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China Seizes Opportunity to Fill Its Petroleum Reserve. Should Others?

November 3, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The Wall St. Journal reported that state-owned oil companies in China are capitalizing on lower prices to fill their strategic petroleum reserve. The question is whether the US should do the same, particularly since surging oil output from shale deposits is a major factor in the recent rebalancing of the oil market.[read more]

Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

October 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Green Shipping

We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.[read more]

Natural Gas Serves a Small, but Growing, Portion of China's Total Energy Demand

August 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Natural Gas

China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.[read more]

Russia-China Deal Will Supply Siberian Natural Gas to China's Northern, Eastern Provinces

August 22, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Russia and China and Natural Gas

China's natural gas demand has been growing as the government seeks to move away from coal in favor of cleaner fuels. According to EIA's International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) Reference case, demand will more than triple from 5.2 Tcf in 2012 to 17.5 Tcf by 2040.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions

 

In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Will Russia's Gas Deal with China Block Other Suppliers?

June 16, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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$400 billion deals aren't announced every week, although the new natural gas supply agreement between Russia and China had been in the works for some time. However, the crucial element of price apparently wasn't agreed until a negotiating session that lasted until 4:00 AM, Shanghai time.[read more]

Ride for Climate: A Bicycle Journey Across Asia

May 1, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Riding for Climate

Lindsey and I just turned 35. We're at the point in our lives when we're supposed to start a family or plunge fully into our careers. Some of our friends are buying houses, others are waiting for their second child, and a few are negotiating for tenure-track professorships.[read more]

Do You Practice Quality of Life Investing? Michael Berry Does

April 26, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Quality of Life Investment

From 1982–1990, Michael Berry served as a professor of investments at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, during which time he published a book, "Managing Investments: A Case Approach."[read more]

Fight China's Smog with Ethanol: Interview with Chen Lin

February 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, published and distributed by Taylor Hard Money Advisors Inc. He employs a value-oriented approach and often demonstrates excellent market timing due to his exceptional technical analysis.[read more]

China Fights Airpocalypse: A New Air Pollution Initiative That Just Might Work

January 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

There is something new that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems. The Chinese central government has just required roughly 15,000 of the country’s biggest factories to publicly report their air emissions and wastewater discharges continuously.[read more]

The Cleantech Crash: 60 Minutes Asks the Wrong Question

January 13, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Lesley Stahl’s segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday entitled the “Cleantech Crash” has been the subject of much commentary. The segment largely reiterates the popular storyline that the U.S. Department of Energy wasted billions of dollars on worthless Cleantech investments.[read more]

Chinese Plan to Dominate Nuclear Energy Market Worldwide

January 9, 2014 by Rod Adams
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China and Nuclear Energy

The best way for American companies to successfully capture a substantial portion of the world energy market using emission-free nuclear energy technology is to focus on our own strengths and weaknesses. We need to practice hard and sell what we know how to do well.[read more]

Striving Towards the Eco-City: Experience from Huainan, China

January 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Eco City

China’s rapid urbanization in the last 30 years has brought about many problems. The country is now facing a huge challenge to balance economic development with environmental conservation and social stability. How can we build a better city that can provide a better life for its citizens?[read more]

Reuters Breakout Series Focuses on China's Interest in Thorium

December 23, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Reuters is running a series titled 'Breakout: Inside China’s Military Buildout.' Installment number six is titled 'The U.S. government lab behind Beijing’s nuclear power push.' The title is misleading; it is not about China’s world-leading, multibillion-dollar program.[read more]