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  • October 17, 2013

    After a 30-year decline in domestic oil production, recent technological advances in exploration such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) have dramatically altered the nation’s energy picture. From 2007 to 2012, production of domestic shale gas increased by more than 50% a year and recovery of so-called “light tight” oil is growing even faster.At this rate, the U.S. will be the largest producer of petroleum in the world by 2030, exceeding even Saudi Arabia.

  • October 17, 2013

    In the vast open space of the Canadian Province of Alberta, there are three major oil sands deposits covering 54,000 square miles, a land mass roughly the size of England. These surface deposits contain approximately 170 billion barrels of oil reserves in a mixture of sand, clay and viscous petroleum, otherwise known as bitumen.

    These bitumen deposits must be processed and “cleansed” to yield the fluid, synthetic crude that is suitable for refining into salable products.


    Pipeline or no pipeline, Alberta’s oil sands are in production.

  • October 17, 2013

    The revolutionary Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located in the Mojave desert 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas has now produced its first output of energy after its Unit 1 station was synced to the power grid for the first time. The project’s 173,500 reflective heliostat mirrors have been positioned in place and “steam blow” testing in which the massive field of mirrors is focused on the elevated boiler has achieved the system’s desired temperatures, pressures and flow rates.

  • October 17, 2013

    It’s official: The Pentagon intends to develop diesel fuel for planes and trucks derived from oil seed crops and agricultural waste, and has awarded contracts to three companies to develop the plans for bio-refineries capable of producing 150 million gallons a year. The  goal is to produce a biofuel costing less than $4 per gallon that uses organic waste materials instead of farm crops like corn and soybeans.