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Asian domination and cheap US energy forever

2013.12.02. 15:23 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Asian domination and cheap US energy forever

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook in 6 charts. Here is our pick of top charts from the IEA’s latest annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), as promised in our earlier post. These are about the big trends that we (mostly) agree with. In yet another follow-up post we will also write about that the…

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IEA’s oil story in a single chart

2013.11.21. 16:39 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

IEA’s oil story in a single chart

It’s the shale (aka. tight) oil, stupid. Despite all reports to the contrary, the unconventional oil boom implies rising output outside of OPEC, and OPEC will produce much less than previously expected. Fatih Birol, IEA's Chief Economist announced the new Outlook. Picture: Shale world…

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How to lower your electricity bill: Are Hungarians (and the British) easier to fool?

2013.11.12. 16:22 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

How to lower your electricity bill: Are Hungarians (and the British) easier to fool?

A gadget which is supposed to decrease your electricity bills by 75%. Bullshit. Still, a recent EU-wide scam raises some interesting comparisons: where do they charge more for the same ‘product’? Last week, we (as well as many others) got a Facebook ad: ‘If you buy our gadget, and simply…

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The consequences of a Persian Spring

2013.11.07. 12:12 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

The consequences of a Persian Spring

It is a Saturday night in 2023. Despite the inconvenient hour, the Tel Aviv-Shiraz EasyJet flight is full of expectant Israeli and American backpackers, Iranian traders and the odd oilworker expat family based in Iran returning from a long weekend of sightseeing… Sounds completely unrealistic?…

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What’s in a name? Special upstream edition

2013.10.30. 11:07 Diana Szoke (DSzoke)

What’s in a name? Special upstream edition

What do dead cows, Native American warriors and Snow White have in common? At first glance, not much. Yet these are just some of the many random names given to oil and gas fields. While most exploration and production (upstream) blocks are named after their geographic location, or just assigned a…

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The Great End-Game with Iran: Historical reflexes versus fundamentals

2013.10.02. 11:33 Diana Szoke (DSzoke)

The Great End-Game with Iran: Historical reflexes versus fundamentals

If a Martian landed on Earth, it would be greatly surprised that the US is an ally of Saudi Arabia and an enemy of Iran. History is the explanation, but fundamentals have a tendency to reassert themselves in the long run… By István Zsoldos and Diána Szőke Saudi Arabia, where women are…

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The oil price shocker – interactive edition

2013.09.13. 11:45 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

The oil price shocker – interactive edition

How high would oil prices climb if there was a fallout in Syria's or Egypt's production? Or if the crisis escalated and Iran, for example, stopped producing? Or if it blocked the Strait of Hormuz? In our interactive chart you can play around with your assumed oil supply shocks, too. As we have…

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Unsexy but disruptive: The effects of Google’s self-driving car

2013.09.04. 11:16 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Unsexy but disruptive: The effects of Google’s self-driving car

What’s such a big deal about a self-driving car, when you even have to give up control of the vehicle? Exactly that. You might not need to own a car at all, and still get everywhere like you had a chauffeur. And it may even change how much your house is worth, for example. A self-driving car…

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Trendspotting - the next 20 years of global energy

2013.08.27. 11:29 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Trendspotting - the next 20 years of global energy

The world is either going to be constrained by the high price of energy, cook itself or it will use a lot of gas, barring a revolution in renewables. In our earlier post we showed some enduring energy trends. In this one we take a look at what happens if these trends broadly continue. This is…

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Hyperloop. Or just hyperhype?

2013.08.13. 16:21 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

Hyperloop. Or just hyperhype?

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind PayPal and Tesla, recently unveiled his plans for a new, superfast transport system, which generated a lot of hype in the media. But the plans are still somewhat vague. We show how passengers could look like while covering the distance between Budapest…

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What comes after oil? Mostly oil.

2013.08.09. 10:07 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

What comes after oil? Mostly oil.

Or: the adventures of oil markets as pictured on past covers of The Economist. We wonder what might come next, and judging by the usual frequency we only have to wait a couple of years...

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First amphora wine in Hungary?

2013.08.02. 11:58 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

First amphora wine in Hungary?

