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Why the Futures Markets Overreact to Current Events

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Whether we like to admit it or not, we are emotional beings. As a matter of fact, a number of studies have confirmed that up to 90% of our decisions are based on emotions. So, what does this have to do with the Futures Markets? Oil prices are influenced by a number of factors, including supply and demand, geopolitics, weather, natural disasters and refinery activity. At the heart of energy markets are people – consumers,…

Why You Should Pay Attention to Pennzoil PurePlus Technology

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Shell researchers have been hard at work in their laboratories for 40 years developing a product of the future – and now it’s here.It’s Pennzoil PurePlus- a synthetic motor oil created from natural gas.It’s already so popular the Shell plant in Qatar where it’s manufactured is the world’s largest of its kind and can produce approximately 1 million tons per year. 

The U.S. is Close to Oil Independence. Here’s Why That Matters

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has just released its latest report card, and the future looks bright for the oil business. The EIA reports that with improving technology and increasing productivity, the United States could become oil-independent by 2037.The EIA projects that U.S. production could reach 13 million barrels per day in the next 23 years, meaning we would no longer need to rely on foreign imports. In 2006, those imports reached an all-time high of…

Meet the Modern Mechanic

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The stereotypical image of a mechanic is a guy in a grease-stained coverall who gets down on the garage floor under your car. He’s a jack-of-all trades, not a specialist, and he got most of his education on the job. He probably doesn’t make a lot of money.Except that’s not the case. The nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), an independent organization that conducts nationally accredited testing and certification, reports significant changes in the…

How Scientists Are Turning Algae Into Biofuel

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It’s really quite astonishing how one of the tiniest, slimiest microorganisms can be transformed into some pretty great things. Available in a range of colors and thousands of varieties, algae – plural of alga – is used in the production of food, plastics, animal and chemical feed, fertilizers, cosmetics, hydrogen, concrete and purifiers just to get started.

Will You Be Ready When Disaster Strikes?

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Imagine what state people, businesses and our environment would be in if emergency response teams and disaster relief organizations arrived on scenes not knowing what to do next. The thought is almost incomprehensible. It is also immediately apparent how having no plan or an inadequate plan very quickly elevates a situation from bad to worse.

Can You Afford to Lose $37.5K a Day? Then Go Ahead and Ignore This Rule

Justin Christensen |

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Spring has finally arrived and your busiest time of year is just around the corner. Perhaps you’re in the midst of breeding, getting ready for new arrivals or cultivating the fields to plant crops. With a multitude of responsibilities, you probably have a well-balanced system of preparations and processes in place to ensure everything gets done and is well looked after.It probably also means you have insurance. Have you remembered to include an SPCC Plan…