12.15.17- Is The Oil Glut Set To Return?
Nick Cunningham

For the second month in a row, the IEA has poured cold water onto the oil market, publishing an analysis that suggests 2018 could hold some bearish surprises for crude.

The IEA’s December Oil Market Report dramatically revises up the expected growth of U.S. shale, which goes a long way to torpedoing the excitement around the OPEC extension.

Late last month, when OPEC agreed to extend its production cuts through the end of 2018, the U.S. EIA came out with data – on the same day as the OPEC announcement – that showed an explosive increase in shale output for the month of September, up 290,000 bpd from the month before. Read More

12.14.17- Gold Will Soar… As China Kneecaps the Dollar
Nick Giambruno

I recently spoke with my friend and colleague Chris Lowe about China’s new alternative financial system—and how it could mortally wound the US dollar. It was such an important discussion that I had to pass it along. Chris is the editor of Bonner & Partners’ Inner Circle. His publication shares insights from Bill Bonner’s personal global network of analysts and investment experts.

Using force to compel people to accept money without real value can only work in the short run. It ultimately leads to economic dislocation, both domestic and international, and always ends with a price to be paid.– Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul Read More

12.13.17- Is Oil About To Collapse?
Martin Tillier

When writing about markets, here and elsewhere, I usually try to avoid the temptation to write sensational things. Words like “collapse” and “crash”, or “surge” and “explode” attract clicks, which in turn often translates to cash for a writer, but major events like that are rare. That is all fine and logical, but…WTI really does look like it is about to collapse.

Let’s be clear, I am not necessarily talking about a return to the sub-$30 of the beginning of 2016 here, but a return to the more recent lows around $42 before too long is distinctly possible, and if that happens, who knows where we go from there? There are, as I have noted in the past, reasons to believe that the long-term path of oil is still upward, but more immediately there is one dominant factor that keeps adding downward pressure, large and still growing supply from North American shale producers. Read More

12.12.17- The Billionaires Betting On Space Travel
Jon LeSage

The space race is on for some of the biggest names out there. Leading technology giants like Amazon.com, SpaceX, Microsoft, Virgin Group, Google, and Facebook are all getting in on the action.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s second richest man after Microsoft’s Bill Gates, is funding rocket company Blue Origin to the tune of $1 billion a year. Blue Origin has been putting together a rocket factory in Kent, Wash., for several years. The company also plans to launch its rockets from a NASA launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the near future. Read More

12.11.17- Russia May Turn To Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency To Challenge Sanctions & The Petrodollar
Tyler Durden

The gradual acceptance of digital currencies, with major exchanges about to launch bitcoin futures trading, may prompt some oil producing nations to ditch the US dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies, an oil analyst says.

As RT reports, Russia, Iran and Venezuela have more than one thing in common. 

All three are major oil producing nations dependent on the dollar since the global crude market is traditionally dominated by contracts denominated in US currency. Read More

12.09.17- How Middle-East Chaos Will Raise Your Cost Of Living
Daniel Carter

Let’s be honest, the Middle-East has been a complete disaster for longer than most of us can imagine. Once the US firmly planted itself in the Middle-East in 2001, the destabilization of an already volatile region really started to pick up steam. With five out of the top 10 oil producing countries located in the Middle-East, sometimes these conflicts can have extremely negative consequences for oil consumers (pretty much everyone).

The price of almost every product on the market increases as the price of oil goes up. When the price of oil goes up, it costs more for companies to transport goods to your local stores, and they are more than willing to pass those costs on to the consumers. Obviously, it will also cost you a lot more to get to and from work. Surging oil prices will most certainly guarantee that your cost of living surges as well. Read More

12.08.17- Every Recession Since 1971 Has Been Preceded by THIS – And It’s Happening Right Now
Birch Gold Group

Since WW2 the U.S. has witnessed eleven economic recessions. During this time economists have noticed an interesting trend: all those past recessions, except for one in 1960, were preceded by an increase in the price of oil. It’s for this reason that an increase in oil price is often viewed by many economists as a reliable indicator that a recession is on the way.

As the graph below shows, since President Nixon cut the dollar’s last ties to gold in 1971, every single spike in oil prices has had the effect of throwing the economy into a recession. Read More

12.07.17- Markets Are Unprepared for a Government Shutdown
James Rickards

Will Republicans and Democrats agree on a budget, and avoid a government shutdown after midnight Friday?

I’d say the odds are 50/50. Actually, I put the odds of a shutdown at about 55%. There’s certainly enough substance here to be wary.

The government could shut down because of disagreements over defense spending, funding for Trump’s wall with Mexico, deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children (the “Dreamer Act” also referred to as “DACA”), funding for Planned Parenthood, funding for Obamacare (called “SCHIP”), disaster relief and more.

There’s not much middle ground between Democrats and Republicans on many of these hot button issues. Read More

12.06.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: U.S. military to declare martial law as DOJ, FBI criminality exposed
Benjamin Fulford

The U.S. military government, known to the world as the administration of President Donald Trump, is about to declare martial law, Pentagon sources say.  “The Cabal has been checkmated, as Trump is ready to federalize the National Guard in case of riots or civil unrest,” Pentagon sources say, adding that “FEMA camps will be used to house mass arrests, and Gitmo may house high-value targets while military tribunals will dispatch them swiftly.”

Such radical action is necessary, “Because of corrupt judges appointed by [former U.S. President Barack] Obama and a Congress stacked with shills for Israel, so Trump may be forced to declare martial law to impose military justice,” is how one Pentagon source put the situation. Read More

12.05.17- This Tiny Moon Has More Oil & Gas
Than Earth

Haley Zaremba

Imagine a place with hundreds of times more natural gases and other liquid hydrocarbons than all of the known oil and gas reserves on our bountiful planet. As it turns out, that place is a comparatively small, smoggy and perpetually drizzly moon in our very own solar system, happily orbiting around Saturn.

On Titan, the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, hydrocarbons naturally rain down from the skies in a “dreary drizzle” and collect in the form of vast lakes and dunes. This has long been known or at least surmised, but now we have proof and quantitative data thanks to NASA’s Cassinispacecraft. Read More

12.04.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: REVEALED: Bitcoin’s Price in 2020
Brian Maher

Dear Reader,

This July, software grandee John McAfee donned the fool’s cap… and brought down roars of laughter upon his head…

This bedlamite actually predicted bitcoin would reach $500,000 by the end of 2020.


His forecast was rooted in the lunatic assumption that bitcoin would close 2017 at $5,000. Read More

12.02.17- OPEC Extension Sends Oil Prices Soaring
Tom Kool

Oil markets' initial reaction to yesterday's OPEC news was rather dull, however oil prices saw a sharp spike on Friday morning as the bulls returned to the mix.

OPEC followed through on its promise, extending the production cuts through the end of 2018, bringing relief to an oil market that had grown jittery in recent days. Oil prices traded in a relatively narrow range after the meeting and appeared muted. But once concerns over a selloff calmed, oil prices rallied once again on Friday morning. Read More

12.01.17- The Biggest Threat To Lithium-Ion Batteries
Irina Slav

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy have discovered the fastest, they say, magnesium-ion solid-state conductor – a discovery that could potentially upend the battery market in the future and also one that is highlighting the intensifying rush to search for alternatives to lithium-ion batteries.

Most of these announcements usually cause little more than an indifferent shrug simply because it would take too long for the discoveries to attain any sort of commercial viability, especially in competition with lithium-ion batteries, which are also the object of research to make them more reliable, more efficient, and safer. Read More

11.30.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Differeny: Is Washington the Most Corrupt Government in History?
Paul Craig Roberts

The man who died twice

Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI who is working as a special prosecutor “investigating” a contrived hoax designed by the military/security complex and the DNC to destroy the Trump presidency, has yet to produce a scrap of evidence that Russiagate is anything but orchestrated fake news. As William Binney and other top experts have said, if there is evidence of Russiagate, the NSA would have it. No investigation would be necessary. So where is the evidence?

It is a revelation of how corrupt Washington is that a fake scandal is being investigated while a real scandal is not. The fake scandal is Trump’s Russiagate. The real scandal is Hillary Clinton’s uranium sale to Russia. No evidence for the former exists. Read More

11.29.17- The Oil Information Cartel
is (Finally) Broken

Keith Schaefer

A determined James Stafford of OilPrice.com just busted wide open an oil industry information cartel that has existed for decades.

Most investors look at WTI and Brent prices at Bloomberg or CME Futures, and figure the oil price is in the public domain.  You would be about 2% correct, because there are hundreds of different grades of oil, and hubs where it is bought and sold.  And they all have different prices.

Since the age of oil began until a few months ago, most real time oil prices were jealously guarded by marketers, who used it to their advantage in the daily multi-billion dollar physical oil trade. Read More

11.28.17- Citi: Prepare For An OPEC Disappointment
Nick Cunningham

A week out from the OPEC meeting, everyone is assuming a rollover of the production cuts for an additional nine months will be a simple formality, putting the limits in place until the end of 2018. But what if such a scenario fails to materialize? What if the cuts are for a shorter duration, or perhaps worse, there is no consensus at all?

Russia is likely to be the key to this puzzle, and there are reports that Russian officials are not convinced that any action is needed at this time. They argue that it is too early to announce anything, and that the OPEC/non-OPEC alliance should just wait until the expiration of the current agreement (March 2018) draws closer.

That would not be a satisfactory outcome for the vast majority of oil speculators (or for other oil producers around the world), who have baked an extension into their assumptions. Read More

11.27.17- Oil heads for best weekly gain in month on Keystone disruption
Heesu Lee

Seoul - Oil headed for its best weekly advance in a month after an outage on the Keystone pipeline added to speculation crude supply could tighten and as investors await the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec)’s decision on extending output curbs.

Futures gained as much as 1% in New York. News that TransCanada was said to have cut 85% of Keystone’s November shipments because of last week’s spill in South Dakota has helped West Texas Intermediate prices head toward a 3.5% gain this week. Read More

11.25.17- $40 WTI Is Now More Realistic Than $60
Tsvetana Paraskova

The current rise in oil prices is more of a fear trade right now, driven by fear of what is going on in the Middle East, rather than a result of growing OPEC chatter or inventory reports, Todd Horwitz, chief strategist at Bubbatrading.com, told Bloomberg on Wednesday.

“The oil premiums are very narrow going out to the future, which means that this is more of a fear trade in the front month,” Horwitz said on ‘Bloomberg Markets’.

“To me, this is more of just another farce of what OPEC is trying to do, and trying to push these prices higher,” the strategist noted. Read More

11.24.17- Commodities - Electric Vehicles -
Cobalt Squeeze

Gordon Long

Electric vehicles - Resources squeeze

With the Tesla revolution and bullish forecasts for EV sales blanketing the media, the future looks bright for a cleaner, quieter future in autos. However, with predictions of a rise in the global EV fleet from 600k today to 65 million by 2040, the major stumbling block remains battery supply, or more specifically, resource availability. Read More

11.23.17- Holiday Rant: Gangsterism,
Mob Rule and War

Gordon Duff

Criminal gangs that run our governments, control our corporations, fabricate our news, invent and reinvent our history and lull us into slavery do so believing humanity to be a form of cattle, no more.  Denying this is insanity.

Their prime methodology is war, this is what gangs do.

Ask anyone across the Middle East and they will say war is coming to Lebanon.  However, there is one problem with this, no one is certain who will be fighting whom?  The divided politics of Lebanon, though puzzling to outsiders and a daily concern to the Lebanese themselves are not a factor.  No one in Lebanon wants war.  Only Saudi Arabia and Israel want war, or so we are told. Read More

11.22.17- Can The Gas Glut Kill
The Permian Boom?

Nick Cunningham

The Permian basin continues to add new oil production, but shale drillers in West Texas could face an unexpected problem: too much natural gas.

Natural gas is produced as a byproduct when drilling for oil. Oil tends to be more lucrative, so shale companies typically target oil in places like the Permian, and the gas is considered an added benefit. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that shale drillers in the Permian are struggling with too much gas and not enough places to put it.

The gas pipelines from the West Texas shale fields are at capacity. To the north, the market is saturated with gas from the Rockies and Canada, the WSJ says. And while there are several natural gas pipelines under construction that would carry gas from Texas to Mexico, those projects are not yet online. One key pipeline, the Gulf Coast Express, won’t come online until 2019, and other projects have similar timelines. Read More

11.21.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: US Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Lands at Langley!
Hal Turner

Reports are beginning to surface that a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) landed at Langley on Saturday.  

Marine expeditionary unit(MEU, pronounced "Mew"),  is the smallest Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions. A Marine expeditionary unit is normally composed of: a reinforced Marine infantry battalion (designated as a Battalion Landing Team) as the ground combat element, a composite medium tiltrotor squadron forms the aviation combat element, a combat logistics battalion provides the logistics combat element, and a company-size command element serves as the MEU headquarters group. Read More

11.20.17- Oil Prices Could Double If Middle East Conflict Escalates
Peter Tertzakian

Barrel traders recently pushed the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil above $US 55; the first time in over two years.

