• Austerity Green: EU Fatigue Towards Renewables (Excepting The UK)

    • Date: 07/07/10

    “Many European countries are waking up to the disaster of extravagant subsidies to renewable energy.  But Britain isn’t.  The lesson for Americans is simply that throwing money at renewable energy is a huge economic mistake, but politicians can keep the racket going regardless.  It will take robust opposition to stop the United States repeating Europe’s […]

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  • Energy Subsidies Set To Raid Europe’s Research Funds

    • Date: 07/07/10

    European nations hope to divert more than a billion euros that were earmarked for research grants to make up a budget shortfall at the experimental ITER fusion reactor, Nature has learned. The proposal has alarmed scientists, who say that it will rob researchers of vital funds at a time when governments are planning to scale […]

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  • Green Spain To Double Coal Subsidies

    • Date: 06/07/10

    Spain wants to double its subsidies for domestic coal-fired power; and it’s having a bit of trouble doing so, thanks to European Union competition rules. That’s right, Spain — the country that is the world’s biggest per-capita producer of wind energy, home to the world’s biggest wind power operator, not to mention being a rather significant player in […]

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  • Natural Gas: Europe’s Destiny?

    • Date: 06/07/10

    Natural gas is bubbling up in Europe’s energy debate, emerging as the likely main potential energy source in the medium to long term. It’s benefiting from a mix of investment uncertainty, political opportunity and economic interests. The starting point is the European Union’s push for greener electricity production as the bloc seeks to cut greenhouse […]

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  • Why Decarbonisation Won’t Happen

    • Date: 05/07/10

    Premier Wen Jiabao has promised to use an “iron hand” this summer to make his nation more energy efficient. The central government has ordered cities to close inefficient factories by September, like the vast Guangzhou Steel mill here, where most of the 6,000 workers will be laid off or pushed into early retirement. Already, in […]

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  • Green China? My Foot

    • Date: 02/07/10

    China will build 20 large coal mines each with capacity of 10 million to 40 million tons by 2015, reports Shanghai Securities, citing He Youguo, deputy director of the China Coal Industry Development Research Center. According to He, the coal output of large mines with production capacities of more than 50 million tons will account […]

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  • Increase In Green Taxes ‘Will Hit The Poor’

    • Date: 01/07/10

    A hidden tax on utility bills is set to double over the next decade, new research has found. Britons with tax jobs may be expected to see their clients forking out £176 a year in the next ten years on their energy bills, up from the £84 they currently pay annually, according to the research […]

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  • UK Government Pulls The Plug On Green Cars Subsidies

    • Date: 29/06/10

    Britain’s car industry can no longer rely on taxpayer ’emergency’ bailouts, new Business Secretary Vince Cable warned today. He said:’We don’t want to go around the country waving a cheque book.’ Mr Cable also signalled that the Government was unlikely to give a big taxpayer subsidy to help General Motors to have its new Ampera […]

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