2 Aug 29 2014 @ 6:43am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

China is in a Pickle

I was going to call this post ’10 points about China’s pursuit of natural gas’, but this title seemed much more appropriate. It is a pickle China is well aware of – and trying to fix – but a pickle nonetheless, as it tries to wean itself off coal and ramp up its natural gas consumption. So here are some of the trials and tribulations faced by the world’s largest energy consumer around natural gas: » read more

2 Aug 25 2014 @ 6:54am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy

Hitting the Gas….and the Brakes

There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand. If you were to look at the first two, you would say the economy had the pedal to the metal, hitting the gas. However, the third (gasoline demand) would lead you to believe the economy was hitting the brakes. Here are a bunch of charts to illustrate these differing directions: » read more

0 Aug 15 2014 @ 11:46am by Matt Smith in Global Energy

Ten Lumps of Coal Info

While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that I’ve been squirreling away. Hence, here are ten tidbits that I wanted to share: » read more

1 Aug 6 2014 @ 10:53am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas

File Under: Currencies Trump Geopolitical Concerns

This morning’s appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box was as enjoyable as ever, discussing the impact of a stronger dollar and geopolitical tension on the crude market. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip.

 p.s. thanks for the tie mum xxx

4 Aug 1 2014 @ 7:27am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas


If this tortoise could talk, I’m pretty sure he would say ‘preposterous’ in response to what you are about to read. For the wild and wacky world of energy has revealed some preposterous notions in the last week or so. Here are but a few of them. » read more