Tag Archives: coal

Eight insights based on December 2017 energy data

BP recently published energy data through December 31, 2017, in its Statistical Review of World Energy 2018. The following are a few points we observe, looking at the data: [1] The world is making limited progress toward moving away from fossil fuels. … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged China coal, coal, energy consumption, India coal, per capita energy consumption, Venezuela | 2,505 Comments

Gail in China Report #3

Greetings Finite Worlders!  Gail is on her 1 month lecture tour of China. She’s unable to access WordPress from China, but does have access to email, so she’s sending me updates to publish here on OFW.  My Byline/About appears at … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged China, coal, Daqing Oil Field, oil, Ordos, Petroleum University of China, Prof. Feng, Shale | 187 Comments

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables

On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy. Of course, the energy … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil | Tagged biofuel, coal, geothermal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, solar PV, wind energy | 984 Comments

Why World Coal Consumption Keeps Rising; What Economists Missed

A primary reason why coal consumption is rising is because of increased international trade, starting when the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995, and greatly ramping up when China was added in December 2001. Figure 1 shows world fossil … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Energy policy, Financial Implications | Tagged China, coal, economists, fossil fuel, India, international trade, Kyoto Protocol, oil leverage, recession | 59 Comments