For 1000s Of Years
Michael Snyder

Six years ago, an absolutely devastating tsunami caused a triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power facility.  It was the worst environmental disaster in all of human history, and even though six years have passed since that time, nobody knows where the three melted cores are.  Just recently, authorities believe that they spotted some melted fuel underneath reactor 2, but even from a distance the level of nuclear radiation that was detected was being described as “unimaginable”.  Essentially what we are talking about are three enormous “dirty bombs” that are continuously emitting tremendous amounts of nuclear radiation into the air, water and soil. Read More

02.10.17- The Blood Bath Continuew in the U.S. Major Oil Industry
Steve St Angelo

The carnage continues in the U.S. major oil industry as they sink further and further in the RED.  The top three U.S. oil companies, whose profits were once the envy of the energy sector, are now forced to borrow money to pay dividends or capital expenditures.  The financial situation at ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips has become so dreadful, their total long-term debt surged 25% in just the past year.

Unfortunately, the majority of financial analysts at CNBC, Bloomberg or Fox Business have no clue just how bad the situation will become for the United States as its energy sector continues to disintegrate.  While the Federal Government could step in and bail out BIG OIL with printed money, they cannot print barrels of oil. Read More

02.09.17- President Donald Trump's Uncle
Professor John Trump

Stan Deyo

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02.08.17- Could this water splitting invention power the world ?
Mark Dansie

In the past there have been many claims regarding water powered engines and free energy. Stan Myers was one of the most famous. None of the past claims have ever been independently verified or successfully replicated.

The problem is not splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen, or to make a water gas (HHO). The problem is it takes more energy to produce the hydrogen from water than can be obtained from consuming it through combustion or a fuel cell.

The latest claim that is receiving a lot of main stream media is from a Greek Inventor Petros Zografos . Just before the end of 2016. the PBS network in the USA ran a story on it. Then they withdrew the clip with the following explanation. Read More

02.07.17- This Little Known Metal Is What Keeps Elon Musk Up At Night
James Burgess

Tesla just activated its battery gigafactory, and China is moving to hoard the world’s cobalt supplies at the same time that Trump promises a military build-up that can only happen with the precious metal. This all means supply panic for everything from the electric car break-out to the military industrial complex.

Right in the middle of this we have small-cap North American explorers—our new potential barons-in-the-making—in whose hands our energy revolution now lies. Read More

02.06.17- Northern Hemisphere Potentially In Great Danger As Fukushima Radiation Spikes To ‘Unimaginable’ Levels
Michael Snyder

Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under control when levels of radioactivity in the ocean indicate ongoing leaks“. Read More

02.04.17- The Missing Link
Rick Mills

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information

Pollution and climate change are key drivers for the global adoption of clean renewable energy – solar, wind and tidal – but the high cost of solar installations and the lack of economically efficient storage batteries has held back widespread adoption of clean renewable energy. Read More

02.03.17- Radiation Level At Fukushima At Highest Since 2011 Disaster
Tsvetana Paraskova

Radiation levels in one part of reactor no.2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are the highest since the disaster in March 2011, media report, quoting the facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), as saying.

Tepco inspected the site via a camera attached to a guiding pipe, and according to Nikkei Asian Review, the company has estimated that an area of the containment vessel was emitting radiation of 530 sieverts per hour--enough to kill a person in under a minute. Prior to this, emissions of up to 73 Sv/hour had been detected at the reactor after it was melted in the nuclear disaster almost six years ago. Read More

02.02.17- Why The Electric Car Boom Could Cause Another Oil Price Crash
Nick Cunningham

A 2014-style oil price meltdown could occur again. Only this time, instead of a sudden surge of supply, the culprit will be the fast adoption of electric vehicles, which will cut into oil demand enough to cause prices to fall.

