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An Open Letter to Energy and Capital Readers

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted February 22, 2007

Brian Hicks introduces Justice Litle, who comes to us from Agora Financial. As lead editor of Outstanding Investments, Justice's readers saw some great years. But that was only the beginning...

An OPEC of a Different Color

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted January 30, 2007

Looming on the European horizon may be a new type of "natural gas OPEC" led by Russia. The secret to its success, however, will be its ability to operate under the global radar.

2007: Renewable Energy Gets Real, Part One

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 11, 2007

It's clear that 2007 is the year when renewable energy finally gets real. That is, it will make sense as an investment just on the return alone, no matter what your politics or your view on climate change may be.

The Polar Dash for Oil

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted December 29, 2006

As companies rush to find the new fields that will satiate our world's increasing demand for oil, their mad dash has pushed them to the ends of the earth, literally.

We Don't Know Jack

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 21, 2006

Business Week’s claim that exotic offshore production from fields like Jack will “tip the balance of supply and demand in the long term” is a reprehensible speculation, just another verse in the swan song about cheap oil and endless economic expansion.

OPEC Admits New Member: More May Follow

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted December 15, 2006

For the first time in over two decades, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which already produces over a third of the world's oil supply, extended its influence by admitting a new member, Angola, into the oil cartel.

The Shift From Petrodollar to Petroeuro is Here

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted December 12, 2006

According to the latest quarterly review from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), oil-producing countries have reduced their U.S. dollar exposure to the lowest level in two years. Crude exporters are reportedly shifting oil income into euros, yen, and sterling as a hedge against a continuing tumble in the USD. This shift from petrodollar to petroeuro will have a catastrophic effect on the American economy.

Commonwealth of Common Sense

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 17, 2006

One of the world's most expansive ethnic groups sits on vast quantities of fossil fuel reserves, spread out across national and even continental boundaries. Turkey, the nominal head and economically most mature of these, should turn its far-flung cousins to a renewable energy horizon.

Where You Can Find Gas to Fuel the World for 4,000 More Years

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted October 31, 2006

Unless you’re talking to one of the world’s few oceanic geologists, “methane hydrates” would most likely be an unfamiliar term. Yet these massive deposits of methane gas could turn into the next major energy source. And with the right push, they could be worth an inestimable amount of money one day soon.

Ethanol might as well be rocket fuel for this stock

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 21, 2006

Forget the recent drop in gas prices. Smoke and mirrors don't hide the real picture for that long. Countries and companies worldwide know that a long-term strategy for energy security involves not just the soot of the earth but the fat of the land also.

More Than a Lot of Hot Air

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 29, 2006

Like most entrepreneurs Roger Davey is a man that sees something that very few other people do. Because of it he takes risks, he works hard, and he pushes his dream down a road with no sure answers. And like most monomaniacs his dream will either end in the Promised Land or at the bottom of a cliff.

The Experts Agree: Oil Demand Will Skyrocket

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 21, 2006

A few days ago the International Energy Agency (IEA) -- a Paris-based institute that acts as an energy policy advisor to 26 countries worldwide -- leveled out their outlook for global oil demand growth for this year. The organization estimated that when everything is all said and done, global demand will have only averaged 84.78 million barrels a day (MMbbls/d) in 2006.

The World's Largest Oil Field is Dying

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted August 9, 2006

Believe it or not... One oil field accounts for 6.25% of the world's daily global production -- about 5 million barrels a day...

Rust Never Sleeps...

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 8, 2006

Maybe somebody ought to give the fellas over at British Petroleum (BP) Neil Young's phone number. Had they only known that rust never sleeps, we might have avoided the market shock that sent oil prices to record levels on Monday.

The Great Oil Reserve Swindle

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted August 1, 2006

OPEC is the true 800-pound gorilla of the oil game. The cartel is officially estimated to control over 887 billion barrels of proved oil reserves -- supposedly two-thirds of the world's remaining proven supplies. But while these reserves seem massive, you have to realize one very important fact...