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Is the US a producer or a consumer of energy?

A very smart student recently inquired about whether the United States (US) should be considered an energy consumer or an energy producer given the boost in oil and gas production seen in the past few years – thanks to the shale revolution. A very good question, as the whole consumer/producer differentiation is becoming increasingly fuzzy…

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The revival of nuclear energy in Asia

After Fukushima, Japan considered decommissioning its nuclear facilities due to the risk of further catastrophes. Other countries around the world have also opted to lower their share of their energy mix deriving from nuclear power. And yet, the struggle between needing energy and wanting that energy to be risk-less forbids many to actually move away…