That prediction comes from Carbon Tracker, a think tank that has repeatedly warned about the prospect of fossil fuel “stranded assets,” due to the rise of clean energy and increasingly restrictive climate policy. In its latest report, Carbon Tracker envisions a scenario in which 2 million barrels per day of oil demand are erased by 2025 because of the penetration of EVs in the transportation sector. Read More

02.01.17- End of the “Oilocene”: The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it
Tim Clarke

In 1981 I was sitting on an eroded barren hillside in India, where less than 100 years previously there had been dense forest with tigers. It was now effectively a desert and I was watching villagers scavenging for twigs for fuelwood and pondering their future, thinking about rapidly increasing human population and equally rapid degradation of the global environment. I had recently devoured a copy of The Limits to Growth (LTG) published in 1972, and here it was playing out in front of me. Their Business as Usual (BAU) scenario showed that global economic growth would be over between 2010 -2020; and today 45 years later, that prediction is inexorably becoming true. Read More

01.31.17- From Feces To Fuel: Our Cars Could Soon Be Powered By Human Waste
Matt Slowikowski

When Lewis and Clark moved across the U.S., in the winter of 1804-05 they camped close to the native Mandan and Mintari villages on the Missouri river. Having come to their wits end over trying to find a fuel source, they mimicked the natives, who were using buffalo dung to fuel their teepees. While back then, excrement had the advantage of being a scarce fuel source in the great plains, and a safer fuel due to fewer sparks, humans have since developed many new energy technologies to avoid using waste as a fuel.

With the industrialization-associated human population boom, there is an ever-increasing concern over the biohazards associated with excrement. Going back to using this product as a fuel source is proving to be considerable improvement on current waste processing, from creating a new fuel source, to disease control. Read More

01.30.17- New technique stores summer heat until it's needed in winter
Colin Jeffrey

Making the move away from using fossil fuels for heating is a necessary part of creating a sustainable future, but it's often a difficult ask for many people when turning up a thermostat on a gas or electric heater provides instant, trouble-free warmth. If people are to be convinced to switch to more renewable sources, it makes sense that there need to be easy-to-use systems available to encourage them to do so. A group of Swiss researchers claim to have come up with a process that stores heat captured during summer for easy, flick-of-a-switch use in winter, with the added benefit that the captured energy can be physically transported anywhere it may be needed. Read More

01.28.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Trump Administration Releases Map Of Proposed Border Wall
Tyler Durden

As the Trump administration mulls the cost (and payments) for 'the wall' with Mexico, some have suggested the barrier be extended a little...

A proposal for California to break away from the United States has been submitted to the Secretary of State's Office in the state capital. If it qualifies, it could trigger a vote on whether the most populous US state should become a separate nation. As RT reports, the group behind the proposal, Yes California Independence Campaign, was cleared on Thursday by Californian Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin the bid to collect some 600,000 voter signatures required to put the ambitious plan on the ballot, AP reported. Read More

01.27.17- Airbus And Uber In
the Race For Flying Cars

Michael McDonald

France-based company Airbus is moving to the skies in a whole new way. As a leader in the airline industry, Airbus is constantly researching ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Their latest venture is an autonomous flying car that will be used to circumvent gridlocked streets.

CEO Tom Enders announced his company’s plans at the 2016 DLD conference in Munich, claiming they would have a prototype ready to fly a single passenger by the end of this year. Project Vahana is being developed under a division of Airbus named A^3 in Silicon Valley. Rodin Lyasoff, the CEO of A^3 thinks it’s possible to have their project on the market and used by millions within the next decade. Read More

01.26.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: What Do The Elites Know That We Don't - Civil Unrest In America?
ineteconomics.org

What is going on with the underlying mood of America's Elite's. There have been many stories produced about this subject that doesn't seem to go away and in fact it is growing louder.

Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics has done extensive computer cycle forecasting analysis on the subject, here he goes on to tell us that; 

The Federal government is arming every agency from the IRS to the State Department for domestic purposes. This is clearly a response to what they know is coming. There is no question that they are preparing for an uprising. They know that socialism is collapsing. Rather than reform the political economy, they are digging in their heels and getting ready to fight the civilian population. Read More

01.25.17- Overbalenced Wheel - Perpetual Motion - Free Energy
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01.24.17- Why Cheap Natural Gas Is History
Arthur Berman

Natural gas prices averaged a little more than $2.50 per mmBtu (million British Thermal Units) in 2016. Those days are over. Prices will average at least $3.50 to $4.00 in 2017.

Prices have more than doubled since March 2016 but gas is still under-valued. Supply is tight because demand and exports have grown and shale gas production has declined.

In April of last year, I wrote that natural gas prices should double and they did. Henry Hub spot prices increased 2 1/2 times from $1.49 to $3.70 per mmBtu and NYMEX futures prices doubled from $1.64 to $3.30 per (Figure 1). Read More

01.23.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: ‘Twas the night before Inauguration'
Anonymous

‘Twas the night before Inauguration, and up in the tower
The Donald reflected on his newfound power.
The Deplorable masses had come out in force
Delivered a victory that would chart a new course

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01.21.17- And Now, for Somehing Entirely Different: Tesla and Trump
Bankstler Slayer

Pedigree. The best grapes ferment into the best wine. The best horses finish first in the race. The bluest blood produces that king who outlives all others. On January 20, 2017, a man who is keenly aware of his family's genetics and pedigree will swear loyalty to the Constitution of the United States of America and take charge of a whole new era.

Perhaps this is the main difference between the Clinton Era and the Trump Era: genetic stock. My apologies if that sounds dangerously eugenics-related. And funny you bring that up because if you want to predict where Trump is going perhaps you should look at where he comes from.Read More

01.20.17- “Fast Radio Bursts” of Intense Radiation from Galaxy Far, Far Away
Linda Moulton Howe

“The definitely know, for this one case anyway, that the radio burst is not cataclysmic (referring to 9 fast radio bursts over 6 months in 2016.” - Shami Chatterjee, Ph.D., Astronomer, Cornell University

The 8-meter Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is seen measuring the redshift of the host galaxy in the Auriga Constellation from where the FRB121102 fast radio bursts have originated since 2007, showing that the bursts are traveling 3 billion light years to reach Earth. Illustration by Danielle Futselaar www.artsource.nl. Read More

01.19.17- MIT creates 3D printed graphene that’s lighter than air, 10X stronger than steel
Lucas Mearian

MIT researchers have been able to use graphene to print 3D objects with a geometry that has 10 times the strength of steel but only a fraction of the weight.

The discovery using the strongest material there is has the potential to enable lightweight products for airplanes, cars, buildings and even filtration devices because of the printed objects' porous designs.

In its typical two-dimensional, flat state graphene is only one atom thick, so like a sheet of paper it is flimsy and easily torn. But, graphene also conducts electricity efficiently and is nearly transparent. Read More

01.18.17- Why Fuel Cells Are the Biggest Threat to the U.S. Oil Industry
Stephen Petranek

Thirty years ago, I was introduced to a wonderful financial guru. He seemed like an ordinary enough stockbroker at the time, but I came to discover that he had been a star at a major brokerage house in New York, and more importantly, he had been trained by a genius investor. At the time, I was just looking for a relatively inexpensive middleman who would offer me a single yearly fee for unlimited trades and, frankly, a voice who might keep me from doing something stupid. I got far more than I ever expected. My broker became my friend, and he passed on what had been passed on to him. Read More

01.17.17- Mad As Hell; Why the public
is so pissed off

Chris Martenson

Fair warning, my family just received a 61.5% increase in our healthcare insurance premium of 2017, on top of last year’s 24.8% increase, so I am quite annoyed at the moment.  For my non-US readers, perhaps what follows will interest you as a means of understanding how and why Donald Trump came to be elected President.  I am going to be channeling some of my inner crank today.

