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For Russia, it’s a Permanent Naval Port in Cyprus, Stupid!

For Russia, it’s a Permanent Naval Port in Cyprus, Stupid!

 
The eurozone crisis is back on the international agenda with a very serious crisis unfolding in Cyprus right now. Some Wall Street investors might argue just in time to pull the rising U.S. stock market indices — the Dow Jones hit an all-time high recently — down for a better …

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EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement – Why the American Push Forward Now?

EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement – Why the American Push Forward Now?

 
Not too long ago President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February the start of free trade negotiations with the European Union (EU). These negotiations …

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Inching Towards Real North American Energy Security

Inching Towards Real North American Energy Security

In 2011, President Obama instructed the U.S. State Department to try to find a new route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline citing environmental concerns. The concerns were especially related to a potential contamination of the Ogallala aquifer.
This is an important groundwater source and therefore it makes sense to bypass …

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THE LAND OF THE RISING “NUCLEAR” SUN – AGAIN!

THE LAND OF THE RISING “NUCLEAR” SUN – AGAIN!

 
The experiment is over. Japanese voters went to the polls just yesterday on December 16 to elect a new parliament and overwhelmingly voted incumbent Japanese Prime Minister Noda from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) out of office. Yoshihiko Noda, a former finance minister who wanted to curb Japan’s immense public debt, …

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The Nexus between the Keystone XL Pipeline and Bending the CO2 Emissions Curve Downwards in the Long Term

The Nexus between the Keystone XL Pipeline and Bending the CO2 Emissions Curve Downwards in the Long Term

I spent the last week on a tour of the Canadian oil sands in Alberta talking to oil sands industry representatives, Government of Alberta officials – the regulator – and environmental think tanks. I am now back in New York with interesting insights, a far better understanding of “everything oil …

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U.S. to Overtake Saudi Arabia in Oil Production by 2020 — Not So Fast…

U.S. to Overtake Saudi Arabia in Oil Production by 2020 — Not So Fast…

 
 
In a recent report by the Paris-based IEA, it was forecasted that the United States would become the largest global oil producer, thereby overtaking Saudi Arabia, by around 2020. Not so fast! As Jen Alic of Oilprice.com rightly points out: “We cannot compare …

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President Obama Re-elected and Keystone XL Pipeline Revisited

President Obama Re-elected and Keystone XL Pipeline Revisited

 
 
The Foreign Policy Association has recently released results of its 2012 National Opinion Survey with some interesting insights regarding the geopolitics of energy. Among other things, the survey finds that a total of 57 percent of the balloters believe …

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Thoughts on Japan’s First Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

Thoughts on Japan’s First Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

 
Japan is reversing its decades-long advocacy of nuclear power as Bloomberg reported last Friday. In its first post-Fukushima energy policy approved by Prime Minister Noda a cabinet panel endorsed and outlined the potential next …

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Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions in Light of the UAE – Australia Uranium Deal

Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions in Light of the UAE – Australia Uranium Deal

Only in December 2011 did Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ruling Labor Party vote to overturn a long-standing ban on Australian uranium exports to India in order to strengthen diplomatic ties …

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Interview on the Geopolitics of Oil

Interview on the Geopolitics of Oil

I would like to point readers interested in the geopolitics of oil to a very interesting interview the Oilprice.com’s geopolitical editor Daniel J. Graeber gave to Infowars.com yesterday evening. Among the topics discussed, I would especially like …

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The Bright Future of Floating LNG Liquefaction, Regasification and Storage Units

The Bright Future of Floating LNG Liquefaction, Regasification and Storage Units

Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. announced on June 1, 2012 that it had been awarded a contract by the Exmar Group for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the world’s first Floating LNG Liquefaction, Regasification and Storage Unit (FLRSU), according to

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Some Basics on Fracking to Join the Informed Discussion

Some Basics on Fracking to Join the Informed Discussion

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has drawn a ban in New York City’s watershed, and the New Jersey legislature is contemplating to prevent the transport of wastewater from fracking through the Garden State. What do we need …

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What Countries Should Fear U.S. Natural Gas Exports in the Future?

What Countries Should Fear U.S. Natural Gas Exports in the Future?

The world gas market is currently dominated by gas exporting behemoths like Qatar, Russia, Algeria, and Iran. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel–compared to coal and oil–and therefore encourages an increase in power plants that run on natural gas. Many coal-fired power plants in the U.S. are being retrofitted right …

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“The Future of Energy” Will Entail Higher Prices

“The Future of Energy” Will Entail Higher Prices

 
Today the Foreign Policy Association hosted a conference on “The Future of Energy“. I had the pleasure of attending and, given that I am writing on energy, I also have some interesting insights to share.
Especially interesting was the panel …

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Nabucco in Limbo – “Götterdämmerung“ on the Horizon

Nabucco in Limbo – “Götterdämmerung“ on the Horizon

The European Nabucco pipeline project was first discussed in 2002 as a means of bringing the energy riches from the Caspian Sea Basin region and possibly the Middle East to the heart of Europe via a new southern corridor (via Turkey) that would bypass Russia. The opera this project was …

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About the Author

Roman Kilisek
Roman Kilisek

Roman Kilisek is a Global Energy & Natural Resources Analyst.
His research focuses on global energy politics, mining, infrastructure and trade, global political risk and macroeconomics. He is fond of using scenario development and analysis.

He has lived on three continents and traveled to over 40 countries around the world. He now lives and works in New York City.

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