• Electric Vehicles Aren’t Taking Over Our Roads as Fast as Hype Artists Claim

    • Date: 04/12/17
    • Vaclav Smil, IEEE Spectrum

    Both the rate of EV adoption and the environmental benefits the vehicles will produce have been oversold Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am neither promoting electric vehicles nor denigrating them. I simply observe that the rational case for accepting EVs has been undermined by unrealistic market forecasts and a disregard for the environmental effects […]

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  • OPEC Just Did American Shale Drillers A Big Favor

    • Date: 02/12/17
    • Bloomberg

    OPEC and Russia just gave their most implacable foe, U.S. shale, an early holiday gift. As corporate boards for American oil explorers prepare to sketch out 2018 drilling budgets, Thursday’s historic agreement by Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major crude producers to extend supply caps for another year may prompt directors to spend more on […]

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  • U.S. Shale To Surge After OPEC Extension

    • Date: 02/12/17
    • Nick Cunningham, OilPrice.com

    Just as expected: OPEC and the group of non-OPEC countries led by Russia extended their production cuts for an additional nine months through the end of 2018. “It’s been a good long day… in fact, it’s been a great day,” Saudi oil minister Khalid Al-Falih said at the presser. “I’m pleased to announce the decision has been […]

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  • German Grid Agency Raises Wind Power Auction Prices To Avoid ‘Rupture’

    • Date: 30/11/17
    • Clean Energy Wire

    Maximum support rate for onshore wind raised to ensure continuous expansion The maximum support rate for onshore wind power installations in Germany’s renewables auctions scheme has been raised to 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to ensure competition among bidders and a continuous expansion of the energy source, the Federal Grid Agency (BNetzA) says in a press release. Without the […]

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  • China’s Rising Coal Use Defies Forecasts

    • Date: 27/11/17
    • Radio Free Asia

    China is gradually transforming its economy and patterns of energy consumption, but it may be decades before citizens see dramatic improvements in air quality, according to a recent report. The finding this month by the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) came as an international group of climate scientists blamed an increase in China’s coal consumption […]

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  • First Poland, Then Germany, Now Spain: Europe Rejects Coal Phase Out

    • Date: 26/11/17
    • EurActiv

    The Spanish government is challenging a decision by its main electricity provider to shut down two coal-fired power plants. An attitude that contravenes the Paris Agreement on climate change.   The Spanish government has engaged in a strange stand-off over Iberdrola’s plan to phase out coal, announced at climate talks in Bonn last week. The […]

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  • German Court: Ancient Forest Can Be Cleared For Coal Mine

    • Date: 24/11/17
    • Associated Press

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. In this Nov. 28, 2016 file photo a lumberjack saws a tree at the Hambach forest near Kerpen, Germany. Cologne’s administrative court ruled Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 […]

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  • Green Madness: Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Increases Energy Consumption & Light Pollution

    • Date: 24/11/17
    • iNews

    As LED lights have become more efficient and cheaper people have chosen to use more of them – a process known as the “rebound effect”. The Earth’s surface is nearly ten per cent brighter than it was four years ago as artificial light is turned up and introduced to new areas. The increase in light […]

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