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Environmental Advocates Are Cooling on Obama

The NYT reports that environmentalists are slowly giving up on Obama as he inexplicably hands over vast swathes of taxpayer money to the moribiund nuclear power industry and professes belief in (non-existant) clean coal - Environmental Advocates Are...

Posted February 23, 2010    

Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers

Lester Brown has a post on smart grids at TreeHugger - Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers. More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of...

Posted February 22, 2010    

Mythological thinking, the de-industrialisation of the West and the New World Order

Australian climate change minister Penny Wong recently made a speech to a conference on "Coasts and Climate Change" (see Wong: Climate sceptics are all red herrings and quackery for the full text) where she made some remarks about climate skeptics...

Posted February 21, 2010    

Innovation ≠ technology: Why Bill Gates is wrong

David Roberts at Grist has a bone to pick with some of Bill Gates' recent pronouncements about clean energy (which are by and large still laudable in my opinion) - Innovation ≠ technology: Why Bill Gates is wrong. Gates has burst on to the energy...

Posted February 19, 2010    

New Nuclear Power Costs Too High ?

FuturePundit has a post on a recent report from Citibank (pdf) on the economics of nuclear power - New Nuclear Power Costs Too High?. A November 2009 report by Citibank about nuclear power costs and viability of new nuclear plants in the UK and...

Posted February 17, 2010    

Saudi Arabia preparing for oil demand to peak

AP reports that the Saudis are concerned about a peaking of demand (which may just be a roundabout way of saying peak oil) and are looking to diversify their economy - Saudi Arabia preparing for oil demand to peak. A top Saudi energy official...

Posted February 15, 2010    

Facebook's Energy Efficient Data Center

Fast Company has an article on Facebook's new 147,000 square foot, energy efficient data centre in Oregon - Facebook Buys Dedicated Data Center, Could Servers Be Far Behind? .Facebook is so mind-bogglingly vast--350 million users, 70% of them...

Posted February 13, 2010    

Another gas source for Australia - unconventional (shale) gas from the Cooper Basin ?

Santos recently raised their gas reserves (largely due to new coal seam gas exploration) by 42 per cent, saying "the reserves upgrade brings its total reserves to 1.44 billion barrels of oil equivalent at the end of 2009". They now say they have...

Posted February 11, 2010    

The Next Crisis: Prepare for Peak Oil

Peak oil seems to be slowly raising its profile kin the mainstream media again lately, with the Wall Street Journal providing a recent example - The Next Crisis: Prepare for Peak Oil. As Europe's leaders gather in Brussels today, they have only one...

Posted February 11, 2010    

Move Over OLEDs: Scientists Create Cheap, Fully Recyclable Lighting Material

TreeHugger has a post on using graphene for energy efficient lighting - Move Over OLEDs: Scientists Create Cheap, Fully Recyclable Lighting Material. Swedish and American researchers have just developed a fully recyclable lighting component with...

Posted February 9, 2010    

Branson warns that oil crunch is coming within five years

The Guardian reports that Richard Branson hasn't forgotten the trouble the last oil price spike caused his transport businesses and is warning about another shock - Branson warns that oil crunch is coming within five years. Sir Richard Branson and...

Posted February 7, 2010    

Eden Energy soars on deal with Indian Oil

The Australian has an (not entirely informative) article on the possible licencing of an Australian pyrolysis technology to Indian Oil - Eden Energy soars on deal with Indian Oil. SHARES in Perth-based tiddler Eden Energy rocketed more than 250 per...

Posted February 5, 2010