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Venezuela’s Dilemma And Where Energy Fits

Venezuela’s Dilemma And Where Energy Fits

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Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth

Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth

The Democratic Republic of Congo has had its national election delayed again by President Joseph Kabila; on this occasion the election was delayed one week to December 30 and the announcement came three days before citizens were scheduled to head to the polls. On December 26, the electoral commission (CENI) announced elections in three regions […]

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Op-Ed: Why Financing Africa’s Energy Infrastructure is a Major Opportunity for Investors

Op-Ed: Why Financing Africa’s Energy Infrastructure is a Major Opportunity for Investors

Accessible, reliable and affordable energy is the cornerstone of transformational socio-economic development. For Africa, delivering sustainable development is dependent on meeting the continent’s energy needs in order to lift populations out of poverty, catalyze industrialization, and stimulate economic growth. Despite the continent’s abundant energy resources, energy poverty is still rife in the continent with close […]

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Qatar’s Slight Energy Fallout From The Blockade

Qatar’s Slight Energy Fallout From The Blockade

Being a small – by land mass – nation on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, news about Qatar may not be at the tip of the tongue of global citizens. The population has reached nearly 2.6 million, with only 200,000 being Qatari and much of the balance is composed of migrant workers. However, […]

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The Legal Option to Stop Nord Stream 2

The Legal Option to Stop Nord Stream 2

In Soviet mythology, the health of a country’s economy, national power, and influence in the world are directly linked to the performance of its oil and gas industries. The famous Russian gas project, Nord Stream 2, threatens to disturb the European Union family, emphasizing the contrasting interests of various EU nations. The Castro 10 vessel […]

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China and India Establish “Oil Buyers’ Club” to Counter OPEC

China and India Establish “Oil Buyers’ Club” to Counter OPEC

    On June 11, major Chinese and Indian oil companies started a formal meeting in Beijing, discussing the establishment of an “oil buyers’ club” to negotiate better prices with OPEC countries. The chairman of China’s biggest energy company China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Wang Yilin, and the chairman of refiner Indian Oil Corporation both […]

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The Globalization of Solar Panels: Solar Mamas at work

The Globalization of Solar Panels: Solar Mamas at work

Some cities are now betting on the proliferation of sustainable and local sources of energy. The idea was born in the forgotten network (inaccessible cities, suburbs, rural villages) and then is organized as such, that it questions today’s centralized national production of the world’s leading power source. Cities are not only going through an energy […]

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Cape Town Awaits “Day Zero”

Cape Town Awaits “Day Zero”

Picture from City of Cape Town. (Source: Alberton Record) Cape Town, South Africa (a city of four million people) is at a dangerous inflection point. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that South Africa’s second main economic driver and Africa’s third main economic hub city could be the first major city in the developed world to […]

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Unleashing Nigeria’s Energy Potential?

Unleashing Nigeria’s Energy Potential?

Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country with nearly 200 million citizens, is awash in energy riches with large oil and gas reserves.

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Energy Security Is a Matter of National Security Say Retired Military Leaders

Energy Security Is a Matter of National Security Say Retired Military Leaders

The military faces an array of strategic and tactical concerns that have propelled it to become a leader in energy innovation.

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Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station photographing East Asia were surprised when they saw a ‘black hole’ between China and South Korea.

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Energy Could Keep U.S.-Russia Ties On Ice

Energy Could Keep U.S.-Russia Ties On Ice

By 2020, the U.S. could become the world’s third-largest LNG producer, cutting into Russia’s natural gas exports revenues and further weakening its economy.

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Libyan Oil: A Bittersweet Return?

Libyan Oil: A Bittersweet Return?

Libyan oil coming back online could jeopardize a fragile production cut deal orchestrated by producers cartel OPEC to rebalance the global oil supply glut.

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Who Will Lead on Climate in the Age of Trump?

Who Will Lead on Climate in the Age of Trump?

Last year, the world celebrated the Paris climate deal. Less than a year later, elation has turned into depression. Who will assume leadership now?

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Climate Change: What Would Hillary Clinton Do?

Climate Change: What Would Hillary Clinton Do?

Hillary Clinton has put out an enormous number of climate change policy proposals. She may not be able to implement very many of them.

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