05.19.18- Seasonals And Cycles Confirming: Natural Gas Flashes A ‘Buy’ Signal
Chris Vermeulen

“It is our belief that Natural Gas will continue to climb higher moving well above the $3.00 level before the end of…”

Our research team has been following the energy sector quite intensely with Oil and Natural Gas making an impressive move.  A little known seasonal pattern in Natural Gas has setup recently and we have alerted our members to this play which is already up over 16%.  Our advanced price modeling systems and Adaptive Dynamic Learning Cycles have recently triggered another buy entry point which we share in this article but first look at the seasonal chart showing the month which Natural Gas is generally strong. Read More

05.18.18- $100 Oil Is One Explosion Away
Jody Chudley

If you wake up tomorrow and oil prices have spiked to $100 per barrel, here is what will have happened.

You will find out that a long range Burkhan – 2H missile will have directly hit the Saudi Royal Palace in Riyadh. The reaction to this missile will be swift and severe.

Within the hour Saudi Arabia will have declared war on Iran. And within 24 hours the Saudis will have retaliated through a direct attack on Iran.

Once that happens, all bets are off as to how high oil prices go Read More

05.17.18- Will $100 Oil Kill The U.S. Economy?
Nick Cunningham

Brent is nearing $80 per barrel and some analyst see $100 not far off. That raises the question about how much of a dent high oil prices will make in the U.S. economy.

$100 oil is not as painful as it once was. There are a few reasons for that. The U.S. is now a significant oil exporter, helping to lessen the damage to its trade balance. Also, the economy uses less energy per unit of GDP than it used to, becoming slightly more efficient with each passing year. Read More

05.16.18- China Aims For
1 Million EV Sales In 2018

David Craggen

Supported by a hard push by the Chinese government to drive up electric car sales, annual EV sales are on track to hit a one-million-unit milestone this year, as demand continues to rise significantly.

Chinese EV sales doubled in April, with the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showing 81,904 sold that month, or an 11.5-percent increase compared with the same period last year. In total, that means China sold 1.9 million vehicles. Read More

05.15.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: How to Calculate the End of the World
Bill Bonner

Poor Florence Newton.

The young woman was tried as a witch in Youghal, Ireland in 1661. It was alleged that she kissed another woman “violently” and that the victim experienced fits, cramps, and visions.

In another instance, she kissed the hand of an imprisoned man who subsequently died.

Today, we think of “witchcraft” as hocus-pocus. We deny any cause-and-effect relationship between Ms. Newton’s kiss and the prisoner’s death.

Myth, in other words. Read More

05.14.18- Biofuel Breakthrough Uses Algae To Create Hydrogen
Brian Westenhaus

A research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green algae that function as cell factories. Molecular hydrogen is regarded as one of the most promising energy carriers due to its high energy density and clean, carbon-free use.

During photosynthesis, green algae utilize harvested solar energy to split water, release oxygen into the atmosphere and produce biomass that functions as an excellent feed-stock in the blue biorefinery.

During photosynthesis, the green algae utilize harvested solar energy to split water, release oxygen into the atmosphere and produce biomass that functions as an excellent feed-stock in the blue biorefinery. Read More

05.12.18- Weekend Rant: Trump Is A Disaster
Paul Craig Roberts

Trump is a disaster for the environment, for wildlife, and for human life. Trump has handed over to polluters oil and mineral rights in US National Monuments. Mining will now deface what was before Trump protected national monuments, and oil drilling will destroy the Arctic National Refuge. He has appointed polluters to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and he has waived rules in order to comply with the polluting industries’ wish list. 

Trump wants to cut EPA funding by 23 percent and to cut funding for restoration programs for the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay by 90 percent. He wants to pay for the upkeep of national parks by expanding oil and gas exploration on public lands. Read More

05.11.18- Oil Is Back
Jim Rickards

In 45 years, the world has gone from energy shortage and fears of “Peak Oil” to an energy glut where it seems the world is drowning in oil and floating on a cloud of natural gas at the same time.

Yet that may not last. My models predict a long-term rise in energy demand and energy prices.

Of course, the same amount of energy has always been around. It’s just a question of technology, geopolitics and price as to whether the energy gets to where it’s needed when it’s needed. Read More

05.10.18- Another Step Towards Collapse of Petrodollar
Rory Hall

For the past year and half a major topic throughout the alternative press has been the new Chinese oil futures contract settled/priced in yuan. The fact that China is directly challenging the Federal Reserve Note, U.S. dollar, is quiet a significant change. For those that have been paying attention this new futures oil contract is nothing more than the next step in China moving completely away from the Federal Reserve Note, and the “world reserve currency” system and towards a multi-polar world with several currencies being used for international trade.

Ken Schortgen, Jr., The Daily Economist, recently penned an article about Nigeria approving a currency swap agreement with China, stating, Read More

05.09.18- Can Volkswagen Compete With Tesla?
Jon LeSage

Volkswagen AG’s new CEO, Herbert Diess, has taken on a corporate mission — to knock Tesla Inc. off its mantle as the global leader in electric vehicle innovation. To get there, the German vehicle manufacturer will double its capital investment in EV batteries.

During the April 3 annual shareholder meeting, Diess said VW is preparing to manufacture as many as 3 million EVs per year by 2025. To get there, the company will be spending 40 billion euros ($48 billion) on the lithium ion batteries needed to hit that sales volume. Read More

05.08.18- Arctic About-Face: Oil-Opposing Alaska Natives Now Lead Charge To 'Drill, Baby, Drill'
Tim Bradner

For years indigenous people living in small villages along Alaska’s Arctic coast fiercely fought offshore drilling. Now they want a piece of the action.

When Shell first showed up in 2007 with a fleet of drillships and support vessels, and parked them in the migration path of the bowhead whale in the eastern Alaska Beaufort Sea, the Inupiats went to court. An injunction from the US Ninth Circuit stopped the company and started a chain of problems that would ultimately defeat Shell’s multibillion dollar Arctic initiative. Read More

05.07.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Taking The Pulse Of A Weakening Economy
Charles Hugh Smith

“Perhaps these realities are seeping into the margins of the complacent herd. It certainly feels like…” 

Central banks have been running a grand experiment for 9 years, and now we’re about to find out if it succeeds or fails.For 9 unprecedented years, central banks have pushed the pedal of monetary stimulus to the metal: near-zero interest rates, monumental purchases of bonds, mortgage-backed securities, stocks and corporate bonds, injecting trillions of dollars, yuan, yen and euros into the global financial system, all in the name of promoting a “synchronized global recovery” that in many nations remains the weakest post-World War II recovery on record. Read More

05.05.18- Floating Solar Plants Gain
Momentum In India

AG Metal Miner

There’s a new trend on the solar energy harnessing front in India.

Like in China and a few of the Southeast Asian nations, India is seeing a spurt in what are called “floating solar plants.”

In late 2017, the country inaugurated its largest such floating plant, a 500 kw (kilowatt peak) by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). This one floats on 1.25 acres of water surface of a reservoir, and has 1,938 solar panels, which have been installed on 18 ferro cement floaters with hollow insides. The project uses high-efficiency solar panels and a floating substation has been set up on the reservoir itself to convert the output into 11 kV. Read More

05.04.18- Eight Geopolitical Risks That Could Send Oil Prices Surging
Tsvetana Paraskova

The geopolitical risk premium has taken center stage as one of the key drivers of oil prices in recent months, often trumping fundamentals to send prices soaring on concerns about where the next sudden oil supply disruption would come from.

In recent weeks, a perfect storm of nearly erased global oil glut and simmering—and at times flaring—tensions in the Middle East and the worst production loss without an armed conflict (Venezuela) have supported oil prices and boosted them to levels last seen in November 2014. Read More

05.03.18- OPEC Production Cuts: Is Russia Complying?
Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s oil production held onto an 11-month high in April, flat compared to March and above its quota under the OPEC/non-OPEC deal for a second consecutive month, according to data by Russia’s Energy Ministry.

Russia pumped a total of 10.97 million bpd of oil in April, unchanged from March, and slightly above its quota under the production cut deal, according to energy ministry data, as carried by Reuters.

Russia’s pledge in the OPEC/non-OPEC deal is to shave off 300,000 bpd from its October 2016 level, which was the country’s highest monthly production in almost 30 years—11.247 million bpd. Read More

05.02.18- Oil Prices Crash As U.S. Dollar Regains its Footing
Tom Kool

Oil prices dived on Tuesday morning as expectations of an interest rate hike sent the U.S. dollar soaring, countering bullish news regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

- U.S. federal subsidies for renewable energy, which includes biofuels as well as renewable electricity generation, has declined by 56 percent since 2013, dipping to $6.7 billion in 2016.

- Renewable energy receives about 46 percent of total energy subsidies.