If you want to understand why Trump won the recent US presidential election, you can't overlook the economic data.  If you do, his victory may look mighty confusing, alarming even.  But once you understand the degree to which the average US family and the entire Gen-X and Millennial generations are being completely hosed economically, everything starts to take shape. Read More

01.16.17- 2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart
Gail Tverberg,

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me explain a few of the things I see.

[1] Many economies have collapsed in the past. The world economy is very close to the turning point where collapse starts in earnest. Read More

01.14.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Trump Vaccine Experts Are Not Industry Types and Might Recommend Real Change
Daily Bell

Trump Needs Vaccine Experts, Not Conspiracy Theorists … Trump could have turned to any number of reputable experts to learn about vaccine safety. Instead, he went straight for the fringe. -Daily Beast

Donald Trump supposedly picked Robert Kennedy Jr. to head a commission on vaccines and autism, causing a good deal of anxiety among mainstream media.

Trump has since denied that any decision has been made, but Kennedy has been telling people the offer was extended and presumably accepted. Read More

01.13.17- The Peak Oil President?
Tyler Durden

The frequency of Internet searches for the term “peak oil” has waned dramatically in recent years; now even the number of articles announcing the “death” of peak oil has dwindled, so universal is the assumption that the concept is completely debunked. Why bother beating a dead horse? With supreme irony, it could be within the next few years when the maximum-ever rate of world oil production is actually achieved, to be followed by terminal decline. It’s too early to make a definitive claim, but the evidence is starting to stack up. And the implications are mind-boggling. Read More

01.12.17- Oil Prices Running Out Of
Reasons To Rally

Nick Cunningham

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are showing early signs of abating, raising the possibility that the oil rally is running out of steam.

WTI and Brent sank more than 2.5 percent in intraday trading on Monday, after a report at the end of last week showed another solid build in the U.S. rig count, the tenth consecutive week that the oil industry added rigs back into the field. Aside from a single week in October, the U.S. oil industry has deployed more rigs in every week dating back to June, a remarkable run that has resulted in more than 200 fresh rigs drilling for oil. Read More

01.11.17- Fake News as Official Policy
Bart Hawkins Kreps

Faced with simultaneous disruptions of climate and energy supply, industrial civilization is also hampered by an inadequate understanding of our predicament. That is the central message of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed’s new book Failing States, Collapsing Systems: BioPhysical Triggers of Political Violence.

In the first part of this review, we looked at the climate and energy disruptions that have already begun in the Middle East, as well as the disruptions which we can expect in the next 20 years under a “business as usual” scenario. In this installment we’ll take a closer look at “the perpetual transmission of false and inaccurate knowledge on the origins and dynamics of global crises”. Read More

01.10.17- Israel to test electric roads that wirelessly charge vehicles as they drive
Lucy Wang

Israeli startup Electroad is working to pave the way towards a greener world with technology that retrofits existing roads with buried coils to inductively charge electric vehicles. The team has already performed successful tests of the technology, and will be demoing the electric roads on a larger scale with a public bus route in Tel Aviv.

Founded with the goal of reducing global emissions, Electroad promises a more cost-effective, efficient, and cleaner way to travel. The startup uses technology that relies on electromagnetic induction—the basic principle behind wirelessly powering smartphones and rechargeable toothbrushes—to power electric cars with renewable energy while driving. Read More

01.09.17- Lithium Prices Set To Jump As Tesla Doubles Global Battery Production
Tyler Durden

Tesla fired up the gigafactory in the first week of 2017, which could mark a turning point for the energy storage industry.

The gigafactory in Nevada will begin mass production of lithium-ion batteries for the use in both Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle as well as its energy storage systems. Tesla, and its partner in the gigafactory, Panasonic, plan on hiring 4,000 people to work at the factory in 2017. By 2018, Tesla predicts that it will be churning out 35 gigawatts of lithium-ion batteries per ear, equivalent to what the rest of the world produces combined. In other words, this single factory will lead to a doubling of global battery production capacity next year. Read More

01.07.17- Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now
James Delingpole

When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes?