Scarcity doesn’t really justify the upward price movement. There isn’t a shortage of oil in the world. But there could be, in the worst case, if missiles start flying between two of the world’s largest oil players: Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Maybe it won’t happen. But maybe it will. And that’s what the “geopolitical risk premium” is all about. It’s an anxiety surcharge that’s tacked onto every barrel of oil, in fear of supply disruption on a moment’s notice. And the fear is back. Read More

11.18.17- Huge Crude Stakes
Jeff Clark

There is a titanic struggle going on right now in the oil market. On the one side of the futures market are the usual pace setters, the money managers. Last week, the latest COT data available, they went the most net long since March. If it continues, it will close in on the most positive futures position since the record long they established back in February.

Normally that would be insanely bullish for oil prices. But just as in February/March another part of the futures market has intervened on the other side. Back then it was the oil producers who rising inventory forced into a larger and larger offsetting net short (hedge). Read More

11.17.17- The (Out)House of Saud: the Coup. the Oil, and the Money
Raúl Ilargi Meijer

Trying to figure out what on earth is happening in the Middle East appears to have gotten a lot harder. Perhaps (because) it’s become more dangerous too. There are so many players, and connections between players, involved now that even making one of those schematic representations would never get it right. Too many unknown unknowns.

A short and incomplete list of the actors: Sunni, Shiite, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Turkey, ISIS, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Kurds, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas, Qatar, Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Houthis, perhaps even Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Read More

11.16.17- Goldman: Automated Trucks To Cost 300k Jobs Per Year
Jon LeSage

While Google’s Waymo company has taken center stage for bringing self-driving cars to roads, autonomous trucking may make it to the mainstream first. 

Silicon Valley startups, technologists, and venture capitalists see great potential in the technology—even more than most traditional trucking companies are supporting.

For months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has put out teasers that the electric carmaker will soon reveal an electric semi-truck with autonomous capabilities. That announcement may take place this week, on November 16. Read More

11.15.17- IEA’s Shocking Revelation
About U.S. Shale

Nick Cunningham

The oil market is exhibiting signs of having reached a “new normal,” according to the IEA, with the floor for oil prices jumping from $50 to $60 per barrel. But a few factors could poke holes in that price floor, and market watchers should be careful not to become overly optimistic about the trajectory for oil prices, the agency says.

In its latest Oil Market Report, the Paris-based energy agency says that a confluence of events have pushed up Brent prices. Lower-than-expected oil production figures coming out of Mexico, the U.S. and the North Sea have combined with unexpected outages in Iraq (-170,000 bpd in October), Algeria, Nigeria and Venezuela. Those outages, plus the geopolitical turmoil in Iraq, and especially Saudi Arabia, have heightened tension in the oil market. Read More

11.14.17- Are Electric Cars As Clean
As They Seem?

Zainab Calcuttawala

Tesla’s unveiling of its mass market Model 3 sparked a global interest in making electric vehicles the next big thing in automobile manufacturing. But can the category’s green agenda keep up with its metal and recycling needs?

The concept of bunking the traditional engine for a non-gas guzzling counterpart has been here for decades, but creating an ecosystem for battery charging and bringing vehicle costs down was a challenge for decades. Read More

11.13.17- How Oil Could Lift Gold Prices
Peter Reagan

As part of their ongoing effort to overhaul their economy and reduce their dependence on oil, Saudi Arabia is moving forward with their plans to take Aramco public.

The state-owned petroleum and natural gas company expects its IPO (initial public offering) value to hit the market at around $2 trillion. If this should happen, it will overtake Alibaba’s 2004 IPO to become the biggest IPO in history.

With billions of dollars at stake, Saudi officials have yet to decide which stock exchange they want to host their company. Their CEO, Amin Nasser, recently told CNNMoney: Read More

11.11.17- OPEC's War Against Shale
Is Far From Over

Gregory Brew

Despite the recent market rally and current bullish streak in oil prices, the years-long competition for market share between OPEC and U.S. shale producers shows no sign of abating, and will likely continue for the next several years at least.

That was OPEC’s conclusion in the group’s World Oil Outlook released this week. OPEC believes U.S. shale production will grow faster than previously expected, reaching 7.5 million bpd by 2021, an increase of 56 percent from the group’s estimate last year.

According to OPEC calculations, current shale production in North America is approximately 5.1 million bpd—an increase of 25 percent from a year ago. Read More

11.10.17- Here's How to Deal With Overpopulation
 Joe Jarvis

Anytime someone in an elite or powerful position starts saying the population is too high we should get worried. You can bet it isn’t their friends and family that they are talking about overpopulating the Earth.

Of course, they are talking about people whom they consider peasants. Definitely me, and probably you too. We are the ones crowding this little planet, and we are the ones whose carbon footprint they say is a problem. Nevermind that the elites burn more carbon flying to their global warming conferences than I use in a year. Read More

11.09.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: OPUS 29 Bush Dis-Legacy
Steve Pieczenik

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11.08.17- Putin’s Masterstroke Of Energy Diplomacy
Jeff Clark

Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin announced that his company signed a roadmap to invest the mind-numbingly large sum of $30 billion in the Iranian energy sector following his and President Putin’s visit to the Islamic Republic to hold three-way talks with Azerbaijan. This masterstroke of energy diplomacy wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for Trump scaring Western investors away from Iran and pushing the country closer towards Russia as a result, which totally reversed the intended dynamic of the Obama Administration that sought to reorient Iran in the opposite direction through the multiple concessions that it offered up through the summer 2015 nuclear deal. Russia’s foreign policy “progressives” are indeed making rapid progress in advancing their 21st-century grand strategic goal of positioning Moscow as the supreme balancing force in the Eurasian supercontinent, and this is in turn accelerating the global transition to a Multipolar World Order. Read More

11.07.17- Why Saudi Arabia’s Crackdown Sent Oil Prices Soaring
Gregory Brew

A power-play by the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia took place over the weekend, with big repercussions for the future of the country that is OPEC’s de factor leader and the world’s second-largest oilproducer.

Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and heir to King Salman, was granted control over a wide-ranging anti-corruption committee last week, and immediately used his new power to consolidate his position. Eleven former ministers and dozens of Saudi princes were arrested or detained on charges of corruption, graft or financial malfeasance. Read More

11.06.17- A Currency War Will Escalate as China’s ‘Petro-Yuan’ Is Set to Challenge the U.S. Military-Backed ‘Petro-Dollar’
Jeff Clark

One quote that always crosses my mind regarding the decline of the U.S. dollar and the state of geopolitics associated with it, is by Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute who said that “When all else fails, they take you to war.” 

As the U.S. dollar continues to lose its status as the world’s premiere reserve currency, the reality of a world war seems inevitable, especially when major countries such as China, Russia and Iran are making strategic moves to bypass the U.S. dollar in favor of other currencies such as China’s ‘Petro-Yuan’. China has made the decision to price oil in their own currency the “Yuan” by a new gold-backed futures contract which will change the dynamics of the world’s economy. Read More

11.04.17- Will The Third Great Energy Revolution End The Oil & Gas Industry?
Andreas de Vries

The history of crude oil and natural gas is a history of technological innovation. Until recently the innovation supported crude oil and natural gas. Now, it challenges it, causing structural changes in the crude oil and natural gas markets.

Originally, crude oil was only used for lighting. This changed following the invention of the internal combustion engine, which outperformed steam engine in power, range and ease of operation and maintenance, and the invention of the conveyor belt, which made it possible to mass-produce the internal combustion engine at a price which was affordable to the masses. Not much later, crude oil became the transportation fuel of choice. The horse drawn carriage was replaced by the car; the locomotive by the diesel train; the steamship by the motor vessel; and the zeppelin by the airplane. Read More

11.03.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: America Has an Apex Predator Problem
Michael Krieger

Donna Brazile’s article published in Politico earlier today is one of the most important things written in 2017 when it comes to political impact going forward. Many have pointed out that she’s a know liar (true), and have also questioned her motivations for writing this blockbuster article. While it’s important to acknowledge these things, they aren’t particularly relevant when it comes to impact.

In no uncertain terms, Donna Brazile provides detailed claims about how the Hillary Clinton campaign nefariously bribed the DNC with tens of millions of dollars all the way back to 2015 in an attempt to take over the organization. They succeeded. This isn’t hearsay, she discusses specific campaign financing documents and when they were created. Read More

11.02.17- Running Out Of Room
Chris Martenson

No energy = no goods and services = no economy

The idea of an 'industrial economy' is an extremely recent human invention. And we’ve staked quite a lot on its continuation.

But it faces a massive predicament: It’s running out of resources.

When talking about the “economy”, we're really referring to the flow of goods and services --- which are themselves entirely dependent on energy. No energy = no goods and services = no economy. It’s really that simple. Read More

11.01.17- Mexico's "Legendary" Oil Hedging Desk Spent $1.25 Billion On 2018 Puts
Tyler Durden

Mexico’s "legendary" oil hedgers (profiled her emost recently one year ago and by Bloomberg in this exhaustive article) are confident that prices won’t linger above $50 a barrel, because this summer, which is why the world’s most-active sovereign oil-trading desk spent a near record $1.25 billion on put options to lock in export prices for next year, Bloomberg reported, citing data from the country’s Ministry of Finance.

The news is especially notable because, as we pointed out yesterday, with WTI prices holding at 6-month highs around $54 (and Brent at $60), hedge funds have never been more bullish on the entire energy complex, having accumulated a record 1.189 billion barrel equivalent long positions in the five major petroleum contracts (Brent, WTI )... Read More

10.31.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Our Ever-Deadlier Police State
Chris Hedges

None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted America’s deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. Police forces in the United States—which, according to The Washington Post, have fatally shot 782 people this year—are unaccountable, militarized monstrosities that spread fear and terror in poor communities. By comparison, police in England and Wales killed 62 people in the 27 years between the start of 1990 and the end of 2016. Read More

10.30.17- Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar
Brandon Smith

There are a few important rules you have to follow if you want to join the consortium of mainstream economic con-men/analysts. Take special note if you plan on becoming one of these very "special" people:

1) Never discuss the reality that government fiscal statistics are not the true picture of the health of the economy. Just present the stats at face value to the public and quickly move on. Read More

10.28.17- MIT Unveils Game-Changing Battery Breakthrough
Kent Moors

I won a science fair at age 12 by making a “perpetual motion” machine. It really didn’t do very much, but was kind of cool.

It used ions in a closed container, running them through a charged screen between magnets. Since the charge was constantly changing, the ions repeatedly moved between the magnets.

By putting a simple drive shaft mechanism through the center, I could light a (very) low-wattage bulb… or at least make it flicker.

In fact, I called it a “flicker tickler.” OK, remember, I was only 12. Read More

10.27.17- US Deepwater Offshore Oil Industry Train Wreck Approaching
Steve St Angelo

The US Deepwater Offshore Oil Industry is a train wreck in the making.  The low oil price continues to sack an industry which was booming just a few short years ago.  The days of spending billions of dollars to find and produce some of the most technically challenging deep-water oil deposits may be coming to an end sooner than the market realizes.

Drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico hit a peak in 2013 when the price of oil was over $100 a barrel. However, the current number of rigs drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen to only 37% of what it was in 2013. Read More

10.26.17- Ad Now, for Something Entirely Different: It’s finally happened: Professor claims math perpetuates ‘white privilege’
Thomas Lifson

Galileo Galilei may have declared, “Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe,” but Professor Rochelle Gutierrez of the University of Illinois sees sinister white privilege in the language of math. Toni Airaksinen of Campus Reform spotted the latest absurdity to make its way down from the ivory tower to the unwashed masses:

A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites. Read More

10.25.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls: The Experiment in Freedom Is Failing
John W. Whitehead

“Every day I ask myself the same question: How can this be happening in America? How can people like these be in charge of our country? If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I’d think I was having a hallucination.”—Philip Roth, novelist

It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don’t be distracted.

Don’t be fooled, not even a little, no matter how tempting it seems to just take a peek. Read More

10.23.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: On the Marc Faber Controversy
Pater Tenebrarum

Il n’y a rien à défendre – There is nothing to defend

Personne n’a lu ce qui a été écrit. – Nobody read what was written.

Personne n’a pensé avant d’agir, comme la plupart des gens de nos jours. – No one thought before acting, like most people nowadays.

L’homme que tu pends est l’homme que tu as fait, pas l’homme que tu tiens. – The man you hang is the man you made, not the man you hang. Read More

10.23.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: On the Marc Faber Controversy
Pater Tenebrarum

Il n’y a rien à défendre – There is nothing to defend

Personne n’a lu ce qui a été écrit. – Nobody read what was written.

Personne n’a pensé avant d’agir, comme la plupart des gens de nos jours. – No one thought before acting, like most people nowadays.

L’homme que tu pends est l’homme que tu as fait, pas l’homme que tu tiens. – The man you hang is the man you made, not the man you hang. Read More

10.21.17- China Takes Aim At The Petrodollar
Tsvetana Paraskova

China continues to pursue its ambitious plan to make its currency—the yuan—more international.

The world’s top crude oil importer and key oil demand growth driver is now determined to get as many oil exporters as possible on board with accepting yuan payments for their oil.  

