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The Energy Futurist

The Energy Futurist brings a critical eye to the energy industry, offering facts and figures to support or debunk the hype behind clean technologies like solar and wind to oil and gas.

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Fuel to Byrne

Energy columnist Chris Nelder digs into the dirty details of U.S. "oil" supply and finds that only about two-thirds of it can actually be used as vehicle fuel.

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The cost of new oil supply

Energy columnist Chris Nelder shows why the production costs of oil from tight oil shales, tar sands, deepwater, and the Arctic will mean that oil becomes unaffordable for the U.S. by 2015.

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The last sip

Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why recent projections of oil independence by 2020 are not only wrong, but counter-productive in the long run.