I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of “climate change.”

Let me give you some examples of what I mean. Read More

01.06.17- The Oil Supply Glut
Is Here To Stay In 2017

Irina Slav

It has become painfully obvious that the much-hyped OPEC agreement to reduce global oil production by close to 2 million bpd won’t have the effect that its initiators had hoped for. True, crude has jumped above US$50 but failed to pass the US$55 barrier and move closer to US$60, which would have solved a lot of problems for some of the world’s biggest producers.

This price increase, however, has spurred optimism among some producers and motivated them to plan output ramp-ups, which will in turn dampen the upward potential of crude more effectively than growing doubts about top producers’ willingness to stick to their commitments under the historical agreement. Read More

01.05.16- Will 2017 Be A Landmark Year
for Renewables?

Precise Consultants

2016 was a year that will stand out for everyone in the renewables industry – counting among the significant highlights the Paris Agreement, the first offshore U.S. wind farm, renewable energy powered an entire country for four straight days, and of course the election of Donald Trump and the subsequent appointment of, as The Guardian put it, “an all-star case of climate change deniers .. at the heads of key agencies responsible for dealing with global warming.”

Before we consider the future, let’s look back at some of the key positive developments over the past twelve months. Read More

01.04.17- Nikola Tesla’s 5 Lost Inventions That Threatened The Global Elite
Vandita

(anonhq.com) Most great inventions fundamentally change thesociety in which they exist. Since the people at the top of the social structure have more to gain by reinforcing the status quo, they suppress revolutionary technologies favorable to the world but dangerous to their existence.

Engineering genius Nikola Tesla was no exception. Here are some of those technologies, ‘they’ don’t want you to know about Nikola Tesla. (Video below as well!) Read More

01.03.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The number one news story of 2017 will be the public call for ending the dollar as the global reserve currency
Ken Schortgen

For the past eight years, the idea that the world is going through a paradigm shift... a frequency change if you will, has been simmering in the background of economic, political, and geo-political events. And if there was a beginning point for it all, it would have to be the global financial crisis that shocked the world in 2008. Read More

01.02.17- Free Energy Device (D1943) IPP7.4 (independent power producer)
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12.31.16- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Future of Passports
Jeff Thomas

The bottom line is that anyone can be ISIS. We therefore need an approach to securing civilized societies that doesn't allow individuals to hide behind the cloak of Western passports… The time has come for a "global passport," a parallel digital certification of a person's identity, background, criminal record, travel history, and other details. The digital record would be regularly updated based on databases from airlines, customs agencies, banks and other sources, and could be managed by an independent international authority.”

The above quote comes from CNN, an American news network that has done such an exemplary job in recent years in serving as a mouthpiece for the US Government. Read More

12.30.16- A Storm is Coming: Preppers Must Stay Vigilant in 2017
Jeremiah Johnson

While many believe the shift in government leaders in 2017 will bring us back to better times, one can never be too sure. As my father always said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” These are still uncertain times, and as Jeremiah Johnson emphasizes in this article – with that uncertainty, we must continue to be ever vigilant in our preparedness endeavors.

This piece is an important exhortation to you – a sort of plea, if you will – to not lose your focus in preparations and your readiness-stance during these times.  With the Dow-Jones Industrial skyrocketing, the Christmas Holidays in full gear, Donald J. Trump about to be inaugurated, and the glow of a new patriotic dawn, everything seems OK, right?  Wrong.  This is not alarmist, but pragmatic.  We cannot allow a burst of patriotic positive fervor to dull the perception of the last 8 years. Read More

12.29.16- 4 Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017
Bobby Magill

The president-elect will likely start rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development

The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science.

Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees - many who disregard the connection between global warming and fossil fuel energy use - include rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development. Read More

12.28.16- The Craziest Oil Price Predictions
For 2017

Tsvetana Paraskova

Predicting where oil prices would go next month or next year has always been a game of hit and miss, all the more so in the past two years since the oil price crash began.

Analysts have forecast prices in the range US$10 to US$70 at various points this year, and actual prices have also had a bumpy ride, with WTI Crude ranging from below US$30 in January 2016 to a 17-month high briefly touching over US$55 on December 12, 2016.

Heading into 2017, the oil price predictions by major organizations and investment banks are generally not widely diverging and hovering in the US$50-$60 range, but there have been some wilder viewpoints that are phenomenally bullish or direly bearish. Read More

12.27.16- Could Santa’s Sleigh Go Electric?
Charles Kennedy

Indeed, it’s time to give Santa’s reindeer a break, so this year, rumor has it, they’re just along for the ride as Santa goes electric, pleasing both the animal welfare watchdogs and environmentalists who would be keen to see this go down with a minimal carbon footprint.

And what better year than 2016, when electric vehicle poster boy Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors Inc., is being wooed by President-elect Donald Trump. It would seem almost inevitable that Santa would go electric, now that electric vehicles are preparing to enter the mainstream in a very big way. Read More

12.26.16- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Moving Through One Of The Most Perilous Periods In Human History
Stefan Stanford

If we are now watching a full-scale takedown and overthrow of America as has been warned, the globalists have just over 25 days to complete the process. With Donald Trump promising to reverse much of the destruction of America accomplished over Barack Obama's 8 years while warning the United Nations that when he gets into office, everything is going to be different, we understand why Steve Quayle says we're now living in 'the most perilous period' in the only video below, Sheila Zilinsky's last show of 2016. Read More

12.24.15- The Real Reason The West is Pushing War With Russia
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12.23.16- The #1 Black Swan Event of 2017
Nick Giambruno

J. Reeves: You’ve been all around the globe in 2016—Ukraine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, and other hot spots—chasing crises… and making crisis investments. What was your most memorable journey? What was your best-returning crisis investment?

Nick Giambruno: I’d say meeting Gideon Gono with Doug Casey was the most memorable moment of the year. Gono was the head of Zimbabwe’s central bank during the country’s 2008–2009 hyperinflation. He’s “the man who made everybody trillionaires.”

Gono told us he knew printing money would cause hyperinflation. He and everyone else knew what they were doing. But they had to do it because Zimbabwe was broke. And they needed to pay the army. There was no other option. Read More

12.22.16- Residential energy storage: The industry's next big thing
Robert Walton

Big batteries get a lot of press, market for small residential installations is poised to explode

Large energy storage projects have headlined most news in the storage sector.

Enabled by falling battery prices, heralded as essential to renewables and mandated by progressive regulators, utility-scale storage projects have been widely viewed as the key technology which will help bring the nation's utility grid into the 21st century. Read More

12.21.16- Who Won The 2016 Oil War?
Tsvetana Paraskova

Heading into the New Year with oil prices above US$50, both OPEC and the U.S. shale industry are claiming victory in the latest oil war battle - and both expect to benefit from higher prices, but there can really only be one winner here.

The oil price crash of 2014 has left OPEC scrambling to offset declining revenues while trying to maintain their much-coveted market share. The price bust - the consequence of a shale boom and the pump-at-will policy of that very same OPEC despite the global oil glut – has sent the U.S. shale patch trying to adapt to lower crude prices by slashing investments and costs and scaling back production. Read More

12.20.16- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Obama at the Bat
Dr. Dave

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12.19.16- Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries: The Next Big Wave After Lithium Batteries
John Lee

Renewable energy sources have expanded significantly in recent years, especially wind and solar. One of the largest issues with wind and solar energy sources is the need to store and release the electrical energy produced.

A promising storage technology is vanadium redox flow batteries that will increase the demand for vanadium.