China is now trying to persuade OPEC’s kingpin and biggest exporter, Saudi Arabia, to start accepting yuan for its crude oil. If the Chinese succeed, other oil exporters could follow suit and abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Pulling oil trade out of U.S. dollars would lead to decreased demand for U.S. securities across the board, Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics, tells CNBC. Weinberg believes that the Chinese will “compel” the Saudis to accept to trade oil in yuan. Read More

10.20.17- Zinc battery breakthrough may allow homes to efficiently store energy for off-grid use
Rhonda Johansson

(Natural News) Since the early 1990s, scientists have attempted to create a battery that would replace the standard lithium-ion variety. The difficulty in such a project lay in the energy density of the power source. Scientists found that while other materials proved to be more energy-efficient, their cycles were, if anything, pathetic. Hope was sparked several years ago when the first magnesium dioxide-zinc battery was created; although the perplexity of the balance between density and charge cycles remained the same. However, researchers from The City College of New York believe they have created a new generation of batteries that would withstand high amounts of charges and be able to power larger grid storage. Read More

10.19.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: $1 Trillion In Liquidity Is Leaving:
"This Will Be The Market's First Crash-Test
In 10 Years"

Tyler Durden

In his latest presentation, Francesco Filia of Fasanara Capital discusses how years of monumental liquidity injections by major Central Banks ($15 trillion since 2009) successfully avoided a circuit break after the Global Financial Crisis, but failed to deliver on the core promise of economic growth through the 'wealth effect', which instead became an 'inequality effect', exacerbating populism and representing a constant threat to the status quo.  Read More

10.18.17- Chinese EV Boom Could Crash Oil Prices
Nick Cunningham

The rapid adoption of electric vehicles could cause oil prices to fall to $10 per barrel in less than a decade, according to the CEO of Longview Economics.

EVs are gaining traction, and although they still only make up a small fraction of the auto market, more and more analysts are starting to buy into the notion that EVs will quickly gain a foothold over the next decade or so, with massive ramifications for the oil market.

There has been a sea change of sorts in just the past year or two, with EVs going from a niche idea even in long-term forecasts, to one that many believe will increasingly take market share from the traditional internal combustion engine. There are many reasons for this – policy and market forces are reinforcing each other to bring the EV revolution closer and closer. Read More

10.17.17- Is Hydrogen Fuel As Dumb
As Musk Thinks?

Irina Slav

Hydrogen fuel cells are a controversial thing. Elon Musk, forexample, finds them “incredibly dumb”, and he’s far from the only one. Yet the concept of using the universe’s most abundant element to fuel vehicles is still alive and kicking.

The latest of its proponents to make headlines is Swiss company, H2 Energy, which says it has achieved a closed-cycle hydrogen production process that uses all-renewable sources to make hydrogen for fuel and other applications. Its project, in partnership with utility IBAarau, is reportedly the first hydrolysis plant in Switzerland. Read More

10.16.17- Big Oil "Environmentalism" -
Why Big Oil Conquered The World
The Corbett Report

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10.14.17- Oil for gold – the real story
Alasdair Macleod

Following an article in the Nikkei Asia Review, which reported China will shortly introduce an oil futures contract priced in yuan, there has been some confusion about what it means. The article pointed out that in combination with existing gold futures priced in yuan, an oil exporter to China contracting to accept yuan could use these two futures contracts to take delivery of physical gold in payment for oil.

I was quoted in that article as follows:

"It is a mechanism which is likely to appeal to oil producers that prefer to avoid using dollars, and are not ready to accept that being paid in yuan for oil sales to China is a good idea either," Read More

10.13.17- Inside Knowledge About Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Could Lead To World-Changing Technology
Leslie Kean

Something extraordinary is about to be revealed. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows are now stepping into the light. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP). They intend to move into the private sector and to make all declassified information, and any future knowledge, available for all to see. Read More

10.12.17- Coal Fueled Teslas
Larry LaBorde

Several countries are making proclamations that state all new cars shall be electric by a certain date.  Who decided on electric cars?  I know they sound “clean” but where does that electricity come from?

About 30.4% of electricity in the United States is generated from coal.  About 19.7% is generated from nuclear.  So over 50% of the US power is from coal and nuclear.  The remaining is as follows:  natural gas = 34%, hydro = 6.5%, wind = 5.6%, biomass = 1.5%, solar = <1% plus other misc. sources. Read More

10.11.17- Weather Is Being Engineered In The Gulf - Evidence That Is Hard To Deny
Ryan Christan

In the past, we have shown you not only that geoengineering is very real, but that it is being used in real world situations on a regular basis, with zero oversight. We have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that much of the current governmental body in the U.S. has very little concern for the well-being and quality of life of the average individual, despite that being their very charge.

Today, Americans are witnessing an unprecedented surge of weather just at a moment when the political pyres are burning brightest and those in power have the most to lose, or the most to gain. Read More

10.10.17- The Permian Boom Is Coming To An End
Nick Cunningham

The pressure on shale drillers to throttle back on their aggressive drilling continues to crop up in new places, and there are growing signs that the Permian is slowing down.

Shale companies spent just $5 billion on land deals in West Texas in the last six months, a fraction of the $35 billion spent in the prior nine-month period, according to the Houston Chronicle, citing Wood Mackenzie data.

It’s the latest piece of evidence to suggest that “Permania” might be easing. The hottest shale basin on the planet has suffered from rising costs as too many companies pour money into West Texas. The crowded field has pushed up the price of land, labor, oilfield services, rigs and more. That has led to a rude awakening for a lot of drillers. Read More

10.09.17- And Now, for Something Entirey Different: MGM’s Jim Murren and George Soros Are Co-Conspirators In the
Mandalay Bay Massacre

Dave Hodges

The parallels between the Gulf Oil Spill and the Mandalay Bay Massacre keep mounting by the moment. In the latest revelation, the facts are stating it is Peter Sutherland all over again. Further, this article will explore the emergence of two co-conspirators in the massacre. First, the Gulf Oil Spill parallels continue to mount.

Who is Peter Sutherland? Many have asked if there was a central figure who coordinated this conspiracy of the Gulf Oil Spill? The answer is yes and the parallels to the Vegas event are stunning. It is a case of the globalists following the same script with only minor variations. Read More

10.07.17- Nate to threaten US Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend
Alex Sosnowski

Nate will threaten part of the central Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States as a hurricane with flooding, strong winds and isolated tornadoes this weekend.

Flooding from Nate has already claimed lives in Central America.

Anticipation of Nate's arrival has already prompted evacuations in low-lying coastal Louisiana parishes and Alabama counties. Read More

10.06.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: God Bless Idiocy
Karl Denninger

Seriously.  God does sometimes bless us even when we have seen what is unspeakable evil in our midst, and He did this last weekend.

I'm talking about Vegas, of course.

We're learning more but there's much being withheld -- intentionally so.  If you've been paying attention to the "press conferences" you've detected that the LEOs out there are quite-intentionally not telling us more than they are talking about and they're worried about something too.  We'll eventually find out what the "something" is, and I bet we won't like it one bit. Read More

10.05.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Is it Wrong to Question the Official Story When Tragedy Strikes?
Joe Jarvis

The media says, “Jump.” And the public responds in unison, “How high?”

“As high as you ever have jumped before, except maybe after 9/11, or the Kennedy assassination.”

Of course, when there is news, it should be reported. Today it is reported sensationally, as entertainment. Is it meant to inform, or induce?

Which came first, the media’s obsession with violence, or the public demand for violence? In the 1990’s as violent crime in America dropped, the media filled more time slots with stories about violence. Read More

10.04.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: False flag in Vegas shooting?
Jon Rappoport

False flags always target the psychological state of mind of the public. Mind control is the goal.

To boil it down, a false flag is an operation staged to blame someone for a crime, someone who didn’t commit the crime.

Why? Because by blaming that person or group, and by convincing many others to blame that person or group, you achieve an important objective.

Simplistic over-exaggerated version: “Last night, a homeless man was found shot dead in an alley. The gun was found next to his body. The Mayor’s fingerprints were on the [planted] gun. The Mayor was arrested at his office. Read More

10.03.17- Why Lithium, Why Now?
Richard Mills

Our ‘who cares’ attitude towards pollution and habitat destruction are all increasing what were once tolerable pressures towards, and sometimes already beyond, the breaking point in ecosystems all over the world.

Fortunately, people, governments, and corporations are waking up and trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our attitude towards environmental issues is changing, we are responding to potentially catastrophic climate change and to global (and all the way down to the micro-local and individual levels of), environmental degradation. Read More

10.02.17- Ice And Drones:
The Future Of Wind Energy

 Precise Consultants

Parts of the world with incredible wind energy potential have long been inaccessible to wind farms. But with the completion of the first offshore wind farm built to withstand ice-prone conditions, the industry has clearly evolved.

When it comes to cold-weather climates, wind farm designers face a variety of concerns, notably the impact of low temperatures on the turbines and the collection of ice on the turbines and snow.

When the industry first began, developers knew the consequences of ice accumulation. That’s why the very first wind farm was located on Grandpa’s Knob in Rutland, Vermont. They selected this particular mountain despite more elevated ones being available precisely because they wanted to avoid the possibility of structural failure. Read More

09.30.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Shock Report: NFL's Oakland Raiders Threw Game After White QB Refused To Kneel For National Anthem
Alex Thomas

A new report from The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show has sent shockwaves throughout the sports world after it was claimed that members of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may have purposefully allowed their star quarterback to get sacked multiple times after he refused to kneel during the National Anthem.

If true, this would essentially mean that an NFL football game was illegally thrown over anger that one of the teams star white players did not believe that kneeling during the nations anthem was the correct way to protest supposed racial injustice in America. Read More

09.29.17- The Driving Forces Behind
Today’s Oil Markets

Osama Rizvi 

The oil market is arguably the most fickle market in the world…

One day it might set new records for bullishness, the next we might see it plummet into bear-territory. A flurry of global news also makes it difficult to interpret the impact of each development on prices and market sentiment.

Needless to say, it’s critically important to delineate the factors that are moving the oil markets and prices at any particular point in time.

This year, hurricanes, geopolitics, the OPEC deal and U.S. interest rates have all been major factors. Inventory levels and global supply and demand are then influenced by these factors. Read More

09.28.17- In World’s Hottest Oil Patch, Jitters Mount That a Bust Is Near
Dan Murtaugh

Ups and downs are so ingrained in this business that crazy success in the Permian Basin is seen as an omen that a crash looms.

Steve Pruett has seen more than his share of booms in three decades in the oil business. None, though, as strange as the one gripping the Permian Basin right now.

The telltale signs are the same as always, with companies like his desperate for skilled workers to man the drilling rigs that pierce the horizon in west Texas. What’s unusual, and unnerving, is that the Permian is still thrumming with activity after prices cratered for the stuff it pumps out. Crude is trading for around $50 a barrel, but this is the hottest oil patch anywhere on Earth, a swing producer influencing the trajectory of global markets and threatening OPEC. Read More

09.27.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: "Bitcoin Jesus" Is Trying To Create A Sovereign "Libertarian Utopia"
Tyler Durden

Roger Ver - a.k.a bitcoin Jesus - and Olivier Janssens are trying to transform a long-sought after libertarian ideal into a reality. As CoinTelegraph reports, the pair has announced that they’re in the process of creating the first independent state governed by libertarian values – and they’ve invited any like-minded individuals to join them.

The pair said Friday that they’re working with a team of lawyers to try and figure out how to legally create their own independent country. Ver is a longtime advocate of bitcoin who surrendered his US citizenship and became a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis a few years back. Read More

09.26.17- Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News
Dane Wigington

How is our societal programming affecting our sense of reason? Why don’t the facts matter in so many cases and with so many people? Countries all over the globe are maneuvering and preparing for the coming overturning of the reality we have known. An increasing number of countries are finally disconnecting from the US petrodollar, they have had enough of supporting the primary global empire of America.

How many Americans have any idea about the totality of what is unfolding around the world? Where do the millions of tons of toxic Hurricane disaster waste materials go? Read More

09.25.17- Visualizing The Massive Impact Of EVs On Commodities
Tyler Durden

What would happen if you flipped a switch, and suddenly every new car that came off assembly lines was electric?

It’s obviously a thought experiment, since right now EVs have close to just 1% market share worldwide. We’re still years away from EVs even hitting double-digit demand on a global basis, and the entire supply chain is built around the internal combustion engine, anyways. Read More

09.23.17- In the Murk- The Live Nightmare Formerly Known As Puerto Rico
James Howard Kunstler

Welcome to America’s first experiment in the World Made By Hand lifestyle. Where else is it going? Watch closely.

Ricardo Ramos, the director of the beleaguered, government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told CNN Thursday that the island’s power infrastructure had been basically “destroyed” and will take months to come back

“Basically destroyed.” That’s about as basic as it gets civilization-wise. Read More

09.22.17- Hurricane Damage To Trigger Fuel Glut
Irina Slav 

Damage from hurricanes in the Caribbean, which sends a substantial amount of fuel oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast, could lead to a glut of the fuel, S&P Platts reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which made landfall in the Caribbean over the last two weeks, damaged several fuel storage terminals in the region, which are used to store fuel oil coming from the U.S. Atlantic coast, Europe, and Latin America. The fuel is then sent on to the Gulf Coast, Panama, and Asia. Read More

09.21.17- ALERT: The Market’s Weakest Sector is About to Break Out
Greg Guenthner

The market is beginning to reveal a surprising new leader…

The energy sector!

