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

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

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

Top Republicans are now publicly saying that Obamacare will never be fully repealed.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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02.15.17- Artificial Intelligence to Reveal
the Biggest Secret In Oil

Tsvetana Paraskova

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

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

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

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

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

"UNIMAGINABLE" Nuclear Meltdown Being Covered Up!
secureteam10

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

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

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

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

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

02.09.17- President Donald Trump's Uncle
Professor John Trump

Stan Deyo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02.04.17- The Missing Link
Rick Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01.27.17- Airbus And Uber In
the Race For Flying Cars

Michael McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Martenson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01.13.17- The Peak Oil President?
Tyler Durden

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

01.12.17- Oil Prices Running Out Of
Reasons To Rally

Nick Cunningham

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

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

01.11.17- Fake News as Official Policy
Bart Hawkins Kreps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irina Slav

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

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

01.05.16- Will 2017 Be A Landmark Year
for Renewables?

Precise Consultants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.28.16- The Craziest Oil Price Predictions
For 2017

Tsvetana Paraskova

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.21.16- Who Won The 2016 Oil War?
Tsvetana Paraskova

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irina Slav

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.10.16- How Standing Rock Has Changed Us
Sarah van Gelder

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

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

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

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

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

12.08.16- Burning Water and the SunCell
Keely Net

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

12.07.16- The Warren Buffett War on US Pipelines
Paul Driessen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dakota Access pipeline could be stranded asset in the making

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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