New Algae Research May Have Uncovered an “Energy Forest” Under the Sea

by | published November 20th, 2014

I’ve never subscribed to the idea that we need a silver bullet to replace crude oil.

I’ve always believed the better solution would be to develop a working balance among sustainable and exchangeable energy sources.

Today, we have contributions from renewables like solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and even wave and kinetic power, to complement the energy we create from crude oil, natural gas, nuclear, and coal.

And there are “new” forms of energy being touted every day. Some of these new directions represent thinking that is quite “outside the box.”

In fact, several years ago I was actively involved in evaluating some of these new energy technologies. It involved field work, visiting laboratories, testing centers, and production facilities in a number of locations.

I found the novel ways of looking at problems and coming up with new solutions absolutely fascinating.

Yet, of all the “game changers” I was asked to review, one source was by far the most common. The phone calls became so frequent I referred to them under one phrase.

I would simply call them my “algae of the week.” And none of them ever amounted to much.

But an entirely new angle being developed in Sweden might just change all of that…

This Tiny Aussie Oil Stock Could Be a Big Winner in China’s Latest Trade Deal

by | published November 18th, 2014

The U.S.-Chinese accord on climate control may have grabbed the most headlines yesterday, but the trade pact signed between China and Australia is likely to have a much bigger impact.

In the shadows of the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Canberra inked a free trade agreement with Beijing that will see tariffs on all resources and energy products removed within two years.

By agreeing to the deal, Australia will now reap the benefits of zero tariffs on major exports like iron ore, gold, crude oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

But that’s not the only upside “Down Under.”

This landmark agreement could also have a big impact on a tiny Australian oil stock…