- A great portion of the federal support in 2010 came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the “stimulus” program following the financial crisis. Read More

05.01.18- Stable and scalable photo-electrode “strongest candidate yet” for renewable
hydrogen generation

Chris Marcus

Using the power of the sun to split water and produce hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising clean energy technologies being pursued. One of the biggest hurdles holding it back has been uncovering an efficient and stable semiconductor material for use in the water-splitting process, but that's just what a team from the University of Exeter now claims to have created. Not only does using an artificial photosynthesis process to split water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms promise to be clean and produce zero carbon emissions, but the resulting hydrogen has more than double the energy density of fossil fuels and, when used, the only by-product is water. It would also provide an essentially limitless source of energy. Read More

04.30.18- The Oil Curse Comes to Washington
MN Gordon

Meandering Prices

Prices rise and prices fall.  So, too, they fall and rise.  This is how the supply and demand sweet spot is continually discovered – and rediscovered. When supply exceeds demand for a good or service, prices fall. Conversely, when demand exceeds supply, prices rise.

Producers use the information communicated by changing prices to make business decisions.  High demand and rising prices inform them to increase output.  Excess supply and falling prices inform them to taper back production. Read More

04.28.18- And Now, for something Entirely Different: Are Social Justice Warriors Snowflakes? Or Just Cold…
Shanu Athiparambath

Every evening, I walk through a steep, narrow road from McLeod Ganj, where Mr. Dalai Lama lives, to my home down the hill.

large dog runs madly around his house like a wild animal, trying to jump over the fence whenever he sees mefind this strange because I am no threat to him. If he wants to socialize with me, he could have politely negotiated with his Buddhist human. I think he is being victimized by himself.

I feel similarly towards people who are easily offendedI don’t know what is wrong with them. Read More

04.27.17- Geopolitics Beat Fundamentals
To Lift Oil Prices

Irina Slav

Geopolitical factors once again trumped fundamentals with the growing concern over new U.S. sanctions on Iran, keeping WTI and Brent crude prices high despite a build in crude oil inventories reported yesterday by the Energy Information Administration.

The EIA yesterday reported that U.S. drillers had produced an average 10.586 million barrels daily in the week to April 20, a record-breaking production rate. The authority added that in the same week crude oil inventories had increased by 2.2 million barrels, which went counter to analyst expectations of a draw or a much smaller build. Read More

04.26.18- This Discovery Is Changing Solar Energy Forever
Brian Westenhaus

Rice University scientists have discovered a novel phenomenon of light-induced lattice expansion in perovskite materials. The lattice expansion cures bulk and interface defects, which leads to an enhancement of perovskite optoelectronic properties.

In a collaboration led by Rice University and Los Alamos National Laboratory found that to be the case with a perovskite compound touted as an efficient material to collect sunlight and convert it into energy. The press release likens the discovery as some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. Read More

04.25.18- A New Lithium War Is About To Begin
James Stafford

It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it’s lithium.

Lithium, or “white petroleum” as some call it, has become a crucial element in today’s high-tech economy.

Demand for lithium is soaring, and producers are frantically searching for new sources of supply. Prices have doubled in the last two years, rising as high as $16,500 per ton. Read More

04.24.18- Here’s Why Gas Prices Are Skyrocketing Right Now
M.K. Matthews

Global economy and geopolitics are underpinning the oil price surge and gas prices are going up.

Who recalls the oil embargo of 1973? That was when the Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced they were cutting oil exports to the United States and other countries that provided military aid to Israel during the Yom Kippur War of October 1973.

In six months’ time, gas prices had quadrupled. Prices remained higher even after the embargo ended in March 1974.

But that could never happen again…Or could it? Read More

04.23.18- The New Alaskan Oil Rush
Steve St Angelo

ConocoPhillips is coming off of an incredible exploration season, reportedly the best they’ve had in over a decade, and they have Alaskan oil to thank for it. The company stuck big in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) this winter, successfully finding oil at all six of their test wells (three exploration and three appraisal), which means chances are good that the trans-Alaska pipeline system could soon be seeing a lot more (much-needed) action.

The Houston-based supermajor has estimated that there are at least 300 million barrels of recoverable oil in its  "Willow Discovery" along Alaska's Western North Slope, and these appraisal wells seem to strongly support that projection. More importantly, this discovery could represent just a fraction of the available reserves along the North Slope, and ConocoPhillips plans to keep exploring the area over another busy exploration season next year. Read More

04.21.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Bad Bankers Drive Out Good Bankers: Wells Fargo, Wall Street, And Gresham’s Law
John Rubino

Back in the 1500s, a financial agent of Queen Elizabeth I named ThomasGresham observed that that “bad money drives out good.” That is, if two kinds of money are circulating at the same legal value, people will spend the lower-quality money and save the higher. The latter as a result ceases to circulate. This became known as Gresham’s law.

More recently, in our book The Money Bubble,James Turk and I extended this concept to bankers, observing that in times of very easy money, bad bankers drive out good: Read More

12.20.18- The One Man Who Could
Send Oil To $100

Cyril Widdershoven

The future of North Africa’s leading oil and gas producer Libya is once again under threat. International media reports that Libya’s strongman General Khalifa Haftar, leader of the LNA, the largest and strongest military power in the country, has had a stroke. Libyan and Arab news sites stumble over each other predicting the death or incapacitation of the Libyan military strongman, which would without doubt increase internal instability and could lead to a renewed power struggle in eastern Libya.

Political initiatives led by several Arab countries, the UN, U.S. and EU, are to all intense and purposes null and void at present, as without clarity about the power of the LNA these deals may well fall apart. A potential removal of Haftar from the delicate balance of power that has been created in Libya will also put anti-IS and Al Qaeda military operations in doubt. Read More

04.19.18- Amazing Energy Continues
Amazing Plans

Bob Moriarty

The UK, France and US have committed another series of war crimes in Syria, attacking a sovereign nation without even the pretense of UN or Congressional or Parliamental approval. In short the entire fiasco was illegal according to all international law. They did it on the basis of what was obviously a false flag operation that the Russians warned was being set up by the terrorists in Syria over a month ago. Read More


04.17.18- Is OPEC's Mission "Accomplished"?
Nick Cunningham

OPEC’s goal of draining the global inventory surplus has finally been achieved.

The International Energy Agency said in its latest Oil Market Report that the supply overhang has pretty much vanished, thanks to OPEC’s efforts at limiting production. “It is not for us to declare on behalf of the Vienna agreement countries that it is ‘mission accomplished’, but if our outlook is accurate, it certainly looks very much like it,” the Paris-based energy agency wrote.

Market fundamentals are on a similar track compared to last month’s report. The IEA kept its oil demand forecast at 1.5 million barrels per day (mb/d), although it noted that the back-and-forth on trade tariffs between the U.S. and China puts the demand outlook at risk. For example, a 1 percent decline in global GDP growth would result in a reduction in demand growth by 690,000 bpd. Read More

04.16.18- Continuously Rising Energy Costs Will Cripple The Economy
Gail Tverberg

The most prevalent view regarding future oil supply, as well as total energy supply, seems to be fairly closely related to that expressed by Peak Oilers. Future fossil fuel supply is assumed to be determined by the resources in the ground and the technology available for extraction. Prices are assumed to rise as fossil fuels are depleted, allowing more expensive technology for extraction. Substitutes are assumed to become possible, as costs rise.

Those with the most optimistic views about the amount of resources in the ground become especially concerned about climate change. The view seems to be that it is up to humans to decide how much energy resources we will use. We can easily cut back, if we want to. Read More

04.14.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Democracy: The God That Failed
James Howard Kunstler

Today we trample sacred ground… trumpet a message of heresy… and offend the wrathful gods…

In 2001, academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe scribbled a book bearing the soaring title Democracy: The God That Failed. Hoppe’s work amounts to a one-man war dance against that most holy of secular divinities.

Hoppe’s primary tort against democracy?

It wastes. It forever takes the short view. Hoppe uses the economic concept of time preference to nail home his point. Read More

04.13.18- World War III: The False Narrative that Fuels Conflict in Syria and Beyond
Daily Bell

The timing is fit for a movie plot climax!

Just as Trump announced intentions to get out of Syria, Assad did something unspeakable. According to Assad’s opposition, the Syrian government “once again” used chemicals weapons on civilians.

At a time when the war is almost won for Assad, he decided to re-ignite international calls for his ouster by senselessly murdering about the same number of civilians the Las Vegas Shooter killed. Seems logical, right?

Well, there goes the Syrian exit! Read More

04.12.18- The Oil Eating Bacteria That Can Clean Up Crude Spills
Irina Slav

It’s not a widely known fact that the 2010 oil spill caused by the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform could have been even worse were it not for bacteria. Several species of marine bacteria that feed on ingredients in crude oil and natural gas bloomed during the spill, feasting on Louisiana light, sweet crude. Now, one of these species has been found to be a particularly promising candidate for a champion against oil spills.