An example of the significantly expanded renewable energy sources is wind energy. Global wind energy production has increased eightfold in the last 10 years. Read More

12.17.16- Weekend Rant: Donald Trump's Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell
Michael Klare

Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies: lift environmental restrictions on oil and natural gas extraction, build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, open more federal lands to drilling, withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan, revive the coal mining industry, and so on and so forth ad infinitum.  In fact, many of his proposals have simply been lifted straight from the talking points of top energy industry officials and their lavishly financed allies in Congress. Read More

12.16.16- Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist
Robert J. Burrowes

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life onEarth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme. Read More

Rex Tillerson: ‘’Russian Spy’’
Or Diplomatic Genius?

Irina Slav

The news that Rex Tillerson, Exxon’s CEO, is Donald Trump’s official pick for the Secretary of State chair has sparked an outrage among Democratic and Republican legislators alike, both sides worried that his appointment would further warm relations between the U.S. and Russia.

To an outsider with a limited understanding of geopolitical dynamics, this outrage would sound absurd. After all, what is wrong with good bilateral relations, especially those between two of the world’s nuclear powers? But to an insider of American – and Russian – politics, the outrage is an understandable knee-jerk reaction, brought about by years of anti-Russian sentiment across the West, after Moscow annexed the Crimea and sent troops to eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian insurgents, deepening the political chaos in Ukraine. Read More

12.14.16- And Now for Something Entirely DifferentOne Of The World’s Greatest Mysteries May Be About To Be Revealed - Is There An 'Empire Beneath The Ice?'
Stefan Stanford

The new story from the UK’s Daily Star is called “The Lost City Of Antarctica” within which we’re told of a ‘shock claim’ being made that a massive civilization exists beneath the ice at the bottom of the world. The last of the Earth’s continents to be ‘officially’ discovered back in 1820 according to Wikipedia, Antarctica has long been shrouded in great mystery. And as the Daily Star story asked after also exposing several mysterious ‘pyramid-like structures’ recently found on the icy continent, could all of this mean one of the world’s greatest mysteries is about to be unlocked? Read More

12.13.16- U.S. Shale Patch Dominates Top 10 Oil Investment Ranking
Irina Slav

Oklahoma and Texas are the best destinations for oil and gas investment, with the two states occupying the number 1 and number 2 spots respectively in the latest ranking by Fraser Institute of the best oil and gas investment destinations globally.

The think-tank’s Global Petroleum Survey 2016 polled 381 managers and executives from the industry on issues concerning regulatory frameworks for oil and gas investments, environmental policies, and political stability. Issues in these areas have been identified by the industry as major barriers to investment decisions. Read More

12.12.16- FUTURE TRENDS: 5 Ways Technology Will Change Business in 2017
Jeffrey Nelson

Can society keep pace with technology? New advances in ‘smart tech’ are radically changing the relationship between customer and business. Here are some important trends to keep an eye on…

You can get all your work done before you step into the office. Or perhaps accurately predict customer preferences and wants. Someday it will be possible to stay ahead of the competition without actually doing anything. How? Smart Technology. Read More

12.10.16- How Standing Rock Has Changed Us
Sarah van Gelder

As we work toward a post-fossil fuel society, we can look to these lessons from the Sioux.

At the Oceti Sakowin camp there were celebrations into the night when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision was announced. Fireworks lit up the sky, which is normally dominated by police searchlights, and there were songs, prayers, and dance. And tears. The decision to halt work on the Dakota Access pipeline may be the victory that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of water protectors were looking for. Read More

12.09.16- U.S. Shale Set To Kill Oil Price Rally
Nick Cunningham

The resurgence of U.S. shale will undermine the OPEC-fueled price rally, capping oil prices at roughly $50 per barrel through 2017. That is the conclusion from the EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which forecasts WTI to average $50.66 per barrel and Brent to average just $51.66 per barrel next year.

