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Energy / Energy-General

How GDP is Linked to CO2 Emissions

Dec 01, 2011 at 17:15 | Gail Tverberg

In a recent post, I discovered something rather alarming - the fact that in the last decade (2000 to 2010) both world energy consumption and the CO2 emissions from this…

Australia Reverses Ban on Selling Uranium to India

Dec 01, 2011 at 17:04 | Metal Miner

In a major policy change, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared on Nov. 15 that her ruling Labour Party would reverse its ban on selling uranium to India. Australia-based environmental…

Human Fuel: How Many MPG Can We Get Out of Our Bodies

Nov 30, 2011 at 17:19 | Tom Murphy

Three previous posts have focused on transportation efficiency of gasoline cars, electric cars, and on the practicalities of solar-powered cars. What about personal-powered transport—namely, walking and biking? After stuffing myself…

The Real Reasons Why Canada is Withdrawing from Kyoto

Nov 30, 2011 at 17:09 | James Burgess

The Kyoto Protocol was drawn up at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with the aim of fighting global warming. It was first adopted in 1997 in Kyoto,…

How International Oil Companies Have Thwarted Canadian Energy Independence

Nov 29, 2011 at 17:33 | Kurt Cobb

So much of the discussion surrounding an extension of the existing Keystone oil pipeline system which spans Canada and the United States assumes that the growing production of bitumen…

Breakthrough in Battery Technology Could Radically Change the Energy World

Nov 29, 2011 at 17:31 | James Burgess

It is hoped that wind and solar energy will one day become major contributors to a future energy grid that has reduced its reliance upon fossil fuels. But one of…

American Consumers May Pay High Price From Ethanol Damage

Nov 28, 2011 at 17:50 | Llewellyn King

Is too much ethanol in U.S. gasoline too much of a good thing? This isn't an idle question, because the federal government, under successive administrations, has been keenly interested in…

Capitol Hill's Oil Hypocrisy

Nov 28, 2011 at 17:40 | Barry Stevens

Almost every U.S. politician over the last 40 years pledged unwavering support to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and imported oil for reasons of national security, energy security, economic…

Canada to US: You are Not the Only Hot Date for Keystone XL party!

Nov 28, 2011 at 17:31 | Gary Hunt

Now we’ve heard the Canadian response to US Keystone XL Pipeline delay: Sell it to China! That was the essence of the headline in the Wall Street Journal story November…

Kuwait Invests in China Petrochemical Joint Venture

Nov 28, 2011 at 08:13 | John Daly

While Western commentators increasingly report on both European Union and U.S. interest in possible Chinese loans to help revive their moribund economies, little is heard from either political entity about…

Pollution from Industrial Facilities Costs Europe $229 Billion

Nov 28, 2011 at 08:02 | Environmental Finance

Air pollution from the 10,000 largest polluting facilities in Europe cost citizens between €102 billion and €169 billion ($137 billion-$226 billion) in 2009, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).…

Limits to Energy Return On Investment Calculations

Nov 28, 2011 at 07:55 | The Oil Drum

Hall and Day (2009) report that the EROI for coal might be as high as 80 and that for hydropower, EROI is 40. Does this mean that coal is twice…

Nuclear or Solar, Where Does the Future of Space Exploration Lie?

Nov 24, 2011 at 17:07 | James Burgess

When considering how to power vehicles and equipment in the regions of space there have only really ever been two serious schools of thought; solar or nuclear. Solar power has…

New Hydrogen Storage Method Could Replace Petroleum with Little Fuss

Nov 23, 2011 at 17:27 | James Burgess

Hydrogen really could be the energy of the future. It is renewable, abundant, and 100% environmentally friendly. The obstacles restricting its global use are the difficulties of collecting it (pure…

Can Anything be Done to Avoid the Coming Clean Energy Crisis in the U.S.

Nov 23, 2011 at 17:12 | Breakthrough Institute

"The clean energy industry in the United States is indeed poised for crisis, as the bulk of the nation's major federal clean energy support programs are now scheduled to expire.…

EU Economic Fears Causing Carbon Price Forecasts to be Slashed

Nov 23, 2011 at 17:07 | Environmental Finance

Growing fears about the EU’s economy have prompted a new wave of downgrades of carbon price forecasts – but a prediction by UBS that prices could slump to €3 ($4.06)…

Greece Considering Plugging Aegean Islands into Turkish Energy Grid

Nov 22, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

Greek-Turkish antagonism in the eastern Mediterranean is one of the region’s more unhappy and long-lasting stories. In a sign however of the benefits of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahemet Davutoglu’s avowed…

How the Super Committee's Failure Could Harm Energy Technology Development

Nov 22, 2011 at 17:38 | James Burgess

After three months of meetings, discussions and political squabbling, the Congressional “super committee” burdened with the task of reducing the US federal budget by $1.5trillion over the next ten years…

So What Does $37 Billion Get You? A Look at US Energy Subsidies in 2010

Nov 22, 2011 at 07:37 | MasterResource

The U.S. Department of Energy publishes periodic reports on federal government subsidies to energy production in the U.S.  These reports total up the costs of direct financial support…

Kazakhstan Now World's Largest Uranium Miner

Nov 20, 2011 at 10:21 | John Daly

Kazakhstan’s international energy image is now that of one of the world’s rising oil exporters, an extraordinary feat given that, two decades ago its hydrocarbon output was beyond insignificant when…

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