Meet Alcanivorax borkumensis, or A. borkumensis for short. This rod-shaped microbe lives in all of the world’s oceans with a special preference for oil-polluted areas, as it uses hydrocarbon molecules for food. The bacterium’s genome was sequenced more than 10 years ago by a couple of researchers from the German Research Center for Biotechnology. Read More

04.11.18- Oil Prices Likely To Soar
On Geopolitical Risk

Nick Cunningham

Brent crude prices rebounded to $70 per barrel during midday trading on Tuesday as fears of a trade war eased on conciliatory comments from both the U.S. and China. That allowed the prospect of geopolitical uncertainty to reemerge as a driver of oil prices.

Even as President Trump mulls $100 billion in additional tariffs on China, as reported last week, U.S. officials took to the airwaves over the weekend to downplay the significance of the trade dispute. Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro, considered one of the main voices pushing for stiff tariffs, sounded more low-key (for him) on the Sunday talk shows. “We’re listening to the Chinese. We’re willing to work with them,” Navarro said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.” Although he went on to add: “But we’re clear-eyed about this. We’re moving forward on a measured way with tariffs, with investment restrictions,” he said. “What we want from China is very clear. We want fair and reciprocal trade.” Read More

04.10.18- The Winter That Will Not Quit
Dr. Mark Sircus

It is time to pay attention to cold climate change—the reality of life we are all going to experience. This month, this year is the start to a cold that will chill the earth and all its inhabitants. This is spring in Manhattan in the above picture, where in Central Park they had their biggest April snowstorm in 36 years. Now we are well into Spring and cold, wintry conditions are still what most Americans are having to deal with.

As we move forward into spring it is a lot colder then we would expect in a seriously warming planet. The headlines for the weekend of the 7th of April read: Record-breaking, ‘ridiculous’ April cold and snow set to hit northeastern U.S. this weekend “Temperatures in the New York City are expected to drop as much as 20 degrees below normal. The Arctic blast will be cold enough to dump snow from Washington to Boston. Read More

04.09.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Will Civilization Collapse
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04.07.18- The Absurd Myth That Solar & Wind Power Will Solve Our Energy Predicament
Steve St Angelo

As the U.S. and global oil industry continues to disintegrate under the weight increased debt and the Falling EROI – Energy Returned On Investment, analysts are still suggesting that solar and wind power are the solution to our energy problems.  While there are many good reasons solar and wind can’t provide us with the necessary energy needs in the future, the most import one is that it takes the burning of a massive amount of coal, natural gas, and oil to manufacture renewable energy sources.

Thus, solar and wind power are nothing more than fossil fuel derivatives.  However, if you are an individual that does not believe in the fossil fuel terminology, then we can substitute it by saying solar, and wind power are nothing more than coal-natgas-oil derivatives. Read More

04.06.18- Bahrain Discovers Largest Oil Field With 80 Billion Barrels In Reserves
Paul Craig Roberts

Bahrain officials have revealed that the tiny gulf kingdom has discovered some 80 billion barrels of shale (otherwise known as tight) oil - the kingdom's largest oil and gas find ever. The field also discovered 14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas beneath an existing field.

Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said the kingdom has not yet determined how much of the oil can be easily extracted, according to the Associated Press.

The oil fields were discovered in the offshore Khalij al-Bahrain Basin, which covers some 770 square miles in the shallow waters off Bahrain's west coast. Read More

04.05.18- Why Oil Producers Are Liking $60/barrel Over $100/barrel
Paul Craig Roberts

Soaring cash flows, increased dividends and share buybacks…

These traits are a recipe for a successful investment.

And over the next several years, there is one surprising industry who could offer investors all three.

Can you guess which one I’m talking about?

Believe it or not, I’m talking about big oil! Read More

04.04.18- ‘Petroyuan’ to propel currency internationalization
Li Hong

The Shanghai debut of China's first yuan-denominated crude futures trading market on Monday proved a great success, with major domestic and foreign traders displaying active interest. Total turnover amounted to 18.3 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) on the first trading day. 

The market's better-than-expected performance is believed to have significantly contributed to the recent strength of the yuan on global currency markets. 

As China largely depends on crude imports, price volatility in the commodity market is a major impediment. It launched the crude futures market to address the problem and also to gain more pricing power over the crucial commodity. Read More

04.03.18- The Chinese Oil Futures Market Has Opened. Here's What It Means
James Corbett

Do you think there might be some similar shenanigans going on with this petrodollar "alternative?" If so, then might I just say you are an extremely jaded and skeptical person. You are also correct, so give yourself a cookie.

It has been promised for 25 years. Its coming has been heralded as a world-changing event. It has launched a thousand headlines in the last few months. And it happened this week. But if you blinked you would have missed it.

What am I talking about? Why, the launch of a Chinese yuan-denominated oil futures contracts on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, of course! Or, in more headline-appropriate terms: The Birth of the Petroyuan! Read More

04.02.18- Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear Fusion-Powered Fighter Jet
Tyler Durden

Lockheed Martin has secretly been developing a game-changing compact nuclear fusion reactor that could potentially fit into a fighter jet. The Maryland-based defense contractor recently obtained a patent associated with its design for a fully compact fusion reactor, after filing for the patent in 2014.

If the latest patent from the defense company serves as a benchmark, nuclear fusion technology could revolutionize the aeronautic industry and eventually begin the quantum leap from fossil fuels to compact fusion reactors for the industry. Read More

03.31.18- Fusion a Step Closer: Lockheed-Martin Gets Patent for Portable Fusion
Joseph P. Farrell

Many people sent me this article, and it's worth looking at closely for what may be the real story here. Firstly, Lockheed's portable fusion reactor is not new news. In fact, I blogged about this little device some years ago, here: THE LOCKHEED MARTIN FUSION STORY, E-CAT, AND SOME HIGH OCTANE ....

Back then, I pointed out the basic resemblance of Lockheed's device with a much earlier patent of Philo Farnsworth, taken in 1964-1965, for IT&T, for a device about as big as a softball, and which, reportedly, was able to sustain a fusion reaction for about half a minute, an unbelievable accomplishment, especially for such a small device. Farnsworth's device, after some initial hoopla in the press, was shuffled right off the stage and was never heard from again. Read More

03.30.18- On The Yuan-Oil Futures Contract & Gold
Alasdair Macleod

"There can be little doubt that the introduction of the yuan-denominated oil future has been a major strategic step for China."

Regular readers will be aware that we were among the first to alert western financial markets that China would introduce a new oil futures contract priced in yuan, months before it was officially admitted that the plans for the contract were being finalised and a date for trading was being planned.

Trading in the new Shanghai oil future commenced last Monday, and on the first three days trading there were 151,804 contracts traded with a turnover value of 65bn yuan. It is the first futures contract listed on China’s mainland available to overseas users, putting them on the same footing as domestic investors. Read More

03.29.18- It’s Official: China Launches New Petroyuan Futures Contracts
Birch Gold Group

Since 2015, we have been reporting about China’s new gold-backed petroyuan and its imminent unveiling on the world stage. In fact, earlier this month we wrote:

On March 26 China will finally launch a yuan-dominated oil futures contract. Over the last decade there have been a number of “false-starts,” but this time the contract has gotten approval from China’s State Council.

So did China actually follow through? The answer is yes. Read More

03.28.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The War On Drugs is Far Deadlier than Most People Realize
Brian Saady

While accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, “The manner in which this war against drugs is being waged is equally or perhaps even more harmful than all the wars the world is fighting today, combined.”

The death toll from the drug war is much less than the actual warfare throughout the world. However, his sentiment is quite appropriate because a significant percentage of the world’s violence could be prevented with a flick of a pen by ending the war on drugs. Read More

03.27.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Death Of Democracy
Alasdair Macleod

Yes, we live in deeply troubling times. I’m afraid the US is following history’s course to a tee, as a declining super power (or one certainly challenged by others) by ratcheting up all sorts of schemes to sabotage the other great powers, just to hold on to its “unipolar moment” since the end of the Cold War. The US will not succeed, but the results will be terrible for the American nation and catastrophic on a global scale. - A. Carlson

Anyone who thinks democracy doesn’t matter may be in for a rude shock later this year, when we know the result of America’s mid-term elections. The Deep State is on course to take control of Congress. Read More

03.26.18- Cracks Now Appearing in the World's Major Oil Industry
Steve St Angelo

As the sell-off in the broader stock markets intensifies, it will be bad news for the world’s largest oil companies.  Why?  Because cracks are already beginning to appear in the biggest and most profitable global oil companies.  While rising costs and higher debt levels have been plaguing the U.S. shale oil industry, these negative factors are now impacting the major oil companies as well.

