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Open letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump

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Dear President-elect Donald J. Trump, This letter might be…

The book of Elon

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So, Elon has announced what he wants Tesla to do over the next…

Methane 3.0 - or should we say LMG

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After wood, coal, oil and its derivatives, it's methane gas that…

Jogging on a clogged street - no more dangerous than jogging in a mountain village

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Joggers know the problem. Every time you jog close to a road…

DieselGate - why the US drew first blood and how to get out

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No matter how many years I blast the message to the world, nothing…

Fukushima and why we cling on to ruins

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It's a bit late to write about Fukushima, don't you agree? If…

Fighting the wrong war

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It’s a staple of the green movement. CO2 is bad for the planet.…

Are diesel emissions a human rights violation?

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The European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) was born on September…

For our children - and ourselves

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Its more than 3 years now that I am fighting for some improved…

In the crosshairs - how diesel makes us mutants

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We all believe that protecting the environment around us is something…

Use it or lose it for African flares

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Africa - just like many other regions on earth - suffers from…

The great EURO 6 scam

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Now it's official. Since September 1st this year, all new diesel…

Microbial Coal Conversion - putting lignite coal to good use

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Good ideas are incredibly frequent and it’s even more astonishing…

Cold energy - how Stirling can help energy efficiency

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Who knows what a Stirling engine is? Most of us won’t. Well,…

Is shale a blessing in disguise for OPEC

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How many times have I written about the implications of shale…

LPG in Africa - may the games commence

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It is difficult not to be stunned by what happens in energy nowadays.…

The third reign of life – clean energy from another realm

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Most of us will remember from our time at school that life divides…

How to beat chicken and egg in LNG bunkering

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Just imagine it’s Christmas but nobody is there. That’s a…

The Pharaoh dimension - LNG in Egypt

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One in 3 Arabs worldwide lives on the banks of the Nile river?…

The real hybrid car - not just a Prius

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Since Toyota has bequeathed the Prius on us, all eyes are on…

The demise of the dinosaurs - some parallels

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65 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the planet. They had conquered…

Use LNG or lose money - the example of Iran

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Let me give you some figures straight. Iran consumes a little…

The unholy alliance

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In September 1815, 3 leading powers of the 19th century Europe…

No filter will save us - particulate matter kills

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Anyone knowing this blog and me sure knows the rationale. Diesel…

The shape of things to come - Methanopolis

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Robert Kennedy said in a 1966 Cape town speech "There is a Chinese…

Forget hydrogen - here comes biomethane

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Hydrogen is often being touted the final solution to all our problems with vehicles and pollution. It does not produce CO2 (at least not directly) and for that fact alone its the darling of the tree huggers. But reality - as so very often - is much more complex. On balance hydrogen is not really the stuff you want in your tank and it comes at a very heavy price.

Why shale is good for mankind but bad for the US

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But America needs to fix its addiction to easy money and the current crisis could have been the best thing happening to the country in a long while for its curative properties. Its going to be bluntet by the shale gas boom as this puts new easy money at the fingertips of politicians.

The Lala-land factor and how greens exploit it

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The late 1970ies saw the rise of various green political movements in Europe. Today they are a fundamental feature of any European parliament. Ever since, they were known as those who would fight for Mother Nature and on the side for progressive politics. Do they?

The diesel engine - a driving garbage incinerator

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The diesel engine is the backbone of our transport economy. But diesel is also trash. It is a formerly unwanted by product of refining oil and its the disillate closest to the bottom of the barrel which is even worse. It is a very dirty fuel that produces a plethora of nasty byproducts, all of them deleterious to human health. Its a shame that the world of the 21st century is still hooked on it.

Leapfrogging - LNG for Africa

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Many African countries are oil producers but they are also beset by frequent power outages. At the same time they flare Natural Gas in huge volumes. Infrastructure to bring that gas to power plants and then further distribute electricity is weak or non existent. That could be a blessing in disguise as the continent is on the verge of an energy revolution.

Whats so natural on natural gas - a contrasting juxtaposition

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From 2005 until now I had a lot of time to learn about the different sources of gas feedstock for pipelines and LNG liquefaction plants. But something strange occurred to me. Why the hell do we call Earth crust derived methane Natural Gas and treat everything else as some other form of the same molecular mix.

OMV's Roiss speaks out for shale

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OMV’s Gerhard Roiss makes the case for shale gas in Europe.…

Mr. Obama, could this be your LNG term?

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Mr. Obama - you are in your second term now. There is an entrepreneurial…

LNG - killer app for diesel

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LNG is the fuel of this century. Its clean, its feedstock is…