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Australia's Lip Service at the G20 Summit; Our Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Increase!

February 25, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Australia and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

The G20 summit has once again come and gone and, although the need for “tangible actions” was a great headline, when I actually read through the final official communique from the event, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed.[read more]

Two More Finance Institutions Divest From Fossil Fuels

July 10, 2013 by David Thorpe
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Fossil Fuel Divestor

Storebrand, a Norwegian financial services group, and Dutch bank Rabobank have become the latest companies to announce they will pull out of the investments in the fossil fuel industry.[read more]

32 US Coal-Fired Power Plants Headed for Closure

December 21, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

The hotly debated Air Toxics Rule and Cross State Air Pollution Rule now slated for enactment in three years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are destined to close at least 32 coal-fired power plants throughout the U.S. each with an average age of 51 years. This according to a survey of 55 power plant operators and EPA data by...[read more]

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“Germany's Nuclear Phase-out Will Be Successful and Without Serious Risks”

October 7, 2011 by Helmuth Ziegler
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Germany has made one of the most radical policy changes in the wake of Fukushima. Like Japan, it decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022. Furthermore, by the middle of the century, fossil fuels shall only play a minor role in the energy supply of the country. Some...[read more]

Reality Check: Climate Update By The Numbers

July 13, 2011 by Barry Brook
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Here are some figures to illustrate the latest global data on global warming. Data are from NCDC and GISS. First, a 12-month running mean of global surface temperature anomalies since 1980 (i.e. for each month, an average is taken of the previous 12-month period – ‘calendar year’ is irrelevant): The IPCC AR4 model results track closely...[read more]

NASA’s James Hansen Says Nuclear Is Safer Than Fossil

June 24, 2011 by Jonathan Smith
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Image via Wikipedia In a Treehugger interview on Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice, NASA’s James Hansen says it is very unfortunate that “a number of nations have indicated that they’re going to phase out nuclear power… The truth is, what we should do is use the more advanced nuclear power. Even the old nuclear power is much...[read more]

Book Review: Power Trip

June 2, 2011 by Robert Rapier
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Introduction I tend to accumulate a lot of books – sent to me by publishers and publicists – and they pile up on my desk until I have to make a trip somewhere. Because it takes a long time to get from Hawaii to anywhere else, I always grab a book or two from my stack to keep myself occupied while in a plane or while waiting for one....[read more]

Scientific American Demands Perfection From Nuclear But Lets Coal, Gas, and Oil Off The Hook

May 20, 2011 by Rod Adams
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The editors of Scientific American published an op-ed titled Coming Clean about Nuclear Power: Regulators and industry have one precious moment to recapture the public’s trust that holds nuclear energy to an unobtainably high standard of guaranteed safety, absolutely secure operations, and complete transparency.Now the toughest regulator...[read more]

Why Phasing Out Subsidies for Fossil Fuels Won't Make Clean Energy Competitive

March 3, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins
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A while back, I posted some quick math reminding readers that while pushing to end subsidies for mature, centuries-old fossil fuel technologies is a pretty smart policy, it on it's own will be far from sufficient to make clean energy cost competitive. The global figures come from the International Energy Agency's latest World Energy...[read more]

A National Energy Security Policy Needs A Rational Tax Code and Budget

February 21, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

The integration of renewable energy sources like wind and solar into the nation’s electricity supply is an important Smart Grid capability.   Solar and wind are intermittent energy sources that need energy storage to guarantee electricity when needed, but the sun will continue to shine, and the wind continue to blow, regardless...[read more]

Feed in tariffs friend or foe?

January 20, 2011 by Damon Jones

As the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) draws to a close, I decided to tackle a topic that has been quietly popping up in many of the discussions and panel sessions this week.  In many places the topic of feed in tariffs is under heated debate.  I have always been an advocate of free markets, and the case has long been made...[read more]

A Aventura Calculada

March 4, 2008 by Eddy De Clercq

As you might know, I’m member of the environmental advisory body in my town. This is a rather active advisory board with 9 regular and 3 special meetings (board meetings excluded) in 2007. It shouldn’t be the intention of an advisory board to put an extra burden on something we want to protect by meeting. Therefore, I suggested that we...[read more]