When the oil price fell below $100 in 2014, it spelled doom for the U.S. and global oil industry.  As oil prices continued to decline, energy companies were forced to increase their debt and reduce their capital expenditures (CAPEX).  Cutting CAPEX spending while adding debt aren’t a good recipe for positive financial earning in the future. Read More

03.24.18- What Trump’s Tariffs Mean
For Global Oil And Gas

Nick Cunningham

President Trump is about to escalate the brewing global trade war with another round of tariffs, although he appears to be narrowing his sights on just China.

The Trump administration announced a suite of tariffs that could affect $60 billion worth of Chinese products, a move intended to step up pressure on what the administration argues is China’s efforts at intellectual property theft. The Washington Post reported that after President Trump’s aides brought him a package of $30 billion worth of tariffs on China, he told them to double the figure. Read More

03.23.18- Scientists Are One Step Closer To Nuclear Fusion
Brian Westenhaus

Colorado State University scientists, using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons – chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from the fusion process. This process, which powers the sun, happens when nuclear reactions between light elements produce heavier ones.

The work of these scientists is detailed in an open paper published in Nature Communications, and is led by Jorge Rocca, University Distinguished Professor in electrical and computer engineering and physics. Read More

03.22.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: How To Keep Yourself Perfectly Brainwashed In The Matrix
Bernie Suarez

I was thinking the other day, what if someone was so afraid of the truth that they wanted to stay in the matrix of lies their whole life, what would someone who loves fantasy and lies have to do to remain perfectly brainwashed all the days of their lives? You are probably thinking, why would someone want to be brainwashed their whole lives? It shouldn’t surprise us since we actually see this phenomenon every day. People want to remain in their fantasy paradigms instead of waking up to the truth only they don’t articulate it to themselves so bluntly. Instead people subliminally tell themselves they would rather not wake up to any truth. People regularly indulge in artificial pleasures and stories to keep their minds entertained, so entertained that they don’t have the ability to see the truth. Read More

03.21.18- Two Weeks Before Death, Stephen Hawking Predicted HOW The UNIVERSE WILL END
Mac Slavo

Two weeks before passing away peacefully, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking predicted the end of the universe. In his final work titled A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation, Hawking predicted how our universe would eventually fade to darkness as the stars run out of energy.

Hawking completed a theory outlining his prediction for the end of the universe just two weeks before his death and the work has emerged. According to CNBC, the world-famous physicist, who died last Wednesday at the age of 76, was a co-author of a mathematical paper in which he sought to prove the so-called “multiverse” theory. According to a report by U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times, this theory imagines the existence of many separate universes other than our own. Read More

03.20.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War? Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?
Prof. Graeme McQueen

This carefully research article by Professor Graeme McQueen presents a timely historical viewpoint which is  routinely “censored” by the mainstream media as well by the search engines. The danger of World War III is not front-page news.

Kindly consider forwarding it Professor McQueen’s article to your friends and colleagues, crosspost it on alternative media and blog sites.

The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight.  In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war. Read More

03.19.18- Human agriculture laborers soon OBSOLETE: U.K. researchers grow the world’s first crops using nothing but drones and robots
David Williams

(Natural News) Although they first became known for their use as seemingly toy-like novelty gadgets, drones have now found a niche as small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a bunch of random tasks. Most recently, a group of researchers from the U.K. have begun using drones to complement a new system of hands-free farming, and they are reporting that it has been a huge success.

The researchers claim to have successfully grown the world’s first crop of barley without any humans stepping foot in the entire land area covered by the crop. They managed to do all the seeding, spraying, monitoring, and even harvesting with nothing but drones and robot tractors, which means that the entire process was done with fully-autonomous vehicles and machinery. Read More

03.17.18- BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGH IN ENERGY: Investor Warning
Steve St Angelo

As the U.S. and global oil industry continue to cannibalize itself just to stay alive, the market is totally clueless because investors are being misled by the fallacy that technology will solve our peak oil crisis.  While technology has allowed more oil to make it to the market, it has done so at a very high cost.  Unfortunately, a significant percentage of the increased cost to produce this high-tech oil was subsidized by debt from unsuspecting investors.

Hundreds of billions of Dollars were invested in the U.S. Shale Energy Industry by investors who were looking for a higher return on their money than they could receive from banks or other financial institutions. Read More

03.16.18- The Dawn of Solar Windows
Andy Extance

Future skyscrapers will harvest energy from the sun with photovoltaic windows

The view from the office of Ioannis Papakonstantinou at University College London affords a great perspective on a wasted opportunity. He points to the university hospital, a tall oblong block adorned with decorative green glass strips. They look modern but serve no purpose. They don’t even let in light.

“What are they doing with these green surfaces?” he asks. “Nothing. Would you ever put a conventional solar panel there? Never.” Read More

03.15.18- Blockchain in action: stabilising the grid in Germany and the Netherlands
Jean-Baptiste Cornefert

Case study: Blockchain technology is being put to the test in northern Europe, writes Jean-Baptiste Cornefert of Sonnen.

A quick view into the future: it is the year 2030 and Paul, a homeowner with his own photovoltaic system and battery storage, checks his electricity bill. His neighbour Sam got 12kWh of solar power from Paul’s house roof today. Amanda, the elderly lady a few blocks away, has consumed 5kWh of solar power from Paul. Both charges Paul sees on his online portal. The transactions are registered with a blockchain and the compensation is immediately credited to Paul’s bank account. Read More

03.14.18- The Power Has Shifted In LNG Markets
Tim Daiss

One of the most influential figures in the LNG market has claimed that a return to long-term LNG contracts is crucial for the sector.

It was a statement that most liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers don’t necessarily want to hear; in fact, it goes against the fundamental changes currently underway in global LNG markets.

Yesterday, Yury Sentyurin, the new head of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), an industry group representing gas sellers, said, in comments carried by Bloomberg Markets, that LNG prices still need to be linked to oil prices to keep revenue predictable for producers, particularly since some US$8 trillion worth of investment in the fuel is needed by 2040. GECF members include Russia, Iran, Algeria and Qatar (currently the world’s largest LNG producer), and its headquarters are in Qatar. Read More

03.13.18- This Revolutionary Technology Could Deliver $22 Oil… In A $70 World
James Stafford

In the epic battle between OPEC and the U.S. for global market share - low cost producers are set to reap a stunning energy investor windfall.

We’re focusing on one little company - Petroteq Energy Inc. (TSX:PQE.VOTCQX:PQEFF) - which is unlocking trapped oil in U.S. oil sands for as little as $22/barrel.

Technology is their key advantage. Their patented Liquid Extraction System is the first ever to generate production from Utah’s 32-billion-barrel heavy oil resource. Read More

03.12.18- The Rise and Coming Fall of the
Debt-Addicted Corporate Zombies

Daniel Lacalle

If you allow companies to borrow money at nearly zero interest, most will borrow as much as they possibly can. After all, if you can achieve a paltry ROIC of 2%, you’re making money that costs you 1% to borrow.

But if your business is struggling and you needed free debt in order to survive, you’re not going to make it in a rising-rate environment. That one in five US corporations faces bankruptcy when rates rise is a testimony to how much of an illusion the underlying health of the US economic landscape truly is. Read More

03.10.18- IEA Predicts Nightmare Scenario for OPEC
Nick Cunningham

The US will supply much of the world’s additional oil for the next few years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Over the next three years, the US will cover 80 percent of the world’s demand growth, the IEA says in its newly-released Oil 2018 annual report. Canada, Brazil, and Norway will cover the remainder, leaving no room for more OPEC supply.

The irony is that the substantial gains in output from shale will only be possible because of the OPEC cuts, which has tightened the market and boosted prices. Read More

03.09.18- 44 Things You Didn’t Know About Oil
Viktor Katona

Whenever you see a headline like this, you know it will go along the lines of “did you know that petroleum stands for rock oil?” Yes you did, goes the reply of an overwhelming majority of readers. For this reason, the list below is one which holds the reader in high esteem, as a dear colleague on the road to broaden our knowledge of the oil industry. So here we go…

1.) Oil’s first use was for caulking – ruins from early Antiquity (5-6 000 BC) testify that Euphrates and Indus Valley civilizations built their houses with bitumen. Caulking their ships with bitumen logically followed soon afterwards.

2.) Both Tamerlane and Nadir Shah used camels laden with petroleum casks to frighten off Indian war elephants – once set on fire, the sight of fire made the elephants flee in panic. Read More

03.08.18- China’s Staggering Demand for Commodities
Jeff Desjardins

Over 50% of all steel, cement, nickle and copper goes there.

It’s said that in China, a new skyscraper is built every five days.

China is building often, and they are building higher. In fact, just last year, China completed 77 of the world’s 144 new supertall buildings, spread through 36 different Chinese cities. These are structures with a minimum height of 656 feet (200 meters).

