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https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/fluid-injections-role-man-made-earthquakes-revealed-46986
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CalTech
For the first time, researchers at Caltech and other institutions in the United States and France have observed how fluid injection sets off microearthquakes on a sizable, subterranean fault.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-06/two-thirds-of-u-s-gas-supply-now-comes-from-fracking-chart
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Bloomberg
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=414&v=oK7zk6ZaM-I
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The Agenda with Steve Paikin
With oil prices hitting a two-year high this week, many are questioning what the future of the commodity might be and how that will affect Canadians from coa...
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https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/06/29/rise-machines-fracking-shale-oil-gas-profits-automation-workforce
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Desmog Blog
At a recent industry conference, Terry Spencer, head of natural gas infrastructure company ONEOK, made clear the direction the fracking industry was headed: “One of these days one of these big ol’ fracs will be operated with nobody there.” Translation: Computers and robots are going to replace all human jobs at the oil and gas fracking sites of the future. The fracking
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https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2183466/chinas-plan-use-nuclear-bomb-detonator-release-shale-gas
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South China Morning Post
Scientists have developed an ‘energy rod’ that can fire multiple shock waves to frack sedimentary rock at depths of up to 3.5km.
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https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/oil-and-gas/us-shale-revolution-playbook/shale-outlook-potential.html
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Deloitte
To realize shale’s full potential, all stakeholders will have to work together as this young resource matures
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https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/277260-30-oil-is-changing-the-world-and-washington
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The Hill
Historically low oil prices are changing the debate over energy policy.
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https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/14/the-era-of-cheap-oil-is-coming-to-an-end/
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Foreign Policy
Prices have been low for more than two years. With demand rising and supply falling, that’s all beginning to change.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/08/10/489457747/oil-1-we-buy-oil
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NPR
We're getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/08/12/489806822/oil-2-the-price-of-oil
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NPR
Second of five episodes. Oil is priced down to the penny, and the price changes every day. Who sets that price?
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https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/08/17/490375230/oil-3-how-fracking-changed-the-world
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NPR
Third of five episodes. The Planet Money oil faces a test, we sell it, and we meet the man who set off the fracking boom in America.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/08/19/490408060/oil-4-how-oil-got-into-everything
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NPR
Fourth of five episodes. Oil is in our sneakers, our clothes, and the computer or phone you're using right now. On today's show: The story of the man who made it happen.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-ev-oil-crisis/
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Bloomberg
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/01/27/oil-gas-set-to-increase-globally-by-2040/#4d19c9d82103
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Forbes
The largest fossil fuel company in the world predicts our energy mix won’t change a whole lot over the next 25 years. In fact, Exxon Mobil projects that oil and gas will actually increase by 2040, even as coal decreases a bit. This unfortunate future stems from the age-old conundrum of trying not to eat sugar when your pockets are full of candy. The Earth has so much fossil fuel, and it has beco
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-22/the-tesla-shock-global-gasoline-consumption-has-all-but-peaked
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Bloomberg
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https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-rise-and-fall-of-oil-in-popular-culture-68751
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The Conversation
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyME0nwiHCw&feature=youtu.be
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World Economic Forum
http://www.weforum.org/ Given regulatory and market changes, should energy companies and investors be planning for a post-fossil fuel future? This session is...
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https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/33053/Oil-The-Stuff-of-Mass-Delusion
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Jadaliyya
Military primacy, and the routine use of deadly military force, remains the cornerstone of US foreign policy in the Middle East. The 2015 nuclear non-proliferation accord with Iran represents a rare yet fleeting bright moment for diplomacy in a region whe
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https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/2/2/14467748/electric-vehicles-oil-market
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Vox
Unpredictably rapid growth happens pretty predictably.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/oil-majors-risk-wasting-2-3-trillion-as-climate-goals-take-toll
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Bloomberg
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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/23/heres-why-oils-future-is-grim-commentary.html
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CNBC
The world is rapidly moving away from fossil fuels as electric vehicles and other clean machines take over, says Ion Yadigaroglu.