The days of $100 oil are long gone. But energy stocks are beginning to quietly come back from the dead. In fact, the sector just posted its strongest trading week of the year. While most investors remain fixated on the tech sector and the cryptocurrency boom, energy is looking like strong bet heading into the final trading months of the year.

As oil tops $50 a barrel for the first time since May, many forgotten energy names are starting to shine again. The market is telling us it’s time to rotate into the sector as lazy summer trading winds down. Read More

09.20.17- Climate change science implodes as IPCC climate models found to be “totally wrong” … temperatures aren’t rising as predicted … hoax unraveling
Mike Adams

(Natural News) A stunning new science paper authored by climate change alarmists and published in the science journal Nature Geoscience has just broken the back of the climate change hoax. The paper, authored by Myles R. Allen, Richard J. Millar and others, reveals that global warming climate models are flat wrong, having been deceptively biased toward “worst case” warming predictions that now turn out to be paranoid scare mongering.

The paper, entitled, “Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C,” concludes that the global warming long feared and hyped by everyone from. Read More

09.19.17- Hurricane Maria Could Take Out Power in Puerto Rico Indefinitely and It’s Too Late to Prepare
Daisy Luther

It seems like no one can catch a break this hurricane season. Many islands, including the US territory of Puerto Rico, are taking a second hit from Hurricane Maria just over a week after Hurricane Irma tore through the region, and in their already weakened state, the damage could take out the power indefinitely.

Dominica was devastated last night

Hurricane Maria reached Category 5 levels yesterday just before making landfall in Dominica. The small island was absolutely devastated. No respecter of persons, it even ripped the roof off of the home of the Prime Minister. Read More

09.18.17- Investors Flock To The Next Big
LNG Hot Spot

Shadow Governance Intel

On June 1, 2017, Italian oil major Eni officially signed off on its Coral South Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project in Mozambique, almost 6 years after the initial discovery of extensive gas reserves positioned Mozambique as potentially one of the world’s leading natural gas producers.

Not only is the Coral South FLNG project expected to significantly contribute to Mozambique’s economic development, but it’s also proof that there are investors that still have confidence in a country that is struggling through an ongoing financial crisis. Read More

09.16.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Buy the Blood in Crypto

China has Kim Jon Un’ed the Crypto world and fired a first strike. The rumor is the PBOC will issue its own digital token, possibly for trading with other BRICS, as a way to sidestop the USD. Maybe they will back this asset with gold? A Chinese digital currency sounds worse for the dollar than for Bitcoin. Get out your WWJD (what will Janet do) bracelets and start praying to your bearded Bernanke Buddha. The China man is sick of your American Bullshit.

In the meantime, don’t be surprised to see stories about Kim Jong Un’s rockets being powered by Bitcoin. We are approaching McCarthyism level hysteria. Crypto currencies are going to be the devil incarnate for the foreseeable future. Read More

09.15.17- Crude oil just hit $50 for the
first time in 5 weeks

Seth Archer

West Texas Intermediate, a measure of US oil prices, hit $50 a barrel for the first time in 5 weeks on Thursday.

WTI Oil is currently trading at $50.30, up 2.01% from the close on Wednesday.

OPEC recently increased its projected demand for Europe and China while IEA increased projections for oil consumption globally, according to Jon Rigby, an analyst at UBS. Read More

09.14.17- Oil Rich Venezuela
Stops Accepting Dollars


The oil-rich country of Venezuela has stopped accepting the U.S. Dollar as payment for oil.

Last week President Maduro warned that the country would this week ‘free’ itself from the US dollar.

“Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,”

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration. Read More

09.13.17- Will Hydrogen Break The Battery Market?
Irina Slav

The most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, has been attracting less attention than it deserves on the clean energy stage, with batteries of all sorts stealing the spotlight. This may be about to change as big energy companies start investing heavily in hydrogen-based energy storage solutions, at least according to industry experts that Bloomberg’s Anna Hirtenstein spoke to.

Hydrogen can be used for the storage of energy through hydrolysis, a process that breaks down water into its constituent elements. The hydrogen resulting from this process is then stored in caverns or tanks until the time comes when it needs to be converted back into electricity in gas-powered plants, for instance, or in fuel cells for vehicles. Read More

09.12.27- How China Just “Reset” the Global Monetary System With Gold
Birch Gold Group

China is taking the next big step towards dethroning the dollar’s place as the number one reserve currency around the world. But the strategy behind this big move could send gold soaring.

International oil trade is the crux of the issue. For decades, the world’s largest oil importers have paid for oil using the petrodollar, which supports the dollar’s value and fuels U.S. government deficit spending (primarily because the petrodollar is backed by Treasuries). Read More

09.11.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Where Are the Damned Handcuffs?
Karl Denninger

It's time to start locking people up and destroying businesses with federal criminal indictments.

The Internet has made many things very easy -- and fast.  But it has also made many things quite-insecure, especially when corners are cut.

I can design and implement extremely secure internet-connected data facilities and services.  I not only have done so they're in active use right now.  Some are more-important than others, but all are important to me.   Among other things my home is connected via same, never mind the work product I've developed for the last, oh, 30ish years when working on various pieces of computer-technology. Read More

09.09.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Where Are We Going?
Jesse's Café Américain

It is not so much where are you going Lord, but rather, where are we as a people choosing to go. At the moment it appears to be on a darker path, led by fury and passions as old as Babylon and evil as sin. It is an old story. Nevertheless, let us not despair.

Gold has broken out and is holding its level above the high set in the aftermath of the Trump election upset. Silver is holding its level on the 18 handle.

Now gold seems to be consolidating, most likely for the attempt to push higher to take on the intermediate highs and resistance around 1370-1380. More pullbacks to test the breakout are not unexpected. Read More

09.08.17- Oil for Yuan Show The US is Out of Gold

There has been much chatter about US gold reserves and German gold reserves. If this Western dog-and-pony show is a strategic geo-political bluff to China, then China may be calling the bluff with their new oil for gold-backed yuan…

China recently announced they will trade oil for yuan “backed” by gold. The story has gotten some press (none of it mainstream mind you), and many have questions as to what it really means. While quite complicated as a whole, when you break this down into pieces I believe it is a quite simple and logical end to Bretton Woods. Read More

09.07.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: A Word To The Wise
Geoffrey B. Higginbotham Major General, USMC (Ret.)

“If you are paid $25.00 an hour to show up to a rally to “counter” the other party using physical force and violence, you are not a “counter protestor.” You are a mercenary.

There is no need for further debate on this. You were paid to attack someone you don’t know for reasons that you couldn’t care enough about to go there for free. You did your “job” and collected your check and your reimbursement of expenses. You’re a mercenary.

Not a Patriot. Not a Social Justice Warrior. Not a Defender of Freedom or Liberty. Not an upholder of Truth or Justice. None of those things you claim to be. You are a mercenary. Read More

09.06.17- Gasoline Shortages Loom On East Coast As Colonial Pipeline Shuts Down
Irina Slav

The destruction Hurricane Harvey leaves in its wake has prompted the shutdown of a major fuel artery to the East Coast, the Colonial pipeline. The pipeline, which has a daily capacity of over 100 million gallons of fuels, has two lines, one for gasoline and one for diesel and jet fuel. The diesel and jet fuel line shut down yesterday and the gasoline line, already operating at a reduced capacity due to lower refinery output in Texas, will be shut down today.

Gas prices, already on a skyrocket route thanks to Harvey, will rise further, especially on the East Coast, where another suspension of the Colonial pipeline caused a price spike last September on worry that a leak could leave 50 million people short of gasoline. The pipeline also shut down after a fire last year. Read More

09.05.17- Gasoline Prices Tumble As Refiners Resume Operations
Tyler Durden

RBOB Gasoline futures tumbled to their lowest level in almost a week overnnight as several US Gulf Coast refineries reported their plans to restart operations after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey forced them to shutdown.

While about one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity is halted, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, some plants including those operated by Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. are preparing to restart.

The Oct '17 contract was down as much as 4% earlier before a modest bounce. Read More

09.04.17- Oil Tanker Logjam Grows To 54 Ships As Gulf Ports Remain Closed
Tyler Durden

On Tuesday, just as Hurricane Harvey was peaking, we reported that according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg, as well as MarineTraffic real-time tracking, at least 25 tankers carrying almost 17 million barrels of imported crude oil were drifting near Texas and Louisiana ports, unable to offload because of closures from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Since then the situation has deteriorated by more than double, and as of Friday evening, Bloomberg reports that 54 tankers with capacity more than 33 million barrels either to deliver imported crude from Latin America, Europe, Caribbean, Africa and Middle East or receive U.S. supplies are drifting off U.S. Gulf Coast as several key ports remain closed while others are open with restrictions. Read More

09.02.17- Looming Gas Shortage: “Imports Can’t Make Up For This”
Nick Cunningham

The East Coast will start feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey as the gasoline supplied from the Gulf Coast starts to dry up. One of the most important pipelines that ships refined products to the Eastern Seaboard shut down on Thursday, which means that the U.S. Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast could see supply disruptions and price increases.

The Colonial Pipeline carries gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from several refineries in Houston, Port Arthur and Lake Charles, along the Texas and Louisiana Coast, up through the U.S. Southeast to Washington DC, Baltimore, and New Jersey. Read More

09.01.17- "Rapidly Intensifying" Hurricane Irma Barreling Straight Toward The East Coast
Tyler Durden

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has just updated its forecast for what it is now referring to as a "rapidly intensifying" Category 2 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic ocean and the results look disastrous for a large swath of the Caribbean and Southeastern United States.  Here is a brief summary of Hurricane Irma from the National Hurricane Center released at 11AM EST:

Satellite images indicate that Irma is rapidly intensifying. Very deep convection has formed in the central dense overcast, which is now displaying a small and clearing eye.  Dvorak estimates were up to 77 kt at 1200 UTC, and since the cloud pattern continues to quickly become more organized, the initial wind speed is set to 85 kt. Read More

08.31.17- How Trading Renewable Energy Will Grow the Industry
Chelsea Ellsworth

As the world becomes more environmentally aware, all eyes are on finding sustainable, long-term solutions to replace the use of non-renewable materials such as fossil fuels. Great steps are being taken to reduce greenhouse gases, notably carbon emissions, with recruiters like NES constantly looking to place talented individuals into key positions within the energy industry – but what could Europe’s renewable energy revolution have in store for the industry? Read More

08.30.17- Texas Shale Hit Hard By Hurricane Harvey
Nick Cunningha

Crude oil prices are taking a serious hit from Hurricane Harvey, slammed on multiple fronts at a time when benchmark prices were already showing some signs of strain.

As has already been widely noted, Hurricane Harvey has knocked out major refineries along the Gulf Coast. Goldman Sachs said in a research note that an estimated 3 million barrels per day of refining capacity was offline, as of Monday. On Tuesday, ExxonMobil began winding down some operations at its Beaumont, TX refinery as the storm headed east towards eastern Texas and Louisiana. The outage at the 362,000 bpd facility would add to the region’s woes. Also, the U.S.’ largest refinery, Motiva’s Port Arthur facility, which produces over 600,000 bpd, has already curtailed its operations and was considering deeper reductions at the time of this writing. Read More

08.29.17- And Now, for Someting Entirely Different: Wanted: Interplanetary Legal Experts to Hassle Asteroid Miners
The Daily Bell Staff

Space police. When is it too soon to make a new federal policing agency to make sure no one is illegally mining asteroids?

We can call it the EPA, Extraterrestrial Protection Agency. They can ignore newly structured interplanetary property rights, and insist that space-dust runoff from the asteroid mining operations are causing mass extinctions on Mars.

You might think space would be vast enough so that property rights in the final frontier were not a huge issue. But to say politicians want to control everything on Earth is an understatement. They also want to control everything in space. Read More

08.28.17- Researchers Announce Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
Irina Slav

For years nuclear fusion was the stuff of sci-fi books and movies, but technology has brought it, like so many other things, closer to reality. So close, in fact, that there are plans to build the first nuclear fusion reactor by 2025—a reactor that could yield a lot more energy than is fed into it and provide vast amounts of clean, sustainable energy.

Nuclear fusion, unlike fission, involves smashing particles together to generate energy. Basically, as Bloomberg Energy author Jing Cao explained in a detailed June overview, it’s like recreating the Sun on Earth. Read More

08.26.17- Blockchain Tech Could
Disrupt The Oil Industry

Michael Kern

As the price of oil remains in the high-$40, low-$50 range, every cog in the oil industry is scrambling to reduce costs and streamline sales.

The oil industry has long been a leader in the adoption of different technologies, but despite the advancements made in recent years, even pushing breakeven costs to record lows, the industry is widely ignoring one of the most important developments of the century. Blockchain technology. Read More

08.25.17- Oil rises as dollar falls, U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hurricane
Devika Krishna Kumar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Friday as the dollar fell and as U.S. petroleum industry braced for Hurricane Harvey, which could become the biggest storm to hit the U.S. mainland in more than a decade.

The dollar .DXY, in which oil is priced, fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made no reference to U.S. monetary policy in her speech at the annual central bank research conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Read More

08.24.17- Is New York About To Face
An Energy Crisis?

