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Energy / Energy-General

Decoupling GDP Growth and Energy Growth - Is it possible?

Nov 17, 2011 at 16:50 | Gail Tverberg

In recent years, we have heard statements indicating that it is possible to decouple GDP growth from energy growth. I have been looking at the relationship between world GDP and…

Government's Vital Role in Energy Innovation

Nov 17, 2011 at 16:38 | Breakthrough Institute

In the wake of Solyndra's failure, pundits have latched on to a simple, compelling narrative: government can't do energy right. From synfuels to solar panels to "clean coal" (written, inevitably,…

Brazil to Join the Battle for Africa's Energy Riches

Nov 16, 2011 at 17:22 | John Daly

In October Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made a state visit to Africa, consisting of South Africa, Mozambique and Angola. Quick – what was President Roussef’s insider edge in Mozambique and…

Solving the Energy Storage Problem

Nov 16, 2011 at 17:04 | Tom Murphy

If we adopt solar and wind as major components of our energy infrastructure as we are weaned from fossil fuels, we have to solve the energy storage problem in a…

Why Krugman's Argument Against Fossil Fuels Fails Economics 101

Nov 15, 2011 at 17:00 | MasterResource

Opponents of fossil fuels have long championed solar power and wind power as replacements. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that solar and wind can provide the cheap, plentiful, reliable energy…

South Korea and Kazakhstan Deepen Energy Ties

Nov 14, 2011 at 16:53 | John Daly

Since the December 1991 collapse of the USSR, one of the most exciting developments for the international energy community has been the rise of oil exports from the Caspian region.…

Mr President - It's Time to Make a Decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Nov 14, 2011 at 16:45 | Robert Rapier

When I worked in Scotland, one of my managers was a wise Englishman named Graham Walker. As with many people whose paths I have crossed in my life, some nuggets…

The Top Ten Causes of Toxic Pollution

Nov 14, 2011 at 16:32 | Energy Digital

A study addresses toxic industrial pollution around the world and its impacts on health. A report released this week by the Blacksmith Institute reveals the major causes of toxic pollution…

Why we Need to Change the Way we Assess Fuel Supplies

Nov 14, 2011 at 07:39 | Stuart Burns

Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is fierce in some quarters, led by environmentalists implacably opposed to the venture on the grounds that it will encourage further development of Canadian…

Rowe, Philosopher-CEO, Retiring

Nov 13, 2011 at 11:04 | Llewellyn King

One of America's leading energy executives is retiring. John Rowe, a revered figure in the electric utility industry in particular, and energy circles in general, brought history and philosophy to…

IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power

Nov 10, 2011 at 18:43 | John Daly

The good news is that on 8 November the International Energy Agency released its 2011 “World Energy Outlook.” While it will cheer nuclear advocates, overall the report makes for grim…

Argentina Announces Massive Oil and Natural Gas Reserves

Nov 09, 2011 at 18:08 | John Daly

There is good news and bad news for Argentina, Latin America’s third largest economy. The good news? On 7 November the YPF SA, Argentina's biggest oil and gas company, confirmed…

Iran and China to Share Academic Energy Expertise

Nov 09, 2011 at 08:08 | John Daly

On 5 November in Beijing officials from Iranian and Chinese petroleum industry universities reached agreement over cooperation in oil and gas related issues in research, industrial, and academic fields. The…

Merkel, Medvedev Launch Nord Stream Pipeline Beneath Baltic Sea

Nov 09, 2011 at 07:46 | RFE/RL staff

The leaders of Germany and Russia have inaugurated the Nord Stream pipeline, linking Western Europe directly with Siberia's natural gas reserves. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev…

The Hybrid Power Plant: Is This The Best Application of Solar Technology?

Nov 08, 2011 at 07:29 | Brian Westenhaus

Prof. Avi Kribus of Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering and its innovative new Renewable Energy Center is applying the term “hybrid” to power plants (More info) Prof.…

Energy Storage Sector Sees Record Investments in Q3

Nov 07, 2011 at 07:33 | Environmental Finance

A record $421 million of venture capital investment in the energy storage sector helped push clean-tech venture capital (VC) investment in the US up 73% in the last quarter, according…

The Brave New Energy World: Race Not Crisis

Nov 06, 2011 at 16:33 | Llewellyn King

As the United Nations declared that the world population had reached 7 billion, energy thinkers gathered in Houston last week were sure that even larger populations could be sustained if…

Cold Fusion and Rossi's E-Cat - The Story So Far

Nov 04, 2011 at 08:53 | Post Carbon

There is a fascinating drama taking place over in Bologna, Italy involving an engineer by the name of Andrea Rossi and a physicist, Sergio Focardi, who say they have developed…

The Blue-Green Economy and the Role of the Ocean in Sustainable Development

Nov 04, 2011 at 08:36 | Mark Nicholls

A global market in carbon captured within the world’s oceans – ‘blue carbon’ – should be established to help protect the marine environment, according to a major UN report. Published…

Is it Possible for a Car to Achieve 100 MPG on Gasoline?

Nov 03, 2011 at 08:55 | Tom Murphy

Since I was a teenager, I frequently heard stories that some guy had invented a car that could get 100 miles per gallon (MPG), but that powerful interests (often GM,…

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