• Defining ”Clean” Is The Energy Challenge

    • Date: 07/02/11

    In an effort to show some semblance of an energy and environmental policy, the Obama administration has recently begun advocating clean energy standards (CES). Clearly no sane person would be in favor of “dirty” energy standards, but there are many problems with the impossible goal the administration has set out to reach. First among them: […]

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  • Europe’s Shale Revolution Shakes Up Energy Policy

    • Date: 07/02/11

    At the EU Energy Summit in Brussels, the long-neglected issue of natural gas has thrown Europe’s energy policy into complete confusion. For the energy of the future might not come via Russian pipelines, but from so-called “unconventional resources” – such as those found in German regions around Emsland, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. For the […]

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  • Shale Gas Revolution Changes Everything

    • Date: 07/02/11

    Shale gas is quite simply changing the whole energy paradigm in real time. The unlocking of source rock, has altered the future history of mankind. The world has discovered and unlocked its newest true world changing source of stored energy. The natural gas cartel, a dream of Russia’s just a few years ago, is dead. […]

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  • Green Energy Funds Falling Into The Red

    • Date: 06/02/11

    The stocks of renewable energy companies, such as wind and solar power providers, have been big losers. Will mutual fund investors have the patience to stick with green investing principles that have recently left them in the red? President Obama laid out an ambitious goal in his latest State of the Union address: By 2035, […]

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  • Deregulation + Free Markets = Energy Security

    • Date: 05/02/11

    The shale gas revolution has been a surprise, in a sector where surprises are still permitted. Nobody “planned” it. There’s a lesson here for every kind of reformer: Often the only plan needed is a plan to remove obstacles to innovation. With turmoil in the Middle East comes the inevitable spike in oil prices, topping […]

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  • Europe’s Industry May Be Left Behind By Shale Revolution

    • Date: 04/02/11

    The impact of shale has the potential, if we are smart enough to grab it, to ripple through the entire European economy. Energy is a key economic marker, and if Europe turns it back on shale it also concedes a significant economic advantage to the rest of the world. A story I’ve been following the […]

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  • Pay For Your Mess: UK Nobbles Nukes With Hefty Clean-Up Bill

    • Date: 04/02/11

    Energy and Climate Change minister Christopher Huhne last week made nuclear energy a whole lot less attractive. The liability for clean-up in case of a nuclear accident is currently limited to £140m. The EU has proposed increasing this to €600m (£507m). But Huhne wants to raise it to £1bn (€1.2bn). “We’ve already set out how […]

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  • Germany’s Coming Civil Energy War

    • Date: 01/02/11

    Germany’s Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen calls the new German energy strategy a ‘civil revolution’, but he could just as well have described it as the making of a future civil energy war. The extremely ambitious strategy is pitting the coddled renewable energy sector against the neglected gas sector. It requires the building of large new […]

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