Author Archives: Peter Spitz

U.S. Oil Self-sufficiency: Not all it’s “fracked” up to be

The recent( $30-45 per barrel) price range of crude oil is likely to last for quite some time if prognosticators are to be believed. This is partly because Iranian oil has come on the market and the Saudis show no sign of … Continue reading

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Promising Carbon Capture Technology backed by ExxonMobil

Technology approaches to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from industrial sources – principally hydrocarbon fuel-based power plants- has been evaluated in some of my earlier posts. It is now generally agreed that scrubbing flue gases with alkaline … Continue reading

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Silicone wristbands for monitoring exposure to hazardous chemicals

I just came across an article in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News magazine that caught my interest. A company called MyExposome are making available lightweight silicone wristbands that trap minute amounts of the multitude of chemicals that people are … Continue reading

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Young Liberals opposed to Fracking: Look at facts before making judgments

As the New York State Democratic primary heats up, it has become evident that “fracking” is becoming a political “football”. It’s not surprising that opposition to fracking, in principle, has become an election issue in New York, since Governor Cuomo, … Continue reading

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High End Plastics: A niche product is finally growing

I just got back from Dubai where I gave a keynote speech to the Gulf Coast Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) on the history of petrochemical research and process development. Plastics started making major inroads in substituting for traditional materials … Continue reading

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Large scale desalination with renewable energy: Breakthrough in Saudi Arabia

The fresh water-short desert kingdoms of the Middle East have long been the largest installers of desalination technology. How large can be deduced from the fact that the Saudis use 1.5 million barrels a day of crude oil to supply energy to its … Continue reading

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Fusion becoming real?

Remember the time a decade or two ago when two professors announced that they had carried out a fusion reaction? Well, that didn’t work out so well and was soon forgotten. More recently it became known that a multi-national consortium … Continue reading

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