For comparison’s sake, there are only 113 buildings in New York City’s current skyline that are over 600 feet. Read More

03.07.18- The Truth About U.S. Energy Dominance
Tyler Durden

President Trump tweet-gloated this morning: "We are getting it done - jobs and security!" - in response to the headlines that USA is set to become the world's largest oil producer.

While the 'news' about production is fact...

The bigger question is the narrative of US global dominance in the energy markets and the ugly narrative-bashing reality that USA is still a net-importing nation - somewhat battering the "security" meme Trump crowed about. Read More

03.06.18- IEA Predicts Nightmare Scenario
For OPEC

Mike Gleason

The U.S. will supply much of the world’s additional oil for the next few years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Over the next three years, the U.S. will cover 80 percent of the world’s demand growth, the IEA says in its newly-released Oil 2018 annual report. Canada, Brazil and Norway will cover the remainder, leaving no room for more OPEC supply.

The irony is that the substantial gains in output from shale will only be possible because of the OPEC cuts, which has tightened the market and boosted prices. This fact is not lost on OPEC producers. "If you are a shale oil producer, who brought you back? It was OPEC," the UAE’s oil minister Suhail Al Mazrouei, said at a recent industry conference, "Without OPEC there’d be chaos in the market." Read More

03.05.18- Ukraine Freezes After
Russia Halts Gas Deliveries

Tyler Durden

Last week, Russia's state-run gas giant and quasi-monopolist when it comes to European natgas supplies, Gazprom, announced it would not restart shipments of natural gas to Ukraine's Naftogaz starting March 1 after the two sides failed to reach an agreement, Gazprom deputy chairman, Alexander Medvedev, told journalists.

Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine were supposed to restart on Thursday following a foreign court ruling aimed at ending years of disputes between Kiev and Moscow, including two halts to Russian gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine. But Gazprom unexpectedly refused to resume deliveries, returning the prepayment for supplies made by Kiev, claiming amendments to a contract had not been completed. Read More

03.03.18- The World’s Largest “Virtual Power Plant”
Tyler Durden

After building the world's largest lithium battery in Australia nearly 40 days ahead of schedule, Tesla has announced plans to build the world's largest "virtual power plant" by outfitting 50,000 homes in South Australia with solar panels and Tesla battery storage units over the next four years, slashing participants' energy bill by 30 percent.

Beginning with a trial of 1100 Housing Trust properties, a 5kW solar panel system and 13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery will be installed at no charge to the household and financed through the sale of electricity. Read More

03.02.18- The Shocking True Story of How Global Warming Became the Biggest FakeNews Scare of All Time
James Delingpole

Why do so many apparently informed, intelligent, educated people still believe in ManBearPig?

For the same reason that the U.S. underestimated the Japanese threat before Pearl Harbor; that General MacArthur stupidly advanced north of the 38th parallel in Korea; that JFK got embroiled in the Bay of Pigs disaster; that LBJ dragged the U.S. deeper and deeper into the Vietnam War.

A phenomenon known as ‘groupthink’. Read More

03.01.18- Rising geopolitical tensions in Middle East and Asia ‘key risk to oil prices in 2018’
Noor Nanji

Rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Asia could have a major impact on oil prices in 2018, according to a new study.

Oil markets have been well supported recently, thanks to production curbs by Opec since the beginning of last year, as well as robust demand growth.

The weakness in the dollar has also supported oil prices, as it makes oil and other greenback-denominated commodities cheaper for countries using other currencies at home. Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts the price of Brent to average $64 a barrel this year, while Goldman Sachs forecasts it will rise to $75 a barrel in three months and average $75 in the next six to twelve months. Read More

02.28.18- Solar power is the new "cool"
NZ Herald

It used to be that "keeping up with the Joneses" involved conspicuous consumption, often environmentally harmful.

Now it seems solar power is the new "must-have" – and it's powered by Google.

That's the trend emerging in the US, along with China the world's leading solar power exponents, though experts here say the same pattern is likely to apply in New Zealand.

So how come the sun has become so cool? It began with a study by Yale University by Dr Ken Gillingham(involving about 4000 solar photovoltaic systems in Connecticut in 2015) which showed peer pressure, not cost, was the single biggest driving factor in installing solar power. Read More

02.27.18- How The Fed Could Hammer Oil Producers
Kent Moors

The bond market is about to enter a phase we haven’t seen in over 70 years…

A rising interest rate cycle.

A trend that has only been accentuated by the Federal Reserve’s aggressive plans to accelerate interest rate hikes and ongoing concerns over an impending major stock market correction.

And while it is too early to jump on the “Death of the Bond Bull Market” sentiment swirling around Wall Street, the current direction of interest rates could be worrisome for U.S. oil producers. Read More

02.24.18- U.S. And China To Face Off
Over Aramco IPO

Andrew Pickford

Speculation continued into early 2018 about who — or which organization — would be the ultimate buyer of the five percent stake being offered for sale in Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco.

As political and economic crises mounted in Saudi Arabia, and oil prices continued to remain relatively low on world markets, there was also speculation as to whether the offering in Saudi Aramco would even be viable.

While courted by Western stock exchanges due to the size and prestige of the listing, it has been suggested that a trade sale to a People’s Republic of China (PRC) consortium would serve the objectives of both the PRC and Saudi Arabia. Read More

02.23.18- Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be
Fueled By Blockchain

Meredith Taylor

Big Oil is due for a disruption.

The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long.

But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector.

It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil. Read More

02.22.18- Canada’s Oil Crisis Continues To Worsen
Irina Slav

Canadian oil producers can’t get a break. First it was the pipelines — there are not enough of them to carry the crude from Alberta’s oil sands to export markets. This pipeline capacity problem has been forcing producers to pay higher rates for railway transportation, which has naturally hurt their margins in no small way. Now, there is a shortage of rail cars as well.

The situation is going from bad to worse for Canadian producers who can’t seem to catch a break. Canadian railway operators are fighting harsh winter weather and finding it hard to supply enough cars to move both crude oil from Alberta and grain from the Prairies. Read More

02.21.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different:Panama: Still an Easy
Second Residency to Acquire

Mark Nestmann

It was 5:00 pm on a Monday afternoon in Panama City. Walking up Avenida Balboa – the main drag that hugs the coastline – I came to a busy intersection with no crosswalk or even a traffic light. I needed to cross it to get to a 5:15 pm meeting. All four lanes were jammed with rush-hour traffic.

I’ve learned that if you’re traveling and you don’t know how to proceed, watch what the locals are doing. After a few moments, I saw a woman dart into the street across two lanes of traffic. She paused briefly in the middle of the street, while cars whizzed by in both directions only inches away. When traffic paused for a moment, she sprinted across the remaining two lanes to the other side. Read More

02.20.18- How To Avoid Blackouts Using 100% Renewable Energy
Futurity

Researchers have proposed three different methods for providing consistent power in 139 countries using 100 percent renewable energy.

The inconsistencies of power produced by wind, water, and sunlight and the continuously fluctuating demand for energy often hinder renewable energy solutions. In a new paper, which appears in Renewable Energy, the researchers outline several solutions to making clean power reliable enough for all energy sectors—transportation; heating and cooling; industry; and agriculture, forestry, and fishing—in 20 world regions after all sectors have converted to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Read More

02.19.18- 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

02.17.18- Clean Oil That Only Costs $20
James Stafford

The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution.

Oil production has risen by 5 million barrels per day (bpd) since 2010, an increase of nearly 100 percent. New technology, particularly techniques in shale oil drilling, has opened up vast new opportunities for oil and gas companies.

The proof is in the numbers. In 2017, the United States averaged 9.3 million bpd. This year, the EIA predicts that U.S. oil and gas production will reach record levels, averaging 10.3 million barrels bpd to surpass the record reached in 1970 (9.6 million bpd). Read More

02.16.18- Russia Is Taking Over Syria’s Oil And Gas
Viktor Katona

If finally happened…

In accordance with an energy cooperation framework agreement signed in late January, Russia will have exclusive rights to produce oil andgas in Syria.

The agreement goes significantly beyond that, stipulating the modalities of the rehabilitation of damaged rigs and infrastructure, energy advisory support, and training a new generation of Syrian oilmen. Still, the main international aspect and the key piece of this move is the final and unconditional consolidation of Russian interests in the Middle East. Read More

02.15.18- Is History Repeating Itself In Oil Markets?
Nick Cunningham

Back in 2014, U.S. shale production was growing so fast that it ended up crashing the market. Now, history could be repeating itself.

That was the warning from the International Energy Agency, which said in its latest Oil Market Report that a “second wave” of shale supply threatens another downturn.

