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Keystone XL Needs Much Higher Oil Prices To Be Viable

Latest piece from Art Berman arguing that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a bet on much higher oil prices a few years from now. Some key observations: It will take at least $85 oil prices to develop the new oil sand projects needed to fill the pipeline. U. …

February 13, 2017
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Fossil fuels

Utah Bill Would Set Stage For State Gold and Silver Depository, Further Encourage Use of Metals as Money

Following Texas’ footsteps, Utah introduces bill that would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

February 12, 2017
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy, Gold

Why Cheap Natural Gas Is History

With shale gas production declining and conventional gas having been in terminal decline for the past 15 years, the supply surplus that has existed since December 2014 has disappeared and a supply deficit began in January 2017.

February 11, 2017
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Online Grocer Debuts “Fruit-Picking Robot” In Latest Blow To Minimum Wage Proponents

An online grocer in the UK debutes a fruit-picking robotic arm for its assembly line.

February 8, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation
Finance & Economy

Here Are The Countries Where Millennials Will Struggle The Most To Support Retirees

Bloomberg’s Sunset Index, which tracks the number of working age people per retiree, by country, paints a global picture of the demographic onslaught which will put severe strains on government budgets and the younger population.

February 6, 2017
In-depth topic: Demographics
Finance & Economy

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

One Belt One Road, the modern day version of the Silk Road and China’s monumental push to redefine the economic and geopolitical relationships in Eurasia, continues to expand unabated.

February 4, 2017
China

The Dallas Pension Fiasco Is Just the Beginning

The recent blow-up of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, an event which is mathematically predictable and preordained, is just an opening act of what is to come for dozens of US local and state government pension plans in this coming decade.

February 1, 2017
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Peak Savings: Wall Street Faces 20 Years Of Retirement Withdrawals As Boomers Hit 70 1/2

2013 will go down as the first year in which retirement accounts have greater distributions than contributions (i.e. net outflow) on a continuous basis.

February 1, 2017
In-depth topic: Demographics
Finance & Economy

China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

China is on its way to global dominance of renewable energy just as the US, UK and Australia continue to apply the brakes to clean energy.

January 29, 2017
In-depth topic: Renewable energy
Energy

The Evolution of Urban Planning

An illustrative infographic by architect Kon von der Schulenburg explores and highlights the amazing evolution of urban planning dating back to the 1700s.

January 29, 2017
Urban development