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0 Aug 17 2012 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Blog, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

Hello, hello! Welcome to burrito bites, which has been somewhat errant in recent weeks. There’s a bunch of bites below scanning this period (I’m mostly playing catch-up, rather than cutting edge…). Since the last snack attack, natural gas has tumbled out of three-dollardom as the end of summer is on the horizon as we slowly head toward the peak of hurricane season, unscathed thus far. As for Texas tea, oil has ripped emphatically higher on geoploitical concerns, QE3 hopes hopes of economic improvement, and a tighter supply situation. Enough fluff: here’s the good stuff:

–The winners and losers in the coming age of plenty for energy.

–America’s energy seen adding 3.6 million jobs, 3% to GDP by 2020. (this is conservative, IMHO)

–Which profession drinks the most coffee?

–If a smart meter alarms in a smart grid and there is no-one around to hear it, does it make a sound?


–America’s energy sector delivers an economic stimulus of almost $1 billion every day.

–Infographic: Our addiction to sugar.

–6 of the biggest untapped oilfields in the world.

–Infographic: how to choose wine.

–We face a worldwide glut of oil with profound implications.

–11 strange things you might put in your gas tank.

Natural gas liquids hit dry patch as prices sink.

–Most thermostat controls in large office buildings don’t do anything. (h/t Eric Bickel)

–Japan utilities emit record CO2 after Fukushima disaster.

–The strangest sights in Google street views and in Google earth. (h/t Lachlan Coffey)

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the Week goes to dog costumes that look like two dogs carrying a present.

The Burnt Burrito Award of the Week goes to geopolitical tension and civil unrest – regardless of its impact on markets – which have been escalating over the past few weeks. A bonus burnt burrito award goes to rising gasoline prices – shame on you!

Have a top dog weekend!

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