• Rebound Effect: Why Energy Efficiency Won’t Reduce Energy Consumption

    • Date: 01/10/10

    The amount of energy that the average American requires at home has changed little since the early 1970s — despite advances in technology that have made many home appliances far more energy efficient. Dishwashers use 45 percent less energy than they did two decades ago, according to industry data. Refrigerators use 51 percent less. But […]

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  • Investors Shun Green Energy

    • Date: 30/09/10

    A recent editorial from the Investors Chronicle posed this question about investment in green energy: Thursday 2 September 2010 – Jonathan Eley, Editor, writes: What are investors to make of green energy and other sustainable technologies? Instinctively, it should be a “big thing”. Carbon-based fuels are inevitably going to get more expensive, andgovernments around the […]

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  • Green Trade War Heating Up

    • Date: 29/09/10

    China is shutting out U.S. companies that sell alternative energy products, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand said Tuesday, and she asked to meet with China’s top diplomat here to discuss the issue. Mrs. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has touted “green” energy production in New York since arriving in Congress, said China violates world trade rules by subsidizing […]

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  • The New Oil Boom (And Too Much Gas)

    • Date: 28/09/10

    A band of entrepreneurial oilmen have found an economic way to extract oil from shale rock, fuelling a frenzy for prospects that has pushed up lease prices and lifted hopes of the first rise in onshore US oil production in decades. Mineral leases in shale oil territory that would have sold for $10 an acre […]

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  • Cooling The Arctic Hype

    • Date: 27/09/10

    The Arctic bilateral border agreement signed by Norway and Russia earlier this month rekindled media hype over the so-called race for the region’s energy treasures, which could amount to as much as 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil. But the frenzy is so unwarranted, at least in […]

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  • Consumers Foot Bill As Energy Companies Cash In On Green Taxes

    • Date: 27/09/10

    THE big electricity suppliers have been given the go-ahead by the [Irish] Government to make unlimited profits from a green energy scheme which, while funded by the planned 5% hike in electricity prices, offers consumers no guarantee of future reduced bills. Consumers will have to start paying the 5% Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy next […]

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  • Green Hypocrisy: Germany Lobbying For Coal Subsidies

    • Date: 25/09/10

    Germany will lobby for support among other European Union countries to change European Commission plans to end state aid for coal mines in 2014, four years earlier than previously scheduled in Germany, a government said Wednesday. “The issue will have to be discussed on a European level. We will have to try to exert influence […]

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  • Shale Gas Revolution Shakes Foundation Of Green Energy Policy

    • Date: 25/09/10

    Cheap, low-emission shale gas, with double the global reserves of conventional sources, will discourage investment in nuclear reactors and carbon storage that would fight climate change, a British study shows. “In a world where there is the serious possibility of cheap, relatively clean gas, who will commit large sums of money to expensive pieces of […]

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