• 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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  • Solar Bankruptcy: Are Green Pensions Toast?

    • Date: 26/06/10

    AP Pension, PensionDanmark and PBU, three Danish pension providers with assets totaling €30bn, have written to the Spanish government and the EU Climate Action Commissioner voicing their concerns about Spain changing the tariffs for its solar power industry retroactively. The three providers, with some 700,000 members, have been investing in the Spanish solar power sector […]

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  • £360 Million Green Energy Plant is a Joke

    • Date: 23/06/10

    THE new “green energy” biomass plant proposed for Leith would take at least 40 years to become carbon neutral, according to a new study. In the meantime, critics claim, the £360 million plant would actually set back Scotland’s drive to cut carbon emissions. A report by the Manomet Centre for Conservation Sciences in Massachusetts, US, […]

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  • Europe’s Unconventional Gas Revolution?

    • Date: 22/06/10

    The stunning development of ‘unconventional gas’ in the United States, has led that country to replace Russia as the world’s largest gas producer last year. Can this happen in Europe as well? Theoretically, yes: the reserves are there. For the moment, however, there are factors that are putting a brake on the development of unconventional […]

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