Irina Slav

Amid the fracking boom that brought natural gas prices to historic lows and led to the transition of a lot of power generation capacity from coal to gas, New York and New England may face power shortages tantamount to an “energy crisis” due to state policies in recent years that have effectively banned fracking and blocked pipelines that would bring in gas, writes the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

Ever since the previous governor, David Paterson, introduced a moratorium on fracking in New York back in 2010, the state has become a poster city for the drive towards renewable energy, with Peterson’s successor, Andrew Cuomo, banning fracking indefinitely in 2014 and last year blocking the construction of the Constitution pipeline that would have transported natural gas from Pennsylvania to upstate New York and New England. Read More

08.23.17- Alaska’s Conflicted Oil Future
Haley Zaremba

Alaska, the final frontier, may be the next oil industry goldmine thanks to aggressive drilling, changing environmental policies, and a bullish administration. Not all Alaskans, however, are on board with the transition, and the issue is now more divisive than ever.

Take for example, the polemic Hilcorp, the fast-growing and assertive Houston-based company that while keeping a low public profile, has made a name for itself within the energy industry as a money-making powerhouse. Though the company is less than 30 years old, Hilcorp founder Jeffery Hildebrand has swiftly become a billionaire. His employees are some of the best-paid in the business, famously receiving six-figure bonuses for meeting output goals. Read More

08.22.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: JUST STEAL. Seriously.
Karl Denninger

During the crash Fannie and Freddie were "nationalized" and bailed out.  The public was told that the firms were on the verge of failure, and that said failure was inevitable.

Shareholders, in due course, sued -- they didn't believe it.

And now, it appears, the government lied.

It didn't lie a little, it lied a lot.  It turns out that it appears the government knew that the firms were on the edge of massive profitability and that they were in fact not insolvent. Read More

08.21.17- Eclipse Will Be "First Major Test" Of Solar Power's Role In Energy Grid
Tyler Durden

The first total solar eclipse in 99 years will be an unprecedented test of an American power grid that has become rapidly reliant on solar energy, according to Bloomberg. Power grids, utilities and generators are bracing for more than 12,000 megawatts of solar power to go offline starting around 9 a.m. in Oregon as the moon blocks out the sun across a 70-mile-wide (113-kilometer) corridor.

The eclipse has arrived at a time when the American power grid is becoming increasingly reliant on solar, wind and hydroelectric power. Read More

08.19.17- NASA’S Risky Plan To Save US From Yellowstone
Mac Slavo

Government officials have been closely monitoring the activity in the Yellowstone caldera.  However, scientists at NASA have now come up with an incredibly risky plan to save the United States from the super volcano.

A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of super volcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption. Lying beneath the tranquil and beautiful settings of Yellowstone National Park in the US lies an enormous magma chamber, called a caldera. It’s responsible for the geysers and hot springs that define the area, but for scientists at NASA, it’s also one of the greatest natural threats to human civilization as we know it. Read More

08.18.17- Climate Change Opens Up Shorter Arctic Passage For LNG
Irina Slav

The Cristophe de Margerie, an LNG carrier commissioned by French Total, has become the first tanker to pass the Arctic unaided and is now en route to its destination in Asia, the South Korean port of Boryeong, Total said as quoted by AFP.

The route via the Bering Strait in the Arctic is 15 days—or 50 percent—shorter than the traditional route for tankers through the Suez Canal, but until recently it was impossible to make the journey without aid from other vessels.

Now, climate change has melted some of the ice, making the shorter journey possible without the need for icebreaker escort. Read More

08.17.17- Market Will Fall By 50-75% As Petrodollar & Energy Sector Break Down
Steve St Angelo

Investors will get wiped out as the stock and real estate markets fall by 50-75%.  Unfortunately, most investors, even the precious metals investors, do not understand the dire predicament that the U.S. and world faces as the energy sector continues to disintegrate.

I discussed this in detail with Dave at the X22 Report.  We started the interview by chatting about the highly inflated U.S. Retirement Market and how more funds are being paid out to retirees than is coming in.  This is the beginning of the last stages of the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in history. Read More

08.16.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Most Profitable Investment in the History of the World
Bill Bonner

Today, let’s talk about cryptocurrencies – private digital currencies that use encryption to operate without the need for banks and central banks.

Herewith begin two days of thinking about why we should spend two days thinking about them.

We began our research yesterday:

“How much have you lost so far?” we teased one of our sons.

He is a big fan of cryptocurrencies and has invested not only his own money, but also some of the family money. Read More

08.15.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Happy Armadillo Day

Today, August 15th, is Armadillo Day. Armadillo Day is not yet a widely known holiday (the Banks are still open), and is only celebrated in Texas.

Armadillo Day is the day of the year that our State Mascot, an Armadillo named Waxahatchie Juan, comes out of his hole and attempts to cross the highway. If he makes it across, without getting hit by a semi truck, we will have six more weeks of August. Read More

08.14.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: US Forign Policy and the Long Game
Larry LaBorde

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Miss Puddy accompanied me to our downtown club for dinner and a talk by Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. Mr. Cook gives an insiders view of Washington DC. His current view of the situation is that none of Trump’s agenda is going to get through congress. The fact that he has never held a public office helps him with his base but does not help him with getting his agenda through the congress. Only 9% of his appointments have been approved but only 13% of the possible appointments have been submitted. Trump’s approval rating is around 45% which is quite low for the honeymoon period when he should be getting his agenda pushed through. Read More

08.12.17- Natural Gas Prices Poised To Rise As Exports Boom
Gregory Brew

New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has brought some good news for advocates of U.S. natural gas production. In three of the first five months of 2017, the United States exported more natural gas than it imported, reversing a trend of net-imports that’s endured for nearly sixty years.

Rising exports, fueled by a the shale boom which has seen a marked increase in U.S. natural gas production, have been facilitated by new infrastructure and rising demand outside the U.S., most notably in Mexico and eastern Canada. Read More

08.11.17- US solar energy grid braces for solar eclipse event
Andrew Craft

While the continental U.S. is eagerly awaiting the solar eclipse, solar energy plants are preparing for that brief moment when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.

On average, the solar eclipse in its totality will last around two minutes and 40 seconds, leaving eclipse-gazers in awe from Oregon to South Carolina as they witness the Sun’s corona behind the Moon. No matter the percent of visibility, the solar grid will be impacted, most heavily in western states, where a vast majority of solar plants operate. Read More

08.10.17- Are Oil Bulls About To Be Burned Again?
Nick Cunningham

Oil investors have grown more optimistic as of late, as oil prices have moved back to $50 per barrel. The market appears to be on sounder footing, suggesting that things will gradually tighten for the rest of the year. But it is unclear how far oil prices can really move above today’s position.

Hedge funds and other money managers have begun buying up long positions on oil futures, a sign of growing bullishness. Reuters analyst John Kemp argues that the positioning of hedge funds has entered the third bullish phase of 2017, after two previous cycles ran their course earlier this year. In fact, the most recent data saw the largest weekly increase in net-long positions so far this year, and interestingly, Kemp points out that the net-long build is due to new long positions, rather than simply just a reduction of shorts. In other words, investors are betting that crude oil prices will rise. Read More

08.08.17- Can We Expect Oil Demand To Slow
Anytime Soon?

Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri

The true foresight on which competitive advantages are built does not result from extrapolations of past experience. It results from early identification of the trends that will be driving a market, which often means understanding what consumers will like before they know it themselves, coupled with understanding how these trends will be affecting the market, before they actually have. Forecasting oil demand on this basis leads to interesting – and for some shocking – insights. Read More

08.08.17- Can We Expect Oil Demand To Slow
Anytime Soon?

Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri

The true foresight on which competitive advantages are built does not result from extrapolations of past experience. It results from early identification of the trends that will be driving a market, which often means understanding what consumers will like before they know it themselves, coupled with understanding how these trends will be affecting the market, before they actually have. Forecasting oil demand on this basis leads to interesting – and for some shocking – insights. Read More

08.07.17- As Oil Prices Rise, Are Oil Bulls Too Optimistic?
Irina Slav

Optimism, at first tentative and in the last week more pronounced, has been taking over oil markets. Short positions on WTI were at a three-month low as of Monday, according to Bloomberg, while long positions continued to rise.
The last couple of weeks have seen some strong indications that the oil market is returning to balance. The latest OPEC meeting with Russia in St. Petersburg on July 24 had Saudi Arabia pledge to further cut its crude exports from this month, and Russia’s Energy Minister said that global inventories have shrunk by 350 million barrels since last December. At the same meeting, Nigeria said it was willing to stop increasing its production once it reaches 1.8 million barrels of crude oil production daily. Read More

08.05.17- Peak Prosperity News Update
Chris Martenson

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08.04.17- Is Another Oil Head-Fake Coming?
Charles Hugh Smith

The dramatic declines in the costs of oil production will be boosting supply at the very moment that demand is falling.

Over the past decade I've addressed what I call Head-Fakes in the cost of oil/fossil fuel: even though we know the cost of extracting and processing oil will rise over time as the easy-to-get oil is depleted, oil occasionally plummets to such low prices that we're fooled into thinking it will remain cheap for a long time to come.

This drop in price is a head-fake, because over time the depletion of the cheap-to-extract oil will push global prices higher. Read More

08.03.17- The Race For Floating Wind Farms Has Begun
Precise Consultants

For the last six years Statoil has been testing game-changing offshore wind technology. The result: a floating wind turbine has been pulled from Norway to Scotland where the world’s first floating wind farm will be installed.

The £190m Hywind project will ultimately see five 6 MW floating turbines in depths of up to 120m in an area close to 4km close to Peterhead. Each tower is taller than Big Ben, at 175m and the blades themselves are almost the wingspan of an Airbus at 75m long. At the bottom of each turbine is a 78m deep tube which is filled with iron ore. Average wind speeds here reach 10m per second and it’s expected it’ll provide enough power for around 20,000 homes. Read More

08.02.17- Electric Car Fever
Eric Peters

Maybe you remember Disco Fever.

Mid-70s, United States. For no apparent reason, suddenly everyone seemed to be singing in a high-pitched falsetto voice and wearing skin-tight lycra with open collared shirts displaying chest hair and gold medallions.

It was fun for awhile but got old fast.

Electric Car Fever is now upon us. Laws are being passed – the Brits being the latest – mandating the production of electric cars by outlawing the production of cars powered by internal combustion. Read More

08.01.17- 4 Financial Components to Improved Russian Relations
James Rickards

With the U.S. preparing to confront China and go to war with North Korea, Russia is an indispensable ally for the U.S.

There are huge implications on capital markets as these hegemonic powers continue to edge toward war.

Here’s an overview of some of the financial implications of improved relations with Russia…Read More

07.31.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Bitcoin-Biggest Thing Since the Internet
Jeff Berwick

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07.29.17- If hydrocarbons are renewable- then is "Peak Oil" a fraud?
Joel Bainerman

Are hydrocarbons "renewable"- and if so- what does such a conclusion mean for the future of the world's oil and natural gas supplies?

The question is critical due to the enormous amount of coverage the issue of "Peak Oil" is receiving from the mainstream press. If the supply of hydrocarbons is renewable- then the contrary to the conventional wisdom being touted throughout the mainstream press today- the world is NOT running out of oil. Read More

07.28.17- Is A Bull Market For Natural Gas Around The Corner?
Tsvetana Paraskova

While the number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the U.S. oil patch is growing as producers wait for higher oil prices, the shale gas plays have seen the number of DUCs decline as drillers take advantage of higher natural gas prices this year compared to last year’s lows.

Expectations of additional takeaway capacity coming online—as well as the rebound in natural gas prices—are making drillers more confident that they will be able to sell their production at higher prices. The companies are still cautious after the downturn, but the economics of drilling an oil well and a gas well have diverged since the 2015-2016 price rout. Gas prices have almost doubled since March 2016, and drillers are hoping that a bull market is coming, analysts reckon. Read More

07.27.17- The Event Horizon Is Coming Up Fast
Richard Sauder

This blog concerns itself with the rapidly approaching Event Horizon towards which this planet and all of humanity are more and more quickly tumbling. Either you see that something big is coming, or you do not. Most likely, if you are reading my blog, you are aware to some degree that we are in a giant, global, decision tree, and that a decisive fork in the road is coming up, or that we have already blithely zoomed past the fork in the road, and the die has already been irretrievably cast!

To wit: we will shortly experience either the very worst of times or the very best of times, but not both at the same time. Our future really is binary. Read More

07.26.17- Strip Mining the World
Robert Gore

The richest vein in the history of predatory mining is just about played out.

A gigantic mine engages inevery conceivable destructive practice—strip mining, heap leaching, tailings dams and ponds and so on. It pays such low wages its workers only make ends meet by borrowing from the company at usurious rates. The mine has befouled the air and poisoned the water. Many workers are chronically sick and their children are afflicted with birth defects. The mine’s absentee owners know that the mine is played out and the tailings dam is structurally unsound. They close the mine, count their profits, and move on. A month later the dam gives way. A deluge of noxious sludge inundates the town below the dam, sparing no one and rendering the area uninhabitable. Read More

07.25.17- Why Oil Prices Aren’t Going Anywhere
Nick Cunningham

The most recent report on the U.S. oil market offers a mix of data, providing ammunition for both oil bulls and bears alike. One can find whatever they want in the data. Looking for signs that the oil market is moving towards balance? There’s a strong inventory decline for you. Worried that the market is still woefully oversupplied? Yep, there is also data to back up that conclusion – another week of strong production increases.

