Clyde Russell

Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist.

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China’s strong September crude imports are more bearish than bullish

China’s imports of crude oil stayed above 11 million barrels per day (bpd) for a fifth straight month in September, something that sounds bullish for the market but in reality is far more likely to be bearish for coming months.

October 16, 2020

Switching off? China’s energy aims require a radical shift in priorities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has done the easy part of changing the path of the world’s biggest polluter to become carbon neutral in setting a target 40 years in the future.

September 25, 2020

Renewable energy wins over oil and gas in post-coronavirus world

Imagine waking up one morning with a deadly tiger snake in your bed. To make matters worse out of the window you notice an approaching bushfire.

April 08, 2020

Chinese commodity imports stay robust, but caution warranted

On the surface China’s imports of major commodities appeared to continue their resilience in September, even as the country’s exports and imports labored under the strain of the trade dispute with the US.

October 15, 2019

BHP: Stimulus breeze or trade war storm?

Spot the problem: The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Group, reports its highest profits in five years even as its top customer is engaged in a now protracted trade dispute with the world’s largest economy.

August 20, 2019

Natural gas looks like the IEA’s big winner, but threats abound

There was something for everyone in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest world energy outlook, but supporters of coal, renewables, and oil and gas are all likely to take away the wrong messages.

November 16, 2018

Will shale gas decimate China’s toy makers?

LAUNCESTON, Australia: Such is the impact of the shale gas revolution in the US that it’s quite possible that babies born today will no longer play with plastic dolls and cars made in China.

March 29, 2013

Major miners yet to be rewarded for prudence

LAUNCESTON, Australia: It seems the big miners are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, as investors have yet to reward their new-found commitment to spending discipline as the commodity boom matures.

March 22, 2013