Total global oil supply is expected to grow faster than demand this year, which could lead to another downturn. It’s a conclusion that the IEA tried to emphasize in previous reports, but the message finally seems to be sinking in. Read More

02.14.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Former Defense Minister: Illuminati is Real & Secretly Running the World
Jamie White

‘Preferred ideal was an inclusive one-world economy dominated by the United States,’ he says

Former Canadian Minister of Defense Paul Hellyer said a secretive global elite is running the world and is determined to introduce a One World government.

“You have a got secret cabal that’s actually running the world and they’ve managed to keep this technology under wraps until they can cash in the trillions of oil assets that they’ve got,” he said at an Alien Expo conference last June that recently surfaced on social media. Read More

02.13.18- Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News
Dane Wigington

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02.12.18- Party On, Dudes
James Howard Kunstler

As of this week, the shale oil miracle launched US oil production above the 1970 previous-all-time record at just over ten million barrels a day. 

Techno-rapturists are celebrating what seems to be a blindingly bright new golden age of energy greatness.

Independent oil analyst Art Berman, who made the podcast rounds the last two weeks, put it in more reality-accessible terms: “Shale is a retirement party for the oil industry.” Read More

02.10.18- Weekend Rant: Bombshell Testimony of FBI Informant Implicates Many for Treason
Greg Hunter

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02.09.18- Future U.S. Oil Production Will Collapse Just As Quickly As It Increased
Steve St Angelo

While U.S. oil production reached a new peak of 10.25 million barrels per day, the higher it goes, the more breathtaking will be the inevitable collapse.  Thus, as the mainstream media touts the glorious new record in U.S. production that has both surpassed its previous peak in 1970 and Saudi Arabia’s current oil production, it’s a bittersweet victory.

Why?  There are two critical reasons the current record level of U.S. oil production won’t last and is also, a house of cards.  First of all, oil production profiles tend to be somewhat symmetrical.  They rise and fall in the same manner.  While this doesn’t happen in every country or every oil field, we do see similar patterns.  For example, this similar trend is taking place in both Argentina and Norway: Read More

02.08.18- FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In "Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy" 
Tyler Durden

  • Undercover FBI informant William Campbell has given written testimony to Congressional investigators after an "iron clad" gag order was lifted in October
  • Campbell was a highly valued CIA and FBI asset deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry while Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI
  • Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money - which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money laundering apparatus" Read More

02.07.18- The Extent of Global Warming Deception and the Damage is Not Hyperbole
Dr. Tim Ball

Normally, I don’t respond to comments about my articles. However, comments about my last article raise questions that I think require context and explanation in the ongoing search for openness and free debate on climate. This applies to even the most extreme challenges to the status quo. Many of the comments are predictable because they come from people who constantly beat the same old drum. It is usually possible to predict who will respond to any subject and what they will say. They are not necessarily trolls, although trolls are ever present, and are usually called-out or ignored. The critical issue is the danger of skeptics becoming a narrow-minded, tunnel-vision group that attacks, rejects, or simply ignores skepticism about the skeptic’s position or views. Read More

02.06.18- Oil Prices Ravaged By Financial Turmoil
Nick Cunningham

Oil prices fell back suddenly over the last few trading sessions, dragged down by some forces beyond the oil market.

The steady decline of the U.S. dollar has helped drive up crude prices for weeks, but that came to an abrupt halt last week. A rebound for the greenback led to a steep decline in oil prices on Friday.

At the same time, sudden turmoil in the broader financial system also bled over into the oil market. Volatility in the stock market flared up on Friday, sparking the sharpest single-day upheaval in years. Read More

02.05.18- US oil production hits 10 million barrels per day for first time since 1970
Josh Siegel

The U.S. is expected to experience "explosive growth" in oil production in 2018 and will exceed Saudi Arabia's output for the first time and rival Russia, the world's top producer. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

U.S. oil production hit 10 million barrels per day in November for the first time since 1970, highlighting the power of shale oil and natural gas boom.

More than 6 million of those barrels came from shale, the Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday. Read More

02.03.18- The Nuclear Posture Review: The World Will Not Surive the American Neoconservatives’ Doctrine of US World Hegemony
Paul Craig Roberts

The government of the United States is clearly in demonic hands. We are overflowing with proof. Take today (2-2-18) for example. A report from the House Intelligence Committee was released that is proof that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice (sic), and the Democratic National Committee are engaged in a conspiracy against American democracy and the President of the United States with the full support of the presstitute media. Read More

02.02.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Gold-Backed Cryptocurrencies... Icing on an Already Tasty Cake
John Rubino

The blockchain has discovered gold (or gold has discovered the blockchain). Either way, this means several things. First, the decades-long dream of a gold-backed cybercurrency may finally be realized. Second, gold and probably silver are looking at a big new source of physical demand. Third, the huge number of gold-related initial coin offerings (ICOs) in this largely unregulated pipeline will require buyers to learn how to tell the legitimate offerings from the scams. 

Two probably-legitimate examples: Read More

02.01.18- The Earth's Magnetic Field Is Shifting, Poles May Flip: "This Could Get Bad"
Tyler Durden

"The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare..." is the ominous sub-headline of a worrisome new report that shows scientists around the world fearing that the earth's magnetic field is shifting, with potentially disastrous consequences for mankind.

"When next the poles change places, the consequences for the electrical and electronic infrastructure that runs civilization will be dire. The question is when that will happen." Read More

01.31.18- Texas Set For Another Oil Boom
Irina Slav

Texas is set for another oil boom, with production this year expected to hit a record high. That’s according to Karr Ingham, the oil economist who created the Texas Petro Index — a composite based on several upstream indicators.

The December 2017 reading of the index was 188.8, up from 151.2 in December 2016. This is still far below the peak of 314.2, which was reached in November 2014, a few months after the price slide began, but it’s much better than 2016 readings. In fact, the TPI has been rising for 13 months in a row. Read More

01.30.18- The Deliberate Attack on Tour Health and the Attempted Coverup and
Distraction from the Truth

Ryan Christian

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.

I wanted to begin a little differently today, with a quick note to those of you who see the value in this broadcast, and the importance of questioning the mainstream narrative, as well as the two-party paradigm.

As William Faulkner said:

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”  Read More

01.29.18- Three Wild Cards That Could
Hurt The Oil Rally

Kent Moors

The 2018 oil rally is happening at breakneck speed.

As I write this, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is above $66 a barrel while Brent crude is breaching $71 a barrel for the first time since December 2014.

That means, as of yesterday’s close, WTI has risen 12.2 percent for the month; Brent 8.1 percent.

Now, I’ve written about the narrowing of the global crude oil balance for some time.

But it’s looking more and more like that balance is arriving quicker than anticipated. Read More

01.27.18- This Oil Stock Crushed It in 2017, but It Could Do Even Better in 2018
Matthew DiLallo

Diamondback Energy delivered a market-crushing return last year, gaining nearly 25%, which outpaced the more than 19% return from the red-hot S&P 500. That outperformance is even more impressive considering that most oil stocks lost value last year after investors bailed on the sector when oil prices tumbled during the summer. That said, crude came roaring back by year-end, which catapulted Diamondback Energy's stock because of how briskly it's growing output.

That said, as good as Diamondback's performance was last year, two potential catalysts could make 2018 an even better year. Read More

01.26.18- Weak Dollar Drives The Oil Rally
Nick Cunningham

Defying gravity, WTI and Brent soared to new heights this week, pushed along by an unlikely ally: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Mnuchin surprised reporters when he seemed to express support for a weaker U.S. dollar, which flies in the face of longstanding U.S. government policy supporting a strong greenback. The dollar dropped sharply on the news, raising fears of a campaign by the U.S. to push down its currency to gain an edge in exports. Read More

01.25.18- 100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream

Desktop Metal – remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.

We've been hearing for years now about 3D printing and how it's going to revolutionize manufacturing. As yet, though, it's still on the periphery.

Plenty of design studios and even home users run desktop printers, but the only affordable printing materials are cheap ABS plastics. And at the other end of the market, while organizations like NASA and Boeing are getting valuable use out of laser-melted metal printing, it's a very slow and expensive process that doesn't seem to scale well. Read More

01.24.18- Solar supercapacitor creates electricity and hydrogen fuel on the cheap
Michael Irving

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it's a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass producing, distributing and storing hydrogen is still a major roadblock. But new work out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) could help lower the barrier to entry for consumers, with a device that uses sunlight to produce both hydrogen and electricity.

The UCLA device is a hybrid unit that combines a supercapacitor with a hydrogen fuel cell, and runs the whole shebang on solar power. Along with the usual positive and negative electrodes, the device has a third electrode that can either store energy electrically or use it to split water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms – a process called water electrolysis. Read More

01.23.18- Why China Can’t Shake Its Coal Dependency
Kent Moors

Thanks to Mother Nature and administrative decision-making, China’s drive to reduce the use of coal has hit a roadblock.