Casual market watchers can be forgiven for being confused by the varying perspectives on the same data release. For example, two headlines from the same news outlet, The Wall Street Journal, highlight how interpretations of the health of the oil market can vary depending on the focus. Following the release of the EIA data, the WSJ reported: “Oil Rises on Bigger-Than-Expected Inventory Decline.” But early the next morning, another WSJ article reads: “Oil Struggles After Rise in U.S. Output.” Read More

07.24.17- Former Mainstream Media Journalist Blows Whistle on 9/11 & Fukushima
The Mind Unleashed

Few have put their lives on the line as journalist Benjamin Fulford has done. Going from the peak of his journalistic career, a massive salary and access to almost any door he wanted open, the former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine stepped away in disagreement of massive censoring and has since started reporting on geopolitical events that certain “elites” wish he would not. Blowing the whistle on a wide variety of topics, including 9/11 and Fukushima, Fulford has drawn the attention of many around the world and has even survived 5 assassination attempts. Read More

07.22.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Most Unusual (And Significant?) Solar Eclipse In U.S. History Will Happen Next Month On August 21
Michael Snyder

August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else. And this will be the first total solar eclipse to cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years. So for those that love astronomy, this is bigger than the Super Bowl. Read More

07.21.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: History Repeats: The Continuing Threat to Freedom and Democracy
Jesse's Cafe Americain

Lately it has been popular in some circles to talk about the US being a 'late stage democracy' that has 'never been more ripe for tyranny.'

Sometimes they like to drag in Plato to give their thought pieces a gleam of higher learning and a supposed grounding in history.

But their pieces fall into that trap, that very sort of temporal vanity and self-centered preoccupation to despair that Newman notes so well in saying that "every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it." Read More

07.21.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: History Repeats: The Continuing Threat to Freedom and Democracy
Jesse's Cafe Americain

Lately it has been popular in some circles to talk about the US being a 'late stage democracy' that has 'never been more ripe for tyranny.'

Sometimes they like to drag in Plato to give their thought pieces a gleam of higher learning and a supposed grounding in history.

But their pieces fall into that trap, that very sort of temporal vanity and self-centered preoccupation to despair that Newman notes so well in saying that "every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it." Read More

07.20.17- Russia and China Setting Up to Transact Energy Business in Gold
Paul Ebeling

Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, announced that its Swiss subsidiary had begun trading in Gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Russian officials have signaled that they plan to conduct transactions with China using Gold as a means of marginalizing the power of the USD in bi-lateral trade between the 2 powerful nations.

The formation of a BRICS Gold marketplace could bypass the US Petrodollar in bi-lateral trade in the energy sector. Read More

07.19.17- Fusion: Will Humanity Ever Harness
Star Power?

Tyler Durden

If we were to ever successfully harness the forces that power the stars, mankind could have access to power that is almost literally too cheap to meter. However, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley notes, reaching that goal will be a very expensive, long-term commitment – and it’s also very possible that we may never achieve a commercially viable method of fusion power generation. Fusion involves heating nuclei of atoms – usually isotopes of hydrogen – to temperatures in the millions of degrees. At extreme temperatures, atoms are stripped of their electrons and nuclei move so quickly that they overcome their “mutual repulsion”, joining together to form a heavier nucleus. Read More

07.18.17- Tesla Just Changed
The Energy Storage Game

Dr. Kent Moors

Back when Tesla Inc. (TSLA) unveiled a test of its new “Powerpacks” – batteries to power homes and businesses – it was clear that the company’s future wasn’t in building cars…

But in providing for a broad spectrum of power sources.

Now, most people still regard lithium-ion batteries as something just to do with cellphones or electric cars.

But now, a major announcement by Tesla indicates the shift to serving large-scale power needs is happening sooner than expected. Read More

07.17.17- Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: “Not A Valid Representation Of Reality… Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data”
Mac Slavo

As world leaders, namely in the European Union, attack President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement which would have saddled Americans with billions upon billions of dollars in debt and economic losses, a new bombshell report that analyzed Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data produced by NASA, the NOAA and HADLEY proves the President was right on target with his refusal to be a part of the new initiative. Read More

07.15.17- Goldman: Oil Prices To Fall Below $40 If Shale Doesn’t Slow
Nick Cunningham

Oil prices could soon fall below $40 per barrel if there isn’t a sustained drawdown in U.S. crude inventories and rig counts or without bold action from OPEC.

That prediction comes from Goldman Sachs, which says that the oil market is searching for a new equilibrium. The investment bank says that it is still too early to tell whether or not the most recent inventory reductions in the U.S. are an anomaly or the start of something more durable. Moreover, the higher-than-expected inventory declines in June occurred at the same time that Libya and Nigeria were adding new sources of supply. That is why the enormous drawdown, particularly last week, prevented the oil bulls from coming out in full force. Read More

07.14.17- BREAKTHROUGH: ZEOLITE crystals found to greatly improve efficiency
of converting water into high-energy fuels

Jeff Berwick

Converting organic waste into fuel could solve a lot of the problems that are facing our planet at the moment, from freeing up significant landfill space to finding new ways to heat homes and power vehicles. Despite the great potential, several stumbling blocks have prevented such an approach from being used on a widespread basis. One of the biggest challenges has been the fact that the existing chemical processes need far more energy than the amount typically provided by local sources of renewable energy. The ability to decentralize this process would therefore be revolutionary – and now scientists are one step closer to finding a viable way of doing this. Read More

07.13.17- Anti Gravity & Zero Point Energy
John Searl

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07.12.17- The Case for Residential Energy Storage
Anna Gretz

Utility-scale energy storage makes a lot of economic sense. Solar and energy storage growth rates have been released recently, and no one is surprised to see that utility-scale solar has skyrocketed. Utility companies care about taking advantage of economically smart energy options, especially those that will boost their consistent and reliable service delivery. No one is really arguing: utility-scale solar and energy storage make sense. The market is growing, and it’s going to continue to grow.

There’s less agreement, however, when residential energy storage enters into the conversation. When evaluated from the same economic standpoint, residential energy storage seems to slide out of focus while utility-scale projects take center stage. Read More

07.11.17- The Major Wildcard That Could
Send Oil To $120

Nick Cunningham

The latest rally in oil prices ran up against a wall yet again, and the same fears about oversupply have not receded in the slightest. The expectation from most oil analysts is that there is very little room on the upside for oil prices and that we will have to wait until 2018 at the earliest before the market gets closer to “balance.”

But the one major wildcard for oil prices is geopolitics, which, however unlikely given the degree of supply overhang that still exists, could send prices up. But how high? The latest blockade of Qatar, which has mushroomed into a regional political crisis in the Middle East, would have caused a severe spike in oil prices in the past, even though Qatar is a relatively minor producer. However, the simmering standoff not only failed to register, but occurred at a time of falling oil prices. Read More

07.10.17- WTI Tumbles Back To $43 Handle Despite Desperate OPEC Jawboning
Tyler Durden

Despite headlines from Kuwait's oil minister that Nigeria and Libya had been asked to joing OPEC/NOPEC discussions with the view of agreeing to a production cap, crude prices are tumbling once again this morning, not helped by dramatic price targetr cuts by BNP and Macquarie.

As Bloomberg reports, oil fell from the lowest closing price in two weeks as talk of Libya and Nigeria being requested to cap their production failed to dispel doubts about the effectiveness of OPEC’s cut. Read More

07.08.17- Oil Prices Tank As OPEC Exports Surge
Matt Smith

Six months after the implementation of the OPEC production cut deal to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day, and we should be well on our way towards rebalancing - yet prices have recently reached a new low for the year.

OPEC actually exported more crude in June than it did in October (the production cut deal reference level), while total global crude exports are over 10 percent higher than year-ago levels. While hope springs eternal, reality bites.

OPEC exports in June outpaced year-ago levels by over 2 million barrels per day, with every country exporting more crude, with the exception of Algeria and Qatar. This stat alone goes some way to explaining why we are mired in mid-forty dollardom. Read More

07.07.17- Volvo Abandoning the Internal Combustion Engine By 2019
The Daily Sheeple

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07.06.17- Enter The NatGas Cartel
Jim Willie

The King Dollar is mortally wounded. Many notice but the masses seem largely unaware. Since 1971, the Gold Standard has been removed from its anchor position. But since 1973, the Petro-Dollar has taken its place. It has called for crude oil sales led by the Saudis and OPEC to be transacted in USDollar terms, for oil surpluses to be stored in USTreasury Bonds, and for some kickbacks from the Saudis to the USMilitary complex for weapons purchases. Of course, the US is ready willing and able to create strife and to foment wars whereby the Arab oil monarchs will need more weapons. Since 2014, many events have pointed to the crippled condition of the important link between the USDollar and crude oil. Read More

07.05.17- The Looming Energy Shock
Chris Martenson

The next oil crisis will arrive in 3 years or less

There will be an extremely painful oil supply shortfall sometime between 2018 and 2020. It will be highly disruptive to our over-leveraged global financial system, given how saddled it is with record debts and unfunded IOUs.

Due to a massive reduction in capital spending in the global oil business over 2014-2016 and continuing into 2017, the world will soon find less oil coming out of the ground beginning somewhere between 2018-2020.

Because oil is the lifeblood of today's economy, if there’s less oil to go around, price shocks are inevitable. It's very likely we'll see prices climb back over $100 per barrel. Possibly well over. Read More

07.04.17- Tricked on the Fourth of July
Gary North

I do not celebrate the fourth of July. This goes back to a term paper I wrote in graduate school. It was on colonial taxation in the British North American colonies in 1775. Not counting local taxation, I discovered that the total burden of British imperial taxation was about 1% of national income. It may have been as high as 2.5% in the southern colonies.

In 2008, Alvin Rabushka’s book of almost 1,000 pages appeared: Taxation in Colonial America (Princeton University Press). In a review published in the Business History Review, the reviewer summarizes the book’s findings. Read More

07.03.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Once Only Blacks Were Enslaved,
Now We All Are

Paul Craig Roberts

The 4th of July is upon us. We will hear all sorts of patriotic BS about how wonderful we are and how thankful we are to our brave military who defends our liberty.

Not a word will be said about the destruction by the Bush and Obama regimes of the US Constitution, which once protected our liberty far better than any military action.

Not a word will be said about Washington’s 16 years of purely gratuitous war in the Middle East and North Africa that has destroyed in whole or part seven countries, sending millons of war refugees to overrun the Western World and change the quality of life for Western peoples.Read More

07.01.17- Daimler vs Tesla: The Electric Truck War
Jon LeSage

As Tesla prepares to jump into the electric truck market, Daimler is poised and ready to take on the competition.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been investing heavily in the global truck business for years. The German automaker now has five commercial truck brands: Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, Mitsubishi FUSO, Western Star, and BharatBenz.

Freightliner has 40 percent market share in the U.S. heavy duty vehicle market. Read More

06.30.17- The Coming Battery Bonanza
Streetwise Reports

James Dines, author of The Dines Letter, discusses the importance of graphite in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries and highlights one graphite company he expects to have an edge.

Lithium Batteries for Autos and Home Storage

Someday, as sneaky years whisper past, batteries will be seen to have been a crucial wave of the investing future. Uses for lithium ion batteries (LIB) are expanding and will be the main technology for mobility and stationary storage for many years to come. LIB's have been improved over the last 25 years, but it might take that long for any new battery design to pass through the development process to ensure they are safe for consumer use. Read More

06.29.17- Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800
Tyler Durden

More than 800 earthquakes have now been recorded at the Yellowstone Caldera, a long-dormant supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park, over the last two weeks - an ominous sign that a potentially catastrophic eruption could be brewing. However, despite earthquakes occurring at a frequency unseen during any period in the past five years, the US Geological Survey says the risk level remains in the “green,” unchanged from its normal levels, according to Newsweek.

The biggest earthquake in this “swarm” - which registered a magnitude of 4.4 – took place on June 15, three days after the rumblings started. That quake was the biggest in the region since a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck close to Norris Geyser Basin in March 2014. This magnitude 4.4 earthquake was so powerful that people felt it in Bozman Montana, about eight miles away. Read More

06.28.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Why Congress Should Not Ban Cat and Dog Meat
Joe Jarvis

Finally, Congress is doing something about a serious issue on everyone’s mind; they have introduced a bill to ban dog and cat meat from being sold and eaten in the United States.

But wait, isn’t this cultural insensitivity towards those from countries who regularly eat dogs and cats?

China is still the most likely country to see dog or cat meat eaten, even hosting a dog meat festival every year. But lately, the festival has been subjected to protests from people who think the practice of slaughtering dogs for meat is inhumane. Read More

06.27.17- Bank Of America: Expect $30 Oil
Tsvetana Paraskova

Oil prices hit on Tuesday their lowest levels since mid-November last year, with WTI entering a bear market, and analysts now see the price of oil sliding further down to below US$40 and even into the US$30s, as rising output from Libya and Nigeria adds to the persistent concerns over global oversupply.

