• The UN Carbon Scam

    • Date: 14/07/10

    UN’s Clean Development Mechanism to use European carbon offset credits to subsidise 20 ‘efficient’ coal plants in India and China: The UN is set to channel billions of pounds of public money from rich countries to giant energy companies to build 20 heavily polluting coal-fired power plants on the basis that they will emit less carbon dioxide than […]

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  • Nuclear Industry Demands Green Subsidies Too

    • Date: 11/07/10

    Britain will not get the cash needed to renew its ageing power generation capability without changes to market mechanisms to incentivise investment, the head of RWE nPower says. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Volker Beckers, chief executive of the German-owned company, which supplies electricity and gas to around 6.8m residential and business customers, […]

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  • Lawrence Solomon: Wind’s Bad Day

    • Date: 09/07/10

    Yesterday’s scorcher scorched wind power’s reputation and its bottom line, too. This simple chart demonstrates why no company can make a profit supplying wind power to the electricity system without government subsidies, and why no society can count on wind power when the power is most needed. The wind blew at its best in Ontario […]

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  • 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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