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0 Jan 13 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Happy Friday 13th! And it is indeed turning out to be an unlucky day for markets, as credit downgrades to European countries have scuppered the goodwill that had been carefully constructed in the last week.

Crude had already been pressured back into double-digitdom by the likely delay to an oil embargo on Iran by the EU, while natural gas has plundered lower and lower on moderate weather outlooks, and both rampant storage surpluses and supply. But enough from me, let’s hit the treats.  

–10 significant oil and gas discoveries in 2011.

–Great posts on the costs and benefits of the Keystone pipeline.

–File under nasty: 11 things with more germs than toilet seats.

–Germany installed more solar panels in December than the US did all year.

 –Natural gas price drop won’t derail shale drilling, while shale bubble inflates on record land prices.

–Nine more awesome miniatures.

–US consumers spent a record amount on gasoline in 2011.

–Infographic: Apple (the company) vs. Apples (the fruit).

–India targets 33 Gigawatts of solar power by 2022.

–To avoid a rising sea level, Maldives President may move entire nation to Australia.

–Doctors urge fracking moratorium.

–Which are better: electric cars or natural gas vehicles?

100 healthy remedies that are freely available in your home.

Naked oil. (excellent piece by a Director at the Int’l Petroleum Exchange).

–Interactive map of the US showing GHG emissions for 2010 for large facilities.

–US routes as a subway map. (h/t Jeff Sullivan)

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the Week goes to this winter. The lack of frigid conditions may be killing heating demand for natural gas, but it sure makes it a more pleasant environment to live in! 

The Burnt Burrito Award of the Week goes to the euro, which has sold off to a level not seen since September 2010 on continued concerns about the Euro region debt crisis.

May you have a shenanigan-filled weekend!

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