Good wine doesn’t necessarily take… a barrel. At least not always. Rolling Barrel exclusive summer edition. Because we said right from the start that we wouldn’t only write about energy… I tasted a few wines produced in amphorae during a trip to Georgia. Wine, but not as we know it… The…

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Save the planet, don’t eat French fries

2013.07.18. 11:32 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

Save the planet, don’t eat French fries

What emits more CO2 – 1 kg of French fries, or 1 kg of gasoline? And what does all this have to do with the EU? Find out in our post below. Last week the European Union approved adding several other industries to the list of those threatened by so-called “carbon leakage” (see box), which…

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Chart orgy about energy trends

2013.07.12. 11:16 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Chart orgy about energy trends

A bit more than 4 barrels of oil. Or about 700 liters. That is how much oil the average person uses each year globally. And it has been the same for the past 30 years. BP recently published its annual data deluge regarding energy markets. We calculated some interesting ratios and present them in…

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Syria’s globalized civil war

2013.07.04. 11:57 Diana Szoke (DSzoke)

Syria’s globalized civil war

Every country has a stake in the conflict one way or another. But that won’t stop the bitter war of attrition from grinding on.  The old joke used to go like this: “Question: What is globalization? Answer: Princess Diana’s death. An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend…

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Has the time come for a recession in China?

2013.06.28. 13:20 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Has the time come for a recession in China?

Many people think that a slowdown to say 4% growth in China would be unimaginable. But how about minus 4%?   By István Zsoldos and Péter Simon Vargha It has always been a question of when, not if. China’s per capita GDP has grown almost 6 fold in the past 20 years, a compound annual…

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Will the cheap US gas be exported?

2013.06.19. 14:29 gyuriakien

Will the cheap US gas be exported?

The US chemical industry would rather export the natural gas in the form of plastics, the greens would not export it at all, and the foreign policy lobby regards gas exports as a tactical weapon against the Russians. The jury on exports is still out, literally. By András Bácsi-Nagy. András has…

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Natural gas light - without the CO2?

2013.06.14. 11:38 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Natural gas light - without the CO2?

This is not as crazy as it sounds. Actually the technology already does exist.  In our earlier post we argued that we do not have much time in terms of climate change – it is very likely that the carbon budget will be exceeded in 20 years or less, and that the temperature increase will…

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Climate change for skeptics

2013.06.06. 13:14 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Climate change for skeptics

There’s only a 1% chance your plane will crash. Enjoy your flight! There’s no way around it: climate change is happening. Even if it’s unusually cold in June. And you don’t need to be a climate scientist to be convinced by the evidence. As some of our readers requested, we gathered the…

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Energy costs are a headache for the EU too

2013.05.30. 10:51 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

Energy costs are a headache for the EU too

The EU is getting worried about the high energy prices paid by European companies. Well, maybe they should have thought of that earlier. Another EU summit was held last week, where energy issues were discussed (among other topics). However, the issue of tax avoidance and tax fraud seems to have…

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Magic energy circles

2013.05.17. 13:05 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

Magic energy circles

In what does Europe beat the world, and what does America excel in? We were also inspired by the world map that went viral on the net last week: more people living inside of a circle than outside of it… We made a couple versions for the energy industry too. The following mind-blowing map came…

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Where do the world’s super-rich live?

2013.05.09. 14:47 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Where do the world’s super-rich live?

Mainly in large metropolises, and primarily in the US. But their numbers are growing in China too. Wealthinsight recently published a list (which we found on the Alphaville blog in Financial Times) that ranks cities by the number of billionaires residing there. New York ranks first, followed by…

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Hitting the carbon limit soon?

2013.05.08. 10:48 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

Hitting the carbon limit soon?

There is not a long time left to come up with a technological breakthrough to get rid of CO2 emissions. The other option is crocodiles in Scandinavia if we remain on current emission trends. Recently, there has been a lot of media attention on atmospheric CO2 concentrations reaching 400 ppm…

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The end of ever increasing oil prices

2013.04.30. 09:52 Zsoldos István (Zsopi)

The end of ever increasing oil prices

We could well see oil prices spike to new records. But the average price in the next decade is likely to be lower than in recent years. In our previous piece we have shown that Saudi Arabia may not be able to cut production to stabilize oil prices much longer, if needed. In this post we are going…

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South Stream: Will the pipeline backfire?

2013.04.18. 12:17 varghaps (Vargha Péter Simon)

South Stream: Will the pipeline backfire?

Bluff, empire-building or no better project? Will South Stream “West” be built, and will Gazprom shoot itself in the foot? Or will the current plans be scrapped? We’re rooting for the former… In our previous post on the Nabucco pipeline, we explored the factors (basically everything)…

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