You see, China entered 2017 aggressively trying to reduce coal capacity. The state-run Xinhua News even said last November that China was on track to cut its total number of mines to 7,000 by 2018.

But despite having a wealth of different energy sources – from (undeveloped) natural gas and oil to renewable sources like wind and solar – China remains dependent upon coal for most of its power generation and heat. To keep up with expanding demand from an expanding population, China on average is bringing a new coal-fired energy plant on line every week. Read More

01.22.18- The Best Places In The World To Mine Bitcoin
Charles Kennedy

Deep in China’s Sichuan mountains, miners are chipping away at complex mathematical puzzles in hopes of unlocking one of today’s most prized assets, bitcoin.

Currently, more than 60 percent of all bitcoin is mined in China, and these miners have picked their location wisely. The remote Sichuan mountains enjoy a cool year-round temperature and cheap electricity provided by small-scale hydro-electric facilities, averaging from $0.05 to $0.08-cents per kWh.

Recent rumors, however, suggest that this could all come crashing down. Read More

01.20.18- Will The Dollar Survive The Petro-Yuan?
Alasdair Macleod

This might seem a frivolous question, while the dollar still retains its might, and is universally accepted in preference to other, less stable fiat currencies. However, it is becoming clear, at least to independent monetary observers, that in 2018 the dollar’s primacy will be challenged by the yuan as the pricing medium for energy and other key industrial commodities. After all, the dollar’s role as the legacy trade medium is no longer appropriate, given that China’s trade is now driving the global economy, not America’s.

At the very least, if the dollar’s future role diminishes, then there will be surplus dollars, which unless they are withdrawn from circulation entirely, will result in a lower dollar on the foreign exchanges. Read More

01.19.18- Will The Coming Big Oil Price Drop Cause The Next Stock Market Crash?
Steve St Angelo

The oil market price is setting up for one heck of a fall.  Now, could this large oil correction cause the next stock market crash?  Time will tell.  However, the indicators in the oil market are showing the largest net commercial short positions in history.  The current net commercial short positions in the oil market are even higher by 174,000 contracts than the level when the oil price fell from $105 in mid-2014 to a low of $30 at the beginning of 2016.

Furthermore, there was a previous trend in the 1980’s that suggests we are setting up for a MAJOR stock market crash.  I discuss the details of the current record net commercial short positions and the similar setup that took place during the 1980’s in my newest video, Will The Coming Big Oil Price Drop Cause The Next Stock Market Crash? Read More

01.18.18- Reviving uranium mining at
the Grand Canyon

Proposals to rip up a moratorium preventing uranium mining around the Grand Canyon have received sharp criticism and bullish support in almost equal measures. But, as always, the devil is in the detail, so how far does the current moratorium go and what is being proposed in its stead? Dr Gareth Evans finds out. 

Take one of the world’s largest and most iconic geological features, add the spectre of nuclear power, the threat of environmental ruin, and then lay it at the door of the US’s arguably most controversial President and you have a story that is guaranteed to grab attention. Read More

01.17.18- Saudi Arabia May Be Pulling Off The Biggest Market Manipulation Scheme
Since The Hunt Brothers

Zach Scheidt

“Because the economic stability of Saudi Arabia rides on the success of this stunt, you’d better believe the Saudi Kingdom will pull out all of the stops…”

If you or I pulled a stunt like this, we’d go to jail.

(And our faces would be plastered all over the news, our families shamed, and our savings would be taken away.) Read More

01.16.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Is Going Shirtless a Necessary Freedom?
Joe Jarvis

Should women be allowed to take off their shirts in public?

Men can do it without legal restrictions. And although it may not seem like a big deal, it is one of those lingering inequalities that give fodder to otherwise over-the-top feminist movements.

It would be better to fix the few actual inequalities that still exist.

Women around the world participate in the “free the nipple” movement. They challenge local laws which restrict women from going topless while allowing men that freedom. Read More

01.15.18- Algae May Be Green Energy’s
Secret Weapon

Irina Slav

Algae are probably one of the most attractive directions of scientific development when it comes to finding new green energy sources. They are cheap. They can be used either as a direct source of oil to make biofuel from, as Exxon is doing or, as a team of Cambridge chemists did, used in a fuel cell to make electricity.

This is not the first fuel cell powered by what is called biophotovoltaics. A biophotovoltaic, or BPV, is a solar cell that uses microorganisms to turn solar energy into an electric current. Algae are particularly suitable for these cells, since they grow quickly and, again, are cheap to produce. These, however, were also genetically modified to convert solar energy into electrons more efficiently by minimizing the loss of electrons during the conversion. Read More

01.13.18- Financial war may escalate into massive EMP attacks as final showdown looms
Benjamin Fulford

The ongoing war over the control of the financial system, and thus control over the future of the planet, is reaching a dangerous crescendo, multiple sources agree.  Most significantly, the U.S. military distracted world attention last week with a fake feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and his former consiglieri Steve Bannon while they used SpaceX to launch their secret Zuma satellite, Pentagon sources say.

This ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) satellite was launched as the U.S. government’s January 31st payment deadline looms, and will be used against North Korea, the sources say.  Since North Korea is a proxy and is really too analog to be affected by an EMP attack, this is clearly a veiled threat at the Swiss controllers who hollowed out the U.S. and built up China. Read More

01.12.18- The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Continues Unabated
Dr Helen Caldicott

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it's only now the damage has been photographed. 

RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyedRead More

01.11.18- And Now, for Domething Entirely Different: The Focus Shifts From Trump To Hillary And The Corrupt FBI
Paul Craig Roberts

The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and NPR will never tell you, but the criminal is Hillary, not Trump. It has come to light that the FBI edited down FBI Director Comey’s investigation of Hillary in order to make it look like nothing was amiss. Comey’s conclusion that Hillary was “grossly negligent,” a conclusion justifying felony indictment for mishandling of classified information, was replaced with “extremely careless.” The Chairman of the US Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee, Ron Johnson (R, Wis) has asked the current FBI director, Chris Wray, if the document was rewritten in order to protect Hillary. Senator Johnson is particular interested in the emails that show that some senior FBI officials were determined to prevent Trump from becoming US President. Read More

01.10.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Trump Monster
Jeff Thomas

I don’t often comment on specific world leaders or isolated political events, choosing instead to look at the big picture as much as possible and what it may mean to the reader’s future.

However, I’ve repeatedly been asked to comment on the liberal press (worldwide, but particularly in the US) reporting false news regarding Donald Trump.

This, of course, is an ongoing trend, but the reports appear to be increasing in frequency, severity of criticism and, indeed, pettiness. Read More

01.09.18- Low Cost Renewables Are Creating A New Middle East
Tsvetana Paraskova

Various countries in the world’s most oil-dependent region, the Middle East, have started to look above ground for generating energy to diversify away from their primary below-ground energy source.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman, to name a few, have set some ambitious goals to boost the construction of clean energy facilities and the use of renewables in their energy mix in the long term.

As global solar and wind costs continue to drop and make those energy solutions increasingly competitive, the Middle East is expected to continue to move ahead with renewable projects this year, according to UAE’s outlet The NationalRead More

01.08.18- Oil Prices Could Soon Drop 50%
Jim Rickards

Oil has had a spectacular run the past two years. From $29.42 per barrel on January 15, 2016, oil has risen to $57.36 per barrel as of last Friday, a 95% gain in less than 23 months.

Much of this gain reflects the determination of the world’s two largest oil exporters – Saudi Arabia and Russia – to limit output in order to firm up prices. The duopoly of Saudi Arabia and Russia has proved much more effective than OPEC at maintaining the discipline needed to control oil prices.

OPEC members such as Iran and Iraq are notorious for cheating on OPEC quotas. The duopoly is more disciplined. Read More

01.06.18- More Antarctica Strangeness: Now It's a Fossilized Forest
Jospeh P. Farrell

While most of the USSA is freezing from record cold temperatures (one wonders how cold it is in Canada!), it seems appropriate to blog about this story which came into my inbox during the holidays from Mr. V.T., a regular article contributor here.  As one might imagine, this prompt some really high octane speculation:

Mysterious Fossilized Antarctic Forest May Offer Evidence Of The Great Flood – But Some Facts Speak Against This Theory

As one might imagine, there are those taking this fossilized Antarctic forest as evidence of the Flood. But there's a teensy weensy "catch": Read More

01.05.18- FBI Launches New Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation
Tyler Durden

Exactly two weeks after we reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed DOJ prosecutors to dig into the FBI's handling of the Uranium One investigation, we learn that the FBI has opened a new investigation of the Clinton Foundation launched by the DOJ - spearheaded by its Little Rock, Arkansas field office, according to John Solomon of The Hill

The probe will focus on pay-for-play schemes and tax code violations, according to law enforcement officials and a witness who wishes to remain anonymous. Read More

01.04.18- Iranian Crisis Could Send Oil To $100
Nick Cunningham

Oil prices started the year on a high note as some geopolitical tension pushed aside bearish concerns. Both WTI and Brent opened above $60 per barrel for the first time in years.

