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Posts Tagged ‘carbon management’

0 Aug 13 2010 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Random

Burrito Bites

Arabian Sea, Aug 9

Happy Southpaw Day!

Stormy seas across the financial world have caused the good ship crude to roll over. Prices have charged lower through $80 as the Federal Reserve confirmed fears of a slowing US economy, while data from China has pointed to economic headwinds (…although self-inflicted, to quell inflationary squalls). US natural gas was buffeted lower at the beginning of the week, but has steadied the ship and has drifted sideways ever since. Equities have been looking like they want to visit Davy Jones’ locker, while bond prices are…King of the world! Ahoy, me hearties, grub’s up: 

–Ten stops on the road to carbon management – article by Summit’s John Hoekstra in GreenBiz this week.

–America’s energy future may lie in Canada’s oil sands.

–Fantastic infographic on the timeline for Back To The Future (h/t MK).

–China’s oil imports fall in July on curbed demand.

–Peak Oil proponent and energy legend / conspiracy theorist Matt Simmons died this week.

A reverse auction for energy efficiency grants.

That's your lotto.

–A hummer built with lottery tickets.

–IEA raises the global forecast for oil demand.

–What’s the carbon footprint of the internet?

Human domino world record.

–Sales of electric cars in Spain increase 16-fold from last year….to 16.

–Balloons glow to show air quality.

–Huge ice island could pose threat to oil, shipping. (h/t LB/NG)  

–A salute to Southpaws everywhere.

–Is Snooki our new investment guru?

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the Week goes to the bond market, for being the voice of reason and quietly pointing out for the past few months that all is not well in the US economy. 

The Burnt Burrito Award of the Week goes to black gold, Texas tea. Last week it boomed into the $80 realm in an over-excited reaction to manufacturing data, only to be brought back down to earth this week with all the gloomy talk and doomy data. 

Burrito Headline of the Week: Goat Rentals for Weed Control.

Burrito Word of the Week: Shaleapalooza.

Have a rip-roaring weekend!

0 May 14 2010 @ 9:26am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, UK natural gas

Burrito bites

It seems to have been a week for testing boundaries in commodityland(tm). Natural gas has tried to break out to the upside of the range it’s been bouncing around in for the last six weeks or so, while crude has sliced through a vein of key support (= 200-day moving average), heralding potential further bloodletting in the near-term. No sooner has the dust settled on the Greek debacle then murmurs about problems in Portugal arise; this issue isn’t going to disappear quickly is it? The movement in crude is no doubt exacerbated by a stronger US dollar weaker euro and pound as they both get pounded. Equities started the week showing strength (amazing what a $1 trillion bailout does to brighten the mood), but are fading this move as realization dawns that bailouts facilitate liquidity, but do not fix the problem. All the while, the bond markets are rallying, indicating the choppiness in this current market storm (never forget: Equities and Bonds = Pinky and the Brain). Wow. That was all very serious wasn’t it? Let’s lighten the mood and learn some lessons as we head into the weekend, forks at the ready: 

No room at the Inn for Cushing crude supplies. 

–The world’s strangest vending machines

–A link to links of links on the latest about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

–Think UK natural gas is wacky? Don’t fret, so does everybody else

–A closer look at the 1,000 point plunge on the Dow last week. 

The Evolution of privacy on Facebook.  

–Why the US could go the same way as Greece, and why it won’t

China’s coal bubble, and how it will deflate the US efforts for ‘clean coal’. 


–I don’t buy into this, but hey – as summer nears, gasoline prices are set to go down

–If you missed it, here’s a link to a webinar Summit participated in this week on Carbon Management – a really, really good intro to the topic. 

–Re the picture top right – the art of manipulation.

–Concord, MA may be the first US town to ban bottled water.

Seen leaving Concord, MA.

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to the Euro, as it plunges, and plunges. A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it appears a falling euro is gathering momentum. All a bit worrying for the global economy. 

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to gold, as it rallies to a record level as a hedge against, ooh,  pretty much everything it would seem.   

Burrito Quote of the week – ‘For every one of our failures, we had spreadsheets that looked awesome.’ — Intuit founder Scott Cook. (HT: MM). 

Have a splendid weekend!