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Energy / Energy-General

Can Germany Really Shut Down Their Nuclear Plants and Phase Out Fossil Fuels?

May 28, 2011 at 09:30 | Breakthrough Institute

Last week, a commission appointed by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel recommended that the country shut down all of its nuclear plants by 2021 and instead rely on other forms…

Batteries Growing Role in Energy Storage

May 27, 2011 at 07:47 | Energy Digital

The concept of a distributed grid of interconnecting batteries offers a revolutionary approach to energy storage. The energy generation landscape is changing rapidly. On the one hand, demand is growing…

Greenpeace Takes a Swipe at Cloud Computing

May 27, 2011 at 07:42 | Tyler Hamilton

Greenpeace may spend much of its time protesting our suppliers of electricity — mainly nuclear and coal — but the environmental group is turning its attention today on some of…

Democrats Energy Disconnect and the Omnipresence of Fossil Fuels

May 25, 2011 at 07:55 | Robert Rapier

I have often thought that if all domestic oil production and refining ceased in this country for a month, we would see an energy epiphany in the U.S. the likes…

Growing Demand for Biomass Could Create a New Commodity Market

May 23, 2011 at 22:01 | Al Fin

Wood fuel, one of the oldest energy sources on the planet, could become the newest commodity market if it can overcome supply limits and green concerns as demand grows for…

Cold Fusion: Have we Just Taken a Giant Step Forwards to Abundant Clean Energy?

May 22, 2011 at 22:40 | The Oil Drum

Back in 1989, during the craze of the “cold fusion” announcement by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, a colleague of mine told me about the theory he had developed. It…

Severe Electricity Shortages Crippling East China’s Industrial Province

May 22, 2011 at 22:33 | Economywatch

In East China’s industrial province of Zhejiang there are 500,000 enterprises – and not enough electricity to run them all at the same time. Insiders say the power shortage could…

Beyond Emission Pricing – a Renewables Revolution in the True Sense of the Word

May 20, 2011 at 09:11 | Robert Rapier

The following guest essay was written by Dr. Felix Mormann from Stanford Law School. Dr. Felix’s research focuses on the regulatory and policy challenges of climate change mitigation through sustainable…

Economic Reality Undermining Colombia’s Ambitious Environmental Plans

May 19, 2011 at 07:29 | Open Democracy

The divergence between rhetoric and reality in the environmental policies of President Juan Manuel Santos points to real tensions between development and environment, between the desire to lead by example…

Energy Policies and Political Double Speak

May 17, 2011 at 09:46 | Robert Rapier

This essay highlights the reason I loathe politics. Here I present a case in which politicians present a partial story and withhold key findings in order to push a specific…

Designing Better Plants for Food and Fuel Production

May 17, 2011 at 09:00 | Brian Westenhaus

Michigan State University researcher David Kramer a Hannah Distinguished Professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics leads an effort to improve fuel and food producing plants saying, “This is critical since it’s…

Oil Company Tax Breaks: Exxon Mobile Responds to Bloggers Questions

May 16, 2011 at 08:03 | Robert Rapier

As I noted in a previous essay, rising gas prices inevitably mean that our political leaders start looking to assign blame. The annual ritual has been to call the…

The Failure of Networked Systems: The Repercussions of Systematic Risk

May 16, 2011 at 07:48 | David Clarke

There are those among the Peak Oil community who suspect that we could be facing a failure of our interdependent society that may be sudden, profound, and complete. I have…

Diminishing Returns: Why Required Extraction Rates Are About To Surprise Us

May 11, 2011 at 22:16 | David Clarke

Lately I have been grappling with a question: I keep hearing that once "non-conventional oil" is accounted for, we have trillions of barrels of oil. Counting coal-seam methane we have…

Study Reveals Fracking Does Contaminate Groundwater with Methane

May 11, 2011 at 22:13 | Professor Chris Rhodes

A study has been undertaken by Duke University of methane levels in water from 68 private wells above the Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania and New York. The details…

The Search for Deep Oil and Gas

May 09, 2011 at 07:37 | Brian Westenhaus

Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, has came upon more information about the effort to look even deeper for hydrocarbons like natural gas and oil. A leader…

Will Fukushima Trigger the Changes Japan Has Been Waiting For?

May 07, 2011 at 09:29 | Open Democracy

Fukushima is not Chernobyl, Prime Minister Naoto Kan insists. His government draws comfort from the fact that Fukushima emitted only a fraction of the radiation released at Chernobyl in 1986,…

A Look at the Serious Energy Shortages in India and Pakistan

May 06, 2011 at 07:42 | Dave Summers

The recent publication of the EIA review of Shale Gas has caught the world’s attention, and led to the perception that the coming decades may well see natural gas become…

Crude Oil Traders Coming Under Government Scrutiny

May 05, 2011 at 09:31 | Economywatch

Betting on the future generally receives the stamp of immorality when elected officials and consumers come out on the losing end. President Barack Obama and the European Union both recently…

Methane to Methanol to Gasoline for $2.85 a Gallon

May 05, 2011 at 09:19 | Al Fin

Methane to methanol to gasoline for $2.85 a gallon, including a healthy $1.45 margin? That is what is being claimed for a combined "Gigamethanol" and MTG (methanol to gasoline) plant…

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