The protests in Iran were the main driver of the bullish sentiment in the oil market. Anti-government demonstrations swept across the country in recent days, and unlike the widespread protests in 2009, the current rallies are related to economic woes and are also taking place in more cities than just Tehran. “Growing unrest in Iran set the table for a bullish start to 2018,” the Schork Report said in a note to clients on January 2. Read More

01.03.18- A "Bomb Cyclone" Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast
Tyler Durden

This storm developing off the Southeast coast will meet the meteorological criteria of a “bomb” as it rapidly intensifies. The signal for a storm has been evident since last week, but as the track has been fine-tuned, impacts to the I-95 corridor are now expected. Snow, strong winds, and very cold temperatures are expected particularly the further east one heads,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.

Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday. Read More

01.02.18- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Delta Force Raids Obama Stronghold in Thailand
Someone's Bones

During the pre-dawn hours on Christmas Day, Delta Force operators launched a precision strike against an Obama-controlled stronghold in Thailand, says an active Secret Service agent who claims President Trump green lit the operation following a series of telephone calls to United States military commanders and to Thailand Prime Minister Nik Bukharin.

A Delta detachment, known as 1-SFOD in the Special Operations community, flew from Okinawa, Japan to the United States Embassy in Bangkok, and held position while Trump cleared the incursion with his Thai counterparts. Read More

01.01.18- How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018?
Paul Craig Roberts

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats. Among the economic threats are stock, bond, and real estate markets artificially pumped up by years of central bank money creation and by false reports of full employment. It is an open question whether participants in these markets are aware that underlying reality does not support the asset values. Central banks support stock markets not only with abundant liquidity but also with direct stock purchases. The Japanese central bank is now one of the largest owners of Japanese equities. Central banks, which are supposed to provide economic stability, have created a massive fraud. Read More

12.30.17- The Biggest Oil Story Of 2017
Nick Cunningham

There have been plenty of eye-catching stories in the energy industry this year, but one notable development has been the rise of the U.S. as a crude oil exporter. The ban on crude exports from the U.S. was lifted at the end of 2015, and exports ticked up in the following year, but only modestly. 2017, however, was the year that the floodgates opened.

In the first half of the year, there were several weeks when the U.S. topped 1 million barrels per day (mb/d), but exports averaged about 750,000 bpd between January and June. Read More

12.29.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Six Best Ways to Raise
Freedom-Loving Kids

Jennifer Lade

When it comes to goal achievement, most people will tell you that the end does not justify the means. But for some reason, that goes out the window when it comes to how parents treat their kids. In the name of teaching children proper behavior, parents allow themselves all sorts of practices that are unfair, illogical, or downright cruel.

A lot of these practices are ingrained in us from our own childhoods. That was when we were on the receiving end of the parenting. It is easy to accept that these parenting practices are harmless, or even necessary, because we all experienced them and “turned out fine.” Read More

12.28.17- Renewable Electricity Generation Surpasses Nuclear For First Time Since 1984
Tyler Durden

U.S. monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation for the first time since July 1984, in March, and again in April, the EIA reports.

This outcome reflects both seasonal and trend growth in renewable generation, as well as maintenance and refueling schedules for nuclear plants, which tend to undergo maintenance during spring and fall months, when overall electricity demand is lower than in summer or winter. Read More

12.27.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The individual vs. group mind control
Jon Rappoport

“The individual sees how a machine is put together. He sees the pieces and the systems. Because he is creative, he doesn’t stop there. He doesn’t automatically believe in the machine and accept it as the final THING. He can invent a better machine—or no machine at all. He has the latent power to go outside the machine and invent in a different way. He can CREATE HIS OWN WORLD. It isn’t a bubble that separates him from the commonly shared world. It is inserted into the common world. It is built on different ideas. He is alive, his creative force is alive, and so what he builds will be alive, too. This is a kind of natural magic. A magic that is inherent in him. It surpasses the ordinary strictures of society. Am I talking about imagination? Absolutely. This is where it starts. This is where the new path originates. Read More

12.26.17- Breakthrough In Hydrogen Cracking Could Create Clean Fuel
Michael McDonald

Is this the first serious crack in high cost of hydrogen?

Hydrogen fuel cells have been one of the most exciting areas of green energy for a long time. After all, a vehicle that runs and produces water as its only output would be a great innovation. Yet, hydrogen fuel cells have remained a frustratingly difficult technology that has made little progress in become a serious power source in any major market.

Even with the backing of one of the biggest car companies on the planet, hydrogen fuel is still lagging far behind electric vehicles. This result is driven by a number of interconnected issues. Yet perhaps the most serious challenge for hydrogen-based power is the prohibitive cost associated with the technology.Read More

12.25.17- Ten Thousand Times Brighter than the Star of Bethlehem
Rev Mitchell

Having been to the moon once, we are now confident that the rest of the universe is only a quantum leap ahead – if there were any quantum leaps to be had.

But history has proven that men are traveling through the medium of time not the vast expanse of space – all men, throughout all time. It is an equation that a child can deduce. There is no argument… 

Haphazardly and mostly blind, we hope to see a bright portent, a perfect sign, and a light to guide us to the endless tomorrows we all suspect that await us. Read More

12.23.17- The Solar Tech That Is
Making Cleaner Oil

Zainab Calcuttawala

It’s clear: fossil fuel majors from around the world are preparing to redefine their core competency from oil and gas extraction to “energy” provision over the next few decades. In the meantime, the biggest players are working on getting their oil operations on the green side.

Aera Energy, a joint venture owned by Shell and ExxonMobil, is building California’s largest solar energy project in the San Joaquin Valley, where 1.7 billion barrels of heavy oil have been extracted since operations began in 1911. Read More

Oil Prices Could Soon Drop 50%
James Rickards

Oil has had a spectacular run the past two years. From $29.42 per barrel on January 15, 2016, oil has risen to $57.36 per barrel as of last Friday, a 95% gain in less than 23 months.

Much of this gain reflects the determination of the world’s two largest oil exporters – Saudi Arabia and Russia – to limit output in order to firm up prices. The duopoly of Saudi Arabia and Russia has proved much more effective than OPEC at maintaining the discipline needed to control oil prices.

OPEC members such as Iran and Iraq are notorious for cheating on OPEC quotas. The duopoly is more disciplined. Read More

12.21.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Why Is Eric Holder Freaking Out?
Dave Hodges

Why is Holder freaking out at the possibillity of President Trump firing Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller?

All the King’s horses and all the King’s Men could not put Humpty Dumpty Holder back together again!

Eric Holder has engaged in behavior which should have already sent him to prison. And if he would have gone to prison as the government offiical most responsible for the murder of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, then former President Obama would go to jail as well because of his role of ordering Holder to ship thousands of guns to the Mexican drug cartels, via the DOJ, in order to launch attack the Second Amendment in America. Read More

12.20.17- 100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream
Loz Blain

Desktop Metal – remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.

We've been hearing for years now about 3D printing and how it's going to revolutionize manufacturing. As yet, though, it's still on the periphery. Read More

12.19.17- Canadian Oil Prices Plunge To $30
Brandon Smith

Oil from Canada’s oil sands is now selling at a $27-per-barrel discount relative to WTI, the sharpest difference in more than four years.

Western Canada Select (WCS), a benchmark for oil from Alberta’s oil sands, has plunged in December, falling to just $30 per barrel at the end of this past week. WCS typically trades at a discount to WTI, reflecting the differences in quality from lighter forms of oil, as well as the extra transportation costs to move oil hundreds of miles out of Alberta.

But a discount is usually something like $10 per barrel, not more than $25. A price deterioration of this magnitude has not been seen in years. Read More

12.18.17- Is A Petro-Dollar Versus Petro-Yuan Showdown Coming Today?
Tyler Durden

China made its move finishing the testing of the oil-for-yuan futures contracts, and on Monday, President Trump goes on the offensive…

Just a few short days after Chinese regulators gave the greenlight to petro-yuan futures trading, signaling an escalation in the war against dollar hegemony, President Trump is reportedly set to accuse China of “economic aggression” in efforts to “undermine international order” during his national security strategy speech on Monday. Read More

12.16.17- The Great Oil Swindle
Chris Martenson

Is leading us to destruction

When it comes to the story we're being told about America's rosy oil prospects, we're being swindled. 

At its core, the swindle is this: The shale industry's oil production forecasts are vastly overstated.

Swindle:  Noun  - A fraudulent scheme or action.

And the swindle is not just affecting the US.  It's badly distorted everything from current geopolitics to future oil forecasts. Read More

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.

$500,000!

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

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