The agency also cast doubt on OPEC’s ability to follow through on its deal. “The extent to which the announced plans will be carried out and actually reduce supply below levels that would have occurred in their absence remains uncertain.” But even if they do, any price rally above $50 per barrel will merely spark a revival in U.S. shale drilling, which will “encourage a return to supply growth in U.S. tight oil more quickly than currently expected.” In other words, the OPEC deal won’t fuel the sustained rally that oil bulls have hoped for. Read More

12.08.16- Burning Water and the SunCell
Keely Net

Compare the claims of burning water with the SunCell - From the video; please make this video go viral. i uploaded this video from someone that doesn't call it what it is. so maybe he is too afraid to call it what it really is. you can burn water which means we dont need oil for fuel. this is the first video right now but i will make a video explaining how to get a better burn off this and call this one number 2. subscribe to learn more about free energy. water is a free energy because it costs nothing to use. Stanley Meyers said water is 2.5 times more efficient then gas. which means you will go 2.5 times long with the same amount of fuel/water. i am apart of a ever growing team of people that are here to give back Meyers credit and work to the world. also to get this technology out to everyone before it gets repressed again. no more lies and no more pollution. Read More

12.07.16- The Warren Buffett War on US Pipelines
Paul Driessen

Billionaires such as Warren Buffett are using secretive foundations to finance anti-pipeline protests (with help from Vladimir Putin?) and get even richer. 

Abundant, reliable, affordable oil and natural gas empower people. They support job creation, mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives.

Hydrocarbons make plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic clothing. They create fertilizers and pesticides, to improve crop yields, reduce food prices and improve nutrition. Read More

12.06.16- Is This The Death Blow For The Dakota Access Pipeline?
Irina Slav

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant a permit to Energy Transfer Partners for the construction of the hotly contested section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that would have passed through Standing Rock Sioux lands. Hundreds of protesters who have been camping at the construction site for months now have celebrated the decision as a victory.

The decision to withhold the permit was made by the Assistant Secretary of Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, who said she made it because there were alternatives to this specific route of the Dakota Access section that could be discussed with Energy Transfer Partners. The route that sparked the vocal opposition would have passed under Lake Oahe and would have constituted a risk for the quality of drinking water in the area, according to opponents. Read More

12.05.16- Water, History, and Finance Converge As Sioux Nation Mounts Storied Battle Over Oil Pipeline
Keith Schneider

Dakota Access pipeline could be stranded asset in the making

Heavy snow and winter cold settled this month on thousands of Native Americans and their supporters encamped on the banks of the Cannonball River, some 30 miles south of Bismarck, North Dakota. Nearby, the Missouri River slipped past. The river’s clean waters serve as the wellspring in what has steadily become one of the storied confrontations over energy development, justice, finance, and human rights in the American West. Read More

12.03.16- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Here’s a completely different idea about Sunday’s “apocalypse”
Simon Black

The latest apocalypse du jour, following in the footsteps of Brexit and the Donald Trump election, is Italy’s Constitutional referendum that takes place this weekend.

Global financial media is in a panic about this, suggesting that a “NO” vote will lead to total chaos in Europe.

The referendum itself isn’t particularly revolutionary; Italians are voting whether or not to change the Constitution and reform their government.

Right now Italy’s legislative system is fairly inefficient. Read More

12.01.16- Finally – a safe way to carry hydrogen fuel in your pocket
Lynda Delacey

A newly-developed compact, flexible polymer could enable a plastic container of hydrogen that's safe to carry in your pocket

Hydrogen has great potential as a future clean energy source. The challenge is that hydrogen gas is difficult to store and carry safely. The intensity with which it burns may have made liquid hydrogen the fuel-source of choice for the space industry, but it can only be liquified at extremely low temperatures. Now a Japanese research team has invented a compact, flexible polymer that could be used to create a plastic container for hydrogen that's safe to carry in your pocket. Read More

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