• After Coal Rush, A New US Oil Rush?

    • Date: 31/08/10

    It contains hundreds of billions of barrels of light crude oil and thousands of wells and should be scaring the pants off any oil exporter needing high crude prices to balance its budget. It is the Bakken Shale oilfield, which sprawls across two Canadian prairie provinces and two western US states including North Dakota, under […]

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  • Diesels Greener Than Electric Cars?

    • Date: 31/08/10

    Swiss boffins have mounted an investigation into the largely unknown environmental burdens of electric cars using lithium-ion batteries, and say that the manufacturing and disposal of batteries presents no insurmountable barriers to electric motoring. However, their analysis reveals that modern diesel cars are actually better for the environment than battery ones. The revelations come in […]

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  • Killing Biofuels

    • Date: 30/08/10

    Through generous subsidies from the US government, secured by corn-belt politicians, 25% of America’s corn (maize) crop is turned into ethanol for use in automobiles. Ignoring the negative impact this has on food production, agricultural runoff and land use, there is new talk of raising government mandated fuel mixture proportions to use even more ethanol. […]

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  • Climate-Control Failures May Send Coal Trading To Record

    • Date: 29/08/10

    Coal trading is poised to rise to an all-time high this year as prices at less than half their 2008 peak stoke demand, defying government efforts to phase out the most-polluting fossil fuel. The volume of coal derivatives bought and sold around the world may jump as much as 46 percent this year to 2.3 […]

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  • More North Sea Oil Than Thought?

    • Date: 28/08/10

    A major discovery of oil has been made in the North Sea, adding to optimism about the longevity of the UK’s seasoned oilfields. German firm Wintershall yesterday said the discovery, estimated at 60 to 100 million barrels, was made at its Blakeney well 150 miles east of Aberdeen. The discovery is sizeable in terms of […]

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  • Green Flop: Energy-Saving LEDs Will Not Save Energy, New Study

    • Date: 26/08/10

    Federal boffins in the States say that the brave new future in which today’s ‘leccy-guzzling lights are replaced by efficient LEDs may not, in fact, usher in massive energy savings. This is because, according to the scientists’ research, people are likely to use much more lighting as soon as this becomes practical. The greater scope […]

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  • U.S. Mounts Global Push For Shale Gas

    • Date: 25/08/10

    The United States has offered to help major economies such as China and India develop shale gas, a rapidly growing sector in North America which US officials bill as a clean alternative. Twenty nations held two days of talks in Washington in first-of-a-kind shale gas talks initiated by the United States, where some forecast that […]

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  • A New Gas Bubble Inflates Over Central and Eastern Europe

    • Date: 23/08/10

    The economies and citizens of emerging Europe can rest easy. As autumn approaches, another winter gas war between Russia and Ukraine is not looming over the region. For the first time in years, the outlook for energy supplies looks stable. And new drilling in countries such as Poland could even end the domination of Russia […]

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