As of 2:21pm EDT, WTI Crude had tumbled 3.11 percent to US$43.05, while Brent Crude had plunged 2.79 percent at US$45.60.

According to analysts, the slide will continue, and oil prices could drop to levels they hadn’t seen in more than a year. Read More

06.26.17- Uncommon Off-grid Survival: How to Get Electricity from Mud
Carmela Tyrrell

It is no secret that anything from EMP blast and natural phenomena to outright sabotage from inside the country can lead to large scale disruptions in the power grid.

You have at leasta few electronic devices that you’ll need to operate until you have made a full adjustment to living without electricity. Regardless of whether you need to access data on the memory chip for your smart phone, health monitoring tools, or even a battery powered radio, you should know how to generate electricity using as many methods as possible. Read More

06.24.16- Weekend Rant: Gartman:
'Oil Heading Egregiously Lower';
Saudi Oil Reserves Will Be 'Worthless'

Dr Fly

Normally, I don't hone in on a particular talking head, unless of course said talking head is especially egregious. Enter Dennis Gartman, the self-proclaimed 'Commodity King.'

In the clip below, Dennis ceded to the possibility that oil might bounce a little here -- perhaps as much as $5 -- a mere charitable donation to the fuckheads surviving off oil barrel sales. But over the long run, Gartman proclaimed 'oil us heading egregiously lower.'

Several years ago, I recall Dennis saying oil was heading down to a nickel -- because MUH fusion energy would replace oil. What in the actual fuck is he talking about? Read More

06.23.17- The Most Ignored Oil Price Influencer
David Blackmon

It is a given that the price for crude oil on the global market for the rest of this year and into 2018 will be influenced by a variety of factors. Global supply, global demand, economic growth or contraction, regional conflicts, export limitation agreements, even the weather; all these factors and more will no doubt have a temporary or ongoing influence on the oil price in coming months, as they always have in the past.

But there is another factor, one that has become an increasingly influential determinant in recent years, that receives little attention from market analysts or the energy media: Internal corporate processes within U.S. shale producers. We do see lots of coverage in the media of the reality that U.S. shale producers have effectively displaced OPEC as the global “swing producer”, but little to no analysis of why that is the case. Read More

06.22.17- FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid
Mac Slavo

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet “high-consequence” scenario has “the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.”

According to unpublished FEMA documents obtained by Government Attic, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) database and non-profit organization, the Department of Homeland Security agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic “super storm” like the one the occurred in 1859. Read More

06.21.17- Kirk Sorensen: The Future Of Energy?
Adam Taggart

Imagine a form of nuclear energy with greater output and virtually no safety issues.

Such is the promise of liquid flouride thorium reactors (LFTRs), and we've had several past interviews with thorium expert Kirk Sorensen to discuss their potential:

  • Much safer - No risk of environmental radiation contamination or plant explosion (e.g., Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island)

  • Much more efficient at producing energy - Over 90% of the input fuel would be tapped for energy, vs. <1% in today's reactors Read More

06.20.17- PetroDollar System In Trouble As Saudi Arabia Continues To Liquidate Foreign Exchange Reserves
Steve St Angelo

The U.S. PetroDollar system is in serious trouble as the Middle East’s largest oil producer continues to suffer as the low oil price devastates its financial bottom line.  Saudi Arabia, the key player in the PetroDollar system, continues to liquidate its foreign exchange reserves as the current price of oil is not covering the cost to produce oil as well as finance its national budget.

The PetroDollar system was started in the early 1970’s, after Nixon dropped the Gold-Dollar peg, by exchanging Saudi Oil for U.S. Dollars.  The agreement was for the Saudi’s only to take U.S. Dollars for their oil and reinvest the surpluses in U.S. Treasuries. Read More

06.19.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Warning Signs Point To Major Earthquake On San Andreas Fault
Mac Slavo

Many experts are now warning that the San Andreas fault in California is now ripe for a major earthquake.  Not only that, but should it occur, another earthquake could strike the Bay Area resulting in damages that may be impossible to financially correct.

Although a major earthquake around 100 miles away from Los Angeles may not seem like a big deal, experts warn against taking a lackadaisical stance. A magnitude 8.2 earthquake is far from ordinary and there’s plenty of geological evidence of past occurrences in Southern California. New evidence foreshadows grave consequences for a hugely populated region that’s already on high alert for the next “Big One.” Read More

06.17.17- The Treasonous Secession Of Climate Confederacy States
Daniel Greenfield

Prosecute Governor Brown for treason

After President Trump rejected the Paris Climate treaty, which had never been ratified by the Senate, the European Union announced that it would work with a climate confederacy of secessionist US states.

Scotland and Norway’s environmental ministers have mentioned a focus on individual American states. And the secessionist governments of California, New York and Washington have announced that they will unilaterally and illegally enter into a foreign treaty rejected by the President of the United States. Read More

06.16.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: HONEY Found to Reduce Arterial Plaque by an Astonishing 30%… Could it Prevent Heart Attacks?
Vicki Batts

Could honey be a natural way to prevent heart disease? That may just be the case. New research has found that a natural sugar found in honey, known as trehalose, can help to reduce the presence of arterial plaque by up to 30 percent. This natural sugar is also found in some other foods, such as mushrooms, lobsters and shrimp. So if you don’t like honey, there may be some other options for you.

The only caveat is that in order to obtain trehalose’s miraculous benefit, you may have to inject the sugar directly into your veins. But, some would say it’s still a better option than Big Pharma’s concoctions. Read More

06.15.17- WARNING: The Global Oil & Gas Industry Is Cannibalizing Itself To Stay Alive
Steve St Angelo

While the Mainstream media continues to put out hype that technology will bring on abundant energy supplies for the foreseeable future, the global oil and gas industry is actually cannibalizing itself just to stay alive.   Increased finance costs, falling capital expenditures and the downgrade of oil reserves are the factors, like flesh-eating bacteria, that are decimating the once great oil and gas industry.

This is all due to the falling EROI – Energy Returned On Investment in oil and gas industry.  Unfortunately, most of the public and energy analysts still don’t understand how the Falling EROI is gutting the entire system.  They don’t see it because the world has become so complex, they are unable to connect-the-dots.  However, if we look past all the over-specialized data and analysis, we can see how bad things are getting in the global oil and gas industry. Read More

06.14.17- OPEC Oil Prodcution Rises Most In 6 Months, Hits Highest Since December
Tyler Durden

Well, so much for OPEC's production cut

In OPEC's latest Monthly Oil Market Report, the oil producing cartel reported that in May - the same month OPEC met to extend its production cuts - crude output climbed the most in six month, since November 2016, rising by 336.1kb/d to 31.139 mmb/d, the highest monthly production of 2017, as members exempt from the original Vienna deal restored lost supply.

From the report: Read More

06.13.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: "Nobody In Power Is Paying Attention To How Close We Are To The Edge"
James Howard Kunstler

As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy.

Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, a.k.a. debt — and then cream off stupendous profits from the asset bubbles, interest rate arbitrages, and other opportunities for swindling that the artificial wealth presents. It was a kind of magic trick that produced monuments of concentrated personal wealth for a few and left the rest of the population drowning in obligations from a stolen future. Read More

06.12.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Right to Vote Should Attach Only to Those That Pay Taxes
Martin Armstrong

There is a rising tied that many people are not paying attention to. That is the rising unrest among the youth. The problem with allowing the youth to vote on economic issues is simply they want to rob others so they have their free world. In Britain, they have been fighting to bring the age to vote down to 16. How can someone make any intelligent decision concerning the fate of the nation before they even have a job and pay taxes?

When it comes to war and if they are to fight such a war, then absolutely, they should have a right to vote. But when it comes to economic policies, you should not be allowed to vote unless you pay taxes. Read More

06.10.17- The Next Big U.S. Shale Play
Irina Slav

Media coverage of the U.S. shale oil and gas industry makes it sound like the Permian is the only place where things are happening. Everybody is buying acreage in the Permian, selling acreage in other shale plays, and production costs are falling the fastest in that same Permian.

True as this may be, this shale play is by no means the only one where production is growing. In fact, oil and gas output across the shale patch has been growing, as the Energy Information Administration’s latest drilling productivity report shows. And that’s not all because there is a new actor on stage: Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Read More

06.09.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Trump Has Been Handed a Bag of Nails, a Hammer and a Coffin With Hillary’s Name On It
Matt, SGTReport:

The Presidential debate prior to the election was a lively affair. Candidate Trump seemed to ‘get’ what most Americans were thinking. At the very top of his agenda was the promise that he’d drain the swamp and hire a ‘special prosecutor’ to look into Hillary Clinton’s crimes because ‘she’d be in jail’.

Much of the alternative media rallied behind him because it seemed someone was finally listening to valid concerns about the growing criminal class in Washington. Somebody was finally willing to challenge the deep state. Read More

06.08.17- Qatar: There’s more to this crisis than meets the eye
Debra Killalea

The world has been told Qatar’s support of terrorism is behind the Middle East’s biggest diplomatic crisis in decades.

But is this the whole truth?

While Qatar has been accused of harbouring and financing terrorism and destabilising the region, Saudi Arabia has other reasons for pulling its neighbour into line.

According to Middle East expert Dr Ben Rich, Saudi Arabia and six other nations cutting ties with Qatar isn’t really to do with terrorism at all. Read More

06.07.17- Worst Hurricane Season In A Decade Threatens Gulf Coast Production
Nick Cunningham

2017 could be an “above-normal” year for large hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a potential problem for Gulf Coast oil drillers and refiners.

NOAA puts the odds of an “above-normal” season for hurricanes at 45 percent, while the chances of a normal and below-normal season are at 35 and 20 percent, respectively. In fact, they said that there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, which are storms that have 39 mile-per-hour winds or higher. About 5 to 9 of those could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher); 2 to 4 of which could become major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher). The average season (which runs from June through November) tends to have just 12 named storms, so the potential for 17 named storms puts the 2017 hurricane season in more treacherous territory. Read More

06.06.17- More Solar Jobs Is a Curse,
Not a Blessing

Paul Driessen

Citing U.S. Department of Energy data, the New York Times recently reported that the solar industry employs far more Americans than wind or coal: 374,000 in solar versus 100,000 in wind and 160,000 in coal mining and coal-fired power generation. Only the natural gas sector employs more people: 398,000 workers in gas production, electricity generation, home heating and petrochemicals.

This is supposed to be a good thing, according to the Times. It shows how important solar power has become in taking people out of unemployment lines and giving them productive jobs. Read More

06.05.17- Revolutionary sodium-based Green Battery Technology

BroadBit is a technology company developing revolutionary new batteries using novel sodium-based chemistries to power the future green economy.

We have already made high performance lab samples and are now commercializing the technology for next generation electric vehicles, portable electronics, starters and grid energy storage. Our batteries enable: Read More

06.03.17- Weekend Rant: Who The Hell Is Lucifer?
Katherine Frisk

Lucifer was the Latin name for the planet Venus. It was also known as the morning and the evening star. Astronomically speaking, at certain times during the year, it is either the last star seen in the morning or the first star seen at night.

As such it had a dual nature. Bringing the dawn and also bringing the darkness. The term, “oh Lucifer you have fallen,”refers to Venus as the evening star.

But Venus is not a star it is a planet.  Venus is not to be confused with the real “morning star,” Sirius, also known as the Goddess Isis ( today falsely attributed to a terrorist group ,)  that is seen at dawn with the rising of the sun in late July early August. Read More

06.02.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Startling New Evidence of Trump Russia Connection
Liz Wheeler

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06.01.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The French Inventor Of This Incredible Hoverboard Is Now Collaborating
With The US Army

Daniel Lang

Last year, French inventor and former jet ski champion Franky Zapata blew everyone’s mind when he unveiled his hoverboard, which he has dubbed the Flyboard Air. His invention was on display once again in Arizona last week, when he surprised onlookers by testing the Flyboard over Lake Havasu.

As for why Zapata was testing his device in Arizona of all places, it turns out that his home country recently banned him from using the Flyboard in France, over safety concerns. Read More

05.31.17- Renewable energy generation in the US dramatically exceeds 2012 predictions
Megan Geuss

It’s a testament to falling prices, incentives but also reflects conservative estimates.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released numbers on US electricity generation for the first quarter of 2017, and renewable energy numbers are coming in big.

According to the EIA, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal power accounted for 10.68 percent of total electricity generation in the first quarter of 2017. If you include electricity from conventional hydroelectric plants, renewables made up nearly a fifth of total electricity generation—as much as 19.35 percent. Read More

05.30.17- The Inconvenient Truth About Electric Vehicles
Gary Novak

An electric auto will convert 5-10% of the energy in natural gas into motion. A normal vehicle will convert 20-30% of the energy in gasoline into motion. That's 3 or 4 times more energy recovered with an internal combustion vehicle than an electric vehicle.

Electricity is a specialty product. It's not appropriate for transportation. It looks cheap at this time, but that's because it was designed for toasters, not transportation. Increase the amount of wiring and infrastructure by a factor of a thousand, and it's not cheap. Read More

05.29.17- Saudi Finance Minister: “I Wouldn't Care If The Oil Price Is Zero"
Haley Zaremba

The Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the nation’s ambitious “Vision 2030” in an interview with Al-Arabiya in April. The roadmap lays out a wide variety of economic reforms that will transition Saudi Arabia away from oil and into a broader array of investments.

