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By Robert Rapier on Nov 12, 2010 with 25 responses

Cleantech, Globalization and Energy Independence

The following guest essay is by Kevin P. Kane. Kevin is an Oil & Gas analyst and cleantech business consultant living in South Korea. Kevin previously published two widely circulated essays: American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream and Energy Security Populism: Oil Prices, American Leaders, and Media. In this essay Kevin examines the green energy marketplace with a focus on globalization. ————————- Green Global System Integration, Joint Ventures, and Partnerships: How Renewable Energy Accelerates Globalization & Reduces Energy Independence By Kevin P. Kane Many private investors and financial institutions are betting on who will win the green race, but contrary to how our national leaders and media outlets make things appear, they are not wagering on countries: not the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 12, 2010 with 15 responses

Oil Prices, Recession-Depression, and Investment

The following is a guest essay by Kevin Kane. Kevin is the author of the Energy Fanatic Blog. Oil Prices, Recession-Depression, and Investment Low Oil Prices Foster Future Oil Price Peaks By Kevin Kane As the global economy stalls, some economists including Paul Krugman argue that unless governments take action now, we risk slipping into a period of recession, or possibly even depression. If the world economy does double dip, ceteris paribus, oil prices will decrease following weak consumer demand. Should this double dip turn into a recession, or even worse, a depression, its long term impacts on oil supply additions and renewable energy innovation will be considerably negative. Low oil prices are in general bad for consumers over the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 12, 2010 with no responses

Iraq Oil & Gas Production: Geopolitical Compromises and Kurdish Autonomy

The following guest essay is by Kevin Kane. Kevin is a market analyst, economist, Asia political affairs strategist, and Korean language linguist living in Seoul, South Korea. Kevin previously published American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream. ——————- Iraq Oil&Gas Production: Geopolitical Compromises and Kurdish Autonomy By Kevin Kane As Royal Dutch Shell and other majors increase their investments in Iraq, some oil market analysts argue that Iraq could export over 12 mb/d (million barrels per day) within a decade, significantly shifting global production closer to 100 mb/d from the present 83.5 mb/d inventory supply. Are Iraqi oil production estimates too ambitious or perhaps, not optimistic enough? The northern Kurdish-governed territory of Iraq situated between Iran, Turkey, and Arab-Iraq is… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 19, 2009 with no responses

American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream

The following guest essay is by Kevin Kane. Kevin is a market analyst, economist, Asia political affairs strategist, and Korean language linguist living in Seoul, South Korea. American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream By Kevin Kane During election campaigns, presidential candidates, policy leaders, and pundits pander to both American fears and desires when they demand that the U.S. should pursue “energy independence” by eliminating oil imports. This has been a rallying cry of every President since the 1970s when American domestic production began a steady decline that continues through today. Is energy independence a realistic policy, or as we are a part of one globally integrated economy, do we need a more relevant global energy strategy that captures the… Continue»