While Saudi Arabia’s economy is currently suffering from an 18-month decline in oil prices and soaring unemployment rates, they are planning for a future in which they won’t have to worry about the price of oil at all. Speaking of the plans outlined in Vision 2030, Saudi finance minister Mohammed Al Jadaan told CNNRead More

05.27.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Federal Bureaucrat to the Public...
Be Afraid!

Ryan McMaken

States have always thrived on the fear of the taxpayers, and states have always justified their existence in part on the idea that without the state, we'd all be overrun by barbarians, or murdered by our neighbors. Charles Tilly, a historian of the state, frequently noted that the modern state as we know it, was born out of war, and was created to wage war. War and the state are inseparable. 

Moreover, support for the state is so central to maintaining continued funding and deference to the state's monopoly power, that Randolph Bourne went on to say that "war is the health of the state."  Read More

05.26.17- Why OPEC Couldn't Move Oil Prices Higher
Nick Cunningham

The latest OPEC meeting was uncharacteristically tranquil, with little of the eleventh hour infighting and arm-twisting that has been so prevalent in previous meetings. The cooperative spirit has allowed OPEC to roll over its production cuts for another nine months, as expected, a move that has to be described as a successful outcome. "Nine months with the same level of production that our member countries have been producing at is a very safe and almost certain option to do the trick,” Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters. Read More

05.25.17- Will This Miracle Material End All Energy Storage Problems?
Tsvetana Paraskova

It’s the thinnest material known to man—1 million times thinner than a human hair. It’s the world’s first 2D material, and it’s ultra light and transparent. It’s 200 times stronger than steel, but unlike steel, it’s flexible and superconductive—and it could be a game-changer for energy storage.

This material is called graphene—a nanomaterial hailed as a miracle material since it was isolated in 2004 by researchers at The University of Manchester, Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov, who won The Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 for their experiments with graphene. Read More

05.24.17- New science admits the climate underwent a radical, “extreme weather” change over 14 million years before humans ever lived
Amy Goodrich

Though we’ve long said that human activity can’t be the sole driving factor behind global warming, many others have failed to see past the propaganda that gets shoved in their faces on a near daily basis. Now, however, new research has finally proved us right. After studying Australian shelf sediments, a team of researchers found that the global climate underwent significant changes about 14 million years ago, well before the first human walked the earth. Read More

05.23.17- Zinc Prices To Rocket As China And India Scramble For Supplies
James Burgess

If you’re looking for the tightest supply picture on the commodities scene, look no further than one base metal that is set for the biggest bull run of the decade. It’s essential to everything we build on this planet, yet we don’t have enough and the demand surge will be massive.

It’s not one of the metals that have just exited their super-cycle—like lithium or cobalt—behind the single-minded electric vehicle (EV) boom; this is the rock of ages. This is zinc.

It’s used in everything from oil and gas and power-generation, to military equipment, automotive and shipbuilding—and a million other things that we take for granted every day. Read More

05.22.17- Extreme Weather Warning with Continent Wide Storms
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05.20.17- Trump-Xi Deal Could Fuel A
U.S. LNG Boom

Irina Slav

When President Trump came into office, he openly resented the major trade deficit with Asia’s number-two economy and vowed to remedy the situation. While his words smacked of economic protectionism to many, the latest news about China-U.S. economic relations reveal a different picture.

While back in February the U.S. president talked about trade wars, last week he and Xi Jinping struck a deal that would see China receive more U.S. natural gas, as well as additional beef and poultry. Read More

05.19.17- The Spherical Sun Power Generator
Alternative Energy News

German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station. Scroll down for photos and videos… Read More

05.18.17- The truth about GMOs
Hesh Goldstein

About a year or so ago, Dr. Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson and Dr. John Fagan, of Earth Open Source, wrote an extensive report about the myths and truths of GMOs.

Because of all the lies and propaganda thrust upon us by the biotech industry and their “hookers” on an almost daily basis it seems apparent that we examine the Earth Open Source findings once again.

What we are lead to believe by GM crop industry are:

*They are a part of the natural breeding process and are no different than naturally bred crops. Read More

05.17.17- Scientists Reveal Fukushima Doused Everyone on Earth With Radiation
Joshua Krause

When the crisis at the Fukushima power plant first began six years ago, there were legitimate fears that the radioactive particles spewing from the fuel rods could blanket the Earth. Since then the experts and the mainstream media have downplayed that possibility. Either they don’t think it’s possible, or they don’t think it’ll be significant. But recently, scientists in Norway have revealed that the radiation emitted from Fukushima really did have a global reach.

It’s been over half a decade since Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown due to the effects of a tsunami which struck the island nation, but scientists are only just now confirming its far-reaching effects. After conducting the first worldwide survey to measure the ultimate radiation exposure caused by the reactor meltdown, researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research finally have a figure on exactly how much extra radiation humanity was exposed to. Read More

05.16.17- Here’s Why You’ll Pay Higher Gas Prices Whatever The Market
Irina Slav

The average gasoline tax in the U.S. is 49.5 cents per gallon, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. That’s not too bad as far as averages go, but it has been climbing over the last five years and it will continue rising as states lose hope that the federal government will chip in for infrastructure construction and maintenance, and transportation.

Washington has been wary of raising the federal fuel tax. So wary, in fact, that the last time it adjusted the rate was more than two decades ago. Meanwhile, international oil prices have been jumping up and down, cars have become much more fuel efficient, and inflation has been biting into state income from gas taxes. In addition, there is a whole new challenge in the shape of electric vehicles that in the future will increasingly undermine fuel sales income for states. Read More

05.15.17- Corruption, Terrorism, And Mafia: The Global Black Market For Oil
Tyler Durden

The value of the crude oil production alone is worth a staggering $1.7 trillion each year. Add downstream fuels and other services to that, and oil is a money-making machine. As VisualCapitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, both companies and governments take advantage of this resource wealth. More of the world’s largest companies work in the oil patch than any other industry. At the same, entire government regimes are kept intact thanks to oil revenues.

The only problem when an industry becomes this lucrative? Eventually, everybody wants a piece of the pie – and they’ll do anything to get their share. Read More

05.13.17- Three Reasons Natural Gas Is Heading A Lot Higher
Martin Tillier

Commodity pricing is a complex thing, with a whole host of things affecting the price at which buyers and sellers transact, but almost all of those things fall into one of three categories; the fundamental, the political and the technical. These three things are often in conflict, but when they all point to the same thing a major, sustained move is coming. That is the case right now with U.S. natural gas and the resulting move could easily push prices to levels not seen for years. Read More

05.12.17- Trader: "The Bigger Picture On Oil Is Far More Negative"
Tyler Durden

With oil prices spiking nearly 10% from last Friday's sudden, capitulation "flash crash" which was perhaps driven by Pierre Andurand liquidating his entire long book, there has been a scramble by analysts to "fit" the narrative to the price action and the sudden change in momentum, most notably by Goldman, which continues to pump one after another bullish crude note, we suppose because Goldman's prop trading desk still has some oil left to sell to clients. However, is the recent bounce an indication of a sustainable direction shift, facilitated by a another even more acute round of OPEC jawboning even as shale production continues to grow, or just a dead cat bounce? Read More

05.11.17- And Now, for Somethiing Entirely Different: Militant Leftists Are More An Annoyance Than A Real Threat To Liberty
Brandon Smith

In many articles leading up to the 2016 election I discussed the problem of “escalation.” Namely escalation on the left end of the political spectrum and the people who identify with it (set aside that this spectrum does not exist for the leaders and gatekeepers that exploit it).  In analyzing the consequences of the inevitable Trump win, it was clear that extreme leftists (cultural Marxists) were about to lose considerable social influence and that this would end up driving them to more aggressive measures. This process has happened even faster than I expected. Read More

05.10.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: You Are the Guardians of the Galaxy...
John W. Whitehead

“When the rivers and air are polluted, when families and nations are at war, when homeless wanderers fill the highways, these are the traditional signs of a dark age.”— Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.. Read More

05.09.17- Industrial Commodity Prices to Rise in 2017: World Bank
World Bank Press Release

Oil prices to average $55 per barrel in 2017, rise next year

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2017— The World Bank is forecasting higher prices for industrial commodities, principally energy and metals, in 2017 and next year.  

The World Bank in its April Commodity Markets Outlook is holding steady its crude oil price forecast for this year at $55 per barrel, increasing to an average of $60 per barrel in 2018. Rising oil prices, supported by production cutbacks by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC states, will allow markets to gradually rebalance. These oil price forecasts are subject to downside risks should the rebound in the U.S. shale oil industry be greater than expected. Read More

05.08.17- Oil Just Gave Us a Preview Of What’s Coming For Stocks
Graham Summers

The Bank of Japan is once again pushing deflation into the financial system by aggressively devaluing the Yen against the $USD.

This is the famed Yen carry trade. And it is being done to rig stocks.

You can see the CLEAR inverse relationship between the two in the chart below, with virtually every down-tick in the Yen/$USD pair matching an UP-tick in the S&P 500. Read More

05.06.17- Weekend Rant: Self-Sabotage... What Are US Oil Producers Thinking?
Dan Dicker

It’s absolutely maddening watching the first quarter results float in from the large-cap energy companies. And the one image I continue seeing in my mind that I can’t shake is of lemmings going over a cliff:

This image alone truly sums up the complete idiocy of virtually all of the U.S. oil producers right now; they are showing no creativity or independence, doing what everyone else is doing, despite the fact that this behavior is leading them all to a very, very sad moment, if not their own ultimate demise. Read More

05.06.17- Weekend Rant: Self-Sabotage... What Are US Oil Producers Thinking?
Dan Dicker

It’s absolutely maddening watching the first quarter results float in from the large-cap energy companies. And the one image I continue seeing in my mind that I can’t shake is of lemmings going over a cliff:

This image alone truly sums up the complete idiocy of virtually all of the U.S. oil producers right now; they are showing no creativity or independence, doing what everyone else is doing, despite the fact that this behavior is leading them all to a very, very sad moment, if not their own ultimate demise. Read More

05.05.17- The Free Energy Revolution has Begun (Part 2)
Anonymous Patriot

DePalma N-machine Generator

Bruce DePalma (now deceased) demonstrated three discoveries that are relevant to the exploration of free energy:

  1. Gravitation and Inertia are not equivalent. Contrary to Einstein’s assumption, rotation alters both gravitation and inertia, making them both variable under its influence.
  2. There exists a generally unrecognized ‘mass field’ of polarized inertia around a real rotating object. This field affects the properties of matter, energy and living systems exposed to it.
  3. A rotating magnetized gyroscope (homopolar generator) does not conform to the Law of Conservation of Energy. Read More

05.04.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Obamacare Implosion - Last Major Healthcare Provider Pulls Out Of Iowa
Tyler Durden

For the past several months we've observed in complete amazement as Democrats have repeatedly hailed the 'great accomplishments' of Obamacare while the system was literally, and quite tangibly, collapsing in epic fashion all around them.  The ability to blindly and shamelessly support a partisan cause irrestpective of overwhelming facts proving the ineffectiveness of that cause is truly a talent reserved only for politicians, on both sides of the aisle. Read More

05.03.17- The Free Energy Revolution has Begun
Anonymous Patriot

At first, this article might make you mad as hell.

Then some of you might feel stupid, betrayed, gullible, used, sorrowful.

The Anonymous Patriots ask that you face the LIES you have been told your entire life about energy, wars, banking, and life in general. Then educate yourself on the amazing solutions that we could begin to use immediately to bring, literally, a free energy revolution to the world. Read More

05.02.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Humanity has reached peak idiocy… what happens when the idiocy bubble bursts?
Mike Adams

(Natural News) It has now become abundantly obvious to all thinking people that humanity has reached “peak idiocy.” This cognitive bubble of idiocy is reflected across all the following suicidal, destructive things that humanity does to itself in the name of power or profit:

  • The ramping up toward nuclear war with Russia and China. “[T]he insane, crazed monsters who rule over the West in Washington are bringing life on earth to an end,” explains Paul Craig Roberts.

  • The mass poisoning of the human food supply with cancer-causing glyphosate weed killer (herbicide). Read More

05.01.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: International Banker Blows Whistle, Admits He Was Ordered to Sacrifice Children
at Parties for the Elite

Matt Agorist

Ronald Bernard is a Dutch entrepreneur whose drive and business contacts quickly catapulted him into the world of the financial elite. However, the deeper into this world Bernard went, the more horrifying it became. In a jaw-dropping interview with De Vrije Media, Bernard details this dark and depraved society which he says conducted human sacrifice and celebrated destruction. Read More

04.29.17- Expert Commentary: How Much Further Can Oil Prices Fall?
SCS Commodities Corp.

- The majority of recent oil market coverage has focused on bearish flies in the physical rebalance ointment including elevated OECD crude + refined product stocks and higher than forecast US production. We’ve also covered these developments and pointed to weak Midland-WTI, weak DFL Brent and weak Brent and refined product spreads illustrating some of the fundamental challenges that oil bulls face. However, we are increasingly pointing towards a different culprit for oil’s inability to punch through the mid $50s- the slowdown in the global macro reflation trade. Read More

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!

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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?

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'

‘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

(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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